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180 Personal Development Quotes To Turn Your Life Around

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Clarity

“Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.”
~ Jim Rohn

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
~ Malcolm X

“You have to ask yourself: When you finally get the ultimate possession, when you’ve made the ultimate purchase,when you buy the ultimate home, when you have stored up financial security and climbed the ladder of success to the highest rung you can possibly climb it, and the thrill wears off–and it will wear off–then what?”
~ John Ortberg

“When you left the house today, you had the intention of putting clothes on and you did. You didn’t try to put your pants on today. You simply put them on. The same has to hold for all of our intentions. We don’t try to be more loving partners. We make the intention, and we act on it.”
~ Patch Adams

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Addiction is just a way of trying to get at something else. Something bigger. Call it transcendence if you want, but it’s like a rat in a maze. We all want the same thing. We all have this hole. The thing you want offers relief, but it’s a trap.”
~ Tess Callahan

“A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.”
~ James Allen

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
~ Lao Tzu

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.”
~ Napolean Hill

“If a string has one end, it has another.”
~ Gautama Buddha

“Too many people spend money they earned..to buy things they don’t want..to impress people that they don’t like.”
~ Will Rogers

“If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.”
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Take a good hard look at people’s ruling principle, especially of the wise, what they run away from and what they seek out.”
~ Marcus Aurelius

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”
~ William Morris

“Having knowledge but lacking the power to express it clearly is no better than never having any ideas at all.”
~ Pericles

Passion

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
~ Steve Jobs

“Worry never robs tomorrow of it’s sorrow, It only saps today of its joy.”
~ Leo Buscaglia

“As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.”
~ Winston Churchill

“Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power.”
~ James Allen

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold”
~ Helen Keller

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.”
~ Andrew Carnegie

“Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality.”
~ Les Brown

“Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper.”
~ Kahlil Gibran

“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.”
~ Wayne W. Dyer

“Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you quit, try.
~ Ernest Hemingway

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
~ Harriet Tubman

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”
~ Anthony J. D’Angelo

“When you catch a glimpse of your potential, that’s when passion is born.”
~ Zig Ziglar

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.”
~ Christopher McCandless

“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”
~ Oscar Wilde

Awareness

“The awareness of our own strength makes us modest.”
~ Paul Cezanne

“Awareness is a key ingredient in success. If you have it, teach it, if you lack it, seek it.”
~ Michael Kitson

“It is forgivable to say nothing out of ignorance; it’s inexcusable to remain silent once awareness dawns.”
~ Joshua Ferris

“By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you’ve achieved – and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses – you actually can enhance everything about you. Self-acknowledgment and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments.”
~ Jack Canfield

“Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.”
~ Stephen Covey

“Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention.”
~ Deepak Chopra

“Meditation is to be aware of every thought and of every feeling, never to say it is right or wrong, but just to watch it and move with it. In that watching, you begin to understand the whole movement of thought and feeling. And out of this awareness comes silence.”
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

“The outer world is a reflection of the inner world. Other people’s perception of you is a reflection of them; your response to them is an awareness of you.”
~ Roy T. Bennett

“Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world.”
~ Ramana Maharshi

“Your greatest awakening comes, when you are aware about your infinite nature.”
~ Amit Ray

“Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.”
~ Eckhart Tolle

“The Universe contains three things that cannot be destroyed; Being, Awareness and LOVE”
~ Deepak Chopra

“Awareness requires living in the here and now, and not in the elsewhere, the past or the future.”
~ Eric Berne

“We become aware of the void as we fill it.”
~ Antonio Porchia

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
~ Henry Stanley Haskins

Unbiased Thought

“The guest will judge better of a feast than the cook”
~ Aristotle

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
~ Terry Pratchett

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
~ Henry Ford

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”
~ Voltaire

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
~ Albert Einstein

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”
~ John Locke

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
~ Plutarch

“The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.”
~ Horace Walpole

“Poirot,” I said. “I have been thinking.”
“An admirable exercise my friend. Continue it.”
~ Agatha Christie

“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
~ Steve Jobs

“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think. ”
~ Marianne Williamson

“I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life.”
~ Warren Buffett

“…and you drink a little too much and try a little too hard. And you go home to a cold bed and think, ‘That was fine’. And your life is a long line of fine.”
~ Gillian Flynn

“If you believe that your thoughts originate inside your brain, do you also believe that television shows are made inside your television set?”
~ Warren Ellis

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
~ Maya Angelou

“It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.”
~ Aristotle

“Hypocrisy is a tribute that vice pays to virtue.”
~ Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld

“The way of the superior person is threefold; virtuous, they are free from anxieties; wise they are free from perplexities; and bold they are free from fear.”
~ Confucius

