Everyone loves a good quote. We inhale them, forward them to friends, and post them on social media accompanied by comments like, “This.” They sum up exactly what was just on the tip of our tongues. They can explain why we did something, but most often, what we’ve been meaning to do. And more than anything, they challenge us. Not just to pass along, not just to digest, or enjoy, but on how to aspire to live. Which, takes a whole lot of effort. So therein lies the challenge -- to extend the kernels of wisdom past the moment of when we’re just reading them. To be inspired to act the next day, and the next day, and then next day after that. To keep the thoughts sitting at the forefront of our minds and not just in the notes on our phones.
So without further ado, here are 10 quotes that will hopefully stay with you long enough to ignite you and the work you do.
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.”
“Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.”
"A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence."
- Jim Watkins
"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken."
"First we make our habits, and then our habits make us."
“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”
“Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them.”
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
"Doing a common thing uncommonly well brings success."
“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence, and making sure that impact lasts in your absence."
- Sheryl Sandberg