21 thought-provoking quotes about relationships


People; often we feel that we can’t live with them but we can’t live without them either.

While they can be frustrating we are social animals, so we need people and relationships.

The more we understand about relationships the more likely we’ll be in a position to form and sustain successful relationships.

Hence today’s blog post with 21 thought-provoking quotes about relationships to help you ponder and improve your understanding of one of life’s trickier aspects.

Now some people struggle to form successful relationships, whilst others seem to enjoy perfect relationships all the time. Well don’t be fooled by appearances.

All relationships can be tricky because we all have this romantic notion about what the perfect relationship should look like. That notion may be romantic but it’s also inaccurate.

Perfect relationships don’t exist.

Consequently relationships take time, effort and compromise. We must work at them constantly to keep them healthy and beneficial.

Furthermore we must recognise that for a relationship to work it must be balanced. The dynamics within the relationship must be in equilibrium.

By that I mean that within any relationship both parties must feel their needs are being met.

Where the dynamic within a relationship favours one side or the other then this breeds resentment and frustration. That in turn results in friction and disharmony within the relationship, which can be damaging of course.

No one can have it all their own way all the time. Compromise is essential.

However compromise shouldn’t be to the point whereby you’re actively working against your own interests.

It would never make sense to do anything that works against our own interests. If we don’t look after our own interests, then no one else will.

So here are those 21 thought-provoking quotes about relationships, I hope you find them interesting dear reader.

Quotes about relationships:

  1. A dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up. ~Mae West
  2. When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said. ~Catherine Gilbert Murdock
  3. When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are. ~Donald Miller
  4. The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much and forgetting that you are special too. ~Ernest Hemingway
  5. For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first. ~Suzanne Collins
  6. Cheating and lying aren’t struggles; they’re reasons to break up. ~Patti Callahan Henry
  7. I suffer from girl-next-door-itis where the guy is friends with you and that’s it. ~Taylor Swift
  8. I want to be in a relationship where you telling me you love me is just a ceremonious validation of what you already show me. ~Steve Maraboli
  9. Relationships don’t always make sense, especially from the outside. ~Sarah Dessen
  10. Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike. ~JK Rowling
  11. It’s no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favourite films wouldn’t even speak to each other if they met at a party. ~Nick Hornby
  12. The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. ~CG Jung
  13. There is greatness in doing something you hate for the sake of someone you love. ~Shmuley Boteach
  14. Every couple needs to argue now and then. Just to prove that the relationship is strong enough to survive. Long-term relationships, the ones that matter, are all about weathering the peaks and the valleys. ~Nicholas Sparks
  15. I know enough to know that no woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother. ~Martha Gellhorn
  16. People like to say love is unconditional, but it’s not, and even if it was unconditional, it’s still never free. There’s always an expectation attached. They always want something in return. Like they want you to be happy or whatever and that makes you automatically responsible for their happiness because they won’t be happy unless you are. I just don’t want that responsibility. ~Katja Millay
  17. To say that one waits a lifetime for his soulmate to come around is a paradox. People eventually get sick of waiting, take a chance on someone and by the art of commitment become soulmates, which takes a lifetime to perfect. ~Criss Jami
  18. Every couple have their ups and downs, every couple argues and that’s the thing; you’re a couple and couples can’t function without trust. ~Nicholas Sparks
  19. If a girl starts out all casual with a guy and she doesn’t tell him that she wants a relationship, it will never become a relationship. If you give the guy the impression that casual is okay with you, then that’s all he’ll ever want. Be straight with him from the start. If he gets scared and runs away, he wasn’t right for you. ~Susane Colasanti
  20. Women cannot complain about men anymore until they start getting better taste in them. ~Bill Maher
  21. What we wait around a lifetime for with one person, we can find in a moment with someone else. ~Stephanie Klein

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15 Quotes by Lily Tomlin

One of the greatest American comic personalities has to be Lily Tomlin in my opinion.

Born Mary Jean Tomlin in 1939, I think she’s up there with the very best female comedians like Joan Rivers and Phyllis Diller and could give any of America’s funny men a serious run for their money too.

She is in fact an actress, comedian, writer, singer and producer and has had a successful career stretching back to the 1960s.

Here are 15 quotes by Lily Tomlin to underline my point.

