101 Badass Quotes About Life

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If you’d like to add any of your favorite quotes about life, please share ‘em in the comment section down below

From Dr. Seuss to Metallica. Enjoy…

1. “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” ~Frank Zappa

2. “Don’t be careful. You could hurt yourself.” ~Byron Katie

Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 7.27.41 PM3. “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” ~James Dean

4. “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” ~Wayne Dyer

5. “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

6. “You’ll never get a Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!” ~Capt. Henry P. Crowe

7. “Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” ~James Joyce

8. “I’m looking California and feeling Minnesota.” ~Chris Cornell

9. “Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying, That’s Goddamn right.” ~Stephen King – The Shawshank Redemption

10. “THE EDGE, there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.” ~Hunter S. Thompson

11. “No One Here Gets Out Alive.” ~Jim Morrison

12. “The best things in life make you sweaty.” ~Edgar Allan Poe

13. “Forever trusting who we are, and nothing else matters.” ~Metallica

14. “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” ~Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 8.16.22 PM15. “Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.” ~John Lennon

16. “The status quo sucks.” ~George Carlin

17. “I don’t want to die without any scars.” ~Chuck Palahniuk

18. “I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.” ~Jimi Hendrix

19. “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” ~Lance Armstrong

20. “Play from your fucking heart!” ~Bill Hicks

21. “Sometimes you’re the windshield; sometimes you’re the bug.” ~Mark Knopfler

22. “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” ~Bruce Lee

23. “Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves and the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.” ~Howard Zinn.

Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 10.26.30 PM24. “”The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” ~Verbal Kint (Keyser Soze) – The Usual Suspects

25. “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” ~Bruce Lee

26. “A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” ~Muhammad Ali

27. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”  ~George Bernard Shaw

28. “Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.” ~Henry Rollins

29 ““The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” ~Mark Twain

30,. “A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

31. “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”  ~Mark Twain

Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 10.30.29 PM32. “One man with courage makes a majority.” ~Andrew Jackson

33. “You are not your job, you’re not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You are not your fucking khakis.” ~Chuck Palahniuk / Fight Club

34. “The best revenge is to live on and prove yourself.” ~Eddie Vedder

35. “If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.” ~Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

36. “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.” ~Rocky Balboa

37. “I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible; to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance, to live so that which came to me as seed goes to the next as blossom, and that which came to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.” ~Dawna Markova

38. “Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.” ~Osho

39. “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 10.56.21 PM40. “I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.” ~David Bowie

41. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~Steve Jobs

42. “Just keep moving forward and don’t give a shit about what anybody thinks. Do what you have to do, for you.” ~Johnny Depp

43. “Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?” ~Bob Marley

44. “I do not care what car you drive. Where you live. If you know someone who knows someone who knows someone. If your clothes are this year’s cutting edge. If you are A list or B list or never heard of you list. If your trust fund is unlimited. I only care about the words that flutter from your mind. They are the only thing you own. The only thing I will remember you by. I will not fall in love with your bones or skin. I will not fall in love with the places you have been. I will not fall in love with anything but the words that flutter from your extraordinary mind.” ~Andre Jordan

45. “Don’t hate the media, become the media.” ~Jello Biafra

46. “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~Lao Tzu

47. “Only the shallow know themselves.” ~Oscar Wilde

Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 10.18.40 PM48. “Fall seven times, Stand up eight.” ~Japanese Proverb

49. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” ~Walt Disney

50. “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” ~Mark Twain

51. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”~Oscar Wilde

52. “The future belongs to the few of us still willing to get our hands dirty.” ~Roland Tiangco

53. “Conflict cannot survive without your participation.” ~Wayne Dyer

54. “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” ~Winston S. Churchill

55. “Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.” ~Eckhart Tolle

56. “It’s better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.” ~Emiliano Zapata

57 “There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say.” ~Cyril Connolly

58. Our DNA is 96% chimpanzee. Is that even worth arguing?! If I gave you a sandwich that was filled with 96% shit and 4% ham, would you be willing to consider that a ham sandwich?” ~Joe Rogan

59. “If you ever start taking things too seriously, just remember that we are talking monkeys on an organic spaceship flying through the universe.” ~Joe RoganScreen Shot 2013-06-17 at 10.22.25 PM

