Quotes to live by

“Man is what he believes himself to be” – Gandhi

“Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself makes you fearless” – Lao Tsu

“Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.” – Martha Graham

“The will to win, the desire to be successful, the urge to reach your full potential…these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” — Confucius

“A man is rich not by what he owns but what he can do without.” — Immanuel Kant

“1st intention then enlightenment” – Budhist Proverb

“Life is too short and I got no time to sit around just wasting it” —Eminem

“Fall down seven times, get up 8” – Japanese Proverb

“You got enemies? Good. That means you actually stood up for something”—Eminem

“It’s okay to lose people, but never lose yourself.”—Eminem

“The truth is you don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride and nothing is guaranteed.”—Eminem

“You don’t get another chance. Life is not a Nintendo game.” – Eminem

“A normal life is boring” – Eminem

“You can make something of your life. It depends on your drive.”—Eminem

“Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“Your net worth is your network” – Tim Sanders

“Choose not to be harmed — and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed — and you haven’t been.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Let your grind be a reflection of the standards that you have set for yourself” – Tony Robbins

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.” –Søren Kierkegaard

“When jarred, unavoidably, by circumstance, revert at once to yourself, and don’t lose the rhythm more than you can help. You’ll have a better group of harmony if you keep on going back to it.” – Marcus Aurelius Emperor of Rome and Stoic philosopher, author of Meditations

“To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated.” –James P. Carse Professor emeritus of history and literature of religion at New York University, author of Finite and Infinite Games

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are” – Joseph Campbell

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all” – Helen Keller

“If it wasn’t for the stupidity of the world we wouldn’t be rich” – Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger

“If your not humble life will visit humbleness upon you” – Mike Tyson

“When the tide comes in you’ll see who is swimming naked” – Warren Buffett

“Obsessed is what lazy people call determined”

“What’s dangerous is to not evolve” – Jeff Bezos

“Make friends with the eminent dead” – Charlie Munger

“A nation is born stoic and dies epicurean” – Will Durant

“Everyone wants the good life but everyone is humble enough to get the good life” – Tai Lopez

“Nothing is possible to him who will try” – Alexander The Great

“When you succeed you party, when you fail you ponder” – Anthony Robbins


“To get what you want you have to deserve what you want, the world is not yet a crazy enough place to reward a whole bunch of undeserving people” – Charlie Munger

“Avoid extreme ideologies” – Charlie Munger


“Step by step you get ahead but not necessarily in short bursts” – Charlie Munger

“Give someone a fish and you feed them for one day, teach someone to fish and they’re fed for a lifetime”

“I don’t fear the man who does 1,000 days kicks in one day, I fear the man who practiced one kick for 1,000 days” – Bruce Lee

“Life is like a parachute jump you get one shot” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“He who is faithful with little will be faithful with a lot”

“Do anything even if it is not exactly the perfect thing” – Joel Salatin


“Above all, keep a close watch on this – that you are never so tied to your former acquaintances and friends that you are pulled down to their level. If you don’t you’ll be ruined… You must choose whether to be loved by these friends and remain the same person, or to become a better person at the cost of those friends… if you try to have it both ways you will neither make progress nor keep what you once had” – Epictetus, Discourses, 4.2.1., 4-5

“From good people you’ll learn good, but if you mingle with the bad you’ll destroy such soul as you had.” – Musonius Rufus, Quoting Theognis of Megara, Lectures, 11.53.21-22

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with” – Jim Rohn

“Almost everyone can do better than they are doing now” – Jim Rohn

“If I know how you spend your time, I know what might become of you” – Goethe

“Don’t let stubborness make a bad situation worse” – Booker T. Washington

“The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries” – (17th Century French Philosopher Rene Descartes)

“A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it, is committing another mistake” – Confucius (Chinese Thinker, 6th to 5th Century BC)

“The character of the human race never changes, it is permanent” – Mark Twain

“Anyone who wishes to be cured of ignorance must first admit to it” – Michel De Montaigne

