Many famous quotes lead us down the path to success. These quotes feed that internal drive that helps to define who we are, what we are made of, or enlightens us as to what we hope to become. Such quotes can be inspirational, motivational, spiritual, or thought-provoking. Some of them are testimonials from great Greek philosophers. Others are note-worthy disciples of quotes spoken by Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, and even Yogi Berra. Essentially, if we are open to learning in all aspects of our lives, from the Bible to the famous words of great authors, quotes and symbolisms, we are ready to capture that internal area of ourselves that wants to be enlightened and fed.
Mother Teresa provides a good religious one…“Words, which do not give the light of Christ, increase the darkness.”
Ironically, these quotes appear somehow, at just the right moment in life that we seem to need them.
Let’s say you are at the baseball game, and the score is tied 3-3. You are in the locker room where Yogi Berra is telling you…“You give 100% in the first half of the game, and if that isn’t enough, in the second half you give what’s left.”
Why is this quote famous? The coach’s words mean more than just telling his team to win the ballgame. You can apply this principle to all aspects of life. Take business; you can’t go half way to make a new business grow; you have to give it your all. On the other hand, use that same principal in marriage…if we only meet our partner 50% of the way, there is a 50% chance it could fail. It’s the same principal in many areas of life, which is what makes the quote famous.
Lou Holtz, retired football coach, sportscaster, author, and motivational speakers says:
“If you don’t make a total commitment to whatever you’re doing, then you start looking forward to bailing out the first time the boat starts leaking. It’s tough enough getting that boat to shore with everybody rowing, let alone when a guy stands up and starts putting his life jacket on.” — Lou Holtz
This quote can be applied in many areas of life as well. If you have a stack of cans, 5ft tall, and a child happens to pull the bottom can out first, the entire stack falls and scatters. Alternatively, let’s say if you are a minister or political figure, and a scandal breaks out, the congregation or the constituents cast a pall over the whole congregation, and the trust of the people in both cases suffers.
Look over the following quotes and see how many different areas in your life they could be applied to.
“Every great man is always being helped by everybody; for his gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.” — John Ruskin
“It is the men behind who make the man ahead.” — Merle Crowell
“If I have seen more than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.” — Sir Isaac Newton
“There is no limit to what can be accomplished if it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.” — Emerson
“You can accomplish much if you don’t care who gets the credit.” — Ronald Reagan
“Remember, nobody wins, unless everybody wins.” — Bruce Springsteen
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller
“All of us are smarter than one of us.” — Japanese proverb
The famous serenity prayer, however, which is mostly geared to those suffering with the disease of alcohol abuse or addiction, is one of the strongest messages in life quoted by many, which could become a mantra for all of us to live by…
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
We can all learn many lessons if we remember to nurture our own Tree of Life with meaning, purpose and value – standing by our convictions, but always in humility.