A valuable and important special someone in my life gave me a book called Simple Wisdom. Even though life remains in constant flux for everyone, I feel the quotations she left me are something that keep me strong in the face of adversity.
Quotations on Value
“Each moment of the year has its own beauty, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Time is what keeps us moving and interacting with the world around us. It’s fascinating if you think that each moment we are in and each breath we take is something different in the context of everything; each individual moment is something we can’t take back. That’s why we should cherish every moment we can.
“The good things in life are like the birth of a child. Ninety percent waiting.”
Sometimes, in the hustle and bustle of life, people become lost, focusing only on the results and rewards. What people fail to recognize is the journey taken to achieve all we aspire to have. How hard did you work for what you got? Sometimes, the expectations and paths to good things are worth far more than the reward itself.
Quotations on Character
“You try to make an interesting journey between the cradle and the grave, you know?”
We are so caught up in our lives that, in the hustle and bustle of everything, we don’t acknowledge our limited lifespan. In a modernizing society, we are slowly caught up in an unending cycle of work, stress and sleep; some even call it the rat race. Now is the time to cherish what time we have and do something to impact the world around us. When you grow old, what kind of memories do you want to reminisce back on? Aim for it!
“Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.”
Life is a proliferate, multiplying force. What we spend on others will not minimize us, but build us up. The more we can help others and and see their life improving, the more we will also feel alive. Like putting our energy into watering a bud, we can gather more energy and life from seeing it bloom into a beautiful flower.
Quotations on Relationships
“Love is not love until love is vulnerable.”
You can’t expect to be unscathed if you are opening your heart to another person. You can’t expect to be loved the way you want if you lock your heart away. To love is to be willing to show your weaknesses to another; to be loved is for the other to not take advantage of your weaknesses. You can’t be perfectly strong the rest of your life, and love is, certainly, worth the huge emotional leap.
“We are formed in important ways by the love we feel in our hearts.”
-Ardath H. Rodale
Everyone loves and feels loved in a different way. There is no perfect one. Yet, these experiences and feelings are what crafts us into who we are. The way we think we love someone may not be the way another would want to be loved. It is important to see that how we love others, and their reciprocation of that love, make up the human being glancing back at us.
Quotations on Success and Failure
“It is a relief when things get to their worst. You know what the worst is and can begin to plan for better things.”
-Elinore Pruitt Stewart
We’ve all hit a stage or two in our life where we have felt absolutely horrible. It’s never nice. It’s rough. To be frank, life sucks at times. Despite that, Stewart shows that finding relief in the worst can be one of the best ways of getting through. After all, if life has truly cycled to the worst part, all you have to do is look ahead to the better times.
“There must be more to life than having everything.”
What will it mean to have everything and be successful? You have nothing more to strive for. Failures carve our motivations to keep going.
What are some quotes that keep you motivated?
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