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Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Words to Live By

Posted on Oct 3, 2014 by in Meditations, Quotes | 0 comments

An old teacher gave me this, at first I thought it was corny, but the longer I live the more brilliant I realize it is. I’ve added a few of my own in over time.

  1. Never entertain any negative thoughts, even past negative thoughts.
  2. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the prize.
  3. Defeat is a state of mind, you never lose unless you quit.
  4. It is not what you are now, but what you become that matters.
  5. Think and act with confidence; Smile and show your teeth.
  6. Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
  7. Whatever the mind of man can conceive of and believe in, it can achieve.
  8. Greatness is not a goal you achieve, but a path you walk.
  9. If the going is easy, beware, you may be going down hill.
  10. You do not find what you do not seek.
  11. The future depends on what we do in the present.
  12. Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more wisely.
  13. Fall seven times; Stand up eight.
  14. To accomplish great things we must not only dream, but act.
  15. We learn and grow by falling down, not standing still.
  16. We become what we think about.
  17. Never underestimate your power to change yourself.
  18. You can’t always control a situation, but you can always control your own thoughts.
  19. Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.
  20. That which does not kill you makes you stronger.
  21. What matters is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.
  22. Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
  23. Never give up.
  24. Stopping at 3rd base adds no more runs than striking out.
  25. It is quite possible to work with out results, but there will never be results with out work.
  26. Most of the important things in the world have been achieved by people who kept on trying when there seemed no hope at all.
  27. The will to prepare is more than the will to win.
  28. The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
  29. You will come to know that what appears today to be a sacrifice, will prove instead to be the greatest investment you ever made.
  30. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think say or do. It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill. It will make or break a company, home, or person. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react it.
  31. A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.
  32. Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be overcome first.
  33. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
  34. We mustn’t let our passions destroy our dreams.
  35. Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
  36. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, ‘Press on,’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
  37. Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
  38. Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.
  39. “It makes you realize how fragile life is, how quickly it can be taken away. I think about my death at least once a day. I say to myself, ‘Am I living my life? Am I enjoying my life today?’ Because this is not a rehearsal. This is it.”
  40. You are as happy as you think you should be.
  41. You can’t always control a situation, but you can always control your own thoughts.
  42. Awareness is without choice, without demand, without anxiety. It has no frontier; it is giving of your whole being.
  43. Freedom discovers man the moment he loses concern over what impression he is making or about to make.
  44. Put down preconceived ideas, let go of opinions, perceive what is.
  45. See with the eyes of a child; there are no limits, nothing is set in stone, this moment is new.
  46. Hack away at the inessentials.
  47. Stay mindful of your actions, every thought a choice, your mind unbounded.
  48. The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all action.
  49. Moving and yet not moving, in tension and yet relaxed, seeing everything happening and yet not at all anxious about its outcome, with nothing purposely designed, nothing consciously calculated, no anticipation, no expectation – in short, standing innocently like a baby and yet, with all the cunning, subterfuge and keen intelligence of a fully mature mind.
  50. Focus on the things that will really change your life, you can waste your life just getting by; time will pass the same either way.
  51. Focus on end results. Plan. Keep an overall point in mind. Know where you’re going. To make progress you need a direction.
  52. Fight emotional and mechanical thought; keep your mind new and fluid, constantly reinvent; purge self inflicted pain and negativity, self pity and diversion.
  53. Fight a constant battle with yourself, face down your doubts and fears; declare unceasing war on your weaknesses and lack of resolve.


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