53 Simple Thoughts That Will Change Your Life

These simple thoughts culled from various sources have the ability to inspire and change you life. Read them and apply them.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain.

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing. – Abraham Lincoln.

One of the secrets of success is to refuse to let temporary setbacks defeat us. – Mary Kay

The greater thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are going. – Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Be not careless in deeds, nor confused in words, nor rambling in thought. – Marcus Aurelius.

Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret of style. – Matthew Arnold.

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. – Mother Teresa.

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will and personal responsibility. –  Albert Schweitzer.

If you want the rainbow, you’ve got to put up with the rain. – Jimmy Durante.

After one has discovered what he is called for, he should set out to do it with all of the power he has in his system. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. – Mark Twain.

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. – A Chinese proverb.

Do or do not, there is no try. – Yoda.

Our doubts are our traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. – William Shakespeare.

The last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. – Victor Frankl.

It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop. – Confucius.

All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don’t sit looking at it – walk. – Ayn Rand

Energy and persistence conquer all things. – Benjamin Franklin.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. – Leonardo da Vinci.

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out if they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you. – William James.

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. – William James.

Nothing will be ever attempted if all possible objections must be overcome. – Samuel Johnson.

It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out -it’s the grain of sand in your shoe. – Robert Service.

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. – Charles Darwin

The problems of this world cannot be possibly solved by sceptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were. – John. F. Kennedy.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. – Epicurus.

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. –  Auguste Rodin.

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. – Carl Jung.

The more efficient a force, the more silent and the more subtle it is. – Mahatma Gandhi.

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore. – Vincent van Gogh.

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

The soul is dyed the colour of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of the day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is what you become. – Heraclitus.

Waste not fresh tears over old griefs? – Euripedes.

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. – Albert Schweitzer.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. – Winston Churchill.

You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration. – James Allen.

All of man’s problems derive from our inability to sit quietly in a room and do nothing. – Friedrich Nietszche.

I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way gain. – William Penn.

If you want to know your past – look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future – look into your present actions. – A Chinese proverb.

The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat. – Napolean Hill.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. the secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. – Mark Twain.

Experience is not what happens to you. Experience is what you DO with what happens to you. – Aldous Huxley.

The road to happiness lies in tow simple principles: find what it is that interests you and that you can do well, and when you find it put your whole soul into it – every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability that you have. – John D. Rockefeller III.

We cannot change anything until we accept it. – Carl Jung.

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson.

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.- W. Clement Stone.

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. – James Allen.

Our self-image and our habits tend to go together. Change one and you will automatically change the other. – Dr. Maxwell Maltz.

If you always live with those who are lame, you will yourself learn to limp. – Latin proverb.

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. – Aristotle.

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. – Benjamin Spock.

What we think, we become. – Buddha.


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