200 Quotes To Live By That Will Inspire You Deeply

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Here are 200 of the best quotes to live by I could find. Hope they will inspire you as much as they did for me. Enjoy!

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Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. Mary Oliver

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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. Nelson Henderson

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What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the ordinary man seeks is in others. Confucius (Analects, Amazon book)

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If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself. Rick Riorda

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Would you live with ease, do what you ought, and not what you please. Benjamin Franklin


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Our purpose here is to wake up to the truth of who we are and all of the truth around us. Aubrey Marcus

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Peace is possible, lasting happiness is not. Once you realize that, you stop seeking and you finally relax. Maxime Lagacé

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Your life can change if you do the hard thing, make the hard decision, have the hard conversation, have total honesty. Avoid contours and go straight to the point. Maxime Lagacé

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Live your life as you see fit. That’s not selfish. Selfish is to demand that others live their lives as you see fit. Anthony de Mello

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The greatest use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it. William James


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Your goal in life is to find out the people who need you the most, to find out the business that needs you the most, to find the project and the art that needs you the most. There is something out there just for you. Naval Ravikant

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My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do. Francine Jay

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One day you will realize that material things mean nothing. All that matters is the well-being and happiness of the people you love in your life. Ken Rutkowski

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With whatever you’re doing in life… if you know it’s true, if you know it’s real, you have to do it… That’s where the magic is. Kamal Ravikant

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As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life. Buddha

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The Best Quotes To Live By

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For better or worse, what you allow will continue. Paulo Coelho

Only give a fuck about what is true and important. Mark Manson

Life is not a competition, it’s a game. It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about all the fun we can have before it ends. Richard Feynman

The certainty you’re craving makes you suffer more than the uncertainty you’re avoiding. Maxime Lagacé

Don’t rush through your life. Spend time appreciating right where you are. @dailyzen

To investigate and analyze, with understanding and logic, the principles we ought to live by. Not to display anger or other emotions. To be free of passion and yet full of love. Marcus Aurelius

Avoid the false path. A false path in life is generally something we are attracted to for the wrong reasons — money, fame, attention, and so on. Robert Greene

A busy life seemingly chooses us, but we get to intentionally choose a full life by identifying what matters and getting rid of what doesn’t. Courtney Carver (See also: bemorewithless.com)

If you are always getting ready for the next thing, how will you ever enjoy this thing? Courtney Carver

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson

Life is simple, but not easy. The problem is we want life to be easy, which makes it complicated. Shane Parrish

Don’t worry about death, pay attention, read a lot, give up control, embrace imperfection. Maria Popova

It’s the small habits, how you spend your morning, how you talk to yourself, what you read, what you watch, who you share your energy with, that will change your life. Thibaut (@kpaxs)

Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk. Jane Kenyon

Most of us have spent our lives caught up in plans, expectations, ambitions for the future; in regrets, guilt or shame about the past. To come into the present is to stop the war. Jack Kornfield

To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight. E.E. Cummings

I saw that it was the artificial needs of life that made me a slave; the real needs of life were few. William James Dawson (The Quest of the Simple Life, Amazon book)

There is no destination. This is life, this moment. Savor and appreciate it. @dailyzen

People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive… so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. Joseph Campbell

The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today… The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately. Seneca

Forging a new path is far more satisfying than following a map will ever be. James Pierce

To know precisely what you want is one of the great treasures in life. James Pierce

See also: the best quotes (quotes I use every day)

Part 2. Quotes To Live By That Are…

The Most Famous Quotes To Live By (Einstein, Angelou, Camus, etc.)

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Build a life. Don’t live one, build one. Ashton Kutcher

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier. Albert Schweitzer

We are here on earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom. Rosa Parks

I can be changed by what happens to me but I refuse to be reduced by it. Maya Angelou

Be here now. Be in the moment. The now is the greatest moment of our lives and it just keeps getting better. The bad parts the boring parts the parts with high anxiety. Embrace every moment for its greatness. This is life. This is the greatest movie we will ever see. Kanye West

I have come to accept life as a process, and am satisfied that in my ever-going process, I am constantly discovering, expanding, finding the cause of my ignorance, in martial art and especially in life. In short, to be real. Bruce Lee

