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Abstract Nouns and Their Relationship to Our Lives

Updated on September 2, 2015
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“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” ― William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” ― William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well | Source
“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” ― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” ― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time | Source
“The best fighter is never angry.” ― Lao Tzu
“The best fighter is never angry.” ― Lao Tzu | Source
“If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliché that must have been left behind in the 60s, that's a problem. Peace and love are eternal.” ― John Lennon
“If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliché that must have been left behind in the 60s, that's a problem. Peace and love are eternal.” ― John Lennon | Source
“We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming - well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate.” ― Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Senses
“We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming - well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate.” ― Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Senses | Source
“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. | Source
“All little girls should be told they are pretty, even if they aren't.” ― Marilyn Monroe
“All little girls should be told they are pretty, even if they aren't.” ― Marilyn Monroe | Source
“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” ― Oprah Winfrey
“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” ― Oprah Winfrey | Source
“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire | Source
“Talent is cheap; dedication is expensive. It will cost you your life.” ― Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy
“Talent is cheap; dedication is expensive. It will cost you your life.” ― Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy | Source
“You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” ― Ray Bradbury
“You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” ― Ray Bradbury | Source
“Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn't calculate his happiness.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground
“Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn't calculate his happiness.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground | Source
“Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.” ― Max Lucado, He Still Moves Stones
“Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.” ― Max Lucado, He Still Moves Stones | Source
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” ― Stephen Hawking
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” ― Stephen Hawking | Source
“My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don't deny it. I'd rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh -- anything but work.” ― Abraham Lincoln
“My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don't deny it. I'd rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh -- anything but work.” ― Abraham Lincoln | Source
“Oftentimes. when people are miserable, they will want to make other people miserable, too. But it never helps.”
“Oftentimes. when people are miserable, they will want to make other people miserable, too. But it never helps.” | Source
“If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut” ― Albert Einstein
“If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut” ― Albert Einstein | Source
“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. ” ― Mark Twain
“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. ” ― Mark Twain | Source

In as much as we are surrounded with indivisible particles that Science proposes, we are also surrounded with the vast array of nouns that English or any vernacular offers. We are under the realm of abstract nouns. Every day of our lives, we deal with our emotions and feelings, ideas and ideals, attributes and events. All these things make- up a human being aside from his or her physical components.

A noun is a part of speech used to indicate or name a person, place, thing, feeling, idea and events. You are a noun. What you are feeling as of this moment, be it happiness or misery is a noun.

Ideally, just like the sun that rises and sets every day, this classification of noun is universal in nature. They are universal in the manner that they affect every human being every now and then. We cannot touch these things unlike our cell phones, laptop, hair, bible, pen or boyfriend/girlfriend. We cannot caress love although we can always touch and kiss the person we love. Neither can we see honesty unless it is fueled with action. I don't precisely know who invented these abstract terms, but they carry with them a great impression that has and would always affect us; and there is no exception when it comes to the breadth of the sovereignty of this part of speech. Whether you are young or old, a man or a woman, you desire success, perfection, love, and above all, happiness.

Here are some of the abstract nouns that are universal in nature.


1. Love
Love, aside from money is the most distinguished aspect of man's life as depicted in songs, novels and movies. It makes one's story an ideal one considering that it gives us an assurance of belongingness. Each of us has a heart controlled by our mind that falls in love. None of us has a heart that is stoic enough not to feel any emotions most especially this delightful feeling called love.


2. Hate
Where there is love, there is hate also. When we feel offended, hurt and abused we tent d to have an enmity towards a person or idea. If not resolved (as in conflict), we associate our distaste with sustained ill will which of course, injures us.


3. Anger
Even our God gets angry: "He let loose on them his burning anger, wrath, indignation, and distress, a company of destroying angels (Psalm 78:49)." How much more human beings like us who have emotions and egos to tend? As you scream out of anger this morning because your son broke the vase, a neighbor on the next block might be doing the same thing to her daughter for coming home late last night.


4. Peace
Even in the ancient times, peace is one of the most elusive dreams of everyone. This aspiration has initiated the merging of some tribes to protect each other’s interest from any destruction caused by armed conflicts. And this strategy was effective because wars were usually prevented. However, there is no such thing as perfect society and leaders. The biggest wars broke out in history due to greed and political ambitions of some nations. However, after every storm comes a rainbow, but then there’s a storm again. In the present times we rarely hear of wars, but we are constantly attacked by the different stressors in works, relationships and economy. This is because as the world has become very instant and advanced, the barriers and competitions in life have become very gigantic also. Because of this, we cannot fully claim that there is an absolute peace, especially the kind of peace that we need the most: inner tranquility and solitude.


