Quotes to Influence Your Life and Increase Your Deep Thinking


The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if
you want to succeed in business–or almost anywhere else for that
Lee Iacocca

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Francis Bacon

In everything the ends well defined are the secret of durable success.
Victor Cousins

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.
Vince Lombardi

Failures do what is tension relieving,
while winners do what is goal achieving.
Dennis Waitley

A man should have any number of little aims about which he should
be conscious and for which he should have names, but he should have
neither name for, nor consciousness concerning, the main aim of his
Samuel Butler

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.
Brian Tracy, Eat that Frog

The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live to
Michel de Montaigne

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,
or what’s a heaven for?
Robert Browning

The significance of a man is not in what he attains but in what he
longs to attain.
Kahlil Gibran

Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks
as a matter of course and prescriptive right.
Aldous Huxley

If you don’t know where you are going,
you’ll end up someplace else.
Yogi Berra

Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the
goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the
last moment, more vigorous efforts than before.

Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.
Viktor Frankl

The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize.
Richard Monckton Milnes

To reach a port, we must sail—Sail, not tie at anchor—Sail, not drift.
Franklin Roosevelt

There is no happiness except in the realization that we have
accomplished something.
Henry Ford

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not
know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.

It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each
step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Who aims at excellence will be above mediocrity; who aims at
mediocrity will be far short of it.
Burmese Saying

In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to
performing daily acts of trivia.
Author Unknown

Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ballpark.
David Ogilvy

There are two things to aim at in life; first to get what you want, and
after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind has achieved the
Logan Pearsall Smith

Nature and wisdom never are at strife.

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
Francois De La Rochefoucauld

The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.
William James

The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second
listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching
Solomon Ibn Gabriol

Years teach us more than books.
Berthold Auerbach

The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs,
which are brief and pithy.
William Penn

The middle course is the best.

The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all the other woes of
mankind, is wisdom.
Thomas Huxley

A wise man learns by the mistakes of others,
a fool by his own.
Latin Proverb

Silence does not always mark wisdom.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

No man was ever wise by chance.

Not to know at large of things remote
From use, obscure and subtle, but to know
That which before us lies in daily life,
Is the prime wisdom.
John Milton

By associating with wise people you will become wise yourself.

The seat of knowledge is in the head, of wisdom,
in the heart.
William Hazlitt

Of all parts of wisdom the practice is the best.
John Tillotson

The more a man knows, the more he forgives.
Catherine the Great

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
Charles Dickens

One who understands much displays a greater simplicity of character
than one who understands little.
Alexander Chase

How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!

On every thorn, delightful wisdom grows,
In every rill a sweet instruction flows.
Edward Young

The man of wisdom is never of two minds;
the man of benevolence never worries;
the man of courage is never afraid.

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look
so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been
opened for us.
Helen Keller

Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in
virtuous activities.

Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of
happiness dwells in the soul.

People with many interests live, not only longest, but happiest.
George Matthew Allen

In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that
blossom at their feet.
Albert Schweitzer

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is
generally the by-product of other activities.
Aldous Huxley

There is only one person who could ever make you happy, and that
person is you.
David Burns, Intimate Connections

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions—the little soonforgotten
charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt
compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless
other infinitesimals of pleasurable thought and genial feeling.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Happiness consists in activity: such is the constitution of our nature;
it is a running stream, and not a stagnant pool.
John M. Good

Men spend their lives in anticipations,—in determining to be vastly
happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has
one advantage over every other—it is our own. Past opportunities are
gone, future have not come. We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we
would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too
long, we shall find that both are soured by age.
Charles Caleb Colton

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and
in their pleasure takes joy, even as though ’twere his own.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The chances are that you have already come to believe that happiness
is unattainable. But men have attained it. And they have attained it by
realising that happiness does not spring from the procuring of
physical or mental pleasure, but from the development of reason and
the adjustment of conduct to principles.
Arnold Bennett

Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the
Alice Meynell

Fortify yourself with contentment, for this is an impregnable fortress.

Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on
outward circumstances.
Benjamin Franklin

There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying
things which are beyond the power of our will.

I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather
than attempting to satisfy them.
John Stuart Mills

You’re happiest while you’re making the greatest contribution.
Robert F. Kennedy

Action may not always bring happiness;
but there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli

Great effort from great motives is the best definition of a happy life.
William Ellery Channing

There is more to life than increasing its speed.
Mahatma Ghandi

The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when
Henry W. Longfellow

Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in
strangers’ gardens.
Douglas Jerrold

Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it.
J. Petit Senn

To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.
Albert Camus

Happiness depends upon ourselves.

Try to be happy in this present moment, and put not off being so to a
time to come,—as though that time should be of another make from
this which has already come and is ours.
Thomas Fuller

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
George Santayana

No man is happy who does not think himself so.
Publilius Syrus

Our minds are as different as our faces: we are all traveling to one
destination; –happiness; but few are going by the same road.
Charles Caleb Colton

he way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire
to appear.

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not
stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in
and scramble through as well as we can.
Robert Cushing

The searching-out and thorough investigation of truth ought to be the
primary study of man.

The only journey is the journey within.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Know thyself means this, that you get acquainted with what you
know, and what you can do.

Yes, know thyself: in great concerns or small,
Be this thy care, for this, my friend, is all.

Men soon the faults of others learn
A few their virtues, too, find out;
But is there one—I have a doubt—
Who can his own defects discern?
Sanskrit Proverb

Collect as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous.

If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade
when we are old.
Lord Chesterfield

If you have an hour, will you not improve that hour, instead of idling
it away?
Lord Chesterfield

Follow your honest convictions, and stay strong.
William Thackeray

He that will not reflect is a ruined man.
Asian Proverb

Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better
Doug Firebaugh