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What are some quotes that impacted you enough to influence your behavior?

Asked by Xann009 (876points) December 17th, 2009

Two of mine are by Mark Twain:
“It is better to deserve honors and have none, than to have honors and not deserve them.” and
“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

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75movies's avatar

Try again.
Fail again.
Fail better.
(or something like that)

_Jade_'s avatar

What goes around, comes around. Trust me…more often than not…it does.

Ansible1's avatar

Nothing in this world that’s worth having comes easy

Cotton101's avatar

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill (my favorite)

jrpowell's avatar

“So leave your mark on our world by leaving no mark at all.” Lyrics from the song Perfection by Fifteen.

phillis's avatar

On a Methodist church sign about 12 years ago:

“Those who deserve love the least are often those who need it the most.”

belakyre's avatar

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This gave me a lot of guilt trips in my life, but I think its totally worth it and I’m definitely going to continue to live by this in the (hopefully) many years to come!

Silhouette's avatar

My life is my message.

OpryLeigh's avatar

One of my favourites has always been “when you love someone, let them go. If they come back to you then they were always yours, if they don’t then they never were”. The reason it is a favourite is because when I experienced my first real heartbreak my dad said this to me. I kept it with me while I was grieving for the love that had gone away and after a couple of months of pain I realised how true this quote can be.

Another one I really like is “Let those without sin cast the first stone” obviously adapted from a similar quote from the Bible. I wish everyone including myself at times would think about that before opening their mouths!

Xann009's avatar

@Leanne1986 I’ve never heard the quote, but I’ve thought about something similar before.

A quote that, conversely, I find myself not wanting to follow but yet still do, is this:

“Better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you a fool, then to open it an remove all doubt.”

UScitizen's avatar

‘I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.’ – Thomas Jefferson, 1802
This helped me vote for Ron Paul. Jefferson was clairvoyant.

SirGoofy's avatar

“Shit happens.”

Blackberry's avatar

A quote from the secular humanist manifesto. It essentially said some god doesn’t, and won’t make our decisions. We as humans impact ourselves and our planet so we need to take responsibility and do what it takes to make this earth better for each other.

No one can disagree with that… one.

SABOTEUR's avatar

“You can’t make sense out of nonsense”

…the recognition of which frees the mind from the task of finding reason for something that is obviously nonsense.

Like the old Cheech & Chong bit where the one eskimo prompts the other eskino to identify a substance they happen upon. Each time the eskimo feels, smells and tastes the substance, he confirms it to be dog poop. The final consensus?

“Hmmm…good thing we not step in it.”


Christian95's avatar

’‘Logic can take you from A to B Imagination can take you everywhere’’
Albert Einstein

Vunessuh's avatar

This quote inspired me to take risks, never fear the unknown and appreciate the challenge that is life itself.

Come to the edge.
We might fall.
Come to the edge.
It’s too high!
Come to the edge!
And they came,
and he pushed,
and they flew.
—Christopher Logue

75movies's avatar

If can, can. If cannot, cannot.

75movies's avatar

Natural selection loves you.

phillis's avatar

THAT was good, 75movies :)
Vunessuh, I LOVE that quote. It reminds me so much of Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

dphhaas's avatar

“how can you trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders? he can’t even trust his own pants.” from once upon a time in the west and that makes perfect sense to me…i never do.

Jude's avatar

“This too shall pass”

“All that you have, is all that you need”

“You can’t change other people’s behavior. The only thing you have control over, is how you react to their behavior”

stratman37's avatar

“Pray as if no work will help, and work as if no prayer will help.

Cotton101's avatar

“the truth shall set you free!”

Xann009's avatar

“Don’t mind the man behind the curtain.”

phillis's avatar

Oh, snap. You are on a roll tonight!

boffin's avatar

“If you can make black marks on a straight from the time you turn out of a corner until the braking point of the next turn, then you have enough horsepower.” – Mark Donohue

HumourMe's avatar

Just Do It. Don’t think of all the possible scenarios and negative situations that could arise. You only live once so just go ahead and do it. It’s worked quite well lately and has impacted my life in a positive way.

phillis's avatar

Good for you, HumourMe. A lot of folks culd use that advice, I’m sure. We let our fears make our decisions for us.

HumourMe's avatar

Couldn’t agree more, thanks phillis.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

Better pissed off than pissed on.

snf276's avatar

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, than faith, than fairness, give me truth.”

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising everytime we fall.”

“In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.”

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

Another from Mark Twain: “Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt”.

Dilettante's avatar

“Thou canst not pluck a flower without the trembling of a star.”

“All it takes for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing.”

“Stand up for what you believe in or you’ll fall for anything.”

And from my Father, the greatest man who ever lived:
“A gentleman is a man who puts the comfort of those around him above his own.”

All these have influenced the way I live.

laportama's avatar

Trust in the LORD with all your might and lean not on your own understanding.

BUT ACTUALLY, my best and most persistent quoTATIONs over the years have been from trusted friends.

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