"So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."
"We're so wrapped up with egotistical things, career, family, having enough money, meeting the mortgage, getting a new car, fixing the radiator when it breaks - we're involved in trillions of little acts just to keep going. So we don't get into the habit of standing back and looking at our lives and saying, Is this all? Is this all I want? Is something missing?"
"The truth is... if you accept that you can die at any time - then you might not be as ambitious as you are. The things you spend so much time on - all this work you do - might not seem as important. You might have to make room for some more spiritual things."
"We're deficient in some way. We are too involved in materialistic things and they don't satisfy us. The loving relationships we have, the universe around us, we take these things for granted."
"We've got a form of brainwashing going on in our country. Owning things is good. More money is good. More property is good. More commercialism is good. More is good. The average person is so fogged up by this, he has no perspective on what's really important anymore. You can't substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of comradeship."
"There's a big confusion in this country over what we want versus what we need. You need food, you want a chocolate sundae. You have to be honest with yourself. You don't need the latest sports car, you don't need the biggest house. The truth is, you don't get satisfaction from those things. You know what really gives you satisfaction? Offering others what you have to give."
"There are a few rules I know to be true about love and marriage: If you don't respect the other person, you're gonna have a lot of trouble. If you don't know how to compromise, you're gonna have a lot of trouble. If you can't talk openly about what goes on between you, you're gonna have a lot of trouble. And if you don't have a common set of values in life, you're gonna have a lot of trouble."
"The problem is that we don't believe we are as much alike as we are. Whites and blacks, Catholics and Protestants, men and women. If we saw each other as more alike, we might be very eager to join in one big human family in this world, and to care about that family the way we care about our own. But... we all have the same beginning - birth - and we all have the same end - death. So how different can we be?"
"In the beginning of life, when we are infants, we need others to survive, right? And at the end of life, when you get like me, you need others to survive, right? But here's the secret: in between, we need others as well."
I know this was a long blog just full of quotes but these quotes were just so great, and I couldn't have said it better for some of this stuff. I just really enjoyed this book and if you haven't read it you should check it out!