Life quotes 151 to 200

151. ‘The only advice I can give for potential writers: Don’t make stuff because you want to make money, it will never make you enough money. Don’t make stuff because you want to get famous, because you will never feel famous enough. Make gifts for people and work hard on making those gifts in the hope that those people will notice. Maybe they will notice how hard you worked…and maybe they won’t. And if they don’t notice…I know it’s frustrating…but ultimately, that doesn’t change anything because your responsibility is not to the people you’re making the gift for but the gift itself.’ John Green

152. ‘Nature loves courage. You make the commitment, and that nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream that impossible dream and the world will not grind you under. It will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all the teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold…this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. It’s done by hurling yourself in the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.’ Terence McKenna

153. ‘I am graduating. I should look at this as a positive experience, especially being at the top of my class. However, in retrospect, I cannot say that I am any more intelligent than my peers. I can attest that I am only the best at doing what I am told and working the system. Yet, here I stand, and I am supposed to be proud that I have completed this period of indoctrination. I will leave in the fall to go on to the next phase expected of me, in order to receive a paper document that certifies that I am capable of work. But I contest that I am a human being, a thinker, an adventurer – not a worker. A worker is someone who is trapped within repetition. A slave of the system set up before him. But now, I have successfully shown that I was the best slave. I did what I was told to the extreme. While others sat in class and doodled to later become great artists, I sat in class to take notes and become a great test-taker. While others would come to class without their homework done because they were reading about an interest of theirs, I never missed an assignment. While others were creating music and lyrics, I decided to do extra credit, even though I never needed it. I wonder, why did I even what this position. Sure, I earned it, but what will come of it? When I leave educational institutionalism, will I be successful? Or forever lost? I have no clue about what I want to do with my life. I have no interests because I saw every subject of study as work, and I excelled at every subject just for the purpose of excelling, not learning. And quite frankly, I am scared.’ Erica Goldson

154. ‘Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that thing must be attained.’ Marie Curie

155. ‘Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure. But the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it. Life is difficult, and complicated, and beyond anyone’s total control and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes. I am not going to stand here and tell you that failure is fun. That period (writing Harry Potter) of my life was a dark one. I had no idea how far the tunnel extended. For a long time, any light at the end of it was a hope rather than a reality. You might never fail on the scale I did but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default. Failure gave me an inner security that I had never attained by passing examinations. Failure taught me things about myself that I could have learned no other way. Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive. You will never truly know yourself or the strength of your relationships until both have been tested by adversity. Such knowledge is a true gift for all that it is painfully won and it has been worth more than any qualification I ever earned.’ J.K. Rowling

156. ‘I find that having a job is one of the best things in the world that could happen to me. It introduces discipline and regularity into one’s life.’ Wallace Steven

157. ”It’s not because they (young adults in HK) need to think about their food or their way to live. It is something about society’s expectations. They need to achieve so many things.’ Raymond Sze, on why people play reality escape and puzzle games

158. ‘Although Hong Kong is one of the wealthiest cities in Asia, its success has made life difficult for many young people, who struggle to land high-paying jobs to get their foot on the property ladder.’ Juliana Liu

159. “You might think: ‘I’ll cut back on sleep during the week and then make up for it at the weekend.’ Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that, because memories need to be consolidated within 24 hours of being formed.” Michael Mosley

160. ‘If anything I hope that if people, if anybody manages to see me fight… hopefully they’ll understand that it doesn’t matter who you are: male, female, Asian, non Asian – you can do things that you want to. Just because there’s a societal stereotype in a certain area or region, [should I] try to fit myself into it? If you want to try something new in your life, why not?’ Sherilyn Lim

161. ‘I believe we have an obligation to read for pleasure, in private and in public places. If we read for pleasure, if others see us reading, then we learn, we exercise our imaginations. We show others that reading is a good thing.’ Neil Gaiman

162. ‘We have an obligation to make things beautiful. Not to leave the world uglier than we found it, not to empty the oceans, not to leave our problems for the next generation. We have an obligation to clean up after ourselves, and not leave our children with a world we’ve shortsightedly messed up, shortchanged, and crippled.’ Neil Gaiman

