Quotes

Some of my favorite quotes and proverbs collected, curated, and created. [1]

“The ego wants to help, but the Soul wants to serve.” -unkown

“It’s impossible,” said pride.  “It’s risky,” said experience.  “It’s pointless,” said reason.  “Give it a try,” whispered the heart.” -unkown

“Passion is the heartbeat of fortune.” – Justin David Carl

“Impossible is just an opinion.” – Paulo Coelho

“The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself.  That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.”  – Neil Gaiman

“Fall down seven times.  Get up eight.” – Japanese proverb

“All doubt, despair, and fear become insignificant once the intention of life becomes love.” -Rumi

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.  The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” – John C. Maxwell

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on the fighting the old, but on building the new.” -Socrates

“We build emotional, mental and spiritual capacity in precisely the same way that we build physical capacity.” – Jim Loehr

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein

“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment; cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment is intuition.”  – Rumi

“The thing about chaos, is that while it disturbs us, it too, forces our hearts to roar in a way we secretly find magnificent.” – Christopher Poindexter

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” – Oscar Wilde

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Dr. Seuss

“I prefer to be crazy and happy, than normal and bitter.” – Paulo Coelho

“When a man is willing and eager Gods join in.” – Aeschylus

“Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious.” – Thomas Edision

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” – Seneca

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” – T. E. Lawrence

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso

“We cannot teach people anything. We can only help them discover it within themselves.” – Galileo Galilei

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” -Albert Einstein

“Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.” – Khalil Gibran

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

“You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”     – Aristotle

“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.”                      – Archilochus

“Always desire to learn something useful.” – Sophocles

“Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” – Marianne Wiliamson

“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda

“A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere.  Before him I may think aloud.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You knock at the door of reality.  You shake your thought wings, loosen your shoulders, and open. ” – Rumi

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch

“The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.” – Epictetus

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Unknown

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius

“Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom. How do they do it? They fall and falling, they’re given wings.” – Rumi

“Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Pablo Picasso

“You will never find time for anything.  You must make it.” – Charles Buxton

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” -Bernard M. Baruch

“Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.” – Bruce Lee

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible.” – Audrey Hepburn

“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

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past.  If you are anxious, you are living in the future.  If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.  That’s why it is called the present.” -Alice Morse Earle

“Rule your mind or it will rule you.” -Horace

“Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.” -Walter Inglis Anderson

“Life isn’t about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.” -George Bernard Shaw

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” -Mark Twain

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” -Lao Tzu

“No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made.  Destiny is made known silently.” -Agnes De Mille

“Only put off until tomorrow what you’re willing to die having left undone.” -Pablo Picasso

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of every day life.” -Pablo Picasso

“There is the risk you cannot afford to take, and there is the risk you cannot afford not to take.”  -Peter Drucker

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” -Mark Twain

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” -Mark Twain

“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


[1] Sharing my personal collection of favorite quotes and proverbs with the global community was inspired by my incredibly talented friend from college, Kevin Gao.  See his favorite quotes and much more here.