Here are a few quotes I’ve come across over the years that resonated with me. I’ve even included a few I’ve written in my morning journal.
What are some of your favorite quotes? Share in the comments! 😊
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."
— Bertrand Russell
"First you jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down."
— Ray Bradbury
“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”
— Bob Dylan
"This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy."
— George Bernard Shaw
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
— Bernard Baruch
“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Too many people would rather sip sweet, warm lies than consume a cold, bitter truth.”
— Larry Cornett
“Do you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?”
— Charles Bukowski
“Be so good they can't ignore you.”
— Steve Martin
“Different is better than better”
— Sally Hogshead
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’”
— Eleanor Roosevelt
“I’ll believe in you until you believe in you.”
— Larry Cornett
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't — you're right.”
— Henry Ford
“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.”
— Leonardo da Vinci
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
— Calvin Coolidge
“Radical Candor really just means saying what you think while also giving a damn about the person you’re saying it to.”
— Kim Scott
“Always be like a water. Float in the times of pain or dance like waves along the wind which touches its surface.”
― Santosh Kalwar
“What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero
“I make myself rich by making my wants few.”
— Henry David Thoreau
“We have no pre-existing passion. Instead, passion is found by first building a rare and valuable talent and using it to take control of your career path. In other words, be so good and work so hard that no one can ignore you.”
— Cal Newport
“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.”
— Robert H. Schuller
“The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one’s opportunities and make the most of one’s resources.”
— Luc de Clapiers
"We discovered that people who don’t give up have a habit of interpreting setbacks as temporary, local, and changeable."
— Martin Seligman
“If at first you don’t succeed, you're in luck. Effortless excellence is a lousy teacher and a fickle friend.”
— Adam Grant
“Success is your ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”
— Winston Churchill
"Why do some people end up loving what they do, while so many others fail at this goal?"
“People don’t want to buy a quarter-inch drill, they want to buy a quarter-inch hole!”
— Theodore Levitt, Harvard Business School professor
"When it comes to creating work you love, following your passion is not particularly useful advice."
"Most people see their work as either a Job (focus on financial rewards and necessity rather than pleasure or fulfillment; not a major positive part of life), a Career (focus on advancement), or a Calling (focus on enjoyment of fulfilling, socially useful work)."
— Dr. Amy Wrzesniewski
“Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or you stay afraid of taking them.”
— Jim Carrey
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
— Jim Rohn
“Make money from your mind, not from your time.”
“Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter. And lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.”
— Jack London