Quotes from The Pursuit of Happyness

Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right?

You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.

I have found these as one of the most profound quotes ever and there is so much of energy it infuses that it somehow makes me want to get our of my bed and start doing something about things. We have often had a dream, something we so strongly feel connected to and somehow down the lane most times we forget them, sometimes in the illusion that something better has come along, in the end we would have never given the dream a chance. And most times we often tell ourselves that it is not worth going at it since it appears like an effort, so we make sure we give enough reasons as to why something may not work, very similar to the FOX CALLING THE GRAPES SOUR just cos it couldn’t reach them. And sometimes we allow people around us to pull us back from the dream, let us call it cultural tuning. Either cases no matter who we have to blame, no matter how solid the justification is, it doesn’t matter, does it? Isn’t the dream a little more important than the ones who have pulled us away from it including ourselves?


[about the spelling mistakes in the graffiti of a building] It’s not H-A-P-P-Y-N-E-S-S Happiness is spelled with an “I” instead of a “Y”

This part of my life… this part right here? This part is called “being stupid.”

Interestingly so, I would very much agree to this statement. Most times we are so much caught up in the details that we forget what we are actually after. In this case, it doesn’t really matter whether it is an “I” or a “Y” but what matters eventually is the HAPPY(I)NESS. Now the question is, are we going to bother ourselves about the “Y” or are we going to look at the larger picture and the final outcome we are after. Noticing the details is a great gift I’d say, but the gift is equally pointless if it stands in the way of the larger picture!


The important thing about that freedom train, is it’s got to climb mountains. We ALL have to climb mountains, you know. Mountains that go way up high, and mountains that go deep and low. Yes, we know what those mountains are here at Glide. We sing about them.

We all have our challenges, some more daunting than the other. But the challenges never end. The stronger mountain we climb, the better challenge we get. Something we may not notice in the whole process is that our ability to climb mountains is getting way stronger. We are moving from one set of problems to another of a higher quality. Most times we somehow miss appreciating the mountain since we are so caught up in climbing. It does become equally important to stop for a while, look back and see how far you have come and that is all about singing about a mountain!


Can I say something? Um, I’m the type of person that if you ask me a question and I don’t know the answer, I’m gonna tell you that I don’t know. But I bet you what, I know how to find the answer and I will find the answer

We’ll never know answers for all the questions. Heck most times I never know what I am writing about. But that doesn’t define anything, it just tells us that we do not know something about a certain subject. We can sit at one corner, feel bad about it and curse ourselves as to how stupid we are or we can say, heck its an opportunity to know something. Find out the answer, get it off your system. It does feel good to have the feeling of conquering something, even though it would be as small as a silly question asking about what you do for a living 🙂


Hey dad, you wanna hear something funny? There was a man who was drowning, and a boat came, and the man on the boat said “Do you need help?” and the man said “No thanks, God will save me”. Then another boat came and he tried to help him, but he said “No thanks, God will save me”, then he drowned and went to Heaven. Then the man told God, “God, why didn’t you save me?” and God said “I sent you two big boats, to give you a second chance!”

It so happens that we all miss out on the opportunities that keep coming knocking on our doors. Yet again we are so strongly fixated on one door that the others don’t seem to be existent at all. There will always be multiple channels for a solution. It is good to be persistent, but it is equally stupid to feel that there is only one solution to a problem. More often than not, the very thought is the biggest impediment to get to the solution


just have two questions for you. What do you do, and how do you do it?

(Will Smith to a man who pulls up in an expensive sports-car)

See something you like? See someone living a lifestyle you’d kill for? What do you do? Naturally I’d feel jealous, the most immediate thought would be to kill him and replace him by myself :D. Easy solution right? Well perhaps there is a better way. The beauty of the mind is always underrated. If someone can live a great lifestyle, it just means that they are doing a few things right. That doesn’t mean that we can’t have a similar lifestyle. Identify what makes him/her be that, try and replicate, or  better – improvise and well you can have something better, something he’d kill for!


When I was young, and I’d get A’s, I’d get this good feeling of all the things that I could be. And then I’d never became any of them.

This part of my life… this part right here. this is called “happiness”.

This is one part where I’d say I can feel a complete connection to. All my student life, life was about getting the best grades, the greatest achievement was to top the class, be the apple of the eye and success would follow wherever I went! Well hardly does that ever happen, right? It didn’t, the A’s did help in securing a job, but not quite the one I would want to do for the rest of my life. After a while, I realized, the A’s had a purpose and they served it very well till the college life. When I moved to the next stage, the situations changed, it was not about the A’s anymore. Life was WAYYYY bigger than the A’s, Life meant so much more, The A’s fulfilled only a part of life and to be very honest, only a very small part of my life. There were so many things that were and are way more important than that. So many things that started making sense when I looked at them. That was when it dawned that the biggest mistake was not with the A’s but with the way I looked at them. It was just a grade for god’s sake. I am not saying it was useless, I am saying it had a purpose and it was absolutely foolish of me to assign it a meaning as to more than what it meant.
Well I guess that was part of growing up. Cos now, its not just about the A’s anymore 🙂

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