Quotes To Live By


“Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow.” — Maria Mitchell

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” — Herman Melville


“The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self.” — Whitney Young


“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.” ― Edmund Lee

“Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.” — John Lewis


“Our is a world where people don’t know what they want and are willing to go through hell to get it.” ― Don Marquis

“we are the transformed
we are the awoken
we lay your visions of a concrete world
in ashes
we build a new, a living world
away from death and decay”
― Dahi Tamara Koch


“Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.” — Beatrix Potter

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ― E.E. Cummings


“When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems.” — Stephen Covey

“Genius is nothing else than a great aptitude for patience.” — Comte de Buffon

Patience is key.
It takes time.
Keep working, 1-step at a time.

“We do things when it is our time to do them. They do not occur to us until it is time; they cannot be resisted, once their time has come. It’s a question of time, not motive.” ― Bharati Mukherjee


“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” — Carl Jung

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” — George Bernard Shaw


“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” ― C.S. Lewis

“Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.” — Eric Hoffer


“Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.” — Amelia Earhart

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” ― Saul Bellow


“A clever person turns great troubles into little ones and little ones into none at all.” — Chinese Proverb

“We are touched by magic wands. For just a fraction of our day life is perfect, and we are absolutely happy and in harmony with the earth. The feeling passes much too quickly. But the memory – and the anticipation of other miracles – sustains us in the battle indefinitely.” — John Nichols


“Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” ― Margery Williams Bianco

“True, we love life, not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving. There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche


“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” — Ernest Hemingway

“The last of human freedoms: to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” — Viktor Frankl


“loving friendship is able to endure everything; it refuses no burden” — Petrarch


“Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley.
But always, if we have faith, a door will open for us, not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of, but one that will ultimately prove good for us” ― A.J. Cronin

My favorite quote
“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” ― Nelson Mandela

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” — John Lewis

“The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.” — William Makepeace Thackeray


“I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it?” — Henry Moore

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” — Gilbert K. Chesterton


“We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing.” — Saint Clare of Assisi

“The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.” — Albert Einstein

“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” — Iris Murdoch


“Today, as never before, the fates of men (and women) are so intimately linked to one another that a disaster for one is a disaster for everybody.” — Natalia Ginzburg

“Each of us has his own alphabet with which to create poetry.” — Irving Stone

“How difficult it is to be simple.” — Irving Stone


“The essence of true friendship, in my view, is to make allowances for one another’s little lapses.” — David Storey

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” — Dalai Lama


“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” — Henry David Thoreau

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” (Aesop)


“A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.” ― Thomas Paine

“Five types of people you want to surround yourself with:
the inspired, the passionate, the motivated, the grateful and the open minded.” — Richard Feynman


“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.” — Camille Pissarro


“We are the ones we have been waiting for.” — June Jordan


“There are only two races, the decent and the indecent.” — Victor E. Frankl

“Beware, so long as you live, of judging men (or women) by their outward appearance.” — Jean de La Fontaine

“You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.” Navajo proverb


“It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.” —Henri Matisse

“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.” — Frida Kahlo


“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived; but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” — Maya Angelou

“Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt


“You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.” — Arthur Ashe

“Each of your breaths is a priceless jewel, since each of them is irreplaceable and once gone, can never be retrieved.” — Al-Ghazali

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” — Dalai Lama


“In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” — Robert Frost

“It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.” ― Judith Martin

You are enough–just the way you are. You have unique talents and strengths that will help you to make the world a better place. You are special just the way you are. — Beth Frates

“Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.” — Joseph Joubert

“The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.” — Joan Didion


“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” — Ernest Hemingway

“The measure of a country’s greatness is its ability to retain compassion in times of crisis.” — Thurgood Marshall


“Be the most you can be, so life will be more because you were.” ― Susan Glaspell

“We live close together and we live far apart. We all go through the same things-it’s all just a different kind of the same thing.” — Susan Glaspell