Meaningful quotes

  • Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.
    -- A. A. Milne

    #Life #Meaningful #Native American

  • And I say, the meaning of life is what you make it. There will be as many different meaningful lives as there are people to live them.
    -- A.C. Grayling

    #Meaningful #People #Meaning Of Life

  • We are coming to understand health not as the absence of disease, but rather as the process by which individuals maintain their sense of coherence (i.e. sense that life is comprehensible, manageable, and meaningful) and ability to function in the face of changes in themselves and their relationships with their environment.
    -- Aaron Antonovsky

    #Meaningful #Healthy #Disease

  • I tend to not discriminate when it comes to people I can learn from. Basically, if someone has built a meaningful business in software, technology or media, faced disruption and adversity, and overcame underdog status, I want to know how they did it.
    -- Aaron Levie

    #Meaningful #Adversity #Technology

  • The traditional difficulty of balancing the mechanical with the imaginative schools of photography still operates. In schools of photography meaningful art education is often lacking and on the strength of their technical ability alone students, deprived of a richer artistic training, are sent forth inculcated with the belief that they are creative photographers and artists. It is yet a fact that today, as in the past, the most inspiring and provocative works in photography come as much (and probably more) from those who are in the first place artists.
    -- Aaron Scharf

    #Meaningful #Photography #Art

  • Life is not meaningful...unle ss it is serving an end beyond itself; unless it is of value to someone else.
    -- Abraham Joshua Heschel

    #Meaningful #Life Is #Ends

  • I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Meaningful #Nature #Compassion

  • Human nature has been sold short...[humans have] a higher nature which...includes the need for meaningful work, for responsibility, for creativeness, for being fair and just, for doing what is worthwhile and for preferring to do it well.
    -- Abraham Maslow

    #Meaningful #Responsibility #Needs

  • There is that lovely feeling of one reader telling another, 'You must read this.' I've always wanted to write a book like that, with the sense that you are contributing to the discourse in middle America, a discourse that begins at a book club in a living room, but then spreads. That is meaningful to me.
    -- Abraham Verghese

    #Meaningful #Book #Writing

  • As our values are the core to who we are as human beings, they are also the easiest way to identify and connect with others in meaningful ways. Think about it - most political campaigns are based around values. Barack Obama's 2008 election campaign galvanized millions of youth behind two very clear values - hope and change.
    -- Adam Braun

    #Meaningful #Thinking #Two

  • Meaningful student involvement is the process of engaging students as partners in every facet of school change for the purpose strengthening their commitment to education, community & democracy.
    -- Adam Fletcher

    #Meaningful #Commitment #School

  • It is not enough to simply listen to student voice. Educators have an ethical imperative to do something with students, and that is why meaningful student involvement is vital to school improvement.
    -- Adam Fletcher

    #Meaningful #School #Voice

  • The most meaningful way to succeed is to help others succeed.
    -- Adam Grant

    #Meaningful #Helping Others #Way

  • If we create networks with the sole intention of getting something, we won’t succeed. We can’t pursue the benefits of networks; the benefits ensue from investments in meaningful activities and relationships.
    -- Adam Grant

    #Meaningful #Benefits #Succeed

  • Hopefully people can look at our band and see that we're a heavy rock band. We're definitely not a metal band, but we're a band that focuses on meaningful lyrics and melody.
    -- Adam Rich

    #Meaningful #Rocks #People

  • I wanted to write some lyrics that had some meaning to them, lyrics that were meaningful to me and hopefully people can take something from that.
    -- Adam Rich

    #Meaningful #Writing #People

  • Young people are often asked, 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' and given advice about how to lead meaningful adult lives, but where's the encouragement to lead meaningful lives right now?
    -- Adora Svitak

    #Meaningful #Encouragement #Growing Up

  • Freedom of speech implies the world isn’t defined. It is meaningful when people are allowed to see the world their way.
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Meaningful #People #Freedom Of Speech

  • The key.. will be a new public awareness of how serious is the threat to the global environment. Those who have a vested interest in the status quo will probably continue to be able to stifle any meaningful change until enough citizens.. are willing to speak out.
    -- Al Gore

    #Meaningful #Keys #Able

  • Competition in its best form is a test of self. It has nothing to do with medals. The winner is the person who gets the most out of themselves.
    -- Al Oerter

