10 Things You Need to Know; Quotes About Life

Remind Me

Every once in a while, I need a boost of motivation and inspiration, but also a reminder that I am but a human. We all have troubling times, illnesses, financial issues, internal struggles, and worries. (Naturally so, as we are emotional beings.)

However, if only for the few moments that it takes for you to read this, remember that you have a place in this world, and that that place is an important, intricate part of humanity and history. You are invaluable and unique. You are the best and only version of yourself.

I sometimes need reminding that I am human. Quotes, books, and sticky notes help. Here, I have compiled a list of "10 Thing You Need to Know" mainly for myself... Things that I need help remembering from time to time.

Look in the mirror, take a deep breathe, let it out, and smile. You, my friend, are alive.

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My niece, Julia. She's a reminder that life is beautiful!
My niece, Julia. She's a reminder that life is beautiful! | Source
My nephew, Gavin, is another wonderful reminder that life is a great adventure!
My nephew, Gavin, is another wonderful reminder that life is a great adventure! | Source

10 Things You Need to Know

  1. You have a name. A unique name that someone felt you worthy of; wanted to share with and/or pass down to you. You have a name that has an amazing history. Embrace it, live up to it... own it.
  2. "Today is the first day of the rest of your life" (a philosophy of the drug rehab group Synanon). You are privileged in that you awoke at some point today. Today is what you make of it; a new day; all yours.
  3. "Today starts now" (one of my own). Your day does not have to start at 12:01 am, when you wake up, when you really wake up, or when you get to the office. You can start your day over at any time. Ate something not within the realm of your diet? Start over. Said something negative to your spouse? Start over. Were you sluggish and unmotivated this morning? Start over.
  4. "You are the captain of your ship; the master of your sea." A soccer coach of mine told the team that over and over again during one particular season, and it has stuck. You decide what you do on a moment-to-moment basis. Most importantly - what you make of yourself and your life. You can not always account for storms, high tides, and holes in the sails, but you are the only one that has control of the ship's wheel, and in what direction it is steered.
  5. "This is your life. Are you who you want to be?" (from "This is Your Life" by Switchfoot) Along the same lines as the last two things that you need to know, remembering that this is your life is vital to reducing stress and anxiety, and maintaining control. Are you who you want to be? Self-discovery can be a very interesting, exhilarating, and refreshing journey. Start today... start now. If you are perfectly satisfied with who you are, I applaud you. Give yourself a hug, and keep track of what it is that you are doing that you love, and foster it. If not, explore why and what to do about it.
  6. You are only human. There is not a person alive today that is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. It's what you do with the mistakes that defines you. Stay calm. Learn. Evaluate. Research. Fix. Making mistakes can be a humbling experience, but should never deter you from reaching your goals. When you fell off of your bike, did you get back up? When you failed (that one and only time, right?) that test, did you continue learning? Think back at past mistakes. You got through it. Why stress now?
  7. We are what we do. Another version of this is "We are what we repeatedly do." (Aristotle) Stealing makes you a thief, teaching makes you a teacher, etc. Habits are hard to break, but what if it is changing you for the worse? What if others define you by your habits? Think of what you repeatedly do (habits, hobbies, sayings, attitudes, rituals, work, etc). What does it say about you? How does it make you feel? Remember, actions speak louder than words.
  8. Honesty starts within. Be honest with yourself... about everything. Get back to the basics of your own, personal temple. As you continue to be honest with and about yourself, you will more easily be honest with and about others. Are you the first to cast a stone?
  9. You are not going to wake up tomorrow 20 pounds less. I know, I know. This one is a bit rough to to accept. Negative things seem to happen quickly; positive, not so much. Work towards your goals. Understand that some things take time and effort, but it will be worth it. Bill Gates did not open his door one day to find a fully-built computer and business empire on his doorstep. Or did he...
  10. Gravity is not going anywhere. Hmm... What I mean is that aging is a part of life. I cannot sugar coat it, you will (if not already) most likely develop a few wrinkles, probably start wearing an overly powdery perfume or musky cologne, and may need the diapers you started out with (but a bit bigger, of course). Are your parents and grandparents absolutely deprived? Are they horribly depressed? Exactly. They're still living life. In fact, they're living differently than they did years ago. There are different stages of life; different and new opportunities and experiences. I see myself fully embracing age. I will gladly go for an all-over whitish-gray hair color, and tell kids stories starting with "When I was your age..." I honestly am not scared of aging. I know that if I live as fully as possible, my elder years will be full of wonderful memories and even more new and exciting things to experience.

