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20 Louisa May Alcott Quotes That Will Encourage You to Achieve Your Highest Aspirations

By | Courage, feminism, Food for thought, inspirational, life lessons, Quotes, success

Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American author best known for her classic novel Little Women.

Alcott’s family was very poor so she and her sisters were forced to start working at an early age. Louisa struggled with her family’s financial status and vowed that someday she would become rich and famous. She confronted a society that offered little opportunity to women and did everything she could to help her “dear ones.” For many years Louisa worked whatever job she could find.

Alcott had a rich imagination and writing was an early passion for her. She began with poetry and short stories, and always depicted women as strong and self-reliant.

She wrote her most famous novel Little Women based on recollections of her own childhood. Although she had to write it under pressure, due to her family’s needs, the book was an instant success and has never been out of print since.

Known for being a feminist and an abolitionist, Alcott worked as a Civil War nurse, fought against slavery, and even went door-to-door in Massachusetts to encourage women to vote.

Hare are 20 Louisa May Alcott quotes that will encourage you to achieve your highest aspirations.

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.

Human minds are more full of mysteries than any written book and more changeable than the cloud shapes in the air.

The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.

I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now.

Because they are mean is no reason why I should be. I hate such things, and though I think I’ve a right to be hurt, I don’t intend to show it.

Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.

I believe that it is as much a right and duty for women to do something with their lives as for men and we are not going to be satisfied with such frivolous parts as you give us.

I’ve got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.

Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us – and those around us – more effectively. Look for the learning.

Keep good company, read good books, love good things and cultivate soul and body as faithfully as you can.

It’s amazing how lovely common things become, if one only knows how to look at them.

We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.

Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth’s sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won.

The emerging woman… will be strong-minded, strong-hearted, strong-souled, and strong-bodied… strength and beauty must go together.

Simple, genuine goodness is the best capital to found the business of this life upon. It lasts when fame and money fail, and is the only riches we can take out of this world with us.

A real gentleman is as polite to a little girl as to a woman.

Nothing is impossible to a determined woman.

Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors!

The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them.


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22 Honoré de Balzac Quotes on Life, Love, and Human Weakness

By | Food for thought, inspirational, life lessons, love, Quotes, wisdom

Honoré de Balzac (May 20, 1799—August 18, 1850) was a French author, generally considered to be one of the greatest novelists of all time.

After his birth, Balzac was sent to be raised by a wet-nurse, although his mother had the time and resources to nurse him. This fact along with his father’s distant attitude had a negative emotional impact on young Honore, so he sought refuge in reading everything he could get his hands on, even dictionaries.

Once his studies were completed, Balzac worked in a law office for several years, but soon realized that the profession didn’t suit him. He decided to become a full-time writer, much to his father’s disapproval.

Balzac’s lifework (excluding his theatrical plays and humorous tales), consists of a series of over ninety novels and short stories collected under the title La Comédie Humaine (“The Human Comedy”).

Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in Europe and his contribution to literature is huge. Aside from producing a vast number of novels and short stories, Balzac helped to establish the traditional form of the novel.

Here are 22 Honore de Balzac quotes on life, love, and human weakness.

The more one judges, the less one loves.

It is always assumed by the empty-headed, who chatter about themselves for want of something better, that people who do not discuss their affairs openly must have something to hide.

Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.

Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.

When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt.

Our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation.

Women are always true, even in the midst of their greatest falsities, because they are always influenced by some natural feeling.

Every moment of happiness requires a great amount of ignorance.

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.

True love is eternal, infinite and always like itself. It’s always equal and pure. Without violent demonstrations: It is seen with white hairs and is always young at heart.

It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action.

Marriage must fight constantly against a monster which devours everything: routine.

Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littleness, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies.

How natural it is to destroy what we cannot possess, to deny what we do not understand, and to insult what we envy!

The first thing necessary to win the heart of a woman is opportunity.

Such is life. It is no cleaner than a kitchen; it reeks like a kitchen; and if you mean to cook your dinner, you must expect to soil your hands; the real art is in getting them clean again, and therein lies the whole morality of our epoch.

An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man’s entire existence.

Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.

Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.

There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power.

