quinta-feira, 10 de dezembro de 2015

Pensamentos: Eleanor Roosevelt e Jane Goodall

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«Someone once asked me what I regarded as the three most important requirements for happiness. My answer was: ‘A feeling that you have been honest with yourself and those around you; a feeling that you have done the best you could both in your personal life and in your work; and the ability to love others.’
But there is another basic requirement, and I can’t understand now how I forgot it at the time: that is the feeling that you are, in some way, useful. Usefulness, whatever form it may take, is the price we should pay for the air we breathe and the food we eat and the privilege of being alive. And it is its own reward, as well, for it is the beginning of happiness, just as self-pity and withdrawal from the battle are the beginning of misery.
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It’s your life — but only if you make it so. The standards by which you live must be your own standards, your own values, your own convictions in regard to what is right and wrong, what is true and false, what is important and what is trivial. When you adopt the standards and the values of someone else or a community or a pressure group, you surrender your own integrity. You become, to the extent of your surrender, less of a human being.»
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Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living (1960), in Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
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7 comentários:

Isabel disse...

Muito interessante!
Para reflectir...

Beijinhos:)

APS disse...

Gostei muito do vídeo que colocou e das palavras da Senhora. A beleza e tranquilidade dos seus 80 anos conjugam-se bem com as intenções do seu pensamento.
Boa noite!

Margarida Elias disse...

Isabel - É bem verdade! Beijinhos! :-)

APS - Também gostei muito. Dá muito em que pensar. Bom dia!

ana disse...

Belo. :))

Presépio no Canal disse...

Pensei exactamente o mesmo que o APS relativamente à senhora do video. E também é verdade é a felicidade dos momentos mais singelos que nos dão forças para os grandes desafios do dia-a-dia.
Gostei muito também das palavras de E. Roosevelt, especialmente desta parte, com a qual concordo inteiramente:
"And it is its own reward, as well, for it is the beginning of happiness, just as self-pity and withdrawal from the battle are the beginning of misery."
Obrigada por teres trazido estas senhoras aqui.
Bjs!

Blackye disse...

Muito bom. Excelente partilha!

Margarida Elias disse...

Sandra - Concordo contigo. Beijinhos!

Blackye - Obrigada! :-)