Again, this is your life. You are alive. Today begins the rest of your life. You are the captain. You have a name to be proud of. Reaching goals is not an effortless task. Practice what you preach. Be honest with yourself. Learn from mistakes. Embrace age.

“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.”

Paulo Coelho, Brida

Robert Frost... what a life he lived!
Robert Frost... what a life he lived! | Source

Quotes about Life

"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." - William Arthur Ward

"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." Mae West

"In three words, I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." Robert Frost

"Every man dies. Not every man really lives." William Wallace

"I have not gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul

"I'm not afraid of death. I just don't want to be there when it happens." Woody Allen

"Life must be lived as play." Plato

"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it." Henry David Thoreau

"You cannot find peace by avoiding life." Virginia Woolf

"You can't choose how you will die, but you can choose how you will live." Jenny Young (from her wise fortune cookie)



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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

These are great inspirational words and quotes. I especially like #4 "You are the captain of your ship; the master of your sea." So often we try to blame other people for our failures when we are the ones who have and should maintain the responsibility.


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Thank you, Millionaire! I absolutely agree, and like the way that you worded that.

I appreciate your feedback, as always. =]

I hope that you're having a great year thus far!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Excellent quotes!!! One of my favorites is "Be Here Now" since I had a tendency to get ADD and tackle way to many tasks at once. Voted UP!!!


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

Thank you for sharing all the different messages here. I convey many of them in much of my writing, yet don't quote anyone. I hold no belief in any particular philosophy that has ever existed, because I've come to understand a much simpler statement, which is a quote I created- "Life Is Easy, People Make It Complicated". I once said that to someone and they said it was extremely profound(very deep) in and of itself. Voted up! Useful, awesome and beautiful. Great hub! :)


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Sunshine,

Hehe I like that one! ADD can sometimes be a blessing... right? ;)

Thank you for the vote! I count it as two, coming from someone as great as you! lol


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Cagsil,

I have to agree with whomever said that. You're quite a wise person!

I enjoy quotes. I am sometimes hesitant to incorporate quotes in with my own writing. I feel it's a bit of a cheat, ya know? Regardless, I think these ones add flare and a note of seriousness, which I usually lack. lol

Thank you for the votes!!


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

Hey Veronica, I don't like people who attempt to sound profound and don't actually say anything that is profound. These type of people are dangerous and manipulative. I was on Facebook one day and someone on my friends list posted a quote made by someone else and when I stopped to think about it, I realized that it didn't actually say anything profound and then wrote a hub to dispel it. LOL! :) Since then, I keep doing it when people post supposedly profound statement on Facebook. I mean, it's not too difficult to see through BS. LOL! :) You're welcome. :)


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Hahaha That's hilarious. You & I are alike in that we just can't let things like that go. I have a few FB friends that only post quotes and do so 24/7. I wonder, sometimes, if they think in quotes (if their thoughts aren't even their own), and who they're trying to impress.

Which hub is it? I'd like to check it out!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I loved this hub and I am going to bookmark it for those days that I'm feeling sorry for myself. One of my most favorite quotes is Live today like there is no tomorrow.


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Another great quote! Thank you for sharing. I have heard a variation of it. I'm going to write it down for safe-keeping (and in the hopes of seeing it often).

I hope that that doesn't happen too often, but if it happens again, that this will help! I know that I'm probably going to have to refer back to this hub occasionally, for a pick-me-up! lol

Thank you for reading and for your comment! =]


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

A poet and she knows it...nice!:)

ADD could be annoying also!:)


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

LOL I try. ;)

Oh yes, definitely. No denying that.

I do like your quote very much, though. Practical, useful, and easy to remember. Can't beat that! It's sometimes so hard to live in the moment. Thinking those words will definitely help bring me back down to earth when I need it most. =]


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great tips and reminders of what we should all strive for! As my favorite writer Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of a little mind."


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Thanks, Tammy!

I like that quote! A little quirky like Ralph & with so much rolled into 10 words. Thanks for sharing it!

Woohoo! I'm glad that you liked the hub!!! =]


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Since Hinduism greatly emphasizes on name, I believe in the power of our names. The Buddha said, you never reach the future, can't remain in the past, and you always live in present. So I believe in today is the first day of our life.

Thanks for sharing these motivating thoughts.


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Thank you, Vinaya.

My fiancé has been studying Zen Buddhism quite a bit lately, and it has since piqued my interest. Although I believe in God, I respect and appreciate the lifestyle of Buddha and his followers. I have much to learn, but am very much looking forward to it.

Thank you for commenting, and feel free to share more words of wisdom. =]


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Veronica, I love your list!

I definitely need a reminder once in a while that I am but a human, and this reflective list of yours will help me a lot.

I liked how you integrated your own personal and very wise thoughts, with the more legendary quotes.

This hub is beautiful!

Great job!

Voted up, bookmarked and pushed all the right buttons.

Oh, by the way, your niece and nephew are sooo adorable!

Thanks.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Great Hub Veronica.

Now let add one of my Frogisms to the list:

"Life has a way of taking care of itself."

Something to think about when you start tinkering with it too much.

The Frog Prince


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Thank you, Sannel!

I take pride in my "aunting". ;) hehe

I am thrilled that you like this hub!

You ARE a fantastic person! I am very happy to have met you here on HP! =]

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Frog Prince,

That is true! Thanks for the great addition! Happy 2012 to you, sir!


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Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

I really enjoyed this. Sometimes as time goes by, we forget that we are getting older. Things change. But life continues to be what we make of it.

I especially like where you talked about having a name and a history and how you said "Embrace it. Live up to it. Own it." What that means to me is that we all have something a value to share and to use for ourselves. I see so many people (friends) who have the knowledge to make their lives better, but they don't "own" their intelligence. They just let it slip by and would rather complain about the world.

Your Hub was extremely meaningful. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Thank you very much, Glenn. That means quite a bit coming from you! =]

"But life continues to be what we make of it." That is so true, and I appreciate you writing it in a comment. I feel as though it's a fabulous addition to the hub (and helps sum it up!).

I think that you worded my thoughts better than I did. lol

I wonder what the world would be like if we were to fully use our brains (like in the movie "Limitless"). It's such a shame that some people do not realize their full potential, or do, but waste it. I guess "to each their own."

Thank you very much for reading this hub, and taking the time to comment! - & for the vote!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Veronica,

I really enjoyed this - very well written. I especially liked #3 about starting over. I will say "ugh, well there is always tomorrow." But you are so right. And it is your own quote! Today starts now! Turn it around in the moment, don't wait for a brand new day. Thanks :)

Sharyn


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Woohoo! 1 for me, 0 for the wise people that I borrowed quotes from! hehe. =] I am really glad that you liked that one. I think it's important to remember that time is relative.

Thank you so much for the lovely comment! Happy New Day!! =]

Veronica


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prasonline 4 years ago from Sri lanka

Great article! I really enjoyed this.Thanks for sharing. Voted up.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

Many great quotes here, I love them all:) Except that gravity isn't going anywhere, I must say that I have some problem with that fact! Shared and voted up!

Tina


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Thank you, prasonline! I appreciate your comment and vote!

Thougtforce - lol That's funny! Sorry! =/ I am glad that you liked the quotes! Thank you for your vote, and for sharing! =]


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC

Hi Veronica,

Since you know a little about sports, I will liken this hub to one of my favorite pastimes; baseball.

