Best Quotes of All Time!

Best Quotes of All Time!

We LOVE to collect positive, motivational, and inspiring quotes!!

In no particular order…

Here’s a list of our TOP 100 favorite quotes and sayings:

  1. “This is a wonderful day.  I’ve never seen this one before!” ~Maya Angelou 
  2. “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” ~Italian Proverb
  3. “Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is.  Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. “We rise by lifting others.” ~Germany Kent
  5. “When you feel like stopping think about why you started.”  ~unknown
  6. “We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” ~John Dryden
  7. “Time is how you spend your love.”  ~Zadie Smith
  8. “Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.” ~Rudyard Kipling
  9. “A mind is like a parachute – it doesn’t work unless it’s open” ~Frank Zappa
  10. “Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.” ~Erica Jong
  11. “Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.” ~Desmond Tutu
  12. “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ~Neil Gaiman
  13. “If you did not get what you want it was a sign that you did not really want it or you tried to bargain over the price.” ~Rudyard Kipling
  14. “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” ~Roy T. Bennett
  15. “Children’s minds are like banks-whatever you put in, you get back 10 years later with interest.” ~Dr Cline 
  16. “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” ~Jim Rohn
  17. “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself” ~Wayne W. Dyer
  18. “If the past never helped you why would you ever take it into the future with you?” ~Shannon L. Alder
  19. “What we focus on we create—Be it good or bad.” ~Gabrielle Bernstein
  20. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may not remember, involve me and I’ll understand.” ~Native American proverb
  21. “If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.”  ~Tal Ben-Shahar
  22. “A ship in harbour is safe but that is not what ships are built for.” ~John Shedd
  23. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. ~Fred Devito
  24. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” ~George Addair
  25. “Look for what is good and you will certainly find it.” ~Anne Perry
  26. “If you get up high enough the sun will always shine.” ~unknown
  27. “Tough times never last, tough people do.” ~Robert H. Schuller
  28. “Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking.” ~Stephen Hawking
  29. “Sometimes you’ve taken into troubled waters not to drown but to be cleansed.” ~unknown
  30. “Rewrite your tale of woe as a tale of wow.” ~Karen Salmansohn
  31. “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” ~Lou Holtz
  32. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ~Winston Churchill
  33. “How you do anything is how you do everything.” ~Zen Buddhist Saying
  34. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ~Mae West
  35. “You are only one thought away from a good feeling.” ~Sheila Krystal
  36. “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.” ~Vernon Law 
  37. “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it.  I want to have lived the width of it as well.” ~Diane Ackerman
  38. “The miracle is this, the more we share… the more we have.” ~Leonard Nimoy
  39. “Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  40. “Happiness is not contained in what you get; happiness is gained by what you become.” ~Jim Rohn
  41. “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” ~African Proverb
  42. “It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” ~W. Somerset Maugham
  43. “The Earth without art is just eh.” ~unknown
  44. “Oftentimes, everything you want is a mere inch outside your comfort zone.” ~Bryan Johnson
  45. “Hidden in all misfortune is good fortune.” -Concept in The Tao Te Ching
  46. “Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong.” ~Peter T. McIntyre
  47. “Having a dream you don’t pursue is like buying an ice-cream cone and watching it melt…” ~Frank Papasso 
  48. “Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.”  ~Rainer Maria Rilke
  49. “It’s the silence between the notes that makes the music.” ~Timothy Ferriss
  50. “He who buys what he does not need steals from himself.” ~Swedish Proverb
  51. “Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.” ~Peter Ustinov
  52. “Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” ~Chinese Proverb
  53. “To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a bit better… To know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded.“ ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  54. “Every person you meet in life is either a warning or an example—a warning of what not to do or an example of what to do.” ~Jairek Robbins
  55. “Hope is a form of conscious dream making.” ~Kilroy J. Oldster
  56. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” ~Mary Anne Radmacher
  57. “The wise man will always reflect concerning the quality, not the quantity of life.” ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  58. “Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more.” ~Robin Hobb
  59. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
  60. “Hope is like car keys, they’re easy to lose, but if you do enough digging, then you’ll see it was not far away.” ~Unknown
  61. “The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting.” ~Walt Disney
  62. “Keep skid-chains on your tongue; always say less than you think. How you say things often counts far more than what you say.” ~The Road To Happiness
  63. “Don’t grieve, anything you lose comes round in another form.” ~Rumi 
  64. “Pride, gratitude, and compassion, push us not only to cooperate with others but also to help our own future selves.” ~Scott Marcus 
  65. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” ~Oprah
  66. “Then out spake brave Horatius, The Captain of the Gate: “To every man upon this earth Death cometh soon or late. And how can man die better Than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers, And the temples of his gods.” ~Thomas Babington Macaulay, Lays of Ancient Rome
  67. “The noblest art is that of making others happy.” ~P.T Barnum
  68. “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ~William Arthur Ward
  69. “Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.” ~George W. Crane
  70. “People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Never throw out anyone.” ~Audrey Hepburn
  71. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~Nelson Mandela
  72. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~George Bernard Shaw
  73. “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” ~William Arthur Ward
  74. “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” ~Marcus Aurelius
  75. “Not everything which is bad comes to hurt us.”~Italian Proverb
  76. “Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning… Anyone can start over and make a new ending.”  ~Chico Xavier
  77. “There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” ~Linda Grayson
  78. “The joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you.” ~John Greenleaf Whittier
  79. “When you close your heart or close your mind, you hide within the darkness within you.” ~Michael A. Singer
  80. The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life.” ~Roy T. Bennett
  81. “Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.” ~George Gordon Byron
  82. “It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”  ~David Steindl-Rast
  83. “Life grows lovely where you are.” ~Mathilde Blind
  84. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~George Eliot
  85. “We might not have the freedom to control our situations, but we have the freedom to find meaning in every experience.” ~Jian Jiang
  86. “Endeavor to live a simple life, but filled with complex love.” ~Auliq-Ice
  87. “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” ~Paulo Coelho
  88. “The best portion of a good man’s life: his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love.” ~William Wordsworth
  89. “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” ~Pablo Picasso
  90. “Gratitude was never a noun; it’s secretly a verb. It is not a place you accept defeat, settle in for broken dreams or call it the best life will get. Gratitude is getting out of laziness, self pity, denial and insecurity, in order to walk through that door that has been open for you this entire time.” ~Shannon L. Alder
  91. “Friendship is like a book. It takes a few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.” ~unknown
  92. “When the outlook isn’t good, try the uplook.” ~Zig Ziglar
  93. “To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.” ~Chinese Proverb
  94. “A sense of purpose is an incredible alarm clock.” ~Unknown
  95. “Happiness is wanting what you have.” ~Bryan Callen
  96. There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.”  ~Stephen Chbosky
  97. “We do not see the world as it is but as we are.” ~Anaïs Nin
  98. “A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.” ~John Burroughs
  99. “Listening is about being present, not just being quiet.” ~Krista Tippett
  100. “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” ~Robert Kiyosaki
  101. “There are two great days in your life….One being the day you are born….the other being the day you find out why.” ~Mark Twain
The GATEs We Live Behind

