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21 Inspirational Mark Twain Quotes To Live By

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Mark Twain was a BOSS! He lived life the way that he wanted to live and passed on many amazing lines of knowledge through his books and teachings for generations to come.

Most of the highly amazing quote collections out there nowadays has at least 1 or 2 Mark Twain quotes in it.

Here is our collection of inspirational Mark Twain quotes that any and everybody should strive to live by.

 

Inspirational Mark Twain Quotes

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” – Mark Twain

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear” – Mark Twain

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain

“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” – Mark Twain

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” – Mark Twain

“The lack of money is the root of all evil.” – Mark Twain

“A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.” – Mark Twain

“Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.” – Mark Twain

“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well”. – Mark Twain

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” – Mark Twain

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” – Mark Twain

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” – Mark Twain

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” – Mark Twain

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12 Comments

  1. Rahul Pawar

    Apr 15, 2016 at 5:27 am

    I like this quotes ..love it…

  2. Ryan

    Jan 16, 2015 at 5:46 am

    I love Mark Twain quotes, at the same time funny and profound!

  3. Elvis

    Dec 30, 2014 at 8:27 am

    the other is the most important days of our life is the day you are born and the day you find out why

  4. sasi

    Nov 11, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Thank you Joel.

  5. Tim

    Oct 19, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Great quotes Joel. Anyone can find a few good ones that they can apply specifically as motivators in their lives and to uplift others..

  6. Richard Bilodeau

    Sep 18, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Love it, Love it and thank you for the time you put in to get this great list of quotes out.
    Rich

  7. Dan Western

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Awesome collection of quotes here Joel!

    My favorite has to be:

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

  8. ERICK WERE

    Sep 11, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Great quotes from this world class motivator. I’m loving them.

  9. C.M.Nivadha Rajan

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:30 am

    great quotes.quiet simple and practical,but deep in meaning.mark twain is brilliant

  10. Jeremy

    Sep 10, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks for putting together this great list! I’ve always loved Mark Twain quotes.

    One particular one that I’ve never heard before but stood out to me is this one: “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” That really made me think for a bit.

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31 Ellen DeGeneres Quotes About Life

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Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most recognized talk show hosts in history and one of the most powerful women in Hollywood. In her lifetime, she has become a stand-up comic, author, actor, talk show host, and entrepreneur. Ellen has won multiple Emmy’s for her talk show, and has been named Humanitarian of the Year. Despite all her success, Ellen has had to overcome the discrimination she faced as a member of the LGBTQ community. Now an active voice for the group, Ellen continues to inspire & make people laugh all over the world.

Here are some of Ellen DeGeneres’ Best Quotes:

1. “Follow your passion. Stay true to yourself. Never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that.” – Ellen DeGeneres

2. “Here are the values I stand for: I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you’d want to be treated, and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values. That’s what I stand for.” – Ellen DeGeneres

3. “The truth is, we are all one connected thing. We are all from the exact same molecules.” – Ellen DeGeneres

4. “When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail and both are equally important.” – Ellen DeGeneres

5. “You just have to keep driving down the road. It’s going to bend and curve and you’ll speed up and slow down, but the road keeps going.” – Ellen DeGeneres

6. “It’s our challenges and obstacles that give us layers of depth and make us interesting. Are they fun when they happen? No. But they are what make us unique.” – Ellen DeGeneres

7. “Be open to learning new lessons, even if they contradict the lessons you learned yesterday.” – Ellen DeGeneres

8. “Don’t hold onto things, it will only bring you pain.” – Ellen DeGeneres

9. “My point is, life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The pina and the colada.” – Ellen DeGeneres

10. “True beauty is not related to what color your hair is or what color your eyes are. True beauty is about who you are as a human being, your principles, your moral compass.” – Ellen DeGeneres

11. “We’re all supposed to be different. I want so badly to encourage everyone to say, ‘who am I and how do I want to live my life?’” – Ellen DeGeneres

12. “Though you feel like you’re not where you’re supposed to be, you shouldn’t worry because the next turn you take, it will lead you to where you wanna go.” – Ellen DeGeneres

13. “I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego.” – Ellen DeGeneres

14. “It’s hard to understand failure when you’re going through it, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s good to fall down – not because you’re drunk and not near stairs.” – Ellen DeGeneres

15. “I’m glad I’m funny. I’m glad I make people happy because that’s very important. But I’m most proud to be known as a kind person…Because kindness spreads, and the world is a little nicer out there.” – Ellen DeGeneres

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16. “I learned compassion from being discriminated against. Everything bad that’s ever happened to me has taught me compassion.” – Ellen DeGeneres

17. “Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.” – Ellen DeGeneres

18. “If someone ever says you’re weird say thank you.” – Ellen DeGeneres

19. “Just keep swimming.” – Ellen DeGeneres

20. “When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds.” – Ellen DeGeneres

21. “Gratitude is looking on the brighter side of life, even if it means hurting your eyes. Anger and aggression weaken you because they take so much energy to hold in place, but kindness is a strength that makes you more serene.” – Ellen DeGeneres

22. “Do things that make you happy within the confines of the legal system.” – Ellen DeGeneres

23. “Procrastinate now, don’t put it off.” – Ellen DeGeneres

24. “Be kind to one another.” – Ellen DeGeneres

25. “Do you feel insecure because you keep getting the nagging feeling that you’re not that smart? Well, I’ve got good news for you, my friend. You have no need to be insecure. That nagging feeling is absolutely right on target. You are not that smart. But I have more good news for you. You are also not alone.” – Ellen DeGeneres

26. “Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come.” – Ellen DeGeneres

27. “I always say follow your passion, no matter what, because even if it’s not the same financial success, it’ll lead you to the money that’ll make you the happiest.” – Ellen DeGeneres

28. “It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.” – Ellen DeGeneres

29. “Life is short. If you doubt me, ask a butterfly. Their average life span is a mere five to fourteen days.” – Ellen DeGeneres

30. “The thing everyone should realize is that the key to happiness is being happy by yourself and for yourself.” – Ellen DeGeneres

31. “I think beauty comes from actually knowing who you are. That’s real beauty to me.” – Ellen DeGeneres

Which quote resonated with you the most? Comment below!

