10 powerful quotes to help you reflect on life and its meaning

Life if for living and we live it just once. If we put off until someday those items on our bucket list then we’ll never experience them at all because someday never comes. Sadly, that is a fact.

In your old age your memories will not revolve around the size of your house or the model of the car you had. Your memories will be of the people you knew and the experiences you had and how they all made you feel.

Family and friends matter more than material possessions and no experience is worth foregoing for the sake of an extra couple of years in a care home at the end of our lives.

Work hard of course and pursue your dreams too. However don’t trade money and material possessions for a life well-lived. That would be a poor trade and one you’ll regret.

Here are 10 powerful quotes to help you reflect on life and its meaning.

Powerful quotes to help you reflect on life and its meaning:

  1. One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today. ~Dale Carnegie
  2. Each day is a new canvas to paint upon. Make sure your picture is full of life and happiness, and at the end of the day you don’t look at it and wish you had painted something different. ~Author Unknown
  3. All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge. ~Albert Einstein
  4. 20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~Mark Twain
  5. At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent. ~Barbara Bush
  6. Being vulnerable doesn’t have to be threatening. Just have the courage to be sincere, open and honest. This opens the door to deeper communication all around. It creates self-empowerment and the kind of connections with others we all want in life. Speaking from the heart frees us from the secrets that burden us. These secrets are what make us sick or fearful. Speaking truth helps you get clarity on your real heart directives. ~Sara Paddison
  7. Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it. ~Groucho Marx
  8. Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
  10. The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. ~Lady Dorothy Nevill

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10 powerful quotes to inspire the greatness in you

It’s sad that people will often avoid doing something they’d really like to do simply for fear of what they believe other people may think?

People will actually allow the limitations of other peoples’ thinking stop them having a go at something.

Why?

The reason for this is usually because they fear embarrassment if they have a go at something and then fail in some way.

Well, let me tell you, if being a little embarrassed is the worst thing that ever happens to you dear reader then you’ll be very lucky indeed.

What other people think is simply what they think. Who cares? It doesn’t matter.

It certainly doesn’t mean they’re right. It probably just means they’re a little narrow-minded or they can’t quite appreciate how good you’ll feel when you succeed.

Then again, perhaps they just don’t want you succeeding at something they would be unwilling to try.

Well, life’s too short to worry about what others think.

Let them think whatever they like. As long as you feel it’s worth trying then ignore the doubters. Give them something to gossip about.

If you fancy having a go at something then just have a go. It’s your life and you’ll only live it once. Therefore you must make the most of it.

If you have a go, either you’ll succeed or you won’t.

If you succeed you’ll prove the doubters wrong.

If you’re unsuccessful then you’ll learn a valuable lesson and at least you won’t spend your life wondering what might have been.

And why feel embarrassed anyway? At least you had the guts to have a go.

So go on, have a go but not before you’ve read these ten powerful quotes to inspire the greatness in you.

Powerful quotes to inspire greatness:

  1. Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day and you are a success. ~William J.H. Boetcker
  2. The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. ~Ferdinand Foch
  3. Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  4. Don’t be afraid of failure. If something doesn’t work, use what you’ve learned to try and try again. ~Sir James Dyson
  5. Life is like a grindstone: Whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends on what you’re made of. ~Author Unknown
  6. Man ought to know that in the theatre of human life, it is only for God and the angels to be spectators. ~Francis Bacon
  7. The single most powerful thing I can be is to be myself. ~Dwayne Johnson
  8. The dreams and passions stored within hearts are powerful keys which can unlock a wealth of potential. ~John C. Maxwell
  9. Make treating yourself a priority and always remember your life is happening now. Don’t put off all your dreams and pleasures to another day. In any balanced personal definition of success there has to be a powerful element of living life in the present. ~Mireille Guiliano
  10. I believe that visualization is one of the most powerful means of achieving personal goals. ~Harvey Mackay

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10 powerful quotes that will really make you think

I’m a huge fan of powerful quotes. I’ll bet you are too dear reader. Am I right?

Personally I love quotes that really make me think.

