6. “Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”
William Jennings Bryan (1860–1925)
Do you believe that the choices we make, rather than our abilities and talents, show who we truly are?
7. “Suppose we were able to share meanings freely without a compulsive urge to impose our view or conform to those of others and without distortion and self-
deception. Would this not constitute a real revolution in culture?”
If we were to become completely open and honest with ourselves and with others, would society be better off?
8. “Every problem has a gift for you in its hands.”
Is there always a gain from experiencing hardship?
9. “They may forget what you said, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.”
Carl W. Beuchner
Are human emotions more powerful, enduring, and meaningful than our intellect? Or to put it another way, does the heart matter more than the brain in our lives?
10. “I cannot believe the purpose of life is to be happy. I think that the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all,
to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made a difference that you lived at all.”
Do happiness and contentment depend mainly on serving others and making a difference in their lives?