Quotes

Below is a list of my favorite quotes. This list will expand and grow with time. I hope you’ll find a few that you enjoy as much as I have.

“As to methods, there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of life is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.”

William Arthur Ward

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

Oscar Wilde

“You are what you do. Not what you say, not what you believe, not how you vote, but what you spend your time on.”

Kevin Kelly

“I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.”

Larry King

“People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy.”

Seneca

“The sure sign of an amateur is he has a million plans and they all start tomorrow.”

Steven Pressfield

“Little by little, one travels far.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

Viktor E. Frankl

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”

Stephen Covey

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”

Mary Oliver

“Do not be lured by the need to be liked; better to be respected, even feared.”

Robert Greene

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”

Stephen King

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

Leo Tolstoy

“The purpose of life is finding the largest burden that you can bear and bearing it.”

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”

Ernest Hemingway

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“In your actions, don’t procrastinate. In your conversations, don’t confuse. In your thoughts, don’t wander. In your soul, don’t be passive or aggressive. In your life, don’t be all about business.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 8.51

“Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.”

Yousuf Karsh

“Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.”

Lorraine Hansberry

“Man is asked to make of himself what he is supposed to become to fulfill his destiny.”

Paul Tillich

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A mind too active is no mind at all.”

Theodore Roethke

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

Joseph Chilton Pearce

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.”

Henry David Thoreau

“Undoubtedly, we become what we envisage.”

Claude M. Bristol

“Every man should lose a battle in his youth, so he does not lose a war when he is old.”

George R.R. Martin

“In an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.”

Herbert A. Simon

“We must be careful not to believe things simply because we want them to be true. No one can fool you as easily as you can fool yourself.”

Richard Feynman

“Be happy, but never satisfied.”

Bruce Lee

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain.”

Henry Ford

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”

Bruce Lee

“What is my job on the planet? What is it that needs doing, that I know something about, that probably won’t happen unless I take responsibility for it?”

Buckminster Fuller

“Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.”

Steve Jobs

“All of humanity’s problems stem from a man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

Blaise Pashal

“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills.”

Jim Rohn

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

George Eliot

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”

Robert Collier

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Helen Keller

“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.”

Socrates

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn”

Benjamin Franklin

“Anyone who has ever made anything of importance was disciplined.”

Andrew Hendrixson

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

Henry David Thoreau

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”

Seth Godin

“I never dreamed of success. I worked for it.”

Estee Lauder

“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”

Heraclitus

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

Lao Tzu

“Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition.”

W.H. Auden

“The best sports people in the world practice more than they play. Business people should practice too. They should go home at night and analyze their day’s performance. They don’t and they need to. To be good at something takes practice, and lots of it.”

Tom Peters

“Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Lay first the foundation of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.”

St. Augustine