People Explain Which Quotes Permanently Changed Their Outlook
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I love a good positive affirmation.

Life is hard and cruel.

So any Oprah/Dr.Phil life reinforcement is helpful.

Redditor internallyskating wanted to hear the quotes that can help us all.

So they asked:

"What’s a quote that permanently changed the way you look at things?"

My pen and paper are ready...


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“'Let go or be dragged' and old zen proverb I heard at a meditation class. Really changed the way I let myself worry about things."


"Wisdom tells me I am nothing, love tells me I am everything, and between the two my life flows."


"This really hit me. Thank you for sharing! Will be one of my favorites from now on."



"'Do you listen or just wait to speak.'"


"Reading all the other comments and thinking yeah that makes sense and yeah I'll use that. Then there's this that's really hit home, I get so far through listening then hear something I want to reply to and then don't hear any more of the conversation."


10/90 rule...

"I had a professor in college he called it the 10/90 rule. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. Changed my life."


"Many years ago, I realized much of my unhappiness was because my expectations of people were so high that no one could ever live up to them, and this left me eternally disappointed. So I lowered them nearly to the ground. Since then, I'm far more happy and more content with the world around me. It completely transformed my outlook on life."


“liked by all”

"If you wouldn't take advice from them, why would you take criticism? - some dude on youtube. I just never thought of it that way before, and I stopped spending so much energy trying to get people to like me."


"I realized my efforts to be 'liked by all' contradicted my desire to like myself when I came across this quote somewhere: If you don’t have any enemies, then you don’t have any character. Or, as I have since internalized it: I don’t want everyone to like me."



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"Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not who someone else is today."


We all need to dig deep. It all starts in the mirror.

Yes I do...

"Honesty without kindness is brutality. Kindness without honesty is manipulation. Yes I do. I think manipulation is a controlling act practiced by those who refuse to admit what it is they are seeking from others. Probably because they don’t want to hear an answer any different from the one they’ve given themselves. So they strategically coerce you into doing something you actually don’t want to do."



"No one raindrop thinks it causes the flood."


"I wonder if matter cannot be destroyed nor created, won't we eventually run out of resources since everything we didn't 'recycle' (that's a whole other topic) is in the landfills?"

"Landfill mining seems dangerous, toxic and unsanitary. Lots of sharp stuff, chemicals, spoiled food, oils, human byproduct, anything and everything that will easily cause injury. So much plastic mixed with every element in the periodic table it seems beyond modern technology to convert the mixed elements back to basic, raw, useable materials for production."


The Educated

"'It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.'"


"And yes it isn't the real quote but elementary school aged me internalized that thought and I have applied it to everything ever since then."



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“'You might be the sweetest peach on the tree, but some people just don’t like peaches.'”

"This helped me get over my lifelong desire to be liked by everyone, and allowed me to focus on becoming someone I actually liked."


I'm putting all of this in my journal.