Life Quotes

Posted on January 12th, 2014

Collection of my favourite quotes about life.

“Anger: an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“What we make of people, and what we see in the mirror when we look at ourselves, depends on what we know of the world, what we believe to be possible, what memories we have, and whether our loyalties are to the past, the present or the future.” - Theodore Zeldin

“We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.” - John W. Gardner

“Change is an event but a transition is the process that you go through in response to the change.” - William Bridges

“Judge a man by his questions, not by his answers.” - Voltaire

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” - Herbert B. Swope,

“When you change the way you see things, the things you see change.” - Wayne Dyer

“We are sense making animals. We need a sense of understanding and therefore we seek facts. However we tell stories to support these facts and we often confuse stories for facts.

“A temptation resisted is a true measure of character.” - Papillon Movie

“Most invaluable lesson: life is fragile and our time brief. In response to existential anxiety, I prescribe courage not Prozac. I recommend that my clients live fully in the present without fear. Courage can be practiced and learned and, when mastered, is stronger than Prozac and offers the possibility of greater fulfillment.” - Lawrence Epp

“Suffering is not sheer pain without meaning; it is often the most precious teacher in admonishing us not to revisit the past actions that brought the suffering upon us. In essence, without suffering, there would be no growth; and without joy, there would be no reason for growth. One complements the other.” - Lawrence Epp

“Any idiot can face a crisis - It is day to day living that wears you out.” - Anton Chekhov

“The process of becoming who you will be begins first with the total acceptance of who you are.” - Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

“God granted me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” - Serenity Peayer

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” - Gandhi

“Crisis - a period of decision making when old values and old choice are reexamined.” - James Marcia

“No civilization without social stability. No social stability without individual stability.” - Aldous Huxley

“Give your kids enough money to do something, but not enough to do nothing.” - The Descendants

“You can’t consume much if you sit still and read books.” - Aldous Huxley

“We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are.” – Anais Nin

“A woman’s loyalty is tested when her man has nothing. A man’s loyalty is tested when he has everything.” - Unattributed

“Develop the wise art of being radically truthful and remaining considerate, thoughtful, and safe.” - Claude Steiner

“Whatever you do, think of next morning’s headlines.” - Eric Berne

“Sometimes what you don’t want is what you need. Sometimes the things you can’t change end up changing you for the better.” - Marc and Angel Hack Life

“Midlife is when you reach the top of the ladder and find that it was against the wrong wall.” — Joseph Campbell

“We do what we have to do in order to do what we want to do.” - The Great Debaters (2007)

“In the 60’s, people took Acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.” - Damon Albarn

“Life is too short to remain unnoticed” - Salvador Dali

“The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.” - Unattributed

“What hurts us isn’t what we don’t know, it’s what we know that just ain’t so.” - Mark Tain

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” - Bruce Lee

“Burn your bridges every 2 years.” - Carlos Castaneda

“Dreams - Language in a dream is unspoken but understood. Words get in the way.” - Fred Alan Wolf

“Laughter is a vacation from reality.” - Anonymous

“To eliminate the weeds, one must pull out their roots.” - Chinese phrase Zhancao zhugen:

“The measure of a man is what he does with power” - Plato

“We enjoy what we have and who we are while we work on what we want to have and who we want to become.” - Ivan Staroversky

“If you want to make enemies, try to change something.” - Woodrow Wilson

“A Man Is Not Old Until Regrets Take the Place of Dreams” - John Barrymore

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” - Buddha

“What’s the most resilient parasite? An Idea. A single idea from the human mind can build cities. An idea can transform the world and rewrite all the rules. Which is why I have to steal it.” - Inception (2010)

“Learning enough to understand your purpose and implementing your purpose into life.” - Ivan Staroversky

“The world is a book and those who don’t travel read only one page.” - St. Augustine

“The goal of preparation then is not knowing exactly where you’ll go but being confident nonetheless that you’ll get there.” - Rolf Potts

“When traveling, learning some of the region’s language tells people that we care enough to try.” - Unattributed

“A hypocrite talks about virtues and morality in the presence of others, but does something totally different when he is alone. To tell a true gentleman from a hypocrite, we need to listen to what he says and watch what he does. A gentleman means what he says.” - Unattributed

“A gentleman makes friends by learning together with others, and he looks to friends to help him cultivate benevolence.” - Zeng Zi

“Have no friends not equal to yourself.” - Confucius

“We can know a person by observing his behaviour, understanding the reasons for his actions and ascertaining his intentions. If we do this, how can we not know him?” - Confucius

“The nature of a true gentleman - He does not preach what he practices till he has practiced what he preached.” - Confucius

“The belief that one’s own view of reality is the only reality is the most dangerous of all delusions.” - Paul Watzlawick

Do not be sad about what you do not have. Be happy about what you do have If you will be sad about what you don’t have. You will not be happy about what you do have.

Неприятность – это не правильно понятое приключение, а приключение – это правильно понятая неприятность!»

“If you want something in your life you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something you’ve never done.”

“Worry is like a rocking chair. It doesn’t get you anywhere, but it’s something to do.” - Van Wilder

“When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and you’re life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” - Steve Jobs

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” - Steve Jobs

“I can achieve immortality by not wearing out. You can achieve immortality simply by doing one great thing.” - Johnnie Walker

Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’ - Erich Fromm

“Do not tell people how to live their lives. Just tell them stories. And they will figure out how those stories apply to them.” - Randy Pausch

“When you’re screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, that means they’ve given up on you.” ― Randy Pausch

“The most important gift you can give your children is to love their mother.” 

“He who cares less, wins” – Tim Ferriss

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” - T.S. Eliot

“Is not so much the differences between people that matter, but rather how those differences are handled.” – Howard Markman

“No civilization without social stability. No social stability without individual stability.” – Aldous Huxley

“People don’t come to therapy for exclamation; they come for experience.” – Frieda Fromm-Reichman

“Problems are stories that people have agreed to tell themselves.” – Hoffman

“Crisis - a period of decision making when old values and old choice are reexamined.” – James Marcia

“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” - Mahatma Gandhi

“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.” - Randy Pausch

“Believe nothing a man tells you and everything he shows you” ― Randy Pausch

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