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caflme 03-25-2010 09:22 AM

Post a Quote that Inspires You
I'll start.... with 2

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

Helen Keller

I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.

Helen Keller

I take this to mean ... for me... that I can't give in to this urge, like I have been, to stay home and avoid all the hard and uncomfortable stuff out there... I have to make myself uncomfortable, make myself sick to my stomach, risk embarrassment and failure and push through the suckiest stuff - like I used to - and make myself get back out there and live this freakin' life the best I can and then try to go one step better than that.

Now - to just find more motivation around here to do that... nope, it's not under the couch, or under my bed or in my closet... where they hell is my motivation hiding?

laura024 03-25-2010 10:24 AM

Turn your face to the sun, and the shadows fall behind you.

In other words, look on the bright side of things, and your worries will be put aside.

leonardess 03-25-2010 10:26 AM

pretty much anything by Jack Handy.

Witchcraft 03-29-2010 10:17 AM

I love Arthur Schopenhauer's philosophy. Here's one of his quotes that I find inspiring :roll:
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Little Willow 03-29-2010 11:08 AM

The two quotes in my signature. One of them is in Hebrew. It means "This too shall pass", reminding me that any bad moment will pass and I will be happy again. It is pronounced "Gam Zeh YaAvor"

Also the entire Beatles song "Here Comes The Sun"

JayDontCareEh 03-29-2010 02:48 PM

What other people think of me is none of my business -Ellen DeGeneres

polardude18 03-29-2010 09:49 PM

I have a lot of quotes I like, here are a couple

It does not matter who you were, all that matters is who you are
it does not matter where you are from, just where you are at
It does not matter what you drive, but rather what drives you

I also like this one

Today is just another day to not care about what happened yesterday.

That last one I made up myself

TheCanadian1 03-29-2010 09:56 PM


Originally Posted by JayDontCareEh (Post 1321970)
What other people think of me is none of my business -Ellen DeGeneres

My favorite, even though I always make it my business. (stupid brain of mine)

WalkingOnEggShells 03-30-2010 11:20 AM

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." Bill Cosby.

caflme 03-30-2010 11:24 AM

“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do. And by the grace of God, I will.”

caflme 03-31-2010 05:30 AM

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Author Unknown

Dub16 03-31-2010 05:31 AM

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars

(Oscar Wilde)

caflme 03-31-2010 05:33 AM

^nice one... that is the way I feel today

alohomora 03-31-2010 05:56 AM


Originally Posted by caflme (Post 1324807)
Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Author Unknown

This is a great quote. I find it genuinely helps me when I'm dealing with people who act mean.

Here's another one:

"Be selfish" - A family friend told me that once

"What do YOU want to do?" - Another family friend asked me that once. It really shocked me. I didn't know I was allowed to ask myself that. I thought I had to do what my mom wanted me to do.

"I feel like people get over it" - my work friend's response to me saying, "but didn't your family get upset when you went up and left to a foreign country for a semester?"

Be selfish
People don't need me as much as I think they do
So I just have to do what I want
and if people throw temper tantrums about it
just remember, they will get over it
because they can take care of themselves better than they think they can
and they will find a power in themselves to do what they want to do too

-I made that up actually. It might be extreme and sound bad. But the thing is, being selfish doesn't have to be bad. If I genuinely want to help someone, that is me being "selfish" because I'm doing what I want to do. But it's better than doing something just because someone else asks me to do it. I was kind of hesitant to post this because I'm afraid people will interpret it the wrong way as though we shouldn't care about people. I'm not saying that at all.

Benji90 03-31-2010 08:22 AM

"It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not."


"If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."
-Vincent Van Gogh

power2theweak 03-31-2010 09:57 AM

Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away.

~Elbert Hubbard

WalkingOnEggShells 03-31-2010 09:39 PM

"Even a lower-class can surpass an elite, if he works hard enough."

caflme 03-31-2010 09:42 PM


Originally Posted by power2theweak (Post 1324999)
Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away.