Quotes by Lily Tomlin:

  1. We are all in this together, by ourselves. ~Lily Tomlin
  2. The road to success is always under construction. ~Lily Tomlin
  3. I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific. ~Lily Tomlin
  4. The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat. ~Lily Tomlin
  5. I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody. ~Lily Tomlin
  6. Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it. ~Lily Tomlin
  7. Instead of working for the survival of the fittest, we should be working for the survival of the wittiest then we can all die laughing. ~Lily Tomlin
  8. Don’t be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed. ~Lily Tomlin
  9. Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain. ~Lily Tomlin
  10. The best mind-altering drug is the truth. ~Lily Tomlin
  11. We’re all in this alone. ~Lily Tomlin
  12. I guess if people couldn’t profit from war I don’t think there would be war. ~Lily Tomlin
  13. Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It’s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them. ~Lily Tomlin
  14. When I was 9 or 10, I had a ten-cent business: I would walk your dog for a dime, go to the store for a dime, empty your garbage for a dime, and then I could use the money to buy tricks at the magic store. ~Lily Tomlin
  15. If love is the answer, could you please rephrase the question? ~Lily Tomlin

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15 Quotes by Khalil Gibran

If you are unfamiliar with Khalil Gibran, he was a Lebanese writer, poet and visual artist.

As a young man Gibran moved with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career.

In the Arab world he is regarded as a literary and political rebel but he is widely respected as a great thinker and his work offers some interesting insights into life and its meaning.

So here are 15 quotes by Khalil Gibran guaranteed to make you think.

Quotes by Khalil Gibran:

  1. To belittle, you have to be little. ~Khalil Gibran
  2. We are all like the bright moon; we still have our darker side. ~Khalil Gibran
  3. The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention. ~Khalil Gibran
  4. Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. ~Khalil Gibran
  5. You may forget with whom you laughed but you will never forget with whom you wept. ~Khalil Gibran
  6. If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees. ~Khalil Gibran
  7. Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. ~Khalil Gibran
  8. Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. ~Khalil Gibran
  9. It takes a minute to have a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone, but it takes a lifetime to forget someone. ~Khalil Gibran
  10. Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. ~Khalil Gibran
  11. You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. ~Khalil Gibran
  12. To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to. ~Khalil Gibran
  13. They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price. ~Khalil Gibran
  14. You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts. ~Khalil Gibran
  15. Trust in dreams, for in them is the hidden gate to eternity. ~Khalil Gibran

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15 Quotes by John Lennon

John Lennon inspired a generation. Not only with his songs but with his wit and the philosophy which underpinned his life.

Above all he was a thinker and a communicator and he had a way of expressing his feelings and emotions in ways to which most people could relate, at least to some degree.

So here are 15 quotes by John Lennon to illustrate the point being made here.

Whether you’re a fan of John Lennon or you’re just someone who enjoys a thought-provoking quote or two then you should find something here that will make you think. Most of all you’ll find quotes that simply illustrate the genius that was John Lennon.

These are some of John Lennon’s greatest quotes, which will improve your mind and quite possibly improve your day too.

So read them all now and share this post with your friends.

And please add a comment to highlight your favourite. If your favourite John Lennon quote isn’t here then please add that as a comment too.

Quotes by John Lennon:

  1. You have to be a bastard to make it, and that’s a fact. ~John Lennon
  2. Everybody loves you when you’re six foot in the ground. ~John Lennon
  3. As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot. ~John Lennon
  4. You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are! ~John Lennon
  5. Everything is as important as everything else. ~John Lennon
  6. I don’t believe in killing whatever the reason! ~John Lennon
  7. Happiness is just how you feel when you don’t feel miserable. ~John Lennon
  8. When you’re drowning, you don’t say ‘I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me,’ you just scream. ~John Lennon
  9. The more I see the less I know for sure. ~John Lennon
  10. God is a concept by which we measure our pain. ~John Lennon
  11. We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it. ~John Lennon
  12. What we’ve got to do is keep hope alive because without it we’ll sink. ~John Lennon
  13. Art is only a way of expressing pain. ~John Lennon
  14. I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you. ~John Lennon
  15. I believe in everything until it’s disproved. ~John Lennon

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21 thought-provoking quotes about overthinking

Few things can be more debilitating than the power of our own thoughts. In fact life’s hardest battle is often with the thoughts going on in our own heads.