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45 Unforgettable Kanye West Quotes

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Although his name may be surrounded in controversy at any given moment, Kanye West continues to be one of the most respected and highest earning rapper-turned-entrepreneurs of the 21st century. Coming from The South Side of Chicago; Kanye has had to hustle to achieve his level of success.

Despite his ego and public outbursts; Kayne has learned a lot from his journey to greatness.

Here are 45 of Kanye West’s Most Memorable Quotes:

1. “We all self-conscious.  I’m just the first to admit it.” – Kanye West

2. “My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform life.” – Kanye West

3. “Nothing in life is promised except death.” – Kanye West

4. “I still think I am the greatest.” – Kanye West

5. “I’ll say things that are serious and put them in a joke form so people can enjoy them. We laugh to keep from crying.” – Kanye West

6. “Keep your nose out the sky, keep your heart to god, and keep your face to the rising sun.” – Kanye West

7. “I care. I care about everything. Sometimes not giving a f#%k is caring the most.” – Kanye West

8. “My greatest award is what I’m about to do.” – Kanye West

9. “Our work is never over.” – Kanye West

10. “Recognize and embrace your flaws so you can learn from them. Sometimes it takes a little polishing to truly shine.” – Kanye West

11. “Believe in your flyness…conquer your shyness.” – Kanye West

12. “I feel like I’m too busy writing history to read it.” – Kanye West

13. “If you have the opportunity to play this game of life you need to appreciate every moment.  A lot of people don’t appreciate the moment until it’s passed.” – Kanye West

14. “People always say that you can’t please everybody. I think that’s a cop-out. Why not attempt it? ‘Cause think of all the people that you will please if you try.” – Kanye West

15. “People say I have a bad reputation. I think I’ve got the best reputation in the building.” – Kanye West

16. “I’m on the pursuit of awesomeness, excellence is the bare minimum.” – Kanye West

17. “I feel that I’m very blessed. But with great blessings come great responsibility.” – Kanye West

18. “Living well eliminates the need for revenge.” – Kanye West

19. “If I don’t scream, if I don’t say something then no one’s going to say anything.” – Kanye West

20. “Why are people so afraid of creative ideas and so scared of truth? All I want to do is do good.” – Kanye West

21. “I’m not comfortable with comfort. I’m only comfortable when I’m in a place where I’m constantly learning and growing.” – Kanye West

22. “One of my biggest Achilles heels has been my ego. And if I, Kanye West, can remove my ego, I think there’s hope for everyone.” – Kanye West

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23. “I always feel like I can do anything. That’s the main thing people are controlled by: thoughts and perceptions of yourself…If you’re taught you can’t do anything, you won’t do anything.” – Kanye West

24. “People always tell you ‘Be humble. Be humble.’ When was the last time someone told you to be amazing? Be great! Be awesome! Be awesome!” ” – Kanye West

25. “Justice could just be clearing a path for people to dream properly.” – Kanye West

26. “Creative output, you know, is just pain. I’m going to be cliche for a minute and say that great art comes from pain.” – Kanye West

27. “For me giving up is way harder than trying.” – Kanye West

28. “Most people are slowed down by the perception of themselves. If you’re taught you can’t do anything, you won’t do anything. I was taught I can do everything.” – Kanye West

29. “I want people to feel like it’s okay to create. It’s okay to not be boxed in. I want people to feel like awesome is possible.” – Kanye West

30. “I’m pretty calculating. I take stuff that I know appeals to people’s bad sides and match it up with stuff that appeals to their good sides.” – Kanye West

31. “I was never really good at anything except for the ability to learn.” – Kanye West

32. “I refuse to accept other people’s ideas of happiness for me. As if there’s a ‘one size fits all’ standard for happiness.” – Kanye West

33. “People will have a problem with whatever you do. At the end of the day, nobody can determine what you need to do in order to be successful and why would you listen to someone who is not successful tell you what you need to do?” – Kanye West

34. “When you’re the absolute best, you get hated on the most.” – Kanye West

35. “People never change. They just become better at hiding who they really are.” – Kanye West

36. “Nobody can tell me where I can and can’t go.” – Kanye West

37. “They say people in your life are seasons and anything that happens is for a reason.” – Kanye West

38. “Memories have to be our most painful blessing.” – Kanye West

39. “I think I do myself a disservice by comparing myself to Steve Jobs and Walt Disney and human beings that we’ve seen before. It should be more like Willy Wonka…and welcome to my chocolate factory.” – Kanye West

40. “You can’t look at a glass half full or empty if it’s overflowing.” – Kanye West

41. “I want the world to be better! All I want is positive! All I want is dopeness!” – Kanye West

42. “Know your worth! People always act like they’re doing more for you than you’re doing for them.” – Kanye West

43. “Would you believe in what you believe in if you were the only one who believed it?” – Kanye West

44. “You’ve got to be really dialled into exactly who you are to the one hundredth power of you’re just like everyone else.” – Kanye West

45. “Criticism can bother you, but you should be more bothered if there’s no criticism. That means you’re too safe.” – Kanye West

What do you think of Kanye West? Which Kanye West quote resonated with you the most? Comment below!

