There were times I lost my way. If I felt that friends and family couldn’t provide meaningful direction, I searched for wisdom and guidance in books.
Finding quotations that were appropriate to my situation provided reassurance. I realized I wasn’t the first person to wrestle with the issue. And I quickly saw that answers were uncovered by others, communicated to me through the ages in the form of word gifts. I quickly benefited from the wisdom they shared.
Here are the most valuable 10 quotes I’ve relied on, that echo through many stages of my life. I’m so grateful for whatever led these people to discover and share what I’ve grown to recognize as fundamental human truths. I’ve repeated each of these to friends and acquaintances through the years, hoping that these gifts of wisdom would guide them as they guide me. Maybe one of these will be meaningful for you and you can pass the word gifts along too.
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- “Life can only be understood backward but it must be lived forward.” Soren Kierkegaard
- “Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing himself.” Leo Tolstoy
- “You must be the change you want to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi
- “Everything has beauty but not everyone can see.” Confucius
- “The mind is everything. What you think, you become.” Buddha
- “This above all; to thine own self be true.” William Shakespeare
- “It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.” EE Cummings
- “The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.” Carl Rogers
- “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou
- “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost
- Bonus quote: “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” Mark Twain