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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15 Quotes by Dalai Lama

Quotes by Dalai LamaThe Dalai Lama is a spiritual leader committed to promoting values such as love, patience, humility, tolerance, compassion, contentment, forgiveness and self-discipline.

His most important messages include the importance of happiness and world peace.

Quotes by the Dalai Lama have spread widely and he’s generally a respected thinker around the world.

So if your aim is to live a positive and fulfilled life then you might just be inspired by these 15 quotes by Dalai Lama. 

Quotes by Dalai Lama:

  1. Choose to be optimistic, it feels better. ~Dalai Lama
  2. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality. ~Dalai Lama
  3. Instead of wondering WHY this is happening to you, consider why this is happening to YOU. ~Dalai Lama
  4. Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day. ~Dalai Lama
  5. Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day. ~Dalai Lama
  6. Judge your success by what you had to give up to get it. ~Dalai Lama
  7. A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering. ~Dalai Lama
  8. Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another. ~Dalai Lama
  9. If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. ~Dalai Lama
  10. It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view. ~Dalai Lama
  11. The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness. ~Dalai Lama
  12. If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever. ~Dalai Lama
  13. The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts. ~Dalai Lama
  14. I will not propose to you that my way is best. The decision is up to you. If you find some point which may be suitable to you, then you can carry out experiments for yourself. If you find that it is of no use, then you can discard it. ~Dalai Lama
  15. Whether one is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, religious or non-believing, man or woman, black, white, or brown, we are all the same. Physically, emotionally, and mentally, we are all equal. We all share basic needs for food, shelter, safety, and love. We all aspire to happiness and we all shun suffering. Each of us has hopes, worries, fears, and dreams. Each of us wants the best for our family and loved ones. We all experience pain when we suffer loss and joy when we achieve what we seek. On this fundamental level, religion, ethnicity, culture, and language make no difference. ~Dalai Lama

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15 Really Bad Jokes: So Bad They’re Funny

really bad jokesHere are 15 really bad jokes that will make you cringe and make you smile simultaneously.

They really are so bad they’re funny. Certainly they made me smile.

  • Cashier in store: “Would you like the milk in a bag”?
  • Man: “No, just leave it in the carton”.
  • Man in bookstore: Where is the Self Help section please?
  • Saleswoman: If I told that sir it would defeat the purpose.
  • Why did the golfer wear two pairs of pants?
  • In case he gets a hole in one!
  • How do you make holy water?
  • You boil the hell out of it.
  • What did one ocean say to the other ocean?
  • Nothing, they just waved.
  • Who’s the king of the classroom?
  • The Ruler!
  • What did Jay-Z call his girlfriend before they were married?
  • Feyoncé!
  • Why can’t zoo animals take tests?
  • There are too many cheetahs!
  • Why did the scarecrow win an award?
  • Because he was outstanding in his field.
  • What did Snow White say when she came out of the photo booth?
  • Someday my prints will come.
  • Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon?
  • Great food but no atmosphere!
  • How many apples grow on a tree?
  • All of them!
  • How do think the unthinkable?
  • With an itheberg!
  • What do you call a blind dinosaur?
  • Doyouthinkhesaurus
  • What does a clock do when it’s hungry?
  • It goes back four seconds!

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5 Quotes About Gratitude

Quotes about gratitudeHowever hard life proves to be, being grateful is an essential element to achieving personal happiness. So this post offers you five quotes about gratitude to make you think.

All too often we fret about all the things we lack. And then we fail to appreciate fully all the good things in our lives.

So what do we do when we’re feeling negative about our life experiences?

We should stop for a second or two and contemplate all those things for which we really should be grateful.

It can be as simple as the cup of coffee we’re enjoying or the lunch we have planned with a friend later in the week.

If we think hard enough and we think positively enough, then eventually we’ll see that there are things for which we can be grateful.

However bad we think our lives are, if we look around the world we’ll see that in comparison to others we’re lucky indeed.

Yes, of course, there’ll be people with a bigger slice of life’s cake than we’ve got but so what? Does it really matter? It’s not the size of our house that matters, it’s how happy is the home in which we live.

If we want to be happy it starts with a positive frame of mind and that starts with being grateful for whatever it is we’ve got.

So go on, be grateful and be happy. And contemplate these five quotes about gratitude now.

