These life quotes are shortcuts to the wisdom of world influencers. They are thought-provoking, encouraging, and inspiring.
Life quotes are life hacks.
Life quotes offer us opportunities to examine our lives. I am not the one who will pepper my speeches with life quotes, but they helped me process my thinking. Reading life quotes is akin to conversing with people who encapsulate their wisdom in few words.
May the following 21 life quotes inspire you to examine your life — and empower you to get what you really want.
1. Life is about making an impact.
This life quote resonates with me.
It is easy to believe that life is about income when you have no money.
When I was young, I was like almost everyone I knew. I aimed to finish school and find a job that offers a good salary.
Teaching high school students was my first job. I was assigned to teach eight classes spread in four different subjects. My first monthly salary was a little more than six thousand pesos. I had to rent a place for 2500 pesos. Yes, the income was not enough.
But I thought I had no choice. So, I applied for a part-time job in the college department of the same school. I was afraid, I was tired, but I was not satisfied.
Nine years after, my belief about work changed. Thanks to the help of someone who taught me about creating a good life by making an impact. He inspired me to adopt a growth mindset.
A growth mindset inspires me to find ways to help people and make an impact in their lives. This mindset increased my happiness. And here’s the good part, when I started focusing on impact, my income increased 10x too.
2. Life goes on.
Life goes on. Whatever I do, time will not wait for me. Earth will continue to move around its axis.
While I grow old, I can grow up because the choice is mine.
The pandemic may limit my space, but it cannot restrict my movements. I may not reach many places, but I still have opportunities to meet many people. I won’t allow my fear to turn my house into a cave. I won’t cave in.
Wherever you are, whatever happens to you, life goes on.
3. Fight for your truth.
Fight for your truth even if you are young. Many people float like dead fishes. They go where the current goes. They think that it is safe to think like everyone else. But everyone else isn’t thinking.
Examine what matters in the greater scheme of things. Find your truth and fight for it. The world will never know what’s good for them if you refuse to speak your mind. Do not hide. Your truth may change the world.
4. Commit to excellence.
I learned early in life that to succeed at something, I must commit. A journey to a thousand miles begins with the first step. But out of a thousand people who make the first step, only a few get to the thousandth mile. Most people change direction after a mile or go back. Ningas cogon is real.
Commitment is the key to achieve almost anything in life. You set your eyes to a goal, then do your best to achieve it every day. Not all days are equal, but your commitment stays the same.
Excellence to me means that I must keep improving each day. There are days that I will not do things right, but that’s okay because morrow is another day. If I fail today, I can learn from it. I may fail a hundred times in a row, but life goes on, and I am not defeated until I stop.
5. Excellence is a habit.
Excellence is a choice; so is mediocrity. Those who choose to do excellent work every day turn excellence into a habit. Unlike mediocrity, excellence is a conscious and deliberate habit.
Excellence is a big word. You can replace it with words like awesome, extraordinary, or superb. Or whatever words challenge you to do great things.
One way to turn excellence into a habit is to identify the behaviors that demonstrate excellence. You can observe and measure behaviors. You can turn behaviors into a habit.
Read about personal excellence today.
6. Believe you can.
But even if the odds are against me, when something is too important to me, I take the chance. It is as if I say, “I have done everything, and I fear uncertainty, but God is with me.” Bahala na means “Let God works in me.”
I know that I cannot do everything. I have limits. But some things I ought to do, and I will not know unless I try. Often, once the deed is done, I am amazed to find how easy, enjoyable, and rewarding the action is.
There are many things I can do. I ought to do them to know that I can.
7. Dare to dream it.
I read this life quote when I was in the fifth grade from one of the old books sent to me by a relative.
I knew that not everyone dares to dream. We are not born equal. No amount of international declaration can make us equal. For most of us, life is a struggle from birth to death.
I won’t be surprised if people stop dreaming. Yes, people wished to win in a lottery, but even they know that the chance of winning is next to none. They won’t part with their 22 pesos. Playing pitch-and-toss has at least a 50 percent chance of winning.
Many Filipinos won’t be able to finish primary education. Not for the lack of effort. Not for the lack of motivation. But mainly because their environment discourages them from dreaming.
When I was young, I shared with my friends my dreams. But, unfortunately, they thought I was too arrogant to believe that I can enter high school.
Yes, education is free. But students have to spend money every day on food and transportation. In addition, we have to spend money on school materials and “projects”. And we did not have money to spend.
I was one of those who topped the entrance exam. But our neighbors made fun of me when they found out that my section was Sampaguita. The sections were arranged in alphabetical order. But they were not aware the first sections were national symbols. Sampaguita was section 1.
I felt that nobody believed in me. It was a struggle.
Those who say that dreaming is free don’t much about dreaming. Dreaming will keep you awake at night. Dreaming, even when everyone around you has given up, keeps you going. Dreaming won’t allow you to rest until you win.
So I say, dare to dream. Work hard until you have exhausted everything that you can give for a day. Getting tired will help you sleep. It helps you also to look forward to the next day.
