Indian Saying Quote

“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.”

Ratings and Comments

Joe, North Caldwell, NJ

Now it's an "Indian" saying? It's usually attributed to Tibetan Buddhists. Probably written by some ad executive. Catchy slogan for a T-shirt, but that's about it.

ramakrishnan dorai, bangalore

you cannot rejoice when you are gone

Waffler, Smith, Arkansas

Every one dies and it may even be possible to die happily or at least contentedly. The first sentence is absolutely true. It is up to the individual to make the last sentence true.

kg, NE
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kg, NE    1/4/08

Simple and straightforward--regardless of the source. Sad and frightening that some can't appreciate the guidance that is offered in this statement and apply it to their own lives. Who will cry and why will they cry when you are gone?

Anonymous, Reston, VA US

Well said Waffler & kg. To go to one's death full in the knowledge of being missed by those left, and having left the world better for your time in it is indeed a form of rejoicing at a life well lived.

Paula, Grand Rapids, MI

I appreciated the wisdom of the statement; it's about time the Indians got appreciated for something!

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RobertSRQ    1/4/08

Yes, yes, Waffler, kg, Paula, Reston, and Mike. I like to think this wasn't written by an ad executive:
"Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about his religion. Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and of service to your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place. Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home. " -- Tecumseh 1768-1813 Shawnee Chief

Mike, Norwalk

I like it. When my spirit leaves my body for a time, I hope it will fulfill the quote.

E Archer, NYC

Every moment is precious. Carpe Diem.

Rachel, Stanford

It's the way to think. James Dean or other such people would sing pride.


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