163. ‘We have an obligation to imagine. It is easy to pretend that nobody can change anything, that we are in a world in which society is huge and the individual is less than nothing: an atom in a wall, a grain of rice in a rice field. But the truth is, individuals change their world over and over, individuals make the future, and they do it by imagining that things can be different.’ Neil Gaiman

164. ‘If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.’ Albert Einstein

165. ‘You can’t predict it all. People will tell you to plan things out as best as you can. They will tell you to focus. They will tell you to follow your dreams. They will all be right.’ Elizabeth Warren

166. “Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to consider the unexpected. Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to entertain the improbable opportunity that comes looking for you. And never be so faithful to your plan that when you hit a bump in the road -– or when the bumps hit you -– you don’t have the fortitude, grace and resiliency to rethink and regroup.” Elizabeth Warren

167. ‘If you want to play chess, you need to play it with the master, because that’s the only way you learn.’ Old Chinese Saying

168. ‘No job is more important than parenting, yet no one is suggesting parents go off for a university course to qualify as a parent. Parents pick it up as they go along, and that’s exactly the way great teachers are forged.’ Anthony Seldon

169. ‘What is the teacher X factor? It is simple: passion and intellect, heart and head, love of subject and love of children. Selfless compassion and tireless energy are not enough, however. Successful applicants need deep subject knowledge and the ability to communicate in ways that will inspire the young to want to learn.’ Anthony Seldon

170. ‘When I first joined EDB, many colleagues asked why I was willing to settle for lesser pay. The thing is, I have found that Vitamin M (money) isn’t my only consideration. From an early age, my father taught me the importance of pursuing honour over wealth. Although it took a while, I have discovered what motivates me, what is passion and conviction.’ Low Yen Ling

171. ‘Character must be valued over reputation. Someone once told me that reputation is what you are when someone is looking at you. Character is what you are when people aren’t looking at you. If you are who you are, then you don’t have to worry about your reputation.’ Low Yen Ling

172. ‘There’s a phrase in Judaism, tikkun olam, which means “repairing the world.” The concept is that people shouldn’t do something simply because the religion requires it but rather because it makes things – something, anything – a little better.’ Mike Mayo

173. ‘I have something that he’ll never have: enough.’ Paul Volker (ex-Federal Reserve chairman), on hearing a young hedge fund manager brag about how much he earns

174. ‘There are moments in our lives when we summon the courage to make choices that go against reason, against common sense and the wise counsel of people we trust.’ Howard Schultz

175. ‘When women asked to rate what characteristics are most important to them for a suitable partner, women are most likely to list: considerate, honest, understanding, loyal and interesting to talk to. Whereas men say they prefer women who are physically attractive, good looking, and frugal.’ Alexandra Sifferlin

176. “One ship drives east and another drives west with the selfsame winds that blow. ‘Tis the set of the sails and not the gales which tells us the way to go. Like the winds of the sea are the ways of fate as we voyage along through life. ‘Tis the set of the soul that decides its goal. And not the calm or the strife.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox

177. ‘Like what I said, change is the only constant in your life and I hope you could grasp the impending change in your life with gusto and with fearless determination. Life is a journey of constant change…’ Audit Manager

178. ‘Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.’ Victor Borge

179. ‘Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemies, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.’ Oren Arnol

180. ‘Why is Christmas just like a day at the office? You do all the work and the fat guy with the suit gets all the credit.’ Anonymous

181. ‘When one door closes, another opens. But often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.’ Helen Keller

182. ‘If you know you want to read a book, then get the book out and have it set aside and make plans to read it. Say it’s going to be at 1. When that starts, get on it. Don’t wait until that afternoon, then think — could I read? Or listen to some music? Or take a walk? Then you’ll sit about wasting an hour of what little time you have figuring out what to do with the rest of it.’ Mike Huckabee

183. ‘All the woulda-coulda-shoulda layin’ in the sun talking ‘bout the things they woulda-coulda-shoulda done. But all those woulda-coulda-shouldas all ran away and hid from one little did.’ Shel Silverstein