Also, I like using memorable quotes to get a message across when I’m giving presentations.

So here are 10 powerful quotes which really made me think.

How many of them can you use today? Perhaps not all of them but some will be useful to you I’m sure. I hope so anyway.

Powerful Quotes:

  1. The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling. ~Lucretius
  2. Anybody who thinks money will make you happy hasn’t got money. ~David Geffen
  3. Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have. ~Dr Norman Vincent Peale
  4. The price of greatness is responsibility. ~Winston Churchill
  5. To lead people, walk beside them. ~Lao Tsu
  6. Rich people have small TVs and big libraries and poor people have small libraries and big TVs. ~Zig Ziglar
  7. I think that much of the advice given to young men about saving money is wrong. I never saved a cent until I was forty years old. I invested in myself – in study, in mastering my tools, in preparation. Many a man who is putting a few dollars a week into the bank would do much better to put it into himself. ~Henry Ford
  8. If you’re given a choice between money and sex appeal, take the money. As you get older, the money will become your sex appeal. ~Katherine Hepburn
  9. I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful. ~Warren Buffet
  10. Don’t gain the world and lose your soul. Wisdom is better than silver or gold. ~Bob Marley

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7 inspirational quotes about friends and why they matter

Inspirational quotes about friendsWhy do friends matter?

They matter because people are social animals and we need other people. They might drive us nuts occasionally but we still need them.

A fundamental human need is the need to feel secure. So having other people in our lives gives us a greater sense of security. It means we feel slightly less vulnerable.

Another fundamental need is the need for certainty.

So having the same people in our lives on a regular basis provides us with a greater sense of certainty. In other words, friends and family help in satisfying this need.

And then there’s sharing our lives with people whose company we enjoy.

People who see the world the way we do. People who enjoy the things we enjoy. Those people who appreciate our company more than they might be put off by our many faults and idiosyncrasies.

We don’t always value our friends as we should but having a few really good friends makes life special I think.

If you’re lucky enough to have at least one good friend then make sure you let them know how much they mean to you.

Here are seven inspirational quotes about friends to reinforce why I believe they matter.

Inspirational quotes about friends:

  1. One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  2. I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it friends make life a lot more fun. ~Charles R. Swindoll
  3. Friendship is not something you learn in school but if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything. ~Muhammad Ali
  4. Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick-up the pieces when it’s all over. ~Octavia Butler
  5. When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. ~Henri Nouwen
  6. Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend. ~Bill Watterson
  7. A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same. ~Elbert Hubbard

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7 quotes about technology and why we must control it

Technology is a wonderful thing, wouldn’t you agree? It can make our lives easier in so many ways.

I love gadgets and I’m a big fan of technology generally. However if we’re not careful, technology intended to make our lives more efficient can have the opposite effect.

How often do we think, “Oh, before I do that I’ll just check Facebook?” Then half an hour goes by and we’ve forgotten what we were about to do in the first place.

Harness technology by all means and use all the benefits it offers. However we shouldn’t let it control our lives. We shouldn’t allow it to be a substitute for real life either.

And of course the use of technology can never replace intelligent thought.

Remember technology is a tool not a crutch. We must remain in control at all times and we must never allow technology to blur the focus we have on our aims.

Technology can help us achieve our aims but it can also prevent us from achieving our aims too, if we’re not careful. So my underlying message today is, enjoy technology but stay in control.

Here are seven quotes about technology and why we must control it.

Quotes about technology:

  1. The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before and so in a sense, it is all about potential. ~Steve Ballmer
  2. Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, allowing us to do things more quickly and efficiently but too often it seems to make things harder, leaving us with fifty-button remote controls, digital cameras with hundreds of mysterious features and book-length manuals, and cars with dashboard systems worthy of the space shuttle. ~James Surowiecki
  3. Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important. ~Bill Gates
  4. The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. ~Bill Gates
  5. The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men [and women] do. ~BF Skinner
  6. Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone. ~Steven Spielberg
  7. Technology is so much fun but we can drown in our technology. The fog of information can drive out knowledge. ~Daniel J Boorstin

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7 inspirational quotes about society

People are social animals and society is the fabric that binds us all together.

