To think is easy

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya Angelou

“The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us the greatest delight.” – Epictetus

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus

“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.” – Roy Croft

“If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.” – Benjamin Franklin

“You know it’s love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness.” – Julia Roberts

“Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.” – Mark Twain

“Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most.” –  Mark Twain

“No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.” – Carl Jung

“Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.” – Neils Bohr

“God knows, I prefer people with anxieties, whose tomorrow is threatened by uncertainty.” – Albert Einstein

“A ‘no’ does not hide anything, but a ‘yes’ very easily becomes a deception.” – Søren Kierkegaard

“Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.” – Bertrand Russell

“There is a wisdom of the head, and… there is a wisdom of the heart.” – Charles Dickens

“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.” –  Leo Tolstoy

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway

“To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.” – William Shakespeare

Suffering is optional

“Please all, and you will please none.” – Aesop

“The fool wonders, the wise man asks.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.”

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

“A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.” – Martin Luther King Jr

“Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.” – Maya Angelou

“I’ve never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is only a temporary situation.” –  Mike Todd

“Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.”

“I think people spend too much time staring into screens and not enough time drinking wine, tongue kissing, and dancing under the moon.” – Rachel Wolchin

“To love is to act.” – Victor Hugo 

“If you are lonely when you’re alone, you are in bad company.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

“The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.” – Mark Twain

“I’m currently under construction. Thank you for your patience.”

“The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.” – Rita Mae Brown

“Be yourself. People don’t have to like you, and you don’t have to care.”

“Friends? You don’t need more than your few close ones.” – Alden Tan

“Wherever we are, it is our friends that make our world.” – Henry Drummond

“It’s a beautiful thing to love others just as they are.”

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” – Henry Ford

“If you have one true friend you have more than your share.” – Thomas Fuller

You learn more in failure

“Doubt can motivate you, so don’t be afraid of it. Confidence and doubt are at two ends of the scale, and you need both. They balance each other out.” – Barbra Streisand

“Life imposes things on you that you can’t control, but you still have the choice of how you’re going to live through this.” – Céline Dion

“A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can’t play the part of a wise man.” – Malcolm X

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” – Bruce Lee

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pelé

“If I make a fool of myself, who cares? I’m not frightened by anyone’s perception of me.” – Angelina Jolie

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel

“I felt like it was time to set up my future, so I set a goal. My goal was independence.” – Beyonce

“You learn more in failure than you ever do in success.” – Jay-Z

“We are twice armed if we fight with faith.” – Plato

“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” – Confucius

“We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.” – Helen Keller

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

“We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or make it the last.” – John F. Kennedy

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” – Kahlil Gibran

“You should learn from your competitor, but never copy. Copy and you die.” – Jack Ma

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” – John Wooden

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” – Sheryl Sandberg

“Hasta la vista, baby.” – Terminator

People are like music

“The digital camera is a great invention because it allows us to reminisce. Instantly.” – Demetri Martin

“A failure is like fertilizer; it stinks to be sure, but it makes things grow faster in the future.” – Denis Waitley

“Biologically speaking, if something bites you it’s more likely to be female.” – Desmond Morris

“As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it.” – Dick Cavett

“A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.” – Don Marquis

“My doctor told me to watch my drinking. Now I drink in front of a mirror.” – Rodney Dangerfield 

“I found there was only one way to look thin: hang out with fat people.” – Rodney Dangerfield

“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” – Abraham Lincoln

“You’re only as good as your last haircut.” – Fran Lebowitz

“My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.” – Mitch Hedberg

“I’m sorry. I don’t take orders. I barely take suggestions.”

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” – George Burns

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Don’t yell at your kids! Lean in real close and whisper, it’s much scarier.”

“Sometimes I’m so tired, I look down at what I’m wearing, and if it’s comfortable enough to sleep in, I don’t even make it into my pajamas. I’m looking down, and I’m like T-shirt and stretchy pants? Yup, that’s pajama-y. Good night.” – Rebecca Romijn

“I will never put off until tomorrow, what I can forget about forever.”

“I went to a restaurant that serves ‘breakfast at any time’. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.” – Steven Wright

“Someone asked me, if I were stranded on a desert island what book would I bring… ‘How to Build a Boat.’” – Steven Wright

“A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.” – Steven Wright

“Nothing prepared me for being this awesome. It’s kind of a shock. It’s kind of a shock to wake up every morning and be bathed in this purple light.” – Bill Murray

“People are like music. Some speak the truth, and others are just noise.” – Bill Murray

You change the world by being yourself

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

“You may find the worst enemy or best friend in yourself.” – English Proverb

“Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.” – Winston Churchill

“Be silly, be honest, be kind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you think someone could use a friend. Be one.” – Unknown

“It’s not what happens to you but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus

“You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing.” – Unknown

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.” – G.K. Nielson

“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” – Sam Levenson

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

“You make your own luck if you stay at it long enough.” – Naval Ravikant

“If you can imagine it, we can make it.” – John Dykstra

“Either get busy living or get busy dying.” – Stephen King

“You change the world by being yourself.” – Yoko Ono

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.” – Ambrose Bierce

“I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it.” – Edgar Allan Poe

“The only thing you can get in a hurry is trouble.” – Navjot Singh Sidhu

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain

“Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.” – Jack London

Happiness is the natural flower of duty

“That man is the richest whose pleasures are cheapest.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.” – Maxim Gorky

“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens.” – Douglas Jerrold

“Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place. But there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.”- E.L. Konigsburg

“Happiness is always the serendipitous result of looking for something else.” – Dr. Idel Dreimer

“Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.” – Don Marquis

“Happiness is the natural flower of duty.” – Phillips Brooks

“Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Happiness is the resultant of the relative strengths of positive and negative feelings rather than an absolute amount of one or the other.” – Norman Bradburn

“The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.” – Carl Sandburg

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

“Happiness is the default state. It’s what’s there when you remove the sense that something is missing in life.” – Naval Ravikant

“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.” – Gabriel García Márquez

“Cheerfulness is what greases the axles of the world. Don’t go through life creaking.” – H.W. Byles

“Happiness and sadness run parallel to each other. When one takes a rest, the other one tends to take up the slack.” – Hazelmarie Elliott

“True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” – Helen Keller

“Happiness is a form of courage.” – Holbrook Jackson

“All happiness depends on courage and work.” – Honoré de Balzac

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” – Guillaume Apollinaire

The flavour of life is on the edge

“Life is a game and true love is a trophy.” – Rufus Wainwright

“Life is available only in the present moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Life is not an exact science, it is an art.” – Samuel Butler

“Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.” – Brad Henry

“It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.” – Johann Schiller

“When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching – they are your family.” – Jim Butcher

“People tend to complicate their own lives, as if living weren’t already complicated enough.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.” – Rita Mae Brown

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” – Dr. Seuss

“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” – Lao Tzu

“Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.” – Jim Carrey

“What a kid I got, I told him about the birds and the bees and he told me about the butcher and my wife.” –  Rodney Dangerfield

“Life is so short. I would rather sing one song than interpret the thousand.” – Jack London

“Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.” – Charles Dickens

“The flavour of life is on the edge.” – Naval Ravikant

“The greatest pleasure of life is love.” – Euripides

“Fortune and love favor the brave.” – Ovid 

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has been before.” – Albert Einstein

“To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.” – T.S. Eliot

“The purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive.” – Indira Gandhi