12 Beautiful Words of Wisdom from Immanuel Kant

The Age of Reason, also known as the Age of Enlightenment spanned across Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries and was spearheaded by such immortal thinkers as Voltaire, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Adam Smith. The list of these forward-thinking figures wouldn’t be complete without the German philosopher Immanuel Kant, whose thoughts on life, art, and ethics have greatly influenced modern philosophy, democracy, and especially our everyday lives and actions.  Kant’s greatest contribution to the field of moral philosophy was his ability to frame a known religious doctrine into a rule that can be used by everyone, irrespective of their religious beliefs: his idea of a categorical imperative which states that all of our actions should be such as you would want all other people to act towards all other people. That said, this was hardly the only wise idea the philosopher uttered throughout his prolific career, and many pearls of wisdom can be taken from his written works. Here are 12 priceless words of wisdom uttered by Immanuel Kant:

„Rules for happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.”

„We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.”

„Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.”

„Dare to know! Have the courage to use your own intelligence!”

„Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end.”

„How then is perfection to be sought? Wherein lies our hope? In education, and in nothing else.”

„Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.”

„Genius is the ability to independently arrive at and understand concepts that would normally have to be taught by another person.”

„Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.”

„Ingratitude is the essence of vileness.”

„Look closely. The beautiful may be small.”

„The busier we are, the more acutely we feel that we live, the more conscious we are of life.”

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Cristina David

A few Quotes to Cherish from Princess Diana

Diana Spencer was born on July 1, 1961, near Sandringham, England. She only became Lady Diana in 1975, after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer. Diana who was described as a jolly and lively kid and teenager, and her husband-to-be Prince Charles met in 1977, while he was reportedly involved with her older sister, Sarah Spencer. Despite their 13-year age gap, their courtship moved quickly. The couple got married in what was dubbed the “Wedding of the Century” when Diana was 20 years old.

The Princess of Wales is known to have broken the rigid royal traditions quite a few times, for example, she was the first member of the royal family to give birth at a hospital rather than the palace. This may have contributed, in a way, to her becoming one of the most popular and beloved royals in history. However, it is mostly due to her humanitarian work and approachability.

Princess Diana was always eager to meet with people of all ages and backgrounds while traveling and refused to wear gloves when greeting people, which was customary for royals. 

She passed away when she was only 36, on August 31, 1997. Princess Diana will always be remembered as the people’s princess. She won the hearts of many around the world with her grace, compassion, and generosity. We hope you get inspired by some of her most powerful words.  

1. “Only do what your heart tells you.”

Quotes by Princess Diana “Only do what your heart tells you.”Image Source: John Mathew Smith / Wikimedia Commons

2. “Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back.”

Quotes by Princess Diana “Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back.” Image Source: Russ2009 / Wikimedia Commons

3. “They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?”

Quotes by Princess Diana “They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?”Related: A Side of Princess Diana We Have Never Seen Before

4. “When you are happy you can forgive a great deal.”

Quotes by Princess Diana “When you are happy you can forgive a great deal.”

5. “Hugs can do great amounts of good – especially for children.”

Quotes by Princess Diana “Hugs can do great amounts of good – especially for children.”Like

6. “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” 

Quotes by Princess Diana “Carry out a random act of kindness"

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Quotes by Princess Diana “Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other"
Quotes by Princess Diana  “I want my boys to have an understanding of people’s emotions"
Quotes by Princess Diana "“I don’t go by the rule book… I lead from the heart, not the head.”
Quotes by Princess Diana "I touch people. I think everyone needs that."
Quotes by Princess Diana “I don’t want expensive gifts"

Helen Keller – an Inspirational Author, a Profoundly Powerful Woman

Helen Keller was born to a large affluent family in Tuscumbia, Alabama, in 1880 and lived with her parents and four siblings on their historic homestead, Ivy Green. On her mother’s side, she was related to a number of prominent New England families. Helen’s father, Arthur Keller, was a captain in the Confederate army. The family lost most of its wealth during the Civil War and lived modestly. At the age of 19 months, Helen became deaf and blind as a result of an unknown illness, perhaps rubella or scarlet fever. As Helen grew from infancy into childhood, she became wild and unruly. She was initially able to communicate only with the young daughter of the family’s cook using signs, and within the next few years, she discovered more than 60 home signs she used to communicate with her family. She could even determine who was approaching by distinguishing between the vibrations of people’s footsteps. 

As she so often remarked as an adult, her life changed on March 3, 1887. On that day, Anne Mansfield Sullivan (a visually impaired woman herself) came to Tuscumbia to be her teacher, especially to teach her how to communicate. She was just 14 years older than her pupil Helen, and she too suffered from serious vision problems. Anne underwent many botched operations at a young age before her sight was partially restored. Though the process was slow and frustrating for young Helen, she eventually became determined to learn the name of every item in this world that had previously escaped her. A whole new world had opened up for her, and though she had remained isolated for the initial years of her life, she maintained her connection to the beauty offered by music and books. At age 24, Helen became the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. 

