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Uncommon Quotes That Can Change Your Life

Uncommon Quotes That Can Change Your Life

Quotes are tiny stories. A story told in a few words that shout to our soul. Quotes are not meant to be read like an article or a book. Quotes can change your life only when you choose to be deliberate when you read them. Deliberately think about each group of quotes listed under the following photographs.

Consider these little-known quotes. Write them down in your personal journals. Ponder them one by one. Contemplate each word and let the message you see develop over time. Take one quote and with patience and expectation discover what these words mean to you.

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    The SEAL Code

    Here is an excerpt from the credo of the Navy SEALs: “I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.”

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      “The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” ~Anne Frank

      “We meet no ordinary people in our lives.” ~C.S. Lewis

      “The last of human freedoms—the ability to choose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances.” ~Viktor E. Frankl

      “The soul is stronger than its surroundings.” ~William James

      “Know yourself.” ~Greek Proverb

      “I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine.” ~Neil Armstrong

      “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~Aristotle

      “Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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        “To be awake is to be alive.” ~Henry David Thoreau

        “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” ~Plutarch

        It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” ~John Wooden

        “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” ~Winston Churchill

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        “There is nothing brilliant nor outstanding in my record, except perhaps this one thing: I do the things that I believe ought to be done… And when I wake up my mind to do a thing, I act.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

        “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~Thomas A. Edison

        “Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” ~Neil Armstrong

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          “If you want to be happy, be.” ~Leo Tolstoy

          “If we all did the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” ~Thomas Edison

          “Optimism is true moral courage.” ~Ernest Shackleton

          “Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.” ~Pythagoras

          “The soul is stronger than its surroundings.” ~William James

          “So much of our time is spent in preparation, so much in routine and so much in retrospect, that the amount of each person’s genius is confined to a very few hours.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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            “The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself.” ~W. Somerset Maugham

            “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~Viktor E. Frankl

            “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” ~Isaac Newton

            “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” ~John Wooden

            “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ~Thomas A. Edison

            “If we all did the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” ~Thomas Edison

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            “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ~T. S. Eliot

            “He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

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              “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” ~Helen Keller

              “My thoughts disentangle themselves as they pass through my lips and fingertips.” ~Dawson Trotman

              “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

              “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” ~Alexander Graham Bell

              “What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.” ~Arnold Palmer

              “I was raised to face any challenge.”  ~Louis Zamperini

              “Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.” ~Billy Graham

              “If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.” ~Thomas J. Watson

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                “Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.” ~Amelia Earhart

                “He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

                “The last of human freedoms—the ability to choose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances.” ~Viktor E. Frankl

                “When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” ~George Washington Carver

                “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” ~Aristotle

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                “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” ~Aristotle

                “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” ~Winston Churchill

                “Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” ~Neil Armstrong

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                  “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

                  “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

                  “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” ~William James

                  “God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way.” ~C.S. Lewis

                  “Peace begins with a smile.” ~Mother Teresa

                  “From caring comes courage.” ~Lao Tzu

                  Michael Oher: “I’ve never had one before.”

                  Leigh Anne Tuohy: “What? A room to yourself?”

                  Michael Oher: “A bed.”

                  ~Blindside

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                    “I am still learning.” ~Michelangelo

                    “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” ~Albert Einstein

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                    “Learning never exhausts the mind.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

                    “Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.” ~Billy Graham

                    “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” ~Albert Einstein

                    “Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.” ~John Wayne

                    “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” ~Pablo Picasso

                    “A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.” ~Will Rogers

                    “I really like reading books.” ~Dale Carnegie

                    “Think, think, think.”  ~A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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                      “Change happens in an instant. It happens the moment you DECIDE to change.” ~ Allyson Lewis

                      I wrote this sentence in 2006. It has been read by tens of thousands of people and shared over and over through social media. Why did I choose my own quote to conclude this article? Because this quote is a tiny story of my life.

                      This is my story shared through words that shout to my soul.

                      Anne Frank’s quote shown inside the beautiful image of ice and light states, “Think of all the beauty still left around you and BE HAPPY.”