5. Dreams

Psychologically speaking, we all produce a series of thoughts, images or emotions while we are both asleep and awake. But most of the time, we seem to indulge our consciousness in fantasies or on things that are most ideal for us such as our dream house, dream date, vacation, salary increase and promotion. Are we dreaming or just merely doing a wishful thinking?


6. Education and Information

With the advent of education- based sustainable development, the globalization of education has become a fad among nations. This is the reason behind most nation’s practice of sending their citizens to other countries (mostly in advanced countries) to be trained with the latest skills and be equipped with innovative information that could help alleviate the economic condition of their home country.


7. Beauty

Believe it or not, there is beauty in everything. It depends only on how you view things. Although some may say, “It’s easy to say you’re beautiful, but it’s difficult to find out which part”, beauty still finds its way to illuminate: beauty of nature, beauty of the heart and of aspirations.


8.Pain

Pains strike everyone; no one is an exception—it may be not now, but maybe sometime later. We are endowed with minds that do not filter emotion. But how we handle our pains define who we are through the ages. That is, whether we have become matured or retarded in lieu of our struggles.


9.Trust

It is hard to earn trust that is lost or wasted. And it’s also difficult to trust again when we give everything but still get hurt and taken for granted. Nonetheless, trust anyway. Be inspired by what American author, Ernest Hemingway said: “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” But, when it seems that you cannot trust anybody around you, why not put your trust God? Just look up and share!


10. Dedication

Dedication is a self- sacrificing devotion. When we commit ourselves to something, we do everything because we have a strong conviction that something great will happen and that we are the first one to reap and experience the unequaled joy out of our sacrifices. Our zeal enables us to persevere and aspire for the achievement of our goals.


11. Culture

Culture is the product of intellectual and aesthetic training characterized by citizens having an enlightened mind and excellence of taste. However, despite the advancements of some culture we still can’t say that they are better than another. To wit, we can’t agree that the American culture is better than the French culture. We can’t even say that today’s culture is superior to the ones way back in the earlier centuries. There is no such thing as flawless culture so it may be safe to say that we should not judge one another on the basis of this aspect of human existence.


12.Trouble

Hmm, trouble! What’s the cause of our troubles? Are you alone? We are bothered every now and then by the aftermaths of the clash among ideas especially those that are grounded on morality and finances.


13.Truth

While it is so easy to enjoy the foods on the table, why is it so hard for us to wash the dishes thereafter? Why is it so easy for us to tell a lie yet it is so heavy for us to tell even a single truth? Truth is God’s standard and so it must be a comme il faut among men.


14. Faith

“Faith is [manifested by] believing in something when common sense tells you not to (from the movie, Miracle on 34th Street).” In the biblical sense, it is showing trust in something that we hoped for. It is similar to believing that we will receive what we’ve asked from our God. But if you prayed and received differently, reexamine yourself. Did you have faith? How measly was it?


15. Knowledge

Knowledge is defined as the body of truth, information and principle acquired by mankind. By this we can say that knowledge is abstract and is universal in nature. Our knowledge can fathom almost everything from the depths of the ocean to the wideness of the universe. Loaded with wisdom from God, this body of understanding could remove the ship from the mountain and can supply the answers to any valid queries.


16. Leisure

Everybody’s favorite. Admit it! After the stressful day, we always look forward to having a freedom to think lightly and amaze ourselves. We sometimes want to gain back our childhood years. Those years when we can fly our dreams by a thread and a kite, run wild in the slopes, or swim in the beach. But what happened? This time, our ways of fulfilling such desires are simple. Where there is a good book to read, crunchy cookies to munch or beautiful terrain to hike, we already find leisure. We find life luxurious.


17. Misery

Well, please ask Maroon 5’s Adam Levine. I’ve heard he was in misery.


18. Success

Success is the attainment of wealth, favor or eminence. The way to success is never easy. You still need to pass through many obstacles before you can really feel the favorable termination of your venture. As the Philippines’ wealthiest man, Henry Sy said:

“There is no such thing as overnight success or easy money. When you fail, do not be discouraged; try again. When you do well, do not change your ways. Success is not just good luck: It is a combination of hard work, good credit standing, opportunity, readiness and timing. Success will not last if you do not take care of it.”


These abstract nouns are not just merely a part of speech.They have their significance that is beyond their linguistic functions. They are here to give us hints that all things are universal in nature; that there is no monopoly of success, leisure, knowledge, information, beauty and dreams. No one in this world can say that he or she is the only one disturbed by pain, misery or anger because all of us have a fair share of everything. We may feel infuriated with the unfairness of the world, but life is not fair at all. As a quote have it, “If life is unfair to everyone, doesn't that make life fair?” It’s a good thing for us to know that WE ARE NOT ALONE with our struggles and success in life. When we are joyous, people in some other parts of the globe feels the same way. When we are in misery, the same is true to other people. Finally, these things are common to us because we are merely HUMANS. Aren’t humans universal, too?


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