Are you also one of those people who stop and read that motivational quote when scrolling through social media? Are you one of those people who specifically screenshot or save that quote because who knows you might need it later?
Are you one of those people who use motivational or inspiring quotes as their wallpapers, lock screens, sticky notes, or even for room décor? Well, reading or just looking at a positive quote can be very empowering. A lot more empowering than you anticipated.
Famous quotes from famous people are something that we all are familiar with and come across from time to time. There are innumerable categories when it comes to quotes; they can be long or short, on countless topics covering different aspects of lives and are equipped with the power to motivate, encourage and bring about a positive change. They widen your perspectives, prompt you to take charge or action when required, and give you some valuable insights.
When you see something between quotes, its credibility automatically increases in your mind. The very idea of another human sharing similar thoughts, experiences, and situations like you can prove to be a sigh of relief for many.
These well-crafted sentences can leave a lasting impression on your minds long after they’re gone and inspire you to take action. It is always a good idea to read a few quotes about anything you like after waking up and before going to bed because these words stay with you and affect your thought process, your everyday pattern, and how you act and react to various things in life.
Here I will be enlisting 10 quotes by famous personalities covering different areas from spirituality to education, philosophy to politics, fashion to love, and so on.
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”– RUMI
Rumi was a 13th-century Persian-poet, Islamic scholar, Sufi mystic, and theologian who has also been called one of the greatest mystical poets of all time. He is one of the bestselling poets in the USA and is originally from Greater Khorasan in Greater Iran. During the last 25 years of his life, he composed 7000 verses on diverse topics and today three countries declare him as his national poet- Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan.
The meaning behind this quote is that every now and then we desire to change another person; their habits, their way of doing things, their personality, their thoughts, their individuality, their attitude towards us, and so on. But the wisdom lies in accepting the fact that you cannot change anyone, the only change you can bring is in yourself.
The sooner a person gets it, the better it is for themselves and for the world. You are and you will always be the primary carrier of change and if you want to see a change in anyone- your friends, family, colleagues, or in fact the world, you need to bring a change in yourselves.
“Cogito, ergo sum.”– DESCARTES
If you’re familiar with philosophy, there are chances that you might have come across this infamous quote which forms the fundamental basis of the study. This is a statement by Rene Descartes, a French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist and is a Latin proposition which is translated into “I think, therefore I am.”
Descartes wanted to arrive at a fundamental set of principles that can be considered true without a doubt. For this, he employed a method of metaphysical doubt which rejects the ideas that can be doubted and then reestablishes them to achieve a firm foundation.
Descartes argued that when you see something, for instance, a chair you don’t really know if that chair exists or it is something you have made in your mind. Descartes argued that you can doubt the existence of anything which you infer from your perception.
He arrived at an understanding that thought exists and it cannot be separated from me therefore I exist. He concluded that if he doubted something, someone must have done that doubting; that very someone who doubted is him and that proved his existence. In brief, the very much process of being skeptical about existence is the proof that he himself exists. Bit of a brain twister, right?
“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”– PAULO COELHO
Paulo Coelho de Souza is a Brazilian novelist and lyricist best known for his novels- the Alchemist, Veronika decides to die and Adultery. Mostly Paulo Coelho books deal with our inner self, our passions and dreams, and the desire to connect with the larger universe.
The above-mentioned quote is taken from Paulo Coelho’s bestselling novel “The Alchemist” which was first published in 1988. It is a story about one young shepherd boy named Santiago who is able to find treasure beyond his wildest dreams by listening to his heart and most importantly, by following his dreams. He worked, failed, and tried again, he overcame all the obstacles and insurmountable hurdles in pursuit of his dream.
The law of attraction is always working, whether you believe it or not. It is about the three principles of the law of attraction- Ask, Believe, and Receive. The universe has its own magnificent way of working wherein the more you ask for something, the higher you raise your vibrations, the more you emit positivity and the more you have faith in its working, the more it will reward you.
This quote is deeply symbolic and motivates the reader in a unique way. It doesn’t mean that you should just sit back, make a mere wish and things will start working in your favor. On the other hand, it means that if the desire to achieve something is really deep and the person is ready to make a conscious effort towards attaining it, they will find their way through it.
Maybe it is not always about Universe, God, or nature but the zeal and seriousness in achieving their set goals despite all the obstacles.
“Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, What elegance!”– COCO CHANEL
Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel is a famous French designer, businesswoman, and founder of the brand ‘Chanel.’ She is famous for her designs which never goes out of style, her casual-chic attire, and little black dresses. In the post-world war 1 era, she liberated women from the “constrained corsets” and bring forward a chic and sporty style.
