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20 Most Thought-Provoking Quotes About Philosophy

20 Most Thought-Provoking Quotes About Philosophy

We live in a very busy world, and it helps to slow down once in a while. Sometimes we need to take time to reflect on our personal philosophies before returning to the hustle and bustle of daily life. It is my hope that one or more of the following quotes will resonate with you in some way.

Words are powerful and, if we’re ready for change, the right quotes have the power to facilitate it. Are you ready to let these quotes move you?

1. “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” – Plato

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    2. “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” – Albert Einstein

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      3. “Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.” – Jim Rohn

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        4. “Have you ever noticed how “What the hell” is always the right decision to make?” – Terry Johnson

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          5. “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” – Oscar Wilde

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            6. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

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              7. “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” – Lewis B. Smedes

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                8. “Be yourself, everybody else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

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                  9. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

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                    10. “There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.” – Dalai Lama

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                      11. “The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Gandhi

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                        12. “You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.” – Kahlil Gibran

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                          13. “A wise man will be master of his mind. A fool will be its slave.” – Publilius Syrus

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                            14. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

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                              15. “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – William Shakespeare

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                                16. “Nothing, everything, anything, something: if you have nothing, then you have everything, because you have the freedom to do anything without the fear of losing something.” – Jarod Kintz

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                                  17. “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.” – Socrates

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                                    18. “Things do not change; we change.” – Henry David Thoreau

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                                      19. “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” – Bertrand Russel

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                                        20. “Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.” – Will Smith

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                                          Last Updated on October 5, 2020

                                          How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

                                          How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

                                          We are given life with many opportunities to make it everything we want it to be and more. If you find that you’ve slipped into living a boring life, it’s time to take a hard look at what you’ve been doing and what you can start doing now to make it more interesting.

                                          Maybe you’ve been doing the same thing and living the same life for too long, or maybe your daily routine is limiting your growth and happiness. Whatever your reason is, the following list can definitely make any day or life more interesting. Some of them are silly, while some are more meaningful, so hopefully just reading the list makes your life less boring and sparks your creativity.

                                          Let’s dive in the list to quit your boring life and start living an interesting (and meaningful) one!

                                          1. Channel Your 7-Year-Old Self

                                          Imagine being a young child. Life was never boring, was it? That’s because children harness every ounce of creativity they have in order to try new things.

                                          What would your 7-year-old self want to do in this moment? Maybe they’d pick up a paintbrush and try to paint the landscape around them. May they would go outside and build something with random materials around the yard. Maybe they would raid the fridge and put together a dish they’ve never seen before.

                                          Just because you’re a grown-up doesn’t mean any of this stuff will be less enjoyable than you remember it. Give yourself permission to play and use your creativity to its fullest.

                                          2. Go Play With Kids

                                          Speaking of little kids, if you have your own (or a niece or nephew), go play with them!

                                          Kids are absolutely hilarious, so it’s simply impossible to be bored when you’re around them. They also keep things so simple, and we can really stand to be reminded of this and stop allowing ourselves to get bogged down in boring details.

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                                          3. Play Cell Phone Roulette

                                          You’ll need at least one buddy for this, but this is a great way to avoid a boring life. Scroll through the contacts in your phone, stop on a random one, and (if it feels right) call the person.

                                          You could spark an incredible catch-up session or, at the very least, remind someone that you’re thinking of them. Neither are boring.

                                          4. Fill out a Pack of Thank-You Cards

                                          This is a great part of a gratitude practice. We often forget to thank the people who do things for us, especially if we have come to expect those things. For example, have you ever thought about thanking your mom for that weekly phone call? Or thanking your sister for always sending you a homemade gift on your birthday?

                                          Take time to think of at least 5 people you would like to say thank you to and write out a card. You could even write them out for random people in your neighborhood, like the local librarian, a teacher at your child’s school, or the accountant at your bank.

                                          Anyone and everyone appreciates being thanked for their efforts.

                                          5. Sign up for a Class

                                          Nowadays, there are classes for everything. To make it as interesting as possible, try finding one that you wouldn’t normally consider doing, like salsa lessons, improv, or boxing.

                                          Otherwise, try to find a course on something you’ve always wanted to learn, like pottery, photography, or a foreign language course.

