The main goal of WisdomQuotes is this:
To help you live a good and peaceful life.
But most importantly, we want you to live a meaningful life.
And you know what?
We know you can improve your life because we did it.
Yes, we still have bad days. Don’t get us wrong. We’ve also been depressed and confused.
But that’s part of life.
We’ve never been more peaceful than today.
And the more we live, the more we discover how to live.
That’s what we want to share with you on WisdomQuotes.
Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion toward men and toward objective things. Albert Einstein
Now, a little secret…
In 2004, I lost my girlfriend in a car accident.
Then, I discovered quotes and they saved my life. I still use quotes every day to motivate myself, learn, and find inspiration.
I hope quotes will do the same for you.
Q & A
What are your favorite quotes of all time?
Nothing ventured, nothing gained. John Heywood
Once you understand yourself, you are forever free. Adamas Shivananda
Success is being healthy, having inner peace and loving your tribe.
Learn to be indifferent to what makes no difference. Marcus Aurelius
Just that you do the right thing. The rest doesn’t matter. Marcus Aurelius
Relax. Nothing is under control. Adi Da
Who are your role models and influencers?
I have a lot of role models, influencers and people I would like to thank.
My mother, because she taught me generosity.
My father, because he taught me independence and “doing your own thing“.
My sister, for all her energy, smiles, and love.
My friend Louis, for “raising the bar” and for all the fun and meaning he brings to my life.
My friend Oli, for his real and honest friendship and all the miles we ran together.
My friend Jo, for his humor and our mutual love of music.
Jiddu Krishnamurti, for all his teachings and his unique philosophy. There are no other authors like him.
Naval Ravikant, the modern philosopher, for all his wisdom.
Marcus Aurelius for his Stoic philosophy.
What is your favorite mantra/self-talk?
Just keep going
Work hard, stay humble
No pain, no gain
Slow and steady
Direction over speed
How can I help people?
What am I grateful for?
One day I’ll be dead
I’m so lucky….thanks!
What is your #1 priority in life?
Health. (Mental and physical).
There’s nothing more important.
You can have love, friends, and “success”, but if you don’t have health, you have nothing.
What are your other priorities?
Spending quality time with people I love.
Try hard to reach my full potential.
Try hard to improve as a human being.
Try to make the world a better place.
What are your best sources for quotes?
Twitter is a great source for quotes.
Here are a few good accounts:
- Naval Ravikant
- Shane Parrish
- Farnam Street
- James Clear
- Lex Fridman
- Gary Goodridge
- Simon Sinek
- Dan Go
- Sahil Bloom
- Ankur Warikoo
- Ali Abdaal
- Angela Jiang
- Ed Latimore
- The Stoic Emperor
- Orange Book
- Johnny Uzan
- Robert Greene
- Greg McKeown
- Adam Grant
- Mufti Menk
- Daily Zen
- Daily Stoic
- David Goggins
- Mark Manson
- Iyanla Vanzant
- Mel Robbins
- Susan Cain
- Brené Brown
Books are a good source too. Check out A Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy for example.
Finally, there are a few good websites.
Related: 7 Quote Websites To Find Quotes Fast
Which books do you recommend?
Here’s the list.
Which books had the biggest impact on you?
The Book Of Life by Jiddu Krishnamurti.
After reading this book, I felt any other self-help books were worthless.
Truth is a pathless land. Jiddu Krishnamurti
Remember though it’s a deep book.
Meditation is the only magic in the world and the only miracle. Osho
Be free where you are. Thich Nhat Hanh
There is also “Petite Galerie Des Grands Esprits” by Placide Gaboury.
It’s only available in French.
In English, it means “Small Gallery of Great Minds”.
This book was the first quotation book I bought and the one that showed me the power of words and quotations.
Are any other books that influenced you?
Another good book I’m still thinking about today is Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die.
I learned what sticks in our minds is what’s Simple, Unexpected, Credible, Concrete, Emotional, Stories (SUCCESs).
Which websites influenced you and still influence you today?
- zenhabits.net (life tips, simplicity, happiness)
- brainpickings.org (old books, quotes, meaning of life)
- fs.blog (decision-making, thinking, quotes)
Where do you store all your quotes?
What is your goal in life?
To reach my full potential and perhaps inspire you to do the same.
