Confucius: How to save someone's life
Give a bowl of rice to a man
and you will feed him for a day.
Teach him how to grow his own rice
and you will save his life.
Confucius (Qufu, 28 september 551, Qufu, 479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favor of the Legalists during the Qin Dynasty. Following the victory of Han over Chu after the collapse of Qin, Confucius's thoughts received official sanction and were further developed into a system known as Confucianism.
Laozi: The teachings
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
Laozi also referred to as Lao-Tzu, Lao-Zi , translated from Chinese "Old Master", was a philosopher of ancient China. He is considered one of the most important philosophers of Chinese civilization and he is held responsible for writing the Dao De Ching or Tao Te Ching, the essential work of Taoism. According to Chinese traditions, Laozi lived in the 6th century BCE. Some historians contend that he actually lived in the 5th-4th century BCE, concurrent with the Hundred Schools of Thought and Warring States period.
Charles Dickens: Reflections
Reflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 - 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.
Steve Maraboli: What are you going to create?
No matter what your history has been,
your destiny is what you create today.
What are you going to create?
Steve Maraboli (born 18 April 1975) is a motivating speaker, author, and behavioral science academic. His words have been shared and published throughout the world in more than 25 languages. Maraboli has delivered his speeches in over 30 countries, earning numerous awards while being praised by media.
Mark Twain: The best way to cheer yourself
The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Florida, MO November 30, 1835 - Redding CT,April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel."