Monthly Archives: September 2014

Wise Life Quotes


Gary Blauman – How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Episode 21 – “You will be shocked when you discover how easy it is in life to part ways with people forever.  That’s why, when you find someone you want to keep around, you do something about it. ” – Ted

At what speed must I live, to be able to see you again? – 5cm per second

Lao Tzu: ‘Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage’

Orson Welles said: ‘We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone’

Suppressed emotions turn into something else

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”― Jim Rohn


Harry Solomon: You know, Dick, when life gives you lemon, just shut up and eat the damn lemons.

“Wisdom without compassion is ruthlessness, compassion without wisdom is folly” – fred Kofman

Frodo confesses, “I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had ever happened.” Gandalf replies, “So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

“Experience is what you get, when you don’t get what you wanted.
When you’re doing a bad job and nobody points it out to you, that’s when they’ve given up on you.
Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things.” — Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture

The greatest burden is potential.

“Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.
I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” –Atticus Finch

“People in their right minds never take pride in their talents” –Miss Maudie.

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

If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing.
–Benjamin Franklin

Every man I meet is my superior in some way. In that, I learn of him.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and 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.
Art is the expression of the self…The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity…hack away the unessential.”
–Bruce Lee

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Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise in the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness,  a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying “yes” begins things. Saying “yes” is how things grow. Saying “yes” leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say “yes!” – Stephen Colbert

Reddit: The Velveteen Rabbit: There’s a passage where the Velveteen Rabbit asks another nursery toy, the Skin Horse, what it means to be Real:

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

“I suppose you are real?” said the Rabbit. And then he wished he had not said it, for he thought the Skin Horse might be sensitive.

But the Skin Horse only smiled.

Long story short: Real doesn’t mean a 2, or a 5, or a 10. It means warmth, sensitivity, compassion, awareness. And yes, a bit of humor. For me, I would prefer to spend time with people who are Real.  – Reddit

Reddit: I’m going to latch onto this comment in the hope that OP will see this, An old guy was asked how he deals with death and this was his reply.

I wish I could say you get used to people dying. I never did. I don’t want to. It tears a hole through me whenever somebody I love dies, no matter the circumstances. But I don’t want it to “not matter”. I don’t want it to be something that just passes. My scars are a testament to the love and the relationship that I had for and with that person. And if the scar is deep, so was the love. So be it. Scars are a testament to life. Scars are a testament that I can love deeply and live deeply and be cut, or even gorged, and that I can heal and continue to live and continue to love. And the scar tissue is stronger than the original flesh ever was. Scars are a testament to life. Scars are only ugly to people who can’t see. As for grief, you’ll find it comes in waves. When the ship is first wrecked, you’re drowning, with wreckage all around you. Everything floating around you reminds you of the beauty and the magnificence of the ship that was, and is no more. And all you can do is float. You find some piece of the wreckage and you hang on for a while. Maybe it’s some physical thing. Maybe it’s a happy memory or a photograph. Maybe it’s a person who is also floating. For a while, all you can do is float. Stay alive.

In the beginning, the waves are 100 feet tall and crash over you without mercy. They come 10 seconds apart and don’t even give you time to catch your breath. All you can do is hang on and float. After a while, maybe weeks, maybe months, you’ll find the waves are still 100 feet tall, but they come further apart. When they come, they still crash all over you and wipe you out. But in between, you can breathe, you can function. You never know what’s going to trigger the grief. It might be a song, a picture, a street intersection, the smell of a cup of coffee. It can be just about anything…and the wave comes crashing. But in between waves, there is life.

Somewhere down the line, and it’s different for everybody, you find that the waves are only 80 feet tall. Or 50 feet tall. And while they still come, they come further apart. You can see them coming. An anniversary, a birthday, or Christmas, or landing at O’Hare. You can see it coming, for the most part, and prepare yourself. And when it washes over you, you know that somehow you will, again, come out the other side. Soaking wet, sputtering, still hanging on to some tiny piece of the wreckage, but you’ll come out.

