Life as you know it in quotes


Over the years, I have collected and saved touching and meaningful quotes from everywhere – the internet, books, people, talk shows and podcasts, etc. Whenever I came across such quotes, I would save in a notepad for review later.

I put the list down here, both as a way to make sure I never lose them but also share inspiration. I will keep updating with new quotes.

Pictures interspaced to break the wordy monotone.


QOUTES from books

“We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited.”
~ Trevor NoahBorn a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

“But so many walk away from their great power because they don’t want the responsibility. Most of the time, it’s far easier to avert our eyes or blame the system or the tech or the dominant power structure”.
~ Mark Manson in The subtle art of not giving a f***

“Inspiration requires faith.”
~ Wyne Dyer in his book  Inspiration

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you are good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”
~ 10000 hours rule from the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

“True nobility is not about being better than someone else, its about being better than we used to be.”
~ Dr. Wyne Dyer in Inspiration

“The human heart is so delicate and sensitive that it always needs some tangible encouragement to prevent it from faltering in its labor. The human heart is so robust, so tough, that once encouraged it beats its rhythm with a loud unswerving insistency”
~ Maya Angelou

“Time is a master-worker that heals the wounds of temporary defeat and equalizes the inequalities and rights the wrongs of the world. There is nothing impossible with time”
~ Napoleon Hill in Law of Success




“I came to understand that I can never forget where I came from. My soul should always look back and wonder at the mountains I had climbed and the rivers I had forged and the challenges which still await down the road. I am strengthened by that knowledge.”
~ Maya Angelou

“The price of a dream is always high.”
~ In The Spy by Paulo Coelho

“All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us all that we are more alike than we are unalike.”
~ Maya Angelou

“When you force the pace out of fear and impatience, you create a nest of problems that require fixing, and you end up taking much longer than if you had taken your time”.
~ Robert Greene in 48 Laws of Power

“Inspiration isn’t what we receive from what we do–its what we bring to our actions.”
~ Wyne Dyer in Inspiration


“Probably the most neglected friend you have is you. And yet every man, before he can be a true friend to the world, must first become a friend to himself.”
~ L. Ron Hubbard in book Self-Analysis

“You are greatness personified, resident genius, and a creative master-regardless of anyone’s opinion”
~ Dr. Wyne Dyer

“Those who dream, who set goals and act on them, are those who live lives of joy and have a sense of peace when they near the end of their lives. They will have nished well and possess a sense of pride and accomplishment, not only for themselves but also for their families. That feeling is priceless!”
~ Maya Angelou

“The insight of a man certainly slows down his anger, and it is beauty on his part to overlook an offense.”
~ (Proverbs 19:11)

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
~ Maya Angelou

“When we don  know where life is taking us, we are never lost……”
~ Paulo Coelho in The spy

“Courage is your greatest achievement, For you, without it, can practice no other virtue with consistency.”
~ Maya Angelou

Quotes from talkS, speeches and podcasts

“We’re tight-fisted with property and money, yet think too little of wasting time, the one thing about which we should all be the toughest misers.”
~ Seneca the Younger

“You cant stop whats comin’. Aint all waitin’ on you. Thats vanity.”
~ The movie No country for old men

“All the time you spend tryin’ to get back whats been took from you more is goin’ out the door.”
~ The movie No country for old men

“There is nothing worse than being stupid. Its bad to be broke, but being stupid is awful.”
~ Jim Rohn

“With great power comes great responsibility.”
~ Uncle Ben (TFS)

“Ignorance is tragedy. Ignorance is devastation. Ignorance creates lack. Ignorance creates disease. Ignorance will shorten your life. Ignorance will empty your life and leave you with the husks, nothing to account for. No, ignorance is not bliss.”
~ Jim Rohn

“Whatever you don’t employ, you forfeit”
~ Jim Rohn

“Self-respect is a fruit of discipline.”
~ Joyce Meyer


“I wont give up nor I wont give in til I reach the end then I will start again…I wanna try it even though I could fail.”
~ Shakira in Zootopia

“Price of excellence is discipline, coat of mediocrity is disappointment.”
~ Joyce Meyer

“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates.”
~ Joyce Meyer

“At the end of your life, all you will be able to do is look backward. You can react with joy or regret. And we all know that joy from discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”
~ Jim Rohn

My quotes: note to self


“Demand more from Life.”
~ Note to self  

“My life is bigger than I am.”
~ Note to self

“Good times come with the best company.”
~ Note to self

“When are we gonna live? When did we stop living?”
~ Note to self

“Take the road less travelled.”
~ Note to self

Mixed quotes

You don’t have to compromise your convictions to be compassionate.
~ Dave Chappelle

