If you could choose one quote that has changed your life in some way, which would it be?
If you can select one, can you explain how it made a difference to you?
It would have to be a tie between "Life's not fair" and "Evolve or die". They both help me adapt to new situations and continue on when things get a little rough.
"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
It reminds me to relax and know that while I am doing the best I can, ultimately God is in charge.
There is an old Greek saying: "Hope dies last".
Nowadays I hold on to that saying as though it were a sacred talisman. It's all we've got to keep us moving with a smile on our faces.
A professor once asked when I was 19, "What if there were no heaven?" It's not a quote, but that sentence changed my life, my perspective on religion, and the dedication to my purpose.
“The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.” Buddha
Fear was the stopping factor. The moment I started losing people and things... was the moment I let go of fear and it was my chance to understand that I understood nothing before.
"Pursue excellence." The quality that I give to any effort benefits from this. My work ethic is strong and good.
"Amass a store of gold and jade and no one can protect it
Retire when the work is done
This is the way of heaven"
-This is part of Chapter 9 of the Tao Te Ching. Life is not all about work. Relax. It will be over soon.
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. "
by Elanor Roosevelt.
It is easy to blame others for what is lacking in our lives. It is only when we stand up and realize we are great just the way we are.
I think some people are afraid of what could happen and want to stay coddled in cotton wool even if it isn't ideal. They think 'better the devil you know'.
They need to develop the courage to find out how to stand on their own two feet, maybe fail but get back up and try again.
"Him who has a tank of Gas, is the one who will last , in the event of the Everlast, for which to tell is to WOW, and anyhow?, is to laugh....." --- simply life changing
LOU REED..."Music is like gold, everyone should have two radios, in case one gets broken". This was always confirmation that there should always be a song in the heart. I love music for so many reasons and find it to be as precious as jewels!
I contemplate that it would have to be a wise quote from Aristotle; "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.” This when I first read it (many moons ago), allowed me to discern after much contemplation not to expect immediate results for anything that I do; rather persistence (with a spattering of failures) is the essence of success... I have attached a URL (web link) worth watching...
Way to enlightenment
Seeking the way of enlightenment made me realize that it is my objective to see things at a different angle. It changes me and how I view things.
Perhaps the biggest effect on my life came from a pair of charts written by L. Ron Hubbard, that scoundrel who founded Scientology. Smart man, but fighting an uphill battle with the Corporate Party media and the Power Elite who want their plans to remain secret (things like Operation Northwoods and the fact that 9/11 was an inside job meant to erode our liberties and to dismantle America).
Scientology had one big thing going for it. People who took advantage of their services became far more capable. One major drawback, however, was the ignoring of ego and its effects.
The two charts were the "Know to Mystery Scale" and the "Emotional Tone Scale." These were set in a technical bulletin side-by-side, relating every item on one chart to its related item on the other.
At the top of the charts were "Know" and "Serenity of Beingness." I could understand that, though I could at the time never remember a time of having been there.
The next line was the eye opener for me. "Not-Know" and "Postulates." I still get goosebumps remembering this. At first, it didn't make sense to me. "Postulates," in Scientology parlance, meant "creation," "miracles," and the like. But "Not-Know." I had always pictured creation or miracles as something consciously directed, not hidden behind a lack of consciousness as in "Not-Know."
"Not-Know" is like turning your back on the total "Know" of something. Total knowingness is on one side, and you turn away from that, "not" knowing it all.
When I finally "got it," my mind felt suddenly the size of the galaxy. Earth was an indescribably small spec next to a flicker of light called our Sun.
I wanted to try out my new understanding and instantly created a miracle. It was an insignificant coincidence, but still it showed the cause-and-effect relationship between this newly awakened child of God and physical reality.
Perhaps the largest effect I have found myself creating, all to the glory of the Heavenly Father, was that of opening up thick rush hour traffic on Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, in 1977. Two miles of thick, bumper-to-bumper traffic opened up like Moses parting the sea -- all within a few short seconds.
Years later, while studying the Bible, I finally realized that Genesis had held this secret all along. The first 6 days were the "Know" of God's Word, and the 7th day was the "Not Know" which gave His creation its persistence (time). The "Not Know" was God's day of Rest -- all 13.7 billion years of it, and counting.
Several - most of which I have...tattooed.
