Ben McGary

Jun 27, 2021

3 min read

The Quotes I Love

I’ll admit it, I’m the guy that would ABSOLUTELY put motivational quotes on the walls of the office.

Actually, for those who worked with me back in the car days, you know I did. The conference room wall may very well still read:

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.” - Henry Ford

Fortunately for those who can’t help but roll their eyes when they read that or see the posters on the wall, I work remotely now and on the road.

But that won’t stop me from looking to others for inspiration because sometimes reading quotes just simplifies life. They often give me the ability to reframe situations for a different point of view. They always allow me the ability to be more mindful.

This list will be an ongoing collection of words that inspire me, for whatever reason.

“Learn avidly. Question it repeatedly. Analyze it carefully. Then put what you have learned into practice intelligently.” - Confucius

“All the great things are simple and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” - Winston Churchill

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” - William Shakespeare

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” - Socrates

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand" - Albert Einstein

"The mind is everything. What you think you become." - Buddha

“Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” - Jon Kabat-Zinn

“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” – Steve Jobs

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” - Thomas Edison

“I don’t see why someone should lose their life just so you can have a snack.” - Russell Brand

“My body will not be a tomb for other creatures.” - Leonardo Da Vinci

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” - Albert Einstein

“Study the past if you would define the future.” - Confucius

“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.” - Leonardo Da Vinci

“The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.” – Les Brown

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

“Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.” - Seneca

“Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.” - Kobe Bryant

“Live for each second without hesitation.” - Elton John

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” - Lao-Tze

“The things you think about determine the quality of your mind.” - Marcus Aurelius

“No matter how busy you make think you are you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” - Confucius

“You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think.” – Marcus Aurelius