QUOTATIONS TO HELP YOU LIVE A GOOD LIFE

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. But by all means, keep moving.

Energy
Values

Frederick Douglass

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are those who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning.

Values

Alfred North Whitehead

In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of a defeat. But in the evolution of real knowledge it marks the first step in progress toward a victory. This is one great reason for the utmost toleration of variety of opinion.

Love
Perspective

St. John of the Cross

If you wish to be sure of the road you tread on, you must close your eyes and walk in the dark.

Presence

Simone Weil

Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.

Authenticity
Integrity
Values

Bill Gates

I am an impatient optimist. The world is getting better, but it’s not getting better fast enough, and it’s not getting better for everyone.

Alignment
Identity
Purpose

Karen Lamb

A year from now you may wish you had started today.

Outcomes

Louisa May Alcott

I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.

Alignment
Energy
Perspective

Kasspe

If you think the problem is bad now, just wait until we’ve solved it.

Outcomes

Unknown

If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions.

Identity
Integrity

Friedrich Nietzsche

Who would learn to fly must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.

Mindfulness
Spirituality

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

Leadership

Twyla Tharp

If you only do what you know and do it very, very well, chances are that you won’t fail. You’ll just stagnate, and your work will get less and less interesting, and that’s failure by erosion. True failure is a mark of accomplishment in the sense that something new and different was tried.

Alignment
Energy
Outcomes
Success

Paul Dirac

In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it’s the exact opposite.

Perspective
Writing

Don Marquis

If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; but if you really make them think they’ll hate you.

Leadership
Relationships

Vincent van Gogh

I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.

Energy
Identity
Integrity

Karl Weick

Fight as if you’re right, listen as if you’re wrong.

Integrity

Grace Murray Hopper

A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things.

Action
Purpose

C. S. Lewis

Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance.

Action
Identity

Alice Walker, The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart

Healing begins where the wound was made.

Mindfulness

Zen saying

Before you study Zen, a bowl is a bowl and tea is tea. While you are studying Zen, a bowl is no longer a bowl and tea is no longer tea. After you have studied Zen, a bowl is again a bowl and tea is tea.

Mindfulness

Cicero

I criticize by creation, not by finding fault.

Action
Energy
Leadership

Goethe

If you wish to advance into the infinite, explore the finite in all directions.

Perspective
Spirituality

Carl Sagan

If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.

Outcomes
Success

Henry Louis Mencken

For every problem, there is one solution which is simple, neat, and wrong.

Business
Success

Bill George

High tolerance for failure, low tolerance for incompetence.

Leadership
Success

Murray Gell-Mann

History shows us clearly that humanity is moved forward not by people who stop every little while to try to gauge the ultimate success or failure of their ventures, but by those who think deeply about what is right and then put all their energy into doing it.

Success

David Lloyd George

Don’t be afraid to take a big step when one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.

Action

Coco Chanel

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.

Identity
Purpose

Lucy Maud Montgomery

As a rule, I am very careful to be shallow and conventional where depth and originality are wasted.

Authenticity
Energy

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