27 Quotes About Strength to Persevere

27 Quotes About Strength to Persevere

Life is a funny thing.

We often tend to overestimate somethings we are capable of and underestimate others. The human mind, while great at calculations, is not so great at predicting our own potential.

However, when we need to find strength, it’s most likely that we will find it outside of ourselves. This may be in spirituality or religion, in relationships, or simply in the words of others who have come before us and faced similar struggles.

The following quotes will show you how successful people throughout history have viewed strength. What you’ll see is that their mindset and their attitude towards finding strength is what can lead them to persevere through difficulties.

Tough times are inevitable, and this is a fact many of us don’t actively try to face. But if we recognise that we are capable of doing so, and we are prepared in our attitudes and philosophy, we can grow as people and go on to push the boundaries and experience a richer and more fulfilling life.

Here are 27 quotes about strength to persevere.

You can find great strength in hardships
Have you ever heard the phrase “pressure makes diamonds?” It comes from the fact that coal, which is dark and dirty, when under pressure for a long period of diamond, turns into diamonds, one of our most valued jewels. The same is true of the human being. When we put out muscles under regular stress, they grow, when our immune system faces challenges, it becomes stronger. And when we face challenges in life, and approach them with the belief that they can make us more psychologically resilient, that’s exactly what happens.

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway

“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn

“Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.” – Drew Barrymore

“Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” – William Ellery Channing

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Khalil Gibran

Finding strength in love

Love is a felt sense of connection between people and things. When we feel that we are connected to others, we share burdens and we share strengths, so that ultimately we feel more powerful and capable in times of need. This is why so many people throughout history have placed such a significant importance on a greater power or the greater good.

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.” – Psalm 28:7

“Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.” – Andrew Solomon

“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.” – Michael J. Fox

“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.”No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.” – 14th Dalai Lama

“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

“The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.” – Criss Jami

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” – J.K. Rowling

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

“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

Strength builds character
The people we meet with the most interesting personalities and the most refined values are very often those who have been through difficult times. Imagine that your character is like a piece of marble, and every tough situation is chipping away at little pieces of you that are unnecessary. With enough time, something refined and interesting will emerge. Though it is up to you to develop a positive value system that means what emerges is beautiful. Those who bear life’s suffering without guidance are at risk of falling prey to nihilism.

“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ’Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” – Thomas Paine

“And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear.” – Paulo Coelho

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve

“Nothing is more beautiful than the smile that has struggled through the tears.” – Demi Lovato

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me…. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” – Walt Disney

Strength can be learned if you put your mind to it
Many of us have the misconception that strength is an inherent trait that we can’t change. That may be true in certain physical domains, though it would be argued by behavioural scientists that we underestimate our capacity for improvement. Psychological resilience, for example, is one area that is very flexible, and through training and therapy can be changed significantly. We often see strong people and believe they were always like that, but that’s cause we’re only seeing a snapshot of their life. If we saw all the moments they’d felt weak, we would understand that they’re very much human like us.

“Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it.” – Joel Osteen

“He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.” – Louisa May Alcott

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength.” – Chris Bradford

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” – Maya Angelou

Published at Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:05:15 +0000

The 7 Most Inspirational Poems About Life

The 7 Most Inspirational Poems About Life

It’s very easy, as we move forward as a culture, to leave behind the relics of the past. However, there are certain things that have stood the test of time, and served as important tools and artforms to express and transmit culture, as well as to educate and entertain.

One of these art forms, which is given a relatively small amount of attention in modern society, is poetry.

Poetry can be therapeutic, it can give us advice about how to leave, and it can teach us important lessons about the past.

Through the skilful use of language, metaphor and symbolism, poetry is able to express human feelings in a way that day to day conversations may be unable to do. Though highly subjective, certain poems have lasted hundreds, even thousands of years, and still manage to inspire us, despite the wide gap in culture and time between the reader and the writer.

Both the act of reading and writer poetry can help you craft an integrated narrative about yourself and your place in the world. The following poems about life are widely regarded as some of greatest in history.

They may take you on a journey, and show you a side of yourself and someone else, that you would have been otherwise unable to gain insight into.

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Here are 7 of the most inspirational poems about life.

