Everyone has their own stories to tell, and for me, reading about other people’s stories and writing about my life have always been a part of my healing process.
When I get frustrated or things get really rough especially in my love life, I resort to reading quotes online and this actually started my love for writing quotes.
So today, I would like to share with you my all time favorite quotes about life. They have their deepest meaning and I want to share my own thoughts and understanding about these quotes.
I hope you find them helpful in living your life in the most fulfilling way.
All Time Favorite Quotes About Life and Meaning
“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” – Henry Miller
There are times in life wherein we seek for bigger things and aim for higher goals. But when we do not reach these goals or get what we want in life, we seem to feel disappointed and lose hope right away. Yet, what we don’t realize is that life is more that our own wants and ambitions. There is actually so much about life that we have to learn and experience. You just have to take time to look at it and have a different perspective.
I have once experienced being exposed to different people as a medical practitioner. At first, I thought it is just about taking care of the sick, giving out medications and handing out doctor’s orders. But then as years go by, I have come to see a deeper meaning of life. As I watch mothers give birth to their first child and hold patients who seem to have a hard time, I began to appreciate that life is indeed so precious.
The simple things to make a child laugh maybe taken for granted by people like us, but it actually forms that child on how will he become a better person in the future. As I have been exposed to the scientific side of the world, I come to realize that not all people actually know what I am learning and that I am very privileged to be able to experience all of these things.
Indeed that part of my life has actually humbled me and made me appreciate even the tiniest things in life no matter who you are or where you come from. And that even if not all people pass in this world as successful as others, he or she may still have something worthwhile that has done in this world. Most of all, I always take time to know every people I meet and not judge them by a mere chance of seeing their physical looks. There is so much that each person can show you with their personality or behavior that can somehow create an impact in your life positively.
To a disciple who was forever complaining about others the Master said, “If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people. It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to carpet the whole of the earth.” – Anthony de Mello
The world is filled with atrocities that would keep you asking if this world is something we can change for the better. Impossible as it seems, for as long as there is a ray of hope and faith for every person in this earth, peace is not impossible to be achieved. Yet, it is never logical to be a one-man hero who would be willing to give up his own life for the betterment of many. The best thing we can do is just to start change within ourselves and let the others feel that change and follow the path you started.
A simple example could be a corrupt government. If you are tired of the system and would want a reform or change, it would be impossible to oust government officials with your own power. What have you got? You will appear foolish in front of all of them instead. The best thing you could do is to at least provide awareness to many. You can do that by being aware yourself of government policies and learn to follow rules and regulations all the time. When people see you that you are a responsible citizen, sooner or later, they will come to look at themselves if they are also doing the right way. It may not have a fast effect and it may not be approved by many, but at least in your heart, you know that you are doing the right way.
Remember that there will always be those people in your life who will test you and try to break you. But instead of trying to fix them, focus on how to strengthen yourself even more with all these challenges they do to you. You can never try to change a person’s attitude in an instant nor their whole life’s perspectives. It would be rather wise to have your own set of principles and turn what’s negative in you into positive assets. When you are clean inside and out, it will be easier for you to defend yourself and have many more companions in your life’s journey. If you’ve been longing to achieve your dreams, put a plan into it. Do it one step at a time. Remember that we can only find peace in our life if we feel contented physically, emotionally and socially.
“Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split the boulder.” – Carl Sandburg
In every aspect of life, there is always a process that we have to go through. One can never take a shortcut in life to have great results. Shortcuts may be there but it will always be temporary.
If you ever want something in your life, learning the value of patience is important. Getting something like your college diploma, your first salary or even a job promotion, takes time and effort to be able to achieve these things. And always remember that in between the process of getting it, struggles will always challenge you. But instead of quitting and losing hope, you have to remain focused. Ask yourself, what are you here for? What are you fighting for? No matter how hard life may knock you, always be patient with every endeavor you take. You may not be successful today or tomorrow, but as long as you do not quit and you continue to work hard for it, the possibilities will be endless.
Never think that life is unfair because every person on earth has equal opportunities. We may just have come from different places and different upbringings but we all have a fair chance to create our own destiny. And only those people who remain patient, humble and focused are the ones who most likely succeed in life. Keeping your feet on the ground as you slowly grow into a successful person will help you become a more valuable person in the society. People will look up to you because they know you are a person who knows where he comes from and who knows how to value a positive attitude towards life.
So for now, you just have to let things go on their way, adapt and work out on it. Slowly but surely, you will get there and leap new heights. You will find that by growing as gentle as the bush, you can soon split the boulder and reach the top.
“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” – Joseph Campbell
There is no guarantee in life. What we have today might be lost tomorrow and what we do not have today might be present the moment we wake up tomorrow. We all have many plans in our lives, yet not all of these can happen given that there are some situations that calls for us to give up some of these plans to be able to provide a much better life for many.
Family could be the biggest reason for us to give up our dreams and sacrifice a little bit. You might have a dream of yourself of becoming a doctor or a lawyer, but you can’t because you are financially struggling. You might have wanted to live on another country, but you can’t because you have a sick family member you have to attend to. You might have wanted to marry a successful man but you can’t because you are now pregnant with a beautiful baby boy. These are just some of the things that change our big plans for the future. But yet, we have to face it and accept it because the chosen life would be better not only for you but for your family as well.
Nonetheless, even if this may be a sad part of your life, God has His plans of turning things the other way. For every door that closes, another one opens. So never give up and be frustrated when your plans don’t come into reality because God must have something big prepared for you. Just take a little sacrifice and do your best on what He has laid on you and He will do the rest.
