“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust. It is to solve some of the problems of life, not only theoretically, but practically.”
- Henry David Thoreau
"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of
intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation
of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate
beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better,
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This
is to have suceeded."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The focus of my life begins at home with family, loved ones and friends.
I want to use my resources to create a secure environment that fosters love,
learning, laughter and mutual success. I will protect and value
integrity. I will admit and quickly correct my mistakes. I will
be a self-starter. I will be a caring person. I will be a good
listener with an open mind. I will continue to grow and learn. I
will facilitate and celebrate the success of others."
- Merlin Olsen
How to Live a Good Life: Advice from Wise Persons