We don’t have to like each other but we do have to get along with each other if life is to be tolerable and people are to feel safe and secure.

Getting along requires us to treat each other with respect of course but society could not function without an accepted system of governance, a broadly common culture and everyone feeling that they are being treated fairly.

That does not mean people within a given society must be completely homogeneous. It does not mean that there cannot be differences. There are and will always be some differences between people within society and that’s fine.

However no group can stand completely apart from everyone else in society, if society is to function well. You’re either part of society or you’re not.

If you choose not to be for whatever reason then that’s your decision and it’s perfectly reasonable to have a preference for living in some other society. That’s why people emigrate, to find a way of life that is more consistent with the way they would prefer to live.

However you cannot accept the benefits that come with being a member of a given society and then reject the obligations you have to your fellow citizens which are a natural part of living within a given society.

We all have a duty to try to understand our fellow citizens and try to appreciate the reality of their existence.

The better we know other people the more we will see them as people just like us with hopes and dreams and a desire to create a better world for their children.

Strip away superficial differences and we are in fact all the same. Well I think so anyway.

Society must exist for the benefit of everyone if it is to mean anything at all.

Everyone should benefit from being a member of society but that means we all have an obligation to contribute to the society within which we live as well. And we must respect our fellow citizens too.

Those making the greatest contribution may derive the biggest rewards but the strong should also lend a hand to the weak. We all have a part to play and we all gain when society functions well. If we all work for the common good then society can benefit everyone.

So ask yourself this question: “What is my contribution to society and what will my legacy be for future generations?

To think about it another way; for what will you be remembered? For what would you like to be remembered? How is your contribution making the world you know a better place right now?

Here are seven inspirational quotes about society to get you thinking.

Quotes about society:

  1. You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. ~Mahatma Gandhi
  2. We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. ~Ronald Reagan
  3. The most violent element in society is ignorance. ~Emma Goldman
  4. He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god. ~Aristotle
  5. There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. ~Nelson Mandela
  6. Individual commitment to a group effort; that’s what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. ~Vince Lombardi
  7. Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability. ~Sandra Day O’Connor

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7 inspirational quotes about life and success

If you want to be successful, observe successful people and do what they do. If it worked for them then it will probably work for you.

In life, if you’re determined and you’re prepared to work hard you can achieve almost anything. However success means different things to different people. What does it mean for you?

Perhaps you’d be happy with a steady job and a decent wage?

Alternatively success to you might be becoming a Hollywood movie star?

Well it doesn’t really matter how you define success. Just decide what it is you want and then go for it.

Here are seven inspirational quotes about life and success to help you reflect on what it all means to you.

Quotes about life and success:

  1. I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature. ~John D. Rockefeller
  2. Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine. ~Chris Hadfield
  3. Like success, failure is many things to many people. With Positive Mental Attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again. ~W. Clement Stone
  4. We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect. ~Michelle Obama
  5. Grit is that ‘extra something’ that separates the most successful people from the rest. It’s the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality. ~Travis Bradberry
  6. At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure. ~Erin Cummings
  7. Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do. ~Napoleon Hill

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10 inspirational quotes to increase your motivation

Inspirational quotes to increase your motivationUse those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best. ~Bernard Meltzer

The mind is for seeing, the heart is for hearing. ~Arab Proverb

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. ~Bill Cosby

I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate. ~George Burns

If you want to achieve things in life, you’ve just got to do them, and if you’re talented and smart, you’ll succeed. ~Juliana Hatfield

You have the same number of hours in the day as everyone else. What you accomplish depends on how wisely they are used. ~Roy Sutton

You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people, than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. ~Bernard Meltzer

Making a hundred friends is not a miracle. The miracle is to make a single friend who will stand by your side even when hundreds are against you. ~Author Unknown

True love isn’t about being inseparable; it’s about two people being true to each other even when they are separated. ~Author Unknown

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. ~Mark Twain

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101 Proverbs everyone should know

ProverbsThere are literally thousands of proverbs. These are simple sayings which express essential truths and they exist in every language.