“The more you learn the more you earn” – Warren Buffett

“You only learn from mistakes,.. but there is no rule they have to be your own” – Warren Buffett

“Good artists copy, great artists steal” – Pablo Picasso

“If you can’t swallow your pride you can’t lead” – Ghengis Khan

“The first product of self – knowledge is humility” – Flannery O’connor

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication” – Steve Jobs

“Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits” – Thomas Edison

“Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish”

“Don’t be what you don’t want to be around” – Confucious

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself” – Leo Tolstoy

“It is easier to invent the future than predict it” – Alan Kay

“How many have laid waste to your life when you weren’t aware of what you were losing, how much was wasted in pointless grief, foolish joy, greedy desire, and social amusements – how little of your own was left to you. You will realize you are dying before your time!” – Senncea, On the Brevity of Life, 3.3b

“The proper mind is the exercise of choice, refusal, yearning, repulsion, preparation, purpose and assent. What then can pollute and clog the minds proper functioning? Nothing but it’s own corrupt decisions” Epictetus, Discourses, 4.11. 6-7

“It’s possible to start living again! See things as was you once had and not be restricted with a rough understanding of the whole”

“If you know yourself but not your enemy, for every battle you win, you will also lose one” – Sun Tzu, The Art of War



“It had long since come to my attention that people or accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things” – Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance Polymath, painter of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s coverage” – Anais Nin, Renowned Essayist and Memorist, Author of Delta of Venus (1977)
“I not only usa all the dreams that I have, but all that I can borrow”: – Woodrow Wilson – 28th President of the United States, Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

“Doing a good job and building your assets is like winning the lottery but overtime” – Dan Gable

“The acquisition of riches has been for many men not an end, but a change of troubles” – Epicurus – Ancient Greek Philosopher, founder of the school of Epicureanism

“Obstacles are those terrible things that you see when you take your eyes off the goal” – Henry Ford

“Man is what he believes” – Anton Chekov

“The Great end of life is not knowledge but action” – Thomas Henry Huxley

“To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing” – Elbert Hubard

“He suffers more than necessary, who suffers before it is necessary” – Seneca, Roman Stoic Philosopher, famed playwright

“We try to profit from always remembering the obvious rather than from grasping the esoteric. It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent” – Charlie Munger – Investing partner of Warren Buffett, Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway

“The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck” – Anthony Robbins

“Nothing has any power over me than that which I give through my conscious thoughts.” – Anthony Robbins

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” – William Shakespeare

“It is the mindset that maketh good or ill, that maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor.” – Edmund Spencer

“They can because they think they can” – Virgil

“Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees” – J. Willard Marriott

“The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation” – Mark Twain
“ Most people can’t handle boredom. That means they can’t stay on one thing until they get good at it. And they wonder why they’re unhappy” – 50 Cent

“All a man’s troubles come from not knowing how to sit still, alone in a room” – Blase Pascal

“In the right key one can say anything. In the wrong key, nothing: the only delicate part is the establishment of the key” – George Bernard Shaw

“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks he becomes” – Mahatma Gandhi

“A man is what he thinks about all day long” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Drive thy business, or it will drive thee” – Poor Richard

“Acquire worldly wisdom and adjust your behavior accordingly. If your new behavior gives you a little temporary unpopularity with your peer group… then to hell with them.” – Charles T. Munger, Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway

“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world” – Archimedes (Greek Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer, Astronomer, and Philosopher.

