it is

Alain de Botton: 

My goal is a more emotionally literate, happier society, but one that doesn’t in any way overlook the fact that life is tragic in structure.

bad language is a moral issue

harold evans:

The fog that envelops English is not just a question of good taste, style, and aesthetics. It is a moral issue… I hate the fact that people are not allowed to see things which are to their benefit but are obscured by language, whether for profit-mongering or any other reason.

nine years of your life

Roman Krznaric:

…assuming your viewing habits are somewhere near average, if you live to seventy-five, you will have spent around nine years of your life watching television.

how do you know you found your person?

Two years later we were together, and we belonged to each other for 17 years. He died four years ago. His last week in the hospital, he held my hand and said, “You’re my person.

http://kottke.org/17/07/how-did-you-know-youd-found-your-person

without trying to alter it

jiddu krishnamurthi:

It is a discovery to suddenly see yourself as you actually are: greedy, quarrelsome, angry, envious, stupid. To see the fact without trying to alter it, just to see exactly what you are is an astonishing revelation.

without paying attention to the inner state

jiddu krishnamurthi:

Unfortunately, most of us are becoming mere technicians. We pass examinations, acquire this or that technique in order to earn a livelihood; but to acquire technique or develop capacity without paying attention to the inner state, brings about ugliness and chaos in the world.

how to live

Jiddu Krishnamurti:

Really to live requires a great deal of love, a great feeling for silence, a great simplicity with an abundance of experience; it requires a mind that is capable of thinking very clearly, that is not bound by prejudice or superstition, by hope or fear.