21 Quotes To Change How You Think About Life Today

Some words are just better left said by history’s greatest minds.

Great psychiatrists and psychotherapists, eccentric poets and playwrights, ancient Chinese philosophers, ultra-successful entrepreneurs, even incarnations of supreme gods.

I mean, any problem you face today has been faced in some form or another thousands of times before. So why spend your life stumbling in the dark looking for the path, when you can be a handed a map and flashlight to help guide you the way.

The wisdom and truth in the following quotes is so simple that it can be—and often is—overlooked. Take a moment to let them seep into your very core and they’re sure to set you on the way to a life of greater meaning and purpose.

“What did you do as a child that made the hours pass like minutes? Herein lies the key to your earthly pursuits.”
―Carl Jung

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”
―Lao Tzu

“You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire”.

“Wisdom begins in wonder”.

“Many a false step has been made by standing still”.
—Fortune Cookie

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination”.
—Oscar Wilde

“Until we lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves”.
—Henry Miller

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
―Joseph Campbell

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
―Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.”
―The Bhagavad Gita

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
—Andre Gide

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.”

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
—Maya Agelou

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
—Joshua J. Marine

“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”
—Farrah Gray

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
—Carl Bard

“I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself.”
—Albert Einstein

“Even if you fall on your face you’re still moving forward.”
—Victor Kiam

“Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.”
—Wayne Dyer

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”
—William Butler Yeats

“Fortune favours the brave.”
—Latin Proverb

Joseph Pennington is a writer, mindfulness teacher, and the founder of Bebot, the world’s first AI mindfulness coach. You can try out the Bebot Alexa app here and sign up to make sure you hear the latest from Joseph and your new mindful robot friend.


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