It is quite right what they say: the three most beautiful sights in the world are a ship in full sail, a galloping horse, and a woman dancing.

Our heart is a treasury; if you pour out all its wealth at once, you are bankrupt.


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25 Inspiring George Eliot Quotes That Hold Precious Bits of Life Advice

By | advice, Food for thought, friendship, inspirational, life lessons, Quotes, wisdom

George Eliot (the pen name for Mary Ann Evans) was an English Victorian novelist and journalist who often explored aspects of human psychology in her works.

In 1850, Eliot began contributing to the Westminster Review, and later became its editor. While working there, she met many notable literary figures. One of them was George Henry Lewes, a brilliant philosopher and literary critic with whom she began a long-lasting relationship.

Lewes encouraged Eliot to write more, and in 1859 she published her first novel Adam Bede. Although Evans was already a respected writer, she chose to publish the novel pseudonymously to ensure her works were taken seriously in an era when female authors were unheard or ridiculed.

She continued to write under the pen name George Eliot, mostly using her own experiences as material for her prose. Although she was most famous for her novels, the author also produced two volumes of poetry.

The various film and television adaptations of Eliot’s works have re-introduced her to book lovers and in 2015, Middlemarch was named the greatest British novel of all time by the BBC.

Here are 25 inspiring George Eliot quotes any realist can relate to.

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Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.

Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.

Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.

Hold up your head! You were not made for failure, you were made for victory. Go forward with a joyful confidence.

It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.

Keep true. Never be ashamed of doing right. Decide what you think is right and stick to it.

Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.

One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.

And, of course men know best about everything, except what women know better.

Pride helps; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our hurts — not to hurt others.

The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.

It is good to be unselfish and generous; but don’t carry that too far. It will not do to give yourself to be melted down for the benefit of the tallow-trade; you must know where to find yourself.

Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.

Be courteous, be obliging, but don’t give yourself over to be melted down for the benefit of the tallow trade.

The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another.

A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that gentle hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.

Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it: it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker.

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.

It is surely better to pardon too much, than to condemn too much.


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20 Ricky Gervais Quotes for Laughing Your Way Through Life

By | Food for thought, Humor, inspirational, life lessons, positive thinking, Quotes

We first met Ricky Gervais as David Brent back in 2001, in one of the most popular mockumentaries ever made: the original, UK-made The Office. Ever since, Gervais has built himself a massive fan base by making everyone laugh while tearing apart taboo topics.

Gervais grew up in a poor neighborhood. His dad was a laborer and his mother a housewife. But even though he didn’t have much as a child, Ricky didn’t really need more. He always believed that a man is successful when he is able to do exactly what he wants to, when he wants to, and money making wasn’t part of that success.

Gervais worked initially in the music industry, but eventually turned to comedy. After all, he couldn’t let all the wit and humor go to waste.

While his comments and remarks on life and everything in between might be perceived as harsh, he is trying to make the world a better place. A good sense of humor can be your salvation when the going gets tough.

Gervais’ latest black comedy series, After Life, was released on Netflix in March 2019, with another season on the way.

Here are 20 Ricky Gervais quotes for laughing your way through life.

What’s the point in having humor? Humor is to get us over terrible things.

That’s the other thing I learned that day, that the truth, however shocking or uncomfortable, in the end leads to liberation and dignity.

You won’t burn in hell. But be nice anyway.

The best advice I’ve ever received is, ‘No one else knows what they’re doing either.’

If you can laugh in the face of adversity, you’re bullet-proof.

Life is just a series of peaks and troughs. And you don’t know whether you’re in a trough until you’re climbing out, or on a peak until you’re coming down.

“If you try to please everyone you’ll please no one.” 

Never confuse your right to say what you believe with a right to never be disagreed with and ridiculed for saying what you believe.

Be happy. It really annoys negative people.

Beliefs do not change facts. Facts, if one is rational, should change beliefs.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth… Then he said, “Let there be light.” Which means he made the entire universe in the dark!

Just because you’re offended, doesn’t mean you’re right.

When I see a headline ‘Guess who’s going out with who?’ I don’t guess, and I don’t click.

Some of you are really smart. You know who you are. Some of you are really thick. Unfortunately, you don’t know who you are.