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37 Joe Rogan Quotes That Will Motivate You to Greatness

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Joe Rogan is a stand-up comedian, a figure in the MMA space, and former host of Fear Factor.  But Rogan is more recognized his famous podcast The Joe Rogan Experience which is at the top of many iTunes charts.  Each week, Joe Rogan sits down with a public figure to have a raw conversation to discuss their story, passions, and life in general.  These people range from actors & scientists, to controversial figures in the news.  Rogan is well known for dropping knowledge bombs in his show and is respected & looked up to by people in a variety of spaces as a motivational & inspirational figure.

Here are some of Joe Rogan’s best quotes:

1. “I love a success story, but even more than a success story; I like a dude who fucks his life up and gets his life together again story.” – Joe Rogan

2. “That’s my only goal.  Surround myself with funny people, and make sure everyone has a good time and works hard.” – Joe Rogan

3. “Reality really is a theatre.  There’s no other way to describe it.  It’s all so nonsensical, ridiculous and chaotic.” – Joe Rogan

4. “Someone else’s success does not equal a failure for you.” – Joe Rogan

5. “The universe rewards calculated risk and passion.” – Joe Rogan

6. “If you can control what you eat, you can control all other aspects of your life.” – Joe Rogan

7. “Here’s the craziest thing about life, this is the thing that nobody really considers; you know as much about what life is all about as anybody who’s ever lived, ever.  That’s the craziest thing about us.  We’re all just kinda wandering through this going “‘You know what you’re doing?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Oh, I do too.  I know what I’m doing.’ ‘Okay.  Good, then.’” But really no one has a clue.” – Joe Rogan

8. “Work for that feeling that you have accomplished something…Don’t waste your time on this earth without making a mark.” – Joe Rogan

9. “If you are the greatest, why would you go around talking about it?” – Joe Rogan

10. “When someone comes along and expresses him or herself as freely as they think, people flock to it.  They enjoy it.” – Joe Rogan

11. “There’s a direct correlation between positive energy and positive results in the physical form.” – Joe Rogan

12. “So instead of investing your time in a passion, you’ve sold your life to work for an uncaring machine that doesn’t understand you.  That’s the problem with our society.  And what’s the reward?  Go home and get a big TV.” – Joe Rogan

13. “Once you understand what excellence is all about…you see how excellence manifests itself in any discipline.” – Joe Rogan

14. “There’s only one way to get good at anything; you surround yourself with the bad motherfuckers who are doing exactly you do and you forced yourself to keep up and inspire each other.” – Joe Rogan

15. “Life is strange.  You keep moving and keep moving.  Before you know it, you look back and thing, ‘What was that?’” – Joe Rogan

16. “If you ever start taking things too seriously, just remember that we are talking monkeys on an organic spaceship flying through the universe.” – Joe Rogan

17. “Be cool to people.  Be nice to as many people as you can.  Smile to as many people as you can, and have them smile back at you.” – Joe Rogan

18. “I realized a long time ago that instead of being jealous you can be inspired and appreciative.  It carries more energy to you.  That can be an awesome and motivating force that can improve your life if you choose to be inspired and not jealous.  One has no benefit whatsoever, the other is an incredible resource for creating momentum and improvement.” – Joe Rogan

19. “To really appreciate life you got to know you’re going to die.” – Joe Rogan

20. “Live your life like you’re the hero in your own movie.” – Joe Rogan

21. “People want their 15 minutes and are willing to do anything to get it.” – Joe Rogan

22. “I had a sense of who I was before I got famous.” – Joe Rogan

24. “I think that one of the reasons why people look towards the end of humanity is that people are afraid to die alone.  If you die alone, the people you love will miss you, or if they die, you miss them – the sorrow is inevitable.  When you truly love someone, the thought of losing them forever is horrible.” – Joe Rogan

25. “One of the most fascinating lessons I’ve absorbed about life is that the struggle is good.” – Joe Rogan

26. “The time you spend hating on someone robs you of your own time.  You are literally hating on yourself and you don’t even realize it.” – Joe Rogan

27. “The key to happiness doesn’t lay in numbers in a bank account but in the way we make others feel and the way they make us feel.” – Joe Rogan

28. “I’m obsessed to extreme winners because I think there’s a madness to it.  I truly believe that in order to truly be great at something you have to give into a certain amount of madness.” – Joe Rogan

29. “There’s a never-ending ocean of techniques out there.” – Joe Rogan

30. “The quicker we all realize that we’ve been taught how to live life by the people that were operating on the momentum of an ignorant past the quicker we can move to a global ethic of community that doesn’t value invented borders or the monopolization of natural resources, but rather the goal of a happier more loving humanity.” – Joe Rogan

31. “People for the most part can smell lies.” – Joe Rogan

32. “Life is about the pursuit of excellence.  That pursuit is probably more exciting to me now more than ever.” – Joe Rogan

33. “We define ourselves far too often by our past failures.  That’s not you.  You are this person right now.  You’re the person who has learned from those failures.  Build confidence and momentum with each good decision you make from here on out and choose to be inspired.” – Joe Rogan

34. “Greatness and madness are next door neighbors and they often borrow each other’s sugar.” – Joe Rogan