                      Obstacles and difficult circumstances regularly slam unexpectedly into our lives. Staring into hardship and chaos, I was faced with a decision. I could choose hardship or in an instant I could decide to change. Many of the quotes above have provided people with continual growth and inspiration.

                      Life changes when you decide to change.

                      I choose to BE HAPPY!

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                      Allyson is a nationally acclaimed author, motivator, speaker, time management, productivity strategist, and executive coach.

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                      Last Updated on October 14, 2019

                      12 Inspirational Speeches That Teach You the Most Valuable Life Lessons

                      12 Inspirational Speeches That Teach You the Most Valuable Life Lessons

                      The most valuable thing an experienced person has is their experience. People make mistakes, learn from them, and adapt their life around them to become better people. Those people would then tell tales to others to help teach those lessons so that others would not have to make the same mistakes.

                      People still tell these stories today but in a slightly different format — they use speeches to express their experiences. Here are some valuable life lessons you can learn from some of the greatest inspirational speeches:

                      1. JK Rowling teaches us to not fear failure no matter how bad things become

                      It is a well-known fact that JK Rowling’s now-famous Harry Potter series was turned down by several publishers before it was finally picked up. Those publishers are likely kicking themselves in the pants right now. However, before that, JK Rowling was in a fairly dire situation and was on the brink of failure. Despite being turned down time and time again, she kept trying. Her efforts paid off. Harry Potter is now a ubiquitous character in today’s world culture. Despite failing over and over again, Rowling kept trying and fulfilled her dreams. You can watch her deliver some valuable life lessons in her Harvard commencement speech video above.

                      2. Steve Jobs teaches us to never settle

                      Steve Jobs had a fairly tumultuous life. He co-founded Apple, was kicked out of the company, came back, and then re-defined the mobile phone space with the iPhone. Even if iPhones aren’t the rage they once were, its iconic value is forever written in stone. One thing Jobs never did was settle. He lived life on his own terms and was rewarded for it by being dubbed one of the most revolutionary voices in technology of our time. In the Stanford commencement speech above, Jobs explains how you should never settle for what someone else wants out of your life. It’s your life and you should do what you want with it.

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                      3. Admiral William H McRaven teaches us to make our beds every day

                      Anyone who has gone through the basic training of a military service will tell you it’s pretty difficult. However, every seemingly obnoxious step is actually a life lesson in disguise. This even applies to flawlessly making one’s bed every single morning. As Admiral William H McRaven teaches us, recruits are taught to make their beds every morning to remind them that even the little things in life matter. After all, how can you be expected to handle the biggest obstacles in your life if you can’t even handle the small and the mundane like making your bed every day? You can watch the entire speech in the video above.

                      4. Author David Foster Wallace teaches us that we’re a part of a greater existence

                      David Foster Wallace found fame in 1987 with his book The Broom of the System. Nearly 20 years later in 2005 he game a commencement speech at Kenyon College that is worth listening to at least once. In his speech, he reminds us that was are but a part of a huge, dynamic, ever changing interaction of life forms. In order to truly experience life, we need to leave our personal bubbles and interact with others even if it’s in an unpleasant way. Wallace states, “It will actually be within your power to experience a crowded, hot, slow, consumer-hell type situation as not only meaningful, but sacred, on fire with the same force that made the stars: love, fellowship, the mystical oneness of all things deep down.” You can watch the whole speech above.

                      5. Stephen Colbert teaches us that life isn’t something you can plan

                      If there is anyone who knows about improvisation, it’s comedian Stephen Colbert. In his commencement speech at Northwestern University in 2011, Colbert reminded students that you cannot plan life. Life throws too many curve balls. There are too many unpredictable things that can happen. The most successful and happy people are not those who have a plan, but those who can roll with the punches and overcome the obstacles. He goes on to site his time as an improv comic and how all of the actors working together to create a scene out of literally nothing are all working for one another. He states that like improv comedy, you don’t know what happens next in life. You just make it up as you go along. You can watch the whole speech above.

