Effort and rest
Can you stop the Earth from spinning? Can you stop the progression of the seasons? As preposterous as it may sound, many people try, at least with their own lives.
The Earth spins, and we have day and night. A time for effort, and a time for rest. The slightly tilted Earth orbits the sun, and we have the seasons of the year. A time for planting, for growing, for harvesting, and for rest.
The cycle of effort and rest is deeply ingrained in the world around us, and in us as well. A good night's sleep makes for a good day's work. And a day full of effort, makes for a good night's sleep. Get too far off in either direction -- work with no rest, or rest with no work -- and your efforts become useless.
You cannot avoid the need for balance any more than you can stop the Earth from spinning. Work hard, rest well, and enjoy the optimum performance that comes from a well balanced life.
-- Ralph Marston
If you want happiness...
- Chinese Proverb
I'd look at one of my stone cutters hammering away at a rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet, at the hundred and first blow, it would split in two, and I knew it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.
- Jacob A. Riis
- Ray Bradbury
Live so that friends can defend you, but never have to
- Arnold Glasow
The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.
- James Bryce
The best index to a person's character is
(a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and
- Abigail Van Buren
It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it.
- Lillian Hellman
Flatter me, and I may not believe you.
- William Arthur
This is it
Always we hope someone else has the answer.
This is it.
No one else has the answer, no other place will be better and it
has already turned out.
- Lao-Tzu, Author of the Tao Te Ching
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