Source: The Best of Me
— Heraclitus pre-Socratic Greek philosopher -535
Variant translation: It would not be better if things happened to men just as they wish.
Original: (el) ἀνθρώποις γίνεσθαι ὁκόσα θέλουσιν οὐκ ἄμεινον
— Jeremy Taylor English clergyman 1613 - 1667
"Holy Living" (1650) ch. 2, section 6. "Of Contentedness in all Estates".
— Rod Serling American screenwriter 1924 - 1975
— Roger Ebert American film critic, author, journalist, and TV presenter 1942 - 2013
Review http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/red-1994 of Three Colors: Red (2 December 1994)
Reviews, Four star reviews
Context: We are connected with some people and never meet others, but it could easily have happened otherwise. Looking back over a lifetime, we describe what happened as if it had a plan. To fully understand how accidental and random life is — how vast the odds are against any single event taking place — would be humbling. … This is the kind of film that makes you feel intensely alive while you're watching it, and sends you out into the streets afterwards eager to talk deeply and urgently, to the person you are with. Whoever that happens to be.
„Things just happen in the right way, at the right time. At least when you let them, when you work with circumstances instead of saying, 'This isn't supposed to be happening this way,' and trying harder to make it happen some other way.“
Source: The Tao of Pooh
„I would not sit waiting for some vague tomorrow, nor for something to happen. One could wait a lifetime, and find nothing at the end of the waiting. I would begin here, I would make something happen.“
— Louis L'Amour Novelist, short story writer 1908 - 1988
Source: Sackett's Land (1974), Ch. 4
— Nicole Hollander Cartoonist 1939
Source: Sylvia cartoon strip, p. 221
— T. B. Joshua Nigerian Christian leader 1963
On the importance of helping others - "Prophet TB Joshua Gives Nigerian Student N26m Sponsorship To Study PhD At Oxford University" http://dailypost.ng/2012/11/19/prophet-t-b-joshua-gives-nigerian-student-n26m-sponsorship-phd-oxford-university/ Daily Post, Nigeria (November 19 2012)
Source: Invisible Monsters
— Anthony de Mello Indian writer 1931 - 1987
"The Death of Me", p. 150
Context: One of your American authors put it so well. He said awakening is the death of your belief in injustice and tragedy. The end of the world for a caterpillar is a butterfly for the master. Death is resurrection. We're talking not about some resurrection that will happen but about one that is happening right now. If you would die to the past, if you would die to every minute, you would be the person who is fully alive, because a fully alive person is one who is full of death. We're always dying to things. We're always shedding everything in order to be fully alive and resurrected at every moment. The mystics, saints, and others make great efforts to wake people up. If they don't wake up, they're always going to have these other minor ills like hunger, wars, and violence. The greatest evil is sleeping people, ignorant people.
— Mylo Hubert Vergara Filipino bishop of the Catholic Church (born 1962) 1962
Source: Bishop Vergara: Social media a key part of IEC 2016 http://www.archivioradiovaticana.va/storico/2016/01/29/bishop_vergara_social_media_a_key_part_of_iec_2016/en-1204631 (29 January 2016)
„In the final analysis, the questions of why bad things happen to good people transmutes itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it happened.“
— Pierre Teilhard De Chardin French philosopher and Jesuit priest 1881 - 1955
Source: The Search for the Red Dragon
„Now everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody Else, but when it happens to you, why it seems to lose some of its Humor, and if it keeps on happening, why the entire laughter kinder Fades out of it.“
— Will Rogers American humorist and entertainer 1879 - 1935
"Warning to Jokers: Lay off the Prince"
The Illiterate Digest (1924)
— Menachem Mendel of Kotzk Polish rabbi 1787 - 1859
As quoted in The Big Little Book of Jewish Wit & Wisdom (2000) by Sally Ann Berk, p. 73
„Good leadership is not just a matter of making things happen; it is a matter of making essential things happen, making important and productive things happen, and helping people feel good about what is happening. Leaders need to have a vision, but they also need to know how to convince others that their vision can manifest, and how to empower them to participate in the mission of bringing the vision about.“
— Bhakti Tirtha Swami American Hindu writer 1950 - 2005
Books, Leadership for an Age of Higher Consciousness, Volume II: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times (Hari-Nama Press, 2001)