Slow Down!
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Slow Down!

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That’s a surprising quote by Eddie Cantor (1892–1964), an energetic performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor, and songwriter who was known as an Apostle of Pep.

His remark reminds me of a classical story about a rabbi who was famed for his wisdom. When he saw a man running down the street, he called out, "Why are you hurrying so?"

"I'm rushing to find my livelihood," the man replied.

"And how do you know," the rabbi asked, "that your livelihood is running ahead of you? Maybe it's behind you, and all you need to do is stop running and it will catch up to you."

Let me add two maxims – you might call them observations – that resonate with me.

We are in such haste to be doing, to be writing, to be gathering gear, to make our voice audible a moment in the derisive silence of eternity, that we forget one thing, of which these are but the parts—namely, to live. We fall in love, we drink hard, we run to and fro upon the earth like frightened sheep. And now you are to ask yourself if, when all is done, you would not have been better to sit by the fire at home, and be happy thinking. To sit still and contemplate . . . is this not to know both wisdom and virtue, and to dwell with happiness? ~Robert Louis Stevenson

The second saying is one of those wisdom quotes that circulate on the Web and can’t really be attributed to anyone specific:

Always remember to slow down in life; live, breathe, and learn; take a look around you whenever you have time and never forget everything and every person that has the least place within your heart. ~Unattributed

If you’re interested in slowing down, know somebody who should give some serious thought, or simply feel like quote hopping, check out the Slow Down Quotes collection at AZquotes.


Image of the snail: “Don't hurry be happy.