If by Rudyard Kipling

This poem was written by Victorian-era poet Rudyard Kipling as a tribute to the British politician Leander Starr Jameson, as Kipling was reportedly inspired by his military actions. The poem is written in the form of paternal advice. The lines reflect a stoic philosophy which sees the mind as something to be used to our advantage, and not something to be lost in, particularly in the heat of battle, whether that be with ourselves or someone else.

Memorable lines:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;

If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools.

Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson

This modern poem comes from spiritual activist Marianne Williamson. Her philosophy comes from A Course in Miracles, a modern Christian approach that has its roots in Gnosticism and non-dual philosophy. The words are incredibly empowering, and remind the reader that they are deeply connected to a power much greater than who they believe themselves to be.

Memorable lines:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness

That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves

Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Character of the Happy Warrior by William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth is one of the most well-known English poets of all time. This piece was similarly composed in response to a military hero, Lord Nelson, who was a leader in the Napoleonic Wars against the French. While the poem again refers to war, the metaphors are apt for all battles in daily life. The happy warrior is an idealised version of a person, but he is also a part of you, an archetype to which you should aim, who is able to take on challenges with a smile and embody our most noble traits.

Memorable lines:  

Who, doomed to go in company with Pain,

And Fear, and Bloodshed, miserable train!

Turns his necessity to glorious gain;

In face of these doth exercise a power

Which is our human nature’s highest dower:

Controls them and subdues, transmutes, bereaves

Of their bad influence, and their good receives:

By objects, which might force the soul to abate

Her feeling, rendered more compassionate;

Is placable—because occasions rise

So often that demand such sacrifice;

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It Couldn’t Be Done by Edgar Guest

Edgar Guest was an American poet who was known for his positive and inspirational poems. Writing in the early 20th century, his work is often quoted as some of the earliest forms of modern self-help. It has been widely used in popular culture and its motivational tone can inspire success when we are facing tough challenges.

Memorable lines:

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,

But, he with a chuckle replied

That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one

Who wouldn’t say so till he had tried.

So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin

On his face. If he worried he hid it. 

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Help Yourself To Happiness by Helen Steiner Rice

Helen Steiner Rice was a famous 20th-century poet who has financial success writing verses for greeting card companies. Her books still sell copies today, even 40 years after her death. Help Yourself To Happiness is another optimistic poem that teaches us to look beyond wealth and materialism for happiness, and to find happiness in our mental state and the compassion we offer to others. This time tested wisdom is a common theme in poetry, and religion, and much of Rice’s poetry touches on spiritually driven ideas.

Memorable lines:

Difficult because we think that happiness is found

Only in the places where wealth and fame abound.

And so we go on searching in palaces of pleasure

Seeking recognition and monetary treasure,

Unaware that happiness is just a state of mind                                      

Within the reach of everyone who takes time to be kind.

For in making others happy we will be happy, too.

For the happiness you give away returns to shine on you.

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Dreams by Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was an American political activist. His poetry was often highly reflective of his personal struggles with racism in 20th century America. He is often believed to have been a homosexual, which was kept a secret through his life. Dreams showcases Hughes ability to be optimistic, even in a very tough situation economically and culturally.

Memorable lines:

Hold fast to dreams

For if dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird

That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams

For when dreams go

Life is a barren field

Frozen with snow.

The Guest House by Rumi

The 12th-century Persian poet Rumi is believed by many to be one of the greatest poets of all time. This Muslim poet has deep roots in Sufi Mysticism, with much of his poetry exploring his close spiritual relationship with God. Rumi is even believed to have achieved enlightenment are many years of deep meditation. The Guest House is just one of hundreds of examples of this poets self-awareness and knowledge of the human mind and condition. This inspirational piece contains timeless wisdom, and helps us seen how our thoughts and emotions are visitors, and how we may objectify them, love them, and allow them to pass.

Memorable lines:

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness.

Some momentary awareness comes

As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

Who violently sweep your house

Empty of its furniture,

Still, treat each guest honourably,

He may be clearing you out

For some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

Meet them at the door laughing,

And invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,

Because each has been sent

As a guide from beyond.

Published at Sat, 29 Sep 2018 16:01:38 +0000

Focus On Yourself And Not Others? (One of the Best Speeches Ever) ft. Eternal Explorer

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Many of us, as we were growing up, learned to ignore our inner experience and instead we learned to focus on others. Our ego wounded self learned to tune into what others were feeling in the hopes of having control over feeling safe.