Make your interests gradually wider and more impersonal, until bit by bit the walls of the ego recede, and your life becomes increasingly merged in the universal life. Bertrand Russell

Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn. Benjamin Franklin

Success must include two things: the development of an individual to his utmost potentiality and a contribution of some kind to one’s world. Eleanor Roosevelt

Only those are fit to live who do not fear to die; and none are fit to die who have shrunk from the joy of life and the duty of life. Theodore Roosevelt

Every day, you have the power to choose our better history — by opening your hearts and minds, by speaking up for what you know is right. Michelle Obama (See also: truth quotes)

Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be? Michelle Obama

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. Dr. Seuss

The only happy people I know are the ones who are working well at something they consider important. Abraham Maslow

Tone your wants and tastes low down enough, and make much of negatives, and of mere daylight and the skies. Walt Whitman

Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness. Leo Tolstoy

Don’t practice things that you do not want to become. Jordan Peterson

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. Albert Camus

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Short Quotes To Live By

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Take fun seriously. Thibaut

Life is for service. Fred Rogers

Whatever you do, do it well. Walt Disney

Take care of this moment. Mahatma Gandhi

Stay the course with courage. D.Muthukrishnan

Trust the timing of your life. Payal Kadakia

Let your life unfold naturally. @dailyzen

Don’t be afraid to be an idealist. Maria Popova

Change the world by being yourself. Amy Poehler

Order your soul. Reduce your wants. Augustine of Hippo (See also: simplicity quotes)

Fate shuffles the cards and we play. Arthur Schopenhauer

You never fail until you stop trying. Albert Einstein

Your urge to control life controls you. Mooji

Embrace the glorious mess that you are. Elizabeth Gilbert

Give yourself a gift: the present moment. Marcus Aurelius

Make space for more life, not more stuff. Courtney Carver

Be the peace you wish to see in the world. Martin Luther King Jr

Never regret anything that made you smile. Mark Twain

See life as a game, but don’t keep a scoreboard. Maxime Lagacé

Spend your time doing only what you can uniquely do. Naval Ravikant

Where you spend your attention is where you spend your life. James Clear

Each day, make sure to do something that is your idea of bliss. Rhonda Byrne

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Inspirational And Motivational Quotes To Live By

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Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams. Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. Aristotle

Leave something of sweetness and substance in the mouth of the world. Emily Levine

Don’t mind what they think. Just do your own thing, at your own pace, in your own style. Maxime Lagacé

None of us know what will happen. Don’t spend time worrying about it. Make the most beautiful thing you can. Try to do that every day. That’s it. Laurie Anderson

You are only as mentally tough as your life demands you to be. An easy life fashions a mind that can only handle ease. A challenging life builds a mind that can handle challenge. Like a muscle that atrophies without use, mental strength fades unless it is tested. When life doesn’t challenge you, challenge yourself.​ James Clear

Do you know what the best moment of your life is? The very moment you are living right now. Because this is the only moment you truly have, all other moments are imaginary. Give it all to every moment you live. Don’t save it for some other time because there is no other time. Kunal (@CrazyPolymath)

You only get one shot at this thing called life, so why wouldn’t you put your entire being into it to create the best story ever written? Scott Barry Kaufman

When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life. It means fear is no longer a dominant factor in what you do and no longer prevents you from taking action to initiate change. Eckhart Tolle

Your long-term happiness and fulfillment depend on your ability to fulfill your soul’s unique purpose and to fill the place in the world that only you can fill, making the contribution that only you can make. Rod Stryker

Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches… devote your income and labor to others… re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul. Walt Whitman

I’ve decided I’m going to live this life for some time to come. The freedom and simple beauty is just too good to pass up. Christopher McCandless (Into the Wild)

To be human is to leap toward our highest moral potentialities, only to trip over the foibled actualities of our reflexive patterns. To be a good human is to keep leaping anyway. Maria Popova

Life is less about how old you are and more about when you decide to live. Thibaut

Be awake enough to see where you are at any given time and how that is beautiful and has poetry inside. Jeff Buckley

One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now. Paulo Coelho

Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own. Michelle Obama

See also: positive quotes

See also: How to Live a Meaningful Life: 10 Inspiring Ideas to Find Meaning (lifehack.org)

