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Quotes Filled With Life Lessons

If you are a Twitter user, you will see many quotes. Some are funny, some are barbed and targeted, but the quotes I like most are the ones that are inspirational. My favorite quote is by Author George Eliot, "It is never too late to be what you might have been." It is powerful and inspires those who think they are not bright enough, too old or to...

George Eliot was the pen name of writer Mary Ann(e) Evans, I have often wondered if she thought of her now famous quote after she decided to write under the name of a man.

I offer more food-for-thought quotes:


On vision

I had an almost intolerable awareness that every morning began with infinite promise. Any book may be read, any idea thought, any action taken. Anything that has ever been possible to human beings is possible to most of us every time the clock says six in the morning. On a day no different from the one now breaking, Shakespeare sat down to begin Hamlet. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Golden hours of vision come to us in this present life, when we are at our best, and our faculties work together in harmony. —Charles Fletcher Dole

On staying active

If I had to live my life again I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied could thus have been kept active through use. —Charles Darwin

On meaningfulness

I suppose the moments one most enjoys are moments alone when one unexpectedly stretches something inside you that needs stretching. —Georgia O’Keefe

On unnecessary effort

I don’t look to jump over seven-foot bars. I look around for one-foot bars that I can step over. —Warren Buffett


On the unexpected

The unexpected and the incredible belong in this world. Only then is life whole. —Carl Gustav Jung


On life

The trouble with life isn’t that there is no answer, it’s that there are so many answers. —Ruth Benedict

Life, if thou knowest how to use it, is long enough. —Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell. —Andrew Carnegie

On persistence

Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done, and done right. —Walt Disney

On learning

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
—Aristotle

On success

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
—Franklin Roosevelt

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.
—Albert Einstein

The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way. —Dale Carnegie

Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not something to be waited for; but, rather something to be achieved. —William Jennings Bryan

And finally, "Whether you think you can or think you can’t—you are right." This quote is often quoted by coaches, I believe it was first said by Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. It is a lesson learned early in life.

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