Life quotes 101 to 150

  1. ‘In fact, whenever you must learn a new skill or alter your career path later in life, you reconnect with that youthful, adventurous part of yourself.’ Robert Greene
  2. ‘We should take up hobbies – a game, a musical instrument, a foreign language – that brings pleasure but also offers us the chance to strengthen our memory capacities and the flexibility of our brain. In doing so, we can train ourselves to process large amounts of information without feeling anxious or overtaxed.’ Robert Greene
  3. ‘The best form of welfare is work, because the dignity that comes with work is very important. To be able to provide for your own family, to stand on your own two feet, I think there’s a value that comes from that that public assistance cannot replace.’ Tan Chuan Jin
  4. ‘If you go at your work with half a heart, it will show in the lackluster results and in the laggard way in which you reach the end.’ Robert Greene
  5. ‘I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do.’ Roger Ebert
  6. ‘To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems…our health…our circumstances…We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.’ Roger Ebert
  7. ‘In order to have a happy life, a rewarding life, you need to be active. So involvement is more important to happiness than meaning in the sense of the why, why we are here.’ Professor Veenhoven
  8. ‘It is not possible to have both the fishes’ fins and bears’ paws at the same time; This relates to the battle between ‘interest vs livelihood’. There are trade-offs to be made; One must learn to choose wisely; For only then life will be smooth (with help from google translate)
  9. ‘Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.’ Anonymous
  10. “I haven’t done a good job, I’ve done a good job in finding people who can do a better job than me in everything I ask them to do.” Will Butler-Adams, on the need for capable employees
  11. “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless like water. Now, if you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup. You put it in a teapot and it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or creep or drip or crash. Be water, my friend.” Bruce Lee
  12. ‘If you live with nine cats, you become desensitized to their scent. If you smoke cigarettes, it damages your olfactory capacities so much that you can’t smell smoke anymore.’ Charles Duhigg
  13. ‘Champions don’t do extraordinary things. They do ordinary things, but they do them without thinking, too fast for the other team to react. They follow the habits they’ve learned.’ Tony Dungy, an NFL coach
  14. ‘The problem is that your brain can’t tell the difference between bad and good habits, and so if you have a bad one, it’s always lurking there, waiting for the right cues and rewards.’ Ann Graybiel
  15. ‘Alcoholics crave a drink because it offers escape, relaxation, companionship, the blunting of anxieties, and an opportunity for emotional release. They might crave a cocktail to forget their worries. But they don’t necessarily crave feeling drunk (extracted from The Power of Habits, lol. Good to know. FYI)’ Charles Duhigg
  16. ‘There’s something really powerful about groups and shared experiences. People might be skeptical about their ability to change if they’re by themselves, but a group will convince them to suspend disbelief. A community creates belief.’ Lee Ann Kaskutas, on why Alcoholic Anonymous works
  17. ‘…But to change an old habit, you must address an old craving. You have to keep the same cues and rewards as before, and feed the craving by inserting a new routine.’ Charles Duhigg
  18. ‘In daily life, because triumph is made more visible than failure, you systematically overestimate your chances of succeeding…Behind every popular author you can find 100 other writers whose books will never sell. Behind them are another 100 who haven’t found publishers. Behind them are yet another 100 whose unfinished manuscripts gather dust in drawers.’ Rolf Dobelli
  19. ‘I wrote you a get well card. Get well! I hope you recover quickly from your shitty personality.’
  20. The upgraded Out Of Office message: “Many thanks for your mail. Unfortunately I won’t be able to read it, as I am taking my annual email sabbatical. From August 1-29 all my emails will be automatically deleted. See you in September, Best Regards XX.”
