It's my belief that individuals have been quoted since mankind first developed spoken language... and not just those who were considered wise either. In this follow-up to "On Being Authentic: A Tale of Two Women," I"ll share 10 quotes with the goal to inspire you (and myself) to work towards being a better person.
One that makes me laugh, but isn't included here, is by Winston Churchill. He's quoted to have said "I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly." Definitely would not count that as an example in being your best self... but it is funny. Plus it's a good segway to the first one shared here attributed to Louis Tartaglia.
The common perception that good people have fewer flaws is wrong. It is not a matter of more or fewer flaws. It is the willingness to change them that counts.
Louis A. Tartaglia, M.D
This is the greatest and most useful lesson we can learn; to know ourselves for what we truly are, to admit freely our weaknesses and failings, and to hold a humble opinion of ourselves because of them. Not to dwell on ourselves and to think well and highly of others is great wisdom.
The things you think about determine the quality of your life. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts.
The care and feeding of the mind is just as important as the care and feeding of the body. The mind unfed weakens just as the body does. The mind not sustained by the continual intake of something that is capable of filling it well or nourishing it, shrinks and shrivels.
Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends: they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.
-Charles W. Eliot
Courage is not limited to the battlefield or the Indianapolis 500 or bravely catching a thief in your house. The real tests of courage are much quieter. The are inner tests, like remaining faithful when no one's looking, like enduring pain when the room is empty, like standing alone when you're misunderstood.
If I were asked to give what I consider the most useful bit of advice for all humanity it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye, and say, "I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me."
-George Bernard Shaw
Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake. We are making use of a small part of our physical and mental resources.
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
An open mind is the beginning of self-discovery and growth. We can't learn anything until we can admit that we don't already know everything.
-Erwin G. Hall