Let Your Life Speak

Happiness Is a Direction and Not a Place

Anwar A. Khan

12 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

“If you pursue evil with pleasure,

The pleasure passes away and the evil remains;

If you pursue good with labour,

The labour passes away but the good remains.” – Cicero


To have striven, to have made an effort, to have been true to certain ideals – this alone is worth the struggle. We are here to add what we can to, not to get what we can from, life. Voila! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the voxpopuli, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V.

People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

We must be imaginative, strong-hearted. We must try things that may not work, and we must not let anyone define our limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul. What I say is true - anyone can cook... but only the fearless can be great.

If you focus on what you've left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead. Focusing is about saying no. It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.

People think Haute Cuisine is snooty, so chefs must also be snooty. But not so! Lalo there ran away from home at twelve, got hired by circus people as an acrobat and got fired for messing around with the ring-masters daughter. Horst has done time.

Most people are afraid of freedom. They are conditioned to be afraid of it. Let your life speak! A statesman is a politician who places himself at the service of the nation. A politician is a statesman who places the nation at his service.

Real talent is a mystery, and people who've got it, know it. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your mind off your goals. You can only make a certain amount with your hands, but with your mind, it's unlimited.

Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything. Success to the strongest, who are always, at last, the wisest and best. The purpose of a wilderness journey is not to get from one end of the trail to the other, but to enjoy the landscape, and adapt to its ever-changing moods.

This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. It infuriates me to be wrong when I know I am right.

Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it. A life without love is a waste. 'Should I look for spiritual love, or material, or physical love?' – don't ask yourself this question. Discrimination leads to discrimination. Love doesn't need any name, category or definition. Love is a world itself. Either you are in, at the centre... either you are out, yearning.

Every successful revolution puts on in time the robe of the tyrant it has deposed.

An approximate answer to the right question is worth a great deal more than a precise answer to the wrong question. You can build a throne out of bayonets, but you can't sit on them long. Modern man has lost the option of silence.

There are all kinds of silences and each of them means a different thing. There is the silence that comes with morning in a forest, and this is different from the silence of a sleeping city. There is silence after a rainstorm, and before a rainstorm, and these are not the same. There is the silence of emptiness, the silence of fear, the silence of doubt. There is a certain silence that can emanate from a lifeless object as from a chair lately used, or from a piano with old dust upon its keys, or from anything that has answered to the need of a man, for pleasure or for work.

This kind of silence can speak. Its voice may be melancholy, but it is not always so; for the chair may have been left by a laughing child or the last notes of the piano may have been raucous and gay. Whatever the mood or the circumstance is, the essence of its quality may linger in the silence that follows. It is a soundless echo.

No man is an island; entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less as well as if a promontory or romp was. As well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were, Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore, never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

I felt exhilarated. It was like thinking that all there is to your family are your parents, brothers and sisters, and then you realise there's a whole stretch of history that is an extension of who you are. You can't get there from here if you don't know where here and there are.

I want to go out as unprepared as possible so I can get filled up with what the world has to offer. Charm is more valuable than beauty. You can resist beauty, but you can't resist charm.

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.

A good photograph knows where to stand. The only things in my life that compatibly exists with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit. A brave heart is a powerful weapon. Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you. To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.

To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure. God made the desert so that man could find his soul. Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.

Beauty is the promise of happiness. Little evil would be done in the world if evil never could be done in the name of good. Our own life is the instrument with which we experiment with truth. If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.

Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away. I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical, but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.

The old man was right. Only the farmers won. We lost. We always lose. If you truly enjoy your work then you will never have to work again. The world steps aside for those who know where they are going.

Most things still remain to be done! The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time. Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.

The enjoyment of the choicest natural scenes in the country and the means of recreation connected with them is thus a monopoly, in a very peculiar manner, of a very few very rich people. The great mass of society, including those to whom it would be of the greatest benefit, is excluded from it. In the nature of the case private parks can never be used by the mass of the people in any country nor by any considerable number even of the rich, except by the favour of a few, and in dependence on them.

Thus without means are taken by government to withhold them from the grasp of individuals, all places favourable in scenery to the recreation of the mind and body will be closed against the great body of the people. For the same reason that the water of rivers should be guarded against private appropriation and the use of it for the purpose of navigation and otherwise protected against obstructions, portions of natural scenery may, therefore, properly to guarded and cared for by government. To simply reserve them from monopoly by individuals, however, it will be obvious, is not all that is necessary. It is necessary that they should he laid open to the use of the body of the people.

Thucydides reminds us, “The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage." Happiness is a direction and not a place.


The writer is a political commentator and writes on

politics, political and human-centred figures, current

and international affairs