8. Write your story.
We tell ourselves stories we want to believe. Yet, as each day passes us by, very few can remember what happened yesterday, last week, or last year. I’ve been in this world for more than four decades, but I can only remember a few, most of which are struggles.
Yes, there were many victories too. But people don’t remember them.
As leaders, we have opportunities to inspire people and paint our vision. We can change our script and tell them our future story. We can tell stories of hope, inspiration, love, and prosperity.
We can watch things happen to us. We can be like a passenger to a bullet train that though we can reach far and wide, we won’t remember much of what’s in the journey. You don’t need to be in that bullet train.
We can live our lives to the fullest. We can create the future we care about. We can be aware. We can be present. We can be the authors of our stories.
9. Tomorrow is page 1.
One day, I will share this life quote with my son. If her mother can read this, I hope she’ll share it with him. If you are reading this, I am happy for you. I have long accepted that most of my relatives won’t have the interest to read my blog. And I am not the only one who writes for one.
Jefferson Carlos often expresses disappointment when he fails to do something in a day. Usually, I tell him not to worry because there is always a tomorrow.
Well, there will always be a tomorrow. But no one promised us that we would be there when it comes. But JC is just six years old. He won’t understand.
There is another way.
If you are thinking of changing your life and creating a life you deserve, there is another way of looking into a new tomorrow.
Tomorrow is page 1 of your new life. There is always an opportunity to change your story. And this is why we must be grateful to rise from our bed when new tomorrow comes.
We have the chance to change the script. We have the opportunity to write a new story.
So went tomorrow comes, do not hesitate. Do not procrastinate. Finish your page number 1. Give it your best shot because giving your best shot ensures that you write your page 2 the next day.
10. Never quit.
Okay. I am ready to quit a lot of things in my life. One of the reasons people do not get what they want is that they don’t know when to stop. So it is okay to quit.
It is okay to quit watching Netflix four, six, or twelve hours a day. None of the TV series can help me fulfill my dreams. I will be able to get a good life for my family if I did produce those series – or I was the star. But no, I am spending hours on something that will give me zero centavos and make me pay dearly.
It is okay to quit spending hours on Facebook. It is nice to know what’s happening to people. But today, FB is the arena of scammers, propagandists, trolls, and liars. You won’t know what’s real and what’s not. People want to earn more money and attention. If you are not in that game, it is okay to quit Facebook and social media at all. Of course, I want to help people. I can do that without having to waste my time with fanatics and minions. So, I spend time each day meeting real people.
It is okay to quit vices that turn our opportunities into ashes.
It is okay to quit on subscriptions you are not using. You don’t have to hear or see or know everything. It is okay to miss out on many things in this life. That means that I will have more room for things that matter to me.
But I won’t quit on my principles and my values. I won’t quit on my dreams. I won’t quit on my family. I won’t quit on my country. These are non-negotiable.
Never quit on the good life.
11. Throw your best punch.
12. Timing is everything.
14. Practice it.
15. Only I can.
16. Morning brings new potential.
17. Once is enough.
18. I live life.
19. Life is worth living.
20. Life is the flower.
21. Life is about making an impact, not making an income.
Most people sold their time for money. You may call that exchange for our hours a salary, a commission, or whatever. My Filipino education molded me to think that the ultimate prize of a college education is a high-paying job. Most Filipinos will miss this quote.
Many years ago, someone told me that the best way to increase my income is to shift my focus. Instead of trying my best to create more income streams, I must find more opportunities to help others and allow my work to impact their lives positively.
It was challenging to understand and hard to do. Some people rely on my ability to earn money. I could make more “meaning” when I already have the money.
But I can tell you now that it works. Make more impact.
Do not be afraid to choose. You can define and decide for your good life. Life is about making choices. We cannot not choose. Therefore, it is important to understand our options and make bold choices.
A good life is not a destination. A good life is a commitment to live according to our principles. You cannot wait for a good life to happen. No one is promised a beautiful tomorrow. We can only spend what we have today.
Your attitude determines whether you are going up or down. If you are not happy about your life, you’ve got to change your attitude. If you are not satisfied with what you have now, you’ve got to change your attitude. You will be surprised how this simple advice can change the direction of your life.
Gandhi has given us many life quotes. This one I learned when I was in high school. It made me cry during retreats. Today is our last chance to be the person we want to be. Today is our last chance to enjoy the life we have with the people we love. So, don’t waste today.
The story we tell ourselves define how we live each day. For example, if we spend our time arguing with passionate supporters of politicians, we will be spending our day angry and depressed. For how in the world can people defend murderers and plunderers? You can flip your life.
I won’t tell you what to do with your life. Though sometimes, I feel like I am teaching you. The habit of a teacher is still with me. Find out what’s best for you, then do it.
This is the best time management advice I give to myself every day. Unless I resolve to make the most of my time, I am sure that I will be spending hours watching TV series. Those Marvel heroes were good fellows, but I regretted wasting valuable time watching stories that I no longer remember.
Many Filipinos find it difficult to ask for help. I think it has something to do with how we think of power. Those who ask for help felt that they are subordinate to those who help them. But I’m afraid that’s not right. The world is changing, and we ought to help each other if we want to thrive.