“Know you not that a good man does nothing for appearance sake, but for the sake of having done right?”
~ Epictetus

“I can’t count the men who have tried to seduce me away from my virtue by teaching me how to defend it.”
~ Patrick Rothfuss

“Patience is not a virtue. It is an achievement.”
~ Vera Nazarian

“To be proud of virtue, is to poison yourself with the Antidote.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

“Every good quality runs into a defect; economy borders on avarice, the generous are not far from the prodigal, the brave man is close to the bully; he who is very pious is slightly sanctimonious; there are just as many vices to virtue as there are holes in the mantle of Diogenes.”
~ Victor Hugo

“The immoral can no more earn respect
Than the envious be rich.”
~ Tiruvalluvar

“Two distinctive traits especially identify beyond a doubt a strong and dominant character. One trait is contempt for external circumstances, when one is convinced that men ought to respect, to desire, and to pursue only what is moral and right, that men should be subject to nothing, not to another man, not to some disturbing passion, not to Fortune.
The second trait, when your character has the disposition I outlined just now, is to perform the kind of services that are significant and most beneficial; but they should also be services that are a severe challenge, that are filled with ordeals, and that endanger not only your life but also the many comforts that make life attractive.

Of these two traits, all the glory, magnificence, and the advantage, too, let us not forget, are in the second, while the drive and the discipline that make men great are in the former.”
~ Cicero

“Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.”
~ Nikola Tesla

“Reflect that nothing merits admiration except the
spirit, the impressiveness of which prevents it from being impressed by anything.”
~ Seneca

“To behold virtue in her proper form is nothing else but to contemplate morality stripped of all admixture of sensible things and of every spurious ornament of reward or self-love. How much she then eclipses everything else that appears charming to the affections, every one may readily perceive with the least exertion of his reason, if it be not wholly spoiled for abstraction.”
~ Immanuel Kant

“That which can be lost cannot be deemed riches. Virtue is our true wealth and the true reward of its possessor; it cannot be lost, it never deserts us until life leaves us. Hold property and external riches with fear; they often leave their possessor scorned and mocked at for having lost them.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci

“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”
~ Abraham Maslow

“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”
~ Albert Einstein

“There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.
There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combination
they produce more hues than can ever been seen.
There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of
them yield more flavours than can ever be tasted.”
~Sun Tzu

“If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.”
~ Hilary Mantel

“If you choose to not deal with an issue,
then you give up your right of control over the issue
and it will select the path of least resistance.”
~ Susan Del Gatto

“A sum can be put right: but only by going back till you find the error and working it afresh from that point, never by simply going on.”
~ C.S. Lewis

“It’s so much easier to suggest solutions when you don’t know too much about the problem.”
~ Malcolm Forbes

“Extroverts are more likely to take a quick-and-dirty approach to problem-solving, trading accuracy for speed, making increasing numbers of mistakes as they go, and abandoning ship altogether when the problem seems too difficult or frustrating. Introverts think before they act, digest information thoroughly, stay on task longer, give up less easily, and work more accurately. Introverts and extroverts also direct their attention differently: if you leave them to their own devices, the introverts tend to sit around wondering about things, imagining things, recalling events from their past, and making plans for the future. The extroverts are more likely to focus on what’s happening around them. It’s as if extroverts are seeing “what is” while their introverted peers are asking “what if.”
~ Susan Cain

“When I was in high school, my math teacher Mr. Packwood used to say, “If you’re stuck on a problem, don’t sit there and think about it; just start working on it. Even if you don’t know what you’re doing, the simple act of working on it will eventually cause the right ideas to show up in your head”.”
~ Mark Manson

“Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than
means, that men fail of success.”
~ La Rochefoucauld

“Plan B” is nonsense. Successful people come up with plans A, B, C, D . . . all the way to Z. That’s how life works. If you’re
not constantly looking for and testing solutions, that’s probably why you’re on the hamster wheel that you’re on right now.”
~ Amber Hurdle

“I do not fix problems. I fix my thinking. Then problems fix themselves.”
~ Louise Hay

“The pain of problems is a call to find solutions rather than a reason for unhappiness and inaction, so it’s silly, pointless, and harmful to be upset at the problems and choices that come at you (though it’s understandable).”
~ Ray Dalio

“If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.
The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience.
If this sounds too mystical, refer again to the body. Every significant vital sign- body temperature, heart rate, oxygen consumption, hormone level, brain activity, and so on- alters the moment you decide to do anything… decisions are signals telling your body, mind, and environment to move in a certain direction.”
~ Deepak Chopra

