Living Life Artfully through Life Philosophies

Philosophers have expressed their thoughts and ideals for centuries in an attempt to give meaning to humankind’s challenges, tragedies, joys and wonderment of this journey we call life.

Listed below are some of the philosophies that inspire us, make us stop and think and even at times genuinely console us.  When we perceive ourselves, others, and the world around us through a previously unexplored “lens/angle” our consciousness is re-configured and we construct entirely new paradigms which eventually evolve into an elevated level of societal change.  To live thoughtfully is to live artfully. 

 

 

“Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, to discover what is already there.”

Author: Henry Miller

True understanding is to see the events of life in this way: “You are here for my benefit, though rumor paints you otherwise.” And everything is turned to one’s advantage when he greets a situation like this: You are the very thing I was looking for. Truly whatever arises in life is the right material to bring about your growth and the growth of those around you. This, in a word, is art – and this art called “life” is a practice suitable to both men and gods. Everything contains some special purpose and a hidden blessing; what then could be strange or arduous when all of life is here to greet you like an old and faithful friend?

Author: Marcus Aurelius

“I had a dream many years ago that sums up this thought in a different way, one that has become a sustaining metaphor for me.  I am on a train going home to God. (Bear with me!) It’s a long journey, and everything that happens in my life is scenery along the way.  Some of it is beautiful; I want to linger over it awhile, perhaps hold on to it or even try to take it with me.  Other parts of the journey are spent grinding through a barren, ugly countryside.  Wither way the train moves on.  And pain comes whenever I cling to the scenery, beautiful or ugly, rather than accept that all the scenery is grist for the mill, containing, as Marcus Aurelius counseled us, some hidden purpose and a hidden blessing.”

Author:  Arianna Huffington

“My family, of course, is on board with me.  Beyond our families, we choose who is on the train with us, who we share our journey with.  The people we invite on the train are those with whom we are prepared to be vulnerable and real, with whom there is no room for masks and games.  They strengthen us when we falter and remind us of the journey’s purpose when we become distracted by the scenery.  And we do the same for them.  Never let life’s Iagos – flatterers, dissemblers – onto your train.  We always get warnings from our heart and our intuition when they appear, but we are often too busy to notice.  When you realize they’ve made it on board, make sure you usher them off the train; and as soon as you can, forgive them and forget them.  There is nothing more draining than holding grudges.”

Author:  Arianna Huffington

“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.”

Author:  Alan W. Watts

“Perhaps not one religion contains all of the truth of the world.  Perhaps every religion contains fragments of the truth, and it is our responsibility to identify those fragments and piece them together.”

Author:  Christopher Paolini, Brisinger

Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say “so what.”  That’s one of my favorite things to say.

Author:  Andy Warhol

“Choose well, your choice is brief, and yet endless.”

Author:  Goethe

“Change is not something that we should fear.  Rather, it is something that we should welcome.  For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.”

B.K.S. Iyengar (1918 – 2014) Founder of Iyengar Yoga

“Music is…..A higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy”

Author:  Ludwig van Beethoven

“I like art, and by art I mean music, poetry, sex, paintings, the human body, literature…..All of this is art to me.”

Author:  Unknown

“The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose”

Author:  William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

“There are no ordinary moments.”

Author:  Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior:  A Book that Changes Lives

“Conscience is but a word that cowards use, devised at first to keep the strong in awe.”

Author:  William Shakespeare, King Richard III

“Nothing, Everything, Anything, Something:  If you have nothing, then you have everything, because you have the freedom to do anything, without the fear of losing something.”

Author:  Jarod Kintz

“Inner peace begins the moment when you stop letting another person or event control your emotions.”

Author:  High Conscous

“The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.”

Author:  Mark Twain

“Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.”

Author:  Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

“You will evolve past certain people.  Let yourself.”

Author:  Mandy Hale, The Single Woman

“What you think, you become.  What you feel, you attract.  What you imagine, you create.”

