Life

Quotes from The Last Broken Home concerning life itself, the struggles we face, and world in which we live.

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“What exactly is left of all those billions of human beings who ever lived; of all those so fortunate enough to have graced this beautiful earth; the men and women, the young and old, the rich and poor, the good and bad?  In almost every case – essentially every case – there remains neither a bone nor an artifact; not a memory nor a name.  And what of the trillions of days they lived, of all they accomplished and strived for, of all they learned and mastered, of all their joys and tears, their fears and insecurities, of everything they spent their whole lives worrying about and waiting for?  Nothing.  Nothing remains.”

The Bad News: Your Life is Meaningless and Short, The Good News…?

“But we’re not immortal.  We are born and we do die.  And in between most do nothing of note and nothing of any great importance.  We’re too busy feeling sorry for ourselves; too busy worrying about what tomorrow will bring: the loss of a job, a relationship, our security, our lives; too busy stressing out over an exam or an interview, the bully or the popular kids, our appearance or our reputation.  We devote our every thought, and the sum of our energies, to the “great, great” problems of our small, small lives.  But so did all those people before us.  Do you think they would do things differently, if they had that chance?”

– The Bad News: Your Life is Meaningless and Short, The Good News…?

“Whatever its cause, our life is inevitably the just and true effect.”

How an Emperor Saved My Life

“The easy road may surely be easier, but its toll is collected against your honor and your integrity; against your ability to see and do as you ought to do, and be the person you ought to be, and in doing so you hurt not only yourself, but us all.”

When Doing the Right Thing is the Most Difficult Thing

“When you turn from what is right, to seek the false comfort of what is easy, you perpetuate a world where right is hard and wrong is strong; where the good thing is something to be done only when it best serves you, or where it is most convenient, or when you have no other choice.”

– When Doing the Right Thing is the Most Difficult Thing

“You have to do what is right regardless.  Whatever excuse your mind may give…it doesn’t matter.  Take care that your actions represent your best self, and leave the reactions and opinions and judgments of others to themselves.  Care not for what they think or do.  Have faith that right makes might.”

– When Doing the Right Thing is the Most Difficult Thing

“Don’t we always know what is best for our survival and the constitution of our happiness, as our stomachs know when we need food, and our throats know when we need water?  Would our minds and bodies be so perfect in keeping us alive, yet so clueless in helping us choose the path to that survival – how we should spend our life, where, and with whom?  But instead we fight ourselves.  We hesitate.  We fear.”

My Life Adviser Has NO Brain and Consumes Taco Bell Like a Black Hole

“When we are tortured by difficult choices in our lives, it is because we struggle against that instinct.  Our fears and needs collide, and in that conflict lies our mental and emotional anguish.  ‘What should I do?  What should I do?’  You KNOW what to do.  Something in you is telling you.  But you’re afraid.”

– My Life Adviser Has NO Brain and Consumes Taco Bell Like a Black Hole

“The problem I see in so many, is that they have let their life become a tangled web of duties and responsibilities, of goals and focuses, and in that laundry list of things to do they have lost whatever purpose in life (if any at all) drove them to that point.  Where some place their motivation in a singular goal, they have divided their time and energies amongst countless tasks and jobs, unable to give their full attention to any in particular.  As a result, everything they do suffers just a bit…till just a bit becomes a lot.”

Having a *Single* Purpose in Life

“For many, everyday is just a list of things to do, and in pursuing life goals they are given rather than those they have chosen, these people assume many duties and responsibilities, but have interest in few, and passion for none.  They may attain outward achievement – the college acceptance letter, the degree, the promotion, the cute wife – but they gain no internal accomplishment because they had no internal purpose, and whether tomorrow, or next year, or at the end of their life, they will feel unsatisfied with the choices they made, the path they followed, the goals they pursued.  They will feel unfulfilled.”

– Having a *Single* Purpose in Life

“At any point in our life, for any period of our life, we can only have one true goal, one great passion, one real purpose; one object at which we devote our fullest attention, and one aspiration at which we pledge our most complete devotion.”

– Having a *Single* Purpose in Life

“You can juggle many things, as many do, but your achievement in all will be less than they could have been otherwise.  Your life and mind’s attention cannot be divided so numerously.  One’s eyes cannot focus on the foreground and the background.  When your focus is split, your sight is blurred, and your vision impaired.  Such is the focus of many now, as they balance work and family, school and friends, hobbies and jobs.  To have any or all is fine, but to excel in one, priority must be given and sacrifices made.”

– Having a *Single* Purpose in Life

“But journeys are not linear things.  They’re not a steady outward improvement towards one’s goals.  No.  They’re fucking messy.  They’re periods of rapid growth, small growth, plateaus.  They’re periods of of feeling as if you’re lost and clueless, hopeless and helpless, and times you feel as if you’re almost completely invincible.  They’re a million forwards and backs, lefts and rights, ups and downs.  And when you live them – in them – it’s hard to see the big picture.  Because you live in the small picture.”

– Life is Up and Down, Round and Round, and Journeys are Hard

“To those who don’t work on themselves – who live each day as they’ve lived every day, still worrying about this or that, still letting themselves get pissed by this or that, still completely unconscious of their problems or unwilling to fix them – time is their worst enemy.  Each day their stagnation becomes more cemented, the hope of their life more faded, their lives more dead.  And before they know it their entire life has passed.”

Life is Up and Down, Round and Round, and Journeys are Hard

“The entirety of your life is summed up on a stone above your bones, with 2 dates and a line.”