35. “Haters are all failures.  It’s 100% across the board.  No one who is truly brilliant at anything is a hater.” – Joe Rogan

36. “In all my travelings, all my life adventures; I have to say I still don’t know what life is, absolutely no clue, and it is a subject that is constantly on my mind.  One thing I do know for a fact is that the nicer we are to our fellow human beings, the nicer the universe is to us.” – Joe Rogan

37. “Kindness is one of the best gifts you can bestow…We know that inherently that feels great.” – Joe Rogan

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28 Charlamagne Tha God Quotes on Life

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Charlamagne Tha God is best known for his colorful attitude & quick wit as a host on the infamous radio show The Breakfast Club in addition to being a best selling author.  However, he had to work hard and hustle in order to achieve the success he has today.  From an intern working in a radio station in one of the poorest parts of South Carolina, to becoming one of the most recognizable personalities on the airwaves; Charlamagne has picked up a lot of wisdom throughout his years.

Here are some of Charlamagne Tha God’s best quotes:

1. “The person who makes no mistakes is usually not making anything.  No money, no forward progress, nothing!” – Charlamagne Tha God

2. “Your passion is that one thing you can’t stop thinking about, that thing you wake up thinking about in the morning, go to sleep thinking about at night, that thing that you would do for free!” – Charlamagne Tha God

3. “Recognize opportunity when it’s not a paycheck to it.” – Charlamagne Tha God

4. “You can’t solve a problem with the same mindset that created it.” – Charlamagne Tha God

5. “The only reason people pursue certain things is because they see it working for other people.  To me, that’s lazy.  Figure out your own lane, figure out the gift that makes you unique.” – Charlamagne Tha God

6. “Measure twice, cut once.” – Charlamagne Tha God

7. “Don’t complain, compete.” – Charlamagne Tha God

8. “Nobody can make you angry without your consent, nobody can disappoint you without your consent, you have to give people consent to do these things.” – Charlamagne Tha God

9. “If you really on your grind, you don’t have to announce it.  Hustle speaks for itself.” – Charlamagne Tha God

10. “Experience is the best teacher or you can learn from the mistakes of others but most of the time you have to carry that cross yourself.” – Charlamagne Tha God

11. “If you say that you’re a king, queen, god or goddess and you recognize that you’re from ancestral greatness, you have to start living up to that.  Its really just that simple.” – Charlamagne Tha God

12. “Time tells all tales.” – Charlamagne Tha God

13. “Pessimism has never won any battles.” – Charlamagne Tha God

14. “Thank you god for blessing me with another day of life!” – Charlamagne Tha God

15. “If you don’t have anything nice to say – say it anyway.” – Charlamagne Tha God

16. “Live your truth.  When you live your truth nobody can use your truth against you.” – Charlamagne Tha God

17. “Much success to you, even if you wish me the opposite.” – Charlamagne Tha God

18. “Opportunity comes to those who create it.” – Charlamagne Tha God

19. “I pride myself on being the nicest person in the room.” – Charlamagne Tha God

20. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide whether or not to be reduced by them.” – Charlamagne Tha God

21. “I feel like my soul purpose is to be of service to others.” – Charlamagne Tha God

22. “Just because someone does something good for you, doesn’t mean that they’re good for you.” – Charlamagne Tha God

23. “You can be very honest and direct with people respectfully.  I never do anything maliciously; I simply give my honest opinion.” – Charlamagne Tha God

24. “No matter what position you’re in always hustle like an intern.” – Charlamagne Tha God

25. “Some people are upset about progress because when progress happens, it eliminates your excuses as to why you personally aren’t progressing.” – Charlamagne Tha God

26. “Live your truth. Honesty is always the best policy. Manners will take you where money won’t.” – Charlamagne Tha God

27. “You have to start looking in the mirror and saying ‘this is who I am, this is what I am and this is how I’m going to be’ and start demanding more from yourself.” – Charlamagne Tha God

28. “Always remember if you can’t be happy for someone else’s success you won’t be blessed with any of your own.” – Charlamagne Tha God

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Whenever I Am Fearful Of What People Think, I Do This.

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I’ve had some days recently where I’ve been plagued with that question “What will people think?”

“If I say that, will people hate it and could it ruin my career?”
‘If I say the truth and people dislike it, could that ruin an upcoming opportunity?”
‘If they don’t like it, will I ever get another chance?

Whenever I find myself becoming fearful of people’s opinions, I do this:

 

I compare their opinion to my mortality.

This is the main hack so let’s start with this. Whenever I find myself worrying about what people think and how it may affect my success, I remember that in the scheme of things I am only on this Earth for a short amount of time.

Anything that I say will likely be forgotten pretty quickly. People are so caught up in all the troubles of their own life that they don’t have space in their mind to remember all of my flaws and silly moments. So if people are highly unlikely to remember, then who cares what people think?

Comparing opinions to your own mortality is a fantastic way to get a reality check. This way of thinking always gets me out of my head. Death is a good motivator that will make you take action and not get caught up in your head trying to win a war against opinions.

 

I’d rather try for greatness than never know because of fear.

Being paralyzed by people’s opinions stops you from ever reaching your full potential. You end up second-guessing yourself and not taking certain actions out of fear for what people may think. You can’t enter their mind and steal their thoughts (not yet, anyway) so you’ll never know for sure.

Maybe people love what you said. Maybe what you hypothesize they’re thinking is wrong. So the truth is you’ll never know for sure.

