Favorite Quotes

Favorite Quotes

These are some of the quotes that have been most impactful to my life, thinking, and writing.

“When you meet someone, treat them as if they were in serious trouble: and you will be right more than half the time.”

— Dr. Henry Eyring

“Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.” — Thomas Monson

“Do what is right; let the consequence follow.” — Anon., The Psalms of Life, Boston, 1857

“Your input determines your outlook. Your outlook determines your output, and your output determines your future.”

— Zig Ziglar

“If you do not create and control your environment, your environment creates and controls you.” — Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

“Social psychologists argue that who we are at any one time depends mostly on the context in which we find ourselves. But who creates the context? The more mindful we are, the more we can create the contexts we are in. When we create the context, we are more likely to be authentic. Mindfulness lets us see things in a new light and believe in the possibility of change.”

— Ellen Langer

Inevitability Thinking is thinking and acting as if what you are doing is a forgone conclusion because you set up the conditions for it to happen.”

— Eben Pagan

“You’re more likely to act yourself into feeling, than feeling yourself into action.” — Dr. Jerome Bruner

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” — Albert Einstein

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”

— Albert Einstein

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”

— Charles Darwin

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”

— C. JoyBell C.

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“And here’s my best advice: Welcome all experiences; you never know which one is gonna turn everything on. Don’t put up the walls. The same wall that keeps out disapointment keeps out happiness. Take down the walls. Go for the experience. Let it teach you.”

— Jim Rohn

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

— Winston Churchill

“Anyone who isn’t embarrassed of who they were last year probably isn’t learning enough.”

— Alain de Botton

“Whose responsible when you behave badly? You are. Not because you’re culpable for your emotions. But because the actions and the experiences today become your brain’s predictions for tomorrow. Sometimes we are responsible for something, not because we are to blame, but because we are the only ones who can change it.”

— Lisa Feldman Barrett

“To learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know.”

— Stephen Covey

“It is tempting to think that just because one understands certain principles one has “learned” about the discipline. This is the familiar trap of confusing intellectual understanding with learning. Learning always involves new understandings and new behaviors, ‘thinking’ and ‘doing.’”

— Peter Senge

“One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don’t know how to do, to keep learning.”

— Ruth Reichl

“Always make your future bigger than your past.”

— Dan Sullivan

“I firmly believe you never should spend your time being the former anything.”

— Condoleezza Rice

“The secret to change and growth is not willpower, but positive community.”

— Neil Strauss

“The opposite of addiction is connection.”

— Johann Harri

“Many people think that what the addict needs is willpower, but nothing could be further from the truth.”

— Dr. Arnold Washton

“Willpower is for people who are still uncertain about what they want to do.”

— Helia

“The opposite of willpower is imagination.”

— Sean Stephensen

“When you change the way you see things, the things you see change.” — Dr. Wayne Dyer

“Forget about willpower. It’s time for why-power. Your choices are only meaningful when you connect them to your desires and dreams. The wisest and most motivating choices are the ones aligned with that which you identify as your purpose, your core self, and your highest values. You’ve got to want something, and know why you want it, or you’ll end up giving up too easily.”

— Darren Hardy

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”

— Amelia Earhart

“Beyond a certain point there is no return. This point has to be reached.”

— Franz Kafka

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.” — William Hutchison Murray

“If you give in to “just this once,” based on a marginal-cost analysis, you’ll regret where you end up. That’s the lesson I learned: it’s easier to hold to your principles 100 percent of the time than it is to hold to them 98 percent of the time. The boundary — your personal moral line — is powerful because you don’t cross it; if you have justified doing it once, there’s nothing to stop you doing it again. Decide what you stand for. And then stand for it all the time.” — Dr. Clayton Christensen

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche

“Nothing can resist a human will that will stake its existence on a purpose.”

— Benjamin Disraeli

“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it.”

— Viktor Frankl

“Success is a catalyst for failure.”

— Greg McKeown

“We are kept from our goal not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal.”

— Robert Brault

“Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious.”

— Thomas Edison

“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.” — Richard Whately

“You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.” — Meredith Willson

“The unconscious will allow us to have only what we believe we deserve. If we have a small view of ourselves, then what we deserve is poverty. And our unconscious will see to it that we have that actuality.” — Dr. David Hawkins

“The greatest reward in becoming a millionaire is not the amount of money that you earn. It is the kind of person that you have to become to become a millionaire.” — Jim Rohn

“What you focus on expands.”

— Oprah

“It’s better to be prolific than perfect.” — Joe Polish

“Expect everything and attach to nothing!” — Carrie Campbell

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”

— Sir Ken Robinson

“If you’re willing to do something that might not work, you’re closer to becoming an artist.”

— Seth Godin

“Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations can never effect a reform.”

— Susan Anthony

“Until you’ve lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.”

— Margaret Mitchell

“When you feel copied, remember that people can only go where you have already been, they have no idea where you are going next.”

— Liz Lange

“Forget yourself and go to work.”

— Gordon Hinckley

“Giving as you get acknowledges the Universe as truly abundant. Giving taps into the spiritual dimension that multiplies us, our thinking, and our results. The Enlightened Millionaire knows this: There is an ocean of abundance and one can tap into it with a teaspoon, a bucket, or a tractor trailer. The ocean doesn’t care.” — The One Minute Millionaire

“Self-made is an illusion. There are many people who played divine roles in you having the life that you have today. Be sure to let them know how grateful you are. Example: the person who introduced you to the person who introduced you to your spouse or business partner or client. Go back that far.”

— Michael Fishman

“I think the ability of the average man could be doubled if it were demanded… if the situation demanded.”

— Will Durant

“Good timber does not grow with ease: The stronger wind, the stronger trees; The further sky, the greater length; The more the storm, the more the strength. By sun and cold, by rain and snow, In trees and men good timbers grow.” — Douglas Malloch

“Where is the life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”

— T.S. Elliot

“The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.”

— Peggy O’Mara