18 Quotes to Guide Your Life in 2018

Look to the past to chart your path forward.

As we look forward to all that 2018 has in store, it’s important to look to the past in order to chart our path forward. These ideas are called perennial principles. Here are 18 gems from the past that I’ll be contemplating in the year ahead.

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” 
— Henry David Thoreau

The way to get started is to quit talking and being doing.” 
— Walt Disney

One of the saddest things is that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day, day after day, is work.” 
— William Faulkner

There is more to life than increasing its speed.” 
— Mahatma Gandhi

The struggle ends when gratitude begins.” 
 — Neale Donald Walsch

We need people who are more afraid of missing opportunities than making mistakes… people who are more afraid of lifelong regrets than temporary failure.” 
 — Mark Batterson

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” 
— T. S. Eliot

If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’” 
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is still an overwhelming social compulsion to get rich from life rather than live richly, to “do well” in the world instead of living well.” 
 — Rolf Potts

You can do anything, but not everything.” 
— David Allen

Always remember there are only two kinds of people in this world- the realists and the dreamers. The realists know where they’re going. The dreamers have already been there.” 
 — Robert Orben

A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.” 
— Marilyn Monroe

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” 
 — Henry David Thoreau

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” 
— St. Augustine

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.” 
— Pearl S. Buck

Adventure is worthwhile.” 
— Amelia Earhart

Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.” 
— Baltasar Gracián

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” 
 — Benjamin Franklin


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