Here are two sites which email me a Thought for the Day. The Wisdom Commons is by Valerie Tarico, a rationalist atheist formerly an Evangelical Christian who collects bite-size quotes from eclectic sources. Recent examples of “The Daily Wisbit“:
Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, “I love to go and see all the things I am happy without.
– Jack Kornfield
Not only must the most privileged feel they are brothers and sisters of the most destitute, but the most destitute must feel as well that something within them makes them equal to the greatest sages and geniuses.
– Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov
True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power.
– Milan Kundera
One Spirit Interfaith offers daily inspiration, such as
Life has taught me that it knows better plans than we can imagine, so that I try to submerge my own desires … into a calm willingness to accept what comes, and to make the most of it, then wait again.
– Julia Seton, By A Thousand Fires
I know that a new and kinder day will come … And there is only one way of preparing the new age, by living it even now in our hearts.
–Etty Hillesum, An Interrupted Life
I get a lot like that from facebook, along with the politics and jokes. Here is the Dalai Lama:
When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know; but when you listen, you may learn something new.
But I thought, when I try to articulate thought and explain it to others, I gain understanding; and when I listen, often I only hear what I already know. These wisdom-tidbits are not the meaning of life, but they can stimulate my thought for a moment, giving pleasure and even perhaps insight.
Also recommended: Mark Simpson‘s poem shares.