“Patience is the greatest of all virtues” – Marcus Porcius Cato

“I wish to preach, not the doctrine of the strenuous life” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful” – Warren Buffett

“The best investment you can make is an investment in yourself… The more you learn, the more you ear. – Warren Buffett

“Oh how blessed young men are who have to struggle for a foundation and beginning in life. I shall never cease to be grateful for the three and a half years of apprenticeship and the difficulties to overcome, all along the way.” – John D. Rockefeller

“An investor without discipline is not an investor, he’s a gambler” – Ryan Holiday

“Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish”

“Any book, which is at all important, should be read immediately” – Schopenhauer

“Make war with a multitude of counselors”

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

“If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect”

“Prepare for what is difficult when it is easy” – Lao Tzu

“A man who has no imagination has no wings” – Muhammad Ali

“Three feet of ice does not result from one day of freezing weather” – Chinese Proverb

“Take a habit of dominating the listening and let the customer dominate the talking” – Brian Tracy

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved” – Helen Keller

“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you , chances are it will burn very briefly” – Stephen R. Covey

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success of failure in the mind of another” – Napoleon Hill

“Be comfortable with being uncomfortable . Every day do something that makes you uncomfortable” – David Goggins

“ A monk is a man who is separated from all and who is in harmony with all.” – Evagrius Ponticus

“It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce” – Voltaire

“Spend less than you earn, invest the surplus, avoid debt”


“Simplicity is the ultimate form of business” – Steve Jobs

“Fortune always favors the brave, and never helps a man who does not help himself.” – P.T. Barnum

“When you are eighty years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end we are our choices” – Jeff Bezos, commencement speech at Princeton University, May 30, 2010

“Understand: people will constantly attack you in life. One of their main weapons will be to instill in you doubts about yourself – your worth, your abilities, your potential. They will often disguise this as their objective opinion, but invariably it has a political purpose – they want to keep you down.”
― Robert Greene, The 50th Law

“Understand: people judge you by appearances, the image you project through your actions, words, and style. If you do not take control of this process, then people will see and define you the way they want to, often to your detriment. You might think that being consistent with this image will make others respect and trust you, but in fact it is the opposite—over time you seem predictable and weak. Consistency is an illusion anyway—each passing day brings changes within you. You must not be afraid to express these evolutions. The powerful learn early in life that they have the freedom to
mold their image, fitting the needs and moods of the moment. In this way, they keep others off balance and maintain an air of mystery. You must follow this path and find great pleasure in reinventing yourself, as if you were the author writing your own
drama”
― 50 Cent, The 50th Law


“Your fears are a kind of prison that confines you within a limited range of action. The less you fear, the more power you will have and the more fully you will live.”
― Robert Greene, The 50th Law


“WHEN YOU WORK FOR OTHERS, YOU ARE AT THEIR MERCY. THEY OWN YOUR WORK; THEY OWN YOU. YOUR CREATIVE SPIRIT IS SQUASHED. WHAT KEEPS YOU IN SUCH POSITIONS IS A FEAR OF HAVING TO SINK OR SWIM ON YOUR OWN. INSTEAD YOU SHOULD HAVE A GREATER FEAR OF WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOU IF YOU REMAIN DEPENDENT ON OTHERS FOR POWER. YOUR GOAL IN EVERY MANEUVER IN LIFE MUST BE OWNERSHIP, WORKING THE CORNER FOR YOURSELF. WHEN IT IS YOURS TO LOSE-YOU ARE MORE MOTIVATED, MORE CREATIVE, MORE ALIVE. THE ULTIMATE POWER IN LIFE IS TO BE COMPLETELY SELF-RELIANT, COMPLETELY YOURSELF.”
― 50 Cent, The 50th Law

“Just imagine for a day that you do not know anything, that what you believe could be completely false. Let go of your preconceptions and even your most cherished beliefs. Experiment. Force yourself to hold the opposite opinion or see the world through your enemy’s eyes. Listen to the people around you with more attentiveness. See everything as a source for education—even the most banal encounters. Imagine that the world is still full of mystery.”
― Robert Greene, The 50th Law

“The real poetry and beauty in life comes from an intense relationship with reality in all its aspects. Realism is in fact the ideal we must aspire to, the highest point of human rationality.”
― Robert Greene, The 50th Law