                      6. Kurt Vonnegut teaches us to not sweat the small stuff

                      Some of our younger readers may not know Kurt Vonnegut. He is a famous author that found of of his success during the middle of last century. In 1999, Kurt Vonnegut was at Agnes Scott College giving a commencement speech. During the speech, he mentioned that in order to live a more complete life, people needed to let stuff go. He argued that you cannot reasonably expect others to forgive you for your mistakes if you cannot forgive others and that you cannot live life fostering a personal vendetta against others.

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                      7. Neil Gaiman teaches us that success can be distracting.

                      Neil Gaiman is most known for his work in a number of literary mediums including journalism, comic books, and novels. In 2012, Gaiman gave a speech at the University of the Arts where he talked about success. He stated that when you become successful, you may be unintentionally swayed from performing the actions that made you successful. Gaiman recalled his early success and how he felt pressured to answer emails all day long and it actually prevented him from writing as much as he wanted. So he reminds us to keep doing what makes us successful and to not let others get in the way.

                      8. Barack Obama’s life lessons teaches us that you really can beat the odds

                      We know that not everyone likes Barack Obama but that doesn’t mean the man can’t deliver an amazing speech. In this 2004 keynote speech at the Democratic National Convenction, Obama reminds that it is possible to beat the odds and become something great. He cites his own upbringing as an example and how he was never expected to make it as far as he did. It shows that when you’re passionate about something and when you try hard enough, you can accomplish almost anything. It’s important to note that Obama talks about this in 2004 and would become the President of the United States just four years later.

                      9. Robin Roberts reminds us that we each have the courage to overcome challenges

                      Robin Roberts knows a thing or two about courage. She is a breast cancer survivor and has done battle with a rare blood disease called myelodysplastic syndrome. Her sister once had to donate bone marrow just so Robin could remain alive. She was also ESPN’s first African American broadcaster in the early 1990’s. She’s a woman who works in an industry predominately populated by men. So when Robin Roberts takes the stage at the ESPYs and delivers a short lecture on having courage, we would do well to listen!

                      10. Martin Luther King Jr. reminds us that some things are more important than success

                      We all know the story of Martin Luther King Jr. So much so that we have a day of the year to celebrate him as a national holiday here in the United States. Most of us have listening to segments of his famous speech where he told the world about a dream he had. The main message of his famous speech is that racial inequalities needed to end and he was absolutely right. However, he also reminds us that there are things that are more important than success such as equal rights and treating each other with respect and kindness. If you somehow made it through school without watching the famous speech, we’ve got it linked above.

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                      11. Jim Carrey reminds us that even if you keep it safe, you can still fail so you might as well go big

                      Jim Carrey delivered a commencement speech at Maharishi University recently that went absolutely viral. You may know it as the one minute video that will change your life. They weren’t lying but they weren’t telling the whole truth because the speech was actually 28 minutes long. During the speech, Carrey talks about his father who wanted to be a comedian but decided to take the safe route and become an accountant. As it turns out, his father was laid off and his family ended up poor anyway. With that, Carrey tells us that you can still end up failing even if you play it safe so you might as well swing for the fences and do what you want to do.

                      12. Bill Murray teaches us that it’s the hard times that determine if someone really loves you

                      You may have heard the story about Bill Murray crashing someone’s bachelor party and delivering a speech. It turns out the speech was both short and fairly epic. During the speech, Bill Murray challenged the bachelors to travel around the world with the women they love and go to places that are difficult to go to and deal with. He says if you can get back to the United States and you still love each other, then you should get married right then and there. It’s a great message. It’s easy to love one another when times are good but do you still love each other when the times are bad? If so, that’s true love according to Bill Murray.

                      Final thoughts

                      Inspiration comes from everywhere and from anyone. There are a countless number of speeches and stories that can teach us an incalculable number of life lessons.

                      All these speeches almost share the same message: Don’t be afraid to fail and keep trying.

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                      At the end of the day, everything is inspirational. It’s just a matter of finding the message that we need to hear to change our lives.

                      Featured photo credit: Miguel Henriques via unsplash.com

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