Some Answers

Get a quick reading of some answers to the Meaning of Life!

The Rules For Being Human - Cherie Carter-Scott

  1. You will receive a body.
    You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period of this time around.
  2. You will learn lessons.
    You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called Life. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid.
  3. There are no mistakes, only lessons.
    Growth is a process of trial and error: Experimentation. The "failed" experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately "works."
  4. A lesson is repeated until learned.
    A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can then go on to the next lesson.
  5. Learning lessons does not end.
    There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.
  6. "There" is no better than "here."
    When your "there" has become "here," you will simply obtain another "there" that will again look better than "here."
  7. Others are merely mirrors of you.
    You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself.
  8. What you make of your life is up to you.
    You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.
  9. Your answers lie inside you.
    The answers to Life's questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.
  10. You will forget all this.

Zhuang Zi

The masses value money;
honest men fame;
virtuous men resolution;
and the Sage the soul.

Thich Nhat Hahn

There is no Way to happiness,
happiness is the Way.


Life isn't about keeping scores.
It's not about how many friends you have.
Nor how accepted you are.
Not about if you're alone this weekend or not.
It's not about who you used to date and who you're dating now.
Nor how many people you have dated.
It isn't about kisses.
It's not all about sex.
Not about who your family is nor how much money they have.
Nor what kind of car you owned.
Nor where you are sent to school.
It's not about how ugly/pretty you are.
Not about what clothes you wear, the shoes you have on
Nor what kind of music you listen to.
It's not about what color of hair you have.
It's not about what color skin you are.
Not about the grades you get, How smart you are.
Nor about how smart people think you are.
Nor about what standardized tests imply about you.
It's not about which clubs you're in.
It's not about how well you're good at "your" sports.
It's not about how you represent your being on paper
And seeing who will accept "the written you."

But, life is about who you love and who you hurt.
It's about keeping or betraying trust.
It's about friendship.
It's about hurtful or heartening words you say.
About making petty gossips out of rumors.
It's about the judgements you pass and why.
And who the judgements are spread to.
It's about jealousy, fear, ignorance, and revenge.
It's about storing hate or love,
Letting it grow, then spread it.

Destiny - Douglas C. Hess

Watch Your Thoughts, For They Become Words,
Choose Your Words, For They Become Actions,
Understand Your Actions, For They Become Habits.
Study Your Habits, For They Become Your Character,
Develop Your Character, For It Becomes Your Destiny.

Children Learn What They Live - Dorothy L. Nolte

If children live with criticism,
they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility,
they learn to fight.
If children live with fear,
they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity,
they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule,
they learn to be shy.
If children live with jealousy,
they learn what envy is.
If children live with shame,
they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with tolerance,
they learn to be patient.
If children live with encouragement,
they learn to be confident.
If children live with praise,
they learn to appreciate.
If children live with approval,
they learn to like themselves.
If children live with acceptance,
they learn to find love in the world.
If children live with recognition,
they learn to have a goal.
If children live with sharing,
they learn to be generous.
If children live with honesty and fairness,
they learn what truth and justice are.
If children live with security,
they learn to have faith in themselves and in those around them.
If children live with friendliness,
they learn that the world is a nice place in which to live.
If children live with serenity,
they learn to have peace of mind.
With what are your children living?

Immanuel Kant

Act only according to that maxim
whereby you can at the same time
will that it should become a universal law.

Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves. Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us: It is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Jalal-uddin Rumi

The astrolabe of the mysteries of God is love.

Lao Tzu

He who is ruled by men lives in sorrow.
He who rules men lives in confusion.

Selected poetry from "Fireflies" - Rabindranath Tagore

God seeks comrades and claims love,
the Devil seeks slaves and claims obedience.

He who does good comes to the temple gate,
he who loves reaches the shrine.

My faith in truth, my vision of the perfect,
help thee, Master, in thy creation.


When the pupil is ready the teacher or lesson arrives.
When the teacher is ready the pupil arrives.
When the lesson is ready they both arrive.

Alexander Tyler

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage."

Mark Twain

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one."
Mark Twain

"The lack of money is the root of all evil."
Jean Jacques Rousseau

"Between the weak and the strong one it is the freedom which oppresses and the law that liberates."
Edmund Burke

"He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper."

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