15 Quotes by Marcus Aurelius

Quotes by Marcus AureliusMarcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor who ruled jointly with Lucius Verus and then later with his son, Commodus. He was the last of the so-called Five Good Emperors.

Marcus Aurelius was a practitioner of Stoicism and his untitled writing, commonly known as Meditations, is regarded as a significant source of our modern understanding of ancient Stoic philosophy.

It is considered by many commentators to be one of the greatest works of philosophy.

Here are 15 quotes by Marcus Aurelius which will provide some insight into his own personal philosophy.

Quotes by Marcus Aurelius:

  1. Each day provides its own gifts. ~Marcus Aurelius
  2. Our life is what our thoughts make it. ~Marcus Aurelius
  3. A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions. ~Marcus Aurelius
  4. The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing. ~Marcus Aurelius
  5. Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears. ~Marcus Aurelius 
  6. Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. ~Marcus Aurelius
  7. When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. ~Marcus Aurelius
  8. It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. ~Marcus Aurelius
  9. Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. ~Marcus Aurelius
  10. Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart. ~Marcus Aurelius
  11. You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. ~Marcus Aurelius
  12. That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees. ~Marcus Aurelius
  13. The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. ~Marcus Aurelius
  14. He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. ~Marcus Aurelius
  15. The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away. ~Marcus Aurelius

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13 quotes to inspire you to be better than you are

Quotes to InspireIf you’re looking for a little inspiration dear reader then you’re not alone. We could all use a little inspiration occasionally.

I’m inspired by quotes from great thinkers and opinion formers. So I start each day spending a few minutes thumbing through the quotes books in my library.

Here are some of the best quotes to inspire that I came across this morning. Enjoy them all.

Quotes to inspire:

  1. If you’ve learned how to disagree without being disagreeable, then you’ve discovered the secret of getting along, whether it be business, family relations or life itself. ~Bernard Meltzer
  2. Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown. ~Ross Perot
  3. Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. ~Booker T. Washington
  4. The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success. ~Irving Berlin
  5. The man who has done his level best is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure. ~BC Forbes
  6. Life is too short to waste it doing nothing. Make every day count! ~Author Unknown
  7. Self-pity is a losing strategy. It repels others and weakens you. ~Michael Josephson
  8. What we’ve done for ourselves dies with us; what we’ve done for others and the world remains and is immortal. ~Albert Pike
  9. One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others. ~Lewis Carroll
  10. The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one. ~Malcolm Forbes
  11. When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, never give up then, for that is just the time that the tide will turn. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe
  12. People take different roads seeking fulfilment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost. ~Dalai Lama
  13. Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment. ~Ralph Marston

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The Guy in the Glass

The Guy in the GlassIf you’re unfamiliar with the poem, The Guy in the Glass dear reader, then I recommend you spend a few moments to consider it now.

I’m sure you’ll know that life’s not a rehearsal. Whether we like it or not, we’ll live it only once.

So it seems obvious to me that we must make the most of our time and try to enjoy every moment. That’s a healthy personal philosophy by which certainly I try to live, most of the time, at least.

Literally enjoying every single moment is not possible of course.

There will always be good times but, inevitably, there will be bad times too.

Let’s face it, you couldn’t appreciate the good times without experiencing a few bad times along the way, could you?

Now, I am a firm believer in the notion that you only get out of life what you put in.

If you just drift along, with little effort and a lot of unwise choices then your future is likely to be unexciting at best, unless you get very, very lucky.

Whereas making some effort to realise your full potential; deciding what you want and pursuing your dreams with hard work and determination; this approach is more likely to lead to better life experiences.

Ask yourself this question, “When I’m old and frail and reflecting on years gone by, how will I feel if I’ve wasted those years?

The problem with time is that once it’s gone, it’s gone. You can’t get it back. So, surely time is our most precious resource?

The answer to the above questions matter only to you.

You’re the one who must look at yourself in the mirror each day. You’re the one who must look yourself in the eye.

You may fool other people with tales of what might have been but you can’t fool yourself.

Deep down you’ll know whether you tried or not. You’ll know whether you made a lot of choices you wish you hadn’t made. You’ll know whether you cheated yourself. And let’s face it, regret lies at the heart of cheating yourself.

So my advice would be, don’t do it.

