Words have power – and these inspiring quotes are guaranteed to challenge the way you think and perhaps even change the way you live.
1. DON’T HOLD A GRUDGE
Quote: “Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.”
Lesson to learn:
Being angry at someone hurts only you.
Let go of your anger, not for the other person, but for yourself.
Remember, forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting.
Forgiving means accepting that it happened.
2. HOW TO TRULY LISTEN
Quote: “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand. Most people listen with the intent to reply.”
Lesson to learn: Ask yourself if you’re truly listening to others or if you’re being distracted by your own chatter. Sometimes, listening means staying silent to give others a chance to talk, soaking it in, then perhaps responding if your response is needed.
3. STOP COMPARING YOURSELF WITH OTHERS
Quote: “The reason why we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”
Lesson to learn: You may think everyone is better than you are, but you are only seeing the image they portray to others. Everyone has their own fears and weaknesses – after all, we’re all human. Stop comparing yourself to others, because you’ll always come up short.
4. YOU NEVER FORGET A FEELING
Quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Lesson to learn: We may not remember the details, but we’ll always remember the impact a person had on us.
5. NOBODY’S PERFECT
Quote: “Think of the most attractive person you know. Even that person, at some point, has had raging diarrhea.”
Lesson to learn: Nobody’s perfect – even Jennifer Lawrence has had raging diarrhea. Probably.
6. DON’T GET TOO COMFORTABLE
Quote: “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”
Lesson to learn: We can be safe and comfortable at home, but the point of life is to experience adventure and live it to the fullest.
7. PICK YOURSELF UP
Quote: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
Lesson to learn: The only way out of a bad situation is to continue in order to get yourself out of it.
8. IT ONLY COUNTS WHEN IT HURTS
Quote: “I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting. That is when I start counting, because then it really counts. That’s what makes you a champion.”
Lesson to learn: The victories only truly count when they take the most effort. Push yourself by celebrating the ones that made you work for it.
9. GREAT THINGS ALWAYS BEGIN FROM THE INSIDE
Quote: “If an egg is broken by an outside force, life ends. If broken by an inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from the inside.”
Lesson to learn: Real change can only come from within.
10. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
Quote: “The fool didn’t know it was possible, so he did it.”
Lesson to learn: Don’t be bound by limits you impose on yourself. Anything is possible.
11. BE YOURSELF
Quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
Lesson to learn: Be yourself and the people who will accept you for who you are are the ones worth keeping around. Those who won’t accept you for who you are aren’t worth your time and energy.
12. THE SECRET TO SUCCESS
Quote: “You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me, you might be all of those things you got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there are two things: You’re getting off first, or I’m going to die. It’s really that simple, right?”
Lesson to learn: Someone else may be better than you in some ways, perhaps because they are naturally gifted, but perseverance and hard work can always win out over talent.
13. FAIL IN YOUR 20S
Quote: “The only failure in your 20s is inaction. The rest is trial and error.”
Lesson to learn: Your 20s is a time for experimentation. By not trying, you are failing. Enjoy taking risks while you’re young!
14. THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS “BUSY”
Quote: “No one is busy in this world. It’s all about priorities.”
Lesson to learn: The next time you say you’re busy, know that it’s an excuse. If you truly prioritize something, you will make time for it. Be it relationships, friendships, or something else – you always have time for anything if you make time.
15. DON’T LET IT GET TO YOU
Quote: “No one can hurt you without your permission.”
Lesson to learn: People can only hurt you if you let them.
16. APPRECIATE YOUR PARENTS
Quote: “Never complain about what your parents couldn’t give you. It was probably all they had.”
Lesson to learn: A parent’s love for their child has no boundaries. Appreciate what they did for you, because they probably gave you all they could.
17. ANOTHER SIDE TO THE STORY
Quote: “You never know the truth. You know ‘a’ truth.”
Lesson to learn: There isn’t necessarily one truth – the truth can mean so many different things from different perspectives. There’s always another side to a story.
18. MIND OVER MATTER
Quote: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – either way you’re right.”
Lesson to learn: You set the tone for your own achievements. If you think you can do it, you will be able to achieve it. If you have a self-defeating attitude, you will likely not be able to attain your goal.
19. DON’T JUDGE
Quote: “We judge ourselves by our intentions. And others by their actions.”
Lesson to learn: Remember that you may not be seeing the full picture before you judge others. Their intentions may not match their actions.
20. IT’S NOT WASTED TIME
Quote: “The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”
Lesson to learn: Don’t beat yourself up over activities that are generally not what society considers to be worthwhile. If you’re enjoying yourself and if it’s making you happy, the time is well spent.