​Sometimes in life, you just need a little boost. A little something extra to lift you up, to get you going, to help you remember to stop taking things so seriously.

So here are a few reminders of what's truly important, what's great about life, and how to stay in touch with who you really are: 

  1. "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." --Albert Einstein
  2. "It's not about how hard you can hit; it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward." --Rocky Balboa

  3. "What comes easy won't last long, and what lasts long won't come easy." --Unknown

  4. "If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you." --Steven Wright

  5. "The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." --Winston Churchill

  6. "Don't give it five minutes if you're not going to give it five years." --Meghan Markle

  7. "Only in the darkness can you see the stars." --Martin Luther King, Jr.

  8. "Challenges are what make life interesting, and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." --Joshua J. Marine

  9. "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." --Pablo Picasso

  10. "The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." --Helen Keller

  11. "We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action." --Dr. Henry Link

  12. "Love yourself first and everything else falls into line." --Lucille Ball

  13. "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" --Martin Luther King, Jr.

  14. "Nothing can dim the light that shines from within." --Maya Angelou

  15. "Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations." --Unknown

  16. "Embrace the glorious mess that you are." --Elizabeth Gilbert

  17. "Life is the art of drawing without an eraser." --John W. Gardner

  18. "When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye." --Cathy Guisewite

  19. "You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending." --C.S. Lewis

  20. "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid." --Albert Einstein

  21. "Lead from the heart, not the head." --Princess Diana

  22. "Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way, you'll be a mile from them, and you'll have their shoes." --Jack Handey

  23. "The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important." --Martin Luther King, Jr.

  24. "Accept who you are. Unless you're a serial killer." --Ellen DeGeneres

  25. "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure." --Mark Twain

  26. "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six 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

  27. "If I had just one hour left to live, I'd spend it in math class...it never ends." --Anonymous

  28. "No one is you, and that is your superpower." --Unknown

  29. "I intend to live life, not just exist." --George Takei

  30. "I decided to fly through the air and live in the sunlight and enjoy life as much as I could." --Evel Knievel

  31. "We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now." --Martin Luther King, Jr.

  32. "The best thing to hold onto in life is each other." --Audrey Hepburn

  33. "Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, 'Wow! What a Ride!'" --Hunter S. Thompson

Published on: Jan 25, 2019
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