Here are a few of my favourite that effect the way I live my life. I am inspired by Paulo Coelho, Bob Marley, Bruce Lee, Muhammad Yunus and Albert Einstein among others. Please feel free to post you own quotes that are important to you.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world.”
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
“If you know your history, then you would know where you’re coming from. Then you wouldn’t have to ask me, who the heck do I think I am.” -Bob Marley, Buffalo solider
“Open your eyes and look within, are you satisfied with the life you’re living?” -Bob Marley, Exodus
“Some people think great god will come from the sky to take away everything and make everyone feel high but if you know what life is worth you would look for yours on earth.” -Bob Marley, Get Up, Stand Up
“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality.” -Bob Marley, Wake Up and Live!
“Did you exchange, a walk on part in the war, for a lead role in a cage?” Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here
“You don’t have to move the mountain. Just gimme me the strength to climb.” Wu-Tang Clan, Gravel Pit
“There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled.
You feel it, don’t you?”
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
“Out beyond ideas of wrong doing
and right doing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”
“Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together yet not too near: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each shadow.”
“To measure you by your smallest deed is to reckon the power of the ocean by the frailty of it’s foam.”
“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.”
“Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
“Emptiness the starting point. In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all your preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is useful? Because it is empty.”
“I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude.”
“The mind is like a fertile garden in which anything that is planted, flowers or weeds, will grow.”
If you are looking for more Bruce Lee quotes watch this YouTube video:
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”
“Watch your thoughts,
for they become words.
Watch your words,
for they become actions.
Watch your actions,
…for they become habits.
Watch your habits,
for they become character.
Watch your character,
for it becomes your destiny.”
Love, Hope and Motivation
“Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.” -Leo Buscaglia
“How you feel only matters to you. It’s what you do to the people that you love that counts.”
“A perfect day is when you are the only one in control of your emotions.”
“Evolution is not about design or will; it is the outcome of constant endeavors made by organisms that want to survive and better themselves. The collective result is intoxicatingly beautiful, rife with oddities, and surpassingly brilliant, yet no agent is in control. Evolution arises from the bottom up – so too does hope.” -Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken
“Ideas question and liberate, while ideologies justify and dictate.” Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken
“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars”. -Persian proverb
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” Oscar Wilde
“Life is about affinity, follow affinity and live freely.”
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs
“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” -Bob Moawad
“Your mind is your greatest friend if you control it but it is your greatest enemy if it controls you.” – Bhagwad Gita
“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” -T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)
“There are dreamers and there are realists in this world. You’d think the dreamers would find the dreamers and the realists would find the realists, but more often than not the opposite is true. You see, the dreamers need the realists to keep them from soaring too close to the sun. And the realists, well without the dreamers, they might not ever get off the ground.” -Modern Family
“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.” -Matsuo Basho
“If your work has a positive impact on five or ten people, you have invented a seed. Now you can plant it a million times.” -Muhammad Yunus
“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” -Muhammad Ali
“Talent without ambition is like a bird without wings.” -Salvador Dali
“Never put passion before principle, even if you win you loose.” -The Karate Kid Part II
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
“Amateurs call it genius. Masters call it practice.” – Thierry Henry