Quotes

My favorite quote list in no particular order. I will update this frequently.

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. MartinLuther King, Jr.”

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,but people will never forget how you made them feel”

“The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it’s conformity.”

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”

“why follow a path, when you can blaze a trail?”

“Put your right shoe on first, because you always want to start the day on the right foot”

“The problem is, we think we have more time”

EARL NIGHTINGALE- “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal”

“The most common way people give up their power, is by thinking they don’t have any”

“Never say anything is impossible, the word itself says I’M POSSIBLE”

“A man should look for what he is and not for what he thinks should be.”

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

“Courage is contagious. Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver.”

“A success is anyone who is doing deliberately a pre-determined job, because that’s what he decided to do deliberately. But only one out of twenty does that.”

“Energy cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be changed from one form to another”

“vulnerability is at the core, the heart, the center of meaningful human experiences.”

“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer”

“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.”

“To get what we’ve never had, we must do what we’ve never done”

“The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence, but by oft falling”

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”

“Social media has given us this idea that we should all have a large posse of friends when in reality, if we have one or two really good friends, we are very lucky.”

“All too often, the rabbit hole is as deep as you have dug it.”

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right”

“Luck is when preparedness meets opportunity.”

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”

“People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.”

“At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive. ONE DEGREE MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE.”

“compassion is the ultimate expression of your highest self.”

“Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous.”

“Connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.”

“I think it’s okay to feel vulnerable; it means I’m alive.”

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.”

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through strength but by perseverance”

“Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of ‘You’re not alone.’”

“In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen.”

“We run from grief because loss scares us, yet our hearts reach toward grief because the broken parts want to mend.”

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

“Joy is as thorny and sharp as any of the dark emotions. To love someone fiercely, to believe in something with your whole heart, to celebrate a fleeting moment in time, to fully engage in a life that doesn’t come with guarantees—these are the risks that involve vulnerability and often pain.”

“Living on the surface is not satisfying for me”

“There is NO man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can. ”

“A River Cuts Through A Rock Not Because Of Its Power, But Its Persistence”

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.”

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”

“You ain’t living until you’ve found something to die for”

“IF THE PATH BEFORE YOU IS CLEAR, YOU’RE PROBABLY ON SOMEONE ELSE’S.”

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

“IF YOU RISK NOTHING, YOU RISK EVERYTHING.”

“IF YOU DON’T DO STUPID THINGS WHILE YOU ARE YOUNG,YOU WILL HAVE NOTHING TO SMILE ABOUT WHEN YOU ARE OLD.”

“OWN YOUR LIFE, OR SOMEONE WILL OWN IT FOR YOU.”

“NEVER COMPARE YOUR WEAKNESSES TO OTHER PEOPLE’S STRENGTHS.”

“VICTORY INTRODUCES YOU TO THE WORLD, BUT DEFEAT INTRODUCES THE WORLD TO YOU.”

“there is no use in anger.. motivation through anger would lead to results that are worthless. Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned”

“Never give up, and be confident in what you do. There may be tough times, but the difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds.”

“The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity.”

“Our life is the sum total of all the decisions we make every day, and those decisions are determined by our priorities.”

“If you don’t get the answers you’re looking for, maybe you’re asking the wrong questions.”

“If we live in a world where certain things are not subject to question, we live in a world where thinking has stopped.”

“80% of life is showing up early.”

“The only reason I know the rules is so I can break them”

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

“Hate is baggage. Life’s too short to be pissed off all the time. It’s just not worth it.”

“Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.”

“IM THE MOTHER FUCKING SHIP, IM NOT THE ICEBERG”

“To live what many people still see as an unconventional life takes guts and hard work to maintain. You have to fight for your ideal lifestyle at times. It’s totally worth it, though, to have the freedom to live life to the fullest.”

“on the other side of fear, lies freedom…… or maybe death. Or maybe a bear, or spiders. Or a bearspider”

“When you are broken, what heals your heart and soul, it’s not medication, not psychotherapy, it’s real love and a real life,”

“be like water, when water enters the cup it becomes the cup”

“The Best Way to Find Yourself is to Lose Yourself in Helping Others”

“Find yourself, loose yourself then find others, that is how to be human”

“Blame- a way to discharge pain and discomfort.”

“we stay so busy that the truth of our lives cant catch up.”

“we are the most medicated, addicted, obese and in debt adult cohort in human history, and this is not even including business. you can not selectively numb emotion. When we numb the dark emotion, when we numb vulnerability and fear, and shame of not being good enough, we by default numb joy.”

“How to we embrace vulnerability: we practice gratitude, be thankful for what we have. honor what is ordinary about our lives because that is what is really extraordinary.”

“If we don’t allow ourselves to experience joy and love, we will certainly miss out on what we need when the most hard things happen.”

“I wanna look in your eyes and know you want the same thing that I want. Once I see that, then I know, we are going in the right direction.”

“Wisdom becomes knowledge when it is personal experience.”

“It’s not what you look at that matters; it’s what you see.”

“Patience is a virtue”

“The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply. “

“You cannot live a brave life without disappointing some people”

“The truth is incontrovertible; malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”

“Lean into the discomfort of the work”

the extreme dilemma: “Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money in order to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.”

