41 Eye-Opening Quotes That Will Make You Notice What You Always Ignored

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Sometimes you never realize the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. Dr. Seuss
A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not why ships are built. A fortune cookie
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Calvin Coolidge
Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in a long-shot. Charlie Chaplin
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. Max Lucado
It is the mark of an educated mind, to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle
Another flaw in the human character is that everyone wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance. Kurt Vonnegut
I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him. Mark Twain
In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. Robert Frost
Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. Anonymous
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw
Growing up is merely watching your heroes turn human right before your eyes. The Wonder Years
What do they call the person who graduated last in his class in med school? Doctor.
All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. T. E. Lawrence
Nothing of me is original. I am the combined efforts of everyone I’ve every known. Chuck Palahniuk
There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing” Elbert Hubbard
Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon. Paul Brandt
If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets. Haruki Murakami
When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending. Thích Nhất Hạnh
Warning: everything saved will be lost. Wii notification
There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man. Patrick Rothfuss
Imagining the Future is a kind of nostalgia. You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present. John Green
Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. Marcus Aurelius
Treat the Earth Well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. Kenyan Proverb
I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone, it’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone. Robin Williams
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke
A person is a person no matter how small. Dr. Seuss
There are 1,000 lessons in defeat. But only one in victory. Confucious
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing. Teddy Roosevelt
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. Charles Darwin
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
Eleanore Roosevelt
Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying. Arthur C. Clarke
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the universe. Albert Einstein
Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it. André Gide
Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that. George Carlin
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Mr. Rogers
Stay strong. Depression lies. Wil Wheaton
I have noticed that people who claim everything is predestined, and we can do nothing to change it, look both ways before crossing the road. Stephen Hawking
You are the universe experiencing itself. Alan Watts
The bigger the mountain, the better the view. Unknown Thought Catalog Logo Mark
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