In our darkest times we often turn to music, literature, and movies for guidance for what to do next. Should we stay or should we go? Should we say yes or no? How much is too much? This is where the wisdom of our favourite authors, musicians, and screenwriters comes in to offer us wisdom and hopefully change our perspective.
People on Reddit were asked: "What quote has actually stuck with you and changed your life?" These are some of the best answers.
1. Live life to the fullest
"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'Wow! What a Ride!'" -Hunter S. Thompson.
This quote has really helped to get me out of my shell and try things that I might not normally do.
2. Do it for you
"Do what's right, even when no one is watching."
I was running down the hallway one day in Middle School when I turned a corner and saw a teacher. I walked passed her, playing innocent, and she said this to me without even batting an eye.
It stuck with me because it made me realize that someone watching/not watching makes absolutely no difference when you're doing something wrong. And that you shouldn't just do something that's right just to get recognition.
3. You may be surprised
I had an old squad leader once tell me, "Go ask. The worst they can do is tell you 'no.'"
While obviously not applicable to every situation, it's convinced me to overcome a lot of social anxiety when it comes to requesting things from other people, especially superiors. If I ask in a respectful manner, and especially while illustrating my reasoning, the worst that reasonably happens is that my request is denied, and I'm right where I was to begin with.
People say, "Yes" a lot more often than I had assumed they would.
4. You are the only one truly in control
"He who angers you, controls you."
5. Be that person now
"On your death bed, you are visited by the person you could have been."
Gets me out of bed and working.
6. Write your own history
"I will not become a page in someone else's history book." - Stannis Baratheon
Continue on the next page!