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Quotes to Live By

Over the years, I've delved into a variety of self-help books and, more recently, I've begun subscribing to digital subscriptions from authors like James Clear, Jeff Kober and Ryan Holiday. These authors often share weekly insights via email, offering valuable tips and perspectives aligned with their philosophies. Despite the abundance of options, I typically limit my subscriptions to no more than 3, ensuring I can fully absorb and apply the learnings without feeling overwhelmed.


For over 15 years, I've maintained a document brimming with quotes that resonate deeply with me, serving as a well of inspiration and guidance. Over the years, this has proved to be a useful resource to me when I need a little inspiration, am looking to offer some encouragement to a friend or just need to check myself and see if I am at least making an honest effort to live up to these principles. I view all these authors as mentors who have significantly contributed to my personal growth and development.


In this post, I'm excited to share 20 or so quotes that have profoundly impacted me, serving as constant reminders of my values and aspirations. Additionally, please note that you'll always find three inspirational quotes featured at the bottom of the home page on the See, Live, Eat website, a space I periodically refresh to offer new sources of motivation.


  • “You may delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin

  • "The best way out is always through." - Robert Frost

  • "Persistence creates luck. Persistence gets you experience. Persistence is a sentence of failures punctuated by the briefest of successes, and eventually, those successes will start to propel you toward mastery. Not one success or two. But many, many, many." - James Altucher

  • "Enough is as good as a feast.” - Stephen Dubner

  • “Be sure to look for simple solutions. If the answer isn’t simple, it’s probably not the right answer. “ - Tim Ferriss

  • "The imperfect project you actually complete is worth more than the perfect project you never finish." - James Clear

  • "Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans." - John Lennon

  • "You’re not responsible for the hand of cards you were dealt. You’re responsible for maxing out what you were given." – Christopher Sommer

  • "You don’t find the time to do something; you make the time to do things." – Debbie Millman

  • "Good things come to those who work their asses off and never give up." – Daniel Ek

  • "To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing." – Elbert Hubbard

  • "Discipline equals freedom." – Jocko Willink

  • "Learn more, know less." – Neil Strauss

  • "Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers." – Pierre-Marc Gaston

  • "Free education is abundant, all over the internet. It’s the desire to learn that’s scarce." – Naval Ravikant

  • "It’s not what you know, it’s what you do consistently." – Derek Sivers

  • "What is the ultimate quantification of success? For me, it’s not how much time you spend doing what you love. It’s how little time you spend doing what you hate." – Casey Neistat

  • “When I was younger, it’s not like I was ‘ungrateful,’ but I never stopped to take the time to reflect on everything I had going for me. Now I do a gratitude practice every morning.” – Turia Pitt

  • "We can’t control the fact that bad things are going to happen, but it’s how we react to them that really matters, and that we can learn to control.” – Dustin Moskovitz

  • “Embrace lifelong learning. Do something new. Physical exercise is repetitive; mental exercise is eclectic.” – Steve Jurvetson

  • "Studies tell us that spending that yields the greatest happiness is the kind that buys you time or experiences, not things.” – Sarah Elizabeth Lewis

  • “Life is not designed to hand us success or satisfaction, but rather to present us with challenges that make us grow.” – Terry Laughlin

  • "Energy and persistence conquer all things." - Benjamin Franklin

  • "Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.” — Michael Landon



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