If you know me personally, you know I love quotes. I have my favorites saved in my phone, written on Post-It notes on my desk, and scattered throughout my journal.
Quotes and mantras have helped me through some of the hardest times in my life. When I was feeling confused and discouraged at work, I’d remind myself of my favorite Henry Ford saying, “If you think you can do a thing or you think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” Slowly but surely, the job got easier. When I grumble about getting up at 5am, I remember Ben Franklin’s good advice: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
There are so many quotes that resonate with me, but I’ve collected a few of my favorites here.
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” – Native American proverb
I think this is a great way to look at the world. Instead of thinking of the planet’s precious resources as ours to have and use, think about how we can preserve the good things for future generations. This quote has new meaning for me now that I’m a mom myself.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver
These inspiring words come from Mary’s poem The Summer Day. When I read them, they always refuel my desire to do something meaningful and worthwhile with my time here. For the full poem text, click here.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour.” – John Heywood
I can be impatient at times. I like to see results right away. I often need to remind myself that great things take time, and anything worth doing takes hard work and dedication. This quote from English playwright John Heywood reminds me to keep making steady progress towards a goal.
“Dare to dream, but please also do, for dreamers are many but doers are few.” – Brad Montague
Brad is the creator behind the inspirational Kid President videos online. This quote is a reminder to me that dreaming is good, but action is better. Too often I let my goals and ideas take a backseat to other obligations. Sometimes it’s necessary to shift your focus to make time for “doing.”
Well, those are some of my favorite quotes I’ve been repeating to myself lately. Let me know yours in the comments!