Beauty in things

Beauty in things exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.

David Hume – Scottish philosopher, economist and hisorian (1711-1776), from “Of the Standard of Taste” (1757), Quotations book 2014

The Live Joyfully Manifesto

One Life. Keep it simple.
Follow your dreams.
Be curious. Learn new things.
Think outside the box.
Do what you love. Love what you do.
Don’t shy away. Speak your mind.
Be yourself. Be free.
Work less. Do more.
Don’t procrastinate.
Shut off the pixels. Disconnect.
Take time out.
Eat heartily. Take long walks.
Read more. Smile often.
Laugh out loud.
Pick a hobby. Flip a coin.
Sleep like a baby.
Love deeply. Make new friends.
Travel often.
Enjoy the little things.
Seize the day. Live every moment.
Live joyfully.

slogan of the lifestyle company LetterNote, New Delhi, India, Quotations book 2017


I strongly believe that missionaries make better products. They care more. For a missionary, it’s not just about the business. There has to be a business, and the business has to make sense, but that’s not why you do it. You do it because you have something meaningful that motivates you.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964),in an interview with “Fortune” (June 10th, 2010), Quotations book 2021


Passion never fails.

wisdom – Quotations book 2019


La reconnaissance est la mémoire du cœur.

Jean Massieu – pionnier français de l’éducation des sourds (1772-1846)

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.

Jean Massieu – French pioneer in deaf educating (1772-1846)


Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life .

Saying – Quotations book 2017

Fountain of youth

To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.

Pearl S. Buck – American writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1938 (1892-1973), from “The Joy of Children” (1964), Quotations book 2012

Look forward

My partner Charlie and I never look back; we have so much to look forward to that it does not make sense to look back.

Warren Buffet – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), found on youtube: “Warren Buffett MBA Talk”


Stay hungry, stay foolish! You´ve got to find what you love.

Steve Jobs – American company founder, Apple (1955-2011), to graduates at Stanford University on June 12th, 2005, Quotations book 2016


A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear.



Cependant il n’y a que les passions, et les grandes passions, qui puissent élever l’âme aux grandes choses.

Yet it is passions alone, and strong passions, that can elevate the soul to great things.

Denis Diderot – écrivain et philosophe français des Lumières, , (1713-1784), de “Pensées Philosophiques” (1746)


Things only have the value that we give them.

Molière – born Jean Baptiste Poquelin, French actor and playwright (1622-1673)


There’s nothing in the Ten Commandments forbidding old ladies to climb trees, is there?

Astrid Lindgren – Swedish writer (1907-2002), happily to a film crew during the production of the television film “Tuffa gumman” (“The Tough Old Lady”, 1979), Quotations book 2020

Det står väl inte i Mose lag att gamla kärringar inte får klättra i träd!

Astrid Lindgren – svensk författare (1907-2002), glatt till filmteamet under inspelningen av tv-filmen “Tuffa gumman” (1979), citat broschyr 2020


We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements in life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.

attributed to Charles Kingsley – English clergyman, theologian and writer (1819-1875)


Happiness resides not in cattles, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.

εὐδαιμονίη οὐκ ἐν βοσκήμασιν οἰκεῖ οὐδὲ ἐν χρυσῶι· ψυχὴ οἰκητήριον δαίμονος.

Democritus from Abdera – Greek philosopher (c. 460 -371 B.C.), fragment 171


The Three Wise Men found Bethlehem without GPS.
The Sheperds learned about the Good News without WhatsApp.
The Evangelists put it all down to writing.
It is so simple to share the Word.

Werner Tiki Küstenmacher – German pastor, author and caricaturist (b. 1953), Quotations book 2018


Develop your eccentricities while you are young. That way, when you get old, people won’t think you’re going gaga.

David Ogilvy – legendary British advertising executive and entrepreneur (1911-1999)


A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.

attributed to Charles M. Schwab – American industrialist and steel magnate (1862-1939), Quotations book 2015


It is not happiness that makes you grateful, but gratefulness that makes you happy.

