Posted on | October 4, 2012 | 5 Comments
Growing up, I have always carried with me some thoughts and quotes to live by. The earliest lines I could remember hearing myself quoting was the lines I heard from Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong, a tele-evangelist in the 60′s, 70′s, and 80′s. He would always say, “Two people cannot walk together except they be agreed!”, another one is “Repetition is the best from of emphasis.”.
I made up my own lines along the way from what I have heard from teachers and professors in college and the Bible. Most notable is the line, “You cannot give what you don’t have.”
In the last 30 years, I have live and stand by the following quotes from great men of their time. The following are 12 quotes I always agree upon and try to live by.
1. Regarding age and getting old.
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain
Pretty good huh!
2. On growth and changes in and around us.
“The only thing constant in life is change.”
- Francois de la Rochefoucauld
I think this is quote is the most famous of all quotes regarding change. Probably many of you know this line
3. On child rearing. You got to love this.
“We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”
- Stacia Tauscher
4. On wisdom and being wise.
“The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.”
5. On equality and freedom.
“Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.”
- Albert Einstein
6. On Family.
“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”
- Desmond Tutu
7. On government and the role of family in its success and/or failure.
“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”
- Pope John Paul II
8. On making friends and enemies.
“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”
- Abraham Lincoln
9. On happiness and contentment.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
- Thomas Jefferson
10. On Love and marriages.
“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
- Friedrich Nietzsche
11. On building strong family and successful men.
“Men are what their mothers made them.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
12. On government and politics.
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
How about you? What quotes do you live by?
Please share as many as you can in the comment section.