~Elbert Hubbard

Thanks, I needed reminding...

Fozzie 04-06-2010 01:14 AM

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

fictionz 04-06-2010 01:30 AM

If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought. - Peace Pilgrim

oba 04-06-2010 01:31 AM

Accept and Love yourself for who you are, including all your flaws.

Anna 04-06-2010 09:19 AM

I'm pretty obsessed with Eleanor Roosevelt quotes. An amazing woman.

-Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.

-Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.

-Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.

And my FAVORITE one:

-We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot.

david86 04-06-2010 09:33 AM

" Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. "

-Benjamin Franklin

caflme 04-06-2010 09:49 AM

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

-- Abraham Lincoln

fixmein45 04-08-2010 06:49 PM

And when I stand on these tables before you
You will know what all this time was for-John Mayer

He's talking about how he spent years 6 hours each day crammed in his little room practicing guitar and writing songs when his parents and everyone around him told him he should be making friends. I find it inspiring that he found his "thing" and really capatalized on it instead of wasting all his time worrying and complaining about why he was so socially ackward and not well liked. (i do realize that fame has made him a doushe but trust me cuz I've followed him for a long time he wasn't always this way.)

giggles 04-09-2010 04:52 PM

heard THIS quote lately. don't know who wrote it, but it really stuck out to me and is inspiring
"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."

marylin monroe had lovely quotes aswell, so true
"No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they're pretty, even if they aren't."

"Everyone's a star and deserves the right to twinkle"

"I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I'm out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."

Arctor 05-01-2010 01:52 AM


Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.

mia2 05-03-2010 09:49 AM

The key to failure is trying to please everyone

toffeexo 05-03-2010 10:30 AM

be who you are and what you feel,
because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

eek a mouse 05-04-2010 12:11 AM

"A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears"

"Today I escaped all difficulty; or rather, I have cast out all difficulty, for difficulty is not external, but rooted in my judgments"
-Marcus Aurelius

penguin runner 05-04-2010 01:21 PM

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
"I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward."
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
-Thomas Edison

I've always liked quotes by Edison, especially the first one. It's just full of optimism. It's also nice to see that even pretty smart people have 'failed' before. But more importantly, realizing how much our perspective can influence our thoughts is always refreshing, and how I should never only look badly on something I've done but rather learn from it as well.

Memory Mystery 05-04-2010 10:31 PM

I believe it goes like this, or something very similar:
"A man is usually about as happy as he makes up his mind to be"
-Abraham Lincoln
I try my best to live by this rule.

caflme 05-06-2010 06:40 AM

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do. - Confucius

scaredtogethelp 05-06-2010 10:35 AM


Originally Posted by Benji90 (Post 1324904)
"It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not."


"If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."
-Vincent Van Gogh

really great quotes!!!!!!

Dark0 05-06-2010 10:46 AM

"Never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It's probably worth it."

futureMD 05-06-2010 11:13 AM

"The way I see it, you can be anything you want to be. If your mind can perceive it, and your heart truly believes it, then you are half way there and all you have to do is do it." -- Unknown

Wouldn't it be nice if life was this easy ? lol

futureMD 05-06-2010 12:18 PM


Originally Posted by somethinginthewind (Post 1375641)
"There has never been, nor will there ever be a life free from problems. It is not the presence of problems but how we tackle them that determines the quality of our lives"

"Favourable circumstances may be pleasant, but they rarely strengthen one's character. The greater the person, the greater the adversity he or she has overcome"

I like these. Kind of reminds me of the saying, "what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger".

knuckles17 05-08-2010 11:02 AM

You can never be happy at the expense of the happiness of others.
- Chinese Proverb

lonelygirl88 05-08-2010 12:20 PM

Just Do It :)

Lasair 05-08-2010 02:47 PM

The one in my signature.

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