5 Inspirational Quotes And Pearls Of Wisdom To Live By
I love reading the quotes of people I admire and respect, whether they be currently with us today or lived far back in history. But it’s the historical quotes that carry the most weight with me because I feel as though they have stood the test of time. Although I could list probably dozens if not hundreds of quotes that have inspired me, I would like to put down five here that I have always come back to when I’ve needed some inspiration and wisdom. Good inspirational quotes serve as memes that we can recall as needed as if the teacher themselves were whispering their advise right into our ears.
Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)
A German born theoretical physicist responsible for the general theory of relativity – one of the pillars of modern physics along side quantum mechanics. In my opinion, probably one of the most intelligent men who ever lived.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
To be fair and upfront, there are some skeptics who say that Einstein never said this. Saying that it has too much of a spiritual tone to it for something the very logical and practical thinking Einstein would say. To me that doesn’t change the inspirational power of the quote. And for a man who is quoted as saying “God does not play dice” when he was troubled by the randomness of quantum mechanics I think might have felt this way. But this is my opinion.
Regardless of whether you want to take it in a spiritual or logical light it still rings true to me. It covers two of the tenets of a happy life that are based in recent scientific studies. That is gratitude and positive thinking. If you think about it in a pure logical way, how you look at circumstances might not change the current state, but it could affect the actions you take and in how you handle it, and possibly change those circumstances. Choosing to see everything as a miracle gives you a more positive out look, which studies have shown allows you to see more options in your future, giving you more chances for success.
A positive outlook, especially when combined with gratitude has been shown to be very beneficial to not only your mental health but your physical health as well. On the other side, viewing everything in a negative light will start the spiral in the negative direction and cause you to be depressed and lose hope.
Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
Henry David Thoreau was an American author, poet, naturalist and philosopher, probably most famous for his book about living at Walden Pond where he wrote about living a simple life in natural surroundings.
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
This is one of my all time favorite quotes. Thoreau, in his writing, seemed to be able to cut through the fog of everyday living and get to the heart of the simple things in life. I think his quote speaks to the idea of following the beat of your own drummer and if you really want something and can envision yourself succeeding in doing it, you can find success in it. It also speaks to me about being confident in yourself and being confident in that you are moving in the right direction.
Dr. Wayne Dyer (1940 – 2015)
Dr. Wayne Dyer, an American self-help author and motivational speaker, was one of my favorite authors. He wrote many bestsellers from “Your Erroneous Zones” to “The Power Of Intention” to “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life”. I have two quotes from Dyer that I really like.
Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.
When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.
Although the two quotes above might seem a little juxtaposed to one another I think they speak the same truth. For the first one, no this is not a rehearsal, this is the real thing so don’t let all the pettiness and the little frustrations in life get you down and distract you from what you feel is your true purpose in life. We only get one shot at it so why not take your best shot?
And the second quote tells me to remember to enjoy life and the little things along the way. With all our striving we should also remember to enjoy the journey and stop and smell the roses too.
Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC)
Confucius was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician and philosopher. There are many quotes and pearls of wisdom attributed to Confucius. Because it was so long ago we are not sure of the accuracy of all of them. This is one of my favorites.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
I don’t care who you are, one thing you can count on is that sooner or later, life is probably going to give you a punch in the gut. Into everyone’s life a little rain must fall. I can’t tell you why that is – law of averages maybe – but I can almost guarantee it will happen. What this quote says to me is that the true measure of a person is not what happens to them in these times, but in how they rise up from them that makes them a success. You can use bad times as an excuse to wallow in self pity, or you can use them as motivation to climb out of the darkness to a brighter and happy place in your life.
Resources For You:
- Walden by Henry David Thoreau
- Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao
- What is your mindset? Growth vs Fixed Mindset
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