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”
Anne Lamott

“Writing is organized thinking on behalf of persuasion.”
~ Seth Godin

“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor”.
~ Denzel Washington

“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.”
~ Oprah Winfrey

“Without habits, every decision requires attention. And attention is exhausting”.
~ Seth Godin

“The only useful construct is to consider our priorities and find the route with the best combination of trade offs. Waiting for perfect is a never-ending game. And the comfort of totally right vs. totally wrong is elusive”.
~ Seth Godin

“Points for successful prioritization. Points for efficiency and productivity. Points for doing work that matters. No points for busy”.
~ Seth Godin

“Real failure doesn’t come from making mistakes, rather it comes from avoiding errors at all possible costs. Many of us don’t pursue the trial because we are fearful of making the error. A fall isn’t the end of the journey unless a choice is made to remain in a fallen state
~ Charles Mackens


“One cannot gain a mastery status by being a spectator but instead an active participant who occasionally gets wounded in the life’s games, heals through painful physiotherapic sessions (constant infliction pain at wounded area) and return soonest in the hard-knock arena”.
~ Charles Mackens

“There is no point in suffering if the suffering has no purpose”.
~ Anonymous 

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
Marie Sklodowska Curie

“What you do in the dark when nobody is seeing you are you willing to do it in the light?”
~ Anonymous

“More data isn’t always better. In fact, in many cases, it’s a costly distraction or even a chance to get the important stuff wrong.”
~ Seth Godin

“Just as we have physical muscles, so we have ethical ones, and they too must be put through their paces. Goodness has to be worked at.”
The school of life

“Success at any endeavour requires more than good intent.”
~ Seth Godin 

“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 (Theodor Seuss Geisel)

“I think the role of the entrepreneur in the world is to find ways to do things better or more efficiently and then try to do that as many times over with the help of other people.”
~ Santiago Nestares

“Life would be wonderful if we only knew what to do with it.” 
~ Greta Garbo

“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,

    go throw your Tv set away,

     and in its place you can install,

     a lovely bookshelf on the wall”
~ Roald Dahl’s poem #Television

Mike Tyson, once said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”
~ Anonymous 

“One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor”
~ Anonymous 


“When God cooks, you don’t see smoke.”
~ A Yoruba proverb 

“Through all the noise, quietly discern what really matters”
~ Anonymous 

“If I’d asked people what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.” 
~ Henry Ford

“Rocket science is not rocket science to the rocket scientist.”
~ Anonymous

“Stay close to people who feel like sunlight.”
~ Xan Oku

“Don’t ask for permission, but beg for forgiveness.”
~ Anonymous

“Don’t take yourself very seriously, nor judge others too harshly.
~ Anonymous

“We long for love, wish we had more time and fear death”
~ The movie Collateral Beauty 

 “Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.”
~ Miles Davis

“Internal accountability is essentially the level of integrity you maintain in life. It means that when you look at yourself, you judge yourself with honesty.”
~ Anonymous

“Art is the manifestation of the undying soul of the people”
~ Saburi O. Biobaku


“If you do not appreciate the things you have, other people will treat them with contempt.”
~ Nigerian proverb 

“To downplay the failures and ignore the limitations, be overcome by your self- belief.”

“Strategy is the art of making use of time and space. I am less concerned about the later than the former. Space we can recover, lost time never.”
~ Napoleon

“I never said ‘I want to be alone’. I only said, ‘I want to be left alone.’ there is all the difference.”
~ Greta Garbo

“Anyone who has a continuous smile on his face conceals a toughness that is almost frightening”
~ Greta Garbo

“There’s nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come”
~ Aeschylus

“We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.”
~ Anaïs Nin

“What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.”
~ Dr. Abraham Maslow

Gandhi once said: “There is more to life than increasing its speed”. Slow down

“Work comes before success, except in the dictionary”
~ Anonymous 

“We are like beasts when we kill, we are like men when we judge, we are like God when we forgive”
~ Anonymous 

Love Quotes

Our Friendship Was The Best Intro Of This LoveStory. I Might Forget Lots Of Things, But I’ll Never Forget The Day I Met You, SweetieHeart”
~ Anonymous 

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
Jalaluddin Rumi

“Love creates an ‘us’ without destroying a ‘me'”
~ Anonymous

“Love is an act of faith and its face should always be covered in mystery. Every moment should be lived with feeling and emotion because if we try to decipher it and understand it, the magic disappears.”
~ Anonymous 


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