“The straight line, a respectable optical illusion which ruins many a man.”
~ Victor Hugo

“If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity.”
~ Albert Einstein

“Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”
~ George Washington

“Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.”
~ G.K. Chesterton

“Do something everyday that you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.”
~ Mark Twain

“One painful duty fulfilled makes the next plainer and easier.”
~ Helen Keller

“Lets have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”
~ Abraham Lincoln

“Rise above the deceptions and temptations of the mind. This is your duty. You are born for this only; all other duties are self-created and self-imposed owing to ignorance.”
~ Sivananda

“An enlightened man had but one duty – to seek the way to himself, to reach inner certainty, to grope his way forward, no matter where it led.”
~ Hermann Hesse

“A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.”
~ Winston S. Churchill

“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright”
~ Blaise Pascal

“Never shirk the proper dispatch of your duty, no matter if you are freezing or hot, groggy or well-rested, vilified or praised, not even if dying or pressed by other demands.”
~ Marcus Aurelius

“The will is conceived as a faculty of determining oneself to action in accordance with the conception of certain laws. And such a faculty can be found only in rational beings.”
Immanuel Kant

“Do not confuse “duty” with what other people expect of you; they are utterly different. Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient work to instant willingness to die. Difficult it may be, but the reward is self-respect.
But there is no reward at all for doing what other people expect of you, and to do so is not merely difficult, but impossible.”
~ Robert A. Heinlein

“You have control over doing your respective duty, but no control or claim over the result. Fear of failure, from being emotionally attached to the fruit of work, is the greatest impediment to success because it robs efficiency by constantly disturbing the equanimity of mind.”
~ Ramananda Prasad

“The thing for us to do is just to do our duty, and not worry about whether anybody sees us do it or not.”
~ Mark Twain

“Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve.”
~ Karl Popper

“The hands that help are better far than lips that pray.”
~ Robert Green Ingersoll

“Don’t try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.”
~ Philip K. Dick

“Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

“The ‘practical’ man, as this word is often used, is one who recognizes only the material needs, who realizes that men must have food for the body, but is oblivious of the necessity of providing food for the mind.”
~ Bertrand Russell

“take care, in reading the writings of philosophers or hearing their speeches, that you do not attend to words more than things, nor get attracted more by what is difficult and curious than by what is serviceable and solid and useful.”
~ Plutarch

“A taste for literature and a turn for business, united in the same person, never fails to make a great man.”
~ John Adams

“Because you can’t argue with all the fools in the world. It’s easier to let them have their way, then trick them when they’re not paying attention.”
~ Christopher Paolini

“Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.”
~ Ray Bradbury

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”
~ Thomas A. Edison

“It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?”
~ Isaac Asimov

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain”
~ Henry Ford

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.”
~ Thomas Paine

“Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.”
~ Victor Hugo

The Power Of Self Control and Virtue

Resilience

“There’s no such thing as ruining your life. Life’s a pretty resilient thing, it turns out.”
~ Sophie Kinsella

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”
~ Steve Maraboli

“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.”
~ Elizabeth Edwards

“My scars remind me that I did indeed survive my deepest wounds. That in itself is an accomplishment. And they bring to mind something else, too. They remind me that the damage life has inflicted on me has, in many places, left me stronger and more resilient. What hurt me in the past has actually made me better equipped to face the present.”
~ Steve Goodier

“‎Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself-and be lenient to everybody else.”
~ Henry Ward Beecher

“The human capacity for burden is like bamboo- far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.”
~ Jodi Picoult

“There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who do not. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.”
~ José N. Harris

“If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces.”
~ Shane Koyczan

“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.”
~ Germany Kent

“If the fire in your heart is strong enough, it will burn away any obstacles that come your way.”
~ Suzy Kassem

“There will be times in your life when things simply have to be replaced because they are tired, broken, worn out, harmful, outdated, or irrelevant. Take an inventory of the things that no longer serve your best and highest good so you can replace them with things which do.”
~ Susan C. Young

“No matter how you define success, you will need to be resilient, empowered, authentic, and limber to get there.”
~ Joanie Connell

“Remember an arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards; so when you feel like life is dragging you down with difficulties, it simply means that it’s going to launch you to something great. So just focus and keep aiming.”
~ Unknown

“Like everyone else, you want to learn the way to win, but never to accept the way to lose, to accept defeat, to learn to die is to be liberated from it. So when tomorrow comes, you must free your ambitious mind, and learn the art of dying.”
~ Bruce Lee

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”
~ Sylvester Stallone

Kindness

“Always have a willing hand to help someone, you might be the only one that does.”
~ Roy T. Bennett

