My Favorite Quotes

Below are some quotes that have meaning for me. While most of them are pretty self-explanatory, I’ll briefly expound on several of these and what I love about them.


A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein

I am a perfectionist and constantly afraid of failure, so this is a great reminder for me to chill and just jump in the water. Eventually, I’ll learn how to swim.

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

Same idea here. If you’re doing anything that matters, you will experience “failure”. But then, it’s only really a failure if you let it stop you, right?

Go as far as you can see and you will see further. – Zig Ziglar

I tend to agonize over my inability to see several steps down the road in life. But life’s a journey to be enjoyed. All I’ve gotta do is take another step and see what the view looks like from there. Once I take that step, I’ll see new objects from new angles. Only then can I make more informed decisions about the future.

But surely for everything you love you have to pay some price. – Agatha Christie

Isn’t that true for anything we love? Whether it’s a person, an animal, a job, a career, an identity you’re creating for yourself, a love interest – you invest, you compromise (where you can). Anything we desire requires a sacrifice of something else – be it time, freedom, autonomy, money, sanity.

I’m either my best friend or my worst enemy. – Whitney Houston

I…can definitely relate here. Like, I feel like nobody gets me like I get me (although I don’t really understand myself either, to be honest). Hence, I’m my best friend. But I’m also my worst critic, and have punished myself for things many times in the past. Anyone else relate?

If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. – Jane Austen

While I may be taking this quote from Emma slightly out of context, what it brings to mind for me is my struggle to talk with those I love about my love for them. Or even to show them my love in nonverbal ways. My brain freezes up, my stomach gets fluttery, my mouth gets stuttery….

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. – Thomas Jefferson

While I’m all for choosing one’s friends carefully (like, not hanging out in crowds that’ll get you in trouble), I don’t believe “careful” means choosing people who will simply be sounding boards that boomerang all my personal beliefs and comfortable ideologies back at me. Hanging out with people with whom I disagree enables me to understand other points of view. My views might stay the same, or they might change, hopefully in a more informed direction.

When we’re afraid of hanging out with people who are very different from us, there is often a subconscious fear that we will have to adopt the whole package of that person or none of it. We’re afraid that if we socialize with that individual, we’ll turn 180 degrees and be everything that we’ve been taught to detest and even ridicule. But individuals with strong minds sift. They take what makes sense to them, discard what doesn’t, and create their own unique package of ideologies and values. They don’t buy into stereotypical, pre-processed packages that other people think they should espouse. Strong individuals don’t fit into a mold, and they are inquisitive, always seeking truth and better understanding. This frees them to listen to various viewpoints graciously and with genuine interest.

The more I see the less I know for sure. – John Lennon

Yep. Especially today. Information overload. Choices galore. Fake news. What’s a person to think?

Also, the more I observe people, the more I realize how little I know about them.

To love someone means to see him as God intended him. – Fyodor Dostoevsky

If we could see all individuals as if they had attained their full potential and consummate refinement, in what ways might the world change?

I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

When I’m contemplating quoting someone or sharing information, I often consider the source, and what people will think of me if I share anything from that source. Yeah, I’m a wimp.

Are there occasions for not sharing something accurate and of high quality, primarily because of the source? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. – Plato

Light exposes all things beautiful and nefarious.

If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability. – Henry Ford

Over the past few months, I’ve been learning that independence is an illusion. Money cannot provide true independence, because we’re always sacrificing something to get that money (like time, energy, sanity, identity when working for someone else). We are always a slave to something, or someone. (Sorry, depressing thought.) We just have to choose what we’re willing to enslave ourselves to, and what things/people just aren’t worth it.

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing. – Thomas A. Edison

Most of us are “busy”. But are we possibly busy going through the motions – directionless, passionless, and reactionary? What if spending time being “lazy” and mulling over possibilities, contingencies, and ideas saved us time, energy, and grief in the long run? Without allowing space for reflection, we risk running 100 mph in the wrong direction because we did not allot the time to park, look at the map, and course-correct. We risk wearing ourselves thin by overexerting, when we might instead overexert our minds to build a machine/process/system to do the heavy lifting for us, improving quality of life for all.

If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right. – Henry Ford

It’s all in your head. Wait, wrong expression.

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. – Pablo Picasso

There’s no substitute for jumping in there and getting your hands dirty – whatever “dirty” looks like. 🙂 I’ve found that approach is how I learn best. My challenge is not being afraid to feel/look stupid while I fumble around to get my bearings.

Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. – David Frost

Because your product or project will be the most genuine and real if it’s coming from your heart and your natural or acquired talents. If at all possible, do what you love. Even if it makes nothing. Even if it’s a pursuit on the side. At the very least, it will foster congruence between who you are and what you do, promoting wholeness.

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. – Albert Schweitzer

What is your definition of success? I’d love to know!

If it comes as a constant surprise each and every time something unexpected occurs, you’re not only going to be miserable whenever you attempt something big, you’re going to have a much harder time accepting it and moving on to attempts two, three, and four. – Ryan Holiday

Story of my life. Something unexpected pops up and thwarts my efforts and plans. Good reminder not to let that squash me, and to keep getting back up.

We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all. – Eleanor Roosevelt

No one wants to be the only one making effort. I’ve experienced this with acquaintances with whom I think I want something more. I’m interested but afraid of rejection, he seems interested but afraid of rejection. But we aren’t sure what we’re reading. So we act like we don’t really care. We’re afraid to ever make a move.

You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. – Marcus Aurelius

This resonates with me strongly – especially right now. There are many circumstances in my life completely beyond my control, and I can allow those things to make me feel trapped, or I can cultivate mental freedom, realizing that no one and nothing has the power to make me unhappy, discontent, or fearful, unless I let them/it. These emotions require the consent of my mind.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. – Steve Jobs

If you’re like me, you’re afraid to rock the boat and not please people or fit in. Robust words.

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. – Albert Einstein

Old habits die hard. And often, little habits grow bigger. If you can’t trust me not to pilfer coins from the cash register, how can you trust me to accurately report company expenditures, profits, and commissions?

Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. – John Wooden

Can’t add anything to this.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

You’ve got what it takes to be a mover and shaker! I know it! Forge your own path.

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas A. Edison

Are we prepared to get up and try again 10,000 times? Hey, T.E. did it.

There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket – safe, dark, motionless, airless – it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. – C.S. Lewis

Beautiful. And freaky.

Did I totally ruin your favorite quote? Do you have a different or additional take on any/all of these? Let me know in the comments below! I look forward to hearing from you. 🙂

4 thoughts on “My Favorite Quotes

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  4. A Chicken

    Man, like many of your posts, I’d have to write entire novels (with shitty film adaptations of course) to flesh out what I want to say.

    So much here I’m not even sure a week’s worth of all-night conversations could suffice.

    A person who’s never made a mistake is a person who’s so uninteresting they wouldn’t even be the main character in a movie about them.

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