Helen’s pursuit of goodness and greatness was unfaltering, and over the years, she learned to communicate using the spoken word by observing and imitating the mouth movements of others. She went on to write numerous books, autobiographical and other, as well as give lectures and speeches on her life and overcoming seemingly impossible difficulties.

During seven trips between 1946 and 1957, she visited 35 countries on five continents. She met with world leaders such as Winston Churchill, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Golda Meir. She became a celebrity, therefore.

She was a suffragist, an advocate for people with disabilities, a political activist, and a profoundly powerful woman. Her words have been the result of a long and strenuous but ultimately victorious battle that reminds us that we should always have hope and always keep fighting! 

I will post here a few of her renowned motivational sayings that might be helpful to many of us.

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope.” 

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” 

“When all you can feel are the shadows, turn your face towards the sun.”

“Each day comes to me with both hands full of possibilities.”  

“Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.”

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” 

I wish you to overcome all the obstacles in your life the way Helen did, with so much determination, undeterred by her disabilities!

Cristina David

Valuable Reading Advice

We’re all readers here, but the kind of genres and topics we enjoy reading and learning more about can be vastly different. I, for instance, enjoy poetry, fiction, and history books, while others may not and they will prefer to read news articles and practical advice online or in magazines and newspapers. Neverthesame, we love readng and we can all agree that reading is a joyful and enriching experience, and becoming a better reader also means being more engaged with the surrounding world and more in touch with ourselves. But how can we accomplish that goal? Some of the world’s most vorociuous readers offer advice on this topic.

Only you decide what to read and what to avoid

The message of these words is simple and sensible: it is you who will benefit from and should enjoy the process of reading, and so it is also your freedom to choose what kinds of books to read and what topics to choose. An avid reader from his early childhood, Roosevelt was always stuck by the rule to read for at least a few minutes every day – a rule we should all definitely adopt, too!

Get acquainted with the classics

Einstein, one of the most forward-thinking minds of the 20th century, always said that it’s crucial to look back at the past and explore the writings of our ancestors. The great scientist firmly believed that without the wisdom of the past, people fall victim to the prejudices of the present and become nearsighted. Thus, to gain more perspective, go back to the basics, and explore the classics.

Reading the same book several times is a must

Continuing and building up the previous piece of advice is Lucius Annaeus Seneca (known as Seneca the Younger), a Roman Stoic philosopher, who stood by the thought that you have to re-read books over and over to really absorb and understand the wisdom imparted into them by their authors. The philosopher further specified that it’s better to limit yourself to a specific genre or group of like-minded authors at a time to get the most out of it, otherwise the message and intentions of the readings will slip away from you, being no more than a mere distraction from reality.

Don’t shy away from second-hand books!

If the quote we have selected puzzles you, let us set the context for it first, and you’ll soon understand what it intends to teach. These words are from Woolf’s essay titled “Street Haunting”, where she lays out the merits of second-hand book shopping. Here, Woolf intends to say that a street market full of books is like a treasure chest full of pleasant surprises, unexpected finds that you would never have intentionally selected. We must point out that the famous writer is, of course, right, as nothing warms the heart more than a surprise find! 

What you read in your leisure time reveals your true nature

This quote, too, is a perfect reflection of Oscar Wilde’s rebellious spirit we all cannot help but admire! If you have ever been told that the kind of books or articles you read are too simplistic or not worthy of your time, even though you really enjoy them, brush away those critical remarks. After all, your reading preferences are a reflection of your own personality and interests, and toxic comments that intend to prescribe certain preferences are only there to waste your time. As the famous writer also once wrote, “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all”. And we hope you enjoyed and learned something useful from this article!

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Cristina David

“Without music, life would be a mistake”

“Without music, life would be a mistake” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

Yes, indeed, music in its infinite combination of the 7 musical notes which in their turn are arranged in an infinity of pieces, is a Universe of its own!

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato

As a child i took piano lessons, sang in a choir ; I still can play the piano and I take real delight in remembering some of the musical pieces i used to play when a teenager. I often catch myself singing old songs composed for the Nursery Rhymes and not only, good old songs of the 70’s, 80’s. When I do so, I feel like a totally different person, I have to admit.

I do hope some of you do as I do and like what I like…or maybe try to. It makes life so less boring! Let me add one more quotation which is to my liking :

“The only truth is music.” ― Jack Kerouac

I feel much better now and wish you all the same!

Cristina David