“What I do know for sure is that greatness is within all of us and it can only be unleashed when you stop giving an F”

Greatness is achieved when you say what you think, you take vulnerable actions, you’re authentic and most of all, you don’t hold back. People’s opinions are holding you back and they don’t matter. What matters is your opinion of yourself.

 

What matters is you tried.

And your critics probably didn’t. By not being held back by opinions you end up trying things that you’d normally not do. Here are some of my own examples:

  • I went to a high interval training workout class. Normally I wouldn’t because I’m currently unfit, but because I don’t care what people think, I did it anyway and loved it.
  • I entered a public speaking competition and won against very tough competition. Normally I wouldn’t but I told myself that I can say cool stuff too.
  • I took a long plane trip overseas. Normally I wouldn’t because I have a fear of flying but because I’ve now flown enough times, flying is actually fun.
  • I started this whole blogging thing. Normally I wouldn’t of because I used to hate writing and found it dead boring. I thought people would think what I had to say was dumb. Then I discovered my passion for blogging and now it’s what I’m known for by millions of people

How much success are you leaving on the table by being shackled down with the opinions of others? Just do what you love and if people hate it then screw them. They’re obviously not your target audience or don’t get your unique talent. Giving it a go will show you more than doing nothing.

 

I think about not living my dream life.

If people’s horrible opinions of you are weighing you down, then try this reverse hack: Think about what would happen if you didn’t live your dream.

Whenever I second guess myself about giving a talk, I think about what would happen if I never discovered this whole inspiring others gift that I had secretly hidden inside of me.

When you weigh up in your head the difference between people’s thoughts of you, and living your dream life, you’ll find your mind always pushing towards the later. Use this super-sized hack to destroy your fear of opinions.

 

I remind myself of what the great’s do.

If fear of public reticule is holding me back, I think in my mind about what the greats would do. Would Steve Jobs let someone tell him that his phone needs more buttons?

“Would Martin Luther King let someone tell him that black people’s rights don’t matter and to stay at home today by the warm fire? Not in a million, trillion years”

So if the greats wouldn’t allow opinions to stop them in their tracks, why the heck would you?

 

I think of what I’m doing in comparison to the world.

An excellent way to put your actions and the opinions about them into perspective is to compare what you’re doing with the world. If you say something stupid in front of your co-workers, in the scheme of things, does that one event change the rest of the world?

Does your little mistake really matter compared with the billions of other mistakes that are happening at the same moment? Probably not.

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  1. Rahul Pawar

    Apr 15, 2016 at 5:27 am

    I like this quotes ..love it…

  2. Ryan

    Jan 16, 2015 at 5:46 am

    I love Mark Twain quotes, at the same time funny and profound!

  3. Elvis

    Dec 30, 2014 at 8:27 am

    the other is the most important days of our life is the day you are born and the day you find out why

  4. sasi

    Nov 11, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Thank you Joel.

  5. Tim

    Oct 19, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Great quotes Joel. Anyone can find a few good ones that they can apply specifically as motivators in their lives and to uplift others..

  6. Richard Bilodeau

    Sep 18, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Love it, Love it and thank you for the time you put in to get this great list of quotes out.
    Rich

  7. Dan Western

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Awesome collection of quotes here Joel!

    My favorite has to be:

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

  8. ERICK WERE

    Sep 11, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Great quotes from this world class motivator. I’m loving them.

  9. C.M.Nivadha Rajan

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:30 am

    great quotes.quiet simple and practical,but deep in meaning.mark twain is brilliant

  10. Jeremy

    Sep 10, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks for putting together this great list! I’ve always loved Mark Twain quotes.

    One particular one that I’ve never heard before but stood out to me is this one: “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” That really made me think for a bit.

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31 Ellen DeGeneres Quotes About Life

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Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most recognized talk show hosts in history and one of the most powerful women in Hollywood. In her lifetime, she has become a stand-up comic, author, actor, talk show host, and entrepreneur. Ellen has won multiple Emmy’s for her talk show, and has been named Humanitarian of the Year. Despite all her success, Ellen has had to overcome the discrimination she faced as a member of the LGBTQ community. Now an active voice for the group, Ellen continues to inspire & make people laugh all over the world.

Here are some of Ellen DeGeneres’ Best Quotes:

1. “Follow your passion. Stay true to yourself. Never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that.” – Ellen DeGeneres

2. “Here are the values I stand for: I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you’d want to be treated, and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values. That’s what I stand for.” – Ellen DeGeneres

3. “The truth is, we are all one connected thing. We are all from the exact same molecules.” – Ellen DeGeneres

4. “When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail and both are equally important.” – Ellen DeGeneres

5. “You just have to keep driving down the road. It’s going to bend and curve and you’ll speed up and slow down, but the road keeps going.” – Ellen DeGeneres

6. “It’s our challenges and obstacles that give us layers of depth and make us interesting. Are they fun when they happen? No. But they are what make us unique.” – Ellen DeGeneres

7. “Be open to learning new lessons, even if they contradict the lessons you learned yesterday.” – Ellen DeGeneres

8. “Don’t hold onto things, it will only bring you pain.” – Ellen DeGeneres

9. “My point is, life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The pina and the colada.” – Ellen DeGeneres

10. “True beauty is not related to what color your hair is or what color your eyes are. True beauty is about who you are as a human being, your principles, your moral compass.” – Ellen DeGeneres

11. “We’re all supposed to be different. I want so badly to encourage everyone to say, ‘who am I and how do I want to live my life?’” – Ellen DeGeneres

