10 May 2014

Life Is Short

Hippocrates (460 BC — 377 BC) told— "Life is short, the art long." Indian mystic saint and poet Kabir sang in a doha
Kal kare so aaj kar, aaj kare so ab
Pal mein pralaya hoyegi, bahuri karoge kab
Devanagari: काल करे सो आज कर, आज करे सो अब ।
पल में प्रलय होएगी,बहुरि करेगा कब ॥
Tomorrow's work do today, and today's work do now
The life/world will end in a moment, when will you do your work and how?

Our this article's topic is Swami Vivekananda's quotes and comments on the idea— "Life is short"

Life is short
story of life, linear panorama
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Swami Vivekananda told—
  • Books are infinite in number, and time is short; therefore the secret of knowledge is to take what is essential. Take that and try to live up to it.[Source]
  • Children think that the whole universe is full of children. Madmen think the whole universe a lunatic asylum, and so on. So those to whom this world is but sense-enjoyment, whose whole life is in eating and feasting, with very little difference between them and brute beasts—such are naturally found to conceive of places where they will have more enjoyments, because this life is short.[Source]
  • Go to work, my boys, the fire will come to you! The faculty of organisation is entirely absent in our nature, but this has to be infused. The great secret is — absence of jealousy. Be always ready to concede to the opinions of your brethren, and try always to conciliate. That is the whole secret. Fight on bravely! Life is short! Give it up to a great cause.[Source]
  • Life is short — time is flying — that place and people where one's ideas work best should be the country and the people for everyone. Ay, for a dozen bold hearts, large, noble, and sincere![Source]
  • Rouse yourselves, therefore, or life is short. There are greater works to be done than aspiring to become lawyers and picking quarrels and such things. A far greater work is this sacrifice of yourselves for the benefit of your race, for the welfare of humanity. What is in this life?[Source]
  • This life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.[Source]
  • Truce to foolish talk; talk of the Lord. Life is too short to be spent in talking about frauds and cranks.[Source]

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