Where you put your focus depends upon on what you believe makes you feel happy and safe. If you believe that your happiness and safety come from others liking you, connecting with you, approving of you, loving you, or spending time with you, then your focus is likely to be on others.

If you believe that your happiness and safety come from connecting with yourself and with your higher guidance, and from approving of yourself, defining your own worth, spending time with yourself, taking loving action for yourself, and sharing your love and caring with others, then your focus is likely to be within. In other words, if you believe your happiness and safety come from getting love, your focus will be on others. If you believe your happiness and safety come from being loving with yourself and others, your focus will be within.

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108 Famous Quotes on Life, Love, and Success

108 Famous Quotes on Life, Love, and Success

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Everyone needs a little inspiration from time to time.

Whether you’re going through a break up, you’ve just lost your job, or you simply woke up feeling a little insecure this morning—we’ve all had these days.

Feeding your mind inspiring quotes daily is a great practice to boost your positivity.

So here’s a list of famous quotes on life, love, and success from your favorite authors, philosophers, athletes, and celebrities:

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”-Dr. Suess

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”-Marilyn Monroe

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” -John Lennon

“Get busy living or get busy dying.”-Stephen King

“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”-Mark Caine

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”-Helen Keller

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”-Mark Twain

“When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”-Audre Lorde

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow. ” -William Shakespeare

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”-Eleanor Roosevelt

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”-David Brinkley

“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”-John F. Kennedy

“I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.”-Herbert Bayard Swope

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. ” -Mae West

“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.”-Thomas J. Watson

“He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.” -Benjamin Franklin

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”-Theodore Roosevelt

“I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”-Abraham Lincoln

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”-Lucille Ball

“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”-Mother Theresa

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”-Joshua J. Marine

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.” -Alexander Graham Bell

“Love is a serious mental disease.”-Plato

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure… but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”-Francis Chan

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”-Leonardo Da Vinci

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” -Anthony Robbins

“It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”-J. K Rowling

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”-Pablo Picasso

“If you want to be happy, be.”-Leo Tolstoy

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”-Thomas A. Edison

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”-Albert Einstein

“Success is just a war of attrition. Sure, there’s an element of talent you should probably possess. But if you just stick around long enough, eventually something is going to happen.”-Dax Shepard

“The opposite of love is not hate; it’s indifference.”-Elie Wiesel

“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.” -Charles Swindoll

“The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important than what you have been taught to believe, you will have shifted gears in your quest for abundance. Success comes from within, not from without.”-Elie Wiesel

“I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.”-Henry Ward Beecher

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”-Harriet Tubman

“It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement — that they seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, and that they underestimate what is of true value in life.”-Sigmund Freud

“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.”-Jim Morrison

“All that we see and seem is but a dream within a dream.” -Edgar Allan Poe

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”-Harriet Tubman

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”-Babe Ruth

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Life is trying things to see if they work.”-Ray Bradbury

“Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.”-David Rockefeller

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” -Dalai Lama

“The No. 1 reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors.”-Napoleon Hill

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.”-Steve Jobs

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”-George S. Patton

“You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated.”-Maya Angelou

“May you live all the days of your life.”-Jonathan Swift

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.” -Robert Frost

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”-Winston Churchill

“You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying. To the best you can do everyday.”-Jason Mraz

“If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.”-Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”-Jim Rohn

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”-Ayn Rand

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” -Forrest Gump

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”-Thomas A. Edison

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”-Bruce Lee

“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.”-Bob Dylan

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”-Bil Keane

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”-George Bernard Shaw

“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”-Henry Ford

“Success? I don’t know what that word means. I’m happy. But success, that goes back to what in somebody’s eyes success means. For me, success is inner peace. That’s a good day for me.”-Denzel Washington

“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”-Ingrid Bergman

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”-Wayne Gretzky

“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” -Hans Christian Andersen

“In order to write about life first you must live it.”-Ernest Hemingway

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”-Aristotle

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”-Oscar Wilde

“The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.”-Frank Sinatra

“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?” -Joe Namath

“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.”-David Viscott

“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”-Robern Frost

“Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.”-Kurt Vonnegut

“I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”-Nathan Hale

“The person who reads too much and uses his brain too little will fall into lazy habits of thinking.”-Albert Einstein

