You've probably seen motivational quotes shared around on your aunt's social media. Next to pictures of cats and political slams featuring the Minions, inspirational quotes might be the third most popular thing to post about. There's simple elegance in quotes that push you forward and teach you to try hard when you feel like giving up. The only thing is to let your mind open up a bit to let the wisdom in.


Reddit user, u/rinxminx, wanted to know what wonderful bits should be held onto when they asked:

What's a quote that's always stuck with you ?

When's The Best Time To Start?

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A year from now, you'll wish you started today.

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I like a similar one: "the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second best time is now."

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Show The World You Smile

"And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.'"

-Kurt Vonnegut

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Anger =/= Less Love

"Just because you're angry with someone you love, doesn't mean you love that person any less."

-My dad

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Guess Who Gets To Write The History?

"History is filled with liars. If he lives, and we die, his truth becomes written - and ours is lost."

- Captain Price (modern warfare 2)

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There is an African Proverb: "Until the lion learns to write, all stories will glorify the hunter"

And from battlefield 3 (sorry if I paraphrase, I can't remember the exact quote): "History is determined by the motherf-cking victor"

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What Comes To Mind First?

The first thought that goes through your mind is what you're conditioned to think.

What comes next defines who you are.

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That ties in nicely with what my high school chemistry teacher taught, which is that when you're doing multiple choice, your first guess straight from your gut is usually the correct one. If you've studied, that's like conditioning your mind.

And this is also why I found it so troubling when I had to study for and pass an ethics exam to get my professional license. My gut responses were not actually the ethical choices. :( Really made me think about my life there.

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Captain Kirk FTW

"It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life."

~ Jean-Luc Picard

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Be Better

"You need to be better. You are all the things that are wrong with you. It's not the drinking or the drugs or your childhood. It's you. Alright? It's. You."

- Todd, Bojack Horseman

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Here's 2 For You

I got 2 actually

isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes... but when we look back, everything is different

Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't.

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Age Is A Gift

Do not regret growing older, it's a privilege denied to many.

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My best friend and I were in an accident 12 years ago and he passed away at the age of 20. This saying has always had a big impact on my Outlook ever since that day.

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What If There Are No Gods?

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Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.

Marcus Aurelius

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