“A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool” – Joseph Roux
I’m a collector of quotes. When I was very young, I used to write down the phrases, a sentence, poems, famous speeches and proverbs in a small diary. Some people have a love for collecting stamps and I have an obsession with collecting quotes. I find quotes to be powerful enough to change a perspective, answer questions to most ridiculous questions and boost your morale when you are down. I also enjoy throwing quotes on someone during a conversation to prove my point. There are 11 quotes that I wrote in my diary that really helped me in growing as a person and look world through my own prism. These quotes may be old or you might have heard them thousand times before but they have a lot of lessons to learn. Here are 11 incredible quotes that will change the way you live.
1. Forgive but don’t forget
“Forgive but do not forget, or you will be hurt again. Forgiving changes, the perspectives. Forgetting loses the lesson.”- Paulo Coelho
Don’t hold a grudge. Just let it go!
Forgiving is not a synonym of forgetting. Forgiving is like accepting what happened and forgetting loses the lesson. Which obviously we don’t want!
“The reason why we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”- Steven Furtick
The splendid vacation, enviable professional accomplishments and magnificent house we see on social media is just one side of their lives. We all have our own fears and weaknesses and it is not necessary we portray it to the world. You may compare yourself to everyone but you are only seeing what other portray. Stop comparing our “behind the scenes” with everyone else’s “highlight reel”.
3. You never forget a feeling:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
This is one of my favorite quote. If you want to accomplish anything significant in life, then you should make people feel good, valued, and loved. Make them feel special as people never forget how you made them feel.
4. Never. Never Give up
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”- Winston Churchill
Never give up! If you are going through a difficult phase don’t surrender. Change is inevitable – the choice to give up too early is yours; or you can continue to put one foot in front of another accepting that bad times don’t last.
5. Be yourself
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”- Dr.Seuss
Don’t change yourself for anyone except you are rude and harmful for others. “Be who you are” means be true to your core identity rather than faking a different one because you think it will be “cool” or “attractive” or you will get “special attention”.
6. Stay Focused. Stay Positive
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — either way you’re right.”- Henry Ford
Yes, you can!
If you think you can do it, you will achieve it. But if negative thinking darken a cloudless day and dampen a small achievement too, then you will likely not be able to attain your goal.
7. Don’t Judge others
“It’s not given to people to judge what’s right or wrong. People have eternally been mistaken and will be mistaken, and in nothing more than in what they consider right and wrong.” ― Leo Tolstoy
Despite our best efforts, we end up judging others. We have no right to judge others as we may not be seeing the full picture. Perfection is an illusion and we all are not perfect.
8. It’s not wasted time
“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”- Bertrand Russell
Don’t stress over activities that you enjoy doing. If it is making you happy, the time is well spent. Sometimes it is good to procrastinate, it boosts creativity.
9. Be Patient. Good Things Take Time
“No matter how great the talent or efforts, something just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.”- Warren Buffet
Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting. Remember great things come out of patience.
10. Ask Questions
“He who asks a question remains a fool for five minutes. He who does not ask remains a fool forever.”- Chinese proverb
One of the reasons people hesitate to ask question is because of fear of asking something stupid or not asking the right question. If you don’t ask a question, you will not get the answer. Similarly, if you don’t ask for someone’s help, you will not get it. People appreciate curiosity.
11. Life Goes on
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”- Robert Frost
In the end, no matter what you experience life goes on.
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