20 Inspirational Thoughts On Living a Significant Life

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I promised that 2013 would bring a new theme, called be significant. It’s a big theme, and it’s an important one. Not that every single thing we do ought to have meaning, or that we should ditch lazy Sunday afternoons (which truly could be significant after all).

Even though searching for meaning in everything we do would be silly, paying attention to the significance of our life’s work, our day to day, our values, and the way we chose to spend our time and money isn’t trite. Listening to what our lives say about us could teach us a thing or two about where we’re headed – and we can then choose whether or not it’s the right path indeed.

On that note, to kick off the quest for significance, here are 20 great, inspirational thoughts on living a significant life.

Which one speaks to you? My personal favorite is the one by Louis Armstrong. 🙂

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“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” — Coco Chanel

“Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move on to something that’s more productive.” — Donald Trump

“If ya ain’t got it in ya, ya can’t blow it out.” — Louis Armstrong

“Go work for somebody and get paid to learn. It’s tempting to think you can go off and do your own thing, but there is so much to learn in ways you’d never know.” — Vera Wang

“So go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground.” — Oprah Winfrey


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“To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.” — Margaret Thatcher

“Successful people don’t have fewer problems. They have determined that nothing will stop them from going forward.” — Benjamin Carson

“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.” – Billy Graham

“A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” — Melinda Gates

“When love exists, nothing else matters, not life’s predicaments, not the fury of the years, not a physical winding down or scarcity of opportunity.” — Isabel Allende

“Decide what it is that you are and then stay true to that thing. My brand is based very much on how I live my day-to-day life.” — Rachael Ray

“Not my power, but the power of the position, a power which could be used to help.” — Betty Ford


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“This is my life. It is my one time to be me. I want to experience every good thing.” — Maya Angelou

“Be candid with everyone.” — Jack Welch

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” — Seth Godin

“With success, my influence is limited; with significance, my influence is unlimited.” — John Maxwell

“I don’t want to live. I want to love first, and live incidentally.” — Zelda Fitzgerald

“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.” — Oprah Winfrey

“If you organize your life around your passion, you can turn your passion into your story and then turn your story into something bigger – something that matters.” — Blake Mycoskie

Leon February 7, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Actually Louis Armstrong makes my top of the list. “If ya ain’t got it in ya, ya can’t blow it out.” That’s a short sentence that says it all, if you think about it.
It’s like: you can hear you can see but still not understand – sort of.

Tobias Sjösten January 25, 2013 at 7:59 am

I love the one by Seth Godin. It chimes in well with one of my biggest source of inspiration lately — The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss.

Tia Peterson January 25, 2013 at 10:17 am

I love that one, too, Tobias. It actually put me in check, since I’ve been talking more and more about wanting to go on vacation for a break!

Matt January 23, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Excellent quotes here! I like Trump’s one even though I’m not a huge fan.

Tia Peterson January 23, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Hey Matt – I find that like Trump’s quotes, even though he does seem a little on the grumpy side whenever he gets on camera!

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