1. “Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
This line by Albert Einstein hits it right in the weak spot. People with great ideas are most often the ones who don’t just go with the ideas of the majority. Unfortunately, great ideas are not always appreciated by the many that have been used to traditional things.
2. “The death of one’s youth is the time he actually died.”
Benjamin Franklin once said: “Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.” This could actually mean a lot of things. But to me, the day you decide to put an end to your youth is the day that you actually stop living. Now, for a lot of people, everything is just about working and earning money. There’s more to living than that!
3. “Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
All great things start with small developments. But the small developments won’t happen, when you don’t start at all!
4. “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”
Dwight Eisenhower gave this heartbreaking statement. This is probably the saddest thing about war. Countries spend on guns, and feeding armies, but they have starving children who need food and clothing.
5. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Whatever your job is, and no matter how smart you think you are, just remember this quote. Albert Einstein clearly said this, and he is a genius himself. Always remember, never let anyone say that you are less than you think you are.
6. “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
Mister Fred Rogers looked back on his childhood and said: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” His mother was clearly teaching him to look at what is good on every bad situation, and we should all do the same! I bet this will make our lives better if we always look at the brighter side.
7. “If There Is A God, He will have to beg my forgiveness.”
A phrase carved into a concentration camp by a Jewish prisoner, I get goose bumps every time I come across this statement. Clearly, someone who is going through such unimaginable hardship cannot be held liable if he wants to blame others for his situation. Things happened with the Jewish the way it did, and as sad as it is, it broke and scarred a lot of hearts too.
8. “Yesterday I was clever and tried to change the world. Today I am wise and try to change myself.”
What a lot of people don’t understand about changing everything around them is that change should start on their own selves. If more people see how you change, the intrigue starts, and they start changing themselves too, then the rest of the world follows.
9. “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel”
There’s actually nothing wrong with being insecure, that is if you base your insecurities on your own self and not on what others are. This will drive you to become a better person who loves your own personality. Take it from Steven Furtick who said: “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”
10. “Years of love have been forgot, in the hatred of a minute.”
It doesn’t matter if you bought a house, or you gave her an expensive diamond ring. If you cheat, and she finds out, all you got to do is pray hard that she doesn’t walk out the door. It only takes one little indiscretion to ruin a life with the person you love, and that is cheating. Edgar Allan Poe has said: “Years of love have been forgot, in the hatred of a minute.”
11. “History is a set of lies agreed upon.”
Napoleon Bonaparte is the famous person behind this line. Come to think of it, it makes sense. History is something that is written by people who weren’t living in that history. I wouldn’t say the written histories are lies though. Maybe I’ll just say, they’re not that accurate.
12. “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery doesn’t mean it literally. This only means if you dream about something, work with people who have the same dream! Show them how passionate you are with your dream. People are also driven by the intrigue of what passion is like so teach others to love the same thing you do and you will surely reach that goal without so much trouble with them.
13. “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too, but there will be no special hurry.”
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too, but there will be no special hurry.” Well, you’d agree with that, right? Life can actually be a killer sometimes.
14. “The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.”
Stephen McCranie hit it spot on with what he said: “The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.” This is right; you will never succeed if you stop trying. Remember, the successful ones had to try it so many times before they got the success they worked hard for.