Abraham Lincoln said:
We can complain because the rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses
I have just finished a wonderful audiobook, The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life by Janice Kaplan (2015).
In her book, Janice Kaplan shares plenty of meaningful quotes, like the one above, as well as wonderful stories (personal and of others) about living each day filled with gratitude. The author also provides lots of social science/research (aka “Malcolm Gladwell” style) that supports why true happiness and peace comes from living an existence soaked in gratitude.
A very inspirational and very joyous audiobook listen.
One of my favorite quotes in the book is one by the Greek Philosopher Epicurus:
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.