The GATEs We Live Behind

Did you know that we all live behind GATEs? These GATEs of our own mind that we self impose on ourselves are supposedly a root cause of our unhappiness, and I have very good reason to believe it true.

GATE stands for:

  1. Goal
  2. Action (or action tendencies)
  3. Thoughts
  4. Emotions

And these 4 things usually lead to a destructive negative cycle. But they don’t have to!

We fall into these traps because society demands that we constantly have ambitions and goals that we’re working towards. But to what end, and to what aim? Maybe sometimes, all we need to do is just be content with where we are. To stop and smell the roses. To appreciate where we are on this journey called life and not think about the destination but to enjoy the ride.

For when we have these goals, then we start taking actions, but because of those actions, we generate thoughts which may be self-conscious or causing you to live too often in the past or the future, but never the present, and thus we develop emotions around those thoughts whether destructive or constructive, but we start falling into a never-ending cycle of accomplishing goal after goal and always striving for that one last thing that we have to get BEFORE we achieve happiness. Why don’t we just start CHOOSING happiness right now instead of always wanting that one more thing that we think will make us happy.

You have to step BEYOND the GATEs of your mind. Be that fly on the inside wall of your head, and just observe what comes up. What kind of demands we put on ourselves and stress we may cause due to the actions, thoughts, and emotions we have as a result of setting those goals and achieving them. Have we ever paused and just said, “Thank You”? for getting us there? And admiring that everything we are and have done is a result of just BEING first?

Let’s just start with existing and then we can grow ourselves from the world of BEING to the world of ENJOYING 🙂

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