“The people around you are generally mysterious. You are never quite sure about their intentions. They present an appearance that is often deceptive—their manipulative actions don’t match their lofty words or promises. All of this can prove confusing. Seeing people as they are, instead of what you think they should be, would mean having a greater sense of their motives.”
― Robert Greene, The 50th Law

“The dreamers, those who misread the actual state of affairs and act upon their emotions, are often the source of the greatest mistakes in history—the wars that are not thought out, the disasters that are not foreseen”
― Robert Greene, The 50th Law

“If you view everything through the lens of fear, then you tend to stay in retreat mode. You can just as easily see a crisis or problem as a challenge, an opportunity to prove your mettle, the chance to strengthen and toughen yourself, or a call to collective action. By seeing it as a challenge, you will have converted this negative into a positive purely by a mental process that will result in positive action as well. ”
― Robert Greene, The 50th Law


“True ownership can come only from within. It comes from a disdain for anything or anybody that impinges upon your mobility, from a confidence in your own decisions, and from the use of your time in constant pursuit of education and improvement.”
― Robert Greene, The 50th Law

“Fear creates its own self-fulfilling dynamic- as people give into it, they lose energy and momentum. Their lack of confidence translates into inaction that lowers confidence levels even further, on and on.”
― Robert Greene, The 50th Law

“A bold act requires a high degree of confidence. People who are the targets of an audacious act, or who witness it, cannot help but believe that such confidence is real and justified. They respond instinctively by backing up, by getting out of the way, or by following the confident person. A bold act can put people on their heels and eliminate obstacles. In this way, it creates its own favorable circumstances. ”
― Robert Greene, The 50th Law

“Fear is the oldest and strongest emotion known to man, something deeply inscribed in our nervous system and subconscious. Over time, however, something strange began to happen. The actual terrors that we faced began to lessen in intensity as we gained increasing control over our environment. But instead of our fears lessening a well, they began to multiply in number. We started to worry about our status in society- whether people liked us, or how we fit into the group. We became anxious for our livelihoods, the future of our families and children, our personal health, and the aging process. Instead of a simple, intense fear of something powerful and real, we developed a kind of generalized anxiety. ”
― Robert Greene, The 50th Law


“Reality has its own power—you can turn your back on it, but it will find you in the end, and your inability to cope with it will be your ruin.”
― 50 Cent, The 50th Law

“THIS PAST, THE NEGRO’S PAST, OF ROPE, FIRE, TORTURE…DEATH AND HUMILIATION; FEAR BY DAY AND NIGHT, FEAR AS DEEP AS THE MARROW OF THE BONE…THIS PAST, THIS ENDLESS STRUGGLE TO ACHIEVE AND CONFIRM A HUMAN IDENTITY…YET CONTAINS, FOR ALL ITS HORROR, SOMETHING VERY BEAUTIFUL…. PEOPLE WHO CANNOT SUFFER CAN NEVER GROW UP, CAN NEVER DISCOVER WHO THEY ARE…. —James Baldwin”
― 50 Cent, The 50th Law


“What separates those who go under and those who rise above adversity is the strength of their will and their hunger for power.”
― 50 Cent, The 50th Law

“What excites me about America is its social mobility, people continually rising from the bottom to the top and altering the culture in the process. On another level, however, we remain a nation that lives in social ghettos. Celebrities generally congregate around other celebrities; academics and intellectuals are cloistered in their worlds; people like to associate with those of their kind. If we leave these narrow worlds, it is usually as an observer of another way of life.”
― Robert Greene, The 50th Law

“IN MY VIEW…IT IS BETTER TO BE IMPETUOUS THAN CAUTIOUS, BECAUSE FORTUNE IS A WOMAN, AND IF YOU WISH TO DOMINATE HER YOU MUST BEAT HER AND BATTER HER. IT IS CLEAR THAT SHE WILL LET HERSELF BE WON BY MEN WHO ARE IMPETUOUS RATHER THAN BY THOSE WHO STEP CAUTIOUSLY. —Niccolò Machiabelli”
― 50 Cent, The 50th Law

