50 Beautiful Quotes That Changed My Perspective on Life

Here is a collection of quotes I have gathered over the years that have changed my life’s perspective for the better.

I hope these words reach you, heal you, or help you to understand yourself or this world a little better. Enjoy!

**I have tried my best to find the origin of each quote by author or work. If the quote has come from a book, I have also tried to link it in case you are interested in it. Hope this helps!

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1. “Don’t wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to enjoy your life.”  – Joyce Meyer

2. “Dreams don’t work unless you do.”  – John C. Maxwell

3. Genuine feelings are never the product of conscious effort. They are quite simply there, and they are there for a very good reason, even if that reason is not always apparent.  -Alice Miller, The Body Never Lies

4. “It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” – Vincent Van Gogh

 *Book Recommendation: The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh

5. “Sometimes I remind myself that I almost skipped the party, that I almost went to a different college, that the whim of a minute could have changed everything and everyone. Our lives, so settled, so specific, are built on happenstance.”
– Anna Quindlen from Every Last One

6. “Progess is progress no matter how small. Sometimes progress is your efforts and not your results.”  – psych-facts via Tumblr

7. “I think I fall in love a little bit with anyone who shows me their soul… I appreciate rawness so much.”  – Emery Allen

8. “From the very beginning you are being told to compare yourself with others. This is the greatest disease. It is like a cancer that goes on destroying your very soul because each individual is unique, and comparison is not possible.”  – Osho

9. “I thought the idea of education was to learn to think for yourself.”  – Dead Poets Society (1989)

10. “We think too much and feel too little.”  – Charlie Chaplin

11. “Show respect to people who don’t even deserve it; not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.”  – Dave Willis

12. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle, Metaphysics

13. “Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.”  – Alejandro Jodorowsky

 14. “Walk outside on a clear night and just lookup into the sky. You are sitting on a planet spinning around in the middle of absolutely nowhere.”  – Michael A. Singer, The Untethered Soul

15. “When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time. You’d be shocked at how many adults are really dead inside-walking through their days with no idea who they are.”  – Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak

16. “And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”  – Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

17. “If you have been brutally broken, but still have the courage to be gentle to others then you deserve a love deeper than the ocean itself.”  – Nikita Gill

 * Recommended Book: Your Soul is a River

18. “It’s easy for someone to joke about scars if they’ve never been cut.”  – William Shakespeare

19. “Is it really that bad if someone sees who you are? Why is it humans have a problem with letting someone else see that they are human?  – Joseph Gogler

20. “My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”  – Charles Dickens

21. “The highest form of human intelligence is to observe yourself without judgement.”  – Jiddu Krishnamurti

22. “All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naïve. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: that I am nobody but myself.”  – Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

23. “I can bear any pain as long as it has meaning.”  – Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

24. “I live in my dreams — that’s what you sense. Other people live in dreams but not in their own. That’s the difference.”  – Hermann Hesse, Demian

25. “You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart.”  – Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum

26. “You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.”  – John Steinbeck

27. “Everyone you meet has something to teach you.”  – Unknown

28. “I’m going to tell you a secret: You don’t have to believe every thought that pops into your head.”  – B. Dave Walters

29. “The greatest prison that people live in is the fear of what other people think.”  – David Icke

30. “People will show you who they are, but we ignore it because we want them to be who we want them to be.”  – Don Draper

31. “I shiver, thinking how easy it is to be totally wrong about people, to see one tiny part of them and confuse it for the whole.”  – Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

32. “I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?”  – John Lennon

33. “The worth of a human being lies in the ability to extend oneself, to go outside oneself, to exist in and for other people.”  – Milan Kundera, Laughable Loves

34. “If you repeat something over and over again it loses its meaning; You watch the sunset too often it just becomes 6 pm, you make the same mistake over and over you stop calling it a mistake. If you just wake up wake up wake up wake up wake up wake up one day you’ll forget why.”  – Phil Kaye from Repetition

35. “Anybody can learn to think, or believe, or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel…the moment you feel, you’re nobody but yourself.”  – E.E. Cummings; E. E. Cummings: A Miscellany Revised

36. “Crying isn’t a sign of weakness. From birth, it shows us we are alive.” – Charlotte Brontë

37. “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”  – Buddha

38. “Millions of people are suffering: they want to be loved but they don’t know how to love. And love cannot exist as a monologue; it is a dialogue, a very harmonious one.”  – Osho

39. “Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is believing you’re worthy of the trip.”  – Glenn Beck, The Christmas Sweater

40. “If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.”  – Banksy

41. “The best listeners listen between the lines.”  – Nina Malkin, Swoon

42. “Years of love have been forgot / In the hatred of a minute.”  – Edgar Allen Poe

43. “I opened my mouth, almost said something. Almost. The rest of my life might have turned out differently if I had. But I didn’t.”  – Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

44. “If someone treats you badly just remember that there is something wrong with them – not you. Normal people don’t go around destroying other human beings.”  – Unknown

45. “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

46. “Never make fun of someone’s passion because that’s the thing that saves them from the world”  – Unknown

47. “We are all ordinary. We are all boring. We are all spectacular. We are all shy. We are all bold. We are all heroes. We are all helpless. It just depends on the day.”  – Brad Meltzer

48. “Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness in other people.”  – Carl Jung

49. “You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.”  – Audrey Hepburn

50. “You are the universe experiencing itself.”  – Alan Watts

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    • No matter how hard if anyone hits me or pushes me or calls me names I will never give up little Sharon who’s made some big mistakes but has to realize that there is no one going I won’t let anyone ruin me emotionally or whatever etc.etc etc although it is nerve wracking truly true