Funny Quotes To Live By

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Living doesn’t cost much, but showing off does. Jeffrey D. Sachs

Thank God I didn’t have a fast forward button for life, or I’d be dead by now. Naval Ravikant

No one is more dangerously insane than one who is sane all the time: he is like a steel bridge without flexibility, and the order of his life is rigid and brittle. Alan Watts

Life doesn’t have a pause button. Life doesn’t have a rewind button. Life doesn’t have a fast-forward button. Life has only one button: Play! Thibaut

I would rather risk wearing out than rusting out. Theodore Roosevelt

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. Mark Twain

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Deep Quotes To Live By

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Do what you have to do. In the meantime, accept what is. Eckhart Tolle

You are only entitled to the action, never to its fruits. Bhagavad Gita

We are really alive when we live in non-belief. Byron Katie

Life’s three best teachers: heartbreak, empty pocket, failures. Haemin Sunim

Situations are powerless if you don’t react. D. Muthukrishnan

The only limits for tomorrow are the doubts we have today. Pittacus Lore

No one owes you anything. No one cares if you fail. No one is coming to save you. Jack Butcher

Every day spent half-asleep, living half-heartedly is like a gift left unopened, an absurd waste of your life. @zen_fi

You’re better off making the best of your life rather than trying to fix society. @LifeMathMoney

On your very last day, you’d trade everything you have for another sunny day. Just like the one you take for granted today. @zen_fi

Never postpone a good deed which you can do now, because death does not choose whether you have or haven’t done the things you should have done. Death waits for nobody and nothing. It has neither enemies, nor friends. Indian proverb

If we can advance the knowledge of the world — if we can do things that expand the scope and scale of consciousness — then we’re better able to ask the right questions and become more enlightened, and that’s really the only way forward. Elon Musk

The perfected future never arrives. Life is full of seemingly endless trouble, and then life ends. Find peace in the imperfect present. @TheStoicEmperor

When all of your free time is spent catching up or getting ahead, that’s not free time. Courtney Carver

If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will. Greg McKeown

Nothing ever goes as planned – build this into your plans. @dailyzen

Meaning comes when you take nothing for granted. Maxime Lagacé

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See also: How Meditation Helps You in Being Better in Life (lifehack.org)

Wise Quotes To Live By (Words of Wisdom)

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See the world as it is, not as you wish it would be. Emily Lockhart

Nothing happens ahead of its time, and what needs to happen always happens. Byron Katie

Seeing your own smallness is called insight. Honoring your own tenderness is called strength. Lao Tzu

We can cultivate a deeper focus, but it must start with a recognition that our time is precious and limited. Leo Babauta

It’s better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way. Alan Watts

Learn to stay alone, unfazed, doing nothing. If you can do that daily, you’re indeed a wise man. Maxime Lagacé

To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control. Martha Nussbaum

Be empty. Let thoughts and sensations flow through you. Don’t cling to anything. Don’t let anything stick to you. Offer no resistance. Let things come, let them go. Remain unconcerned. You have nothing to do with the ever changing movie of life. You’re the ever present witness. @TheAncientSage

Whenever I see a person suffering from nervousness, I think, well, what can he expect? If he had not set his sights on things outside man’s control, his nervousness would end at once. Epictetus

No use of speed if you are going in the wrong direction. Choose the right strategy for you and move at your own pace. It is the direction and not the speed which decides your success. D. Muthukrishnan

Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less. Marie Curie

You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. Walter Hagen

Systematically remove things from your life to learn if they are actually important. Angela Jiang

The young are truthful, the old kind, the wise both. Maxime Lagacé

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See also: Life Lessons (jamesclear.com)

Part 3. Quotes To Live By About…

Quotes To Live By About Life, Learning

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Living a life of integrity pays off, but it takes a very long time. Naval Ravikant

You don’t have problems. You have challenges. Simple reframe to prime you to deal with the sh*t of the day. Ed Latimore

Be transparent as possible. Stop setting plays. Stop playing chess with life. Make decisions based on love not fear. Kanye West

When we eliminate effort, we eliminate life’s pleasures. Thibaut

When it’s tough, remember you’ll learn and grow. When it’s really tough, focus on your next step. Maxime Lagacé

