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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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                      Last Updated on August 21, 2018

                      15 Signs You’re an Old Soul and Think Differently

                      15 Signs You’re an Old Soul and Think Differently

                      If you’ve often felt slightly removed from the worries of today and miss the simplistic life of a time gone by, or somehow feel a little out of sync with what your peers are concerned with, there’s a chance you may be an old soul.

                      Being an old soul refers to how you view and approach life.

                      Your views echo those of someone much older than you, who has lived a long and fruitful life. You approach life with a greater sense of knowledge and wisdom coupled with a greater sense of inner wealth.

                      If you’ve ever met an exasperated 10 year old saying, “Kids today are so…”, or a 28 year old who says, “In my day…”, an awful lot, chances are you’re in the presence of a beautiful old soul. They’re often perplexed, and unable to relate to the things people their own age consider fun, or important, and so feel out of place.

                      They look at life through a vignette of experiences they may not have lived, yet, but somehow, just seem to know.

                      So if you’ve ever felt like you’ve lived before, and you have a wealth of wisdom you can’t explain, chances are you have been reincarnated—

                      —or maybe, you’re just an old soul!

                      Here are some tell-tale signs to help you find out if you’re an old soul.

                      1. You know there’s another way to do things.

                      You often say things like, “I have a feeling this will work”, or “there’s no harm in trying.” People may view your suggestions as outdated or done, but you know that sometimes, just sometimes, the tried and tested ways of doing things are best. Hey, if it ain’t broke…

                      You feel that not all problems require a new and innovative solution, and going round in circles when the answer may be staring you in the face is usually a waste of valuable time, and energy.

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                      You have no problem trying out new things, but know, too, that oldies can also be goodies.

                      2. You give advice well beyond your years.

                      You somehow seem to know how to do things you haven’t even done yourself yet. It’s like you’ve lived before, and just know how it all works. People often look at you with that “how do you know?” expression, and you respond with a confident, “I just know!”

                      Truth is, you do just know, but don’t know how you know. Those people who come to you for advice, though somewhat freaked out by your amazing prophetic powers to impressively offer solutions and predict outcomes, trust you wholeheartedly and don’t doubt your authenticity.

                      3. You like to think things through.

                      Even the most impatient of people will need to think things through if they are an old soul at heart. You need that time to maul it over in your head.

                      It’s an important part of your to-do process, and it enables you to move forward in the direction most in sync with your mind, body and soul.

                      To you, not being able to think things through, even a little, leaves you feeling uneasy, and that does nothing to help.

                      4. You don’t waste time asking why.

                      After you’ve thought things through, you move ahead, confident in the knowledge that you’ve done all you needed to do to get going.

                      You don’t waste time in trying to justify it to yourself or anyone else. You have little time and patience for the nonsensical and would prefer to utilize your time getting things done, rather than sitting around talking about getting things done.

                      In the end, you understand that whatever you do, you trust that all things work out just as they are supposed to, and you don’t want to question that wonderful process.

                      5. You don’t like to go out just for the sake of going out.

                      It’s quality over quantity for you. You love to go out and have fun, but going out because others feel it is required, or you look boring if you don’t, holds no merit for you.

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                      When you go out, you’d like to experience something; something that resonates with your way of perceiving the world and challenges you.

                      You’ll happily spend money on those things that give you wonderful experiences and broaden your horizons. Going out just because, seems pointless to you; you’d rather save your time, and money, and do something of quality.

                      6. You have an appreciation for old literature.

                      You respect the classics. You’re often found getting euphorically high off old books. You’ve probably sniffed a good few old books in your time, and you don’t care who sees.

                      For you, old literature should be respected and valued; they hold history and historical experience between their pages and deserve to be exalted.

                      7. You have old ears.

                      You love and appreciate the classics and have a longing for the musicality of those nostalgic tunes. Your record (that’s right, record!) collection looks like a retro music store. Probably only 10% of your collection consists of what you refer to as “nowadays” music, the rest are from decades gone by.