Take it from an old guy. The waves never stop coming, and somehow you don’t really want them to. But you learn that you’ll survive them. And other waves will come. And you’ll survive them too. If you’re lucky, you’ll have lots of scars from lots of loves. And lots of shipwrecks.”

Quick Edit: I’m 21 and when I was 14 one of my best friends committed suicide, a year later another died from Cystic Fybrosis. Death sucks, but life wouldn’t exist without it, stay strong, live for them. -Reddit

Keep Your Powder Dry Meaning: Be prepared and save your resources until they are needed. Origin: The allusion is to gunpowder which soldiers had to keep dry in order to be ready to fight when required.

It’s not about being perfect, it’s about moving forward – SW

Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest NBA player of all time, credits his attitude about failure as a critical driver behind his enormous success. Having recently celebrated his 50th birthday at the All Star game, I am reminded of a quote he once made that elegantly punctuates this process:“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

“It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement. Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs, therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity. – Socrates

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming ‘WOO HOO what a ride!'” -Hunter S. Thompson

Richard Branson’s mother: “She explained how to think of setbacks as part of a learning curve. Sometimes it will be steep, but if you concentrate on looking forward rather than back, the climb will be easier.”


“I haven’t failed; I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” – Thomas Edison

“I can’t offer you money, position or fame.  The first two you have; the last, from the place you now occupy, you will no doubt achieve.  These things I now ask you to give up, I offer you in their place work—hard, hard work—the task of bringing a people from degradation, poverty, and waste to full manhood.” -1896, Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee Institute in Alabama – letter to George Washington Carver

Tyler Durden, recruiting himself: “This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time.”

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

“Don’t ask God for a lighter load; ask him for a stronger back.”

“There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.” –Aristotle

“Law is reason free from passion” Aristotle

Say what you mean, and mean what you say

“It’s not supposed to be anything” –David/Bud, Pleasantville

Play the game for more than you can afford to lose … only then will you learn the game – Winston Churchill

Have the courage to live. Anyone can die – Robert Cody

Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.

Victoria Feng (Quora): Two quotes: 1) No matter how filthy your past is, your future is spotless. 2) Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, but rids today of its strength.

Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t–you’re right.”

Believe in yourself. Stay up all night. Work outside of your habits. Know when to speak up. Collaborate. Don’t procrastinate. Get over yourself. Keep learning. Forms follows function. A computer is a Lite-Brite for bad ideas. Find inspiration everywhere. Network. Educate your client. Trust your gut. Ask for help. Make it sustainable. Question everything. Have a concept. Learn to take some criticism. Make me care. Use spell check. Do your research. Sketch more ideas. The problem contains the solution. Think about all the possibilities. Use the word fuck sparingly for greater effect. – Poster

Ichiro Suzuki, was a quote from Ichiro that read, “I believe the Yankees organization appreciates that there is a difference between a 39-year-old who has played relying only on talent, and a 39-year-old who has prepared, practiced, and thought thoroughly through many experiences for their craft.”

Reddit: POGtastic — I always found that the people who said, “High school is the best time of your life” had nothing to live for as adults.I guess if you’re 40 years old and still work as a bagger at Safeway, high school really WAS the best time of your life.

As the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Elie Wiesel, once said, “Nobody is stronger…than someone who came back.  There is nothing you can do to such a person because whatever you could do is less than what has already been done to him.”

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle


“I think any form of rebellion is someone trying to hide who they really are, their inner self.” –Andre Agassi

Celganda: Some people rebel because they are not getting what they want and they think that in rebelling, they can get what they want. Some people rebel just because they think are always right.

Margaret Thatcher said, “Power is like being a lady; if you have to say you are, you aren’t.


“beauty is truth, and truth beauty.  That is all ye know on earth, and all you need to know” – Jon Keates

“I wish it would dawn upon engineers that, in order to be an engineer, it is not enough to be an engineer,” wrote the Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset in 1939

Oscar Wilde: If you want to tell people the truth, make ’em laugh. Otherwise, they’ll kill you.

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