„One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.“
— Lewis Carroll English writer, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer 1832 - 1898
Disputed, This is a paraphrase of statement in a thank you note from Carroll to a childhood friend, the actress Ellen Terry, published in Ellen Terry, Player in Her Time (1997), p. 126 https://books.google.com/books?id=2PkzZ9KaRlwC&lpg=PA126&vq=%22do%20for%20others%22&pg=PA126#v=snippet&q=%22do%20for%20others%22&f=fals by Nina Auerbach: "... and so you have found out that secret — one of the deep secrets of Life — that all, that is really worth the doing, is what we do for others?"
— Leo Buscaglia Motivational speaker, writer 1924 - 1998
„Was that, then, the way we do things? "Not knowing"— was that the way the most profound things happened?… Was the secret of never escaping from the greater life the secret of living like a sleepwalker?“
— Clarice Lispector Brazilian writer 1920 - 1977
The Passion According to G.H. (1964), p. 159
„Why don't you sit right down and stay awhile?
We like the same things and I like your style
Its not a secret; why do you keep it?
I'm just sitting on the shelf“
— Zooey Deschanel American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter 1980
She & Him : Volume One (2008), Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
— John Churton Collins British literary critic 1848 - 1908
„The secret self knows the anguish of our attachments and assures us that letting go of what we think we must have to be happy is the same as letting go of our unhappiness.“
— Guy Finley American self-help writer, philosopher, and spiritual teacher, and former professional songwriter and musician 1949
— Henry Ford American industrialist 1863 - 1947
— Joyce Carol Oates American author 1938
Address at Mount Holyoke College (2006)
— Raymond Carver American short story author and poet 1938 - 1988