At the best, man spends four-score years and ten in this world—a short time indeed!
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 92)
Consider how much solidarity makes for life as compared to the fighting for self interest which destroys it.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 187)
I hope that, in the path of the love of God, thou wilt exert thyself exceedingly and thy wilt enjoy life.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. 132)
The Tree of Life hath verily been planted in the heart of the heavenly paradise and bestoweth life in every direction. How can ye fail to perceive and recognize it? It will in truth aid thee to grasp all that this well-assured Soul hath disclosed unto thee of the essence of the divine mysteries.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 49)
The Tree of Life is full of blossoms, leaves and fruits!—shade thereof is a peace to the soul and a rest to the consciousness. Whosoever is under this Tree will certainly partake of fruit. But shade trees are many in the forest, which, though fresh and verdant, are, nevertheless, fruitless. This truth shall finally become clear and manifest unto thee.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. 126)
We would like them both to enjoy a life that is well-pleasing.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Compilations, Huqúqu’lláh 57)
You should never be too depressed about your dissatisfaction concerning not finding a job you like, a place in the world that fits you. If you analyse it this general sense of mis-fit is one of the curses of your generation, one of the products of the world’s disequilibrium and chaos. It is not confined to your life, it is pretty general.
(Shoghi Effendi, The Unfolding Destiny of the British Bahá’í Community, p. 454)