The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is a beautiful quote about the meaning of life. Some people strive for happiness throughout life and end up missing the mark as happiness is an elusive state of mind. But according to Emerson a life lived well should be make a difference that you have lived to others or the society at large.
This could mean many different things to you. Making a difference could mean helping others, having a strong relationship with your family, or making a contribution to art or technology. … Read the rest
“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.” ~ Thomas J. Watson
This quote couldn’t be more true. No one ever makes it on their first go out of the gate (while maybe one or two But all of the most successful people in the world will tell you that failure is a neccessity to success. But it is so hard to accept this. … Read the rest
“The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.” ~ Dale Carnegie
My friends and I tend to be big dreamers. We fail a lot! That sounds terrible, but in reality it is good because we dream big and try new things all the time. This quote stood out to me because I feel like those that take the biggest risks in life are always the ones that go the farthest. Of course, taking big risks doesn’t mean that you will always be successful, but the bigger risks you take – the further you can go. By pushing past the boundaries of what has been done before or where your imagination can take you, you can take huge leaps in your life.… Read the rest
“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” – Marilyn Monroe
Such a gem of a quote! It is true too. While of course women should be equal to men in all ways that it makes sense, there is no reason that a woman can’t aspire to be extraordinary.
Unfortunately, even 50 years since Monroe said this quote, women still make less money on average and are not allowed many of the same rights and freedoms as men. It seems silly when you think about it. I don’t know anyone who is actually sexist in real life, yet these kinds of problems still persist. Specifically in some areas.
Regardless of what gender you are though, there is no sense in aiming to be equal to someone else, why not aim to be extraordinary?… Read the rest
“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go” – Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde always comes up with such zingers. I know one thing. If I had ever met him in real life, I wouldn’t have wanted to get on his bad side.
Everyone hopes that they are one of those who cause happiness wherever they go but how can you know? All of us have known someone that is like this. Generally well loved by everyone, friendly, kind and funny. Those are the characteristics that I would give to someone who would fit in this category. But everyone is different in what they think makes a really likeable person.
But a good exercise is thinking of a person that you know or a famous person who is generally well liked for their personality. … Read the rest
Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open. ~John Barrymore
This is similar to a quote that we posted last week by Edith Wharton: If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time. ~Edith Wharton
When Barrymore says that happiness often sneaks in through a door that you didn’t know you left open he means that the nature of happiness is so illusive that it can come when least expected. This quote also implies that happiness is something that often can’t be sought after but rather surprises us at times.
This quote is also incredibly hopeful, and I recommend reading it when you feel a bit sad or directionless. Sometimes just sitting still and doing nothing will bring happiness. … Read the rest