The Life Changing Advice I Found On Your Gravestone (Courtesy Eckhart Tolle)

“The problem before me will go, as I too will go.  And the situation that scares me will pass, as I too will pass.  And when that day comes – when I depart from the earth – all the problems that scared me and consumed me will be as they should.  They’ll be put in their rightful place and context, in proportion to the importance I should have given them all along: A dash – one or two inches long – between my birth and my death.  It’s all they deserve.  It’s all they’re worth mentioning.  And the most they’re ever worth worrying about.”

– The Life Changing Advice I Found On Your Gravestone (Courtesy Eckhart Tolle)

“We exist by schedules and routines.  The schoolday does this to us.  The workday does this to us.  But mostly we do it to ourselves.  We allow it.  We memorize our days to such detail that we’re able to remove our attention from it.  We’re able to survive from rise to rest with very little use of our attention.  We make every new day old and boring.  We let our muscles do the work that our minds ought to.”

Life (When You’re Gainfully Employed Amongst Zombies)

“There is an unfairness in the world that is inherent in the lives of us all; one not easily explained by any religion, or dogma, or ideology; one difficult to reconcile with a great many political philosophies and the usual partisan anger.”

– It May Be Puke-Inducingly Cliche, But We Are All The Same

“Our lives are like arrows, always directed towards some end, always pointing towards some horizon – whether we see it or not, whether we like it or not.  No life is ever stopped.  No life is ever stagnant, truly.  All are headed towards some destination; are set upon some path.”

– I’m Pretty Much Almost Kinda Positive Maybe I Can Predict the Future, Definitely

“All we’ve ever wanted is to just feel comfortable, to feel secure, to finally and at long last find a place in ourselves and in our lives that we enjoy.  Some place beyond the troubles.  Some comfort beyond the turmoil.  Somewhere where it all…just…stops.  Where we can rest.  Where we can enjoy.  Where we can escape.  Where our concerns would melt away and our fears would just wisp away.  Where we’ll be free of the reality that everyday tries us, or the future that everyday threatens us.  A place where we just didn’t have to try so hard, or worry so much.”

– The Epic Post On Change God Himself Would Write (If He Had Thumbs)

“There isn’t some repeatable and proven science to living like there is to baking a cake, or building an Ikea table, or whatever else that takes something difficult and makes it an achievable thing for even the most incapable amongst us.”

This Blog is [Mental] Masturbation

“Life is supposed to be hard.  It has to be, or else we’d all be awesome, we’d all be successful, we’d all be the same.  The world, though, needs some way to differentiate us – to separate the strong from the weak, the capable from the incapable, the deserving from those who are not.  It needs some way to weed out those better people from those lesser people; those who don’t give a shit if it’s hard cause they’re gonna do it anyway, from those who expect it to be easy cause they need it to be.  It’s we who need these challenges, then.  We need stuff that hurts us, kills us, shakes us to our core.  We need the things that forever kill the idea that this world is a place where we don’t need to try, or learn, or improve to get what it is that we want.”

Life is SUPPOSED to be Hard (I Know, Freaking Lame…)

“A world with challenges creates a world with real successes, real achievements, real heroes.”

Life is SUPPOSED to be Hard (I Know, Freaking Lame…)

“It may not seem kind but the truth is – generally, mostly – we all receive in life what we are truly owed in life, and no more.  We all get what is just and due on account of the work we put in, and Selves we become.  We all get what we deserve.  And usually not more.”

You Don’t Deserve Anything (Until You’re Someone Who Deserves Something)

“There is nothing in life we deserve on account of simply being; nothing we deserve as some kind of human right or inalienable right.  There is nothing we are owed because we think so or are told so.  We deserve all we get because of the somethings we’ve done to earn it – because of the blood, sweat, and tears we’ve put into becoming the person who actually deserves that success or that comfort.”

You Don’t Deserve Anything (Until You’re Someone Who Deserves Something)

“There is no Bill of Rights for the antelope; no Social Security for the Seal.  There’s no justice for the Worm from the Bird; no Deer that says he “deserves” better than to be shot at or hunted.  And though we don’t fear being eaten, or being hunted, we – not so much unlike them – must survive on our talents and on our efforts; on our ability to increase our ability, and our will and drive to make what we have into something more – to make our Selves into someone deserving of more.”

You Don’t Deserve Anything (Until You’re Someone Who Deserves Something)

“All we earn in life isn’t simply the product of what we’ve done to earn that success specifically, but of who we became to earn that success at all; of the person we became that made those successes possible.”

You Don’t Deserve Anything (Until You’re Someone Who Deserves Something)

“People are – in a lot of ways – like vectors in space; like lines moving in space, extending in space – each different, each unique; each with its own path, and place, and pace even.  And each meeting of two lives is like the crossing of their two lines, and all time spent with that person is like the joining of their two lives – whether for 30 seconds shared in an elevator, or 60 years shared in marriage.”

People Come and Go, But Our Lives Are Like What?

“Every person you meet, and every person you see, is in your life but for a time.  Sometimes for a moment of time, sometime for the rest of your time, but always for a time only.  Always in some way temporarily.  Always with an end.”

People Come and Go, But Our Lives Are Like What?

“Any seemingly insignificant person can become – to you – important, almost in an instant.  Just as any seemingly important person can make themselves insignificant, nearly just as quickly.”

People Come and Go, But Our Lives Are Like What?

“We might meet thousands of people in our life, and yet not truly meet a single one of them.  Not the real them.”

You’ve Never Known a Person in Your Life, And You Maye Never Too

“You can never “know” a person – if “knowing” them means understanding them well enough to simply predict who they will be and how they will act from this moment to the next.  Cause the next is just a choice.  And no matter how well you “know” someone, or how much time you’ve spent with them, what you can never know is what their next choice will be.  Whether it be for you or against you.  What they’ll be.  Who they’ll be.”

You’ve Never Known a Person in Your Life, And You Maye Never Too

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