- Goethe: what is this life? A struggle or a dream? Perhaps both if it is the one, life is action and if it is the other, life is contemplation.
- Action is recognized as vital even though its end is not clear. Whether we choose our actions or we are driven to do them from within it is all the same.
- The two aspects of action contemplation constitute life, they are inseparable. Even in the mildest life of”simple live and high thinking”action has a part to play.
- The riddle of life cannot be solved by action alone; contemplation and meditation are equally necessary to probe into it.
- Struggle makes us strong. Like virtue it has its own reward, it gives us character.
- Too much thinking is a disease akin to melancholia. It keeps us depressed, gloomy, and dyspeptic.
- A spider working inward soon envelopes himself in a web; similarly merely abstract thinking confuses the brain.
- The progress of the world is the result of equal contributions of great thinkers and actors.
- “Play up, play up, play up the game.”
- Healthy mind lives in a healthy body; actions give us health.
- Thoughts, unless translated into actual shape, do not come to bloom but, die into embryo.
- Subcontinent’s past is rich in the fruits of contemplation but the present needs action.
- Thought, to be complete, demands action, and action without thought has no lasting value. The best life is that which is lived both in thought and deeds.
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