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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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        The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

        The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

        Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

        The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

        1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

        Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

         I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

        To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

        And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

         2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

        Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

        3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

        Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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        4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

        The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

        5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

        Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

        6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

        Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

        7. Positive people smile a lot!

        When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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        8. People who are positive are great communicators.

        They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

        9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

        One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

        10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

        Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

        How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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        I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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