My Favorite Quotes

When I like a quote, I try to write it down. Here are some of my favorite quotes.

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Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is perspective, not the truth.
– Marcus Aurelius

Live without pretending, Love without depending
Listen without defending, Speak without offending
– Drake

What makes you a man is not the ability to have a child. It’s the courage to raise one.
– D. Hughes

The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.
– William Butler Yeats

People say a lot. So, I watch what they do.
– Anonymous

Blood is not thicker than peace. If you are negative and toxic, you gotta go.
-Devin Hughes

Happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful.
– Drew Barrymore

The art of racing is not in winning, but in winning so that the rest of the fleet are pleased you have won, and the only way they can be pleased is for you to have shown better helmsmanship than they and also shown perfect sportsmanship.
– Uffa Fox, Uffa Fox (1898-1972), an English boat designer and sailing enthusiast responsible for many of the developments which have contributed to the modern popularity of dinghy sailing. (Credit:

Owning your story is the bravest thing you’ll ever do.
– Brene Brown

The heart wants roots, yet the mind wants wings.

Don’t talk, act. Don’t say, show. Don’t promise, prove.

The tongue has no bones, but it is strong enough to break a heart. So be careful with your words.

Your body hears everything that your mind says.

Your direction is more important than your speed.

You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.
— Louise L. Hay

If you want to know someone’s mind, listen to their words. If you want to know their heart, watch their actions.

How you treat others, is how you really feel inside.

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
– Rumi

Focus on the step in front of you, not the whole staircase.
– homebody club.

If you don’t heal what hurt you, you’ll bleed on people who didn’t cut you.

When you finally learn that a person’s behavior has more to do with their own internal struggle than it ever did with you… You learn grace.

Religion is for those who are afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for those who have already been.

The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first.
– Iyanla Vanzant

“People think that intimacy is about sex. But intimacy is about truth. When you realize you can tell someone your truth, when you can show yourself to them, when you stand in front of them bare and their response is ‘you’re safe with me’- that’s intimacy.”
― Taylor Jenkins ReidThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

If you woke up without a goal, go back to sleep.

The three legs of happiness:
1) Someone to love…
2) Something to do…
3) Something to look forward to…
– Devin C. Hughes

When joy is a habit, love is a reflex.
– Bob Goff

“Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.”
– Rumi

Be with those who help your being.
– Rumi

Men are born soft and supple; dead they are stiff and hard. Plants are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry. Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life. The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail.
– Lao Tzu

Choice follows awareness. Energy follows focus.
– R. Strozzi

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
– Albert Einstein

You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great…
– Maya Angelou

How to bend reality?

– Vishen Lakhiani of Mindvalley

The greatest burden a child must bear is the unlived life of the parent. What were your parents’ unlived lives?
– Carl Jung

You need to learn to cultivate a taste for the unknown until you learn to crave it.
– Jackie Dennis

The Master does nothing, yet he leaves nothing undone.
The ordinary man is always doing things, yet many more are left to be done.
– Tao Te Ching

How do you make society both simultaneously more productive and more humane?
– Jim Collins’ recollection of the giant question Peter Drucker was in pursuit of. From Tim Ferriss interview Feb 2019.

Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.
– Dr. Martin Luther King

Love is the death of duty.
– Maester Aemon
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They muddy the water, to make it seem deep.
– Friedrich Nietzsche

Since the initial publication of the chart of the electromagnetic spectrum, humans have learned that what they can touch, smell, see, and hear is less than one-millionth of reality.
– R. Buckminster Fuller

At this age, I am only interested in consistency, authenticity, stability and loyalty.
– Devin Hughes

The first to apologize is always the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.
– Someone

A liberal is somebody who wants to live in a future that s/he is too lazy or too arrogant to actually create.
– Roger Ailes, Bombshell (2019)

I can think. I can wait. I can fast.
– Siddhartha

Become friends with people who aren’t your age. Hang out with people whose first language isn’t the same as yours. Get to know people who don’t come from your social class. This is how you see the world. This is how you grow.
– Someone

“You can do so much in 10 minutes’ time. Ten minutes, once gone, are gone for good. Divide your life into 10-minute units and sacrifice as few of them as possible in meaningless activity.”
-Ingvar Kamprad, Founder of IKEA

5 + 1 questions:
Wait, what?
I wonder why/if?
Couldn’t we at least?
How can I help?
What truly matters?
And did you get out of life, even so?
– James Ryan, Dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education

Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you won’t do anything with it.M.
– Scott Peck

We are here for each other.
I won’t say or do things to intentionally hurt you.
The things we do and say around each other are to make me/you/us better.
– E. Q.

