People Around The World Share The One Quote They Read That Changed Their Life.

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.

"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.


"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.


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.


"He who angers you, controls you."


"On your death bed, you are visited by the person you could have been."

Gets me out of bed and working.


"I will not become a page in someone else's history book." - Stannis Baratheon


"If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room."


"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got." 

I tend not to want to change, or do anything out of my comfort zone, so I think of this quote said by 'NCIS' character Tony DiNozzo when I feel I'm hesitant to try something new, or need to do something I'm not wanting to do but either have to, or I should do.


"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde


"Don't worry about finding the right person. Focus on becoming the right person."


"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." -Heraclitus


"The closer you get to light, the greater you shadow becomes."

Taught me that I shouldn't be afraid of what seems like a dark part of me, because I really can't run away from it. I learned to control and use that, instead of being afraid.


"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'" -Mary Anne Radmacher


My grandfather once told me, "You don't need to love your job, you just can't hate it." As long as your job doesn't suck happiness from you, you can find it elsewhere.


"Whether you take the jacket off to please them, or keep it on just to spite them you already lost; because you're doing it for them."


"A bowl is most useful when it is empty."

From the Tao. It really helped me with my anxiety and anger.


"The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the second best time is right now."


As a scientist, I always like that Feynman said, "Science is like sex. Once in a while something good comes out of it, but that's not why we do it."


"Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor."


"Sucking at something is the first step in getting better at something." 

I used to suck at playing guitar. Each time I got the pattern wrong I felt miserable. Once while surfing through some forum, I came upon this quote. I still suck at playing it, but at least not that miserable.


"A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are made for." - John Stead


"Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past."


"The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone elses highlight reel." - Steven Furtick


"Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valley; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death." -Sun Tzu

This is something I've used to respect my buddies a lot more than I used to and helped me develop better friendships, also if I want to be a leader in anything this is how I will roll.


"Every lie has an expiration date."

My housemate in uni said that. He was a complete jerk most of the time. But this one sentence has stayed with me. I hate that he's right, even a decade later.


"Man gets knocked down six times, gets up seven."

Just a good ol' quote about picking yourself up and dusting yourself off.


"A man cannot build a reputation on what he is going to do." - Henry Ford


Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.

I used to be really confrontational. Having this in the back of my mind really changed how I react to the things people do.


"Don't ask for a lighter load, ask for a stronger back."


"Understand that forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator, forgiveness liberates the victim. It's a gift you give yourself." - T.D. Jakes


"Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist." - George Carlin


"In your weakness is your strength."

I used to suffer from debilitating anxiety. I would sit in my car outside of work trying to will myself to enter the building. I would repeat this over and over in my head trying to get the courage to go inside. Some days I won the battle, some days I lost.

Thankfully, after 10 years I sought help and am no longer anxious 24/7.


"It gets easier. Every day it gets a little easier. But you gotta do it everyday, that's the hard part. But it does get easier."

I've never been one to be affected by motivational quotes, but this came just at the right time when I had a lot of days I just couldn't get out of bed and get started.


"Speak only if you can improve the silence."

A Spanish Proverb that I think about all of the time.


"When we hit our lowest point, we are open to the greatest change."


"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to tell him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently."-Nietzche



Some of this material has been edited for clarity.

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