Greatness is not a final destination, but a series of small acts done daily in order to constantly rejuvenate and refresh our skills in a daily effort to become a better version of ourselves.
Maurice Ashley (the first African American International Grandmaster in Chess)
The key to a great life is simply having a bunch of great days. So you can think about it one day at a time.
Pete Adeney (also known as Mr. Money Mustache, a really fascinating individual)
I put these two together because they are getting at something really significant. All good things, really good things, and truly great things, are the result of the slow, steady accumulation of daily, sustained, little good things. Never underestimate the power of steady process. It is the accumulation that aggregates (not aggravates) to a truly worthwhile life.
No society in human history ever suffered because its people became too reasonable.
Sam Harris (author of best-selling books like Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Waking Up, and more)
Maybe this is why we suffer as a nation and why we suffer as a people. We are not pursuing reasonableness, otherwise known as wisdom. And for a closely related quote, see the next one by one of my favorite women leaders EVER.
She is talking about being smart and not clueless when you think about yourself, and about empathy and kindness when interacting with others. If you want to read a good book on a great leader, check this one out.
You have a lot less time than you think, and you’re not spending your time the way you think you are.
Drew Houston (founder of Dropbox, which I use all the time)
The Bible tells us human life is frail, fragile, and finite. So make the most of it. Every day. And finally, here is one that resonates quite a bit for me, even though I reframe it and “baptize it.”
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children . . . to leave the world a bit better . . . to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; this is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (author, naturalist, transcendentalist, and really often quoted person)
Not quite Christian, but pretty near in most of its sentiments. And I love mining the wisdom of the world, for all truth is God’s truth. If it is true, it is true because God made it true. And the non-Christian world so often has delightful words of wit and wisdom, that even if it is not as true as it could be it is near enough for enjoyment and edification. This is how I value Emerson’s quote. I hope you do, too.
Well, that’s another round of Quotes for This Week.
What are you pondering these days?
Whose words are you mulling over?
P.S. And here is one more from Eleanor Roosevelt. I put it on a nature scene I really like. You can download as wallpaper for your computer or phone.