  21. ‘This, then, is the real heart of education, that everyone appreciates there is a learning moment in every situation, in every decision we make, in every promise we pledge. Our Principals and teachers have a huge responsibility to help shape our students’ characters. Of course, parents play a most important role, so I ask parents to work together with our educators to give our children the best experiences and lessons to become outstanding young people of character. Because ultimately that is what is really at stake.’ Heng Swee Keat
  22. “A-players hire people even better than themselves. It’s clear, though, that B-players hire C-players so they can feel superior to them and the C-players hire D-players. If you start hiring B-players, expect what Steve Jobs called ‘The Bozo Explosion’ to happen in your organization.” Guy Kawasaki
  23. ‘We face difficult choices: We need foreign workers to serve our economy and Singaporeans’ needs, and immigrants to make up for our shortfall of babies. But we also worry about crowding and congestion, and maintaining our Singaporean identity. So we are feeling our way forward carefully, conscious both of our needs and our limits, and seeking the best outcome for Singaporeans.’ Lee Hsien Loong
  24. ‘Why you shouldn’t read news: 1) journalists like to sensationalize or distort news; 2) most is irrelevant as they do not aid your career or business; 3) reading it is a waste of time; 4) the time could be used for other things, like working; 5) if news were that crucial, why aren’t journalists the richest people on earth?’ Rolf Dobelli (The Art of Thinking Clearly)
  25. ‘We seldom forget uncompleted tasks; they persist in our consciousness and do not let up, tugging at us like little children, until we give them our attention. On the other hand, once we’ve completed a task and checked it off our mental list, it is erased from memory.’ Rolf Dobelli, on the Zeigarnik Effect
  26. ‘We want to encourage more young people to build a better world, and a better Singapore. You are our future, you’re idealistic, full of energy and passion. Go forth, change Singapore, change the world, for the better.’ Lee Hsien Loong (National Day Rally 2013)
  27. ‘Life is random and fucked-up and arbitrary, until you find someone who can make sense of it all for you— if only temporarily.’ Matthew Quick (The Silver Linings Playbook)
  28. ‘I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.’ Martin Luther King
  29. ‘We really do it because we love growing food and connecting with the community. The income is secondary.’ Karen Sommerlad
  30. ‘By giving young Singaporeans an opportunity to volunteer, they’ll discover for themselves the vicissitudes of life, the difficulties of life.’ Vivian Balakrishnan, on the new Volunteer Youth Corps initiative
  31. The study concludes that those in poverty, by having more constant and extensive financial worries, expend more of their mental capacity on these concerns, so that less can be used for other tasks.
  32. ‘And every analysis of what makes lucky and happy people lucky and happy demonstrates they adapt fast and well to new situations and people, and so are defended by complex social circles and acclimatised to change. They offer and request help and are free to embrace what’s positive in life’s inevitable alterations. They don’t try to impose stillness on a universe which is in motion. They know real security involves a degree of exposure.’ Al Kennedy
  33. ‘Our intuition doesn’t like change either, but we can overcome it. Approaching the changing reality of reality with sensible flexibility is the best strategy for happiness. I don’t believe it, but it’s true. And if I can change my mind, I can change anything else I need to.’ Al Kennedy
  34. ‘I’ve since come to realise that monetary reward is just one factor that determines whether you like your job or not. The nature of the work – whether it interests and engages you – matters a lot. So do the environment you work in, how far your office is from your home, and your colleagues.’ Sumiko Tan
  35. ‘If you’re the sort who finds fault in everything, even the most prestigious job title, generous salary letter and grand office will never satisfy you.’ Sumiko Tan
  36. ‘When we’re out on weekends and we see foreign workers on lorries, I always say how sorry I feel for them and how they must be hating their jobs. Not necessarily, H tells me. How do you know they don’t like manual work, or aren’t enjoying the wind on their faces as they travel at the back of the lorry?’ Sumiko Tan
  37. ‘Since meeting H (her husband who is an electrician), I’ve also realised that your attitude to your job ultimately has to do with yourself.’ Sumiko Tan
  38. ‘Building resilience isn’t about blind optimism. Rather than looking only on the bright side and pushing away negative emotions, resilient people let themselves experience what they’re feeling in any given situation, whether it’s good or bad.’ Barbara Fredrickson
  39. ‘One of the things about women and motherhood is that we are basically socialised from the moment we are born into the expectation that we will have children. If you don’t you have to provide an explanation.’ Tina Miller
  40. ‘No-one can tell you what it’s like to be a parent. Nothing can prepare you for that. If you aren’t a parent yourself you can have ideas yourself but you can’t know.’ Tina Miller
  41. ‘If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you.’ David Foster Wallace
  42. ‘Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. But the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they’re evil or sinful, it’s that they’re unconscious. They are default settings.’ David Foster Wallace
  43. ‘The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day.’ David Foster Wallace
  44. ”Lack of sleep has also been shown to increase our urge to snack between meals and causes us to excessively season our food, eat fewer vegetables, buy more junk food and buy more food overall.’ Dr Neil Stanley
  45. ‘When you were born you were crying and everyone else was smiling. Live your life so that at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone else is crying.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  46. ‘The credit belongs to the man in the arena whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who, at worst, if he fails…at least fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.’ Theodore Roosevelt
  47. ‘Far better it seems to me, in our vulnerability is to look death in the eye and to be grateful for each day for the brief magnificent opportunity that life provides.’ Carl Sagan
  48. ‘Your holiness, what surprises you most about humanity? Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money, then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future than he does not enjoy the present.’ Dalai Lama
  49. ‘Be careful what you water your dreams with, water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.’ Lao Tzu
  50. ‘If we listened to our intellect we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship, we’d be cynical. You’re going to miss life. You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.’ Ray Bradbury



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