My Favorite Quotes for Journaling

Jawwad Siddiqui presented the idea to add a personal quote to the daily journal entry. I think this idea is exciting and I started to collect inspiring quotes and stored them in Evernote. Here is my collection so far 😀

Planning

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.— Stephen Covey

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. ~ Chinese proverb

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. — Aristotle

Patience is not about waiting, but how we act when things take longer than we expect.— Paulo Coelho

The people I feel sorry for are those who insist on continuing to do what they have always done but want the results to be different from what they have always been. — Thomas Sowell

Work

Lying about in bed never bought anyone fame. You got to get up and work— Leonardo da Vinci

Do or do not, there is no try. — Yoda

Desire is a contract that you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.  — Naval Ravikant

We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right.  — George Orwell

The virtue of a person is measured not by his outstanding efforts, but by his everyday behavior. — Blaise Pascal

If you want to be a clever person, you have to learn how to ask cleverly, how to listen attentively, how to respond quietly, and how to stop talking when there is nothing more to say.  — Leo Tolstoy

Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.  — Bruce Lee

Learning

Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.  — Jim Rohn

It isn’t events themselves that disturb people, but only their judgments about them. — Epictetus

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.  — Leonardo da Vinci

Mistakes

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.  — Eleanor Roosevelt

I regard it as a criminal waste of time to go through the slow and painful ordeal of ascertaining things for one’s self if these same things have already been ascertained and made available by others.  — Thomas Edison

Ideas

People who pride themselves on having ideas often fail to understand that only after ideas have been filtered through real-world world experience do we know whether they are right or wrong. Most turn out to be wrong.  — Thomas Sowell

People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things. — Steve Jobs

The quality of your synthesis will determine the quality of your decision making. This is why it pays to triangulate your views with people who you know synthesize well.  — Ray Dalio in Principles

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.  — Plato

Programming

That’s what’s cool about working with computers. They don’t argue, they remember everything and they don’t drink all your beer. — Paul Leary

The strength of JavaScript is that you can do anything. The weakness is that you will.  — Reg Braithwaite

What one programmer can do in one month, two programmers can do in two months. — Frederick P. Brooks

Computers are good at following instructions, but not at reading your mind.  — Donald Knuth

Change

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. — Albert Einstein

The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.  — George Orwell

Acquire worldly wisdom and adjust your behavior accordingly. If your new behavior gives you a little temporary unpopularity with your peer group … then to hell with them.  — Charlie Munger

The worst thing in life that you can have is a job that you hate, that you have no energy in, that you’re not creative with and you’re not thinking of the future. To me, might as well be dead.  — Robert Greene

Do you have any favorite quotes to add? 😀

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