I’ve always been a big fan of quotes. I collect them, I analyze them, I consider how their meanings can change depending on your life experience.
We hear quotes all the time — and often think, “well, isn’t that clever”. Sometimes we even quote these words in conversation, but how many of us truly live by them?
What would happen if we actually put these sayings to the test?
What would happen if we decided to really take what some of the wisest and most influential people said and put it to practice?
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” — Helen Keller
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” — Henry David Thoreau
Easier said than done — and yet we see quotes like this everywhere, telling us to just “GO FOR IT!” and “JUST DO IT!”
Ok, well that’s what I’m doing — I’m facing my fears and all of the challenges life throws at me along the way to buck the status quo and pursue a different kind of life than the one I was living.
I’m saying “no more!” to unnatural cubicle farms and insane hours working behind a computer. I want to live — out in the world, facing fears, learning from my mistakes, and overcoming challenges.
And that’s what I’m doing — my way — and in doing so, I’m putting some of the most inspiring people who ever lived to the test.
So here are a few of my favorite quotes below — and if you like these, there are a lot more in the quotes category of my blog.
Awesome quotes & Words of Wisdom…
“Believe nothing, O monks, merely because you have been told it . . . or because it is traditional, or because you yourselves have imagined it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings–that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.” — Buddha
“Start writing a new chapter, for if you live by the book you’ll never make history.” — Ben Sobel
“Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible.” — unknown
“It is amazing what one can accomplish when one doesn’t know what one can’t do.” — A Garfield poster I used to have on my wall as a kid. I didn’t always understand it, but I never forgot it.
“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play—it—safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” – Sir Cecil Beaton
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” — Herman Cain
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!” — Friedrich Nietzsche.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify them, or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” — TBWA Chiat/Day
Life’s Little Instruction Book
— H. Jackson Brown Jr. —
- Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation.
- Leave everything a little better than you found it.
- Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get.
- The importance of winning is not what we get from it, but what we become because of it.
- When facing a difficult task, act as though it’s impossible to fail.
- Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health and love.
- Don’t waste time grieving over past mistakes Learn from them and move on.
- Never cut what can be untied.
- Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
- Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
- Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life and death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
- Never overestimate your power to change others.
- Never underestimate your power to change yourself.
- Get your priorities straight. No one ever said on his death bed, ‘Gee, if I’d only spent more time at the office’.
- Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
- Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.
- Every person needs to have their moment in the sun, when they raise their arms in victory, knowing that on this day, at his hour, they were at their very best.
- Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
- Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
- Don’t major in minor things.
- Don’t spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no politely and quickly.
- Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved.
- Give people a second chance, but not a third.
- Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for your convenience, not the callers.
- Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly.
- Remember that overnight success usually takes about fifteen years.
- Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do.
- Seek opportunity, not security. A boat in harbor is safe, but in time its bottom will rot out.
- Spend less time worrying who’s right, more time deciding what’s right.
- Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90% of your happiness or misery.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIFE
- Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
- Memorize your favourite poem.
- Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
- When you say, “I love you”, mean it.
- When you say, “I’m sorry”, look the person in the eye.
- Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
- Believe in love at first sight.
- Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.
- Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.
- In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
- Don’t judge people by their relatives.
- Talk slowly but think quickly.
- When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, “Why do you want to know?”
- Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
- Call your mom.
- Say “bless you” when you hear someone sneeze.
- When you lose, don’t loose the lesson.
- Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.
- Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
- When you realise you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps
- Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
- Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
- Spend some time alone.
- Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
- Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
- Read more books and watch less TV.
- Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll get to enjoy it a second time.
- Trust in God but lock your car.
- A loving atmosphere in your home is so important. Do all you can to create a tranquil harmonious home.
- In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
- Read between the lines.
- Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
- Be gentle with the earth.
- Pray. There’s immeasurable power in it.
- Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
- Mind your own business.
- Don’t trust a man/woman who doesn’t close his/her eyes when you kiss.
- Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before.
- If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth’s greatest satisfaction.
- Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
- Learn the rules then break some.
- Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other.
- Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
- Remember that your character is your destiny.
- Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
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