View Full Version : Quote of the day -- philosophy for life

06-04-2014, 05:30 AM
(incidentally I am not sure exactly where to post this, so I posted it here in psychology (which could be under motivational psychology))

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, 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

Gray Fox
06-06-2014, 12:05 PM
"It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It’s not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can be a catalyst for profound re-invention."

-Conan O'Brien delivering the 2011 Dartmouth Commencement Address

06-06-2014, 07:02 PM
“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

damn right


06-06-2014, 07:16 PM
Along those lines, that quote made me think of this one

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
John Wooden

05-11-2015, 05:19 PM
Not quite a quote here, rather a poem. It's been one of my favorites since I first read it when I was a teenager. The last sentence of it often reverberates in my mind as new chapters in life open up to me, or when I'm trying to make a major decision. It's human nature to feel even the slightest regret after a decision has been made, or wonder what it would have been like had you made a different choice--but you can't turn back, you can only walk forward along that chosen path, until the path diverges again.

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

05-11-2015, 08:03 PM
“Whoever's calm and sensible is insane!”
Mevlânâ Rūmī

05-29-2016, 11:09 PM
Asia, Europe are corners of the universe; all the sea a drop in the universe; Athos a little clod of the universe; all the present time is a point in eternity. All things are little, changeable, perishable.
Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor


09-07-2016, 06:09 PM
"Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear..."

Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis, undoubtedly the most beautiful line ever written in English. Venus, full:

Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear,
Or like a fairy trip upon the green,
Or, like a nymph, with long dishevell'd hair,
Dance on the sands, and yet no footing seen:
Love is a spirit all compact of fire,
Not gross to sink, but light, and will aspire.

09-07-2016, 10:14 PM
I've always felt this represented an outlook to aspire to:

"Here ends another day, during which I have had eyes, ears, hands and the great world around me. Tomorrow begins another day.

Why am I allowed two?"

G. K. Chesterton

Paul Shunamon
08-05-2017, 07:30 AM
Avoiding a snare is superior to knowledge of escape.


08-05-2017, 07:40 AM
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

Albert Einstein