If you are feeling down and out, sad and sorrowful, and life seems to be an endless tunnel of hopelessness and defeats, here  are the powerful lines that would inspire you immediately:

“Not by lamentations and mournful chants ought we to celebrate the funeral of a good man, but by hymns; for, in ceasing to be numbered with mortals, he enters upon the heritage of a diviner life. Since, he is gone where he feels no pain, let us not indulge in too much grief. The soul is incapable of death. And he like a bird not long enough in his cage to become attached to it, is free to fly away to a purer air… Since we cherish a trust like this, let our outwards actions be in accord with it, and let us keep our hearts pure and our minds calms.”

… Plutarch

“It is the great mystery of human life that old grief passes into quiet, tender joy. The mild serenity of age takes the place of the riotous blood of youth. I bless the rising sun each day, and, as before, my heart sings to meet it, but now I love even more its setting, its long slanting rays and the soft, tender, gentle memories that come with them, the dear images from the whole of my long, happy life – and over all the Divine Truth, softening, reconciling, forgiving! My life is ending, I know that well, but everyday that is left me I feel how my earthly life is in touch with a new infinite, unknown, but approaching life, the nearness of which sets my soul quivering with rapture, my mind glowing and my heart weeping with joy.”

… Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Now is the time to forget the quarrel and mend the friendship. You who are letting miserable misunderstandings run on from year to year, meaning to clear them up someday; you who are keeping wretched quarrels alive because you cannot quite make up your mind that now is the day to sacrifice your pride and kill them; you who are passing men sullenly upon the street, not speaking to the out of some silly spite, and yet knowing that it would fill you with shame and remorse if you heard that one of those men were dead tomorrow morning; you who are letting your neighbor starve, till you hear that he is dying of starvation; or letting your friend’s heart ache for a word of appreciation or sympathy, which you mean to give him someday; if you could only know and see and feel, all of a sudden, that ‘the time is short’, how it would break the spell! How you would go instantly and do the thing which you might never have another chance to do!”

… Phillips Brooks

“Mend a quarrel. Search out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a love letter. Share some treasure. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in a word of deed.

Keep a promise. Find the time. Forego a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Listen. Apologize if you were wrong. Try to understand. Flout envy. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Appreciate, be kind, be gentle. Laugh a little more.

Deserve confidence. Take up arms against malice. Decry complacency. Express your gratitude. Worship your God. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love. Speak it again. Speak it still again. Speak it still once again.”

… Author Unknown

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