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This Is What You Shall Do poem by Walt Whitman

This Is What You Shall Do poem
Walt Whitman

Walter “Walt” Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. This Is What You Shall Do poem by Walt Whitman is very inspirational and motivational.

This is what you shall do:
Love the earth and sun and the animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labors to others,
Hate tyrants, argue not concerning God,
Have patience and indulgence toward the people,
Take off your hat to nothing known or unknown,
Or to any man or number of men,
Go freely with powerful uneducated persons,
And with the young and with the mothers of families,
Read these leaves in the open air,
Every season of every year of your life,
Reexamine all you have been told,
At school at church or in any book,
Dismiss whatever insults your own soul,
And your very flesh shall be a great poem,
And have the richest fluency not only in its words,
But in the silent lines of its lips and face,
And between the lashes of your eyes,
And in every motion and joint of your body.

BRAHMA poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Brahma poem
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Brahma poem is written by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1856. It is named for Brahma, the Hindu god of creation. Brahma poem is inspired by the teachings of Hindu scriptures such as Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita.

IF the red slayer think he slays,
Or if the slain think he is slain,
They know not well the subtle ways
I keep, and pass, and turn again.

Far or forgot to me is near;
Shadow and sunlight are the same;
The vanished gods to me appear;
And one to me are shame and fame.

They reckon ill who leave me out;
When me they fly, I am the wings;
I am the doubter and the doubt,
And I the hymn the Brahmin sings.

The strong gods pine for my abode,
And pine in vain the sacred Seven;
But thou, meek lover of the good!
Find me, and turn thy back on heaven.

Bertrand Russell Quotes

Bertrand Russell Quotes
Bertrand Russell with his children

Bertrand Arthur William Russell (May 18, 1872 – February 2, 1970) was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, and social critic. In 1950, he was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature.

Below is a list of Bertrand Russell Quotes, which i have found very inspirational and motivational.

“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.”
― Bertrand Russell

“My whole religion is this: do every duty, and expect no reward for it, either here or hereafter.”
― Bertrand Russell

“There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.”
― Bertrand Russell

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
― Bertrand Russell

“It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.”
― Bertrand Russell

“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”
― Bertrand Russell quotes

“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”
― Bertrand Russell

“It’s easy to fall in love. The hard part is finding someone to catch you.”
― Bertrand Russell

“The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.”
― Bertrand Russell quotes

“War does not determine who is right – only who is left.”
― Bertrand Russell

“We know very little, and yet it is astonishing that we know so much, and still more astonishing that so little knowledge can give us so much power.”
― Bertrand Russell quotes

“Really high-minded people are indifferent to happiness, especially other people’s.”
― Bertrand Russell

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”
― Bertrand Russell

“I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.”
― Bertrand Russell

“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”
― Bertrand Russell

“The secret of happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible, horrible, horrible.”
― Bertrand Russell quotes

“Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of happy mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give.”
― Bertrand Russell

“To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already 3-parts dead.”
― Bertrand Russell

“Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.”
― Bertrand Russell

“No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.”
― Bertrand Russell quotes

“Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.”
― Bertrand Russell

“And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence”
― Bertrand Russell

“The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.”
― Bertrand Russell

“It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else that prevents us from living freely and nobly.”
― Bertrand Russell

“In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”
― Bertrand Russell quotes

“When you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them seriously when they are little, giving them responsibilities, talking to them candidly, providing privacy and solitude for them, and making them readers and thinkers of significant thoughts from the beginning. That’s if you want to teach them to think.”
― Bertrand Russell

“Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid … Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”
― Bertrand Russell quotes

“A stupid man’s report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.”
― Bertrand Russell

“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.”
― Bertrand Russell

“My desire and wish is that the things I start with should be so obvious that you wonder why I spend my time stating them. This is what I aim at because the point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.”
― Bertrand Russell quotes

I dwell in Possibility by Emily Dickinson

I dwell in Possibility  poem by Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson

I dwell in Possibility is an inspirational poem by American poet Emily Dickinson.

I dwell in Possibility —
A fairer House than Prose —
More numerous of Windows —
Superior — for Doors —

Of Chambers as the Cedars —
Impregnable of Eye —
And for an Everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky —

Of Visitors — the fairest —
For Occupation — This —
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise —

Baruch Spinoza Quotes

Baruch Spinoza quotes
Baruch Spinoza

Baruch Spinoza (24 November 1632 – 21 February 1677) was a Dutch philosopher. Baruch Spinoza is famous for the elaborate development of his monist philosophy, which has become known as Spinozism. The breadth and importance of his work was fully realized after many year’s from his death. His ideas have inspired many great personalities such as Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Leibniz and many more.

Below is a list of Inspirational Baruch Spinoza quotes.

“The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“The more you struggle to live, the less you live. Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure….you are above everything distressing.”
― Baruch Spinoza quotes

“Nature is satisfied with little; and if she is, I am also.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of the peace.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“Everything excellent is as difficult as it is rare.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“He alone is free who lives with free consent under the entire guidance of reason.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“No matter how thin you slice it, there will always be two sides.”
― Baruch Spinoza quotes

“Peace is not the absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition of benevolence, confidence, justice.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“Do not weep. Do not wax indignant. Understand.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them.”
― Baruch Spinoza quotes

“The endeavor to understand is the first and only basis of virtue.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“The more clearly you understand yourself and your emotions, the more you become a lover of what is.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“In so far as the mind sees things in their eternal aspect, it participates in eternity.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“If slavery, barbarism and desolation are to be called peace, men can have no worse misfortune.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“A free man thinks of death least of all things; and his wisdom is a meditation not of death but of life.”
― Baruch Spinoza quotes

“What Paul says about Peter tells us more about Paul than about Peter.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“Pride is pleasure arising from a man’s thinking too highly of himself.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“Self-preservation is the primary and only foundation of virtue.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be true because it is not accepted by many.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.”
― Baruch Spinoza quotes

“I make this chief distinction between religion and superstition, that the latter is founded on ignorance, the former on knowledge.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“In the state of nature, wrong-doing is impossible ; or, if anyone does wrong, it is to himself, not to another.”
― Baruch Spinoza quotes

“I do not presume that I have found the best philosophy, I know that I understand the true philosophy.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“When a man is prey to his emotions, he is not his own master.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“Happiness is not the reward of virtue, but is virtue itself; nor do we delight in happiness because we restrain from our lusts; but on the contrary, because we delight in it, therefore we are able to restrain them.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“Will and intellect are one and the same thing.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“Nature offers nothing that can be called this man’s rather than another’s; but under nature everything belongs to all.”
― Baruch Spinoza quotes

“The greatest secret of monarchic rule…is to keep men deceived and to cloak in the specious name of religion the fear by which they must be checked, so that they will fight for slavery as they would for salvation, and will think it not shameful, but a most honorable achievement, to give their life and blood that one man may have a ground for boasting.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“In practical life we are compelled to follow what is most probable ; in speculative thought we are compelled to follow truth.”
― Baruch Spinoza

“{Man can, indeed, act contrarily to the decrees of God, as far as they have been written like laws in the minds of ourselves or the prophets, but against that eternal decree of God, which is written in universal nature, and has regard to the course of nature as a whole, he can do nothing.”
― Baruch Spinoza quotes

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