    #Meaningful #Self #Competition

  • I have not been part of an active counterculture movement, as it is not the approach that I have personally pursued to create a qualitatively beneficial and meaningful impact on society.
    -- Al Seckel

    #Meaningful #Impact #Movement

  • the world is neither meaningful, nor absurd. it quite simply is, and that, in any case, is what is so remarkable about it.
    -- Alain Robbe-Grillet

    #Meaningful #World #Absurd

  • Life has meaning only if you do what is meaningful to you.
    -- Alan Cohen

    #Meaningful #Purpose #Purpose Of Life

  • It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
    -- Alan Cohen

    #Life #Change #Meaningful

  • There is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.
    -- Alan Cohen

    #Meaningful #Real #Security

  • When I talk to audiences about the size and age of the cosmos, people often say, "It makes me feel so insignificant." I answer, "The bigger and more impersonal the universe is, the more meaningful you are, because this vast, impersonal place needs something significant to fill it up." We've abandoned the old belief that humanity is at the physical center of the universe but more come back to believing we are at the center of meaning.
    -- Alan Dressler

    #Meaningful #Spring #Believe

  • Like most meaningful activities, campaigns are team games.
    -- Alastair Campbell

    #Meaningful #Team #Games

  • The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogmas and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Meaningful #Spiritual #Religious

  • All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Meaningful #Business #Imagination

  • The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live. It is about the realities of what makes for an attractive, civilized, meaningful environment, not about fashion or what's in or what's out. This is not an easy job.
    -- Albert Hadley

    #Meaningful #Fashion #Jobs

  • Drinking alone holds no fun. Drink with friends or strangers! Be foolish, least you'll remember something meaningful.
    -- Alcuin

    #Meaningful #Fun #Drinking

  • Children are nowhere taught, in any systematic way, to distinguish true from false, or meaningful from meaningless, statements. Why is this so? Because their elders, even in the democratic countries, do not want them to be given this kind of education.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Meaningful #Country #Children

  • In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.
    -- Alex Haley

    #Inspirational #Family #Meaningful

  • Oh writer! An Angel watches over all you write. Make your writing meaningful for it will eventually return to you and you will be questioned about what you wrote.
    -- Ali ibn Abi Talib

    #Meaningful #Wisdom #Islamic

  • I don't know. I imagine good teaching as a circle of earnest people sitting down to ask each other meaningful questions. I don't see it as a handing down of answers...
    -- Alice Walker

    #Meaningful #Teaching #Circles

  • The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.
    -- Alice Walker

    #Meaningful #Nature #Animal

  • The United States must also continue to push the United Nations Security Council for strong action to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions. In the meantime, it is our job to take meaningful steps to eliminate the threats posed by Iran.
    -- Allyson Schwartz

    #Meaningful #Strong #Jobs

  • Resilience is a precious skill. People who have it tend to also have three underlying advantages: a believe that they can influence life events; a tendency to find meaningful purpose in life’s turmoil; and a conviction that they can learn from both positive and negative experiences.
    -- Amanda Ripley

    #Meaningful #Believe #Skills

  • Do I really want to spend my whole life trying not to die by mistake?
    -- Amanda Seyfried

    #Meaningful #Mistake #Trying

  • It's rare to have even half-meaningful conversations in the film industry.
    -- Amber Heard

    #Meaningful #Half #Film

  • If you're not excited by it, why do you do it?
    -- Amy Adams

    #Meaningful #Excited

  • I believe we can incentivize more affordable health care in general by better regulating insurance and creating meaningful competition for health care services.
    -- Amy Klobuchar

    #Meaningful #Believe #Creating

  • Im all about entertaining and keeping a reader on the edge of their seat, so to me, the social issues have to be meaningful and give the book whats really at stake, but ultimately its not about them - its always a personal story of everyday people thrust into life-threatening situations and having to perform heroic acts.
    -- Andrew Gross

    #Meaningful #Book #Issues

  • So he held her and he prayed. Shafts of moonlight on his face. But the baby in her womb, He was the maker of the moon. He was the author of the fate that could make the mountains move.
    -- Andrew Peterson

    #Christmas #Meaningful #Baby

  • Media mystifications should not obfuscate a simple, perceivable fact; Black teenage girls do not create poverty by having babies. Quite the contrary, they have babies at such a young age precisely because they are poor--because they do not have the opportunity to acquire an education, because meaningful, well-paying jobs and creative forms of recreation are not accessible to them ... because safe, effective forms of contraception are not available to them.
    -- Angela Davis

