Heart Refreshed with Laughter of Sweet Friendship
Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.
The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.
In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
Kahlil Gibran was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer. Born in the town of Bsharri in the north of modern-day Lebanon, as a young man he immigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career, writing in both English and Arabic. In the Arab world, Gibran is regarded as a literary and political rebel. His romantic style was at the heart of a renaissance in modern Arabic literature, especially prose poetry, breaking away from the classical school. In Lebanon, he is still celebrated as a literary hero.
“Today, in our modern world, because of the Internet, everything is connected to everything. We are now interdependent. We are now interlocked as nations, as individuals, in a way which has never been the case before.”
“If you get Swine Flu in Mexico, it’s a problem for Charles De Gaul Airport 24 hours later. Lehman Brothers goes down – the whole lot collapses. There are fires in the steppes of Russia – food riots in Africa. We are all now deeply, deeply, deeply interconnected.
It used to be the case that if my tribe is more powerful than their tribe, I was safe. My country was more powerful than their country, I was safe. My alliance, like NATO, was more powerful than their alliance, I was safe. It is no longer the case.”
If it is the case that we are now locked together in a way that has never been quite the same before, then it is also the case that we share a destiny with each other.”
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, 2000, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George, New Year Honours List, 2006.
Jeremy John Durham Ashdown, Baron Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon, GCMG, KBE, PC (born 27 February 1941), usually known as Paddy Ashdown, is a British politician and diplomat. He is currently the Chair of the Liberal Democrats 2015 General Election Team.
After service as a Royal Marine and as an intelligence officer for the UK security services, Ashdown was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Yeovil from 1983 to 2001, and leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 until August 1999
Ashdown announced his intention to resign as leader of the Liberal Democrats on 20 January 1999 finally departing on 9 August that year after 11 years in the role, to be succeeded by Charles Kennedy. He was knighted (KBE) in 2000 and became a life peer as Baron Ashdown of Norton Sub Hamdon in the House of Lords after retiring from the Commons in 2001. In the 2001 election, the Yeovil seat was retained for the Liberal Democrats by David Laws. Ashdown was honoured in 2001 with a Doctor of Letters degree by Bournemouth University and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Bath.
“This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”
“Sit, be still, and listen,
because you’re drunk
and we’re at
the edge of the roof.”
“Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.”