2016.05.05 - El Teide - Las Canadas - Tajinaste

Great & Truly Meaningful Quotes for Philosophical Thinking

It was more than 50 years ago that Paul Oscar Johnson, a Major League Baseball outfielder said: “The word ‘meaningful’ when used today is nearly always meaningless.”

We’ll try to prove him wrong… There are many great meaningful words, from the past as well as from the present.

Our hand-picked selection of quotes explores the philosophical concept according to which we create meaning and knowledge for ourselves. Each quote is a true affirmation of positive thinking.

The quotes are sorted chronologically by birth date of the originator. Enjoy, feel inspired and share with your friends!

Your work is
to discover your work,
and then with all your heart,
to give yourself to it.

Gautama Buddha

(ca. 6/4 century BC, on his teachings Buddhism was founded)

There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self - Aldous Huxley

There are two mistakes
one can make
along the road to truth…
not going all the way,
and not starting.

Gautama Buddha

(ca. 6/4 century BC, on his teachings Buddhism was founded)

Tell me
and I will forget.
Show me
and I will remember.
Involve me
and I will understand.


(551 – 479 BC, Chinese teacher and philosopher)

Choose a job you love,
and you will never
have to work a day
in your life.


(551 – 479 BC, Chinese teacher and philosopher)

There is nothing permanent
except change.

Heraclitus of Ephesus

(535 – 475 BC, pre-Socratic Greek philosopher)

We are
what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then,
is not an act,
but a habit.


(384 – 322 BC, Greek philosopher and scientist)

Happiness is not
something ready-made.
It comes
from your own actions.

Dalai Lama

(Lama of the Gelug or “Yellow Hat” school of Tibetan Buddhism,
founded by Tsongkhapa, 1357 – 1419)

Many people die at twenty five
and aren’t buried
until they are seventy five.

Benjamin Franklin

(1705 – 1790, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States)

And in the end,
it’s not the years in your life
that count.
It’s the life
in your years.

Abraham Lincoln

(1809 – 1865, 16th President of the United States)

The first condition of education is
being able
to put someone to
wholesome and meaningful work.

John Ruskin

(1819 – 1900, English art critic of the Victorian era,
art patron, social thinker and philanthropist)

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