“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.” -Stephen Hawking

“Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.”-St. Augustine

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”-Pablo Picasso

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.”-Salvador Dali

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”-Søren Kierkegaard

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”-Leo Burnett

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. ” -Oscar Wilde

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.”-George Bernard Shaw

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”-Lao Tzu

“Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.”-Oscar Wilde

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor. Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.”-Mother Theresa

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. ” -Omar Khayyam

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”-Gandhi

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”-Albert Einstein

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.”-Helen Keller

“The best way out is always through.”-Robern Frost

“The dream crossed twilight between birth and dying.”-T. S. Eliot

“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” -Abraham Lincoln

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”-Ray Bradbury

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.”-Steve Jobs

“Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like its heaven on earth. ” -Mark Twain

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.”-John Muir

“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”-Oprah Winfrey

“Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.”-Voltaire

“Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.”-Charles Dickens

“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it, but you can feel it.” -Nicholas Sparks

We hope our list of famous quotes took you out of your funk! Feel free to share your favorite with your friends!

Published at Tue, 29 Aug 2017 20:01:28 +0000

115 Thomas Jefferson Quotes on Life, Government, and Religion

115 Thomas Jefferson Quotes on Life, Government, and Religion

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Thomas Jefferson, one of our famed American Founding Fathers, was born on April 13, 1743. Most famously, he was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and served as John Adams’ Vice President before he became the third President of the United States in 1801.

In the years to follow writing the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson worked to make its words a reality in Virginia and less than a decade later wrote a bill establishing religious freedom.

During Jefferson’s presidency, he slashed military expenditures, cut the budget, and eliminated the tax on whiskey, while simultaneously reducing the national debt by over 30%.  Thomas Jefferson died in 1826 at the age of 83. Jefferson served his country for over 50 years of his life as a public official, historian, and philosopher.

The following Thomas Jefferson quotes represent his life as an inspirational symbol for both major political parties in the United States…

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

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“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” -Thomas Jefferson

“When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.”

“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.”

“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”

“Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.”

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”

“Good wine is a necessity of life for me.” -Thomas Jefferson

“But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.”

“A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.”

“I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.”

“Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.”

“He who knows best knows how little he knows.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.”

“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”

“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.”

“History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.”

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.” -Thomas Jefferson

“I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.”

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

“There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people.”

“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.”

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Every day is lost in which we do not learn something useful. Man has no nobler or more valuable possession than time.”

“Be polite to all, but intimate with few.”

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.”

“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” -Thomas Jefferson

“I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and opressions of the body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”

“He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it the second time.”

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”

“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” -Thomas Jefferson

“An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.”

“Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.”

“Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.”

“An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.”

“I cannot live without books.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.”

“The dead should not rule the living.”

“Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.”

“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” -Thomas Jefferson

“No man will ever bring out of that office the reputation which carries him into it. The honeymoon would be as short in that case as in any other, and its moments of ecstasy would be ransomed by years of torment and hatred.”

“Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.”

“Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.”

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” -Thomas Jefferson

“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.”

“We confide in our strength, without boasting of it, we respect that of others, without fearing it.”

“Everything yields to diligence.”

“Too old to plant trees for my own gratification, I shall do it for my posterity.”

“Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.”

“Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.” -Thomas Jefferson

“As new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times.”

“The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.”

“I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man’s milk and restorative cordial.”

“Whiskey claims to itself alone the exclusive office of sot-making.”

“I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” -Thomas Jefferson

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

“Delay is preferable to error.”

“It is my rule never to take a side in any part in the quarrels of others, nor to inquire into them. I generally presume them to flow from the indulgence of too much passion on both sides, & always find that each party thinks all the wrong was in his adversary. These bickerings, which are always useless, embitter human life more than any other cause…”

“Half a loaf is better than no bread.”

“A great deal of love given to a few is better than a little to many.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Never spend your money before you have it.”

“The policy of the American government is to leave its citizens free, neither restraining them nor aiding them in their pursuits.”

“Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.”

“The art of life is the art of avoiding pain; and he is the best pilot, who steers clearest of the rocks and shoals with which it is beset.”

“Don’t talk about what you have done or what you are going to do.” -Thomas Jefferson

“With your talents and industry, with science, and that steadfast honesty, which eternally pursues right, regardless of consequences, you may promise yourself everything but health, without which there is no happiness.”

“Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.”

“Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the general progress of the human mind.”

“But whether I retire to bed early or late, I rise with the sun.”

“I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.” -Thomas Jefferson

“No instance exists of a person’s writing two languages perfectly.”