Quotes about gratitude:

  1. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John F. Kennedy
  2. Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. ~Brian Tracy
  3. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. ~Melody Beattie
  4. ‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, and understanding. ~Alice Walker
  5. Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~William Arthur Ward

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Productivity Tips: Structure your day for maximum productivity

ProductivityHow much do you achieve each day?

What do you actually deliver in terms of results? After all, results matter don’t they?

We’re paid to deliver results, aren’t we?

To demonstrate that we’re adding value in our jobs or our businesses, then it’s all about productivity surely?

Being busy is not the same as being productive. They’re very different things, aren’t they?

Most people know that I’m sure but they still struggle to improve their productivity.

Do you ever feel that you could be more productive dear reader?

Do you ever wonder how you might improve your productivity?

Well when you’re not sure what to do, you can always turn to a master. And when I’m seeking advice on mastery, one expert to which I frequently turn is Brian Tracy.

In the embedded video, Brian Tracy offers some very useful tips for becoming more productive.

In my opinion, Brian Tracy always offers great advice and in this short video he offers some real pearls of wisdom I think.

They’re all simple ideas but they can increase your productivity if you apply them regularly.

This video is recommended viewing, so take a few minutes out of your busy schedule and learn from the master. I am confident that you will find it time well spent.

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15 Quotes by Rumi

Quotes by RumiJalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, known simply as Rumi, was a 13th century poet.

Rumi is  believed to have been a man of immense talent.

His work highlights literature’s power to transcend time, language and geography.

Incredibly Rumi covered many topics, in few words. And his work inspires us to this day. In fact his legacy is likely to inspire future generations for years to come.

Today I offer you 15 quotes by Rumi which showcase his wisdom.

I hope they inspire you to harness the power of positive thinking. Reflect on them and use the lessons they offer in your everyday life.

Quotes by Rumi:

  1. What you seek is seeking you. ~Rumi
  2. Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. ~Rumi
  3. Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. ~Rumi
  4. Where there is ruin there is hope for a treasure. ~Rumi
  5. You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life? ~Rumi
  6. There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen. ~Rumi
  7. Raise your words, not your voice. It’s rain that grows flowers, not thunder. ~Rumi
  8. Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life. ~Rumi
  9. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth. ~Rumi
  10. Yesterday is gone and its tale told. Today new seeds are growing. ~Rumi
  11. Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. ~Rumi
  12. Before death takes away what you are given, give away what there is to give. ~Rumi
  13. Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. ~Rumi
  14. Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. ~Rumi
  15. It may be that the satisfaction I need depends on my going away, so that when I’ve gone and come back, I’ll find it at home. ~Rumi

Further Reading:

Did these quotes leave you feeling you’d like to read a little more by Rumi? Then here’s an excellent recommendation:-

Rumi’s Little Book Of Life: The Garden of the Soul, the Heart and the Spirit by Rumi and Maryam Mafi

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15 Quotes by Lao Tzu

Quotes by Lao TzuLao Tzu was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer, or at least we believe he was.

Apparently born in 604 BC it’s hard to be sure whether he ever even existed as that was clearly a long time before records began.

Nevertheless the philosophy for which he is credited is wise indeed and provides us with great insight into life and its meaning.

So today I offer you 15 quotes by Lao Tzu which should provide you with greater insight into the human condition. I think so anyway.

Consider these quotes carefully and think about their meaning.

As a result you might just improve your understanding of people and why we do the things we do.

Furthermore one of these quotes might just provide you with the spark that will propel you down the road to success. If that’s the result then it will have been well worth a few minutes of your time, surely?

So here is the wisdom of Lao Tzu in 15 quotes.

Quotes by Lao Tzu:

  1. An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox. ~Lao Tzu
  2. He who knows himself is enlightened. ~Lao Tzu
  3. At the centre of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. ~Lao Tzu
  4. When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. ~Lao Tzu
  5. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. ~Lao Tzu
  6. Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment. ~Lao Tzu
  7. The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days. ~Lao Tzu
  8. If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve. ~Lao Tzu
  9. I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. ~Lao Tzu
  10. If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. ~Lao Tzu
  11. For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions. ~Lao Tzu
  12. Great acts are made up of small deeds. ~Lao Tzu
  13. Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. ~Lao Tzu
  14. He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty. ~Lao Tzu
  15. Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself. ~Lao Tzu

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