essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Life is not a problem to be solved. Just remember to have something that keeps you busy doing what you love while being surrounded by the people who love you.
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
There is a tension between what is good for someone and what they want to do. This is because people, especially older people, like to do things as they've always done them. The problem is that when the brain develops ingrained habits, it doesn't need to think anymore. Things get done very quickly and efficiently on automatic pilot, often in a very advantageous way. This creates a tendency to stick to routines, and the only way of breaking these is to confront the brain with new information.
there is nothing wrong with enjoying life’s pleasures as long as they do not take control of your life as you enjoy them.
We have to learn to turn off the autopilot that’s steering us in an endless loop. We all know people who snack while talking on the phone or watching the news. You ask them if the omelet they just ate had onion in it, and they can’t tell you,.
Our ikigai is different for all of us, but one thing we have in common is that we are all searching for meaning.
We’re all going to die. Some people are scared of dying. Never be afraid to die. Because you’re born to die.