"So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."
"The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it."
"We're so wrapped up with egotistical things, career, family, having enough money, meeting the morgage, getting a new car, fixing the radiator when it breaks--we're involved in trillions of little acts just to keep going. So we don't get into the habit of standing back and looking at our lives and saying, Is this all? Is this all I want? Is something missing?"
"Everyone knows they're going to die but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently."
"Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live."
"We are too involved in materialistic things, and they don't satisfy us. The loving relationships we have, the universe around us, we take these things for granted."
"I believe in being fully present. That means you should be with the person you're with."
"We've got a form of brainwashing going on in our country...They repeat something over and over. And that's what we do in this country. Owning things is good. More money is good. More property is good. More commercialism is good. More is good. More is good. We repeat it--and have it repeated to us--over and over until nobody bothers to even think otherwise. The average person is so fogged up by all this, he has no perspective on what's really important anymore."
"People are so hungry for love that they are accpeting substitutes. They are embracing material things and expecting a sort of hug back. But it never works. You can't substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of comradeship."-Morrie Schwartz
"Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn." -Mahatma Gandhi
"Love each other or perish" -Auden