A collection of quotes that I've found thought provoking, inspiring, or that resonated with me strongly at the time in my life that I came across it.
I try to cite the source as accurately as I can. In some cases, I couldn't find the original source/author and so marked it as unknown.
"Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, great minds discuss ideas."
A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once.
It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.
We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts not breaths; in feelings, not in figures on a dial.
We should count time by heart throbs.
He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.
Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
"Our capacity for whole heartedness, can never be greater than our willingness to be broken hearted."
"A person is not old until regrets begin to take the place of dreams."
"Your future hasn't been written yet. No one's has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one..."
"A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory."
"I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone."
"Years of love have been forgot, in the hatred of a minute."
"How odd I can have all this inside me and to you it’s just words."
"The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried."
"Give a man a mask and he will show you his true self."
"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior."
"Those who are heartless once cared too much."
"Villains who twirl their moustaches are easy to spot. Those who clothe themselves in good deeds are well camouflaged."
"It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness; that is life."
"Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better."
"People like being lied to. They don't like finding out they've been lied to."
"You don't know about real loss, because that only occurs when you love something more than you love yourself."
"'Someday' is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you."
"We all die. The goal is not to live forever, it's to make something that does."
"Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness."
"Every single event in the history of the universe and every single decision we've ever made in our lives, has led us to meet at this moment."
"Rules for Happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for."
"It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live."
"On your deathbed you are visited by the person you could have been."
"You're going to take thousands of tests in life, it's okay if you fail a few.. As long as you learn from your failures."
"Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor."
"I now inhabit a life I don’t deserve, but we all walk this earth feeling we are frauds. The trick is to be grateful and hope the caper doesn’t end soon."
"When one door closes another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us."
"Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past."
That didn't happen.
And if it did, it wasn't that bad.
And if it was, that's not a big deal.
And if it is, that's not my fault.
And if it was, I didn't mean it.
And if I did...
You deserved it.
"The misfortunes hardest to bear are those that never come."
"If you're going through hell, keep going."
...I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit.
I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars.
I will welcome happiness because it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness because it opens my soul.
I will acknowledge rewards because they are my due; yet I will welcome obstacles because they are my challenge.
"There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind."
"I'm telling you, the future is beautiful... Everything that is past is prologue to this."
"It is when we hit our lowest point that we are open to the greatest change."
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: 'If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right.'
It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?'
And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
"A life's work should be based on love."
"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you."
"I have two rules in life - to hell with it, whatever it is, and get your work done."
"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."
"The wise man doubts often, and changes his mind. The fool is obstinate, and doubts not; he knows all things but his own ignorance."
"Do not argue with an idiot; he will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience."
"The last thing I want to do is hurt you; But it’s still on the list."
"Don't cry over the past, it's gone. Don't stress about the future, it hasn't arrived. Live in the present & make it beautiful."
"After I'm gone, your Earth will be free to live out its miserable span of existence, as one of my satellites, and that's how it's going to be."
"Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around."
"Cause without the bitter, baby, the sweet ain't as sweet."
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
"Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts."
"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."
"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."
Stop trying to control everything and just let go.
It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.
You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your fucking khakis. You're the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.
I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off.
"Fighting ghosts that have long forgotten about you makes no sense at all."
Don't go for looks; they can deceive.
Don't go for wealth; even that fades away.
Go for someone who makes you smile
because it takes only a smile
to make a dark day seem bright
If you love something
Let it go
If it comes back
You know for sure it's yours
If it doesn't, it was never meant to be
Then out spake brave Horatius,
The Captain of the Gate:
'To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his Gods.'
Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by.
If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them.
If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.
'But,' says one, 'I am a busy man; I have no time for the long course of study which would be necessary to make me in any degree a competent judge of certain questions, or even able to understand the nature of the arguments.'
Then he should have no time to believe.
"Science flies you to the moon, religion flies you into buildings."