Ultimately, I want to live a happy, peaceful and meaningful life.
What is your personality type?
You can click on this link if you want to take the test and learn more about yourself.
I also consider myself a minimalist.
Where do you live?
Ste-Julie (Quebec), Canada
Which countries did you visit?
Hong Kong, the USA, Brazil, Sweden, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Cuba, Republica Dominicana, Mexico, Spain, Greece, and Costa Rica.
(Writing this, I feel so privileged)
What was your biggest struggle in life?
Overcoming depression after my girlfriend died in 2004.
I had everything, and then suddenly, I had nothing.
At least, this is what I felt.
What’s your biggest life lesson?
Never base your happiness on something external, otherwise, you’ll be miserable all your life.
You have everything you need, right here, right now.
It’s all in your way of thinking.
It took me 32 years to realize that.
Do you have other life lessons?
Don’t follow the crowd.
The masses are usually wrong.
Do your own thing, your way.
How many kids do you have?
I have 2 sons.
What’s your parenting style?
Consistent and firm but loving.
I learned this in the book Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
Related: parenting quotes
If you could have all the time in the world, what would you do?
- Trail running and hiking with friends and family
- Learning new things. I have a bucket list of things I’d love to learn like robot dancing and drumming
- Traveling to new countries. I’d love to visit Japan one day
- Improving my neighborhood and city
- Teaching kids about nutrition, exercise, meditation, persuasion, how to be happy, etc.
What is the purpose of life?
Simply to try to make the world a better place.
What are the best podcasts?
There are a lot of podcasts I listen to. My top 4 are:
- The Tim Ferriss Show (self-improvement, meditation, psychology, success)
- Joe Rogan (inspiring people, meditation, sleep, good stories, and anecdotes)
- Masters of Scale (business, startups)
- The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish (decision-making, mental models, reading, life)
What are the best podcast episodes?
- Naval Ravikant with Shane Parrish on The Knowledge Project (The Angel Philosopher on Investing, Making Decisions, Happiness and the Meaning of Life)
- Naval Ravikant with Tim Ferriss on The Tim Ferriss Show (The Person I Call Most for Startup Advice)
- Naval Ravikant on The Tim Ferriss Show (Naval Ravikant on Happiness Hacks and the 5 Chimps Theory)
- Joe Rogan with Matthew Walker author of Why We Sleep
I still listen to those 4 episodes today and still learn valuable lessons every time.
Give it a shot!
What are your favorite quote articles on wisdomquotes.com?
I love the Stoic quotes because you can apply them in your life and be more able to accept things as they are.
I love the meditation quotes because they remind you life is not only about accomplishing things, it’s also about “being”. (Yes it’s the opposite of the previous point)
I love the materialism quotes because they remind you buying stuff will never make you happy and happiness is internal.
Which tips and tools do you use to simplify and improve your digital life?
- I use Trello every day. For me, it’s the ultimate organization tool for ALL parts of my life: work, personal, knowledge, brainstorming, family, etc.
- I use Google Calendar to schedule everything and Gmail
- I use Spotify when I want to be inspired, focused, and productive. Here are the songs I listen to almost daily.
- I use DF Tube (Distraction Free YouTube)
- I use News Feed Eradicator for Facebook. I believe in a communication tool/Messenger, not Facebook
- I search mostly on Google but sometimes it’s on Ecosia. It’s a search engine that plants trees. Yes, you read that right.
- I try to have the simplest and cleanest environment when I work (and in life in general too). Discipline and focus are easier this way
- I removed all social media apps from my tablet (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.). I still use Twitter since I follow a few wise accounts
- I hide my smartphone at home
- I hide my bookmark bar in Chrome and show it just when I need
- I use only one screen at work (I’m a programmer/analyst). Most people have 2 or 3 screens
Who are the villains?
The villains are:
- most big corporations
- most marketers
- people who want your money first
- social media companies and attention engineers who have the goal of keeping you longer on their platform so they can make more money out of you
- check this excellent Ted Talk by Cal Newport: Quit social media
- the complex
- the crowd
- your screens
- your smartphone
- your ego
- your mind
What’s your biggest wish?
I hope you’ll find inner peace.
It’s impossible to control what goes outside.
But it’s possible to control what goes inside.
Once you master that, life becomes the ultimate gift.
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