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Quotations: The Secret of Life

What you serve is what you get.


The Secret of Life

“The secret of life is: what you serve is what you get.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.” —Job 4:8


Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“A God all mercy is a God unjust.” —Edward Young, 1683-1765

“As this belief is, so will be our acts and our thoughts. As our acts and our thoughts are, so will our lives be.” —Seneca

“Don’t wait for people to be friendly, show them how.” —Anonymous

“Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.” —Job 4:8

“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” —Third Law of Motion (Issac Newton)

“Happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.” —Desiderius Erasmus

“He who does wrong does wrong against himself. He who acts unjustly acts unjustly to himself, because he makes himself bad.” —Marcus Aurelius

“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Hell is your ego-mind without darkness to hide its ugliness and energy to animate it enough to appear alive, but only consciousness of dead and ugly thoughts (brimstone) and destruction (fire) to keep the thoughts disintegrating.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” —Arthur Rubinstein, 1887-1982, musician

“If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.” —Norman Vincent Peale

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” —Mahatma Gandhi (apparently modified from earlier saying 1885, 1897, see below)

“Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness.” —Sophocles, Ajax

“Kindness it is that brings forth kindness always.” —Sophocles, 447 B.C.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’“ —Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Men are not punished for their sins, but by them.” —Elbert Hubbard, 1865-1915

“Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.” —William Shakespeare, 1564-1616

“No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy.” —William Shakespeare

“Our aspirations are our possibilities.” —Robert Browning

“Purpose in life as medicament for mortality and suffering: chaos to confront, order to establish and revivify, and evil to overcome. ’12 Rules for Life’ in a nutshell.” —Jordan Peterson

“The fortunate man is he who, born poor, or nobody, works gradually up to wealth and consideration, and, having got them, dies before he finds they were not worth so much trouble.” —Charles Reade

“The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy.” —Florence Shinn, 1871-1940, writer

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” —Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” —Robert Byrne

“The pursuit of happiness begins and ends with inner peace.” —Pirkei Avot4: 1

“The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure.” —Tibetan proverb

“There is poetic justice.” —Aphorism

“They will get theirs in the end.” —Aphorism

“This world is a mountain. What we do is a shout. The echo comes back to us.” —Rumi

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” —Saying developed over time [http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/01/10/watch-your-thoughts/]

“We all know that as we are beneficent toward nature, it becomes beneficent towards us.” —Xenophon, Estate Management

“We are punished by our sins, not for them.” —Elbert Hubbard

“We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate.” —Swami Vivekananda

“What goes around comes around.” —Aphorism

“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” —William Arthur Ward

“When you are good to others, you are best to yourself.” —Benjamin Franklin

“When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback.” —Bill Copeland

“Would you rather have a trivial pleasure or the greatest happiness? Make sacrifices to attain the latter.” —Dhammapada, Other Things,verse 290

“Your focus becomes your experience.” —William James


Quotations from Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

Organized Alphabetically

“Attach your awareness of self to your internal space and so be yourself.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Mind is a magnet attracting what it dwells on.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The hell you want for others is the hell you get because that hell is formed from images, concepts, and objects of your self.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The meaning of life is life.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The practical secret of life is that you should give the very thing that you want, for example, if you want friendship then give friendship.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The secret of life is: only you control how you feel.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The secret of life is: sharing to increase joy.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The secret of life is: what you serve is what you get.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The secret of life is: you agree beforehand to everything that happens to you.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The secret of life is: you can only influence not control.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The secret of life is: you get what you give.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The secret of life is: you get what you want for others.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The spiritual secret of life is that in the end you will get exactly what you served most.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Whining, blaming, and damning is throwing dust into the wind only for it to return to hurt your eyes.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice


Quotations from Scripture

“Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.” —Job 4:8

“He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.” —Proverbs 22:8

“Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, until he come and rain righteousness upon you.” —Hosea 10:12

“My son, sow not upon the furrows of unrighteousness, and thou shalt not reap them sevenfold.” —Ecclesiasticus 7:3

“Forgive thy neighbour the hurt that he hath done unto thee, so shall thy sins also be forgiven when thou prayest.” —Ecclesiasticus 28:2

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” —Matthew 6:21

“A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.” —Matthew 12:35

“The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.” —Matthew 13:39

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” —Luke 6:45

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” —Luke 12:34

“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” —II Corinthians 9:6

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” —Galatians 6:7

“For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” —Galatians 6:8

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” —Philippians 4:8


Question Yourself

  1. What your mind is on most of the time is what you will get for all of eternity.
  2. Is this good news? If not, then put your mind on the positive.
  3. Or, better yet, put your mind on the love of God.

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