Negativity infects the brain like weeds taking over in a garden. We overthink, we worry and we talk ourselves into believing that somehow we’re not as good as everyone else.

We think everyone else is sailing through life without a care in the world, whilst we see our own lives as less than satisfactory.

Then we talk ourselves out of trying things because we worry about what other people might think. And we allow our ambitions to be constrained by the limits of how we think we’re perceived by others. Somehow we think it’s reasonable to accept their perception as fact, rather than challenging ourselves to be all we could possibly be.

Our lives would be a lot better if we did more doing and less thinking and pursued our dreams regardless of what others might think.

Here are 21 thought-provoking quotes about overthinking to underline today’s message.

To overcome those negative thoughts you need a mantra and here is a great one you should repeat to yourself frequently.

So repeat after me:-

I’m as good as anyone and better than most!

Repeat this  to yourself daily, in fact several times a day.

And remember this; no one’s life is perfect. Everyone has problems, even wealthy people. No one sails through life without a few challenges on a regular basis.

So focus on what matters to you most and enjoy life as best you can.

As they say in Northern England, “You’ll be a long time dead.” So stop thinking and start doing.

Quotes about overthinking:

  1. What we think, we become. ~Buddha
  2. Stop thinking and end your problems. ~Lao Tzu
  3. Overthinking is the biggest cause of unhappiness. ~Author Unknown
  4. Too much thinking leads to paralysis by analysis. ~Robert Herjavec
  5. Don’t overthink yourself out of something good. ~Akosua Dardaine Edwards
  6. Overthinking is the art of creating problems that weren’t even there. ~Author Unknown
  7. There is nothing in this world that can trouble you as much as your own thoughts. ~Author Unknown
  8. The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits. ~Bruce Lee
  9. I once tried thinking for an entire day but I found it less valuable than one moment of study. ~Xun Zi
  10. The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. ~Eckhart Tolle
  11. Thinking is what a great many people think they are doing when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~William James
  12. Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things. ~Ray Bradbury
  13. Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it. ~Niels Bohr
  14. It’s crazy how you can get yourself in a mess sometimes and not even be able to think about it with any sense and yet not be able to think about anything else. ~Stanley Kubrick
  15. I began to realize that thinking itself is nothing but the process of asking and answering questions. ~Tony Robbins
  16. If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don’t do it, and it won’t happen. ~Desiderius Erasmus
  17. You know, it is a little known fact that thinking is entirely overrated. The world would be a much better place if we all did a lot less of it. ~Laurie Viera Rigler
  18. Stop overthinking. You can’t control everything, so just let it be. ~Author Unknown
  19. Don’t overthink things. Sometimes you can convince your head not to listen to your heart. Those are the decisions you regret for the rest of your life. ~Leah Braemel
  20. Be where you are, stop overthinking and focus on what you are doing. ~Roy T. Bennett
  21. The more you overthink the less you will understand. ~Habeeb Akande

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15 Quotes by Oscar Wilde

Do you enjoy a  memorable quote?

Do you want to improve your understanding of the human condition?

As a result of his many memorable quotes Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde left us with a plethora of observations about life and the human condition. To illustrate the point here are 15 quotes by Oscar Wilde.

Oscar Wilde’s witty observations usually come with an essential truth at their core and they’re both enlightening and entertaining. Maybe his quotes are some of the best quotes you’ll read anywhere.

So read them and inevitably you’ll reflect on life’s meaning and you might just develop a better understanding of the human condition too.

Quotes by Oscar Wilde can be useful when you need to reinforce a message in a presentation. So why not see how many of them you can work into your day.

Quotes by Oscar Wilde:

  1. Only the shallow know themselves. ~Oscar Wilde
  2. The truth is rarely pure and never simple. ~Oscar Wilde
  3. Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by mediocrities. ~Oscar Wilde
  4. Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. ~Oscar Wilde
  5. I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly. ~Oscar Wilde
  6. Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. ~Oscar Wilde
  7. It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. ~Oscar Wilde
  8. Women are made to be loved, not understood. ~Oscar Wilde
  9. When men love women they give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything. ~Oscar Wilde
  10. Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes. ~Oscar Wilde
  11. Education is an admirable thing but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. ~Oscar Wilde
  12. Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you. ~Oscar Wilde
  13. Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. ~Oscar Wilde
  14. Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live; it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. ~Oscar Wilde
  15. There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about. ~Oscar Wilde

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Why is my life so bad right now?

