5 Must-know Life Quotes
I swear to god I have had days when I scrolled through hundreds of life quotes to just find that one perfect, soul-satisfying, master key to all my problems. I think many of you might have had similar experiences while on an introspection journey. Soon I started keeping a “playbook” of quotes to refer to whenever I am low. I spent some time reading famous words from famous people and wrote down the ones that I found most inspirational to compile my playbook. In this article, I would like to share the best five of them, and I hope you find them useful too.
“One man cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole” – M K Gandhi
Think about it – have you ever seen an “otherwise good” person being very ruthless to his/her subordinate? Or an alcoholic being extremely fit? It’s because our choices and actions contributes to our identity. It’s like a day – every task done right makes the day productive and leaves us feeling motivated and happy. Your career, relations, spiritual growth – learnings from every aspect is applicable to another, and drawbacks generally have a spillover effect, dragging us down.
“There’s plenty of time to sleep when we die”
You’ve probably come across this line many times before. Surely, it might come across absurd and impractical for a few, but think about those times when you knew you should get up and workout, when you should not laze around and waste weekends, when you should remain up to complete a book or clean up your room. Laziness, my dear readers, is our worst enemy. We are not generally tired; we are just lazy. This line has been my inspiration so many times, and believe me, it’s been a real motivator to push my limits.
"And What is the Life of this World Except the Enjoyment of Delusion"– Quran
What happens when you watch a move or a drama? You watch it, hear it, feel it, even cry and laugh – but does that affect your life? Does that affect your decisions and your actions? Probably no. Your life is similar to a movie. Be an observer of yourself, of your emotions rather than losing yourself to every emotion. As you shift to being an observer from a doer, emotions will calm down and you’ll gain control over your actions. You won’t be a victim of your emotions because they will just be a voice inside your head.
"Change things you can change; don’t worry about things you can’t change; be intelligent enough to understand the difference between the two."
I read these lines in a book “How to stop worrying and start living “by Dale Carnegie , and I am pretty sure most of you have read or heard this before. But it’s the last part of the sentence that made a difference for me – to understand the difference between what can be changed and what can’t be is the most difficult step. We are so caught up worrying about everything in our life that we fail to take necessary corrective steps or make a contingency plan. There’s so much peace in actually improving rather than keep worrying.
“You can’t be happy in life unless you make peace with uncertainty”
I really don’t remember where I read this quote, but it helped me deal with my anxiety. We are all so anxious and so eager to know what will happen next, what the other person thinks, what will go right or wrong – that “anxiety” has become a psychological disorder rather than an emotion. It’s very obvious to each one of us that no amount of speculation can tell us what will happen next, but we choose to remain anxious because it’s so addictive! We just give it power over our minds, and eventually our bodies. Once we realize that no amount of guessing and dot-connecting can solve our future and make peace with the fact that uncertainty is a part of life, we are going to keep living in the same helpless state forever!