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Isaac Newton said “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”
It’s a great quote that serves to remind us that there is a lot to learn from those who came before us. They can show us how to work, how to love, how to enjoy family, when to live, and when to let go.
The benefit of living today is we have an abundance of access to this wisdom, more than ever before. We can learn from geniuses in dozens of different fields, and they can help us become more well-rounded.
But this is also the downfall, we can come to undervalue important life lessons, and find it hard to sift through the mountains of information we have to work with.
That’s why today, we’re bringing you 25 important lessons in life quotes from the wisest people who ever lived.
Important Lessons From Inventors
We can’t all be Thomas Edison, but that doesn’t mean we don’t all create something throughout our lives. The life lessons that we’re taught from inventors can be useful to help us to better understand how we think about art, creation, and risk-taking.
All that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed – only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle.Nikola Tesla
If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.Grace Murray Hooper
The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.Mark Zuckerberg
Quotes From Spiritual Teachers
Spiritual teachers have the gift of being able to express profound ideas in simple ways. When they are truly masters of their domain, they are able to say what we need to hear, exactly when we need to hear it, and their words may even seem to have a depth that allows them to transcend time and culture.
Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find you’re here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences.Eckhart Tolle
Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvellously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.Thich Nhat Hahn
When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways – either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength. Thanks to the teachings of Buddha, I have been able to take this second way.Dalai Lama
Important Lessons In Life Quotes From Revolutionaries
When we look at historical figures, it’s revolutionaries who often receive praise well after their efforts. The benefit of listening to the lessons of these individuals is twofold. Firstly, their ideas are often uncorrupted by expectations, and secondly because they speak to a courageous part inside of all of us, which needs to be catered to.
Revolutionary’ discipline depends on political consciousness – on an understanding of why orders must be obeyed; it takes time to diffuse this, but it also takes time to drill a man into an automaton on the barrack-square.George Orwell
We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight racism with racism. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity.Fred Hampton
Important Lessons And Life Quotes From Philosophers
The vast majority of us have some degree of curiosity when it comes to the big questions. Why are we here? Where are we going? How should we live our lives? While we don’t have the luxury, or the necessary inclination to commit all of our days to answering these questions, philosophers do. Their words can give us comfort in times of need and direction in times of confusion.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.George Bernard Shaw
It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought.Aristotle
The notion that a human being should be constantly happy is a uniquely modern, uniquely American, uniquely destructive idea.Andrew Weil
Life Lessons From Writers
The written word showcases an interesting side of human history and thought. Writers have mastered the art form in a way not dissimilar to the speeches of a great orator. Their thought can range from profound to interesting to simply quirky.
It takes a thousand men to invent a telegraph, or a steam engine, or a phonograph, or a photograph, or a telephone or any other important thing—and the last man gets the credit and we forget the others. He added his little mite — that is all he did. These object lessons should teach us that ninety-nine parts of all things that proceed from the intellect are plagiarisms, pure and simple; and the lesson ought to make us modest. But nothing can do that.Mark Twain
I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain.Sylvia Plath
And in the end, we were all just humans… drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness.F. Scott Fitzgerald