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“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 (1803-1883)

“The beauty of a landscape resides in its melancholy.”–Ahmet Rasim, Turkish writer (1864-1932)

Manusher ayu manusher jiboner bhul mapkathi (One’s age cannot be the yardstick to measure the quality of one’s life).” (taken from Chader Pahar), Bibhutibhusan Bandyopadhyay, (1894-1950), Bengali writer

“And, when you want something all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho (1947-)

“Don’t think about what you’ve left behind, the Alchemist said to the boy as they began to ride across the sands of the desert. Everything is written in the Soul of the World, and there it’ll stay forever.” Paulo Coelho

Shikkhok-ra kokhon o nishsontan hon na. (Teachers never harbor a feeling of childlessness)”….Jyoti Bhusan Chaki, ((1925-2008), Bengali linguist and polyglot

“We have powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.” — Mary McLeod Bethune, (1875-1955), extraordinary black American educator and civil rights leader

“Our contradictions. We are in such a hurry to grow up, and then we long for our lost childhood. We make ourselves ill earning money, and then spend all our money on getting well again. We think so much about the future that we neglect the present, and thus experience neither the present nor the future. We live as if we were never going to die, and die as if we had never lived.” Paulo Coelho (1947-)

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

“It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in a language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.” Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

“Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.” Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

“Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.” Tagore

“Love is the only reality and it’s not a mere sentiment. It’s the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.” Tagore

“Man is a mystery: If you spend your entire life trying to puzzle it out, then do not say that you have wasted your time. I occupy myself with this mystery, because I want to be a man.” Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” — Greek proverb

Je manush boi pore na, takey kukure kheye phelbe.” (One who does not read books lives a deprived life.) Bijon Bhattacharya, eminent theater and film personality (1917-1978)

“It’s really painful to see the spurt in literary festivals and the shutting down of bookstores.” Ruskin Bond (1934-)

“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.”. John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable…” John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

“We never see other people anyway, only the monsters we make of them.”
Colson Whitehead (1969-), Zone One

“A monster is a person who has stopped pretending.”
Colson Whitehead

“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality,” –Plutarch

“As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters,”–Seneca

“Life is made up of sobs, sniffles and smiles, with sniffles predominating” — O. Henry (1862-1910)

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