Hello there, if you’ve missed my Quotes to Live By 001 then you should really go on over and check it out!
I’ve always been fond of quotes. My appreciation for quotes grew when I was in 9th grade because my Honors English teacher began every class with a quote. We were instructed to come into class, sit down and copy the quote that was projected on the board. After writing down the quote we had to write down what we thought the quote meant. Now at 14-15 this was very difficult for some students, I myself include because some of these quotes had much deeper meaning that didn’t cross our young minds. With practice we began to see the deeper meanings of quotes and began to connect them to all aspects of life. I would like to think that my quote appreciation and understanding grew greatly because of Ms. Goodman so thank you Ms. Goodman, my 9th grade English teacher.
Below are some quotes I’ve found on the Internet and my takes on them. If you have a different understanding or outlook on the quotes please feel free to share it below in the comments. Also, if you’d like to share one of your favorite quotes in the comments that would be great appreciated.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”
By far one of my FAVORITE quotes of all time. The first time I came across this quote was actually in my 9th grade English class and it instantly stuck to me. In life we encounter things we don’t like each and everyday but we have two options, we can do something about this dislike such as changing it for the better or we can see the other sides of things and perhaps find something we do like about it.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
Our minds are very powerful, maybe more powerful than we realized. Our brains have the ability to imagine and create things, some of these things are wonderful such as inventions that help the world or jokes that may make someone smile however some of these thoughts we have can also cause chaos to us. Often times we look in the mirror and see ourselves as no one else sees us, we see ourselves in such a negative light. Eventually we learn that we need to alter our thinking however in order to do so we really need to try, we really need to see the positive in ourselves.
“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
Now, I don’t know about you but I think removing a mountain is a very large task to have. Like this large task, we make big goals for ourselves; which is wonderful! It’s great to have goals, to have something to work towards, however big goals are only fully accomplished by meeting smaller goals. What we need to do in life to get to the top is take the smaller steps. Once we accomplish these smaller steps we can rise to the top, to the bigger and better picture.