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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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        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

        Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

        Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

        1. Get Rationally Optimistic

        Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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        This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

        In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

        The result: no more mental stress.

        2. Unplug

        Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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        How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

        It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

        Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

        3. Easy on the Caffeine

        Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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        Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

        4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

        That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

        How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

        • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
        • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
        • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

        While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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        5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

        This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

        The result: mental stress will be gone!

        So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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