184. ‘Around the corner, I have a friend in this great city that has no end. Yet the days go by and weeks rush on and before I know it a year is gone. And I never see my old friend’s face for life is a swift and terrible race. He knows I like him just as well as in the days when I rang his bell. And he rang mine…but we were younger then. And now we are busy, tired men. Tired of playing a foolish game. Tired of trying to make a name. Tomorrow, I will call on Jim. Just to show I am thinking of him. But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes and distance between us grows and grows. Around the corner, yet miles away. Here’s a telegram sir. Jim died today. And that’s what we get and deserve in the end. Around the corner, a vanished friend.’ Charles Hanson Towne

185. ‘I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children. Another fig was a famous poet. Another fig was a brilliant professor. Another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor. Another fig was Europe and Africa and South America. Another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions. Another fig was an Olympic champion and beyond and above these figs were many more figs which I couldn’t really make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest. And, as I sat there, unable to decide the figs began to wrinkle and go black and one by one they plopped to the ground at my feet.’ Sylvia Plath (attempted suicide)

186. ‘It’s the mindset the media has that every 18-year-old goes out and gets drunk. Maybe people in the previous generation did. But nowadays, most people would go out to hang out.’ Liam Brooks

187. ‘I wanted no part of politics. And I wasn’t in Berlin to compete against one athlete. The purpose of the Olympics, anyway, was to do your best. The struggles within yourself. The invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us that’s where it’s at. The only victory that counts is the one over yourself.’ Jesse Owens

188. ‘To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.’ Walter Mitty (The secret life of Walter Mitty)

189. 祝大家团圆快乐,在外的打工仔们要好好珍惜在家享受天伦之乐的时间.充好电再冲刺,创事业另一个高峰. Happy CNY in advance

190. ‘I wish you could see what I can see. Sometimes, you have to get up really high to understand how small you are.’ Felix Baumgartner

191. ‘In the 1970s, the then-famous actor George Sanders shocked the world when he killed himself and left a suicide note that explained, “…I am bored.”‘ Lauren Zander, on why it important to fill your time meaningfully with activities. Bored to death

192. ‘When I meet people in different parts of the world, I am always reminded that we are all basically alike. We are all human beings. Maybe we have different clothes…our skin is of a different colour…or we speak different languages. That is on the surface. But basically, we are the same human beings. That is what binds us to each other. That is what makes it possible for us to understand each other and to develop friendship and closeness.’ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

193. ‘80% of finding someone comes down to being your most attractive self, which – like so much in life – just means putting your time in the right places. If you’re exercising, socialising, well nourished and growing in your career, you will radiate attraction automatically. The remaining 20% is simply putting yourself in places where you can meet the right people.’ Oliver Emberton

194. ‘All players die after about 29,000 days, or 80 years. If your stats and skills are good, you might last a little longer. There is no cheat code to extend this.’ Oliver Emberton

195. ‘This is why playing hard to get can be a successful strategy in the game of love. If you put an obstacle in the way of someone you like and they keep on working at it, you’re bound to make that person value you even more. On the other hand, if you drive the person to extremes and persist in rejecting them, don’t count on staying ‘just friends’. Dan Ariely (The Upside of Irrationality)

196. ‘You are under arrest, you have the right to remain silent. Anything you say may be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.’ RoboCop (2014)

197. ‘You can’t really define what you’re looking for in a guy or girl if you haven’t spent time getting to know them. Each date gives you a better understanding of the complexity of your taste. Dating is simply trial and error. And if you don’t try, that will be the biggest error of all.’ Paul Angone

198. ‘College is learning all the techniques and theories on how to dive. Graduation is stepping up to the edge and taking the plunge. The rest of your life is spent learning how to swim.’ Paul Angone

199. ‘Dreams aren’t crushed by a lack of opportunity. Or money. Dreams are silently assassinated by distraction and wishful thinking. Most people stop dreaming before they even given themselves the time and permission to start.’ Paul Angone

200. ‘This is something that evolutionary psychologists and biologists do recognise. We know that across a whole range of behaviours women tend to take fewer risks. They relate this to the fact that making mistakes are much more costly for women than for men because of childbearing. So obviously if you make a mistake in dating the wrong man and having a relationship with the wrong man, you might have nine months carrying a child, then caring for a child. While for men, the costs are lower.’ Michele Belot



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