    #Girl #Meaningful #Baby

  • If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just.
    -- Anita Roddick

    #Meaningful #Kids #Hard Work

  • I remember that one time Carl Sagan was giving a talk, and he spelled out, in a kind of withering succession, these great theories of demotion that science has dealt us, all of the ways in which science is telling us we are not who we would like to believe we are. At the end of it, a young man came up to him and he said: "What do you give us in return? Now that you've taken everything from us? What meaning is left, if everything that I've been taught since I was a child turns out to be untrue?" Carl looked at him and said, Do something meaningful.
    -- Ann Druyan

    #Meaningful #Children #Believe

  • I have learned that there is more power in a good strong hug than in a thousand meaningful words.
    -- Ann Hood

    #Meaningful #Strong #Kissing

  • At the last, this is what will determine a fulfilling, meaningful life, a life that, behind all the facades, every one of us longs to live: gratitude for the blessings that expresses itself by becoming the blessing.
    -- Ann Voskamp

    #Meaningful #Gratitude #Blessing

  • People are important too, however, and what a terrible impact a total ban on hunting would have on the rural economy, which is still reeling from the after-effects of foot and mouth disease. With average net farm income having fallen to 5,200 per farm in England and 4,100 in Wales, it seems an act of spiteful vandalism to destroy literally thousands of jobs in deeply rural areas, when it is simply not necessary to do so and where no meaningful alternative employment exists.
    -- Ann Winterton

    #Meaningful #Jobs #Hunting

  • If oil exploration can threaten a place as beautiful and meaningful as Virunga, where next?
    -- Anna Friel

    #Beautiful #Meaningful #Oil

  • Work/life benefits allow companies meaningful ways for responding to their employees' needs; they can be a powerful tool for transforming a workforce and driving a business' success.
    -- Anne M. Mulcahy

    #Meaningful #Powerful #Business Success

  • I will write things, he was thinking. I will write something meaningful and wonderful someday. I can do that. And I'll dedicate it to you because you're the first person who ever made me think I could.
    -- Anne Rice

    #Meaningful #Writing #Thinking

  • You just decide what your values are in life and what you are going to do, and then you feel like you count, and that makes life worth living. It makes my life meaningful.
    -- Annie Lennox

    #Meaningful #Meaning Of Life #Like You

  • Time and rhythm are the most important elements in music. If both aren't well conceived, organized, and executed, no amount of notes will make the piece a meaningful artistic experience.
    -- Anthony Davis

    #Meaningful #Important #Elements

  • If you don't go when you want to go, when you do go, you'll find you've gone.
    -- Anthony Hopkins

    #Meaningful #Gone #Want

  • The reward is in the doing of it.
    -- Anthony Hopkins

    #Meaningful #Rewards

  • You don't need to be able to string a sentence together in a way that is elegant or even vaguely meaningful to produce a bestseller - as Dan Brown has demonstrated time and again.
    -- Anthony Horowitz

    #Meaningful #Together #Needs

  • Work isn't meaningful just because you spend your life doing it.
    -- Anthony Marra


  • Men will surrender to the spirit of the age. They will say that if they had lived in our day, faith would be simple and easy. But in their day, they will say, things are complex; the Church must be brought up to date and made meaningful to the day's problems.
    -- Anthony of Padua

    #Meaningful #Simple #Men

  • Do silly things. Foolishness is a great deal more vital and healthy than our straining and striving after a meaningful life.
    -- Anton Chekhov

    #Meaningful #Silly #Healthy

  • The meaningful times, the meaningful people, even the people who were not so meaningful, but these people who have done things in your life that make you what you are, they're bricks in the building that you are.
    -- Antwone Fisher

    #Meaningful #People #Mentor

  • Our most meaningful relationships are based on a longing for expansion rather than a preoccupation with comfort and security. To live exuberantly-to fully know and be fully known by another-we must be prepared to illuminate the dark spots in our most intimate relationships and in our selves.
    -- Arianna Huffington

    #Meaningful #Dark #Self

  • Life is only meaningful when we are striving for a goal .
    -- Aristotle

    #Meaningful #Goal #Life Is

  • As long as you believe what you’re doing is meaningful, you can cut through fear and exhaustion and take the next step.
    -- Arlene Blum

