Life, Human Character, and Virtue

When an animal dies, it is forgotten and its burial place is lost. However, this is not the case with a human being. Are the people who do not preserve the memories and tombs of their ancestors aware that they reduce them to the rank of animals? Respect for the dead means granting security to the living concerning their future. – M. Fethullah Gulen

One of the most important ways to conquer the hearts of people is that one always seeks an opportunity to do others good and once such an opportunity appears, makes use of it without delay. If only we could set our hearts on always doing good to others! – M. Fethullah Gulen

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Good morals and sound conscience, and good manners and virtues, are like a currency universally acceptable and which is not affected by changes in the values of other means of exchange. Those provided with such qualities are like mer­chants with the highest credit who can do business wherever they want. – M. Fethullah Gulen

The more a person suffers in life and is conscious of the life he or she is living, the more profound his or her feelings become. Those who live unconsciously of the meaning of life and events and have experienced no suffering, can never develop their feelings and faculties. Nor can they feel them­selves as parts of existence. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Those with strong willpower and good, sound character will not lose anything of their virtuous essence, even if they are made to suffer thousands of kinds of pains and sorrows and forced to change their views and ways. What shall we say about those weak ones who, without provocation, change their thoughts and ways every day? – M. Fethullah Gulen

Ignorance is like a veil drawn over the face of things. The unfortunate ones who cannot remove this veil, will never be able to penetrate into the truths of creation. The greatest ignorance is unawareness of God and if it is combined with arrogance, it becomes a kind of insanity impossible to cure. – M. Fethullah Gulen

A sensible person is not one who claims infallibility and therefore is indifferent to others’ ideas. Rather, a truly sensible person is one who corrects his or her errors and makes use of others’ ideas in acknowledgement of the fact that human beings are prone to error. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Life blossoms during childhood. During youth it grows through inward tension and spiritual struggle on the way of truth. During old age it holds its vital energy with the desire to reunite with  the beloved ones who have already passed away. How wretched it is for the atheists that they perceive life sometimes as comedy and sometimes as tragedy, and thereby stifle the instinct for ardent hope and gratitude in humanity. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Mohandas Gandhi Quotes

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. – Oprah Winfrey

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. – Jim Rohn

​There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

​God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. – Voltaire

There is no life as complete as the life that is lived by choice. – Shad Helmstetter

​Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw

No one ever finds life worth living – one has to make it worth living. – Winston Churchill

​In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln

​Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. – Les Brown

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. – Oscar Wilde

​Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto. – Dale Carnegie

​When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us. – Alexander Graham Bell

​An unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates

​The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. – Jim Rohn

Wisdom is the reward for surviving our own stupidity. – Brian Rathbone

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you? – Robert Frost

Wisdom is the reward for surviving our own stupidity. – Brian Rathbone

The problem is that when you get it, you’re too damned old to do anything about it. – Jimmy Connors

All teachings are mere references. The true experience is living your own life. Then, even the holiest of words are only words. – Ming-Dao Deng

You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you. – Mary Tyler Moore

…talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything. – Patrick Süskind

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Nothing ever becomes real ’til it is experienced. – John Keats

He who has a way to live can bear almost anyhow. – Friedrich Nietzsche

I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom. – Thomas Carlyle

I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become. – C.G. Jung

Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience, and being persistent. – Billy Graham

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. – Auguste Rodin

People never learn anything by being told; they have to find out for themselves. – Paulo Coelho

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. – John Gardner

​Life isn’t sure; life is scary. It doesn’t mean you stop living it. – Susan May Warren

Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later. – Bob Goff

​The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for a newer and richer experience. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody. – Stephen Chbosky

Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t. – Pete Seeger

I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense. – Harold Kushner

Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain. – William Faulkner

​You can never plan the future by the past. – Edmund Burke

​Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. – Dennis P. Kimbro

​At the end of their lives, people assess how they’ve done not in terms of their income but in terms of their spirit, and I beg you to do the same, even if those who came before sometimes failed to do so. – Anna Quindlen

Life is much more fun if you live it in the spirit of play and collaboration, working with instead of against others. – Wally Amos

​Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce. – Vivian Komori

​In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost

​The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it. – W. M. Lewis

Almost all of the research strongly supports the benefits of using humor to maximize living. – Mary Kay Morrison

​Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing. – Denis Waitley

​The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. – Vince Lombardi

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