Why is my life so bad right now? Have you ever asked yourself that question dear reader? Perhaps you feel you deserve something better from life? Your life’s not all you’d like it to be, possibly?

Does the headline question resonate with you? You look around and you see people enjoying the sort of life you’d like and you can’t help wondering how it’s all working out for them but not for you?

If you feel this way then you’re not alone, that much is certain. Plenty of people feel this way. However, if you do feel this way, do you ever wonder who’s at fault for your life failing to meet your expectations?

Maybe you feel the fault lies with your parents or the teachers you had at school, possibly?

Perhaps you feel the fault lies with your boss or your employer?

They didn’t provide you with the right training or you didn’t get the breaks when there was an opportunity for promotion? Someone else got the promotion simply because they were well in with the boss, right? You feel that you were a better candidate than them and yet they got the job? Life can be so unfair, right?

Well my friend I have to tell you, if your life sucks then there is only one person you can blame. Just look in any mirror and you will see that person staring right back at you.

We’re responsible for our own lives and our lives will always be what we choose to make of them.

Yes, you may have had a few bad breaks in life. Yes, perhaps your parents and/or teachers could have been better. So what? Life is still what you choose to make it.

You have to decide what it is you want; you have to work out how to get what you want; and then it requires determination and a lot of hard work on your part to get where you really want to be.

Life is an endless stream of opportunities you can choose to take or not. For the eagle-eyed and fleet-footed, opportunities are there for the taking every single day.

By providing a service and adding value to the lives of others, there’s always money to be made. Keep educating yourself and learning new skills and you’ll be able to add more value to people. Add more value and you’ll get paid more. Manage the money you make wisely and you can always create your own wealth over time. It can be done and people do. Why not you?

However there are no shortcuts. Nothing ever happens by chance. On very rare occasions you might get lucky and something will fall into your lap. However mostly you’ll have to work very hard to get what you want. You have to go out and make things happen I’m afraid. That’s life, unfortunately.

It’s the same with relationships too. Find someone who you’d be happy to have as a friend, even without sex, and you have the basis for a healthy relationship. Friendship and trust underpin a good relationship. As does commitment and a willingness to put in as much as you take out.

It all starts with really knowing what you want. If you know your ‘Why’ then that will give you the motivation you need to keep going until you get to where you want to be. If you want it badly enough, you’ll find a way to make it happen.

That said, you have to be positive; you have to be prepared to make a few mistakes; and you have to be prepared to learn from those mistakes.

On the road to success, a few mistakes are inevitable. However as learning opportunities, mistakes are invaluable. You’ll learn much more from any mistakes you make than you will from any successes you enjoy.

However, never allow yourself to be driven too far off course. Keep your eye on the prize you want; and never accept an answer unless it’s the one that you want.

Above all, never, ever let people discourage you from pursuing your dreams and ambition.

It doesn’t matter what other people think; the only thing that matters is what you think. It doesn’t matter whether they believe you can do it, as long you believe you can do it.

You can be whatever you want to be, as long as you really, really want whatever it is you think you want.

Everything is possible for those who never give up until they get to where they want to go. Life really is what you make it.

You must also remember this though, life’s not a rehearsal. You only get to go round once. So make it the best you can and make the most of being you. You’re as good as anyone and better than most.

You can have the life you want but not without hard work and commitment. There’s a price to be paid and that price will be paid in blood, sweat and tears. You never get anything for nothing and the price must be paid first.

If you don’t want to pay the price then the life you lead will always fall short of your expectations. Sorry if that bothers you but it’s a fact.

So, what actions will you take now to start improving your life? Make a list and get going. It’s never too late to improve your situation. It’s never too late to make life better.

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How to become a real success?

Be so good they can’t ignore you. ~Steve Martin

How to become a real success? That’s a question most people struggle to answer, quite frequently. If becoming a success was easy then everyone would be doing well.

Sadly life’s not like that, however much we would like it to be.

Success requires hard work and a determination to keep going after each and every setback, and there’ll always be setbacks for everyone. No one’s life is plain sailing all the time.

So where do we start, if success is our aim? Well let me tell you right now. It all starts with being very good at what you do.

If you’re very good at what you do then you’ll get noticed, maybe not immediately but eventually. And when you get noticed you’ll get your chance to show what you can really do.

