Do you ever come across a quote or read something that just really resonates with you. It can be something that you’ve felt and then when you read the words it’s as if someone has taken a thought that you believed only you understood and they’ve articulated it in a way that allows you to not only understand it better yourself but to realise that others feel the same. I came across this recently with an Alan Bennett quote about this very idea: “The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead.”
Now I should confess that I am not a prolific reader of literature however I read a lot about my industry as well as my passions and hobbies. I pick up most of my information from Podcasts and YouTube but as I’m sure you are aware, the world of social media is no stranger to quotes. Since I’ve found quotes particularly useful over the years for a number of reasons including motivation, picking up spirits and trying to understand certain things or feelings I decided today I would do a blog post about some of my favourite quotes. No order. I hope you enjoy.
1.“Everything’s about the way you think. This whole game is the way you think. The world’s about how you think. Perspective is the f****** jam.”
I saw this quote online recently and it resonated as so true. I often find that it’s my mindset or attitude to something holding me back. When I work hard to be upbeat and positive my life tends to be so.
2. “An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you”.
A nice one for when you are feeling a bit down. Negativity can sink you and you have to fight to prevent it from getting in. I saw something recently from a musician where they said something along the lines of – ‘I ruined so many things that could’ve been amazing because I was sad”. This epitomised why preventing the negativity is so key to keeping you afloat.
3. “To be able at any moment, to sacrifice what you are for what you will become”
A reminder that to get where you want to be the hard work starts at every and any moment. It doesn’t just happen.
4. “It’s a problem that you think we need to explain ourselves. Don’t. To anyone.”
I often find I end up justifying what I am doing or what I want to do. Sometimes it can be bigger picture things or even just small things here and there. This is a reminder that I get to do me and I don’t have an obligation to explain it to anyone.
5. “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”
Be weary of certainty! I think we can all often be “certain” of things but very few things in life are certain and this quote rings true that point.
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