22 People Recall the Words of Wisdom They Have Always Remembered

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I remember I had a boss when I was 16-years-old and he told me, “Life is about the choices you make, so make good choices.” Of course, I was a teenager at the time so I didn’t fully comprehend what he was talking about, but that quote always stuck with me and it makes a lot more sense now that I’m older.

Let’s get into some very powerful quotes, shall we?

AskReddit users let us into their worlds and shared meaningful quotes with us.

1. Don’t dwell on the past.

”Your past doesn’t define you, it just gives you the starting point of who you’re going to be.” – Agent Carolina

2. I care…

“There’s a fine line between not listening, and not caring… I like to think I walk that line every day of my life.”

3. Enjoy it while it lasts.

“Life is just a race against time, so have a good time.”

4. He was an interesting man.

“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care”. Theodore Roosevelt

5. Life isn’t fair.

“It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life.” -Captain Picard

6. It goes by so fast.

“The days are long, but the years are short.”

7. Believe them.

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them”

Maya Angelou

8. Thanks, Mom.

“Don’t fuck up your credit”


9. Beautiful.

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” -Roald Dahl

10. Take care of yourself.

“Don’t set yourself on fire to keep others warm.”

11. A great quote.

“It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.” Eleanor Roosevelt

12. Words to live by.

“Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.” – C.S. Lewis

13. We are complicated.

“No man is ever just one thing”

14. It sure does.

“Success is fulfilling, but failure builds character.”

15. From the master.

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”

Bruce Lee

16. From a good movie.

“It was from the movie “Good Will Hunting” This quote has always stuck with me. “So if I asked you about art, you’d probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life’s work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right?

But I’ll bet you can’t tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You’ve never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that. If I ask you about women, you’d probably give me a syllabus about your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few times. But you can’t tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy.

You’re a tough kid. And I’d ask you about war, you’d probably throw Shakespeare at me, right, “once more unto the breach dear friends.” But you’ve never been near one. You’ve never held your best friend’s head in your lap, watch him gasp his last breath looking to you for help. I’d ask you about love, you’d probably quote me a sonnet. But you’ve never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you.

Who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn’t know what it’s like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything, through cancer. And you wouldn’t know about sleeping sitting up in the hospital room for two months, holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes, that the terms “visiting hours” don’t apply to you. You don’t know about real loss, ’cause it only occurs when you’ve loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you’ve ever dared to love anybody that much.

And look at you… I don’t see an intelligent, confident man… I see a cocky, scared shitless kid. But you’re a genius Will. No one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you. But you presume to know everything about me because you saw a painting of mine, and you ripped my fucking life apart.”

17. Unbelievable.

“I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are still truly good at heart.” – Anne Frank’s final diary entry (3 days before the Gestapo raided the attic)

18. He was a genius.

“Diapers and politicians must both be changed often. And for the same reason.”- Mark Twain

19. Look for the light.

“If you look for the light, you can often find it. But if you look for the dark, it is all you will ever see” – Uncle Iroh

20. Whole ass it!

“Don’t half ass two things. Whole ass one thing.”

21. Bill and Ted forever!

“Be excellent to each other.”

Yeah, it’s a couple of dimwits saying it, but it truly is great advice.

22. Good old Bilbo.

“I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.” ~ Bilbo Baggins

Some of those quotes were so good they made me tear up a little bit…

Now it’s your turn.

In the comments, please share some of the quotes that have stuck with you throughout your lifetime.