QUOTATIONS TO HELP YOU LIVE A GOOD LIFE

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Franz Kafka

Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.

Authenticity
Writing

Mark Twain

A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it.

Success
Writing

George Orwell

A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?

Writing

Douglas Adams

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.

Alignment
Energy
Gratitude

Niels Bohr

There are two kinds of truth, small truth and great truth. You can recognize a small truth because its opposite is a falsehood. The opposite of a great truth is another profound truth.

Values

Michael DeBakey, heart surgeon

A historian in the fourteenth century wrote a book about what he knew of the world. One observation he made is that all the tribes that have difficulty feeding themselves are lean and healthy, and those that have plenty of food are fat, lazy, and unhealthy.

Health
Values
Writing

Sir Winston Churchill

Kites rise highest against the wind — not with it.

Alignment
Energy

Henry James

There are two kinds of taste, the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.

Emotions
Values

Napoleon Hill

Until you have learned to be tolerant with those who do not always agree with you; until you have cultivated the habit of saying some kind word of those whom you do not admire; until you have formed the habit of looking for the good instead of the bad there is in others, you will…

Happiness
Success

Chief Seattle

This we know. The earth does not belong to us; we belong to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected.

Relationships
Spirituality

Jimi Hendrix

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.

Mindfulness

Frederick Douglass

It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.

Presence
Spirituality

Unknown

There are always two choices. Two paths to take. One is easy. And its only reward is that it’s easy.

Action
Integrity
Outcomes

Maya Ying Lin

To fly, we have to have resistance.

Perspective
Success

Unknown

We don’t stop with asking what a tool does. We ask about what kind of people we become when we use it.

Outcomes

Louis L'Amour

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.

Perspective
Success
Time

Mary Parker Follett

Leadership is not defined by the exercise of power, but by the capacity to increase the sense of power among those who are led. The most essential work the leader is to create more leaders.

Leadership

J. K. Rowling

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

Thomas Szasz

Knowledge is gained by learning; trust by doubt; skill by practice; love by love.

Emotions
Love
Presence
Values

Ursula K. LeGuin

True myth may serve for thousands of years as an inexhaustible source of intellectual speculation, religious joy, ethical inquiry, and artistic renewal. The real mystery is not destroyed by reason. The fake one is. You look at it and it vanishes. You look at the Blonde Hero, really look, and he turns into a gerbil….

Happiness

Eric Hoffer

It is the stretched soul that makes music, and souls are stretched by the pull of opposites, opposite bents, tastes, yearnings, loyalties. Where there is no polarity, where energies flow smoothly in one direction, there will be much doing but no music.

Action
Authenticity
Values

Mother Teresa

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.

Energy
Happiness
Presence

Rainer Marie Rilke

The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.

Purpose

Francis Bacon

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.

Unknown

There are two great rules of life. The first is, never tell everything at once.

Authenticity
Time
Writing

Unknown

To exist, you have to both breathe in and breathe out. Some people just want to breathe in.

Action
Alignment
Health

Thomas Edison

There’s a way to do it better. Find it.

Nelson Henderson

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.

Purpose

Francis Bacon

Truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion.

Business
Leadership
Outcomes

Carl Jung

Learn your techniques well, but prepare to give them up when you touch a human soul.

Authenticity

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