12. “Though you feel like you’re not where you’re supposed to be, you shouldn’t worry because the next turn you take, it will lead you to where you wanna go.” – Ellen DeGeneres

13. “I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego.” – Ellen DeGeneres

14. “It’s hard to understand failure when you’re going through it, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s good to fall down – not because you’re drunk and not near stairs.” – Ellen DeGeneres

15. “I’m glad I’m funny. I’m glad I make people happy because that’s very important. But I’m most proud to be known as a kind person…Because kindness spreads, and the world is a little nicer out there.” – Ellen DeGeneres

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16. “I learned compassion from being discriminated against. Everything bad that’s ever happened to me has taught me compassion.” – Ellen DeGeneres

17. “Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.” – Ellen DeGeneres

18. “If someone ever says you’re weird say thank you.” – Ellen DeGeneres

19. “Just keep swimming.” – Ellen DeGeneres

20. “When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds.” – Ellen DeGeneres

21. “Gratitude is looking on the brighter side of life, even if it means hurting your eyes. Anger and aggression weaken you because they take so much energy to hold in place, but kindness is a strength that makes you more serene.” – Ellen DeGeneres

22. “Do things that make you happy within the confines of the legal system.” – Ellen DeGeneres

23. “Procrastinate now, don’t put it off.” – Ellen DeGeneres

24. “Be kind to one another.” – Ellen DeGeneres

25. “Do you feel insecure because you keep getting the nagging feeling that you’re not that smart? Well, I’ve got good news for you, my friend. You have no need to be insecure. That nagging feeling is absolutely right on target. You are not that smart. But I have more good news for you. You are also not alone.” – Ellen DeGeneres

26. “Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come.” – Ellen DeGeneres

27. “I always say follow your passion, no matter what, because even if it’s not the same financial success, it’ll lead you to the money that’ll make you the happiest.” – Ellen DeGeneres

28. “It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.” – Ellen DeGeneres

29. “Life is short. If you doubt me, ask a butterfly. Their average life span is a mere five to fourteen days.” – Ellen DeGeneres

30. “The thing everyone should realize is that the key to happiness is being happy by yourself and for yourself.” – Ellen DeGeneres

31. “I think beauty comes from actually knowing who you are. That’s real beauty to me.” – Ellen DeGeneres

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45 Unforgettable Kanye West Quotes

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Although his name may be surrounded in controversy at any given moment, Kanye West continues to be one of the most respected and highest earning rapper-turned-entrepreneurs of the 21st century. Coming from The South Side of Chicago; Kanye has had to hustle to achieve his level of success.

Despite his ego and public outbursts; Kayne has learned a lot from his journey to greatness.

Here are 45 of Kanye West’s Most Memorable Quotes:

1. “We all self-conscious.  I’m just the first to admit it.” – Kanye West

2. “My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform life.” – Kanye West

3. “Nothing in life is promised except death.” – Kanye West

4. “I still think I am the greatest.” – Kanye West

5. “I’ll say things that are serious and put them in a joke form so people can enjoy them. We laugh to keep from crying.” – Kanye West

6. “Keep your nose out the sky, keep your heart to god, and keep your face to the rising sun.” – Kanye West

7. “I care. I care about everything. Sometimes not giving a f#%k is caring the most.” – Kanye West

8. “My greatest award is what I’m about to do.” – Kanye West

9. “Our work is never over.” – Kanye West

10. “Recognize and embrace your flaws so you can learn from them. Sometimes it takes a little polishing to truly shine.” – Kanye West

11. “Believe in your flyness…conquer your shyness.” – Kanye West

12. “I feel like I’m too busy writing history to read it.” – Kanye West

13. “If you have the opportunity to play this game of life you need to appreciate every moment.  A lot of people don’t appreciate the moment until it’s passed.” – Kanye West

14. “People always say that you can’t please everybody. I think that’s a cop-out. Why not attempt it? ‘Cause think of all the people that you will please if you try.” – Kanye West

15. “People say I have a bad reputation. I think I’ve got the best reputation in the building.” – Kanye West

16. “I’m on the pursuit of awesomeness, excellence is the bare minimum.” – Kanye West

17. “I feel that I’m very blessed. But with great blessings come great responsibility.” – Kanye West

18. “Living well eliminates the need for revenge.” – Kanye West

19. “If I don’t scream, if I don’t say something then no one’s going to say anything.” – Kanye West

20. “Why are people so afraid of creative ideas and so scared of truth? All I want to do is do good.” – Kanye West

21. “I’m not comfortable with comfort. I’m only comfortable when I’m in a place where I’m constantly learning and growing.” – Kanye West

22. “One of my biggest Achilles heels has been my ego. And if I, Kanye West, can remove my ego, I think there’s hope for everyone.” – Kanye West

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23. “I always feel like I can do anything. That’s the main thing people are controlled by: thoughts and perceptions of yourself…If you’re taught you can’t do anything, you won’t do anything.” – Kanye West

24. “People always tell you ‘Be humble. Be humble.’ When was the last time someone told you to be amazing? Be great! Be awesome! Be awesome!” ” – Kanye West

25. “Justice could just be clearing a path for people to dream properly.” – Kanye West

26. “Creative output, you know, is just pain. I’m going to be cliche for a minute and say that great art comes from pain.” – Kanye West

27. “For me giving up is way harder than trying.” – Kanye West

28. “Most people are slowed down by the perception of themselves. If you’re taught you can’t do anything, you won’t do anything. I was taught I can do everything.” – Kanye West

29. “I want people to feel like it’s okay to create. It’s okay to not be boxed in. I want people to feel like awesome is possible.” – Kanye West