This quote is a reflection of how Coco Chanel lived her life according to her own rules. Her musings on elegance, love, life, and fashion are as classic as her Chanel designs.
She understood that women are not just mere mannequins to hang accessories, jewelry, and all sorts of clothing. Through this quote, she also wants to put forward the point that fashion is not an act of consumption but an ‘aesthetic act.’
“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.”– KARL MARX
Karl Marx, also known as ‘father of communism’ was a 19th-century political philosopher, sociologist, economist, revolutionary, and the founder of Marxism which fights for the emancipation of the working class, all its ideologies, institutions and overthrowing the capitalists.
He had also co-written “The Communist Manifesto” along with Friedrich Engels. He worked primarily in the realm of political philosophy and was a famous advocate for communism.
It is a rhetorical flourish which Marx added to the beginning of Chapter One of his political tract ‘The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte’ which attempted to explain how in times of revolutionary upheaval, the involved persons drape themselves in the political, rhetorical and ideological trappings of previous generations but now in a farcical form.
“Understanding is the heartwood of well-spoken words.”– BUDDHA
Buddha who was born with the name Siddhartha Gautama was a spiritual leader, philosopher, mediator, and teacher who was born in Ancient India. He was the founder of the world’s fourth-largest religion ‘Buddhism’ which encompasses over 7% of the total population of the world.
The above quote is taken directly from Kimsila Sutta. It highlights the need to understand the point we are trying to make before speaking something. It is very important to acknowledge that every human being is facing their own fears, insecurities, and struggles.
Everyone has their own ways of doing things, their own personal beliefs, and their own ideologies which might be different from yours or what you believe in.
“Faith and fear both demand you believe in something you cannot see. You choose!”– BOB PROCTOR
Bob Proctor is the CEO of Proctor Gallagher Institute and is an expert in the Law of Attraction. He has made an appearance in the movie ‘The Secret’ and his agenda has been to push people forward in their lives, motivate and inspire them all through a paradigm shift in their minds.
More often than not, we restrict ourselves from trying new things just because of the fear of it not working out. Sometimes, we do not even make an attempt to try something new because we are so relaxed and comfortable in our own little bubbles that the fear of it bursting constraints our dreams.
This quote simply encourages people to convert their thoughts into reality by putting an effort to come out of their comfort zone and having faith in themselves. Most of the sufferings we go through are not even real but scenarios which we have made in our minds. Believe in yourself, have faith in your abilities, push your limits and conquer all your goals.
“It doesn’t have to take over your life, it doesn’t have to define you as a person, it’s just important that you ask for help. Its’s not a sign of weakness.”– DEMI LOVATO
This above-mentioned quote is said by Demi Lovato, American singer, songwriter, and actress. Lovato came forward with her own struggles and fight with Bipolar Disorder, depression eating disorder and drug addiction and how she emerged out victoriously with professional help, of course.
Her honesty about her problems with drugs, alcohol, and body image continues to be a source of inspiration for people all over the world.
B R Ambedkar
“Indifferentism is the worst kind of disease that can affect people.”– B R AMBEDKAR
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was an Indian economist, jurist, politician, social reformer, and was the Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee. He was an advocate of the rights of Dalits (formerly known as untouchables), women and the poor and oppressed class.
He was against social discrimination towards and ought to eliminate social evils like untouchability and inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement.
According to me, an indifferent person is dangerous to society and the world we are living in because indifferentism leads to apathy. I cannot stress enough about how important is to care about people outside your social circle.
Today, it has become so important to speak about issues, issues that are not directly affecting you but others. It has become so important to recognize our privilege, set it aside, and put yourselves in the shoes of those who are oppressed.
Indifference is more harmful than anger since anger causes one to do something for your sake, if not others. But on the other hand, an indifferent person lacks empathy which can be symbolized as one of the worst diseases to affect humanity.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
“There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.”– F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
F. Scott Fitzgerald was an American novelist, screenwriter, essayist, and is famous for his depictions of flamboyance and Jazz age- a term he himself coined.
Some of his most famous works are The Great Gatsby, Tender Is the Night and This Side of Paradise. His work was heavily inspired by aspiration, literature, alcohol, and Princeton. The above-mentioned quote is taken from his all-time classic, The Great Gatsby.
If I have to define this quote in simple terms, I’d like to say relationships come in many different forms and you will never experience the same kind of love twice. When you read Fitzgerald’s work you will see how easily he describes situations about life and relationships to the point that these quotes resonate with the situations and problems you had faced.
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