"Not all those who wander are lost" (R foot - in err...Elvish)
"Happiness is when what you think, what you do and way you say are in harmony" (L foot - in Hindi)
'I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I'm not" Anon (Not tattooed)
'If, by my life or death I can protect you, I will" - LOTR, but on my L bicep in english - for my wife, and my future children...who's names get added.
There was period in my life when I was bombarded with one problem after another. I thought I would never come out of my problems and one small quote gave me all the courage needed.
'The hour before dawn is the darkest'- simple, but very true.
Rom 8:38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
My identity, my peace, the joys I have in life are all gifts from God that no man can take away, not even by taking my life.
My 11 yr old granddaughter just went to the We to Me Day in Toronto on Sept 28. I was so impressed to see this saying on everyone on stage & ion backdrop. This group people help the world. Joselyn came home with a Tshirt saying "Be the change".
Respond to every call that excites your spirit -rumi
Do the things that excite you even if they are risky it's all about having fun and making mistakes and being happy with yourself and life.
"Success is made of sterner stuff than mere potential."
For me, it means that even if you're gifted or intelligent, you still have to work hard to achieve your goals. I think a lot of smart kids get blase about school, and that really works against them. Dedication, determination, and effort are so important and much better indicators of success in life than your score on some IQ test. I just wish the society we live in does not glorify fame and fortune the way it does, because the definition of success should not be those things, and yet that is what kids seem to be aiming for nowadays. It's yet another reason why I abhor reality shows, as they preach exclusion, back-stabbing, and aggression, when we should be teaching kids the values of compassion, cooperation, and altruism.
"Buddy, you're going to the hospital, you're having a heart attack!" said to me by one of the young paramedics who performed an EKG on the sidewalk, after friends had called for help. My close encounter with death has changed my life dramatically, and forever, no matter what amount of time I have left. I wouldn't recommend it as therapy, though
Lord, Bless us so that we may have
the wisdom to accept that
what we cannot change
and the courage to change,
that what we cannot accept;
and the prudence to differentiate between the two!
My favorite quote is from the Holy Bible, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and to not harm you, to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 This scripture, I have always claimed its promises and it has helped me to trust in the LORD no matter what is going on in my life.
When I read it, it made sense. It has changed the way I try to influence people, and I hate to say I do not know where it originated from.
"People sometimes believe what they are told, but never doubt what they conclude."
Stop stressing over the things you can't change. Change the things you are stressing over.
"If you long for something strongly, the whole universe conspires to make that happen" - this is the message taken from "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho. I truly believe this as I have seen so many people in my family or students or friends, who have the aspirations for something and work with sincerity and grit towards what they want, they get it even under the most adverse situations.
I have also only dreamt of becoming a teacher, books and stationery attracts me in a special way, I am a teacher and in a progressive school which gives me freedom to teach in any way I want, to experiment, to learn from my mistakes and many a times the parents and students have made me feel that I have chosen the right path, or maybe the path was chosen for me as I had the inner urge very strongly.
''If you want to shine like sun first you need to burn like it''
When I want to start something hard to do then I think about this line and it’s true because this life is not easy everything give us a challenge.
I believe that there are too many arguments that go on and can be avoided if only we allowed others to have their point of view. So for me the quote would be "Let us agree to disagree".
"Have a good time. All the time." - Mick Shrimpton, drummer of Spinal Tap
I actually agree with your "best" quote and have used it quite a number of times. Even so, my favorite quote is "God's timing is absolute and perfect." I have come to believe that despite my understanding, He knows best when it comes to when and how things unfold.
by Sophie 10 years ago
Which was the Bible verse that changed your life? Can you quote it?
by Jeffrey Maskel 9 years ago
What is the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say?Dig deep. I'm interested in the less obvious things.
by DavyJones02 11 years ago
Have you ever had a moment which changed your life for the better immediately?
by Khen Ramos 9 years ago
A quote that changed your life? And why?"I'd rather die as hero than to live long enough to see myself become the villain"
by Stacie L 9 years ago
Tom Cruise ready to cut links with Scientology to win back Katie Holmes .Apparently Scientology has lost him another wife and maybe being in a "leadership" role has lost its' appeal. Anyone have experience with Scientology? Losing a high profile member will cost this cult or religion many...
by brewskitimeguy 10 years ago
I would like to hear about a defining moment which changed your outlook on life..good or badI am sure that there has been an event that made you sit up and take notice...would love to hear abut it
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