Charm: the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.
We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
Human life may be regarded as a succession of frontispieces. The way to be satisfied is never to look back.
One of the greatest satisfactions in life comes from getting things done and knowing you have done them to the best of your ability.
There is no greater challenge than to have someone relying upon you; no greater satisfaction than to vindicate his expectation.
I have not become one who bears malice to any Muslims, nor one who wishes evil or misfortune for him. Indeed what you dislike about unity is better for you than what you like about division. I see what is better for you, better than you see for yourselves. Therefore do not oppose my commands and do not reject my judgement. May God forgive both me and you, and may He guide me and you to that in which there is love and satisfaction.
any lasting satisfaction, any contentment that we can achieve, is the result of forgetting self, or merging subject with object in a harmony that is of body, mind and spirit.
Man was supposed to long to be all virtue, to break free from the chains of bodily desire. Wholeness would be happiness. Machiavelli turned things upside down. Happiness is indeed wholeness, so lets try the wholeness available to us in this life. The tradition viewed man as the incomprehensible and self-contradictory union of two substances, body and soul. Man cannot be conceived as body only. But if the function of whatever is not body in him is to cooperate in the satisfaction of bodily desire, then mans dividedness is overcome.
The old view was that delicacy of language was part of the nature, the sacred nature, of eros and that to speak about it in any other way would be to misunderstand it. What has disappeared is the risk and the hope of human connectedness embedded in eros. Ours is a language that reduces the longing for an other to the need for individual, private satisfaction and safety.
It is a great pity that human beings cannot find all of their satisfaction in scientific contemplativeness.
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