Life and Art and Attitude

Here’s some peoples quotes about life, perhaps as an art and an attitude.  Is there such a thing as an artful attitude?


"Life is the childhood of our immortality." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

"Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come." - Henri Nouwen (1932 - 1996)

"The noblest contribution which any man can make for the benefit of posterity, is that of a good character. The richest bequest which any man can leave to the youth of his native land, is that of a shining spotless example." - Robert C. Winthrop (1809 - 1894)

"Good habits formed at youth make all the difference." - Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

"Youth is quick in feeling but weak in judgment." - Homer (751 - 652 BC)

"Youth is a curse to mortals, when with youth a man hath not implanted righteousness." - Euripides (480 - 406 BC)

"Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul." - Epicurus (341 - 270 BC)

"True happiness flows from the possession of wisdom and virtue and not from the possession of external goods." - Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

"There are nine requisites for contented living:
Health enough to make work a pleasure;
Wealth enough to support your needs;
Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them;
Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them;
Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished;
Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor;
Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others;
Faith enough to make real the things of God;
Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

"For no man can, if he would, conform his faith to the dictates of another. All the life and power of true religion consists in the outward and full persuasion of the mind; and faith is not faith without believing." - John Locke (1632 - 1704)

"Progress however, of the best kind, is comparatively slow. Great results cannot be achieved at once; and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk, step by step." - Samuel Smiles (1812 - 1904)

"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative." - Robert Collier (1885 - 1950)

"I believe that any man's life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement, if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day, and as nearly as possible reaching the high-water mark of pure and useful living." - Booker T. Washington (1856 - 1915)


“The highest flights of charity, devotion, trust, patience, bravery, to which the wings of human nature have spread themselves have been flown for religious ideals.” - William James (1842 - 1910)


Let’s reflect on our age, and let God work on us to learn and live, with attitudes that grow into an art-form, that bless those who we know are yet growing from childhood, or into youth, or onward toward maturity in thought and word and action.


Thank God for mature leaders who have lived long enough to have the wisdom, and who value virtue and can bless the young with the same and help us, and them to grow further in the ability to bless others.