If your boss is getting you down, look at him through the prongs of a fork and imagine him in jail.

You have options. You can either continue to be miserable or you can just stop being angry at everyone and accept the way things are. Allow yourself to live.

People confuse the subject of the joke with the target of the joke, and they’re very rarely the same.

Being on the edge isn’t as safe, but the view is better.

People who criticize you have usually never achieved anywhere near what you have. Most of them would be too scared to even try. Keep going.

Remember, when someone says ‘you’ve changed,’ it usually just means you’ve stopped living your life their way.


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25 Beautiful Victor Hugo Quotes That Will Instantly Lift You Up

By | Food for thought, inspirational, life lessons, love, Quotes, uplifting, wisdom

Born on February 26, 1802, Victor Hugo is a celebrated French author, best known for his novels Notre-Dame de Paris and Les Misérables. A leading figure of the Romantic Movement, Hugo was also a poet and dramatist.

Although he obtained a law degree, Hugo was much more interested in writing. Encouraged by his mother to follow his passion, young Victor founded a review, the Conservateur Littéraire, in which he published his work and the work of his friends.

Hugo was only 20 years old when his first volume of poetry Odes et Poésies Diverses, established his reputation as a poet and earned him a royal pension.

After the Revolution of 1848, when Napoleon III came into power, Hugo was banished from his country as he did not share the same political views. He remained in exile for nearly 19 years -– this was the most productive period of his life, in which he wrote some of his best work (including Les Misérables).

Hugo’s writings showcase emotion, love, beauty, and his deep humanitarian beliefs. He was among the most important cultural figures of his time and continues to be one in the modern world.

Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.

To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather loved in spite of ourselves

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.

Life is the flower for which love is the honey.

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering – a hell of boredom.

People do not lack strength; they lack will.

The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal.

Where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign.

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.

The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist, it is by the ideal that we love.

Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.

You who suffer because you love, love still more! To die of love, is to live by it. 

Not being heard is no reason for silence.

Laughter is sunshine, it chases winter from the human face.

Teach the ignorant as much as you can; society is culpable in not providing a free education for all and it must answer for the night which it produces. If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed.

It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.

A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.

Our mind is enriched by what we receive, our heart by what we give.

An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.

Those who do not weep, do not see.

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.


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25 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes that Will Change the Way you See Yourself and Others

By | Change, Food for thought, inspirational, life lessons, Quotes, thinking, wisdom

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (August 28, 1749 – March 22, 1832) was a German poet, playwright, novelist and scientist. He is considered one of the greatest literary figures of his age, and not only.

In 1765, Goethe left home to study law, as his father wished, but due to his illness (probably tuberculosis), he returned home without a degree. However, while at the university, Goethe was much more absorbed with writing, but he presumably burned some of his works as he considered them unworthy.

Often regarded as Germany’s Shakespeare, Goethe achieved fame at the age of 25 after the release of his novel The Sorrows of Young Werther. It is said that the novel had such an influence on men of sensibility, that it has made suicide fashionable for them.

But Faust remains Goethe’s masterpiece. He started the two-part poetic drama around the age of 23 and finished it only months before his death. The legend of the erudite who sells his soul to the Devil for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures has been the basis for many other artistic works.

Here are 25 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes that will change the way you see yourself and others.

A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.

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You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.

Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.

A person hears only what they understand.

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather…

Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.

In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.

To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.

We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.

Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.

If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.

By seeking and blundering we learn.

Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.

Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.

Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond your reach.

Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.

Love does not dominate; it cultivates.

We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.

Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.

Everything is hard before it is easy


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21 Anthony Hopkins Quotes on Living a Happy and Worry-Free Life

By | Celebrities, Food for thought, happiness, life lessons, moving on, Quotes

Born on December 31, 1937, Sir Anthony Hopkins is one of Hollywood’s most distinguished actors and a living legend.

Hopkins started working in the film industry in the late 60’s. Before that, he pursued a stage career, which he hated. He felt like he was working without a point and he knew he could do so much more.

There are so many movie titles linked to Hopkins’ remarkable acting style, but the actor gained critical acclaim due to his game-changing performance as Hannibal Lector in Silence of The Lambs. In fact, he was so convincing that he kind of scared his co-star Jodie Foster. She later admitted that she avoided Hopkins as much as she could during the filming of the thriller.