“Every negative is a positive. The bad things that happen to me, I somehow make them good.
That means you can’t do anything to hurt me.”
― 50 cent, The 50th Law

“Understand: as an individual you cannot stop the tide of fantasy and escapism sweeping a culture. But you can stand as an individual bulwark to this trend and create power for yourself. You were born with the greatest weapon in all of nature—the rational, conscious mind. It has the power to expand your vision far and wide, giving you the unique capacity to distinguish patterns in events, learn from the past, glimpse into the future, see through appearances. Circumstances are conspiring to dull that weapon and render it useless by turning you inward and making you afraid of reality. Consider it war. You must fight this tendency as best you can and move in the opposite direction. You must turn outward and become a keen observer of all that is around you. You are doing battle against all the fantasies that are thrown at you. You are tightening your connection to the environment. You want clarity, not escape and confusion. Moving in this direction will instantly bring you power among so many dreamers.”
― Robert Greene, The 50th Law

“slavery was a system that depended on the creation of deep levels of fear.”
― 50 Cent, The 50th Law


“THE FIRMER YOUR GRASP ON REALITY, THE MORE POWER YOU WILL HAVE TO ALTER IT FOR YOUR PURPOSES.”
― 50 Cent, The 50th Law

“mental alchemy you can effect by thinking of any adversity as an opportunity for power.”
― 50 Cent, The 50th Law

“fears are a kind of prison that confines you within a limited range of action. The less you fear, the more power you will have and the more fully you will live.”
― 50 Cent, The 50th Law

“affectation”
― 50 Cent, The 50th

“Now is the time to stop drifting and wake up—to assess yourself, the people around you, and the direction in which you are headed in as cold and brutal a light as possible. Without fear.”
― 50 Cent, The 50th Law

“That is the physics that all fearless types discover at some point—an appropriate ratcheting up of self-belief and energy when facing negative or even impossible circumstances. Fearless”
― 50 Cent, The 50th Law

“the knife’s edge that separates failure from success in life. That edge is your attitude, which has the power to help shape your reality.”
― 50 Cent, The 50th Law

“Most people wait too long to go into action, generally out of fear. They want more money or better circumstances. You must go the opposite direction and move before you think you are ready. It is as if you are making it a little more difficult for yourself, deliberately creating obstacles in your path. But it is a law of power that your energy will always rise to the appropriate level. When you feel you must work harder to get to your goal because you are not quite prepared, you are more alert and inventive. This venture has to succeed so it will.”
― Robert Greene, The 50th Law

“When you find yourself on the side of on the majority, it is time to pause and reflect” – Mark Twain

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.” – Henry David Thoreau

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” – John C. Maxwell

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished, that will be the beginning” – Louis L’amour (Widely Popular American Western Novelist and short story writer, author of more than 100 works)

“When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be a series of choices you have made.” – Jeff Bezos, commencement speech of Princeton University, May 30, 2010

“The world as we created it, is a process of our thinking, it cannot be changed without changing our thinking” – Albert Einstein

“At every moment keep a sturdy mind on the task at hand, as a roman and a human being, doing it with strict and simple dignity, affection, freedom, and justice – giving yourself a break from all other considerations. You can do this if you approach each task as if it is your last, giving up every distraction, emotional subversion of reason, and all the drama, vanity, and complaint over your fair share. You can see how mastery over a few things makes it possible to live an abundant and devout life – for if you keep watch over these things, the god’s won’t ask for more.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 2.5

“Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is heading for, no wind is the right wind” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“It is advisable to let everyone of your acquaintance- whether man or woman- feel now and then that you could very well dispense with their company. This will consolidate friendship. Nay, with most people there will be no harm in occasionally mixing a grain of disdain with your treatment of them; that will make them value your friendship all the more…. But if we really think highly of a person, we should conceal it from him like a crime. This is not a gratifying thing to do, but it is right. Why, a dog will not bear being treated too kindly, let alone a man! – Arthur Schopenhauer

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