60. “Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” ~James Conant

61. “All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.” ~H. L. Mencken

62. “Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.” ~Erica Mann Jong

63. “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” ~Lao-Tzu

64. “Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else’s can shorten it.” ~Cullen Hightower

65. “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” ~Ellen Parr

66. “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” ~Epictetus

67. “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” ~Albert Einstein

68. “Sometimes we strive so hard for perfection that we forget that imperfection is happiness.” ~Karen Nave

69. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”  ~Albert Einstein

Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 10.25.38 PM70. “If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it’s OK. But you’ve got to shoot for something. A lot of people don’t even shoot.” ~Confucius

71. “I don’t Do Drugs. I Am Drugs!” ~Salvador Dali

72. “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening. And live like it’s heaven on earth.” ~William W. Purkey

73. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” ~Dr. Seuss

74. “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” ~Jimi Hendrix

75. “What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be.” ~Unknown

76. “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

78. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” ~Wayne Gretzky

79. “We’ve heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true.” ~Robert Wilensky

Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 10.48.38 PM80. “Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying.” ~Aldous Huxley

81. “I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.” ~Henry Rollins

82. “Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.” ~Benjamin Franklin.

83. “Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can’t get any better, it can.” ~Nicholas Sparks

84. “Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.” ~André Gide

85. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

86. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Gandhi

87. “To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.” ~Abraham Maslow

88. “As soon are you’re born, you start dying, so you might as well have a good time.” ~Cake – Sheep Go To Heaven

89. “You were born an original, don’t die a copy.” ~Anonymous

Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 10.27.37 PM90. “I don’t know the question, but sex is definitely the answer.” ~Woody Allen

91. “The richest man is not he who has the most, but he who needs the least.” ~Unknown

92. “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” ~Henry David Thoreau

93. “I believe that no matter how random things may appear, there’s still a plan.” ~Col. John ‘Hannibal’ Smith – The A-Team

94. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.” ~Marcel Proust

95. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

96. “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” ~Oscar Wilde

97. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” ~Aristotle

Screen Shot 2013-06-17 at 10.56.00 PM 98. “Never, never, never, never give up.” ~Winston Churchill

99. “What we do now echoes in eternity.” ~Marcus Aurelius

100. “I’ll ride the wave, where it takes me!” ~Eddie Vedder

101. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”  ~Dr. Seuss

And here’s a few more I decided to add after finishing the original 101…

102. “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

103. “We’re in hell right now gentlemen. Believe me. And we can stay here, get the shit kicked out of us, or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb outta hell…one inch at a time.” ~Tony D’Amato – Any Given Sunday

104. “Comfort murders the passion of the soul, then walks grinning at the funeral.” ~Kahil Gilbran

105. “God’s original plan for us was to hang out in a garden with some naked vegetarians.” ~Unknown

106. “I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark would burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” ~Jack London

107. “I wish to have no connection to a ship which does not sail fast; for I intend to go into harm’s way.” ~John Paul Jones

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Comments

  1. Isabella J. says:

    Perfect, just perfect!

  2. “Son, remember when you fight to be free
    To see things how they are and not how you like em to be
    Cause even when the world is falling on top of me
    Pessimism is an emotion, not a philosophy” – Immortal Technique

  3. Nice Chris! A great list to return to again and again…

  4. “The tragedy of life is not death itself but what dies inside of you while you live.”

  5. Alex Neal says:

    “I fear not the man that has thrown 1,000 kicks one time, but the man that has thrown 1 kick 1,000 times.” –Bruce Lee

    Thank you for this awesome post Chris!

    Another quote from my dad, “Don’t walk in fear, but AS fear.”

  6. alessandro grasso says:

    you don’t know a champ when he is winning,
    he shows to be a champ by the way he stands up after falling…

  7. Bravo! Some quotes made me pause a little and reflect for a moment and then I wrote not to forget.

    kindness generates kindness. (Profeta Gentileza)

    Miracles happen when we go to the fight! (Sérgio Vaz)

    The best way to help others is to tell them that they can think. (Dom Élder Câmara)

    I mean now the opposite of what I said before. I’d rather be a metamorphosis to have that old idea unchanging about everything. (Raul Seixas)

    Voiceless peace is not peace, it’s fear. Sometimes I talk about life, sometimes she
    asks me: what kind of peace do I need to be happy?(O Rappa)

