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Words of wisdom can come in many forms.

People can be enlightened by reading a passage from an inspirational novel. A powerful lyric in a meaningful song can resonate with the hardest of hearts.
And sometimes, those who have lived through hardships can pass on their wisdom that can have huge impacts on our lives.
Curious to hear about the moments that influenced the lives of strangers, Redditor HopeInChaos asked:
"What is the one quote that changed your life?"

These mantras may help you have no regrets.

Cookie Wisdom

"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten."

"It was a fortune cookie."


Meaning Of Life

"life isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself."


Owning Imperfections

"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."


Be In The Moment

"If you're living in the past, you're depressed, if you're living in the future you have anxiety, if you are living in the present you are at peace."

"It's just from memory I'm sure the actual quote is much prettier."


Learning lessons is the name of the game here.

Value Of Stupid

"'It costs money to be stupid.' My dad, after I had done something stupid and was forced to use all of my summer earnings to pay for it."


Slice Of Humble Pie

"You might be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, but some people just don't like peaches."


Taking Chances

"Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game."


Take A Leap

"You only need to do it once to understand."

"Context: My coach once said this after I was scared of trying some new tumbling moves and constantly kept giving up mid attempts. It got stuck to my head in a really interesting way, not only on gymnastics but on everything that I do. If I'm scared, bored, angry about something I need to do I just reflect on how I need to stop giving myself excuses and do the things I must."

"Right after he said that I did it. It was horrible, unbalanced, barely ended up on my feet. But I lost my fear of doing it."


The way we treat others, good and bad, have ramifications.

Ensuring A Promising Future

"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."


There Are Limits To Extending Kindness

"Don't set yourself on fire to keep someone else warm."


Hold The Reigns

"He who angers you controls you."


A throwaway comment my driving instructor once told me that stuck with me was to drive defensively.

We can't predict how well other drivers around us will maneuver their vehicles when sharing the road. The only way to be safe is to remain alert and to think ahead.

I thought this also applied in a larger context in life.

Being self-reliant, I thought, was key to survival on the highways of life, since no one is really looking out for you. Be in control. Don't live life always idling. And occasionally live life in the fast lane, safely, of course.

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We all need a little wholesome content every now and then. Much of the world, especially right now, can seem very dark and depressing.

It's important to recognize that not all of the world is as scary as it may seem. So we wanted to see what wholesome facts people had to share with us.

In fact, the world "wholesome" literally means "promoting health or well-being of mind or spirit."

Take a minute to enjoy this list of wholesome facts that will just make your heart melt.

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Shaking hands... what's up with that?

Could this social custom be going out of style given that we're all in the middle of a global pandemic and have become hyperaware of all the germs around us?

And not just that, but just how nasty people are? Why would you want to shake hands with them?

People shared their opinions after Redditor alebenchhe asked the online community,

"What social customs do we need to retire?"
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I have a paralyzing fear of death. If I could I would live forever. Have you ever seen the movie "Death Becomes Her?" I would give every penny for that potion. And I wouldn't be all crazy like them.

Live well forever and be happy? It's possible. Even though life is nuts and scary, you're still here. What if there is nothing after the final breath? I don't want to just not exist, while everybody else just gets to keep on dancing.

In my hopes I see a Heaven with ice cream and vodka. So I'm going to hold onto that until eternal life is an option. Let's hear from the gallery...

Redditor u/St3fan34 wanted to discuss life after life, by asking:

What do you think really happens after death?
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