“Life does not have a remote. if you want a change, you have to get up and do it yourself”

Rather than ask myself the question of, “Am I happy?” “Will this make me happy?” “Will this provide a “happiness” utility?” I prefer to elevate the significance of Love. Love is critically important. Love is best defined as an enthusiastic affirmation of life. In this sense, Love is a conscious, intention expressed as recognition, appreciation, of seeing the integrity of the other as it authentically exists in the world.  Love, in this way, is the seeking to understand, and the acceptance of, truth in another being or experience. When we seek “meaning” in life, or fulfillment, it is the culmination of actively appreciating the truth in ourselves and in others. If I am to propose Love to be the highest source of motivation within my life, I necessarily establish Freedom of the individual as my highest value and must develop my ethics around principles which promote such Freedom.

“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief. ”

Growth thought:

You know how your muscles burn during a hard workout (fibers breaking down) and become sore the following day(growth). This is a biological process that must happen for change to come. There’s no other way.

I feel like it’s similar to our personal growth as people. Our brains. What keeps us comfortable will also keep us limited. Only will the uncomfortable (struggle, pain, breaking down, being vulnerable, being in the arena) will lead us to the path of growth.

“Happiness only real when shared”- Christopher McCandless

“Less is more”

“What is common sense is not always common practice”

Is Abraham Lincoln once put it people will pass away with principles never will principles live on forever this is why we believe so much in eastern statement “give a man a fish and you feed him for the day, teach a man fish you feed him for a lifetime”

Remarkable lives tragic deaths podcasts

Smile like you’ve never cried
Fight like you’ve never lost
Live like you’ve never hurt
Live like there’s no tomorrow!

“Failing is the main ingredient for success.  There are 2 outcomes when you try something new……you either win or you learn. In both situations you win….. one of the biggest mistakes you can make is doing nothing because you’re too scared to make a mistake.  You can’t handle success, if you can’t handle failure.”

6-9-15, I lived in these two apartments(upstairs and downstairs) for 20 years. That’s 2/3rds of my LIFE. A lot has changed from the landscaping…practically everything. I remember precisely where bushes used to be planted, trees used to be…wooden rails…speed bumps…school bus stops, public bus stops…everything. 3620 pear tree ct. I moved 7 times in the last 9 years from room to apartment after this place. SECTION 8 HOUSING FOREVER IN MY BLOOD!!!!!!!! I will always give back to those who helped me in my time of need.

PUSH THE ENVELOPE!!!!! The hardest part of achieving a goal is getting past your OLD YOU, your OLD habits. You CAN do it, make a DECISION. EVERY SINGLE DECISION even the small ones will dictate what direction your life heads in. It will NOT come easy, but I promise you it WILL be worth it!

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

~ Mahatma Gandhi

I believe Nike may have the best slogan ever created: JUST DO IT. It’s fast, simple, and straight to the point. No big words, easily understood. There are so many underlying messages in this small slogan, JUST DO IT.

Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated in life is optional. There is no talent, there is hard work, determination, and sacrifice. One name: Helen Keller. How the F does someone overcome the challenge of being deaf AND blind from birth, yet still obtain a bachelors degree just 1 of many achievements and contributions to society?

“there are no traffic jams along THE EXTRA MILE. If you want to succeed… you must become comfortable with the uncomfortable. Staying in your comfort zone will only lead you to mediocrity.”

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The REBELS. The troublemakers. The round pegs 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 or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they CHANGE things. They push the human race forward. And while 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.

― Rob Siltanen

“Feelings are much like waves, we can’t stop them from coming but we can choose which one to surf.” – Jonatan Mårtensson

“We learn the ropes of life by untying its knots.”

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.

WE ALL FALL DOWN at some point in out lives. While we are down there we are supposed to FIND something.  If you do not find what you need to find…and somebody pulls you out you will eventually fall again and the next time could be worse. The point is stay down there until you find what you need to find…and if you get out and  shortly you realize you didn’t find it……throw yourself back in immediately. I’m not where I am today because things were simply given to me. I am where I am today because I voluntary or involuntary find myself down there and I
N-E-V-E-R quit searching. It’s not possible to constantly make the right decisions every single time in your

“service is the lifeblood of any organization. Everything flows from it and is nourished by it. Customer service is not a department, its an attitude”

“They dont care how much you know, until they know how much you care”

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life. We can never help another, without helping ourselves”

“If you spend an extra hour each day of study in your chosen field, you will be a national expert in that field in 5 years or less”

“Perseverance is not a long race: It is many short races, one after another”

“Remember…With awareness comes a responsibility…..a responsibility TO ACT”

As a friend- Chose to visit or talk with one extra friend each week and create 52 additional discussions among friends for the year. Do something helpful and unexpected for one friend each week of the year and plant more than 50 additional possibilities of influence.
As a parent- Wake and act each day with the understanding that your actions will be absorbed by your children….and your children will grow to be contributing adults to the level of your influence. Add an extra 15 minutes each day to the time you invest with your children – an equivalent of more than two weeks each year at work. Imagine the exponentially positive effect of investing two extra weeks each year exclusively in the development of your children.

 

“A fool will lose tomorrow, looking back on yesterday.”

“it’s much easier to be clever than to be kind. cleverness is a gift, but kindness is a choice.”

What others may see as baggage, I see as life experience. When others may see failure, I see growth.

“Don’t ask kids what they want to be when they grow up. Ask them what problems they want to solve. This changes the conversation from who do I want to work for to what do I need to learn in order to be able to do that”

“When you read a good book through the 2nd time, you dont see something in it that you didn’t see before, you see something in yourself that wasn’t there before”

Woooooo!!!

“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”

“When you have come to the edge Of all light that you know And are about to drop off into the darkness Of the unknown, Faith is knowing One of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or You will be taught to fly”

7 Habits of highly effective people.- Steven Covey

“If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.” -Harriet Tubman (1822-1913)

“Your wish is my command.”

“Man becomes what he thinks about all day long”