When you look in the mirror each day, ask yourself some searching questions:-

  • Are you making the most of your natural talent, whatever that might be?
  • Are you looking after your body and your mind?
  • Are you developing habits which will be detrimental to your wellbeing?
  • Are you looking after those who matter most to you?
  • Can you reflect on your life so far with at least some degree of pride and satisfaction?

If you’re getting too many negative answers, then perhaps it’s time for some changes in your life, don’t you think?

Reflecting on today’s idea is what got me thinking about the poem The Guy in the Glass, mentioned above.

This poem is included as part of the process Alcoholics Anonymous use to help their client base.

However, I think it’s relevant to us all, regardless of whether we’re alcoholics or not. The underlying message is that your behaviour should be consistent with the need we all have to be able to look ourselves in the eye.

It really is a thought-provoking verse and, despite its title, the message applies equally to men and women. The glass is, of course, the mirror on your wall. The poem was written by the late Dale Wimbrow in 1934 for publication in The American Magazine:-

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George Carlin’s Top 10 Rules For Success

Top 10 Rules for SuccessIf success is your aim then look for successful people and copy what they do. If it worked for them then there’s a good chance it could work for you. This is a firmly held belief and I refer to it frequently in my writing.

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. You don’t have to come up with a game plan all of your own. There are plenty of good role models out there. Just look and listen to the good and the bad; the reverent and the irreverent. And don’t forget role models can serve as a warning as well as exemplars of how something should be done. So look around and take it all in.

George Carlin would definitely be someone who would be considered irreverent by those familiar with his work. He’s also very successful in his field. So if you’re looking for inspiration then listening to George Carlin could be a good start. He will probably make you smile if nothing else. In this video, George highlights his Top 10 Rules For Success and certainly I found them inspirational.

This is an excellent series and this episode featuring George Carlin is well worth a listen. I don’t necessarily agree with everything George says but he’s irreverent and he challenges your thinking and that for me is a good thing.

So I recommend this YouTube video to you. Listen and it’ll be time well spent I think. George Carlin offers some great ideas here.

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21 thought-provoking quotes by women

The late, former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher once said, If you want something said, ask a man but if you want something done, ask a woman.”

Certainly if you want anything done then it’s probably better if you ask a woman. In my experience, they’ll do a good job for you and they’ll do it when they say they’ll do it.

However women are perfectly capable of saying something profound too.

To prove the point, here are 21 quotes by women.

Quotes by Women:

  1. I was smart enough to go through any door that opened. ~Joan Rivers
  2. You can’t give up! If you give up, you’re like everybody else. ~Chris Evert
  3. I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life ~Louise Hay
  4. In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. ~Coco Chanel
  5. One cannot accomplish anything without fanaticism. ~Eva Perón
  6. Done is better than perfect. ~Sheryl Sandberg
  7. If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more. ~Erica Jong
  8. The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. ~Peggy O’Mara
  9. If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one. ~Dolly Parton
  10. Knowing what must be done does away with fear. ~Rosa Parks
  11. Power’s not given to you. You have to take it. ~Beyoncé
  12. A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence. ~Sonia Sotomayor
  13. You can’t please everyone, and you can’t make everyone like you. ~Katie Couric
  14. You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness. ~Diane von Furstenberg
  15. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. ~Golda Meir
  16. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. ~Amelia Earhart
  17. The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves. ~Barbara Corcoran
  18. I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done. ~Lucille Ball
  19. If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind. If you don’t, you’re simply ducking your responsibilities. ~Ann Richards
  20. One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don’t know how to do, to keep learning. ~Ruth Reichl
  21. Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create. ~Oprah Winfrey

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5 powerful quotes to propel you down the road to success

Looking for some powerful quotes, dear reader?

You won’t be alone if you are. We all need a little inspiration to fire a spark within us occasionally, The question is, where to start?

Quotes from successful people are always a good place to start, I think.

It’s always worth listening to people who’ve achieved real success.

If they’ve done it successfully, whatever it is, then we can always copy their approach.

And if we copy their approach then there’s a good chance we can achieve success too. If it worked for them, it might just work for us.

So here are 5 powerful quotes from some very successful people. I hope they provide a spark to propel you down the road to success.