30. “I’m pretty calculating. I take stuff that I know appeals to people’s bad sides and match it up with stuff that appeals to their good sides.” – Kanye West

31. “I was never really good at anything except for the ability to learn.” – Kanye West

32. “I refuse to accept other people’s ideas of happiness for me. As if there’s a ‘one size fits all’ standard for happiness.” – Kanye West

33. “People will have a problem with whatever you do. At the end of the day, nobody can determine what you need to do in order to be successful and why would you listen to someone who is not successful tell you what you need to do?” – Kanye West

34. “When you’re the absolute best, you get hated on the most.” – Kanye West

35. “People never change. They just become better at hiding who they really are.” – Kanye West

36. “Nobody can tell me where I can and can’t go.” – Kanye West

37. “They say people in your life are seasons and anything that happens is for a reason.” – Kanye West

38. “Memories have to be our most painful blessing.” – Kanye West

39. “I think I do myself a disservice by comparing myself to Steve Jobs and Walt Disney and human beings that we’ve seen before. It should be more like Willy Wonka…and welcome to my chocolate factory.” – Kanye West

40. “You can’t look at a glass half full or empty if it’s overflowing.” – Kanye West

41. “I want the world to be better! All I want is positive! All I want is dopeness!” – Kanye West

42. “Know your worth! People always act like they’re doing more for you than you’re doing for them.” – Kanye West

43. “Would you believe in what you believe in if you were the only one who believed it?” – Kanye West

44. “You’ve got to be really dialled into exactly who you are to the one hundredth power of you’re just like everyone else.” – Kanye West

45. “Criticism can bother you, but you should be more bothered if there’s no criticism. That means you’re too safe.” – Kanye West

What do you think of Kanye West? Which Kanye West quote resonated with you the most? Comment below!

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37 Joe Rogan Quotes That Will Motivate You to Greatness

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Joe Rogan is a stand-up comedian, a figure in the MMA space, and former host of Fear Factor.  But Rogan is more recognized his famous podcast The Joe Rogan Experience which is at the top of many iTunes charts.  Each week, Joe Rogan sits down with a public figure to have a raw conversation to discuss their story, passions, and life in general.  These people range from actors & scientists, to controversial figures in the news.  Rogan is well known for dropping knowledge bombs in his show and is respected & looked up to by people in a variety of spaces as a motivational & inspirational figure.

Here are some of Joe Rogan’s best quotes:

1. “I love a success story, but even more than a success story; I like a dude who fucks his life up and gets his life together again story.” – Joe Rogan

2. “That’s my only goal.  Surround myself with funny people, and make sure everyone has a good time and works hard.” – Joe Rogan

3. “Reality really is a theatre.  There’s no other way to describe it.  It’s all so nonsensical, ridiculous and chaotic.” – Joe Rogan

4. “Someone else’s success does not equal a failure for you.” – Joe Rogan

5. “The universe rewards calculated risk and passion.” – Joe Rogan

6. “If you can control what you eat, you can control all other aspects of your life.” – Joe Rogan

7. “Here’s the craziest thing about life, this is the thing that nobody really considers; you know as much about what life is all about as anybody who’s ever lived, ever.  That’s the craziest thing about us.  We’re all just kinda wandering through this going “‘You know what you’re doing?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Oh, I do too.  I know what I’m doing.’ ‘Okay.  Good, then.’” But really no one has a clue.” – Joe Rogan

8. “Work for that feeling that you have accomplished something…Don’t waste your time on this earth without making a mark.” – Joe Rogan

9. “If you are the greatest, why would you go around talking about it?” – Joe Rogan

10. “When someone comes along and expresses him or herself as freely as they think, people flock to it.  They enjoy it.” – Joe Rogan

11. “There’s a direct correlation between positive energy and positive results in the physical form.” – Joe Rogan

12. “So instead of investing your time in a passion, you’ve sold your life to work for an uncaring machine that doesn’t understand you.  That’s the problem with our society.  And what’s the reward?  Go home and get a big TV.” – Joe Rogan

13. “Once you understand what excellence is all about…you see how excellence manifests itself in any discipline.” – Joe Rogan

14. “There’s only one way to get good at anything; you surround yourself with the bad motherfuckers who are doing exactly you do and you forced yourself to keep up and inspire each other.” – Joe Rogan

15. “Life is strange.  You keep moving and keep moving.  Before you know it, you look back and thing, ‘What was that?’” – Joe Rogan

16. “If you ever start taking things too seriously, just remember that we are talking monkeys on an organic spaceship flying through the universe.” – Joe Rogan

17. “Be cool to people.  Be nice to as many people as you can.  Smile to as many people as you can, and have them smile back at you.” – Joe Rogan

18. “I realized a long time ago that instead of being jealous you can be inspired and appreciative.  It carries more energy to you.  That can be an awesome and motivating force that can improve your life if you choose to be inspired and not jealous.  One has no benefit whatsoever, the other is an incredible resource for creating momentum and improvement.” – Joe Rogan

19. “To really appreciate life you got to know you’re going to die.” – Joe Rogan

20. “Live your life like you’re the hero in your own movie.” – Joe Rogan

21. “People want their 15 minutes and are willing to do anything to get it.” – Joe Rogan

22. “I had a sense of who I was before I got famous.” – Joe Rogan

24. “I think that one of the reasons why people look towards the end of humanity is that people are afraid to die alone.  If you die alone, the people you love will miss you, or if they die, you miss them – the sorrow is inevitable.  When you truly love someone, the thought of losing them forever is horrible.” – Joe Rogan