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Great quotes Tiago, I especially love “I mean now the opposite of what I said before. I’d rather be a metamorphosis to have that old idea unchanging about everything.” (Raul Seixas)

  8. Karlyn Isaac Lotney says:

    Dude, I like the quotes, but only 6 (!) out of 100 are by women! That has to be rectified. Here’s one to start with:

    “I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”
    – Virginia Woolf

    • Angelena says:

      Two more of my favorites:

      “The opposite of war isn’t peace, it’s creation” – Jonathan Larson, RENT
      “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller

      Also, regarding the Karen Nave quote “…imperfection is happiness” -have you ever read The Spirituality of Imperfection? At first I thought it was way too “woo-woo” if you know what I mean, but someone who is very level-headed and practical was the one to recommend it to me, so I kept reading. It has a lot of beauty.

    • Angelena says:

      Oh – I meant to say thanks to Karlyn for commenting on the disparity. Not surprising, but it’s worth paying attention to, you know?

      and yes, I find irony in the fact that the two quotes I added were both by male authors….

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      ha ha… right on Karlyn

  9. Be strong when you are weak. Be brave when you are scared. .Be humble when you are victorious. Be badass every day.

  10. Tanja Elliott says:

    I haven’t read this one yet, but just wanted to say that I am so glad you stay up in the middle of the night to write this stuff, because reading your blog in the morning is the perfect way to start my day. Can’t wait to read it!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey thanks Tanja, yep, I love writing between 11am and 1am… it’s when i do my best work

      glad you’re enjoying it (=

  11. Nick Diakantonis says:

    First they ignore you.. then they make fun of you.. then they fight you.. then you WIN. – Ghandi

  12. Martin Putniorz says:

    “We’re in hell right now gentlemen. Believe me. And we can stay here, get the shit kicked out of us, or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb outta hell… one inch at a time.”
    – Tony D’Amato – Any Given Sunday

  13. A kind of second childhood falls on so many men. They trade their violence for the promise of a small increase of lifespan, in effect, the head of the house becomes the youngest child. And I have searched myself for this possibility with a kind of horror. For I have always lived violently, drunk hugely, eaten too much or not at all, slept around the clock or missed two nights of sleeping, worked too hard and too long in glory, or slobbed for a time in utter laziness. I’ve lifted, pulled, chopped, climbed, made love with joy and taken my hangovers as a consequence, not as a punishment. I did not want to surrender fierceness for a small gain in yardage. ~John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

  14. Kristi Chapman says:

    Wonderful list, and unlike the other comments I have no need to add any… Thank you!

  15. Tom Elder says:

    “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
    – Theodore Roosevelt

  16. comfort murders the passion of the soul, then walks grinning at the funeral “Kahil Gilbran”

    Always been my favourite quote to try to live by… Great job Chris…love your blog

  17. Awesome thing to read in the morning! Thanks for the post! Really puts your mind back on track

  18. Chris, this is a great list of quotes. I think of great quotes supplements for the mind.

    I love quote 99. and in context from the Journal of Marcus Aurelius ” He (God) remembers that we are but shadows and dust, therefore what we do in this life echoes in eternity.”

  19. Kirsten says:

    I love the quotes, but you have room for one more! (you skipped #77) One of my personal favorites is “Having a positive attitude won’t solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people along the way to be worth the effort” :)

  20. “Sooner or later your life is going to flash before your eyes – make sure it’s worth watching!” – Gerard Way

  21. “Worry is NOT preparation.”

    “Never underestimate the power of simply doing the right thing.”

    – Grandpa Edwards :)

  22. Larry Cole says:

    “If you put your effort and concentration into playing to your potential, to be the best that you can be, I don’t care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game, in my book we’re gonna be winners.” – Coach Norman Dale (Gene Hackman), Hoosiers 1986

    Great Blog!

  23. Love the Churchill quote!

    “Never, never, never, never give up.”

    Giving up is always the easiest option, but, it’s also the least rewarding.

    Nice quote collection, Chris. Keep putting out the goods.

  24. Michael Gallaher says:

    Hey Chris!
    Great, simply Great!
    For your consideration-

    100% of all putts short don’t go in! – Dave Marr I think but not certain.

    Most things in life fall under the heading of ‘You don’t know, what you don’t know’ – unknown

    If you don’t know where you’re going! Any road will take you there! – unknown

    Just some I can think of at the moment.