                      You know only a handful of today’s artists, and that’s only because you haven’t heard an album yet to rival your favorite Grateful Dead album, or your favorite Frank Sinatra track.

                      You don’t go out of your way to avoid modern music, it just doesn’t seem to whet your appetite. So you’ll happily pump your beloved Janis Joplin or Nat King Cole all the way home. Heaven!

                      8. You see no need in being unnecessarily stressed.

                      You don’t invite drama just because it makes you feel alive, no, you’d much prefer to live without it.

                      You appreciate the quiet, and invite peace. It’s become apparent to you that the world views stress and busyness as being productive.

                      But you know that being productive has nothing to do with being crazy busy or stressed, but everything to do with how well you utilize your time.

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                      So you’re mindful about what you spend your hours doing, and make sure your doing something worthwhile, and not just keeping busy for busy sake.

                      9. You love to meet new people.

                      To you, talking to people is enriching and adds to your experience of the world. This isn’t because you just can’t help chit chatting, but more so because you are genuinely fascinated by those you share this planet with, who can offer different perspectives.

                      You love being able to swap stories with people you’ve only just met. Plus, it also serves to make those trips to the bank all the more interesting!

                      10. You value deep connections.

                      For you, it’s all about quality over quantity. You require a deeper connection with those around you in order to feel any connection at all.

                      Half-hearted friendships, surface-level relationships and fly-by-night hook-ups are not your thing. You value the essence of deeper friendships and long lasting relationships, as you give yourself wholly to them, too.

                      11. You love learning.

                      Nothing gets you going more than learning more about yourself, other people and the world around you.

                      For you learning is growth, and growth is part of life. As an old soul, you approach learning from the understanding that it doesn’t have to lead anywhere, for example, a degree or certificate.

                      Sure, those things are great and offer a sense of accomplishment, but for you it’s the act of learning something new and wonderful that motivates you, not the initials after your name!

                      12. You don’t see the fuss about the latest craze.

                      Following others just to fit in? Where’s the fun in that? To you, being a style chaser or tech follower is something you can never quite get your head around.

                      Sure you may even own a Kindle or you may have an iPad, but now they sit there, gathering dust, because you miss the feel (and smell) or the real thing, and computer works just fine.

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                      You don’t really care whether you’re an early adopter or a late comer. None of the things defines you, and you’re okay with that.

                      13. You value the company of those much older than you.

                      You want to drink in their wisdom and you hang on their every word as they tell you stories of their youth. You laugh at their accounts of old trends, and cry at the war stories, you reminisce with them about long lost loves, and actually listen to their pearls of wisdom.

                      At a time when we seem to have less and less time for the more mature among us, the old soul has nothing but time to give. That’s because you appreciate what they have to share, and let’s be honest, you secretly wish for a time when life seemed so simple.

                      14. You are the epitome of calm.

                      You are the steadfast one, the one neither swayed, nor toppled, even in a crisis. You probably say things like, “Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast,” and tell people to “Get a grip!”

                      To everyone else, you appear disconnected, but to those who know you well, you’re actually hard at work, you just work differently.

                      You’ve learned that nothing actually gets done if everyone is running around losing their heads; someone needs to be the calm force. This is just how you make sense of what is happening.

                      You stop. Wait. Listen. Then decide what steps to take next.

                      15. You truly understand what it means to give.

                      To you, there’s no better way to live, than to give.

                      Giving your time, or money or those things you simply have no need for is the most rewarding thing anyone can do with their short time on earth. It isn’t an ego thing, far from it.

                      For you, giving is the purest act of love. Plus, you see no point in holding on to things you cant take with you, so you’re more than happy to travel light!

                      Featured photo credit: Portrait of fashionable well dressed man with beard posing outdoors looking away, confident and focused mature man in coat standing outside at sunny evening, elegant fashion model via shutterstock.com

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