Quotations Collection Part 31: On April 2014

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.” — Donald Miller


“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life that you don’t need to escape from.” — Seth Godin


“Flowers only bloom when they are ready. People are the same way. You cannot rush or force them open just because you think it’s time. Be patient.” — Timber Hawkeye


“In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.” — Drew Barrymore


“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.” — Mary Anne Radmacher


“One man’s artifact is another man’s theory.” –Kurt Lewin


“Immature people always want to win an argument, even at the cost of a relationship. Mature people understand that it’s always better to lose an argument and win a relationship.” — Author Unknown


“Stay committed in your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.” — Tony Robbins


“Hati memiliki dua penyakit yang membinasakan, bingung dan resah. Kebingungan menyebabkan orang tidak mau tidur, keresahan menyebabkan orang bangun sepanjang malam.” “Jangan kamu memaksakan anak-anak kamu mengikuti jejakmu, karena mereka diciptakan pada satu masa bukan masa kamu.” “Hati orang yang tenggelam dalam ma’rifah terhadap hakikat (kebenaran) menjadi mimbar malaikat, perut orang yang bergelimang dalam kelezatan menjadi kuburan binatang buas.” “Kehidupan ini mempunyai dua batas: pertama panjang angan-angan dan kedua ajal (kematian). Dengan yang pertama menyebabkan ia baqa’ dan dengan yang kedua menyebabkan ia fana.” — Socrates Asy-Syahrastani, Al-Milal wa An-Nihal, h. 77


“Tuhan itu Maha Esa. Esa tidak sama dengan satu, karena esa tidak termasuk angka (bilangan), hakikatnya tidak dapat dijangkau oleh akal dan indera, akal tidak mampu menjangkaunya dan sifatnya tidak mampu diuraikan bahasa. Karena Tuhan mempunyai sifat-sifat rohaniah, zatnya tidak dapat dijangkau indera, hanya yang mampu dijangkau adalah bekas perbuatannya dan ciptaannya.” “… esa bukan sama dengan satu karena dari esa terbitlah yang banyak, yang banyak berasal dari yang esa, yang menjadi bagian yang tak terpisahkan dari segala yang ada…” — Pythagoras Asy-Syahrastani, Al-Milal wa An-Nihal, h. 66


“Your time is valuable. Make the most of it by streamlining your life to include only the people who really matter to you, and those who show you really matter to them.” — Gabbie Chase


“When you reach a certain level of leadership, people cannot be neutral with you. They either love, love, love you, or hate, hate, hate you.” — Imelda Marcos; Si Kupu-kupu Besi


“Psychology is a science and teaching is an art: and sciences never generate arts directly out of themselves.” — William James, 1891, dalam How Students Learn


“A wise man learns from experience, an even wiser man learns from the experience of others.” — Plato


“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins; not through strength, but through persistence.” — Buddha


“Be natural my children. For the writer that is natural has fulfilled all the rules of art.” — Charles Dickens.


“Lebih baik saya maju (mencalonkan diri) karena saya tahu caranya mengurus bangsa. Daripada yang maju adalah orang lain yang tidak mengerti.” — Jusuf Kalla


“Dalam kehidupan sehari-hari, kita semua psikolog, amatir, lengkap dengan berbagai teori kepribadian.” Implicit Personality Theory


“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Albert Schweitzer


“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” — Voltaire


“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” — Vincent van Gogh


nothing can surpass human curiousity, carla… karena ketamakan terhadap pengetahuan dan ketamakan terhadap harta itu mirip cuma kita yang bisa menghentikannya pertanyaan2 dalam kepala kita memang kontrolnya ada di kita sendiri — Rasyid Isa, 22 April 2014


“Do what your heart desires, never hold back a thing, and don’t worry so much about what the others think, because at the end of the day, what makes you happy is what really matters the most.” — Author Unknown


“If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” — Lemony Snicket


“Reformasi serta kritik-kritik negatif terhadap sistem dan penegakan hukum Indonesia memberi kesempatan kepada kita untuk keluar dari situasi buruk. Tetapi, bagaimanapun suasana keterpurukan masih menyisakan berkah, yaitu memberi kesempatan kepada kita untuk memikirkan perubahan secara tidak tanggung-tanggung, bahkan sampai pada akar filsafatnya sekali.” Prof. Satjipto Rahardjo, dalam “Membedah Hukum Progresif”, 2006, h. 9


“Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.” — Robert Tew


“It is absurd to ask for what we simply cannot have.” — Cicero


“People are spending more than is fiscally prudent. They are apending more than what they did in the past. They are spending more than they realize.” — Juliet B. Schor in “The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need”


to be dead – isn´t this what Sartrean philosophy taught us? – is to be in the hands of the living Rosi Braidotti (1991:6)


White people think they can learn everything right away, by reading it out of a book and asking questions at everyone. But it doesn’t work that way, you got to experience it and live it to learn it . . . Stop asking questions. You ask too many fucking questions. Because when you’re ready to know, it’ll be shown to you. Maybe by the end of this trip, you’ll know just a little, tiny bit . . . Yeah, but then maybe you won’t want to write a book anymore, because it’s impossible to write down those kinds of things . . . And people won’t understand anyway, because they didn’t experience it. — Lewis Atcitty, a Navajo In “The Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well-Being”, Haybron, 2008


Affluenza: an infectious disease in which one becomes addicted to having. This is of course the tragic tale of modernity – we are the snakes eating our own tails. — Richard M. Ryan, in T. Kasser “The High Price of Materialism”, 2002, xii


One of the key functions of religion was to provide a sense of certainty in an insecure environment. Physical as well as economic insecurity intensify this need; the old saying that “there are no atheists in foxholes” reflects the fact that physical danger leads to a need for belief in a higher power. But peace, prosperity, and the welfare state have produced an unprecedented sense of security that one will survive. This has diminished the need for the reassurance that religion traditionally provided. The postmodern world view is linked with declining acceptance of rigid religious norms concerning sex and reproduction and a diminishing need for absolute rules. But it also brings a growing concern for the meaning and purpose of life. Thus, though established religious organizations have declined in most advanced industrial societies, we are not witnessing a decline in spiritual concerns but rather a redirection of them. — Ronald Inglehart, “Globalization and Postmodern Values”, 2000, 224


“We are all weird. And life is weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we call it love.” — Robert Fulghum


“In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be, by remaining what we are.” — Max DePree


“Don’t make assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.” — Miguel Angel Ruiz


What’s right isn’t always popular. What’s popular isn’t always right.” — Howard Cosell


Homo sapiens non urinat in ventro. A wise man does not piss against the wind. — Max Euwe


Materialisme adalah nilai yang melandasi konsumerisme. Dalam budaya konsumen, memiliki barang yang “tepat” adalah hal yang vital. Barang menjadi penting bukan karena kegunaan barang itu sendiri, melainkan makna simbolisnya dalam kaitannya dengan harapan akan keuntungan sosial-psikologis, seperti popularitas, identitas (status sosial, jati diri), dan kebahagiaan. Orang-orang saling menilai bukan dari apa yang dilakukan, melainkan apa yang dipunya. Orang menjadi dengan cara memiliki. “To have is to be”. — Helga Dittmar (2008).


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