Powerful quotes:

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. ~Steve Jobs

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. ~Swami Vivekananda

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. ~Jim Rohn

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. ~Steve Jobs

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Valuing people must take precedence in the modern age

Valuing PeopleOne thing you’ll learn as you get older is the importance of valuing people.

We all can get so carried away with our work and careers and we can forget what really matters most.

Now I’m sure that your work is important to you and perhaps you even believe that you’re indispensable to your employer?

If you really believe that then, all I can say is, dream on.

From experience I can tell you that there’s no such thing as indispensable when it comes to being employed.

If you were to die tomorrow then your employer would replace you in a matter of days and the company would carry on without you. You won’t be missed for long and in all probability you’d be forgotten fairly quickly.

That’s why it’s essential to ensure that your life has balance.

Yes, of course, you need to work, to earn an income to put a roof over your head and bread on the table. So in that sense, work’s important. However, it shouldn’t be everything to you. Some things are much more important.

Don’t let time slip through your fingers without having spent some of it on a regular basis with those that really matter to you; the people closest to your heart. That is, your loved ones.

Your employer may not miss you for very long, should you pass away, but the family and friends you leave behind would feel a sense of loss for the rest of their lives.

Work gives us a sense of purpose and a sense of identity too, but only people really matter. So valuing people must always take precedence over work and material things.

So make sure you enjoy some time with those that matter to you before it’s too late.

And, you never know, it could be later than you think.

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15 classic Elaine Benes quotes that’ll raise a smile or two

Elaine Benes QuotesStaying with my recent theme of memorable sitcom characters, today I thought it would be entertaining to take a look back at some classic Elaine Benes quotes.

Who can forget this brilliant character, player by the hugely talented Julia Louis-Dreyfus, from the American sitcom Seinfeld?

Elaine was a woman holding her own in a man’s world. She was smart, funny and she brought a little sparkle to the show. However, like all memorable sitcom characters, she was essentially a little flawed too, as you’ll appreciate from the quotes today.

If you love Seinfeld, I’m sure you will be a fan of Elaine Benes.

However, if you’re not old enough to remember the sitcom Seinfeld and Elaine Benes, in particular, then you’ll find plenty of amusing clips from this sitcom, and featuring the character Elaine Benes, on YouTube.

They’re all brilliant and definitely well worth a little bit of your time.

So check them out but not before you’ve enjoyed these 15 classic Elaine Benes quotes, which I’m confident will raise a smile or two, and will probably resonate with many female readers too, I’m sure.

Elaine Benes Quotes:

  1. I’m not a lesbian! I hate men, but I’m not a lesbian. ~ Elaine Benes
  2. I had to take a sick day. I’m so sick of these people. ~ Elaine Benes
  3. We just tease someone ’til they develop an eating disorder. ~ Elaine Benes
  4. Well, that’s the positive thing about getting sick, you get to lose weight. ~ Elaine Benes
  5. I think this is the same one I gave him. He recycled this gift. He’s a re-gifter! ~ Elaine Benes
  6. You know that just admitting a man is handsome doesn’t necessarily make you a homosexual. ~ Elaine Benes
  7. I can’t do this anymore, it’s too long! Just tell your stupid story about the stupid desert and just die already! Die! ~ Elaine Benes
  8. You know, men can sit through the most boring movie if there’s even the slightest possibility that a woman will take her top off. ~ Elaine Benes
  9. I can’t be with someone who doesn’t break up nicely. I mean, to me, that’s one of the most important parts of a relationship. ~ Elaine Benes
  10. I mean the problem is that the good ones know they’re good. And they know they’re in such demand they’re just not interested in confining themselves to one person. ~ Elaine Benes
  11. That’s the bra I gave her, she’s wearing it as a top! The woman is walking around in broad daylight with nothing but a bra on. She’s a menace to society. ~ Elaine Benes
  12. Kramer, you don’t understand. He made the last contact between us. I had the upper hand in the post-breakup relationship. If he thinks that I said hi, then I lose the upper hand. ~ Elaine Benes
  13. You know your whole life you go through painstaking efforts to hide your nipple and then BOOM, suddenly hundreds of people get their own personal shot of it. ~ Elaine Benes
  14. Yeah, since she met him she’s been vomited on, her family cabin’s been burned down, she learned her father’s a homosexual, and she got fired from a high-paying network job. Yeah, they had a real good thing going. ~ Elaine Benes
  15. This whole sex thing is totally overrated. Now, here’s the one thing you’ve gotta be ready for is how the man changes into a completely different person five seconds after it’s over. I mean, something happens to their personality; it’s really quite astounding. It’s like they committed a crime and they want to flee the scene before the police get there. ~ Elaine Benes

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15 amusing quotes by Jerry Seinfeld

Quotes by Jerry SeinfeldToday I’ve put together some amusing quotes by Jerry Seinfeld.