“That will always appear to be his native language which was most familiar to him in his youth.”

“Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.”

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.”

“But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.” -Thomas Jefferson

“But this momentous question. Like a fire bell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror.”

“Perfect happiness, I believe, was never intended by the Deity to be the lot of one of his creatures in this world; but that he has very much put in our power the nearness of our approaches to it, is what I have steadfastly believed.”

“When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniencies attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.”

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“It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.” -Thomas Jefferson

“How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.”

“If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.”

“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden…But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.”

“Advertisements… contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.”

“May I never get too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond to the needs of others with kindness and compassion.” -Thomas Jefferson

“The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.”

“A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation.”

“I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent.”

“Walking is the very best exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.”

“Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.”

“If I am to meet with a disappointment, the sooner I know it, the more of life I shall have to wear it off.”

“Was the government to prescribe us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now.”

“There is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.”

“Dispositions of the mind, like limbs of the body, acquire strength by exercise.”

“No people who are ignorant can be truly free.”

“Man is an imitative animal. This quality is the germ of all education in him. From his cradle to his grave he is learning to do what he sees others do.”

“Everything is useful which contributes to fix in the principles and practices of virtue.”

“Self-love is no part of morality. Indeed it is exactly its counterpart. It is the sole antagonist of virtue leading us constantly by our propensities to self-gratification in violation of our moral duties to others.”

“That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.”

“Freedom, the first-born of science.”

“Follow truth wherever it may lead you.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Nature intended me for the tranquil pursuits of science, by rendering them my supreme delight. But the enormities of the times in which I have lived, have forced me to take a part in resisting them, and to commit myself on the boisterous ocean of political passions.”

“Of all machines, the human heart is the most complicated and inexplicable.”

“A machine for making revolutions is doing precisely the wrong thing at just the right time.”

“The object of walking is to relax the mind. You should therefore not permit yourself even to think while you walk. But divert your attention by the objects surrounding you.”

“Nobody is better than you and remember, you are better than nobody.”

“It is the duty of every American citizen to take part in a vigorous debate on the issues of the day.”

“Every generation needs a new revolution.”

“Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.”

We hope our list of Thomas Jefferson quotes do him the honor he deserves as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Did we miss any of your favorites?

Published at Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:19:50 +0000

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6 Reasons Listening To Top Podcasts Will Benefit Your Life

6 Reasons Listening To Top Podcasts Will Benefit Your Life

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Podcasts are more popular now than ever.

In the wake of the huge success of programs such as murder mystery Serial and introspective interview series WTF with Marc Maron, which recently nabbed former President Barack Obama as a guest, it’s about time they’ve gotten their due.

Thousands of quality top podcasts are regularly being recorded that either inform or entertain their audiences, and they can all be listened to in any type of environment you could think of. Learn six big reasons podcasts make great additions to your life…

1. They’re free entertainment

Podcasts are by and large offered for free. Audiobooks can be purchased for about $15 apiece, usually delivering somewhere between eight and twenty hours worth of listening.

Meanwhile, even though you can get hundreds of hours of entertainment out of programs like Fresh Air or The Nerdist, you don’t have to pay a cent for podcasts. You can contribute to Patreon crowdfunding campaigns if you want to support the shows you particularly enjoy, but you almost always have the option to listen to podcasts for free.

2. You can listen to them anywhere

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You probably can’t watch a TV show while you’re biking. Nor can you play a video game as you’re looking at groceries. A listening device and some earbuds, though, can follow you anywhere.

Whether you’re in your home, on a walk, in your car, at a store or at any number of other places, it’s easy as can be to put in your headphones and listen to the latest episodes of your favorite podcast.

3. You’ll get less bored with your music library

Even the largest libraries of music on MP3 players and smartphones can get tired. Listening to podcasts give you a breather from music. By taking a break from your tunes, you can be excited about them all over again when you return to them.

4. They’re usually conversations instead of stories

Unlike audiobooks, in which an author narrates a story, podcast episodes generally consist of conversations between two or more individuals. That back-and-forth has a lot of advantages over the typical one-person narration found in books on tape.

A conversation often feels more natural then someone telling you a story. You get to hear people bounce off each other and build off of what the others said. A podcast isn’t as structured as a book, so it has more opportunities for interesting tangents and divergences that make the listening more unpredictable.