Just keep performing consistently at a high level and people will not be able to ignore you for too long.

Really good people are hard to find. So business leaders and talent spotters are always on the lookout for genuine talent that is motivated and keen to add real value.

However merely being good at what you do is not enough in itself. You must be ready constantly to seize every opportunity to get noticed by the right people.

If you’re working hard and honing your skills, one day someone significant within your company will say to you, “Could you do this for me please?” That is the point at which opportunity is really knocking. Visibility with the right people matters.

So grab the opportunity to show them what you can really do.

If you embrace the task you’re requested to do then you’ll be on your way down that road that will lead to success, if you play your cards right.

And remember; success is a game and it’s a game you should play to win.

Remember this also; plenty of people can deliver an exceptional result occasionally. It’s the people who can do it regularly and consistently to the highest level who are really special.

With commitment and the right attitude you can be such a person

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Why should I be positive?

People with positive attitudes make better employees, better friends and better mates.~Michael Josephson

Attitude is a subject I return to frequently. And I do that because from experience I know it matters.

You may think having an attitude is a good thing. Perhaps it is if you want to make it as a rock star. However in just about every other situation in life it won’t work for you.

No employer will be impressed by someone with a negative attitude. No employer will be keen to hire someone with a negative attitude.

Most hiring managers have enough problems to deal with each day without adding to them by hiring someone with a chippy attitude.

And if you’re seeking to make new friends or form a relationship then again you’re unlikely to impress anyone if you have a negative attitude.

Why would anyone want to have their life burdened by a friend or a partner with an attitude problem?

Life is hard enough for most people without them having to put up with someone who is high maintenance because of their attitude.

I can tell you this; your life will be much, much better if you start developing a positive attitude.

Fail to do that and your life is unlikely to be very enjoyable at all. The choice is yours. Your life will be what you choose to make it. It’s true, it won’t be perfect. It’s true, you’ll have bad times, as well as good. Everyone does. However if you’re positive, it’ll be easier on your central nervous system.

Look for the positive in every situation. There’s always something positive there, however small.

So, go out, be positive and it will take you further than you might imagine.

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21 thought-provoking quotes about opportunity

Perceived failure in the past can leave us feeling that we’ve blown our chances. That somehow we’re destined for nothing more than a series of unexceptional and relatively low paid jobs.

For instance, this feeling would be typical of someone leaving the education system having little or nothing to show for their years in the classroom in terms of certificates and diplomas.

However always remember this; your future is not defined by your past.

Mistakes made can be always rectified.

A perceived failure is not the end of the world, it’s just an outcome you didn’t want. You can have as many chances to try again as you’re prepared to take.

Never forget, the future is an endless stream of opportunities.

You can choose to take them, or not, it’s down to you and you alone. You can make your life whatever you want it to be, as long as you’re prepared to make changes and work hard.

So focus on what you want and with determination and hard work it really can be yours.

Here are 21 thought-provoking quotes about opportunity. Reflect on them all dear reader and then think about your life and whether it’s all you’d like it to be.

Quotes about opportunity:

  1. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. ~Milton Berle
  2. Difficulties mastered are opportunities won. ~Winston Churchill
  3. You create your opportunities by asking for them. ~Shakti Gawain
  4. To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities. ~Bruce Lee
  5. Success is where preparation and opportunity meet. ~Bobby Unser
  6. A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. ~Francis Bacon
  7. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. ~Winston Churchill
  8. Most people miss opportunity because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~Thomas A. Edison
  9. Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. ~Henry Ford
  10. Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them. ~William Arthur Ward
  11. To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions. ~Benjamin Franklin
  12. Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’ ~Brian Tracy
  13. Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them. ~Orison Swett Marden
  14. Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming. ~Richard Branson
  15. Many people may say that luck is important, but I think you create your own luck by working hard to ensure you don’t miss opportunities. ~Ivan Glasenberg
  16. Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known. ~Ronald Reagan
  17. My favourite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities. ~Mario Testino
  18. People with a growth mindset believe that they can improve with effort. They outperform those with a fixed mindset, even when they have a lower IQ, because they embrace challenges, treating them as opportunities to learn something new. ~Travis Bradberry
  19. As an entrepreneur, you tend to see the opportunities where others see none. ~Naveen Jain
  20. Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or you stay afraid of taking them. ~Jim Carrey
  21. Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it. ~Julie Andrews

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