Wizards and Artists

“No woman is old as long as she loves and is loved.”  ~Vincent Van Gogh in a letter to his brother Theo, quoted in Van Gogh by Pierre Cabanne, © 1961

which is very similar to

“A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.”  ~The Wizard of Oz

but I’m not really a fan of either, because it removes control from the individual.  “Loving” is an action we can choose, “being loved” is out of our hands.

Plague

“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?”  ~Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras