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Modern Inspirational Korean Quotes

Updated on February 10, 2012

As a nation, a society, a family and an individual,
we must be grateful to our great ancestors who dedicated their lives to
laying the infrastructure of our livelihood today.
Let’s continue their path and build upon it.

At the moment when you feel like you have reached the point of absolute exhaustion,
inspire yourself to take one last step,
and that is when you have successfully arrived to the next level.

Be mindful of every little pleasure in life,
By living everyday like it’s your last day.

Become a champion in life,
By conquering the enemy within.

Be fully present in the moment no matter what you are doing,
the best in you will reveal itself.

Do not weep; do not notify my men of my death. Beat the drum, blow the trumpet, wave the flag for advance. We are still fighting; finish the enemy to the last one.

How do you love? You fall in to it!!
It is a continuous and ever-lasting feeling,
even if you don’t express it at all times.

Include a few moments of quiet time into your daily schedule;
Breath deeply, evaluate your thoughts, delete the negative ones
and reset your mind to a positive perspective by
counting your blessings and overflowing opportunities.

I used the term (information superhighway) in a study I wrote for the Rockefeller Foundation in 1974. I thought: if you create a highway, then people are going to invent cars. That's dialectics. If you create electronic highways, something has to happen.

In conflict, sometimes the best tactic is,
to allow the force to pass by like a wind or,
like the water running down the river.

In the circle of life,
Respect and gratitude are due by juniors to seniors and vice versa
at any given level;
for the juniors to get inspired by the seniors,
for the seniors to get reminded of their accomplishments.

In the process of trial and error,
Our failed attempts are meant to destroy arrogance and provoke humility.

Wishing Tree at  Bukhon Hanok Village, Seoul.
Wishing Tree at Bukhon Hanok Village, Seoul. | Source
Write your wish on this colourful paper, tie it on the rope like a ribbon.  Then, the ropes of ribbons will be tie to to the wishing tree and burn later at night.
Write your wish on this colourful paper, tie it on the rope like a ribbon. Then, the ropes of ribbons will be tie to to the wishing tree and burn later at night. | Source

One piece of log creates a small fire, adequate to warm you up,
add just a few more pieces to blast an immense bonfire,
large enough to warm up your entire circle of friends;
needless to say that individuality counts but team work dynamites.

Our life is half natural and half technological. Half-and-half is good. You cannot deny that high-tech is progress. We need it for jobs. Yet if you make only high-tech, you make war. So we must have a strong human element to keep modesty and natural life.

Positive or negative energy is exchanged like a fair trade,
the more you give, the more you receive.

Practice opening and closing your eyes a few times a day,
with the awareness of letting go of your dark feelings
to the brightness of the light.

Relationships flourish,
when individuality, freedom and growth are respected.

Relationships are like sparring;
within the appropriate space,
action and reaction naturally flow.

Rituals involving strenuous and/or repetitive physical movements
are meant to free the mind of all frivolous thoughts and divert the focus
to the point of one-mindedness or absolute concentration.

Remove the road blocks as you come across them.
Otherwise, you will have to climb a high mountain.

Seek a sanctuary,
Respect it, as it is holy,
Walk into it with a bare mind, bare feet and plain clothing,
Nurture your body, mind and spirit through a healing ritual,
Leave it with a pure heart until you find your way to it again.

Set goals,
Put forth the best in you,
Never compete with anyone but yourself.

Skin has become inadequate in interfacing with reality. Technology has become the body's new membrane of existence.

The key to a good life is to keep it simple,
yet creating simplicity is such a complex issue.

The world can be viewed in many different ways,
depending on the type of glasses we choose to wear,
happy or sad ones, blue or red ones, or….

The essence of life is sought through polarities such as health and illness, happiness and suffering, wealth and poverty and so on.

The future is now.

To keep life safe,
Be conscious of the invisible red and green signals.

The soldier who fights to death never dies, but the soldier who fights for existence never truly exists.

What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom?
Knowledge is gained by gathering data, whereas,
Wisdom is earned by going through actual life experiences.

When you intentionally cross the red light,
then you will consciously deal with the consequences.

We seek excellence,
by constant trial and error.

 

Source : Master Jin Kwon and Admiral Yi Sun Shin

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    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      I think so too, stayingalivemoma. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      Valerie Washington 

      7 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      simply beautiful!