Perhaps best of all, you’re able to tune in and out of a podcast. Whereas with an audiobook you can easily become lost if you lose your focus even for a minute, a podcast episode gives you a lot of chances to jump back into the fold. That leads to my next point.

5. They’re perfect for mindless chores

There are a number of tasks that don’t require a lot of brain power, such as driving to work and cleaning the house. Podcasts are a great way to help pass the time, letting you immerse yourself in an enlightening conversation over the airwaves even though in real life you’re scrubbing toilets or washing sinks.

6. You can learn about a subject, an industry, etc.

Podcasts aren’t only good entertainment, but also great education. The time you’d normally spend doing those mindless chores or exercising can be used to help you prepare for the next phase of your career.

There are a ton of shows out there that teach you about specific fields of study and career paths. For example, the productivity and technology-focused podcasts Supercharged and Back to Work, both on the 5by5 network, would probably be of interest to many people reading this; nearly every subject you can think of is well-covered.

Whether you want to learn about the entertainment industry, applied sciences, theme parks or any number of other things, there’s a podcast out there to teach you.

You can find and download top podcasts from such places as iTunes and Stitcher, as well as in apps like Downcast and Pocket Casts.

Have you already listened to some of the top podcasts? Do you want to listen to more?

Let us know in the comments below!

Published at Sat, 29 Jul 2017 20:01:46 +0000

102 Michael Jordan Quotes That Show Strength And Dedication

102 Michael Jordan Quotes That Show Strength And Dedication

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Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born February 17, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York. He is widely accepted as the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jordan’s family moved to North Carolina when he was young, and while in high school, he played several different sports including basketball, football, and baseball. He eventually decided to focus on basketball and became a star player in high school. He played college basketball at North Carolina, where he was a sensation on the court and won several prestigious player of the year awards.

In 1987, Jordan began playing professionally for the Chicago Bulls. During his time with the franchise, he lead the team to numerous championship titles, and the Bulls dominated the sport while Jordan played for them.

Michael Jordan, went into retirement twice before he finally ended his career in 2003. His phenomenal playing and positive attitude made him a popular player both during and after his career.

These Michael Jordan quotes encompass the ambition and dedication of this talented athlete.

Michael Jordan Quotes

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“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” -Michael Jordan

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

“To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate.”

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”

“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.”

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” -Michael Jordan

“The good part about being famous is being able to help people. The hard part is every day you have to be in a good mood, because that is what people expect. You learn to get good at it.”

“I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.”

“There is no ‘i’ in team but there is in win.”

“Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.”

“If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit!” -Michael Jordan

“Sometimes you need to get hit in the head to realize that you’re in a fight.”

“I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else’s talent.”

“I believe greatness is an evolutionary process that changes and evolves era to era.”

“In any investment, you expect to have fun and make money.”

“My heroes are and were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes.” -Michael Jordan

“I wasn’t really a work-conscious type of person. I was a player. I loved to play sports.”

“There’s only one Michael Jordan.”

“I know the signs of scaredness.”

“Being Michael Jordan means acting the same as I always have. “

“I realized that if I was going to achieve anything in life I had to be aggressive. I had to get out there and go for it.” -Michael Jordan

“I realize that I’m black, but I like to be viewed as a person, and this is everybody’s wish.”

“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

“My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.”

“To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate.”

“To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail.” -Michael Jordan

“I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.”

“The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.”

“You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that.”

“I want to wake up every day and do whatever comes in my mind, and not feel pressure or obligations to do anything else in my life.”

“Live the moment for the moment.” -Michael Jordan

“I’m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.”

“My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.”

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

“It’s absolutely wrong that I don’t want guys to challenge me. And the people who say that aren’t in the room.”

“Winning isn’t always championships.” -Michael Jordan

“Be true to the game, because the game will be true to you. If you try to shortcut the game, then the game will shortcut you. If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you. That’s truly about the game, and in some ways that’s about life too.”

“You’re a loser. You’ve always been a loser.”

“You’re going to play from the little girls’ tees?”

“They don’t need a ticket to watch you sitting on the bench. They can go to your house for that.”

”I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don’t do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results.” -Michael Jordan

“Don’t let them drag you down by rumors just go with what you believe in.”

“Gambling is legal and betting is legal, for what I bet.”

“I can’t speak for the future. I have no crystal ball.”

“Once I made a decision, I never thought about it again.”