  25. “I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark would burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” -Jack London

  26. …and #80 sure does give one pause…”“Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying.” – Aldous Huxley

  27. “God’s original plan for us was to hang out in a garden with some naked vegetarians.” Keep up the good work, Chris.

  28. “You are your own g#d@*n inventory. There’s nothing you have to do,
    and nothing you can’t do. Use your inventory and work like hell!” ― General MacKenzie Hawkins,
    The Road to Gandolfo

  29. “I wish to have no connection to a ship which does not sail fast; for I intend to go into harm’s way.” – John Paul Jones

  30. “Nothing without having comes without some kind of fight
    You’ve got to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight.”
    – Lovers in a Dangerous Time, by Barenaked Ladies

    “He falls not badly who rises stronger from the fall.”
    -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

    “I’d rather be nine people’s favorite thing than a hundred people’s ninth-favorite thing.”
    – [title of show]

    “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” – Tyrion Lannister, A Game of Thrones

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      those are AWESOME James

      Love these man, thanks for sharing

      that barenaked ladies one is insane btw

      GAME OF THRONES!

  31. “Never put a question mark where God puts a Period” – Richard Petty

  32. D. Hide says:

    Love ‘em! Bookmarked for future reference :)

    I cheated a little bit, but this is something I truly strive to live by. Here’s a quote I first saw on Art of Manliness, run by Brett and Kate McKay:

    “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” – Robert Heinlein

  33. Tanja Elliott says:

    “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
    ― Eleanor Roosevelt

  34. I also love this quote from the Emerald Tablet. “As within, so without. As above, so below.”

  35. “Breathe, Believe, Battle.”

  36. Better than yesterday

  37. Alfredo says:

    Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

    Oscar Wilde

  38. Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.

    ~Rabindranath Tagore

  39. If you search Pinterest for “old Cherokee saying” there is one about a grandson and grandfather. That. Is life changing.

  40. What do I fear?
    I fear stagnation and lack of progress
    I fear never reaching my potential and being average
    I fear being forgotten…the past… Yesterday’s news
    I fear giving up and being passed by
    I fear letting those I love down and my self down
    I fear settling giving in to the “that’s just the way it is” mindset
    I fear dying without leaving my mark
    I fear not feeling these fears anymore and just floating along
    These fears feed me. They nourish my drive.
    I love my fear ..

  41. François says:

    “It is no measure of mental health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
    J.Krishnamurti

  42. Live now, we are all on borrowed time. We just don’t know how long the loan is!

  43. “ah, fuck it” The Dude

  44. “Every child has inside him an aching void for excitement and if we don’t fill it with something which is exciting and interesting and good for him, he will fill it with something which is exciting and interesting and which isn’t good for him.”
    – Theodore Roosevelt

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Man, that dude has so many great quotes, I was just wondering the other day how he came up with so many great words, incredible

  45. “No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training… what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

    -Socrates

  46. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

    Will: He used to just put a belt, a stick, and a wrench on the kitchen table and say, “Choose.”
    Sean: Well, I gotta go with the belt there.
    Will: I used to go with the wrench.
    Sean: Why?
    Will: Cause fuck him, that’ why.
    Good Will Hunting

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey Greg

      both those are bad ass quotes

      That Good Will Hunting one is one of my favorite parts of the movie, I actually quote that part quite often in regards to my own journey

      well done man

  47. “To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”
    -Winston Churchill

  48. “Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll,
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.”
    ― William Ernest Henley, Invictus

  49. mark wiener says:

    You can’t swim to shore with ankers tied to your ass

    The past doesnt equal the future

    A man is rich who has friends

    People look at things that are and say why.. i see things that are not and say why not.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      love em

      especially

      “You can’t swim to shore with ankers tied to your ass”

      classic, thanks Mark

  50. Love lists like this. And I particularly love the Rocky Balboa quote. I remember the first time I watched him give that speech to his son how it hit me.

    In the wake of losing the great actor, James Gandolfini, I’ll leave my comment with a couple of my favorite Tony Soprano quotes:

    “There’s an old Italian saying: you f*ck up once, you lose two teeth.”

    “Those who want respect, give respect.”

    “A wrong decision is better than indecision.”

