QUOTES TO LIVE BY
I love quotes. The first one I remember using was years ago when we still had teenagers at home, AND I taught teenagers biology. Dealing with this age group on a daily basis tested my patience to the nth degree. After a while, though, I decided I’d “let go—with love.” I read this quote in my horoscope one day: “Live and let live; you cannot control others.” I cut it out and taped it to the bottom corner of my dresser mirror.
Years later, I sold my bedroom set, but I left the quote taped there, hoping the next person could use it. I didn’t need it anymore. I finally learned that valuable lesson.
The quotes I love really tell me something and don’t just sound like griping. I use them as small snippets of wisdom to remind me of a wish, a bad habit I should break, or a worry I should cast away. One is, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi.
And still another favorite: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou
My #1 Favorite is from Elbert Hubbard: “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” This, above all others, is my mantra, the sentence I say to myself when I doubt my ability to write, sell a book, and entertain readers. Criticism is my biggest fear. It looms large in my vision. “What will my friends think of me?” “Will I receive good reviews, or those that are stamped ‘not acceptable’?” But if I pay attention to Mr. Hubbard’s advice, I’ll move on, keep going, try harder, and accept the criticism for what it is—a roadmap to success.
I GOOGLED Mr. Hubbard, since I’m using his quote, to learn a little something about him. He lived from 1856 to 1915—not very long. During his lifetime, he worked as a writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher. He wrote twenty-six quotes, and if you read them, you learn something about him as a man. And by the way, his very best quote says “Life is just one damned thing after another.” He must have been having a bad day.
Quotes? Do they serve any purpose? What are your favorites? Why?
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