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How does your favorite quote relate to your life?

Asked by mattbrowne (31600points) March 25th, 2009

Here’s my favorite quote: The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.—Michelangelo

I like toying with ideas related to future projects. Asking thought-provoking questions is an important part of my life. I enjoy lively debates.

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ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate,
but that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were all meant to shine, as children do.
It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone.
And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

by far one of my favorite quotes.

Jiminez's avatar

“Life is so short we must move very slowly.” – attributed to the Talmud

It sums up exactly how I feel about life. It’s counter-intuitive at first, but it makes sense. You don’t get the same joy out of eating a banana split if you simply scarf it down and don’t savor it.

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

My father always said “Life’s too short not to waste a little time” essentially the same thing, I always tried to take that into consideration whenever I do anything.

Bluefreedom's avatar

One of my favorite quotes pretty much defines my outlook on how I anticipate each and every new day.

Yesterday is already a dream and tomorrow is only a vision,
But every today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

- Author unknown

JellyB's avatar

I don’t have a favourite quote! But I DO live by the saying “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, as much as i can, because i think it’s important.

nmguy's avatar

A Mexican saying that I apply to myself on a regular basis is: “Fui por lana y salĂ­ trasquilado”. (I went to get wool and came back fully shorn.)

I use it when I try to do something good like fixing a neighbor’s fence and it turns into a catastrophe—The whole thing falls down.

Mr_M's avatar


1. My late father used to say:

“Good, better, best,
Never let it rest,
until “Good” becomes “Better”
and “Better” becomes “Best”.

And I hear him say that in my mind whenever I complete most projects.

2. “Speak softly and carry a big stick”

Like that scene in Indiana Jones, i.e., when someone pulls out a sword, pull out your secret “GUN” and blow them away.

Sr_Q's avatar

“To think too much is a disease, a real, actual disease.”-Fyodor Dostoevsky.

It doesn’t take much explaining. This is my blessing and my curse. I believe I inherited it from my father. All I must do is learn to live and tame my mind.

May2689's avatar

my mama always said: life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get
From Forrest Gump, this is by far my favorite quote. Whenever I dont understand someones attitude, when something goes wrong, or when something is just perfect, I try to remember this.

VzzBzz's avatar

“one good hit heals nine misses”
It’s my own quote and it is truly the story of my life. Numbers and life.

tinyfaery's avatar

“All that I know is that I know nothing” Socrates

It reminds me that I do not know anything for certain, that I have so much to learn, and that I am not better, smarter or more important than anyone else.

hug_of_war's avatar

I can’t pick a favourite quote, but one I love is “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself” – Leo Tolstoy. It relates to my life because it reminds me change starts first with me. That’s how even a small insignificant person can change the world.

VS's avatar

@mattbrowne – LURVE for the Michelangelo quote – since you took my favorite, I shall share my second favorite:

“I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.”—Leo Rosten
So true!!

mattbrowne's avatar

@VS – Isn’t it great to have something in common!

VS's avatar

@mattbrowne It is indeed!

_bob's avatar

Nemo me impune lacessit.

I think it’s self-explanatory.

Xilas's avatar

“Life is like a game of pinball…Sometimes you tilt..sometimes you wiggle..and myself… you get an extra ball”

curse or blessing? This, for me describes the true meaning of “throwness” which relates to personality psychology.

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