Quote from “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari
“There are no gods in the universe, no nations, no money, no human rights, no laws, and no justice outside the common imagination of human beings.”
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is a book that focuses on Homo sapiens. It surveys the history of humankind, starting from the Stone Age, and going up to the twenty-first century.
Quote from “The Way to Love” by Tony De Mello
“Think of yourself in a concert hall listening to the strains of the sweetest music when you suddenly remember that you forgot to lock your car. You are anxious about the car, you cannot walk out of the hall and you cannot enjoy the music. There you have a perfect image of life as it is lived by most human beings.”
Anthony de Mello was an Indian Jesuit priest and psychotherapist. A spiritual teacher, writer, and public speaker.
Quote from “Mating in Captivity” by Esther Perel
“Love enjoys knowing everything about you; desire needs mystery. Love likes to shrink the distance that exists between me and you, while desire is energized by it. If intimacy grows through repetition and familiarity, eroticism is numbed by repetition. It thrives on the mysterious, the novel, and the unexpected. Love is about having; desire is about wanting.”
Esther Perel is a Belgian psychotherapist of Polish-Jewish descent who has explored the tension between the need for security (love, belonging and closeness) and the need for freedom (erotic desire, adventure and distance) in human relationships.
Quote from “The One Thing” by Gary Keller
“To be financially wealthy you must have a purpose for your life. In other words, without purpose, you’ll never know when you have enough money, and you can never be financially wealthy.”
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results is a book that discusses the value of simplifying one’s workload by focusing on the one most important task in any given project.
All of these four quotes make me think every time I see them. Tell me which one resonates with you!