8 quotes about life

Life can be full of the proverbial ‘trials and tribulations’ that have to do with your worldview perspective. Throughout our childhood and into our adulthood, we are exposed to countless advertisements, watch movies, enjoy TV shows or sports broadcasts.

We hear slogans, taglines, and all sorts of clever little euphemisms that stick with us and help define our attitude about just about everything in our life. There are all kinds of dating floating around the internet. Some are deep, some are dumb.

This article features a handful of life quotes that can be considered inspiring or insightful. It is meant to help you keep an open mind and be hopeful, unlike the doom and gloom that has invaded our airwaves.

“In the midst of difficulty lies opportunity.” -Albert Einstein

I’m not sure who originally said many of these quotes, but over the years I’ve been exposed to them and for some reason they have stuck with me. The reason I like this quote is because it can be used for relationships, business, entrepreneurship, sports, and much more. We’ve all heard those ‘silver lining’ clich├ęs, but this is more sophisticated and strikes a deeper chord with me.

“A tide lifts all ships” – John F. Kennedy

Over the years, I have been able to apply this quote to my own businesses, as well as to friends who have opened a store. I find it comical when a coffee shop owner worries and fears impending doom when a Starbucks moves down the block.

Initially, one might think of closing shop and going into another line of work. However, if you really think about it, everyone knows the Starbucks icon. Most places attract a lot of coffee drinkers. I find it hard to believe that all the customers who drink coffee in that particular neighborhood only go to Starbucks. Your establishment is bound to get more foot traffic. In fact, many of the businesses next to that new Starbucks have gone up in value. Its openness enhances everything that surrounds it.

“It may take a year, it may take a day, but what is meant to be will always find its way.”

If you have a dream, strive to achieve it. It may not happen overnight, but if you are persistent, it could very well happen when you least expect it. My takeaway from this quote is that being patient is the key to success. Don’t get too out of shape if your master plan doesn’t happen in the time frame you hoped to achieve. Let it percolate and if it’s meant to be, it will happen.

“Don’t cry about the past, it’s gone. Don’t stress about the future, it hasn’t come. Live in the present and make it beautiful.”

A more simplified version of this quote is “Don’t Cry Over Spill Milk.” This is much easier said than done and not easy for me to accomplish. The best I’ve been able to do is give myself a short window of time to be upset about something and then let it go. As for the future, you can forecast and strive to put yourself in a better position in the future, but at the end of the day, you cannot control what is on the cards. You have to roll with the punches. Make every day count because it can be gone in the blink of an eye.

“Focus on what matters and let go of what doesn’t.”

This quote has been etched into my brain for 20 years, but all it seems to do is irritate me. It’s so easy to say this to another person, it’s much harder to let it go. It’s so obvious, but it rubs me in a condescending way.

“Life always offers you a second chance. It’s called tomorrow.”

This is a fairly new date for me. It’s been a few years since I first heard it and I really like the simplicity. This is the visual reminder that when I wake up the next day, it’s another “rerun.”

“Life is really simple, but we insist on complicating it.” -Confucius

This is a quote you might have heard in an episode of Kung Fu. I don’t know where I got it from, but I know it’s completely true. Humanity has thrown so much emotion, righteous outrage, and complexity into everything from religion, to land rights, to individual rights. We tend to sweat the small stuff.

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” – Soren Kierkegaard

I met Soren Kierkegaard in college in the early 1990s, and this quote always kept things in perspective for me. Instead of trying to be a perennial fixer, I need an occasional reminder to enjoy each day and be tolerant of mishaps along the way.

Most people have a few dozen sayings or quotes that inspire them to be more productive or positive. I’ve listed eight quotes that meant something to me and I’d love to read some of your favorites. Thank you for reading.

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