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6 Quotes For A Philosophy Of Life

Updated on May 27, 2017

Gandalf the Grey!

Gandalf
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Philosophy for Life

Have you ever considered developing a philosophy for you life? A philosophy which guides the decisions you make in your life? You probably are living by one, but have never put it into words.

Philosophy:

"a set of ideas about how to do something or how to live".

merriam-webster dictionary

This Hub explores 6 quotes from fictional characters and writers that suggest a philosophy for living. I hope you enjoy my selections and thoughts about these amazing quotes!

Gandalf

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” ~ Gandalf to Frodo at the river after Borimeer dies in Moria (J. R. R. Tolkien)

Frodo tells Gandalf that he wishes the Ring had not come to him. So Gandalf proceeds to encourage him.

Gandalf implies that each of us has a destiny and our part is to decide how to live in the time that is given to us. We need to choose our paths, consciously and willfully, no matter what the cost.

Galadriel

Galadriel

“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”

These are the prophetic, encouraging words of Galadriel to Frodo, as he prepared to travel from Lothlórien to Mordor to destroy the One Ring. (J. R. R. Tolkien)

(Galadriel was the co-ruler and Lady of Lothlórien along with her husband, Lord Celeborn.)


We can take heart from these words and realize that, no matter how small we feel or how little our contribution, we can affect the course of our lives. And even affect the course of history!

Detective Gaff

Blade Runner

Detective Gaff

“It’s too bad she won't live! But then again, who does?” Detective Gaff (James Olmos) from the movie, Blade Runner (1982)

The movie Blade Runner is based on a science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick called (1968) .Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

In the movie Blade Runner, Harrison Ford's character, Rick Deckard is in love with a replicant ( a fictional biorobotic android) whose life expectancy is just a few short years. Detective Gaff's comment to end the film is saturated with the ironic truth that, in the end we all die, so why not enjoy life to the fullest with the one we love, no matter how long that life is!

Aesop by Velázquez

Velázquez - Esopo (Museo del Prado, 1639-41)
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Aesop

“When all is said and done, more is said than done.” It is a variation of the moral to his fable “The Tortoise and the Hare”

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Aesop was ancient Greek author of a collection of fables known as Aesop's Fables. His stories had a moral or a basic truth. Aesop presents a point to a story that we are supposed to identify with and act upon.

We say many things, make plans about doing various activities, or talk about them but rarely follow though. Too often, more time is spent saying things than doing things.

Action. There is a time for words, but there is also a time for Action. I think the wisdom lies in knowing when to talk and when to act.

The Tortoise and the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare Fable
The Tortoise and the Hare Fable

Deena Metzger

“Beauty appears when something is completely and absolutely and openly itself.” From Writing For Your Life by Deena Metzger p. 23

Too often emphasis is made on the outward appearance in relationship to beauty. At one point I copied this quote from this book, but can't recall when. the power of it struck me then as it does now. When someone or something is "completely and absolutely and openly itself" this is true beauty. Being or becoming what one was created to be is the essence of beauty! We need to embrace the truth of this statement each and every moment!

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Sow a Thought

“We sow a thought and reap an act.
We sow an act and reap a habit;
We sow a habit and reap a character;
We sow a character and reap a destiny.”

Apparently this was a common saying in 19th century. It has been attributed to Charles Reade, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Makepeace Thackeray, George Dana Boardman, Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard, James Allen, Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, William James, and an “old Chinese proverb”.

Some postulate that it was written to expand upon the idea expressed in Proverbs 23.7:

"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he".

The point is that rarely do we act on impulse alone. Actions often start as thoughts or as ideas pondered. Then actions began to establish a pattern and become a habit. These habits add up to a lifestyle. The actions, then leads to what is called "character". Character that defines who we are, character that decides a destiny. A destiny that begins with thoughts, ideas.

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The 6 Quotes For A Philosophy Of Life have been added to get you thinking. So, once you have thought over a motto, a philosophy, a set of ideas to live by, you can act. Once you act on your philosophy, you begin to define your life, you character.

Your philosophy of life decides your destiny!

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      AJ 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Ah, peachpurple! Yes, Aesop has quite a lot to say and he did so simply! Thanks for your comment!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i like aesop fable quote, it is true that we do more than what we had said, cause more chaos

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      AJ 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks so much Jodah for your kind comments. Yes, adopting these philosophies in a conscious way will add to honest living!

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      AJ 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting Vellur. So glad you enjoyed my Hub!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      All of these philosophies are worthy of adopting and living by. It is difficult to choose just one. Be honest in all you do and everything else will fall into place. Voted up.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Great quotes and beautifully explained. Enjoyed reading.

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      AJ 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for reading and commenting FlourishAnyway!

      Love the quote! Mine seems to change regularly, lol!

      :o)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I marvel at how that one quote can be attributed to so many people. I agree that it's important to choose a saying that embodies your life philosophy. Mine is a Japanese proverb: "Fall down seven times, stand up eight." I love anyone with a creative, crafty, fighting spirit.

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      AJ 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      So true S T Alvyn! There's a goldmine in the LOTR lol! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      S T Alvyn 3 years ago from New England

      Gandalf rocks, LOTR has so many messages we can take from it… that's another project!

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      AJ 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks Ruby H Rose! Yes, Emerson has much to say! Serendipity is an interesting phenomena. I appreciate your feedback! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Maree Michael Martin 3 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Ralph Waldo Emerson is a favorite philosopher of mine. Serendipity is my philosophy. I like a lot of the different philosophers that you told us about great hub.

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      AJ 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks vocalcoach! I appreciate your comments and sharing. I had a bunch of quotes I liked and thought I'd share them

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      A most enjoyable read! Such a unique presentation. I particularly like the last part on "Destiny." Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and I will do some sharing. Thanks!

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      AJ 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for reading and commenting BNadyn! I appreciate the encouragement and votes! I was thinking of doing a Hub on Aesop's Fables.

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      The Aesop quote is a good one to keep in mind. These are all great quotes to

      think about, nice job and voted up!

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      AJ 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting, MizBejabbers! I appreciate the vote up! Yes, philosophy can be so impractical. I have always felt that a man's philosophy should be accompanied by action.

      Yes, love Tolkien-books and movies!

      I appreciate the feedback. :o)

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      Thanks for putting these quotes and philosophies together. They are very interesting, especially that one was attributed to so many people. Philosophy was something I disliked intensely in college because they could actually get ridiculous, although some were really practical. Once when a professor in a journalism class on philosophy asked what we thought of the platitudes and attitudes we’d studied in the last couple of hours, I replied, “I think some men had too much free time on their hands.” He laughed and agreed, but then he repeated the question.

      I read the Tolkien books back in the 1960s and they’ve always been favorites of mine. Of course, we saw all the movies, too. Good hub. Voted up++