“It is easy to choose a path of anonymity and lead an empty life. But to strive hard and lead an impactful life, one needs a burning desire to realize dreams. ” -Michael Jordan

“What is love? Love is playing every game as if it’s your last!”

“The basketball court for me, during a game, is the most peaceful place I can imagine. On the basketball court, I worry about nothing. When I’m out there, no one can bother me.”

“If I had been playing for money I would have complained a long time ago that I was underpaid.”

“I won’t have any competitive instincts in any sports, other than golf. I can’t see being competitive in sports any more.”

“Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” -Michael Jordan

“It is nerve-wracking watching my kids’ games.”

“The minute you get away from fundamentals – whether it’s proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing.”

“I think the players win the championship, and the organization has something to do with it, don’t get me wrong. But don’t try to put the organization above the players.”

“It’s hard to say if the NBA is hurt by the influx of younger players, but it’s definitely impacted the league.”

“I’ve never been afraid to fail.” -Michael Jordan

“If it turns out that my best wasn’t good enough, at least I won’t look back and say I was afraid to try.”

“It’s heavy duty to try to do everything and please everybody. My job was to go out there and play the game of basketball as best I can. People may not agree with that. I can’t live with what everyone’s impression of what I should or what I shouldn’t do.”

“As athletes, we’re used to reacting quickly. Here, it’s ‘come, stop, come, stop.’ There’s a lot of downtime. That’s the toughest part of the day.”

“The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I’ve always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It’s been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It’s a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game.”

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” -Michael Jordan

“In reality, I never want to grow up.”

“There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, and I don’t believe there is only one greatest player either.”

“I never thought a role model should be negative.”

“The key to success is failure.”

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” -Michael Jordan

“I want to be the bridge to the next generation.”

“I own the guy guarding me.”

“How many times have your parents told you not to do things, and the next thing you know, you go do it? And you realized you shouldn’t have done it.”

“I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me. Failure always made me try harder the next time.”

“If you do the work you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.” -Michael Jordan

“I want to be perceived as a guy who played his best in all facets, not just scoring. A guy who loved challenges.”

“You can practice shooting 8 hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.”

“My challenge when I came back was to face the young talent, to dissect their games, and show them maybe that they needed to learn more about the game than just the money aspect.”

“Failure is acceptable. but not trying is a whole different ball park.”

“Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work.” -Michael Jordan

“Best evaluation I can make of a player is to look in his eyes and see how scared they are.”

“My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.”

“The best come from the worst.”

“Champions do not become champions when they win an event, but in the hours, weeks, and months, and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely a demonstration of their championship character.”

“Enjoy every minute of life. Never second-guess life.” -Michael Jordan

“I mean we all fly. Once you leave the ground, you fly. Some people fly longer than others.”

“When I will lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player, it’s time for me to move away from the game.”

“Learning’s a gift, even when pain is your teacher.”

“People ask me if I could fly, I said, “yeah…. for a little while.”

“Heart is what separates the good from the great.” -Michael Jordan

“The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace.”

“Do I need my number retired throughout the course of the league to acknowledge what I’ve done? No.”

“I would tell players to relax and never think about what’s at stake. Just think about the basketball game. If you start to think about who is going to win the championship, you’ve lost your focus.”

“My body could stand the crutches but my mind couldn’t stand the sideline.”

“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” -Michael Jordan

“In college I never realized the opportunities available to a pro athlete. I’ve been given the chance to meet all kinds of people, to travel and expand my financial capabilities, to get ideas and learn about life, to create a world apart from basketball.”

“I hope the millions of people I’ve touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and perseverance with a positive attitude.”

“Even when I’m old and gray, I won’t be able to play it, but I’ll still love the game.”

“I’d like to be settled into somewhat of a normal life. Somewhat. I know it’s never going to be completely normal.”

“Every time I feel tired while I am exercising and training, I close my eyes to see that picture, to see that list with my name. This usually motivates me to work again.”

“When I was young, I had to learn the fundamentals of basketball. You can have all the physical ability in the world, but you still have to know the fundamentals.”

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“Not every flying hero has a cape.” -Michael Jordan

“For a competitive junkie like me, golf is a great solution because it smacks you in the face every time you think you’ve accomplished something. That to me has taken over a lot of the energy and competitiveness for basketball.”

“I will not quit this game because of what the media has done to me.”

“Playing sick. That is so hard to do. It has to be a total mental challenge, as well as the physical challenge.”

