Quotations

This started in grade six when my teacher would put up quotes every week and have us write what we thought it meant. Since then I’ve been adding and compiling a list of my favourite quotations I try to live by and hope that these inspire you as well (none of these quotations are credited to me, the ones without any names came from anonymous sources):

 

Don’t fuss about trifles. Keep your eye on the big objective. If you let all of the little daily irritations and fustrations consume your energies, you will never achieve the big victory, nor reach the ultimate goal.

 

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

– Margaret Lee Runbeck

 

The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.
– Albert Einstein

 

It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.
– Rene de Cartes

 

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
– Anatotle France

 

The only job where you start at the top is digging a hole.

 

Saying sorry doesn’t always mean you’re wrong and the other person is right. It means you value your relationship more than your ego.

 

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Mahatma Gandhi

 

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
– Kahlil Gibran

 

Don’t judge those who try and fail. Judge those who fail to try.

 

Form good habits. They are as hard to break as bad ones.

 

Do not follow where the path may lead – go where there is no path and leave a trail.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

I shall make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.
Sara Teasdale

 

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Andre Gide

 

Conversation is an exercise of the mind, gossip is merely an exercise of the tongue.

 

Too many people confine their exercise to jumping to conclusions, running up bills, stretching the truth, bending over backward, lying down on the job, sidestepping responsibility and pushing their luck.

 

Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
Edward Stanley

 

There is nothing noble in being superior to someone else…true nobility is in being superior to your former self.

 

Hold yourself to a higher standard than anyone expects of you.
Henry Ward Beecher

 

Don’t be content with being average. Average is as close to the bottom as it is to the top.

 

Be content with your lot, one cannot be first at everything.
Aesop

 

It is better to be thought of as a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

 

If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way.
Napoleon Hill

 

No one can lower your self-esteem unless you give your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Winners don’t set limits, they set goals.

 

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.
Margaret Filler

 

The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
Confucius

 

If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.

 

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

  1. JustNez
    December 16, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Great list of quotes! You will see me post quotes quite often on my blog as well. I think it’s refreshing to have a positive reminder, in simple words, every now and then. Peace.

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