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What’s a quote that forever changed the way you think?

What’s a quote that forever changed the way you think?

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  1. No man is an island entire of itself;
    every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
    if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were,
    as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were;
    any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.
    And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

  2. “You can’t control everything, all the time. But you can control some things, some of the time. Focus on the things you can control, and don’t beat yourself up over the things you can’t.” – not sure if it’s a famous quote or not, but my college professor used to say it whenever someone came into problems at home, or in relationships…etc

  3. >> loving your partner isn’t enough to hold together a relationship. Like your partner and be their friend. Take interest in their interests. Be willing to give more than 50% in that relationship when they need help. Do that, and you will find your soul mate.

    – one of my old bosses

  4. When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. – Maya Angelou

    M70 – My parents started disowning me when I told them I was in love with Brian (my now husband of 38 years). My mother was a bible holdin’ Baptist so I got the whole “you are a wh*** and a Devil’s advocate” spiel too many times. Ultimately, I felt the need to get a living will because she threatened to not allow Brian to visit me in the hospital should I get sick (it was the’80s, AIDS was raging). . My mum was a funny, easy to laugh, person. My sister told me that my mother emptied the family home of all aspects of my presence. Burnt all of my stuff. My baby / toddler /youth / framed pictures & school memorabilia. All in the garbage incinerator. So really, when they died, I had already grieved and was good with it.

    The reason for the Maya Angelou quote is that I finally relented and went to visit my mum on her death bed. After 20 years of total estrangement, upon seeing me her first words were “you’ve gotten fat”.

  5. “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” Marcus Aurelius

    It’s the ultimate mind hack.

    Nothing can affect you unless you allow your mind to allow it.

  6. “Nice guy? I don’t give a shit. Good father? Fuck you, go home and play with your kids. You wanna work here? Close.”

    That whole speech really changed how I view the employer/employee relationship. My employer is very “We’re all family” nonsense, but at the end of the day, they’ll just toss out the nicest and most loyal employees if they don’t perform.

  7. “The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.” -Camus


    “There may be more beautiful times, but this one is ours.” -Sartre

  8. No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.

    ~ Socrates

  9. I complain to my sister a lot about being in a transitional phase, and how I feel my life hasn’t really started–that I’m always waiting for it to start. She said something to the effect of the following that still stays with me:

    “There’s no one time when you can ‘start’ your life. Your life already started: it began when you were born, and it’ll end when you die. Everything in between is fair game. You’re already ‘in’ life.”

    Idk, it made me think more seriously about self-responsibility vs. waiting around for a grand change to start living the life I want to.

  10. “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at begin to change.”

    Always keep an open mind. Positive outcomes can be found in negative circumstances.

  11. “Don’t seek a crutch for your weakness, vanquish it.”

    I was very depressed a few years ago, people told me to get therapy or some shit but I’m not good at opening up, especially to strange people. This quote was in a motivational video about mental health and bodybuilding. I have been going to the gym ever since and I’m feeling way better now thanks to this.

  12. You have to take ownership in everything in your life. Placing blame doesn’t resolve anything. The moment you decide your going to own the handling of whatever the issue of concern is, you’re heading towards a resolution.

    Extreme paraphrasing Jocko Willink

  13. “The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts.” T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia.

    There is no trick to life. Sometimes it hurts. The trick is not minding that it hurts. I watched Lawrence of Arabia when I was 13 and it has remained my favorite movie ever since. This line has stuck with me and has helped me through some deep dark times.

  14. “Never give a sword to a man that can’t dance”

    It’s an old Celtic proverb. It means never trust a man who doesn’t love. Love in this context, is the love that he has in his heart. You see it expressed from men who dance, sing, draw, write, and anything that involves the arts.

    I believe that nowadays, young men are taught how to be strong and aren’t taught what it means to love

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