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Yeah man, dig the sopranos quotes James

      thanks for sharing James

      ( Loved James Gandolfini BTW, he will be so missed )

  51. This is an awesome list. I found a lot of inspiration. Some time back I found an anonymous quote and I thought you might like it. “Fighting with your fist you’re strong, Fighting with your mind you’re smart, Fighting with your heart you’re invincible.

  52. Brilliant list. Thanks for sharing x
    23. Was my fav!
    “Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves and the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.” — Howard Zinn.

  53. Christopher Carmichael says:

    I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan

  54. “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
    –Helen Keller

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      damn Lars, that’s a great one

      never heard it before… love the living shit out of it though

  55. Marcus Shoup says:

    Albert Einstein – “I have not failed, I have just found 10000 ways that don’t work.”
    Albert Einstein – “You never fail until you stop trying.”
    Albert Einstein – “Failing isn’t bad when you learn what not to do.”
    Common theme because I feel like I have dealt with it a lot
    I don’t get to your blog enough but thank you for what you post…it helps sometimes way more than u know!!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      right on Marcus

      GREAT quotes

      Einstein was a true bad ass, baddest of the bad, what an inspiration he was

      be yourself no matter what the world says

      keep moving forward

  56. “You were given a body that can stand most anything, it’s your mind you have to convince.”

    “what you want to do with ease you must first do with diligence.”

    “A wise man does as once what a fool does at last. Both do that same things, only at different times.”

  57. Some awesome quotes thanks for sharing some inspirational stuff, always appreciated.

  58. Adam Foley says:

    “Who are you, who do not know your history?”

  59. Amir Asyraf says:

    “May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t”
    – General George S. Patton

    Now that’s what I call badass.

  60. Phil Clark says:

    Very nice list, Chris! Thanks for making and posting it for others to benefit from. It includes a lot of my favorite quotes.

    I’ve used a few specific quotes quite extensively in my life, especially for a quick reminder to maintain course and to make the right decisions when my mind is screaming poor choices and excuses at me. I’ve come up with a few of my own as well. Here are three of my favorites:

    “Don’t accept average habits. Strive for excellence and push the limits.”
    “Humble yourself before the sight of GOD, lest GOD humble you before the sight of man.”
    “Face the fear you fear to death and the death of fear is sure to come.”

    And here are three more of my favorites, all of which I found while reading:

    “Hope is the denial of reality. It is the carrot dangled before the draft horse to keep him plodding along in a vain attempt to reach it.” … “What I’m saying is that we should remove the carrot and walk forward with our eyes open!”
    – Raistlin Majere (a fictional character created by Margaret Weis)

    “All warfare is based on deception. Therefore, when capable, feign incapacity; when active, inactivity. When near, make it appear that you are far away; when far away, that you are to lure him; feign disorder and strike him. When he concentrates, prepare against him; where he is strong, avoid him. Anger his general and confuse him. Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.”
    – Sun Tzu (The Art of War)

    “People are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want it to be true; or they’re afraid it’s true. Given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe its true, or because they’re afraid it might be true. Peoples’ heads are full of knowledge, facts and beliefs, and most of it is false, yet they think it all true. People are stupid; they can only rarely tell the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and so are all the easier to fool.”
    – Zeddicus Zorander (fictional character created by Terry Goodkind)

  61. “A man with no enemies is a man with no character.” – Paul Newman

  62. Chris Savinci says:

    Personal favourite
    “We are the kids our parents warned us about”

  63. A few more:
    “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. The most massive characters are seared with scars.”
    – Khalil Gibran

    “Do not pray for easy lives, pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers, pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle.”
    – Phillips Brooks

    “A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.”
    – Vernon Howard

    And my personal favorite:
    “I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

  64. jan lucero says:

    ” its hard to face a problem, if the problem is your face” -jan lucero

  65. ” Let war be waged in the house of who wants it”- Serbian proverb
    “Brother against brother, brothers against the world”-unknown
    Great list. Thanks!

  66. Whether you think you can or think you cannot… you`re right -Henry Ford

  67. Mattew Fredrick says:

    While reading all these i thought of something it might not really be much of a quote but….”dont fear anybody becoz from their name anybody , you would know they are not somebody only mediocres trying to be a somebody lyk you”

  68. Great list.

    “Live like you mean, love ’til you feel it, its all that we need in our lives”

  69. “once friend told me, instead of asking god all sorts of things just move ya ass and do them yourself” ^^

  70. I aspire to be the kind of person,
    that when my feet hit the ground in the morning,
    the Devil say’, awe shit, he’s up!!!z

  71. Excellent quotes, I love them & there are many I neaver heard about. For inspirational quotes I also recommend The Reader Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/The.Reader.Page.

