After years of researching and collecting quotations for my books as well as motivation material for my sales force, I've compiled an extraordinary amount of wisdom on various subjects and purposes. Life quotes was by far the most popular as it helped my employee's put things in perspective.
Although there are numerous profound quotations that have been said over the years to live by, I'm only listing 5 for simplicity and contemplation.
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.
- Aristotle 384 BC - 322 BC; Greek philosopher, polymath, & one of the fathers of Western philosophy.
Said many times throughout history in many different ways, by some of the most brilliant people like Churchill, Samuel Johnson, Maya Angelo, etc. Without courage to face your trials and tribulations, you won't have the courage to make changes or persevere through difficult times. So stand up, follow your dreams, and take care of number one. You!
People aren't against you, they're for themselves.
This is one of my favorite quotes in regards to interacting with others. When people let us down, we tend to blame their flawed character, but it's better to come to terms with everyone's flawed human nature. If you give someone plenty of opportunity to profit from you, they eventually will. You can't blame them for looking out for number one.
The only sin is mediocrity.
- Martha Graham 1894 - 1991; American modern dancer, choreographer & Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.
This quotation, by far is my favorite of all time. I try to live this as best as I can. Nobody aims for mediocrity, but due to circumstances beyond our control, we get in situations where the needs of our immediate lives postpone our dreams. We give up our future aspirations for a little bit of comfort in the present. It is in these times that we need to persevere and get back on track to push off potential future regret.
Hope for happiness and fear of suffering
Hope for fame and fear of insignificance
Hope for praise and fear of blame.
Hope for gain and fear of loss.
- Buddha (Gautama Buddha) 563 BCE - 483 BCE; Nepalese (present day) sage that taught principles that Buddhism was founded on.
I don't consider myself a religious person but on occasion I find myself dwelling on these passages. These refer to Buddha's 8 worldly concerns. It is said that these are the driving forces or motivation behind all of our thoughts and actions, especially the Hope for Gain and Fear of Loss. In order to be liberated from the mundane world which is based around possessions that prevents us from spiritual progress, we must learn to come to terms with our hopes and fears.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) 1835-1910; American author & humorist.
Courage to take chances. You only get to go around once in life, don't waste it by being mediocre or living up to someone else's expectations.
I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
- Winston Churchill 1874 - 1965; British Prime Minister 1940-1945 & 1951-1955, historian, artist, & Nobel Prize winner in literature.
Negativity and pessimism can lead to inaction. Although positive thinking and optimism doesn't guarantee success or a perfect outcome, it does change your thinking in finding the good and opportunity in everything.