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Last Updated on August 22, 2018

30 of the Best Quotes Ever That Will Inspire Your Life

30 of the Best Quotes Ever That Will Inspire Your Life

With so many great quotes from even greater minds at our disposal, what constitutes a quote becoming one of the best quotes ever?

I mean, it’s a pretty tall order. There are so many variables to consider, which constantly change based on what’s going on in your life.

One day, a quote will resonate, the next, not so much. It’s like hearing a new song that’s so directly related to your life that you become a walking epiphany: you listen to it on repeat for so long that eventually it loses its strength.

The best quotes ever have to slap you in the face. All. The. Time.

They have to focus on the one thing you’ll always strive for:

Being authentic and genuine, and not falling victim to external pressures that push you to become who you “should” be, instead of enhancing who you already are.

The quotes below are your slap in the face — a reminder to always go with your gut and trust that you know best.

30 of the Best Quotes Ever

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    “How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”
    -Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

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      “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

      “Imitation is suicide.”
      -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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        “Do your own thing on your own terms and get what you came here for.”
        -Oliver James

        “Flatter yourself critically.”
        -Willis Goth Regier

        “Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.”
        -Eleanor Roosevelt

        “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
        -Mark Twain

        “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
        -Mahatma Gandhi

        “Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.”
        -Cyril Connolly

        “We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.”
        -Virginia Satir

        “Don’t look for society to give you permission to be yourself.”
        -Steve Maraboli

        “If things go wrong, don’t go with them.”
        -Roger Babson

        “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.”
        -Kurt Cobain

        “Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”
        -Chinese Proverb

        “Where’s your will to be weird?”
        -Jim Morrison

        “Some people say you are going the wrong way, when it’s simply a way of your own.”
        -Angelina Jolie

        “Remember to always be yourself. Unless you suck.”
        -Joss Whedon

        “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
        -Theodore Roosevelt

        “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
        -Oscar Wilde

        “I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.”
        -Sylvia Plath

        “There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
        -Anaïs Nin

        “To find yourself, think for yourself.”
        -Socrates

        “If you seek authenticity for authenticity’s sake you are no longer authentic.”
        -Jean Paul Sartre

        “If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.”
        -David Carradine

        “When one is pretending the entire body revolts.”
        -Anaïs Nin

        “Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind.”
        -Dodinsky

        “Do what you must,
        And your friends will adjust.”
        -Robert Brault

        “Just let awareness have its way with you completely.”
        -Scott Morrison

        “We must be our own before we can be another’s.”
        -Ralph Waldo Emerson

        “This above all: to thine own self be true.”
        -William Shakespeare

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        Last Updated on March 13, 2019

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

        1. Work on the small tasks.

        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

        2. Take a break from your work desk.

        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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        3. Upgrade yourself

        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

        4. Talk to a friend.

        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

        7. Read a book (or blog).

        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

        8. Have a quick nap.

        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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        9. Remember why you are doing this.

        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

        10. Find some competition.

        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

        11. Go exercise.

        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

        12. Take a good break.

        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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