Hopkins has consistently proven his immense versatility and due to such a lengthy list of achievements and awards, he was knighted in 1993.

His skills and talent are undeniable, but the actor owes his success to hard work. He still rehearses every line more than 200 times – that’s how first-class portrayals are delivered.

Here are 21 Anthony Hopkins quotes on living a happy and worry-free life.

My philosophy is: It’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.

I don’t care: if they don’t like it they don’t like it, but I do it for the fun of it.

Life is tough, but you just have to just get out of bed, get out and do it

I’m fascinated by the dream world we live in, in our dreaming sleep dreaming and that moment of pre sleep when the subconscious mind whirls up.

Today is the tomorrow I was worried about yesterday.

In certain moments of our lives we get little signals, little flashes that say ‘it’s yours if you want it’   

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There is no shortcut to happiness, you have to live your life.

We all sell ourselves to some degree, I think.

I was bullied as a boy – lots of kids are, but hopefully most of us get on with our lives and grow up.

Beware the tyranny of the weak. They just suck you dry.

You mellow out and you just don’t take things too seriously.

Life’s so short and such glorious – images in the world and such horror as well, but I want to see it all. So I moved out of my comfort zone.

We all dream. We dream vividly, depending on our nature. Our existence is beyond our explanation, whether we believe in God or we have religion or we’re atheist.

Everything is random and there are no guarantees.

I love life because what more is there?

I’m fascinated by the fact that we can’t grasp anything about time.

I am a bit of a solitude person – a solitary personality. I like being on my own. I don’t have any major friendships or relationships with people.

If people don’t want to bother with me, fine. You know, God bless them, and move on.

The magical, supernatural force that is with us every second is time. We can’t even comprehend it. It’s such an illusion, it’s such a strange thing.

I am able to play monsters well. I understand monsters. I understand madmen.

We get questions in our head and little voices that put us down when we were kids, so get over that. That’s all I’ve had to do.


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20 Agatha Christie Quotes that Will Help You Solve Some of Life’s Mysteries

By | Food for thought, inspirational, life lessons, Quotes, thinking, wisdom

An icon in the world of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels, Agatha Christie is one of the best-selling authors of all time.

Agatha was destined to become a great writer. She enjoyed writing and creating characters ever since she was a little girl but who would’ve thought that only the Bible and Shakespeare would be more widely read than her novels?

During her life time, Christie wrote 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections. Although murder mysteries were her forte, Christie was also noted for her romantic books and plays – including The Mousetrap (the world’s longest running theatrical play in London).

But writing didn’t come easily to Christie. As a young aspiring writer she produced a number of short stories that were all rejected by various publishers and literary magazines.

In 1920 she finally published her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which introduced the iconic detective Hercule Poirot. Her other well-known character, Miss Marple, was introduced in The Murder at the Vicarage.

Nearly all of Agatha Christie’s works have been adapted into movies, TV shows, or plays, and most of them were a success both with critics and at the box office.

Here are 20 Agatha Christie quotes that will help solve some of life’s mysteries.

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Very few of us are what we seem.

The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.

Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that’s no reason not to give it.

Instinct is a marvelous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored.

It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.

I don’t think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.

Fear is incomplete knowledge.

If you place your head in a lion’s mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.

An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets, the more interested he is in her.

Time is the best killer.

A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path. 

But surely for everything you love you have to pay some price.

The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it.

Everything must be taken into account. If the fact will not fit the theory – let the theory go.

You gave too much rein to your imagination. Imagination is a good servant, and a bad master. The simplest explanation is always the most likely.

The young people think the old people are fools — but the old people know the young people are fools.

Words, madmoiselle, are only the outer clothing of ideas.

Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.

An appreciative listener is always stimulating.

I often wonder why the whole world is so prone to generalize. Generalizations are seldom if ever true and are usually utterly inaccurate.


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18 Alexander Graham Bell Quotes on the Role of Perseverance in Achieving Success

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Alexander Graham Bell (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922), the inventor of the telephone, was a distinguished scientist and innovator.

