Quotations That May Change Your Way of Living

One of the beauties of life is that everybody has to live their own; your life will not be lived for you by anybody else. Many philosophies exist that people have adopted to guide themselves or get guidance through life. This week City Connect lists some quotations which may stimulate your mind and maybe change the way you look at life. We would like to present you with some famous quotations in order to inspire your thinking. We have also categorised them into the three topics: self motivation, helping others and coping with hard times.

(1) Self motivation and attitude towards oneself

If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right. Henry Ford

The definition of Insanity… Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein

It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Elliot

All the masterpieces of art contain both light and shadow. A happy life is not one filled with only sunshine, but one which uses both light and shadow to produce beauty. Billy Graham

A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

(2) Coping with hard times

All comes at the proper time to him who knows how to wait. St Vincent de Paul

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again. Flavia Weedn

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope. Martin Luther King

The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail. Nelson Mandela


(3) Helping others

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path. Buddhist saying

If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody. Chinese proverb

If a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy him by asking him if there’s anything you can do. Think of something appropriate and do it. E.W. Howe

Sometimes fewer words are better than long stories. Whatever philosophy guides your life and works for you, we hope that you have been inspired by some of the people and sayings here to help you improve your way of living for the better. 

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One Response to Quotations That May Change Your Way of Living

  1. Carol Neuner says:

    I sometimes feel that Nelson Mandela, in his early 90s, is clinging grimly on to life to make up for all those years he missed while incarcerated. Whatever, good luck to him and may he have many more.