11 Wise Quotes that will Change your Way of Thinking Forever.

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on Jan 12, 2016
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http://imgur.com/gallery/AjDS8eVWe can try to figure out the hard parts of life, the challenges, to open the closed doors of life on our own—or we can refer to humankind’s wisdom.

1.”If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room. “

I need to challenge myself to inspire yourself: I need to work with those who know their passion if I want to succeed.

2.”There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

When I’m mean to others in order to make myself feel better, I make myself smaller. “Do you feel victory when your words cause pain?”

 

3. “An amateur practices until he can play it correctly, a professional practices until he can’t play it incorrectly.” Or, better, since perfection is not the object: “The master has failed more times than the beginner has tried.”

4. “We judge ourselves by our intentions but others by their actions.”

Boom. Perspective. This one has stuck with me. As VP Biden put it today, we can judge other’s actions, but not their motivation.

5. “If it takes less than five minutes, just do it now.”

Don’t procrastinate. The obstacle will fester, and it will take the same amount of time to do then as now but you will have lived with the festering for longer. As Trungpa Rinpoche puts it, approach the challenge directly.

6. “If you don’t have time to do it right, you must have time to do it over.”

Measure twice. Slow down. Breathe. The Lincoln quote about sharpening the axe comes to mind.

7. “When you are torn between 2 choices, always pick the one that will make the best story – grandpa always said this and once I started following it, life became a lot more interesting.”

Approach your cowardice as if stepping forward will make for an adventure. It will.

8. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

So, work hard. Because some talent out there works hard, too.  “90% of talent is interest.” Pick your passion—but that’s not enough. Here’s more on Right Livelihood.

9. Criticism, if constructive, is a greater gift and a surer sign of true friendship than compliments.

10. Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

Or, Buddha: holding onto anger is like holding onto a piece of hot coal preparing to throw it at someone. You’re the one who gets burned.

11. It’s okay if it’s not okay. It’s okay for things to not always be okay. 

Listen to some Blues. Be okay with not okay. Practice tonglen.

 

Bonus: how to deal with Anger:


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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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3 Responses to “11 Wise Quotes that will Change your Way of Thinking Forever.”

  1. Marcella says:

    Why is the author of each quote omitted? I think it shows stronger validity and also a reference point for readers.

  2. Deborah Bountifull Davis says:

    Wait a minute! We have contradictory quotes in the first two! How would I “know” I was the smartest person in the room unless I’m a narcissist? Everyone can teach me something; and I can also teach.

    1.”If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room. “

    2.”There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

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