His father taught elocution to the deaf and young Bell became almost obsessed with the science of sound, especially after his mother began to lose her hearing.

Bell followed his father’s footsteps and began a career in teaching people how to speak, but while pursuing his teaching profession, he got this “outrageous” idea that he could invent a machine that would send the human voice over wires.

He experimented with a telegraph that could send more than one message at once by using different sound frequencies. He did not have much success with his invention until in 1874 when he met Thomas Watson, an electrical engineer who helped him with his work.

On March 10, 1876, Bell got his telephone to work! This date marks the day when Bell successfully made the first phone call in history. Needless to say that after a few demonstrations, thousands of people wanted one.

But the telephone isn’t Bell’s single invention – he held 18 patents in his name alone and shared another 12 with collaborators.

Here are 18 Alexander Graham Bell quotes on the role of perseverance in achieving success.

You cannot force ideas. Successful ideas are the result of slow growth. Ideas do not reach perfection in a day, no matter how much study is put upon them.

A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with — a man is what he makes of himself.

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to focus.

What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.

The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action.

A man’s own judgment should be the final appeal in all that relates to himself.

The achievement of one goal should be the starting point of another.

I do not recognize the right of the public to break in the front door of a man’s private life in order to satisfy the gaze of the curious… I do not think it right to dissect living men even for the advancement of science.

Before anything else preparation is the key to success.

Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds.

Night is a more quiet time to work. It aids thought.

The nation that secures control of the air will ultimately control the world.

God has strewn our paths with wonders and we certainly should not go through life with our eyes shut.

Leave the beaten track behind occasionally and dive into the woods. Every time you do you will be certain to find something you have never seen before.

The inventor looks upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world; he is haunted by an idea.

After innumerable failures I finally uncovered the principle for which I was searching, and I was astounded at its simplicity.

Man is an animal which, alone among the animals, refuses to be satisfied by the fulfillment of animal desires.

The day will come when the man at the telephone will be able to see the distant person to whom he is speaking.


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30 Seneca Quotes to Help You Live a Fulfilling and Worthwhile Life

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Seneca the Younger (in full Lucius Annaeus Seneca) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, orator, and tragedian. Known as one of Rome’s leading intellectual figures, Seneca was also a tutor and advisor to emperor Nero.

As a boy, Seneca was taken to Rome by an aunt, where he was trained as an orator and educated in philosophy. He grew up to be a successful senator and orator. In fact, emperor Caligula became so jealous of Seneca’s remarkable gift for oratory that he ordered his execution. Seneca only escaped because of his poor health and Caligula was told that he doesn’t have many days to live anyway.

Although he survived Caligula’s reign, Seneca was forced to live in exile, as the next emperor’s wife accused him of committing adultery. It was then that he wrote the Consolations, which contain the essence of his Stoic teachings.

The philosopher was later recalled to Rome by Agrippina, to tutor her son, Nero – the future emperor that would later order Seneca to kill himself. All of this due to a misunderstanding.

Seneca’s work inspired playwrights such as Shakespeare, and his masterpiece Oedipus, was held in high esteem in Elizabethan England, as the standard for tragedies.

Here are 30 Seneca quotes to help you live a fulfilling and worthwhile life.

True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so, wants nothing. 

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

All cruelty springs from weakness.

Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.

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Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.

As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.

They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn.

Every night before going to sleep, we must ask ourselves: what weakness did I overcome today? What virtue did I acquire?

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.

We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end of them.

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.

Associate with people who are likely to improve you.

Man is affected not by events but by the view he takes of them.

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We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.

You want to live but do you know how to live? You are scared of dying and tell me, is the kind of life you lead really any different from being dead?

Time heals what reason cannot.

The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.

Hang on to your youthful enthusiasms — you’ll be able to use them better when you’re older.

You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire.

If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable.

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. 

It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.

The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.

It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. … The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.

If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you’re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person.

He suffers more than necessary, who suffers before it is necessary.

Wealth is the slave of the wise. The master of the fool.

Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. We’ve been using them not because we needed them but because we had them.

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.

Life is never incomplete if it is an honorable one. At whatever point you leave life, if you leave it in the right way, it is whole.


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