Deep meaningful quotes can show us new ways & perspectives to see this world. Here is a collection of some of the best quotes & thoughts from some of the great minds of human history.
If you are a true lover of deep meaningful quotes like me, you will find this post interesting & knowledgeable.
“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” -Helen Keller
Having a meaningful goal or vision in life is perhaps the most important thing. Being able to see & achieve something great in life is probably better than having just plain normal eye-sight.
“We have two lives, and the second one begins when we realize we only have one.” -Confucius
This says, once we truly realize we only have one life, our whole life changes. That after life will be different than previous life in which we didn’t truly realize that fact. Almost all of our decisions get impacted once we realize that our life-span is finite.
“The only true wisdom is in knowing, you know nothing.” -Socrates
Understanding that there is so much out there to explore & learn about life, psychology and this universe & what I currently know is nothing against it, is the true wisdom. This mentality of “knowing nothing” gives us humility, sensibility & curiosity to explore more about everything.
“You have to dream before your dreams can come true.” -A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
It sounds obvious but, whatever we want to achieve, we first need to dream about it. Lot of people do not even dream bigger. First we need to dream, then take proper actions, then the probability of that dream becoming reality will become non-zero.
“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” -Bruce Lee
It’s almost certain that there will be a lot of challenges & hardships in our life. So, why pray for an easy life? Pray for the strength to face those challenges, overcome those hardships & ultimately achieve our goals.
“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” -Albert Einstein
In the age of computers, learning of “facts” is not valuable. But, how to think, how to approach & solve any problem is more important. Once we know the art of how to approach & solve a problem or how to learn something, everything becomes easier.
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” -Confucius
Almost everybody has failures & setbacks. But not everyone can rise after falling. Sometimes, that’s the difference between people who can achieve something big & people who can’t.
“It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is very hard to win someone.” -A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
To win the heart of someone is far harder than to break it. Creation is harder than destruction. A small misunderstanding can break relations. But it takes consistent & quality efforts to maintain the relationship.
“When everyone is sick, we no longer consider it a disease.” -Naval
This sounds kind of obvious but think about it, if anything is common to everyone, it loses its value. When something is “rare” or hard to earn, then only it has value. No matter what it is.
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens. But often we look so long at the closed door, that we don’t see the one which has been opened for us.” -Helen Keller
For Helen, doors of eye-sight & hearing sense were closed right in her childhood. But, this made her sense of touch more powerful than an average human. She didn’t just sit there crying for what she didn’t have, she successfully learned speaking & hearing even after her disabilities.
“The man who says he can, and the man who says he can’t are both correct.” -Confucius
In most cases, whatever we believe, will happen. If we believe that we can do something & try our best for long enough, it’ll happen. But if we our-self don’t believe that we can do it, we will not put our best & that task will not happen.
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” -Stephen Hawking
Change is the only thing constant in life. Person who can adapt to these changes, can survive long enough. This also holds true from a biological perspective, strong breeds who can adapt will survive & who can’t adapt, will die.
“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” -Lao Tzu
When we think about what others will think about our actions, we are allowing our happiness to be dependent on them. We should have our own rules for our life(and we should not let ourselves be seriously affected by what other people think & say).
“It is better to walk alone, than with a crowd going in the wrong direction.” -Diane Grant
It doesn’t matter if people are with us on our journey or not. If we believe it is the right way, we should keep going no matter if we are alone or in a crowd.
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” -Steve Jobs
True leaders innovate. “Being able to imagine something big & to make it happen in reality” is innovation. Almost all great leaders have done that.
“The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.” -Elon Musk
Even if something seems impossible, first of all we need to truly believe that it is possible. Then we will try to take necessary steps & chances of the result will become non-zero. If we don’t believe something is possible in the first place, the probability of the result will always be zero.
“Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.” -A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
To truly understand the need of something, we need to stay away from it. Then only we can understand what it’s like to live without it. We easily take everything around us for granted. We need the absence of something to know it’s true value.
“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” - Confucius
Similar quote is “no one wins an argument”. Person who wins the argument loses the other person too. Revenge is almost never worth it. No matter who wins the argument, both people lose something.
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” -Confucius
Consistency matters more than speed. If we are consistent enough, eventually we will get there.
“Don’t grow old without growing up.” -Unknown
Manners & disciplines don’t always come as age grows. Growing up is more important than growing old.
Reading alone is not enough, we should take inspiration from above quotes & apply them in our life too.
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