Becoming better versions of ourselves is never easy. We’re creatures of habit and habits are hard things to change. According to this study, it takes an average of 66 days to change a habit — and that’s only an average.
I know exactly how it feels. I constantly strive to improve myself but I always face setbacks. If you feel the same way, you’re not alone. We’ve all been through it. Fortunately, others have shared some valuable insight on life, love and failure through their experiences.
Here are quotes from some wise men and women:
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” -John Rohn
“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” -Ernest Hemingway
“I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most.” -Margaret Atwood
“Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow. Education is neither Western nor Eastern, it is human.” -Malala Yousafzai
“I enjoy the fun of failure. It’s fun to fail, I keep repeating. It’s part of being ambitious; it’s part of being creative. If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.” -Gretchen Rubin
“There’s more comedy in failure than in success, and it’s a much more universal language.” -Lauren Graham
“Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness.” -Deborah Day
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” -Socrates
“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” -Lucy Maud Montgomery
“Love is essential, gregariousness is optional.” -Susan Cain
“If I cannot ask people directly how happy they are, I ask them how satisfied they are with their social relationships, because that gives me the answer.”- Meik Wiking
“Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.”- Dale Carnegie
“You can either practice being right or practice being kind.” -Anne Lamott
“If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule. Never lie to yourself.” -Paulo Coelho
“Lasting change is a series of compromises. And compromise is all right, as long as your values don’t change.” -Jane Goodall
“When I let go of who I am, I become what I might be.” -Lao Tzu
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” -Leo Tolstoy
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” -George Bernard Shaw
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.” -Shawn Stevenson
“I have accepted fear as part of life — specifically the fear of change…I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back…” -Erica Jong
What quote(s) resonate most with you? Why?