Brother David Steindl-Rast – Austrian-born American Benedictine monk (b. 1926),,, Quotations book 2006


We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh.

solgan of the laughter yoga movement, attributed to William James – American philosopher and psychologist (1842-1910)


Notre Communauté […] n’était pas, elle non plus, somme de nos intérêts – elle était somme de nos dons.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry –  écrivain, et aviateur français (1900-1944), de “Pilote de guerre” (1942), Brochure de citation 2020


Happiness is inward; and so it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.

Henry J. van Dyke – American writer and reformed priest (1852-1933), from “Joy and Power” (1903)


Go forth and set the world on fire.

Ite, inflammate omnia.

Ignatius of Loyola – founder of the Jesuit order (1491-1556), who often ended his letters to Jesuits going to the missions with this Expression, Quotations book 2019


The best doctors in the world are Dr. Diet, Dr. Quiet and Dr. Merryman.

Jonathan Swift – Irsh-born English writer (1667-1745), from “Polite Conversation” (1738)


The real secret of success is enthusiasm.

Walter P. Chrysler – American company founder (1875-1940)

Meaning of life

Love your calling with passion, it is the meaning of your life.

attributed to François-Auguste-René Rodin – French sculptor (1840-1917)

Help others

The more you do for others, the better shape you’re in.

Walter Breuning – American railroader and supercentenarian, 2009-2011 world’s oldest known man (1896-2011)


It’s not the happy people who are thankful. It’s the thankful people who are happy.

Proverb – Quotations book 2015


Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.

Vivian Greene – British writer, expert for doll’s houses (1904-2003), Quotations book 2021

Day of rejoicing

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

The Bible, Psalm 118,24 (NIV)


Pleasure is the only thing to live for. Nothing ages like happiness.

Oscar Wilde – Irish writer (1854-1900), published in “Chamäleon” (1894)


A smile is the universal welcome.

Max Eastman – American writer (1883-1969), from “The Sense of Humor” (1921), Quotations book 2020


Manger est une nécessité, mais manger intelligemment est un art.

To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.

attributed to François de La Rochefoucauld – French aphorist (1613-1680)


Brand managers no longer own ‘their brand’. Brands are owned by the people who love them.

Kevin J. Roberts – British consultant and coach, 1997-2014 CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi (b. 1949), Quotations book 2019


I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.

Albert Einstein – German physicist, Nobel Prize in physics 1921 (1879-1955), from a letter to Carl Seelig (11.3.1952), Quotations book 2008


You cannot motivate the best people with money. Money is just a way to keep score. The best people in any field are motivated by passion.

Eric S. Raymond – founder of the “Open Source” movement (b. 1957), Quotations book 2006


There are only a few activities from which I derive intense pleasure, and speaking is not one of them.

attributed to Sir Winston L. Churchill – British politician, 1940-45 and 1951-55 Prime Minister, Nobel Prize in literature 1953 (1874-1965)


The first lesson I have learnt is the importance of finding, and following, a passion.

Sir Elton John – British singer, musician and composer (b. 1947), at the Worls Economic Forum in Davos (January 2018), Quotations book 2019


I love people that burn, that burn from the inside.

Christian A. W. Berner- German graduate economist and entrepreneur, CEO Berner Group (b. 1984), Quotations book 2020


Top-Performance is only achieved by people who enjoy what they are doing.



Look for the activity, that gives you the energy you put into it back to you in the form of enthusiasm.

William “Bill” Hybels – American Evangelical minister, founding and former senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church (b. 1951), in his notes to the “Global Leadership Summit 2017”


What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.

Sprichwort – published in Frank Leslie`s Sunday Magazine, book 13 (1883)


Life’s blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed at the fire of enthusiasm.

Norman Vincent Peale – American clergyman and author (1898-1993), in “Positive thinking for a time like this” (1975), Quotations book 2012