11 Quotes to Help You Live a Meaningful Life

We love quotes, reading them, looking them up, and sharing them. They provide either a quick dose or a heavy wave of inspiration and motivation to us. What's best about them is that they may appear trivial but, truth be told, a lot of them contains wisdom. Their sources passed them to us from various point in times. They're gold. They're timeless.

Here are 11 quotes you should know and reflect upon. Let them serve as guidelines to help you live a meaningful life. 

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Confucius

The word 'work' has received a bad connotation throughout the years. It's because a lot of people do work they don't really want, work chosen for them by other people or by the standards of society. Those people trudge on through their work dreading it deep inside. On the other hand, people who choose jobs they are passionate about never feel bored or displeased with their work. They have so much fun and enthusiasm work never really feels like 'work' at all.

 

Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.

Vaibhav Shav

It's easy to admire and envy the successful, desiring to be like them. The rewards they reap are so enticing some people become too transfixed to them, never acknowledging the hard work and sacrifices the successful people made to achieve them. When the admirers finally decide they want to have their own slice of success, they are discouraged when they see the work and sacrifices they have to pay down the road.

 

When your top priority is to gain approval of everyone, you're inviting people to befriend a sham.

Jordan Bates

A lot of people have weak spirits and look for external approval from others. To gain other people's validation, they compromise their values and identity, and put a facade of incongruent traits. They may go and attract a number of people to fill their empty buckets of confidence and self-esteem. Yes, they gain the validation of other people - validation for the person they really aren't, sacrificing their true selves in the process.

 

A problem cannot be solved at the level of consciousness in which it occurs.

Albert Einstein

People wonder why they keep going around in circles, experience the same mishaps, get the short end of the stick, get punished by bad luck, or never see the light of their day. What they do not want to acknowledge is that to solve their problems and to get out of their predicaments they have to change their way of thinking. The mind is a powerful thing.

 

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Society has devolved into instant-gratification addicted group of people. The easy and quick accessibility of things nowadays fools people into believing everything must come fast and easy too. However, the real successful ones know that nothing truly great comes easy.

 

What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't believe in what people say. Look at their actions instead for that tells the truth. Don't be fooled with words for things can be easily said but never done. This applies to you as well. Talk less, do more. The true measure of character lies in what people do, not what they say.

 

It is not that we have a short time to live but that we waste a lot of it... Life is long if you know how to use it.

Seneca

A great life is not measured by its number of years. What matters more are the risks, the adventures, and the experiences in one's life. You may live a ripe old age of 70 as an empty shell and someone else may live half the length of that. It doesn't automatically mean your life is better than theirs.

 

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end.

Ernest Hemingway

It's easy to get transfixed and blind to the end goal, to the result, to the desired prize, and to the vision. But where happiness, learning, and fulfilment lie is in the process of obtaining the rewards, in the path towards the destination. When you achieve something, you will look back into how you got there and value that more instead of what you have achieved.

 

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.

Zig Ziglar

A lot of people get excited at the beginning of a new prospect (i.e., adopting a healthy lifestyle, improving their relationship, studying a new skill). However, once the initial excitement goes away, they go back to the way it was, losing their enthusiasm immediately. Forming good habits is key to achieving something.

 

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Busy is what people think is cool nowadays. Being busy doesn't always mean being productive. Being busy doesn't always mean the important things are getting done. Always ask yourself the important question before doing something. "Is what I'm about to do going to lead me into my vision, into my dreams?" If the answer is no, then it's not worth doing.

 

Most people die at 25 and they aren't buried until they are 75.

Benjamin Franklin

Most people just exist, they don't really live. They wake up, eat breakfast, take a shower, go out into the world doing things they don't really want to do, go to bed, and do the same things the following day. They play it safe, don't take risks, and postpone the things truly important to them, moulding their lives to a shape other people dictate for them. By the time the Grim Reaper comes for them, it all dawns that they didn't really lived at all!


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