My advice to anybody is: get born.
~ Jeanette Winterson
This gift of being alive now . . . is so important . . .
Once you become aware of being alive, really aware, life becomes a very different experience.
~ Gerry Hughes
I have this feeling that if you liberate yourself, anything you lay your hand on can sparkle.
~ Leonard Cohen
Living is a great good in relation to others . . .
she who lives totally is living for others,
she who lives her own vastness is giving a gift,
even if her life takes place in a cloister of a cell.
Living is so great that thousands of people benefit from every lived day.
~ Clarice Lispector
Each of these pieces of wisdom I take in and roll around in my mind. Sometimes I see the essence, the light within them; sometimes they go dark. Nonetheless, I believe them. They seem to me to be worth the faith.
And this, today, from Pico Iyer, I especially appreciate:
Those credited with a “love of life” often only flirt with it; real love of life is as serious an engagement with the difficult as marriage.
— Pico Iyer (@PicoIyer) June 21, 2015