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      thank you, Ryan. Appreciate your comment.

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      Ryan ",) 

      7 years ago

      Well done Ingenira!, korea has a great and amazing culture, you know all the pictures and info's here are really great,

      I like them all, because korea is one of my favorite country and I wanna go there. =)

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      thanks so much, vocalcoach. Glad you like them. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      These Korean quotes and wisdom are just marvelous. How important, to learn to live each one. I like them all, and particularly this quote - "The key to a good life is to keep it simple,

      yet creating simplicity is such a complex issue."

      Thank you for strenghtening my character. An Up rating across the board. I am a fan!

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      Truly, we are our greatest enemy, and to conquer ourself is the greatest victory.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Ingenira, great quotes. My favorite: Set goals, Put forth the best in you, Never compete with anyone but yourself.

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      The Jet 

      7 years ago from The Bay

      No problemo.

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      Thank you, Jet. :)

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      Thank you, angela cleary.

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      The Jet 

      7 years ago from The Bay

      "We seek excellence, by constant trial and error." That was my favorite one. Cool hub -- voted up!

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      angela_cleary 

      7 years ago

      lovely words said

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      Glad you like it, twentyfive. Thanks for your comment. :)

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      twentyfive 

      7 years ago

      Lovely wisdom, lovely quotes! I'm curious bout their Korean versions ;) Thanks for sharing.

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      KoffeeKlatch Gals, truly, I believe one's biggest enemy is himself. If we can conquer the enemy within, the rest will come easier.

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      Truckstop Sally, that's one of my favourite too. :)

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      RoboMarketMachine, Kam Sa Ham Ni Da (Thank you !)

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Ingenira, My favorite proverb was right at the beginning, "Become a champion in life By conquering the enemy within". Great article, loved the proverbs you chose.

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for some beautiful quotes. Great sentiments. My favorite is:

      In conflict, sometimes the best tactic is,

      to allow the force to pass by like a wind or,

      like the water running down the river.

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      RoboMarketMachine 

      7 years ago from Slidell, LA

      Kahm Sa Hahm Ni Da. Ahn Young Ee Kye Sae Yo.

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, ListLady. South Korea is one of my favourite places to visit too. It'd be nice to be able to live there for a year or two and get the opportunity to immerse in their culture. You are really lucky to have done that. I'd love to read more about your experience in Korea.

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      TheListLady 

      7 years ago from New York City

      Love the wishing tree photo - when I was teaching in Seoul I visited this village and of course put my wish on the tree.

      These quotes certainly represent the Korean philosophy of living each day. I have never lived each day so much and so fully as I did when I lived in S. Korea. Some of the best years of my life.

      What kindness, what people, what food, what technology, what respect for elders, what an educational system, what a wonderful quality of life.

      Thanks for the lovely hub - rated up!

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      Thank you, Lilly. Glad you like you and thanks for the vote. :)

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      Thank you, asocialscientist. Glad to see you again ! And thank you so much for pointing out the typo, I have corrected it.

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      Lori J Latimer 

      7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you for sharing Korean Quotes, and Korean wisdom. I really love the idea of writing the notes, with others, and then, letting them go. Beautiful, voted up!

    • asocialscientist profile image

      asocialscientist 

      7 years ago from Arcata, CA USA

      Beautiful words, thank you.

      (Sorry, I saw a small typo: "Include a few moments of quite time into your daily schedule..." should be "quiet.")

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      Tony McGregor 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      "Never compete with anyone but yourself." - I think that is wonderful. Great collection, thanks for putting it together.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      "Wisdom is earned by going through actual life experiences." This is one of my favorites because it is similar to one I use often:

      Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment! :)

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      Glad to know another Korean fan ! Thank you, Claudin.

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      Claudin_Dayo 

      7 years ago from Southeast Asia

      =) I love everything about Koreans, thanks for this hub!

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      Thank you, carrie. Hope the weather up there is not too cold today.

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      carrie450 

      7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      I like these quotes Ingenira. Some of which I hadn't heard before, thanks

    • Ingenira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      Thank you, Julie ! Glad you like it. :)

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      Julie2 

      7 years ago from New York City

      Thanks for sharing. I love your photos, beautiful vibrant colors.

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