All mortals owe a debt to death

"Come here, let me share a bit of wisdom with you.
Have you given much thought to our mortal condition?
Probably not. Why would you? Well, listen.
All mortals owe a debt to death.
There's no one alive
who can say if he will be tomorrow.
Our fate moves invisibly! A mystery.
No one can teach it, no one can grasp it.
Accept this! Cheer up! Have a drink!
But don't forget Aphrodite--that's one sweet goddess.
You can let the rest go. Am I making sense?
I think so. How about a drink.
Put on a garland. I'm sure
the happy splash of wine will cure your mood.
We're all mortal you know. Think mortal.
Because my theory is, there's no such thing as life,
it's just catastrophe."
― Anne Carson, Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides








"All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know."
― Ernest Hemingway


"I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won't tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn't change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn't really change the fact that you have what you have."
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower



"No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong."
― François de La Rochefoucauld



"The past has no power over the present moment."
― Eckhart Tolle

"It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."
― Noël Coward, Blithe Spirit








"A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent."
― William Blake, Auguries of Innocence





"We speak much of the duty of making others happy. No day should pass, we say, on which we do not put a little cheer into some discouraged heart, make the path a little smoother for someone's tired feet, or help some fainting robin unto its nest again. This is right. We cannot put too great emphasis upon the duty of giving happiness and cheer to others. But it is no less a duty that we should be happy and cheerful ourselves."
― J.R. Miller




"Five Ups of life: Buckle up, Start up, Keep it up, Don't give up, Cheer up."


"Carry good cheer in the morning;
Carry good cheer in the night.
Effort is sweeter and living completer,
If ever we walk in love's light."
― G.B. Williams


"We have a mission to others--to add to their cheer. This we cannot do unless we have first learned the lesson of cheerfulness ourselves."
― J.R. Miller




"One smile in the morning can change your mood for the entire day. One hug in the evening can usher you into cheerful night dreams you will never regret!"



"Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly."
― Franz Kafka






"If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people." ― Virginia Woolf


"All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer."
― Ernest Hemingway







"You can't lie to your soul."
― Irvine Welsh, Porno



"You know something, it's not easy to break out of your comfort zone. People will tear you down, tell you you shouldn't have bothered in the first place. But let me tell you something, there's not much of a difference between a stadium full with cheering fans and an angry crowd screaming abuse at you. They're both just making a lot of noise. How you take it is up to you. Convince yourself they're cheering for you. You do that, and someday, they will."
― Glee






"Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it." ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones


"Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love."
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov







"It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one." ― George Washington
"The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong."
― Laura Ingalls Wilder

So you're always honest," I said.
"Aren't you?"
"No," I told him. "I'm not."
"Well, that's good to know, I guess."
"I'm not saying I'm a liar," I told him. He raised his eyebrows. "That's not how I meant it, anyways."
"How'd you mean it, then?"
"I just...I don't always say what I feel."
"Why not?"
"Because the truth sometimes hurts," I said.
"Yeah," he said. "So do lies, though."
― Sarah Dessen, Just Listen







"To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest." ― Mahatma Gandhi
"Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking..." ― Leo Tolstoy

"So you're always honest," I said.
"Aren't you?"
"No," I told him. "I'm not."
"Well, that's good to know, I guess."
"I'm not saying I'm a liar," I told him. He raised his eyebrows. "That's not how I meant it, anyways."
"How'd you mean it, then?"
"I just...I don't always say what I feel."
"Why not?"
"Because the truth sometimes hurts," I said.
"Yeah," he said. "So do lies, though."
― Sarah Dessen, Just Listen








"Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion."
― Edward Abbey
"Do Not Lie to Yourself "We have to be honest about what we want and take risks rather than lie to ourselves and make excuses to stay in our comfort zone." ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

"The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first."
― Jim Morrison







"Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe." ― Barbara De Angelis



"Let's tell the truth to people. When people ask, 'How are you?' have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully. You must know, however, that people will start avaoiding you because, they, too, have knees that pain them and heads that hurt and they don't want to know about yours. But think of it this way: If people avoid you, you will have more time to meditate and do fine research on a cure for whatever truly afflicts you."
― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter






"The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you."
― David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest