7 Quotes about life for your inspiration, motivation and pure enjoyment
In the hub I am going to continue the topic that I started last time. I am going to concentrate on famous people quotes, which show those authors’ worldview. I believe those short sayings contain a lot of wisdom, paradoxes, humor and sometimes ambiguity. If you read my first hub you probably know how I am going to present those quotes. I have picked up 5 sayings and will present some short comments on each one of them. I still hold to my position that the quotes can enrich you much more than most television programs or dumb movies. You simply need to sit down and take your time to read the wisdom of the ancient and learn as well as enjoy yourself. I believe some of the quotes can become your life motto. So, let me begin with some quotations.
Caring for others
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity” by Martin Luther King Jr.
Although our human nature is very egoistic we just exist if we only think about things that concern us. We have our families and people close to us, but if you think more carefully all human beings are relatives, because all of us came from one blood. This obliges us to care about the needs of all humanity and we will never fill content if we close ourselves to the needs of others or pursue our individual careers without paying attention to the pain that others are experiencing. The author of the quote fought for the cause of the oppressed and paid a dearly price for that. But he is remembered as a person who accomplished something significant in life and loved by those whose rights he fought for. Let’s follow his example and start ‘living’.
Discovering your gift
“The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give your gift away” by David Viscott.
All of us have a calling from God. We are not here on the planet by chance. As each of us is an individual we are different because God made us that way. And not only He made us that way, He also has given every one of us a specific mission in life. That mission is our gift. All of us have been given talents that have to be used for the benefit of everybody. We have to give them away for the service of others and only then we will find a meaningful life. If we do not discover the gift that is solely ours we will always feel inner dissatisfaction and absence of fulfillment. If we discover it but keep it to ourselves our mission will never be accomplished.
“Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so” by Charles de Gaulle.
I am convinced that nothing in this life happens by chance. If you see somebody in great shape it did not come by chance. The person worked on it. If a person invents some good equipment it does not happen by chance even though it might look like it. Sometimes these people sacrifice decades or even their whole life till they accomplish something significant. One has to have an unbreakable attitude in order to continue when things are tough and it looks like you are wasting your time and no progress is seen. Your determination makes you who you really are and are going to be. So, decide what kind of person you want to be and pursue your target. Let me go on now with other sayings.
“Live with an Attitude of Faith. Have faith in GOD for every dream. Dream Big.” by C.F. Baker.
I am very glad that the topic of faith has become popular recently. Most probably it can be attributed to different motivational books that are being published by the thousands. Faith is an essential thing that enables us to achieve great things. If you want to achieve something you have to believe that you can do it. However, before you can believe for great things you must have a dream to believe. And I think the bigger your dream the more interesting your life is and naturally the bigger things you can achieve. Just believe it. Some people have very negative attitude about dreams due to the fact that they associate them with some sort of laziness or being far from reality. Well, I believe there are two realities: visible and invisible. Visible reality is born from invisible reality. Before you do anything in the material world you shape it up in invisible world by means of your thoughts, dreams, and imagination. Then you believe that, do necessary things for them to be transferred to visible reality and one day you see this with your material eyes. So, dream big and believe that God will make it true.
Opinions of men
“The opinion which other people have of you is their problem, not yours” by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.
Oh, how we are afraid of opinions that other people have about us. Sometimes we are able to sacrifice our beliefs just to please others and keep good relationships. However, if we do this we are not living our own lives but the lives of others, because your life is run by your beliefs and other people lives are run by their beliefs. So, whose life do you want to live? I prefer living my own. And so should you. Do not be upset if other people do not like you and do not give in if they try to force their opinions on you. You can always find people who you will be good friend with and who will value you for who you are and not because you try to please them. Let people opinion about you be their problem. You just enjoy being yourself and your beliefs. In this way you will never be a hypocrite.
Brevity of life
“Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once” by Lillian Dickson
Sounds very sad, but it is true. So, we must be careful how we spend our lives. I am surprised by seeing how many people just waste their lives. It seems that they are going to spend that ‘coin’ again and again. Unfortunately, when they realize that the end is near their lives are already wasted by that time. Then they can only tell to their kids or grandchildren (if they have any) not to follow the same path that their dad or grandfather followed. However, the best way to educate them is to show a good example. Anyway, I believe that as long as we alive we have a hope for a change and can spend even our last weeks meaningfully.
“When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators” by P. J. O'Rourke.
This is one of the biggest paradoxes in life. Institutions that have to care about justice are the ones that are corrupt most. I do not think it has to be that way. Corruption is present in these institutions just because people running those institutions are corrupt. The same is true just about anything else in life. Politics, finance, banking, investing and etc. are corrupt because people working in those spheres are corrupt. However, when honest people come there they can make a difference. Of course, if they do not become corrupt!
Ok, I feel it is time to finish! My next hub is about inspirational quotes and I hope it will not be the last article on the topic. If you have any suggestions just feel free put down your ideas in comments section. Let God bless you and good luck in everything you do. And do not forget about quotes. A quote a day keeps the doctor away!
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