Sometimes it’s nice to have a thought or belief summarized in a concise and memorable quote.  We can memorize it, write it on a card in our wallet, and use it to remind ourselves of our goals.  Here is a list of some great quotes to live by that will help you cultivate the Life in Charge mindset:

 

When You Feel Lazy

When you arise reluctantly in the morning, think like this: ‘I arise to accomplish a human task.  Should I then complain, when I am about to do that for which I was born, and for which I was placed on earth?  Or was I created to pamper myself under the blankets, even if that is more pleasant?’  Were you born, then, to enjoy and, generally to feel, but not to act?  Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants, the spiders, the bees who all perform their own tasks and in their own way helping to let the cosmos function?  Don’t you then want to do your work as a human?  Don’t you hasten to do what is befitting your nature?

— Marcus Aurelius

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

— Abraham Lincoln

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.

— Zig Ziglar

 

When You Feel Criticized

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

— Theodore Roosevelt

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.

— Aristotle

Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

 

When You Feel Discouraged

If you don’t have peace, it isn’t because someone took it from you; you gave it away. You cannot always control what happens to you, but you can control what happens in you.

— John C. Maxwell

People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.

— Abraham Lincoln

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

— Confucious

 

 When You Feel Trapped

Real freedom is not the external freedom to gratify every appetite; it is the internal freedom not to be enslaved by our appetites, to have a place to stand so that we are not mastered by them.

— John Ortberg

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.

— Helen Keller

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.
— Tony Robbins

 

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