Words That Stick With You

I am guilty of loving and saving an inspiring quote, but never living by it – there are so many out there! But what about those lines that find a way to latch on to you the minute you hear it? The ones that stick with you for years and years?

These sort of lines that stick with us always make life just a little bit easier to handle. Here are the words that have stuck with me, that I apply to many aspects of my life, and those things that I absolutely want to pass to my children when the time comes.

“Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”

(Dr. Seuss)

Sure this is a Dr. Seuss quote, but what made it special to me was that a cashier at a store told me this little nugget of truth when I was young. I was with my dad at the register, and I wanted to buy a teddy bear for my boyfriend, but dad was teasing me about it saying it was unnecessary. Then, after checking us out, the cashier said this to me and winked. It really stuck with me ever since.

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“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

(Maya Angelou)

I’m not sure how I came about this quote, but it’s been written in my diary several times. It helped me to realize that, with a simple change of perspective, you can change your mindset. The mind is a powerful thing. We make our own happiness!

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“Reject common sense to make the impossible possible!”

(Gurren Lagann)

Gurren Lagann is an animated show filled with virility. Although it’s centered around battling and mechas, the characters live to “shoot for the stars”. It’s an idealistic and aggressive show filled with daring chutzpah to be the absolute best you can be.

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“It goes on.”

(Robert Frost)

Robert Frost says, “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life…” I found this in my book of Robert Frost’s poetry and I have it highlighted, circled and bookmarked. And it’s true, out of all that I’ve been through, one thing has stayed true: my life has gone on.

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“This too shall pass.”

(Old proverb)

I first heard this line in a beautiful Regina Spektor song called “I Want to Sing”. Regina’s gotten me through a fairly large hurdle in my life, and I recommend her bubbly, jazzy music to anyone who wants a pick-me-up.

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“Indulge your imagination in every possible flight.”

(Jane Austen)

While browsing for literary jewelry (yes, I’m a huge nerd), I found a necklace charm with this Jane Austen quote. I love the image of “indulging your imagination” as if it has a body and soul of its own, which sometimes I believe it does! Creativity, adventurousness, and so much more seep from imagination. It is the faculty through which we encounter everything, and what a wonderful thing it is.

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“Fake it ’til you make it.”

(Tyra Banks and many others)

Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model is a huge guilty pleasure of mine. It’s laced with tiny delicacies of confidence, beauty, and living your dream. In one episode, Tyra was speaking to a broken-hearted girl, on the edge of giving up her dreams because her lack of confidence. Exhausting all other options of motivating this girl, Tyra tells her to buck up and says, “Oh yeah? Well if you don’t have confidence, just pretend you do. You can fake it ’til you make it!”

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“Gain momentum in constant self-improvement.”

This was said by yours truly! It’s my own motto, and I live it day to day. We were all given the ability to improve ourselves, and there are limitless small and large ways to do so. So why not do it constantly? I understand the idea of simply being satisfied with who you are, but self-improvement doesn’t always have to mean changing yourself. There is always more for you to learn, more for you to experience and see, and all of this improves who you are. And once you start improving yourself, keep doing it until you gain momentum like a huge, growing, self-improving snowball!

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More personal ones…

  1. “Making something of yourself like I know you do?” – said to me by an old close friend
  2. “Always be an independent woman, and put your school first. No boys, no marriage, until school.” – my mom’s advice
  3. “Trust me – you don’t need rest to be beautiful.” – from my boyfriend
  4. “I like your goals. They seem reasonable and I think you can do them all.” – another from the boyfriend
  5. “You walk like a model!” – one of my favorite compliments from a stranger

All of these lines are very special to me, and I hope that sharing them would stick to some of you as well. I tried not to flood it with too many quotes… just the ones that mean the most to me!

Side note…

Many of my readers have been asking for more content, so I’m going to post smaller, easier ones like today’s while I plan out my more meatier, heavier posts. I hope these can keep you occupied and make you think while I draft up the big ones I have planned.

I’ve got an opinionated post on compassion coming up tomorrow, another “Different Perspective” post, and one later that will look into the psychology of imagination.

So keep in touch, readers! And be sure to let me know what lines and meaningful words have stuck with you throughout your life!

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17 responses to “Words That Stick With You

  1. Brittany – Your blog is so full of wonderful, inspiring stuff, it’s ridiculous! I love it here :)

  2. To Brittany

    Lol Brittany, Robert Frost does do great poetry, and that picture has an excellent view, and keep up the great work and updated, and thanks adding a comment, in my blog. I will reply it right now and talk to you soon Brittany!!!

  3. All of these sentiments are absolutely wonderful.

  4. I love this post, I’m a complete quote-collector too. The Dr Seuss one you mentioned is one that I try to live by, it makes a lot of sense!

    • It’s fantastic! I didn’t understand what he meant at first when it was said to me, but as I grew older and I came across more and more people, it became clear!

  5. More to add to my collection! I love “Fake it ’til you make it.” I need to be reminded of this often.

    I put together a collection of my favorites here if you want to see them!

    http://angiegoboom.com/2010/04/25-empowering-quotes/

  6. I always liked “It’s not about who you love, but about who loves you” and also – “I don’t love you because I need you – I need you because I love you”. Thanks for sharing all this! Great read!

    Have a lovely day!!
    T.

    • These are really nice, Serenity. (The first one especially) The people who love you are the most important reminder of all that’s great in this life.

      Take care and thanks for stopping by again. :) I’ve subscribed to your blog as well!

      • Yeah, that first one I read years ago… and loved it. :)

        You’re welcome, it’s my pleasure dropping in here!! And thanks for the sub! :)

        Have a marvelous day, please! :)

  7. What a great collection of quotes – I must say that I LOVE the Dr Seues quote!!

  8. Hey there, Frock and Roll?
    Is your first name Corrine? Just wondering, because that’s my real first name…. that I don’t use. lol People in Toronto cannot pronounce it and I got tired of resaying it! lol My mother spelt it wrong really – it’s pronounced Corrin…. but she added an e. Heh. :) Too confusing by far!

    Have a great day!

  9. brian belgarde

    I dont know how I stumbled across this but im glad I did.

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