Joyeux Anniversaire mirou ! Quote of the day

My sister drew inspiration from the thoughts of N.Branden to write a nice piece on my mother's birthday. The following is what she wrote in French, a loose translation in english and finally a direct quote from Branden.
"Ce n’est pas le besoin d’éviter la peur ou la souffrance qui mène la vie des grands de ce monde. C’est plutôt la force de vie qui existe en eux, qui prend forme sous son unique expression: l’accomplissement de leurs valeurs personnelles.”
Nathaniel Branden
Nous avons emprunté à un plus lettré que nous ces mots pour décrire ton oeuvre et ton empreinte: tu nous montres un peu plus chaque jour que c’est la force de vie, et non la peur de la mort; la foi chevillée au corps et non la prudence de la raison, et enfin, et surtout, la grâce et non l’amour de soi, qui soigne un enfant, fait revivre sa mère, change un peu le monde".

"The driving force of great women/men of this world is not their need to escape fear or pain. it's rather the will to live that lies within, that takes shape in its unique expression: The accomplishment of personal values. N. Branden

We borrowed the words of a wise man to describe your work and your legacy. You showed us that it is the will to live and not the fear of dying, the unreasonable belief and not the prudent reason, and most importantly, the graceful selflessness that heal the child, rejoice her mother and change the world".

Branden: " Persons of high self-esteem are not driven to make themselves superior to others; they do not seek to prove their value by measuring themselves against a comparative standard. Their joy is being who they are, not in being better than someone else."

Have a great week-end !

PS: I banged my head on the basket-ball court last night so I apologize if some of this does not make sense.


  1. Bon Anniversaire!

    Happy Birthday

    hindi - janamdin mubarak
    जन्मदिन मुबारक
    malayalam - puranaal aashamsakal
    പുറന്നാള് ആശംസകള്

  2. Now my mom has a head start on her wishful-never-come-to-frution plan to learn Hindi. Is "Mubarak" anywhere related to Hosni Mubarak ( Egyptian commander in chief) :-) ?