It's the world series. This is the situation: It's the bottom of the ninth, the home team is batting with 2 outs and the bases are loaded. The home team underdogs are trailing the previous year's world champions by three runs and the relief pitcher they're facing is the Cy Young award winner from the last two years and hasn't allowed an earned run since then.

The count is 3 balls and 2 strikes and the batter is Veronica Farkas. Here comes the pitch, "Life." She swings, "Ten Things You Need to Know; Quotes About Life" and there it goes, OMG, back, back, back, it's GONE; A GRAND SLAM, this game is over!!!

Like a memory with this kind of ending, your hub will stay with me and I'll refer to it in my coaching practice. It just resonates with reality!

Well done, young lady, and keep it up!

Not only voted up with all the trimmings, I also posted it on my facebook for all my friends and family to see, with your attribution, of course!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

I am taking it a step further, if you don't mind... I was pitching for the Yankees. ;) hehe

I honestly read your comment aloud. It was fun and exciting, and I love the ending! You are a fabulous and unique writer. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave such an extraordinary comment! Wow. It's the best that I have received to date. =] I may be smiling for the next few days!

Thank you, also, for sharing this on FB. Hopefully, more and more will read this and (crossing my fingers) find a bit of motivation or inspiration in the words.

=D


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Mihir Purohit 4 years ago

it's awesome quotos and article keep it up..


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Thank you, Mihir! I appreciate your feedback very much. Thank you for your comment!


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC

Hi Veronica,

Thought you might like to know that because of your hub, I also learned how to share with my hub page readers. Didn't know that before. I am grateful and I hope to pay your kindness forward!

Thanks again,

Bruce


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Bruce,

That is great! I am still learning and figuring out new things daily. I learned today what "$$$$" means, and how it can help better my hubs. I am happy to be on a site that enables us to teach and learn from each other.

Thank you, again, for your comments! I can't wait to read more of your hubs!

Veronica


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

You have a beautiful collection of reminders that life is what we make of it and what we believe it to be. I particularly like "Today starts now" as sometimes I need to stop in the middle of a day and change course. Life has a way of throwing surprises right into the middle of your plans, and some days, we just need to start fresh! Voted up!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

That is so very true!

I took the family to dinner at my parents' house a few days ago. My father was drinking soda and eating junk food. I questioned it (I care a bit too much about his health, I think lol). He said something along the lines of that he'd already eaten junk earlier in the day, so why not more? I found myself blurting out "You can start your day over again!" hehe =] Thank you for your comment & vote!


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zoey127721 4 years ago from South Carolina.......bleck :P

I love your hub! Always good to have a reminder of just how human we are. I tend to forget that many times a day, and it can be quite the mood killer when you try to be Superwoman and then realize you're not.


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Thank you, Zoey! I bet you're more of a Superwoman than you give yourself credit for!! =] But, yes, I know what you mean, and agree.

Oh, and the baby in your picture - absolutely adorable!!! =D


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geegee77 4 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

Hello Veronica, I loved this hub very interesting and uplifting stuff you've got here voted up and awesome, I think my favorite quote is "You cannot find peace by avoiding life." Virginia Woolf, so true my friend :) ge


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Oh I like that quote very much!

I appreciate your kind words and votes, Ge! I am glad that you enjoyed this hub and found it uplifting! =D Thank you so much for your comment!!


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htodd 4 years ago from United States

Children are always joyful ..that's the best part of them


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

I like that, htodd! Thanks for stopping by, and for your comment!


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ubanichijioke 4 years ago from Lagos

Ow! 100\100 that is what I will give this great motivational piece. I cherishd every word. Good one dear friend.


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pinkhawk 3 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

This is useful and very inspirational... ^_^! Thank you for sharing...


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VeronicaFarkas 3 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Thank you for your comment! :)


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EsmeSanBona 3 years ago from Macon

Thanks for this list, Veronica. I plan to use this list quite frequently because I often forget some of the things I need to know!


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VeronicaFarkas 3 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Thank you, Esme! I appreciate your comment. Happy Holidays!

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