Living Life Is Tough

Life Is Tough

It seems that almost everyone around the world, from people in every known civilization since Aeon till Today had expressed this feeling at certain point in his or her life (in cave engraving, written artifact and words of mouth in ancient days to nowadays e-communication in internet).

At  that life stage, each believed that the circumstance he or she was in, was very hard to bear and felt the pains.

Many wise thinkers and religious leaders understood their difficulties and had put down their thoughts on paper, to help current and future generations on how to overcome it or at the minimum accept it with amazing grace.


To name a few here.

On Living

  • Nothing seems so tragic to one who is old as the death of one who is young, this alone proves that life is a good thing.- Henri Frederic Amiel, 1821-81 , Swiss writer
  • Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools – George Chapman, c. 1559-1634, English dramatist
  • It is strange that the one think that every person looks forward to, namely old age, is the one thing for which no preparation is made – John Dewey, 1959-1952, American philosopher
  • The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity. Youth is a blunder; manhood a struggle; old age a regret – Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, 1804-81, British statesman and novelist
  • If only youth had the knowledge; if only age had the strength – Henri Estienna, 1531-98, French writer
  • As we advance in life, we acquire a keener sense of the value of time. Nothing else, indeed, seems of any consequence, and we become misers in this respect – William Hazlift, 178-1830,English essayist



  • Happiness does not notice the passing of time – Anonymous
  • Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; conversely, every lot is happy if you are content with it – Ancius Manlus Severines Boethius, c 475-524, Roman statesman and philosopher
  • Happiness is like coke – something you get as a by-product in the process of making something else. Aldous [Leonard] Huxley, 1894-1963, English writer
  • It is neither wealth nor splendour, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness – Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, 3rd president of the United States
  • Happiness is a matter of one’s most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one’s ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonising preoccupation with self – Dame Iris Murdoch, 1919-99, English noevelist and philosopher
  • No man is happy unless he believes he is – Publillus Syrus, fl, 1st century ac, Roman writer


Fate, Fortune and Luck

  • Fate leads the willing, but drives the stubborn – Anonymous
  • Every man is the maker of his own fortune – Sir Richard Steele, 1672-1729
  • I am a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the luckier I get – Stephen Butler Leacock, 1889-1944, Canadian economist and humorist



  • Life is short and so is money – Bertolt Brecht, 1898-1956, German dramatist and poet
  • Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long shot – Charlie Chaplin [Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin), 1889-1977, English-born film actor
  • The great business of life is to be, to do, to do without and to depart – John Morley, 1st Viscount Morley of Blackburn, 1838-1923, English politician


The takeaways are:-

  • Live A Happy and Productive Life Today
  • Celebrate the Temporary
  • Live life fully
  • Love deeply people you care
  • My life do matters

LIFE: Living in Fulfillment Every Day

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Hey man, you may think that those wise sayings were from people of a different era, and may not apply to your situation today.

I  had decided to review wise words from people you may have heard of in the news media or publicity on books. In my future blogpost, I will talk about one person contribution, one post at at time, in greater understanding of certain aspect of “Living a Happy and Prosperous Life Today”.

Thank you for dropping by.


Reuben H C Ong (a.k.a Reubeno)















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