“Kindness has no boundaries. It is the language of the soul.”
~ Amit Ray

“A rich life is lived from a giving heart not a selfish mind.”
~ Rasheed Ogunlaru

“The most sincere form of kindness is not to show off our greatness but to help another discover their own.”
~ Charles F. Glassman

“Be kind to UNKIND people.
They need it the most.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV

“To keep on receiving, you must keep giving.”
~ Lailah Gifty Akita

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”
~ John Green

“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.”
~ Tahereh Mafi

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
~ Anne Frank

“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”
~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

“How would your life be different if…You stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day…You look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey.”
~ Steve Maraboli

“for there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.”
~ Milan Kundera

“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”
~ Elizabeth Gilber

“It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.”
~ John Joseph Powell

Acceptance

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”
~ Alice Walker

“You couldn’t relive your life, skipping the awful parts, without losing what made it worthwhile. You had to accept it as a whole–like the world, or the person you loved.”
~ Stewart O’Nan

“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”
~ J.K. Rowling

“Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.”
~ Deborah Reber

“To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow – this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert

“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”
~ Ann Landers

“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, So what. That’s one of my favorite things to say. So what.
~ Andy Warhol

“Learn this from me. Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.”
~ Mitch Albom

“The end of a melody is not its goal: but nonetheless, had the melody not reached its end it would not have reached its goal either. A parable.”
~ Nietzche

“My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.”
~ Michael J. Fox

“Nothing brings down walls as surely as acceptance.”
~ Deepak Chopra

“What’s been important in my understanding of myself and others is the fact that each one of us is so much more than any one thing. A sick child is much more than his or her sickness.
A person with a disability is much, much more than a handicap. A pediatrician is more than a medical doctor. You’re MUCH more than your job description or your age or your income or your output.”
~ Fred Rogers

“I let it go. It’s like swimming against the current. It exhausts you. After a while, whoever you are, you just have to let go, and the river brings you home.”
~ Joanne Harris

“Nobody’s going to win all the time. On the highway of life you can’t always be in the fast lane.”
~ Haruki Murakami

Mortality

“I could die for you. But I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, live for you.”
~ Ayn Rand

“If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”
~ Ernest Hemingway

“The world is so exquisite with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there’s little good evidence. Far better it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides.”
~ Carl Sagan

“You have to give up! you have to give up!
You have to realize that someday you will die,
Until you know that, you are useless!”
~ Chuck Palahniuk

“If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.
[Commencement Address at American University, June 10 1963]
~ John F. Kennedy

“I know that I am mortal by nature, and ephemeral; but when I trace at my pleasure the windings to and fro of the heavenly bodies I no longer touch the earth with my feet: I stand in the presence of Zeus himself and take my fill of ambrosia”
~ Ptolemy

“Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it.”
~ Marcus Aurelius

“There is something miraculous in the way the years wash away your evidence, first you, then your friends and family, then the descendants who remember your face, until you aren’t even a memory, you’re only carbon, no greater than your atoms, and time will divide them as well.”
~ Anthony Marra

“The story of my recent life.’ I like that phrase. It makes more sense than ‘the story of my life’, because we get so many lives between birth and death. A life to be a child. A life to come of age. A life to wander, to settle, to fall in love, to parent, to test our promise, to realize our mortality- and in some lucky cases, to do something after that realization.”
~ Mitch Albom

“Nothing can last forever. There isn’t any memory, no matter how intense, that doesn’t fade out at last.”
~ Juan Rulfo

“Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its students.”
~ Hector Berlioz

“Death, only death, can break the lasting chain;
And here, ev’n then, shall my cold dust remain”
~ Alexander Pope

“This willing and even exuberant interfacing with one’s own mortality has ancient roots. The Stoics of ancient Greece and Rome implored people to keep death in mind at all times, in order to appreciate life more and remain humble in the face of adversities. In various forms of Buddhism, the practice of meditation is often taught as a means of preparing oneself for death while still remaining alive. Dissolving one’s ego into an expansive nothingness – achieving the enlightened state of nirvana – is seen as a trial run of letting oneself cross to the other side.”
~ Mark Manson

“life is a battle. it is a struggle renting us time against darkness. It’s a fight it will never win. And still in fights. the Universe has no morality. It has no love, no patience. Those are the playthings of Humans….. the seeds of the end are in each beginning.”
~ Peter Callaway

“That flesh is but the glass, which holds the dust
That measures all our time; which also shall
Be crumbled into dust.”
~ George Herbert

“My memory plays me odd tricks these days […] Age spares us nothing, old friend. Like ancient trees, we die from the top.”
~ Gore Vidal

“This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.”
~ T.S. Eliot