Words to Live By

A Collection of my Favourite Quotes

I keep a growing notebook of these little pieces of wisdom. They are a quick and simple way of depicting life and how it can be lived better. When I need a dose of optimism or inspiration, I browse through my collection or find something new to derive inspiration and add it to my list. I want to share some of the motivation these words and my own thoughts on them have given me. I hope you find them enlightening and encouraging, with something to offer for whatever situation you may find yourself in.

The unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates

You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to. – Chris Guillebeau

A solitary fantasy can transform a million realities. – Maya Angelou

A man’s destination is determined by the path he chooses. – Proverb

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. – Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar

The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one that makes you think. – Harper Lee

The goal isn’t more money. The goal is living life on your terms. – Chris Brogan

The world is full of kind people. If you can’t find one, be one. – Nishan Panwar

Don’t chase success; pursue excellence and success will follow. – Movie, 3 idiots

Sow a thought, reap an action.
Sow an action, reap a habit.
Sow a habit, reap a character.
Sow a character, reap a destiny.
 – Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Vision is the starting point of all high performance. You create things twice; first mentally, then physically. The biggest barrier to high performance is not the physical manifestation but the mental creation. You will never outpace your mental models. – Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington, The 12 Week Year

As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it. – Albert Einstein

The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle. – Armed Forces Motto

Maybe we should stop waiting on tomorrows, as I’ve had a whole bunch of them, and the only days that ever really changed my life were todays. – J. L. Johnson

Life is short; live it.
Love is rare; grab it.
Anger is bad; Dump it.
Fear is awful; face it.
Memories are sweet; cherish it. – Unknown

I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road. – Stephen Hawking

Sit down and read; educate yourself for the coming conflicts. – Mother Jones

It always seemed strange to me that the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first, they love the produce of the second.
– John Steinbeck

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. – Marie Robinson

This is your life, fight for it. – Humble the Poet

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. – Buddha

If you have any other awesome quotes to live by, please share in the comments section below. You never know when others could use those very words to make their day better.


2 thoughts on “Words to Live By

    1. Thank you! I started keeping a notebook just to collect quotes a long time ago. I am looking forward to sharing them all and how they inspire me in future posts.


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