You can’t learn from remembering. You can’t learn from guessing. You can learn only from moving forward at the rate you are moved, as brightness into brightness. Sarah Manguso

Man is like a canoeist directing his course through waves. One after another he meets them. They may be heavy and powerful or they may be light ruffles of a sunshiny day in midsummer. He must ride them all. Karl De Schweinitz

How noble and good everyone could be if, every evening before falling asleep, they were to recall to mind the events of the whole day and consider exactly what has been good and bad. Then, without realizing it, you try to improve yourself at the start of each new day; of course, you achieve quite a lot in the course of time. Anne Frank

It doesn’t matter how much money you’re willing to pay on your deathbed, you’re not going to be able to buy back more time. Tim Ferriss

Simplicity is an important element in all great art, for it means the removal of all details that are irrelevant to a given purpose. It is one of the arts within the great art of life. Richard Gregg

The fool believes his way is always correct; the wise man allows room for doubt. Jack Peach

Or perhaps one can learn only by one’s own mistakes. The essential thing is to learn. Learning and living. Eleanor Roosevelt

How you are living now is how you are living your entire life. Tomorrow won’t be any different. @zen_fi

You are the author of your life. If you don’t like how it goes, write it differently. Iva Kenaz

Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best. H. Jackson Brown Jr

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Quotes To Live By About Happiness, Unhappiness

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The trick is to maintain a kind of naive amazement at each instant of experience. Sarah Bakewell

Envy those who see beauty in everything in the world. Egon Schiele

The more you seek certainty, the more insecure you would be. D. Muthukrishnan

Progress is when you focus more on your dream than reality. Happiness is when you accept reality more than your dreams. Maxime Lagacé

When we try to juggle everything, we can’t enjoy anything. Courtney Carver

Being generous is one of the quickest paths to happiness, fulfillment, and satisfaction. Joshua Becker

Society has sold you the greatest of lies, that the goal of life is to become “happy.” This one chase has cost you your life. Kapil Gupta (See also: inner peace quotes)

If we were not so single-minded about keeping our lives moving, and for once could do nothing, perhaps a huge silence might interrupt this sadness of never understanding ourselves. Pablo Neruda

The habit of looking to the future and thinking that the whole meaning of the present lies in what it will bring forth is a pernicious one. Bertrand Russell

Don’t wait until there is no suffering in the world to be happy. The world is as it is. People are the way they are. To reject it would be to wilfully engage in ignorance. Once you accept the world and find some peace within yourself, feel free to change anything you like. Thibaut

While you are busy thinking about the things you wish you had, The current moment that you do have slips away. Kunal (@CrazyPolymath)

The supreme value is not the future but the present. Whoever builds a house for future happiness builds a prison for the present. Octavio Paz

If one is shining a bright spotlight on here and now, one cannot see the past or the future anymore. Ichiro Kishimi & Fumitake Koga

If you approach life as though you have something to gain from it, you will never stop searching for things you do not have. James Pierce

Simplicity doesn’t change who you are, it brings you back to who you are. Courtney Carver

Chasing peace keeps one from peace. James Pierce

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See also: 6 Daily Habits of Happy People (chopra.com)

Quotes To Live By About Friendship

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All you have is what you are, and what you give. Ursula K. Le Guin

Don’t trade your authenticity for approval. Kanye West

When people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them. Maria Popova

Be generous with your time and your resources and with giving credit and, especially, with your words. Maria Popova (See also: kindness quotes)

The older I get, the more I understand that it’s okay to live a life others don’t understand. Jenna Woginrich

A life lived according to the words of others is a life of imprisonment. James Pierce

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. Booker T. Washington

There are few things more liberating in life than giving up the need to be liked by everyone. Thibaut

It has never been about quantity, but about the quality. Real friends care and they show it. Maxime Lagacé

If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others. Michelle Obama

Time, as far as my father was concerned, was a gift you gave to other people. Michelle Obama

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. Eleanor Roosevelt

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt

See also: friendship quotes

See also: 5 Ways Meditation Can Improve Your Life and Make You Happier (tinybuddha.com)

Quotes To Live By About Love, Relationships

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It is beautiful to express love and even more beautiful to feel it. Dejan Stojanovic

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now. Jack Kerouac

Poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. John Keating (Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society)

Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching. Satchel Paige

If you want real connection and honest answers, check your heart more than you check your phone. Courtney Carver

Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back. Arthur Rubinstein

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving. Kahlil Gibran

Trust your intuition and be guided by love. Charles Eisenstein

Chase nothing. Avoid nothing. Love is all about accepting. Maxime Lagacé

Gentleness is powerful. When we use gentle and loving speech, we are able to transform anger, fear, resentment and suspicion in our communication. The whole intention of loving speech is to understand the other person and to be understood. Thich Nhat Hanh

If you can fall in love again and again… if you can forgive as well as forget, if you can keep from growing sour, surly, bitter and cynical… you’ve got it half licked. Henry Miller

Plant your garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. Jose Luis Borges

You can only go with loves in this life. Ray Bradbury

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Quotes To Live By About Work

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Underneath the excess and the extra, the busyness and the chaos, your life is waiting. Courtney Carver

I finally figured it out. Instead of working so hard to make ends meet, work on having fewer ends. Courtney Carver

Preoccupation with efficacy is the main obstacle to a poetic, elegant, robust and heroic life. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Practice doing what you need to do even when you don’t want to. Get it done first so you don’t have to keep thinking about it. Sam Altman

Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses. Kobe Bryant

The young are ambitious, the smart lazy, the wise playful. Maxime Lagacé

If you’re not doing some things that are crazy, then you’re doing the wrong things. Larry Page

It’s not the hours you put in, it’s what you put into your hours that counts. Thibaut

A successful life is not about optimizing the work-life balance, but about minimizing the work-life difference. Sven Schnieders

Turn your time into skill. Your skill into authority. Your authority into an audience. Your audience into an income. Your income into freedom. And your freedom into others’. Sahil Lavingia

All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art. Jorge Luis Borges

The most powerful force in the universe is compounded attention. Anyone can focus on meaningful actions every now and then, but hammering away on what matters day after day is what delivers exceptional results. What you focus on becomes your life. James Clear

Do one thing at a time. Give yourself the gift of being focused and centered. @dailyzen

If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough. Mario Andretti

See also: hard work quotes, business quotes

Quotes To Live By About Success

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Do the right things, do the hard things daily. Maxime Lagacé

Success is created by doing the basics, to a high standard, consistently. Thibaut

The secret of success is… to be fully awake to everything about you. Jackson Pollock

The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well. Jack London

Failure is a feeling long before it’s an actual result. Michelle Obama

Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn’t. Michelle Obama

Becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end. Michelle Obama

I have clearly written down a description of my definite chief aim in life, and I will never stop trying until I shall have developed sufficient self-confidence for its attainment. Bruce Lee

Never met anyone truly talented claiming whatever they were doing was easy. Only the mediocre live in the idea that they are talented. Excellence requires a lot of humility. @orangebook_

Half of success is about avoiding mistakes. Avoid debt. Avoid stress. Avoid being a jerk. Avoid lack of sleep. Avoid gaining weight. Avoid insecure people. Avoid reacting to stupidity. Avoid mindless consuming. Avoid staying indoors all day. @orangebook_

How to make a really good painting: make a few hundred really bad paintings. How to write a really good article: write a few dozen really bad articles. How to succeed: fail a lot. Sahil Lavingia

If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal — that is your success. Henry David Thoreau

Being truly wealthy does not require having many things; rather, it requires having what one longs for. Wealth is not an absolute. It is relative to desire. Alain de Botton (Status Anxiety, Amazon book)

My life is optimized for progress and improvement because that’s the foundation of fulfillment. Tom Bilyeu

Obstacles are those things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. Henry Ford

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve. Napoleon Hill

To leave the world richer — that is the ultimate success. Eleanor Roosevelt

See also: never give up quotes

Part 4. Conclusion

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Breathe. If you feel overwhelmed, breathe. It will calm you and release the tensions. If you are worried about something coming up, or caught up in something that already happened, breathe. It will bring you back to the present. If you are moving too fast, breathe. It will remind you to slow down, and enjoy life more. Breathe, and enjoy each moment of this life. They’re too fleeting and few to waste. Leo Babauta

Call to action: Read Peaceful Simplicity: How to Live a Life of Contentment (zenhabits.net)