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Sunday, January 19, 2020

20 Quotes For Enlightened Living This Year...

Forget resolutions. U.S. News & World Report provides that "the failure rate for New Year's resolutions is said to be about 80 percent and most lose their resolve by mid-February."

Still, that doesn't mean we should fail to aspire to reach higher in the new year.
Often, words of wisdom imparted by world leaders, noted scholars, celebrities and even social media influencers can help us to live better, learn more and embolden us.  

Accordingly, here are 20 quotes for greater clarity and better living in 2020


Poor companions are like buttons on an elevator. They will either take you up or take you down."

"Handle them carefully, for words have more power than an atom bomb."

"When things go wrong, don't go wrong with them."

" If you can learn from hard knocks, you can also learn from soft touches."
--Carolyn Kenmore

"Your capacity to say no determines your capacity to say yes to greater things."
--E. Stanley Jones

"He will not let your foot slip---he who watches over you will not slumber."
--Psalm 121:3

"Being more is better than buying more."

"I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond."
--Mae West

"One person can make a difference and everyone should try."
--John Kennedy

"Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value."

"Sometimes God will shake you up to move you forward."
-- Jennifer Brown Banks

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." 
--Eleanor Roosevelt

"He who rolls up his sleeves never loses his shirt."


"Do not tell me, for I have heard it all, there is too much to do with hate, but much more to do with love."
--William Shakespeare 

"There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved."
--George Sand

"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies."
-- Aristotle


"The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary."

--J.K. Rowling

"Don't just "write for yourself." That type of self-indulgence should be reserved for your personal journal. Great, effective writing takes the readers' needs and expectations into account." 
--Jennifer Brown Banks

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."
--Benjamin Franklin  
"The greatest revenge is to accomplish what others say you cannot do."

What life quote or philosophy do you live by?

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  1. Great quotes! I have to say though, the one I most enjoyed is "Behave like Mom's watching." :D I can almost hear my mom saying that one...Appreciate the inspiration for the new year!

  2. Great choice, Karen. Thanks for stopping by today.

  3. "When things go wrong, don't go wrong with them." This should be a quote taught to every student from day one in a class.
    Thanks for your inspiration. I have a bit posted to day as well.

    1. Just left a comment at your site; I hope it registered.

  4. I'm on board with that. Thanks so much, Lin, for your time and input here.

  5. P.S.
    Two other quotes I should have mentioned are as follows: "We teach people how to treat us by the things we accept." Dr. Phil
    And: "When people SHOW you who they are believe them." Angela Mayou (I believe).

  6. Hi Ingmar,

    Love that you took the time to let me know. :-) Thanks.