The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keep out the joy.

Life’s blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed by the fire of enthusiasm.

What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.

Fear is faith that it won’t work out.

Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything—anger, anxiety, or possessions—we cannot be free.

You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.

Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.

If your number one goal is to make sure that everyone likes and approves of you, then you risk sacrificing your uniqueness, and, therefore, your excellence.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.

You must welcome change as the rule but not your ruler.

I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.

Don’t worry about what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

When you blame others, you give up your power to change.

Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.

Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being.

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of troubles.

Joy comes not through possession or ownership but through a wise and loving heart.

An unhurried sense of time is in itself a sort of wealth.

Speak when you are angry and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.