                                          What’s good about joining an interest class is that you will also meet new people, which will add even more interest to your life!

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                                          6. Talk to Your Grandparents About Their Lives

                                          We often underestimate how interesting the elderly are. You can rest assured that any elderly person you talk to will not have had a boring life! Take some time to talk to them and hear their interesting stories. You may even find that this motivates you to go out and find your own interesting experiences.

                                          7. Get up on Stage at an Open Mic Night

                                          Whether you’re funny or not, get up on stage. If you’re not into comedy, find an open mic that focuses on reading poetry or short stories and bring your own. These groups tend to be incredibly supportive for anyone who is willing to be brave enough to get up and try.

                                          8. Do Something for Someone Else

                                          Showing kindness automatically makes you feel good, but doing these small acts will also help to ensure that you don’t have a boring life. Try doing one or two things each week that are outside your normal routine.

                                          For example, you could make a batch of cookies for the mailperson or help your elderly neighbor organize one of their rooms. There are a million ways to show kindness to those around you. Tap into your creativity and find your own or use some of the ideas from the image below[1].

                                          Do random acts of kindness to avoid living a boring life.

                                            9. Start a DIY Project in Your Home

                                            If you have your own place, there is always a project that needs to get done. Many people simply pay for someone else to do it in order to avoid the hassle, but taking on a DIY project can make a boring life much more interesting.

                                            It doesn’t have to be super complicated. Maybe you repaint an old vase or build a spice shelf out of used pallets.

                                            If you need ideas, you can also check out these 30 Awesome DIY Projects that You’ve Never Heard of.

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                                            10. Plan a Weekend Trip or an All-Out Vacation

                                            This will give you something to look forward to. One study actually found that most travelers are happiest before a vacation[2]. Therefore, simply planning a trip will boost your mood, even if you can’t actually take the vacation right now.

                                            Even if you don’t have the time or money to go on a vacation, plan for a staycation, which is also fun and relaxing!

                                            11. Go People Watching

                                            Find a bench in a crowded area (centers of transportation like airports, bus stops, and train stations are great for this!) and just observe[3].

                                            People are infinitely interesting. Try to imagine what their lives are like, what they’re thinking, or where they’re going. You’ll never know if you’re right, but it will give you something to focus on and also help you practice empathy.

                                            12. Eat Something You’ve Never Eaten Before

                                            You can try that new Moroccan restaurant down the street and pick the most interesting dish on the menu. Or, you can raid your own fridge and throw together a dish you’ve never made before.

                                            If you’re up for a trip to the grocery store, try picking up a new fruit or veggie from the produce section. You may find a new food that you love!

                                            13. Dance

                                            You can get your friends together for a night on the town or just pull up a video on YouTube and bust a move from your own living room.

                                            If you’re feeling extra brave, you can even dance in public or join a flash mob.

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                                            14. Pick up a Book and Start Reading

                                            Reading a good book can keep you occupied for hours. It will also transport you to a life that isn’t your own, and one that likely will be the opposite of a boring life. You’ll be amazed by what you can learn from those pages.

                                            Pick on of these inspirational books to start reading: 10 Best Inspirational Books That Can Change Your Life

                                            15. Spend Some Time With People You Care About

                                            Facebook stalking doesn’t count as real social interaction. Call up a friend you haven’t seen in a while, or bring a coffee over to your parent’s place and catch up. They’ll appreciate the gesture, and you’ll avoid boredom.

                                            16. Check out a Museum You’ve Never Been to

                                            Some people are bored by museums, so if that’s you, skip to the next one. However, if you love art, history, or culture, this one is for you!

                                            17. Write a List of Things You Desire and Truly Want

                                            This is a great way to help you figure out the real reason why you’re feeling bored about your life. Maybe you haven’t really done things that you truly enjoy? Maybe what you’ve wanted to do all the time has been left behind?

                                            Think about the list of things you really want to do, and ask yourself why you aren’t doing these things (yet). Then, start taking your first step to make it happen.

                                            Now, go make your life interesting and live your dream life!

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                                            Reference

                                            [1] FECAVA: Random Acts of Kindness
                                            [2] Applied Research in Quality of Life: Vacationers Happier, but Most not Happier After a Holiday
                                            [3] Psychology Today: The Expert’s Guide to People Watching

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