“I like control.”

“I want to play for years.”

Quotes About Michael Jordan

“I want to do for rebounds what Michael Jordan did for dunks.” -Dennis Rodman

“Michael Jordan and Magic and myself all learned how to play the game in college programs that emphasized the team.” -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“In 1981, when I went down to visit Georgia Tech, I watched Michael Jordan play and literally get ridiculed for taking a jump shot in the championship game that went off the backboard, and they won. People are forgetting that Michael was just one of the players when they went to the Dream Team.” -John Salley

“If somebody says no to you, or if you get cut, Michael Jordan was cut his first year, but he came back and he was the best ever. That is what you have to have. The attitude that I’m going to show everybody, I’m going to work hard to get better and better.” -Magic Johnson

“Michael Jordan changed so much in basketball, he took his power to make a difference. It’s so much going on in music right now and somebody has to make a difference.” -Kanye West

“To put it another way, Michael Jordan was a gym rat.” -Frank Shorter

“I grew up in Chicago, and I understand what Michael Jordan symbolizes.” -Dwyane Wade

“If you look up the definition of greatness in the dictionary, it will say Michael Jordan.” -Elgin Baylor

“You can’t explain much in 60 seconds, but when you show Michael Jordan, you don’t have to. It’s that simple.” -Phil Knight

“Overall, I think Michael Jordan is the greatest athlete in any particular sport. He dominated the game for the Chicago Bulls and brought the NBA to its greatest peak of popularity.” -Will McDonough

15 Fun Facts About Michael Jordan

  1. Michael Jordan has Aqua phobia, an extreme fear of water. When he was young, he was with a friend when his friend drowned in the ocean.
  2. Even MJ had a turning point in his career. In just in his third match of playing in the NBA, he score 37 points and 5 assists against Milwaukee Bucks, which brought the Bulls back into the game.
  3. On February 14, 1990, his famous number 23 jersey was stolen. He had to wear a number 12 jersey against Orlando Magic.
  4. Michael Jordan ate the exact same thing before every game. His game-time meal included a 23-oz steak, a baked potato, and ginger ale.
  5. Michael Jordan wasn’t too fond of his first shoes, the Air Jordan 1. His viewpoint changed when he realized that the other team got distracted by them.
  6. Although a billionaire now, Jordan was never extremely rich before 1997. He received two big contracts worth $30 and $33 million in 1997 and 1998, but before that he never earned more than $4 million in one season.
  7. During his first year with Washington Wizards, he was paid $1 million. He donated all of his contract to victims of 9/11.
  8. His father was murdered while sleeping. This is what led to his early retirement in 1993.
  9. Jordan had no visible tattoos while he was a professional athlete; he does have ink though. He has the Greek letter Omega tattooed on his chest where his heart is, showing his commitment to his Omega Psi Phi fraternity, the first predominantly African-American fraternity to be founded at Howard University.
  10. When Jordan and Juanita Vanoy divorced in 2006 it was the most expensive celebrity divorce of all time. Juanita walked away with about $168 million.
  11. In 1992, Jordan was the part of USA Basketball team at the Olympic Games in Barcelona where he won a gold medal. His team name was Dream Team.
  12. His Air Jordan shoes make about $60 million every year over Nike and Jordan brand royalties.
  13. A pair of his Jordan’s earliest Nikes were purchased for over $71K at an auction.
  14. His Michael Jordan brand made an estimated $2.25 billion in 2013. Jordan reportedly netted about $90 million.
  15. Michael Jordan still makes $100 million a year. This made him one of the highest paid retired athletes in 2015.

These famous Michael Jordan quotes show his perseverance as an athlete and as a person striving to better himself throughout life. I hope you enjoyed these messages of strength and dedication.

Published at Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:01:49 +0000

Inspirational Vlogger Redefines Beauty

Inspirational Vlogger Redefines Beauty

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A 21-YEAR-OLD vlogger is making a name for herself on YouTube with her make-up tutorials – despite being born with a facial tumour that leaves her unable to speak or eat. Marimar Quiora once hid her face from strangers in the street, but now proudly bares her beauty to millions of people who follow her online. Marimar was born with a facial tumour called cystic hygroma, which means she has to use sign language in her videos to communicate. But the inspirational student won’t let anything hold her back, and now she is turning traditional beauty standards on their head with her powerful message of self-love.

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