On Life's railroad there is only one set of rails and no turntable.

It is far better to think of life as a journey in which the difficulties are hills to climb.

You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

87. Puberty, which constitutes the initial phase of adolescence, is a time in which parents are called to be particularly attentive to theThis is a time of self-discovery and "of one's own inner world, the time of generous plans, the time when the feeling of love awakens, with the biological impulses of sexuality, the time of the desire to be together, the time of particularly intense joy connected with the exhilarating discovery of life. But often it is also the age of deeper questioning, of anguished or even frustrating searching, of a certain mistrust of others and dangerous introspection, and the age sometimes of the first experiences of setbacks and of disappointments".

One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

89. Beginning with the changes which their sons and daughters experience in their bodies, parents are thus bound to give (in an on-going relationship of trust and friendship) each time girls confide in their mothers and boys in their fathers. This relationship of trust and friendship should have already started in the first years of life.

~Louis de Bernières,


Though we live amid promiscuous pressures, spiritual clutter and forgetfulness, we probably still value the integrity of life.


~Robert Brault, In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back.

83. Nonetheless, in the context of moral and sexual information, various problems can arise in this stage of childhood. In some societies today, there are planned and determined attempts to impose on children. But, at this stage of development, children are still not capable of fully understanding the value of the affective dimension of sexuality. They cannot understand and control sexual imagery within the proper context of moral principles and, for this reason, they cannot integrate premature sexual information with moral responsibility. Such information tends to shatter their emotional and educational development and to disturb the natural serenity of this period of life. Parents should politely but firmly exclude any attempts to violate children's innocence because such attempts compromise the spiritual, moral and emotional development of growing persons who have a right to their innocence.

Most of the time we don't even pay attention to the depth of life.

~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), , 1882


[T]hat blessed mood,
In which the burthen of the mystery,
In which the heavy and the weary weight
Of all this unintelligible world,
Is lightened:—that serene and blessed mood,
In which the affections gently lead us on,—
Until, the breath of this corporeal frame
And even the motion of our human blood
Almost suspended, we are laid asleep
In body, and become a living soul:
While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.
~William Wordsworth, 1798


Though the circular round-and-round of routine be the bulk of life's affairs, make an occasional jutting diversion — of fun, love, or something that will outlast you — so that the shape and motion of your life shall resemble the lifegiving sun with bright rays shining forth from all directions.

~Henry David Thoreau, Life is the sum of all your choices.

~Richard Dawkins


Sometimes in the poem of Life
we hit a defective verse.
Don't bother trying to rewrite it—
move along, don't make it worse.
~Terri Guillemets


Reason and justice tell me there's more love for humanity in electricity and steam than in chastity and vegetarianism.

It's part of the dance of life....

~Robert Brault,


You fool,
You have been dangling
For such a long time!
When will you seize the opportunity
Or feel the necessity
To untangle the taut knot
Of your bondage-life?
~Sri Chinmoy,


Life is a mortal maze, and only a few truly find their way.