  72. Derrick Gerstmann says:

    Quote:: “Some people hate me for I am, others for who I am not. Then there are those who hate me for who I can become.”
    -Derrick Ryan Alvarez Gerstmann (me)

  73. People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan. – Winston Churchill

  74. Only when you stare from the shadows of the abyss will you find your inner beast; that’s where I found mine. – Jeff Boehler

  75. “I think, therefore I am dangerous.” – V For Vendetta.
    Great quotes, man. Love it!!

  76. Trey Eastwood says:

    Thanks for sharing! Have an amazing day.

    “It’s by one’s own actions that we clearly define our existence, our reality and ultimately the outcome. Seek truth, build character, find happiness and most of all share and be grateful to those that encouraged you to never give up!”
    T. Eastwood

  77. Awesome Collection!!
    This is something badass:

    “Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn”
    – Arnold Schwarzenegger

  78. “Keep knocking me down, I’ll keep getting back up. I guarantee you’ll get tired before I do.”
    Shawn Vadis

    “There’s no question that the worst enemies are in your head. The only question is whether you’ll put them in their place or they’ll put you in yours.”
    -Shawn Vadis

  79. Aiden Blankenship (14) says:

    Its not until we lose everything, that we are free to do anything-fight club

  80. Nichlas Nielsen says:

    I am me, i can be no one else but me
    so if i am not proud of who i am
    i will change into a me who i am proud off

  81. “Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying” Probably the best quote that has an impact on my life alongside:
    “Take risks. If you win, you will be happy; if you lose you will be wise.”

  82. “It doesn’t matter how much you owe, if you are smart enough, the bank of America will pay it.”― Nena Gonzales

  83. For by grace are ye save through faith and that not of yourselves. It is a gift of God. Not of works, least any man can boast.
    Ephesians 2:8,9

  84. In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless and those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours. ~ Ayn Rand

  85. Why not go out on a limb, isn’t that where the fruit is ?

    Don’t find someone you can live with, find someone you can’t live without .

  86. ■Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. – Marrianne Williamson

  87. WilsonFitnessCoach says:

    Civilize the mind. But keep the body savage

  88. These quotes have literally saved my life. A lot of med problems and its a fight to wake up. I won’t quit. Fuck it.

  89. From Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here:

    Did they get you to trade
    Your heroes for ghosts?
    Hot ashes for trees?
    Hot air for a cool breeze?
    Cold comfort for change?
    And did you exchange
    A walk on part in the war
    For a lead role in a cage?

    It’s never to late to get off the sidelines and back in ‘the fight’. Whatever your fight happens to be.

  90. Patrick Murphy says:

    One of my favorite quotes,

    The greatest revenge in life is to live well.
    Blackie Lawless

  91. “If experience was so important, we’d never have had anyone walk on the moon.”
    -Doug Rader

  92. Chris, it’s people like you who silently inspire so many millions that you may never know, and me being one of them, I can only thank you for the blog. If we had just another couple of you in the world, it would be so much of a better place :’)

  93. “Physical death i do not fear, death of conscience is a sure death” – S. Jarnail Singh

  94. Love every quote and everyones participation!!

    Here’s one of my favorites I didnt see:

    “Every man dies,
    not every man truely lives!”
    – William Wallace
    (The real braveheart)

  95. Chris Life says:

    The quotes are really splendid……I enjoyed reading them. That’s what we call life in written.

  96. “There’s nothing as badass as being yourself.”

    “Don’t feel sorry for yourself.Only assholes do that.”

  97. “The only thing we have to fear is, fear itself.” – F.D.R.

    “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” – J.F.K.

    “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up. ” – Jim Valvano

    “Failure breeds success.”

  98. Zanderman says:

    “Fairy Tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.” -GK Chesterton

  99. “The trick to humor is not joy but sorrow, there is no humor in heaven” – Mark Twain

  100. Shannon Hanson says:

    If your brain was in a knat’s ass it would rattle around like a BB in a box car.
    -Bill Flynn

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