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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 January 18, 2019

                                          7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

                                          7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

                                          Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

                                          But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

                                          If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

                                          1. Limit the time you spend with them.

                                          First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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                                          In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

                                          Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

                                          2. Speak up for yourself.

                                          Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

                                          3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

                                          This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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                                          But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

                                          4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

                                          Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

                                          This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

                                          Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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                                          5. Change the subject.

                                          When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

                                          Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

                                          6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

                                          Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

                                          I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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                                          You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

                                          Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

                                          7. Leave them behind.

                                          Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

                                          If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

                                          That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

                                          You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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