George Eliot: Filled with music
Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.
Mary Ann Evans (22 November 1819 – 22 December 1880; alternatively Mary Anne or Marian), known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She wrote seven novels, Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Romola (1862–63), Felix Holt, the Radical (1866), Middlemarch (1871–72) and Daniel Deronda (1876). Like Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy, she emerged from provincial England and most of her works are set there. They are known for their realism, psychological insight, sense of place and detailed depiction of the countryside.
Although female authors were published under their own names during her lifetime, she wanted to escape the stereotype of women's writing being limited to lighthearted romances. She also wanted to have her fiction judged separately from her already extensive and widely known work as a translator, editor and critic. Another factor in her use of a pen name may have been a desire to shield her private life from public scrutiny.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca: True Happiness
True happinessis to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon de future.
Seneca the Younger (c. 4 BC – AD 65), fully Lucius Annaeus Seneca and also known simply as Seneca (/ˈsɛnɪkə/), was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and—in one work—satirist of the Silver Age of Latin literature.
Buddha: Thoughts and Peace
Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, Shakyamuni, or simply the Buddha, was a sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. A native of the ancient Shakya republic in the Himalayan foothills, Gautama Buddha taught primarily in northeastern India. Buddha means "awakened one" or "the enlightened one." "Buddha" is also used as a title for the first awakened being in an era. In most Buddhist traditions, Siddhārtha Gautama is regarded as the Supreme Buddha (Pali sammasambuddha, Sanskrit samyaksambuddha) of our age.
Laozi: Mind where you are going
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
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.
Carl Jung: Becoming conscious
Man's task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious.
Carl Gustav Jung (Kesswil, 26 July 1875 - Küsnacht, 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist, psychologist, psychotherapist and essayist who founded analytical psychology school, also known as the complex and depth psychology. His work has been influential in psychiatry and in the study of religion, literature, and related fields.