25. “One of the most fascinating lessons I’ve absorbed about life is that the struggle is good.” – Joe Rogan

26. “The time you spend hating on someone robs you of your own time.  You are literally hating on yourself and you don’t even realize it.” – Joe Rogan

27. “The key to happiness doesn’t lay in numbers in a bank account but in the way we make others feel and the way they make us feel.” – Joe Rogan

28. “I’m obsessed to extreme winners because I think there’s a madness to it.  I truly believe that in order to truly be great at something you have to give into a certain amount of madness.” – Joe Rogan

29. “There’s a never-ending ocean of techniques out there.” – Joe Rogan

30. “The quicker we all realize that we’ve been taught how to live life by the people that were operating on the momentum of an ignorant past the quicker we can move to a global ethic of community that doesn’t value invented borders or the monopolization of natural resources, but rather the goal of a happier more loving humanity.” – Joe Rogan

31. “People for the most part can smell lies.” – Joe Rogan

32. “Life is about the pursuit of excellence.  That pursuit is probably more exciting to me now more than ever.” – Joe Rogan

33. “We define ourselves far too often by our past failures.  That’s not you.  You are this person right now.  You’re the person who has learned from those failures.  Build confidence and momentum with each good decision you make from here on out and choose to be inspired.” – Joe Rogan

34. “Greatness and madness are next door neighbors and they often borrow each other’s sugar.” – Joe Rogan

35. “Haters are all failures.  It’s 100% across the board.  No one who is truly brilliant at anything is a hater.” – Joe Rogan

36. “In all my travelings, all my life adventures; I have to say I still don’t know what life is, absolutely no clue, and it is a subject that is constantly on my mind.  One thing I do know for a fact is that the nicer we are to our fellow human beings, the nicer the universe is to us.” – Joe Rogan

37. “Kindness is one of the best gifts you can bestow…We know that inherently that feels great.” – Joe Rogan

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28 Charlamagne Tha God Quotes on Life

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Charlamagne Tha God is best known for his colorful attitude & quick wit as a host on the infamous radio show The Breakfast Club in addition to being a best selling author.  However, he had to work hard and hustle in order to achieve the success he has today.  From an intern working in a radio station in one of the poorest parts of South Carolina, to becoming one of the most recognizable personalities on the airwaves; Charlamagne has picked up a lot of wisdom throughout his years.

Here are some of Charlamagne Tha God’s best quotes:

1. “The person who makes no mistakes is usually not making anything.  No money, no forward progress, nothing!” – Charlamagne Tha God

2. “Your passion is that one thing you can’t stop thinking about, that thing you wake up thinking about in the morning, go to sleep thinking about at night, that thing that you would do for free!” – Charlamagne Tha God

3. “Recognize opportunity when it’s not a paycheck to it.” – Charlamagne Tha God

4. “You can’t solve a problem with the same mindset that created it.” – Charlamagne Tha God

5. “The only reason people pursue certain things is because they see it working for other people.  To me, that’s lazy.  Figure out your own lane, figure out the gift that makes you unique.” – Charlamagne Tha God

6. “Measure twice, cut once.” – Charlamagne Tha God

7. “Don’t complain, compete.” – Charlamagne Tha God

8. “Nobody can make you angry without your consent, nobody can disappoint you without your consent, you have to give people consent to do these things.” – Charlamagne Tha God

9. “If you really on your grind, you don’t have to announce it.  Hustle speaks for itself.” – Charlamagne Tha God

10. “Experience is the best teacher or you can learn from the mistakes of others but most of the time you have to carry that cross yourself.” – Charlamagne Tha God

11. “If you say that you’re a king, queen, god or goddess and you recognize that you’re from ancestral greatness, you have to start living up to that.  Its really just that simple.” – Charlamagne Tha God

12. “Time tells all tales.” – Charlamagne Tha God

13. “Pessimism has never won any battles.” – Charlamagne Tha God

14. “Thank you god for blessing me with another day of life!” – Charlamagne Tha God

15. “If you don’t have anything nice to say – say it anyway.” – Charlamagne Tha God

16. “Live your truth.  When you live your truth nobody can use your truth against you.” – Charlamagne Tha God

17. “Much success to you, even if you wish me the opposite.” – Charlamagne Tha God

18. “Opportunity comes to those who create it.” – Charlamagne Tha God

19. “I pride myself on being the nicest person in the room.” – Charlamagne Tha God

20. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide whether or not to be reduced by them.” – Charlamagne Tha God

21. “I feel like my soul purpose is to be of service to others.” – Charlamagne Tha God

22. “Just because someone does something good for you, doesn’t mean that they’re good for you.” – Charlamagne Tha God

23. “You can be very honest and direct with people respectfully.  I never do anything maliciously; I simply give my honest opinion.” – Charlamagne Tha God

24. “No matter what position you’re in always hustle like an intern.” – Charlamagne Tha God

25. “Some people are upset about progress because when progress happens, it eliminates your excuses as to why you personally aren’t progressing.” – Charlamagne Tha God

26. “Live your truth. Honesty is always the best policy. Manners will take you where money won’t.” – Charlamagne Tha God

27. “You have to start looking in the mirror and saying ‘this is who I am, this is what I am and this is how I’m going to be’ and start demanding more from yourself.” – Charlamagne Tha God

28. “Always remember if you can’t be happy for someone else’s success you won’t be blessed with any of your own.” – Charlamagne Tha God

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