Here are 9 quotes that inspired me this week and what they mean to me.
1. “Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.” – Francis Bacon Hope is a powerful starter, but it takes more than hope to finish the job.
2.“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama Kindness pays infinite dividends. Look for the kind path in any situation you’re in.
3.Ideas win wide acceptance based less on ‘truth and logic’ than on their suitability to the intellectual needs and preconceptions of social interests.” – Eric Foner A friend sent me this when we were discussing the “10,000 hour” rule. He made a good point that this kind of “rule” was actually pretty useless, as some people require far less and some require far more to become exceptional, but it caught on because it was simple and because it establishes that becoming great is prohibitively hard for most people.
4. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua Marine Few things are more fulfilling and meaningful than overcoming a great challenge
5. “I am searching for the bones of your father but cannot distinguish them from those of a slave.” – Diogenes We are not simply greater than other people just because of how we’re born, nor are we lesser than others. Our only difference is in the impact we leave on the world.
6. “You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee Your situation changes constantly. The easier you move with the changes, the easier your life will be.
7. “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” – Randy Pausch Worry about what you can change, not what you can’t.
8. “Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.” – J.C. Watts What do you do when no one else is watching? Do you take a shortcut?
9. “Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all.” – William Temple Humility is choosing actions so that others benefit the most, regardless of your own benefit. I’ve found that a person who is truly humble winds up being deeply respected and valued by others.