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

Risk being seen in all your glory.
– Jim Carrey

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
– Winston Churchill

Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
-Steve Jobs

When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.
– Sacha Guitry

Trade Your Expectation to Appreciation and The World Changes Instantly.
– Tony Robbins

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.
– George Bernard Shaw

Our senses enable us to perceive only a minute portion of the outside world. If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.
– Nikola Tesla

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
– Bertrand Russell

You’ve only got three choices in life. Give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead

Your work is an act of worship. Pursue the goddess of wisdom and the goddess of abundance will pursue you. Pursue excellence, ignore success. Always do your best, but detach from the outcome. The place where you work is an extension of yourself. It is your extended body. The key to the progressive realization of worthy goals is the joy that you derive everyday from the work that you do.
– Deepak Chopra

Remember then that there is only one important time, and that time is now. The most important one is always the one you are with. And the most important thing to do is to do good for the one who is standing at your side. For these, my dear boy, are the answers to what is most important in this world.
– Excerpt from Jon J Muth children’s book “The Three Questions” (which is based on Leo Tolstoy’s original short story with the same title)

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
– Mahatma Gandhi

Not all who wander are lost.
-J.R.R. Tolkien

If you need a machine and don’t buy it, then you will ultimately find that you have paid for it, but don’t have it.
– Henry Ford

If you can’t solve a problem, enlarge it.
-Dwight Eisenhover

I could end the deficit in 5 minutes. You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP all sitting members of congress are ineligible for reelection.
– Warren Buffett

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
– Mark Twain

A middleman’s business is to make himself a necessary evil.
– Neuromancer

Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.
– Richard Branson

If you aren’t ashamed of your product, you’ve shipped too late.
-Reid Hoffman, Founder of LinkedIn

The 4 commitments: Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best.
– Don Miguel Ruiz

Vincit Qui Patitur (He Who Perseveres, Conquers)

I don’t care if you’re a billionaire. If you haven’t started a company, really gambled your resume and your money and maybe even your marriage to just go crazy and try something on your own, you’re no pirate and you aren’t in the club.
– Michael Arrington, Founder of TechCrunch

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
– Buckminster Fuller

He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
-Lao Tzu

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
-Thomas Edison

Eliminate the middle man. Become the middle man.
– Someone

I watch my thoughts, before they become my words.
I watch my words, before they become my actions.
I watch my actions, before they become my habits.
I watch my habits, before they become my character.
I watch my character, before it becomes my reality.
-Vince Lombardi

The things you own end up owning you.

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
– Albert Einstein

They can because they think they can.
– Virgil

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
– Plato

The sole cause of man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to sit quietly in his room.
– Blaise Pascal

There are three types of people: Those Who Make Things Happen, Those Who Watch Things Happen, and Those Who Wonder What Happened.
– Nicholas Murray Butler

I have never been able to figure out why it’s riskier to buy something at $40 million than at $80 million.
– Warren Buffett on ‘Efficient Market Theory’ and ‘Beta’

Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.
– An old English saying

Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.
– Warren Buffet

The only thing better than winning, is being the underdog and winning.
– Phil Goldstein, Partner at Bulldog Investors (Hedge Fund)

All courses of actions are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it’s impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.
– Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

Every man dies, but not every man really lives.
– William Wallace, Braveheart (1995)

We are not here for a long time, we are here for a good time.
– Bob Parsons (GoDaddy’s founder)

Entrepreneurs are the artists of the business world.
– Bernie Goldhirsh (Inc’s Founder)

Activity shouldn’t be confused with productivity.

Chi va piano, va sano, va lontano.
– Old Italian saying

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