I am born with wings and I am meant to fly.
I don’t limit myself I soar higher than the sky!
Life is full of endless possibilities. For as long as you are willing to take risks and you are confident enough about yourself, there is a greater chance for you to succeed in life.
Even if you already have finished school or even have your master’s degree, do not see this as an end of your learning. For as long as we continue to learn in this life, we can still be capable of bigger opportunities. So whether you are someone who is well respected in your society or someone who is just starting out, never fail to listen and learn to other people. Always get something out from every experience that happens to your life.
Do you ever want to travel the world but haven’t got the chance to do it? Or do you ever want to explore a different hobby or a fear that you have been hiding all of your life? Do not judge yourself first that you can’t do it. If you believe in yourself, things can happen. You can actually change your life and can actually be proud if you know you have done a lot of things. You can only do this if you put in a bigger effort in reaching these goals. Go out of your comfort zone and experience what it is like to work hard, live on your own and meet different kinds of people. Always seize every opportunity and look at it positively. In this way, it will be easier for you to do every step that you will take because you are loving what you are doing.
The only key to be successful is to actually believe in yourself and have a lot of faith that good things will come to your way. So do it now and reach the stars.
I read a meaningful saying by Ivy Baker Priest and I quote, “The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.”
Four years ago, I found myself at the verge of ending what may seem as a bitter part of my life. Fear, however, keeps me from deciding whether to put an end to my misery or not simply because of that uncertainty of whether my decision will truly make me happy or might just lead me to more misery in the future.
In other words, I was afraid of what might happen next.
I took the courage to end my relationship and just look forward to having a great future ahead of me. I made new plans, new hopes, new dreams, a new me.
When I put an end to this time of my life, I thought it will really be the end to it.
God gave me someone to love and the love he is capable of showing is just overwhelming in a good way. I thought I can never feel that kind of affection from anyone. I feel so blessed.
I thought, with the help and loving support of my family, I will be able to move forward easily. But things didn’t happen as planned. When I thought I have finally moved on, my past has been dragged like a slap in my face.
What has been the end of something so painful became the beginning of something wonderful but only for a short time. For I have come to realize that it was just the tip of the iceberg.
Right at this moment, there is one thing I just realized. In life, an end may also be a beginning but a beginning doesn’t always end. It is a continuous process, a cycle – of love and happiness and sorrow and pain – to let us realize how weak we have been and to teach us how to be strong.
And so I just have to really live with this and choose to be happy instead.
You can out-distance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you.
This is a Rwandan proverb that every time I read makes me ponder. Is there really something that I want to run away from but I couldn’t?
Or perhaps a more confusing question would be, how can I outrun something that has kept running away but never really left?
I was at a point in my life where something I’ve been wanting to leave behind just keeps on running after me. It’s something I wouldn’t want to stay but it couldn’t find its way out.
There are people who have hurt me from the past. They are the ones I chose to run away from and I’ve been very successful in doing so. I have chosen to shut my world and live peacefully alone – away from the outside world, away from judgmental eyes and mouths and ears…
But my past – every bitter memory of it – they keep running inside me. They keep reminding me how sad it was to be judged – blaming me for the life decisions I made because each and every one of them has just lead me to one failure to another.
And I resented that. I grew my hatred towards my past. All I wanted was to forget it, bury it deep, never to talk about it, never to remember it.
I moved forward. What matters most is now. What matters most is I’m optimistic on what is yet to come.
But on my way to moving forward, I was stuck somewhere in between. My past keeps haunting me. It keeps running inside me.
I then realized that I don’t have to run away from my past. I realized that I have to accept it. I may not be defined by my past but it has been a part of who I am today. I grew wiser because of my bad choices from the past. I become a source of inspiration in my own way to many people who are in the same situation as mine before.
There’s no need to run away. There is just a need to accept my past, to fully acknowledge its worth and importance in the totality of my experience as a human being.
You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
I love this quote by Rabindranath Tagore simply because I’ve been standing and staring at the water for a very long time. Then it hit me that by doing so, it’s true that I will never cross the sea.
I always wanted to work and establish my career as a medical practitioner but this means being away from home. It means hiring a caregiver for my mentally and physically retarded brother who I am taking care of for two decades now. It means providing financial support for him. It means being away from him.
And for so many years all I did was to stare at the sea – wanting to move and cross it – but just the sight of my brother just keeps me turning back.
And for so many years I have been afraid to take the risk – fear of homesickness, fear of what might happen to him when I leave him.
A lot of things happened in my life. A lot of things happened in my love life. A lot of things have changed – my outlook towards life, my principles, my ideals, my dreams have changed. But one thing didn’t change. Until now, I still don’t have that strength to cross the sea. I still don’t have the courage to take the risk. I still don’t want to leave my brother behind.
I was able to let go of that dream. And my reason is simple. Dreams when fulfilled are supposed to make you feel happy. If not, then it’s time to let go of that dream. Because you can easily make another dream and work hard for it. But the time I have with my loved ones is not too long to be wasted. It is too short to not cherish each day of being together. It is too swift to be able to seize the moment.
It’s true that you can’t cross the sea by merely staring at the water. You have to ride or swim if you have to. It doesn’t matter what you do. What matters is you do something. And that is how you are able to reach your destination. That is how you are able to live your dream.
As for me, I don’t have any regrets of not crossing the sea because in all honesty, I have been living my dream all along – my dream of just being happy – happiness that I know I can never find somewhere else because it’s already within me :).