Most have become clichés but they’re based on common sense and centuries of experience and they’re no less valid for their overuse.

Here are 101 proverbs that everyone should know.

These proverbs can be very useful when your aim is to emphasise a point. So see how many of them you can work into your conversations today.

101 Proverbs:

  1. There’s no place like home
  2. Beggars can’t be choosers
  3. Opportunity never knocks twice at any man’s door
  4. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
  5. Possession is nine tenths of the law
  6. A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind horse
  7. A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men
  8. Adversity makes for strange bedfellows
  9. There’s honour among thieves
  10. There’s no fool like an old fool
  11. Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion
  12. Don’t get mad, get even
  13. The road to hell is paved with good intentions
  14. Give a man enough rope and he’ll hang himself
  15. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
  16. East, west, home is best
  17. Every picture tells a story
  18. Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die
  19. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance
  20. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link
  21. A change is as good as a rest
  22. The proof of the pudding is in the eating
  23. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach
  24. Faint heart never won fair lady
  25. Fortune favours the brave
  26. Give credit where credit’s due
  27. Children and fools tell the truth
  28. Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face
  29. He who sups with the Devil should have a long spoon
  30. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
  31. Once a thief, always a thief
  32. Hindsight is always twenty-twenty
  33. If anything can go wrong, it will
  34. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
  35. Into every life a little rain must fall
  36. It never rains but it pours
  37. There are none so blind as those that will not see
  38. There’s an exception to every rule
  39. It’s better to travel hopefully than to arrive
  40. The early bird catches the worm
  41. Once bitten, twice shy
  42. It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease
  43. Judge not, that ye be not judged
  44. Least said, soonest mended
  45. Let the buyer beware
  46. Lightning never strikes twice in the same place
  47. Many a true word is spoken in jest
  48. Many are called but few are chosen
  49. Marry in haste, repent at leisure
  50. Necessity is the mother of invention
  51. ProverbsNever give a sucker an even break
  52. No pain, no gain
  53. Nothing is certain but death and taxes
  54. Oil and water don’t mix
  55. Old soldiers never die, they just fade away
  56. One good turn deserves another
  57. One volunteer is worth ten pressed men
  58. Prevention is better than cure
  59. Procrastination is the thief of time
  60. Revenge is a dish best served cold
  61. Rome wasn’t built in a day
  62. Still waters run deep
  63. Stupid is as stupid does
  64. Talk is cheap
  65. The apple never falls far from the tree
  66. The customer’s always right
  67. The darkest hour is just before the dawn
  68. The Devil finds work for idle hands
  69. When in Rome, do as the Romans do
  70. Where there’s muck there’s brass
  71. You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family
  72. You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs
  73. You can’t win them all
  74. You’ll catch more flies with sugar than you will with vinegar
  75. You reap what you sow
  76. The Devil is in the details
  77. The end justifies the means
  78. The exception which proves the rule
  79. If you want a thing done well, do it yourself
  80. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
  81. In the kingdom of the blind the one eyed man is king
  82. The pen is mightier than sword
  83. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts
  84. There’s no such thing as a free lunch
  85. There’s no such thing as bad publicity
  86. Familiarity breeds contempt
  87. There’s nowt so queer as folk
  88. There’s one born every minute
  89. There’s safety in numbers
  90. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it
  91. Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
  92. Those who sleep with dogs will rise with fleas
  93. Time and tide wait for no man
  94. Time is money
  95. To the victor go the spoils
  96. Tomorrow never comes
  97. Truth is stranger than fiction
  98. There’s many a good tune played on an old fiddle
  99. There’s many a slip ‘twixt cup and lip
  100. You win some, you lose some
  101. Youth is wasted on the young

Questions:

Would you consider this list to be definitive?

Perhaps you feel that there are some better ones which should be on this list?

If so, what are they?

Please share your thoughts with our community. I would lover to hear more about your own observations. All comments would be very welcome.

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