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10 Life Quotes and Tips to Help You Smile


10 Life Quotes and Tips to Help You Smile

Just a few famous quotes and personal thoughts on living the happiest, most fulfilling life possible…

1.  Living and Speaking Your Truth

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion.  Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”  ―Franz Kafka

The second most courageous thing you can do is to think for yourself.  The number one most courageous thing you can do is to think for yourself out loud, especially when others try to suppress your thoughts with their own.  When you stick to your guns and think and speak freely, some people will become irritated, put you down, and walk away.  You may lose a few friends and lovers.  But you after a short time you’ll realize that you don’t even miss these people; and just as you start realizing this, new people will show up in your life who cherish your opinions and respect your thoughts.

Above all, remember that your silence will not save you; it will haunt you for an eternity.  Stand strong.  Think for yourself.  Speak your truth.  Read 1,000 Little Things

2.  Perfectionism

“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”  ―Leo Tolstoy

Every one of us is a perfectionist about something.  Learn to sense when your desire to make something perfect is preventing you from getting it done.  Realize that the idea of perfection is not only unachievable, it can destroy your otherwise productive mindset.  It will keep you running in place, feeling insane for your entire life.

If you feel like you’re running in place right now, take a break and reflect.  Think about the difference between diligent effort and perfectionism.  Know when enough is enough.  Say it out loud if you must:  “Get lost perfectionism!  Without you I am brilliant!”

3.  Spending Time with Positive People

“An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.”  ―Brian Tracy

Some people will be critical of you regardless of what you do or how well you do it.  If you say you want to be a dancer, they will discredit your rhythm.  If you say you want to build a new business, they will give you a dozen reasons why it might not work.  They somehow assume you don’t have what it takes, but they are dead wrong.

It’s a lot easier to be negative than positive – a lot easier to be critical than correct.  When you’re embarking on a new venture, instead of listening to the few critics that will try to discredit you, spend time talking to one of the millions of people in this world who are willing support your efforts and acknowledge your potential.  Read Emotional Freedom.

4.  Conquering Fear

“In a word, I was too cowardly to do what I knew to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong.”  ―Charles Dickens

The only possible way to never fail is to never do anything at all – which isn’t living, it’s dying.

Your doubts and fears are your greatest enemies.  They automatically make you forfeit your victories by convincing you not to make any attempt at all.  Realize the irony here.  When you run from your fears, all you’re really doing is taking a shortcut directly too them – you’re giving up and wasting away without any chance for success and happiness.

5.  Self-Belief

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”  ―Theodore Roosevelt

In life, it is helpful to be able to persuade others, but the only person you absolutely need to convince is yourself.  Unless you sincerely convince yourself of something, no amount of persuasion of anyone else will move you forward.

The number one thing you need to convince yourself of is that you CAN do whatever you seek to accomplish.  If there are skills you must have, you can learn them.  If there are resources you need, you can locate them.  Your beliefs and commitments drive possibility into otherwise difficult situations.  Convince yourself to achieve, and you will find a way to get there.  Read How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.

6.  Finding the Right Partner

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”  ―Donald Miller

If you’re still searching for the perfect partner, stop.  There’s no such thing.  There are only different flavors of imperfect ones.  In fact, you are just as imperfect as the partner you seek.  You simply need to find someone whose imperfections complement your own.

This process doesn’t happen overnight.  It takes a lot of living to grow into the realization of your own imperfections.  It takes lots of life experience before you bump into your deepest inner demons, your greatest flaws, and all the idiosyncrasies that make you, YOU.  And it’s only after you meet these imperfect parts of yourself that you know who you are looking for – someone whose scars and flaws fit your own – someone who’s imperfect in the perfect way for you.

7.  Self-imposed Limitations

“Everything you can imagine is real.”  ―Pablo Picasso

We’re all part of a great universe far larger than ourselves.  Each of us is merely a small fraction of this living, breathing whole.  You may experience yourself as being different, separate from the rest, when you are in fact a very connected element of this whole.  Denying this fact restricts your potential to the finite space around you – the people, places, and resources within your immediate reach.

Your greatest task in life is to keep your mind unshackled and free from this limiting mindset.  Broaden your horizons, accept your oneness with the world around you, and connect with the infinite possibilities that await your attention.

8.  Excuses

“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”  ―George Washington

The biggest problem standing between you and your goal is the sorry excuse you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.  Sure, a believable excuse may enable you to save face in the short-term, to appear more diligent than you know you are, but eventually this lie will catch up to you.  The question you should be asking yourself is:  “Do I want to seem successful to someone else, or do I want to know in my heart that I am?”

You deserve more than a life filled with empty excuses.  Don’t settle for a growing list of reasons for failure.  You can just as easily give yourself real, undeniable reasons to succeed.  Choose to make honest, authentic progress.  Even a tiny effort is infinitely more productive than a grandiose excuse.

9.  Procrastination

“You may delay, but time will not.”  ―Benjamin Franklin

It’s time to get up and make an immediate difference in your life.  You know all those things you’ve been meaning to get done for the past month, year, etc.?  Pick one right now and start doing it.  Get your hands dirty, challenge your brain, get sweaty if you have to.  Break out of your comforting lull and get involved.  If you feel crummy, it’ll make you feel better.  If you already feel good, it will make you feel great.

Life is far more fulfilling when you participate in making positive things happen.  The moment you take positive action, your outlook begins to change.  When you notice that you’re making real progress on goals that matter to you, the world is suddenly a much more enjoyable place to live in.  Read Eat That Frog!

