Words have unimaginable power to influence our lives for either good or bad. The words we write or speak to others can bring someone down or uplift them and give them more energy, comfort, inspire change and help you be a better person. And words can do tremendous harm that brings forth destructive energies, hurt, discourage or frighten a person.
For example, the words “I care for you”, “You’re so sweet”, “How can I repay you” have the power to lift people up or make someone else’s day. In contrast, words like “I don’t care”, “You’re so selfish”, “I don’t want to talk with you” can certainly put someone in a reflective mood.
In the face of adversity, discomfort, unrefreshing sleep how to stay positive about things and to live life stress-free? What is your best motivational quote and why? Below are my top 24 favorite quotes:
1. “The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.” – Socrates
2. “Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.” ― Christopher Markus
3. “Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.” ― Michelangelo
4. “Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.” ― Plutarch
5. “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” ― Epictetus
6. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” ― Dale Carnegie
7. “Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of self.” ― T. S. Eliot
8. “And when Nietzsche says, “A new commandment I give to you, be hard,” he is really saying, “A new commandment I give to you, be dead.” Sensibility is the definition of life.” ― G.K. Chesterton, Heretics
9. “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” ― Ernest Hemingway
10. “Anyone can achieve their fullest potential, who we are might be predetermined, but the path we follow is always of our own choosing. We should never allow our fears or the expectations of others to set the frontiers of our destiny. Your destiny can’t be changed but, it can be challenged. Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.” ― Martin Heidegger
11. “If you wait for opportunities to occur, you will be one of the crowd.” – Edward de Bono
12. Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible. – Victor Frankl
13. “Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
14. “Words are potent in debate, deeds in war decide your fate.” – Homer
15. “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” – William James
16. “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” ― Tony Robbins
17. “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius
18. “There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.” – Plato
19. “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle Onassis
20. “The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
21. “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” – Salvador Dali
22. “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” – Pablo Picasso
23. “It is your duty in life to save your dream.” ― Amedeo Modigliani
24. “The way to know life is to love many things.” ― Vincent Van Gogh
On a journey to find happiness Steve Cutts animated sequel Happiness is one of my favourites, although, it shows a rather pessimistic picture of life. What motivates you to wake up early in the morning and feel energized to start your day? Type your comment into the box below.
Happiness. 2017. Created by Steve Cutts [online]. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9dZQelULDk [Accessed 10th December 2017]
Kolin, P., 2010. Othello: Critical Essays [online]. Available from: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=_Sa_JHVQX3gC&pg=PA10&lpg=PA10&dq [Accessed 11th December 2017].
Chesterton G. K., 2008. Heretics [online]. Available from: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/470 [Accessed 14th December 2017]