When I was a teenager on the verge of starting college full time, my parents did quite a bit to prepare me for adulthood. Most of the lessons had started in childhood, and I learned many more from overheard conversations while they counseled other people or by watching their own lives. But it was during my senior year of high school that they had me read Sean Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens. It reinforced many things that I’d already learned, like prioritizing and the importance of rest and relaxation. But it also came with a challenge: to collect five quotes to live by.
Unfortunately, the day planner (yes, the binder type with refillable pages) that contained these quotes is long gone, but that doesn’t mean that all of them are forgotten or that I haven’t continued to collect quotes. Below are some of my favorites:
“Patience and fortitude conquer all things.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments without being disenchanted.” — C.S. Lewis
“I still think the greater part of the world is mistaken about many things. Surely one may be sane and yet think so, since the greater part of the world has often had to come around from its opinion.” — Dorothea, Middlemarch by George Eliot
“Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.” — C.S. Lewis
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” — Albert Einstein
And, finally, two that were on that original list of five quotes and that still are at the top of my favorites today:
“Always do right; this will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” — Mark Twain
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time given us.” — Gandalf, Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
What are some of your favorite quotes?