Pursuit of enlightenment

  • Atheist:So how do you know Islam is right?
  • Me:Because even if I die, and find out there is no heaven, or no God, I could still look back on my life and be happy with the way this religion taught me to live.

All the glory I claim for my life is to have lived a tranquil one—not tranquil according to the standards of Metrodorus or Arcesilas or Aristippus but my own. Since Philosophy has been able to discover no good method leading to tranquility which is common to all men, let each man seek his own one as an individual.

— Michel de Montaigne, Book II, Chapter 16 (via wellareyou)

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (via arpeggia)