Mother Teresa on the Meaning of Life

Few are the people whose contribution to humanity — be it work for peace, or freedom, or equality, or some other core human value — fills the soul with boundless gratitude for their very existence. Mother Teresa (August 26, 1910–September 5, 1997) — one of the greatest women of our time — is one such … Read more

Aristotle on Happiness as a Quality of a Complete Life

“Happiness is a very proud word of our whole cultural heritage,” Erich From said in a rare 1958 interview. “If you would ask people what their concept of Heaven is, and if they were honest, they would say it’s a kind of big department store with new things every week, and enough money to buy … Read more

Fernando Pessoa on Finding Peace Amid Uncertainty and Disquiet

“Men seek retreats for themselves, houses in the country, sea-shores, and mountains,” Marcus Aurelius wrote in his Meditations. “But this is altogether a mark of the most common sort of men, for it is in thy power whenever thou shalt choose to retire into thyself.” Two millennia later, Fernando Pessoa (June 13, 1888–November 30, 1935) … Read more