Most readers will know that Jerry Seinfeld is an American comedian and probably best known as the star of the successful US sitcom Seinfeld, in which he played a semi-fictionalized version of himself.

Much more than this, Jerry Seinfeld is a hugely successful actor, writer, producer, and director.

As a stand-up comedian, he specializes in observational comedy, which I love, and I would rate him as one of the best comedians of all time.

So take a moment or two to enjoy all of these amusing quotes by Jerry Seinfeld, and if you like them then please pass them on.

Amusing quotes by Jerry Seinfeld:

  1. There is no such thing as fun for the whole family. ~Jerry Seinfeld
  2. People who read the tabloids deserve to be lied to. ~Jerry Seinfeld
  3. Men don’t care what’s on TV. They only care what else is on TV. ~Jerry Seinfeld
  4. The IRS! They’re like the Mafia. They can take anything they want! ~Jerry Seinfeld
  5. My theory is 98 per cent of all human endeavour is killing time. ~Jerry Seinfeld
  6. I don’t want to hear the specials. If they’re so special, put ’em on the menu. ~Jerry Seinfeld
  7. To me, if life boils down to one thing, it’s movement. To live is to keep moving. ~Jerry Seinfeld
  8. Make no mistake about why these babies are here. They’re here to replace us. ~Jerry Seinfeld
  9. It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper. ~Jerry Seinfeld
  10. A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking. ~Jerry Seinfeld
  11. Where lipstick is concerned, the important thing is not colour, but to accept God’s final word on where your lips end. ~Jerry Seinfeld
  12. You know you’re getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It’s like, ‘See if you can blow this out.’ ~Jerry Seinfeld
  13. I am so busy doing nothing that the idea of doing anything, which as you know always leads to something, cuts into the nothing and then forces me to have to drop everything. ~Jerry Seinfeld
  14. There’s very little advice in men’s magazines, because men don’t think there’s a lot they don’t know. Women do. Women want to learn. Men think, ‘I know what I’m doing, just show me somebody naked.’ ~Jerry Seinfeld
  15. Now they show you how detergents take out bloodstains, a pretty violent image there. I think if you’ve got a T-shirt with a bloodstain all over it, maybe laundry isn’t your biggest problem. Maybe you should get rid of the body before you do the wash. ~Jerry Seinfeld

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15 positive quotes by exceptional people to lift your spirits

Positive QuotesI love positive quotes. How about you, dear reader? Do they appeal to you too?

Well, I hope so because today I’ve put together some interesting quotes from some exceptional people.

People with a track record of success are always worth a little bit of your time. Listen to them and you can learn a lot. They’ve been there and they’ve achieved great things, so they must know something.

Always listen to successful people.

Take a minute or two to reflect on these positive quotes.

Positive Quotes:

  1. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. ~Colin Powell
  2. Positive anything is better than negative nothing. ~Elbert Hubbard
  3. Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity. ~Khalil Gibran
  4. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help you create the fact. ~William James
  5. Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  6. Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results. ~Willie Nelson
  7. Your smile will give you a positive countenance that will make people feel comfortable around you. ~Les Brown
  8. If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes. ~John Wooden
  9. I believe that you should gravitate to people who are doing productive and positive things with their lives. ~Nadia Comaneci
  10. The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do. ~Kobe Bryant
  11. I like to encourage people to realize that any action is a good action if it’s proactive and there is positive intent behind it. ~Michael J. Fox
  12. You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, and forgot. It’s all there. Everything influences each of us. ~Maya Angelou
  13. You can’t make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment that makes those choices easy, natural, and enjoyable. ~Deepak Chopra
  14. You’re going to go through tough times. That’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events. ~Joel Osteen
  15. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. ~Christopher McCandless

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