Author:  Buddha

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.  “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.  “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.  One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”  He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.  The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”  The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”  The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Author:  Cherokee Legend

“The smallest worm will turn, being trodden on.”

Author:  William Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part III

“There is no escape – we pay for the violence of our ancestors”.

Author:  Frank Herbert, Dune

“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 bit 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 succeeded.”

Author:  Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.  It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”

Author:  Albert Einstein, The World as I See It

“The meaning of life is just to be alive.  It is so plain and so obvious and so simple.  And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”

Author:  Alan Watts

“The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.”

Author:  William Shakespeare

“I think long term almost to a fault, always focusing on the bigger picture.”

Author:  Cirino

“Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness.  I am kind to everyone, but when someone is unkind to me, weak IS NOT what you are going to remember about me.”

Author:  Al Capone

“Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.”

Author:  William Shakespeare

“There are two ways of telling your story.  One is to tell it compulsively and urgently, keep returning to it because you see your present suffering as the result of your past experiences.  But there is another way.  You can tell your story from the place where it no longer dominates you.  You can speak about it with a certain distance and see it as the way to your present freedom.”

Author:  Henri Nouwen

“What I hate is ignorance, smallness of imagination, the eye that sees no farther than its own lashes.  All things are possible.  Who you are is limited only by who you think you are.”

Author:  Egyptian Book of the Dead

“If you walk in fear and anger, you’ll find fear and anger.  Go into situations with what you want to find there…When you worry, you’re holding pictures in your mind that you want less of….What you focus upon, you become.  What you focus on comes to you.  So hold in your mind what you want more of.”

Author:  John Roger

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

Author:  Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)

“The problem with religion, because it’s been sheltered from criticism, is that it allows people to believe en masse what only idiots or lunatics could believe in isolation.”

Author:  Sam Harris

“Man’s naked form belongs to no particular moment in history; it is eternal, and can be looked upon with joy by the people of all ages.”

Author:  Auguste Rodin

“What we have forgotten is that thoughts and words are conventions, and that it is fatal to take conventions too seriously.  A convention is a social convenience, as, for example, money…but it is absurd to take money too seriously, to confuse it with real wealth…In somewhat the same way, thoughts, ideas and words are ‘coins’ for real things.”

Author:  Alan W. Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity:  A Message for an Age of Anxiety

“Why are there beings at all, instead of Nothing?”

Author:  Martin Heidegger, Introduction to Metaphysics

“We are the sum of all people we have ever met; you change the tribe and the tribe changes you.”

Author:  Dirk Wittenborn, Fierce People

“When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe one of two things:  either there will be ground to stand on, or you will be given wings to fly.”

Author:  O.R. Melling, The Summer King

“We look for the Secret – the philosopher’s Stone, the Elixir of the Wise, Supreme Enlightenment, ‘God’ or whatever…and all the time it is carrying us about…It is the human nervous system itself.”

Author:  Robert Anton Wilson, Cosmic Trigger Volume I: Final Secret of the Illuminati

“There is your truth and there is my truth.  As for universal truth, it does not exist.”

Author:  Amish Tripathi

“Philosophy is the highest music.”

Author:  Plato

“High thoughts must have high language.”

Author:  Aristophanes, Frogs and Other Plays

“Words are the clothes thoughts wear.”

Author:  Samuel Beckett

“In some remote corner of the universe, poured out and glittering among innumerable solar systems, there once was a star on which clever animals invented knowledge.”

Author:  Friedrich Nietzsche

“Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity.”

Author:  Democritus

This blog posting is dedicated in loving memory to my Great Grandmother, Baroness Josefa from Eastern Europe.  She lived for love, and money was secondary to her, though she was quite affluent.  She lived her life on her own terms and in the end paid dearly for it.  She was murdered in the woods not far from her estate.  This is for you Grandma……I wish I could have known you. 

Love,

Your Great Granddaughter

Ava

P.S.  We made it to America Grandma……..

 

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