10.  Solitude

“I have to be alone very often.  I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone.  That’s how I refuel.”  ―Audrey Hepburn

You need alone time sometimes, because when you’re in solitude you’re free from obligations and external pressures.  You’re free to be YOU without being fancy and putting on a show.  You’re able to hear your own thoughts and follow them sincerely.

Go ahead and find a quiet place.  Stretch your boundaries.  Explore places you’ve never been.  Go so far away from what you know that you stop being afraid of the unfamiliar.

Cherish your time alone.  Take long walks and drives by yourself.  Watch sunsets and sunrises silently in peace.  Teach yourself something new.  Read books.  Write poetry.  Sing along to your favorite songs.  Check your instincts and follow them on your own time, without third party influence.  Decide if fitting in is more important than discovering who you truly are and what you’re here to do.

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31 Comments

  • I love the first quote and the corresponding points you’ve made.

    We really do design our lives, for better or worse. We do this through our thoughts, choices and actions. If we go against our truth, we lose. Once we make the choice to be the person we truly are, we start living the life we capable of living.

  • This is an excellent post.

  • These quotes are so simple and so kind. Quotes are the food for thoughts. When aren’t your posts meaningful, inspiring, and helpful? Thank you for sharing! It means so much.

  • Franklin H.H.W.
    March 1st, 2013 at 6:57 am

    This is great! Every quote and every point.

  • Beautifully written. Your thoughts, and the things you share, always amaze me. Today #10 was my favorite… I feel the same way.

  • Timeless truths articulated in a poetic way. I’m glad I visited and took the time to read this today. Thank you.

  • All of the quotes and thoughts shared here are so on target. And if we all would follow them we’d be a lot happier. Enjoy reading your blog. Thanks.

  • :-)

  • I have been subscribed to your site for a while now. You uplift me and make the think. Thank you. I believe you help many souls through your postings and insights.

  • No. 6
    ” You simply need to find someone whose imperfections complement your own.”

    Right here. Gospel itself.

  • I just noticed you are reading 4 hour body by tim feriss. His new book 4 hour chef is very good. Ties in well with everything you learn in 4 hour body and of course he reviews how to learn new skills. Similar to learning the skills above:) Love your blog.

    Jess

  • Love the quotes. I am still arm-wrestling with fear and self-limitations. I have come to realize fixing myself is not possible without solid outside help, because its very difficult to get an objective view of yourself alone. I made more headway with one old friend in a week than I did in the last 4 months by myself.

    I am confused on conquering fear. The paragraph is targeting not running away, not on overcoming.

  • BAM! Great wake-up call.

  • Good life quotes and tips. Thank you for your encouraging, inspirational and wise guidance. It’s everything I know but sometimes forget! Thanks for constant reminders. Keep up the loving work.

  • This is just the motivation I needed today! Thanks! :) Really nice post.

  • Love reading your blog every day. You help me get thru the tough days. Thanks.

  • Hi Marc,

    Thanks for another exceptional post.

    I repeatedly find myself held back by fear and a lack of courage to just go out and do the things I only dream of doing… how does one conquer trepidation that is seeded deep within thyself? Anyone?

    Happy weekend to all!

  • As usual… Beautiful post that is very relevant to me and my life. Thank you.

  • Pick one and define what, who, where, when and how. Then know that you have not gotten every answer you think you need. Go forward anyway, confidently.

  • Well done Marc & Angel, you have no idea how many lives you positively influence daily… the world needs more inspiring people like you!

  • The title threw me a bit, but the message is awesome. I didn’t immediately smile about my self-imposed limitations, procrastination, or Excuses (or lack thereof), but your messages are always an inspiration to improve in the long-term. I LOVE your work.

  • Brilliant read.

  • Your posts always energize me… A good percentage of credit goes to you Marc & Angel for bringing a positive perspective to my attitude towards life, and rest as we all know is all cause of LIFE itself…

  • Such a perfect way to begin a Saturday. Thank you so much for this.

  • Thank you : )

  • I like #6. Indeed it takes some years to figure out and accept your flaws..

  • @J J: Great suggestion, I’ve been meaning to pick up that book. Thank you for the recommendation.

    @David Rapp: Great insight and very true when seeking help from the outside. You have to acknowledge your fear head on if you ever want to conquer them.

    @crg: It’s all about taking baby steps, creating small results, and then build upon them. Figure out what is really holding you back. What is the true source of your resistance. Once you find it, you’re free to move forward.

    @All: Thank you, thank you! We love finding new quotes and then interpreting and relating them to our own personal life and experiences. It’s inspiring to know that you relate to what we have shared here.

  • This quote is fabulous!
    “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” ―Franz Kafka

    I’ve never came across it before. Can you please tell me what the source is? His literature? His diary? A letter to someone? With that info, I can share this on my blog, FB Kafka page and more!

  • I am feeling down lately. Had a group confessions with my colleagues at work. For the past 10 hours, I kept on thinking “Does speaking out my thoughts most of the time for the department and for oneself is not the right thing?”, “Is my effort in helping them not enough?”, “Why are they so affected when I just suddenly stopped talking and stayed at the corner and just staring at the ceiling?” It’s a good thing that I read this blog! Now I feel better because #1 and #10 really resonates me :) Great blog as always! Keep on inspiring us! Cheers!

  • Love this post. Seems like they all fit into two big themes - letting go and believing. Wonderful ! Thanks !

  • Amazing post! Exactly what I needed. Thank you!

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