Quotes

I love quotes! They take large concepts and break them down into bite size morsels of inspiration. If your day is not going as planned, or just want something positive to fuel the day, check in here every so often. New quotes are added daily, and the quote of the day appears as a post. Consider subscribing to my blog to get them in your inbox. Enjoy!
Achievement
“The awesome path? It is dangerous too-but the good kind of dangerous. The kind of dangerous through which all great accomplishments must travel. On it are tall mountains, rocky walls, and even an occasional dragon. You’re going to get bloodied, your discipline will be tested, and your dreams will be challenged a thousand times over. But ohhhh, it is awesome.”
-Jon Acuff, Start
“The road to awesome, though, is defined by the surprises. It’s not a block in a downtown city laid out long ago by methodical city planners. It’s a rambling dirt road with twists and turns that offers something new at every corner. Let’s leave room on our maps for some surprises.”
-Jon Acuff, Start
“Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.”
 -John Barton
“In the long run you hit only what you aim at.  Therefore, though you should fail immediately, you had better aim at something high.”
-Henry David Thoreau
“Thousands of people have talent.  I might as well congratulate you for having eyes in your head.  The one and only thing that counts is:  Do you have staying power?”
-Noel Coward
“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment to which they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”
-Winston Churchill
“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what is still possible for you to do.”
-Pope John XXIII
Age
“And, in addition to all the miseries, the young are not wise. They have very little understanding about life. Who wants to live every day when you don’t know what’s going on? When people are manipulating you, telling you to buy this perfume and you’ll be beautiful, or this pair of jeans and you’ll be sexy–and you believe them! It’s such nonsense.”
-Morrie Schwartz, Tuesdays With Morrie
Career
“We’ve been told our whole lives that our 20s are when we begin down our career paths. And our 60s are the end of the road. But that timeline is no longer the only valid one. In fact, that timeline is no longer typical.
Age is no longer the primary factor that determines where you are on the map. Life is now less about how old you are and more about when you decide to live.”
-Jon Acuff, Start
“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion, He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.”
-James Michener
“Don’t be so busy trying to make a living that you’re too busy to make a life.”
-Dan Miller, Wisdom Meets Passion
Choices
“Talent allows people to stand out, but their wrong choices make them sit down.”
-John Maxwell
Creativity

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

-Joseph Chilton Pearce

Dreams
“You have to be brutally realistic about your present circumstances and wildly unrealistic about your future circumstances.”
-Jon Acuff, Start

“There are dreamers, but not all human beings dream equally. Some are dreamers of the night, who in the dusty recesses of their mind dream and wake in the morning to find it was just vanity. But the Dreamers of the Day are dangerous people because they act their dreams into reality with open eyes.”

-T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Education/Learning
“An educational system isn’t worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn’t teach them how to make a life.”
-Author Unknown

“Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits right, useful, and pure thoughts. By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master gardener of his soul, the director of his life. He also reveals, within himself, the laws of thought, and understands, with ever increasing accuracy, how the thought-forces and mind elements operate in the shaping of his character, circumstances, and destiny.

-James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

“I am of the belief that everything that happens to us is either good or a path to achieving something good through the lessons learned. It’s our choice. We can be paralyzed or defeated from these instances, or we can choose to dissect them, analyze them, and create a new system or practice that reflects the lessons learned.”
-Jared Angaza
“It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.”
-Alec Bourne
“Learning is a treasure that will follow it’s owner everywhere.”
-Chinese Proverb
“Anyone who stops learning is old-whether at twenty or eighty.”
-Henry Ford
“He who has learning without imagination has feet but no wings.”
-Stanley Goldstein
“The man who is too old to learn was probably always too old to learn.”
-Henry S. Haskins
“Continual learning is the key to continual living. If you stop learning, you have effectively stopped living.”
-Dan Miller, Wisdom Meets Passion
“Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.”
-Jim Rohn
“I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think.”
-Socrates
“Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining experience. View life as a continuous learning experience.”
-Denis Waitley
Family

“Whatever the era, whatever the times, one thing will never change: fathers and mothers, if you have children, they must come first. You must read to your children and you must hug your children and you must love your children. Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but on what happens inside your house.”

-Barbara Bush, speech to graduates of Wellesley College

Failure
“It’s not in the moments of abundance or joy that our character is strengthened. It’s in the moments when we overcome obstacles and recover from perceived failures that our souls are freed and true selves are revealed.”
-Jared Angaza
“Every human has four endowments-self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom…The power to choose, to respond, to change.”
-Stephen Covey
Fear
“Fear tends to argue both sides of the coin, leaving you absolutely no room to stand. Here are two of the complete opposite things it will tell you: “Don’t chase your dream at all.” And, “If you chase your dream, you have to do it all at once…Both of those statements are lies…Just Start.”
-Jon Acuff, Start
Freedom
“Freedom is only part of the story and half the truth….That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplanted by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast.”
-Viktor E. Frankl
Man’s Search for Meaning
“Conformity is the jailer of freedom, and the enemy of growth.”
-John Kennedy
“Those who deny freedom for others deserve it not for themselves.”
-Abraham Lincoln
“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.”
-Nelson Mandela
“May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please but as the opportunity to do what is right.”
-Peter  Marshall, Jr.
“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”
-Jim Morrison
“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt
Future
“When a parent, a boss, a teacher, a spouse, or a friend tells you what you can’t be, they’re predicting a future they don’t control. They don’t know what 25 or 35 or 55 looks like for you.”
-Jon Acuff, Start
Goals

“What you have in your heart becomes your experience.”

-Dr. Paul Yonggi Cho

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

-Stephen Covey

 “With definite goals you release your own power, and things start happening.”

-Zig Ziglar

Happiness
“We want to make more money so we can have more happiness. So we work harder and longer. That takes more time. But we value time the most. And we want family, but they suffer most when we’re always focused on money. Where does it end?”
-Jared Angaza, Wisdom Meets Passion
Ideas
“Every now and then a man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.”
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
“It is when I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone, and of good cheer…..that ideas flow best and most abundantly. Whence and how they come, I know not, nor can I force them.”
-Mozart
Life

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Opportunity
“The people who complain the loudest about never having an opportunity in life are usually the ones who have no idea what they really want.”
-Dan Miller, Wisdom Meets Passion
Purpose
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michaelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say: Here live a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Reading
“The man who is too busy to read is never likely to lead.”
-B.C. Forbes
Renewal

“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

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Security
“Only the insecure strive for security.”
-Wayne Dyer
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it…Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
-Helen Keller
Self-Respect
“Until you value yourself you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”
-M. Scott Peck
Success
“Be undeniably good. When people ask me how do you make it in show business or whatever, what I always tell them & nobody ever takes note of it ’cause it’s not the answer they wanted to hear-what they want to hear is here’s how you get an agent, here’s how you write a script, here’s how you do this-but I always say, “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” If somebody’s thinking, “How can I be really good?” people are going to come to you. It’s much easier doing it that way than going to cocktail parties.”
-Steve Martin
“We become what we think about.”
-Earl Nightingale
“It is the nature of men to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of them.”
-John Steinbeck
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he had imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
-Henry David Thoreau

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