11 Pieces of Wisdom That Changed These People’s Lives

"Tell the people you love that you love them," my dad told my 9-year-old self as I sat with a bowl of ramen in my lap watching TV. I remember exactly where everyone was the day my dad passed on this bit of wisdom — me, sitting in the big blue recliner in our living room, my sister, in the recliner next to me, and my dad in his favorite chair.

"Sometimes people don't ever say it," he explained. "But then that person dies and they're left saying ‘I love you,' to a grave feeling all this regret, but it's too late. That person's gone."

Maybe it was the picture of someone pouring their heart out to a grave that made that conversation so hard to forget, but I'm glad my dad's motto has always stuck with me. Throughout my life, it's not only emboldened me to express my love and affection for those I care about, it's made me appreciate the time I have with them. Sometimes it's not the worst thing to remember that you aren't always going to have a person in your life.

So when I stumbled on a Quora and a Reddit thread about a quote or saying that changed these people's lives, I was really moved by their stories. Some quotes were told to them by other people, some quotes they discovered for themselves, but all of them became crucial in shaping their lives. Here are 11 pieces of wisdom they never forgot:

1. "Instead of wondering where your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don't need to escape from." - Seth Godin

"This quote is the single most important thing one can learn in his early 20s. Seth Godin once said on the lines of ' People see me working even during times when I am supposed to be holidaying and relaxing. What they do not understand is when you do something you love, you do not feel the need to take breaks or escape somewhere'.

I myself have tried to fill my daily schedule with activities which I love instead of waiting for the weekend to start living my life. Even though Saturdays and Sundays  are one of my favourite things in the world I still try to get the maximum output and happiness from the things I do each day."

Quora

2. "If you spoke to a friend the way you speak to yourself, how long would that person be your friend?"

"I'm not sure where this is from but I read it a few months ago on Tumblr. It really hit hard. I realized how much I had gradually gone from harsh self-criticism to regularly and almost constantly mentally berating myself within months. Told myself that whatever misfortune I encountered I deserved, that no one cared about me/ever did/would, etc. I was terrible to myself and realized that if someone else were to be saying these things it would likely be considered emotional abuse. Made a serious effort to alter my thought process. Sometimes I slip but this quote always comes to mind when I do so it hasn't gotten bad again. So I'm much, much better these days."


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Reddit

3. "A man is only as good as his word. One day, you will be in a situation where it's all you have, and it had better be good enough."

"My father told me that after I witnessed him interact with his mechanic, during a time I knew he and my mom were struggling financially, because dad's business had just gone belly-up. The car needed to be repaired, and any place else in the world would've told him to go pound sand, because he had nothing to pay with, but his mechanic had known him for 20 years."

Reddit

4."The temptation to quit is greatest just before you succeed."

"This quote was on a note my mom slipped me in the hospital right after a suicide attempt."

Reddit

5. "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." -John Lennon

"Used drugs early high school and turned into a raging addict. Parents had me sent to rehab, against my will at first. Being under 18 I couldn't leave. 5 months in I started to cherish the goofy people and love the experience of being away from home. In hindsight it was an amazing time because I let it be. Plenty of kids there always angry and bitching. This quote helped me through all of it."

- Reddit

6. "To miss a note is insignificant, to play without passion is inexcusable."

"Cannot remember who said it. But I have had this outlook on life since I heard it... I put all of my passion into everything that I can."


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- Reddit

7. "You will not like every person you will meet, and not everybody you will meet will like you."

"This was a real 'ahaa' moment for me. For over 30 years busy pleasing my family and trying to be accepted by them, now, i don't give a figs ass about it. I love them, some of them love me back and some of them don't, and that is totally okay with me :)"

- Reddit

8. "A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." - John A. Shedd

"There are a lot of sayings that reflect a similar sentiment, but this is the one that clicked in my head. I heard it at a time when I was at my lowest. It helped me get out of my wallowing, and to start taking the risks I had always dreamed of taking but always found excuses not to. That decision helped change my life and someday soon, I'll have achieved the goals I set for myself back then--and be prepared to take the biggest risk of my life... the one I've been working towards all this time."

- Reddit

9. "If you want something bad enough, you will find a way."

"Random old guy at the bus stop told me this. That was 2 years ago. Because of him I started following my dreams and am making great progress."

- Reddit

10. "I don't think you should just do what makes you happy. Do what makes you great. Do what's uncomfortable and scary and hard but pays off in the long run…Let yourself fail. Fail and pick yourself up and fail again. Without that struggle, what is your success anyway?" - Charlie Day

"Saw this on reddit while I was looking for a new job. I had just finished 2 years at my first job out of pastry school and was interviewing at some really intimidating places. I felt so out of my league and terrified I would fail. I have been at one of the best bakeries in my city, known throughout the U.S., for 2 months now and am kicking ass! I really don't think I would have accepted the job offer if I hadn't seen this quote. I think back on it all the time now to get over my anxiety and it works everytime! Thanks Charlie!"


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- Reddit

11. "In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer" - Albert Camus

"This one reminds me that there's always a certain positive energy within me no matter how depressed or alone or lethargic (etc. etc.) I am feeling. Even when it's freezing cold and getting dark out early and there are no leaves on the trees, there's still something within me that can make me feel like it's perfect outside, like I'm driving down the road with the windows down going somewhere beautiful with friends, or whatever other positive/energetic feeling.

I found this quote a few years back and loved it so much, re-found it less than a year ago while going through kind of a crappy time and still loved it, the next day I got 'invincible summer' tattooed on my side with three waves over it."

- Reddit