    #Meaningful #Believe #Cutting

  • I have had a love affair with Wake Forest since my undergraduate days, but I didn’t realize until many years later what I had truly learned at Wake Forest, both in and out of the classroom, about the meaning of a productive and meaningful life,
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Meaningful #Years #Forests

  • Life is confusing. We're all just trying to get on with it, that's all.
    -- Art Carney

    #Meaningful #Confusing #Trying

  • Happiness isn't found in some finite checklist of goals that we can diligently complete and then coast. It's how we live our lives in the process. That's why the four pillars of happiness are faith, family, community and meaningful work. Those are priorities we have to keep investing in.
    -- Arthur C. Brooks

    #Meaningful #Goal #Community

  • Life is rich, always changing, always challenging, and we architects have the task of transmitting into wood, concrete, glass and steel, of transforming human aspirations into habitable and meaningful space.
    -- Arthur Erickson

    #Meaningful #Glasses #Space

  • Everything I've done has been personally fun, important, and meaningful to me.
    -- Ashley Judd

    #Meaningful #Fun #Important

  • I want to be remembered as a storyteller more than someone who had something meaningful to say.
    -- Ashwin Sanghi

    #Meaningful #Want #Storyteller

  • The overwhelming public sentiment in India was that no meaningful dialogue can be held with Pakistan until it abandons the use of terrorism as an instrument of its foreign policy.
    -- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

    #Meaningful #India #Pakistan

  • In the end, people don't view their life as merely the average of all its moments-which, after all, is mostly nothing much plus some sleep. For human beings, life is meaningful because it is a story. A story has a sense of a whole, and its arc is determined by the significant moments, the ones where something happens. Measurements of people's minute-by-minute levels of pleasure and pain miss this fundamental aspect of human existence. A seemingly happy life maybe empty. A seemingly difficult life may be devoted to a great cause. We have purposes larger than ourselves.
    -- Atul Gawande

    #Meaningful #Pain #Sleep

  • I like my name. My mom named me after a song by the 1970s group Bread. So, it's meaningful, and I like the song. It's a love song - kind of - but it's kind of depressing and dark.
    -- Aubrey Plaza

    #Mom #Meaningful #Song

  • It is not the destiny of Black America to repeat white America's mistakes. But we will, if we mistake the trappings of success in a sick society for the signs of a meaningful life.
    -- Audre Lorde

    #Meaningful #Mistake #Destiny

  • As a novelist, I mined my history, my family and my memory, but in a very specific way. Writing fiction, I never made use of experiences immediately as they happened. I needed to let things fester in my memory, mature and transmogrify into something meaningful.
    -- Ayelet Waldman

    #Meaningful #Memories #Writing

  • Mindfulness is not just a word or a discourse by the Buddha, but a meaningful state of mind. It means we have to be here now, in this very moment, and we have to know what is happening internally and externally. It means being alert to our motives and learning to change unwholesome thoughts and emotions into wholesome ones Mindfulness is a mental activity that in due course eliminates all suffering.
    -- Ayya Khema

    #Meaningful #Mind #Suffering

  • What you put into it is what you're going to get out of it. If you're getting the chance to step into the octagon, you better be going full speed and give it everything you've got.
    -- B.J. Penn

    #Meaningful #Giving #Steps

  • another tradition to politics, a tradition (of politics) that stretched from the days of the country’s founding to the glory of the civil rights movement, a tradition based on the simple idea that we have a stake in one another, and that what binds us together is greater than what drives us apart, and that if enough people believe in the truth of that proposition and act on it, then we might not solve every problem, but we can get something meaningful done.
    -- Barack Obama

    #Meaningful #Country #Believe

  • We're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.
    -- Barack Obama

    #Meaningful #Together #Tragedy

  • At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.
    -- Barbara Bush

    #Inspirational #Life #Meaningful

  • Love makes every space sacred and every moment meaningful . . .
    -- Barbara De Angelis

    #Meaningful #Space #Sacred

  • Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It's the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else's pain is as meaningful as your own.
    -- Barbara Kingsolver

    #Meaningful #Spiritual #Pain

  • Unkind criticism is never part of a meaningful critique of you. Its purpose is not to teach or to help, its purpose is to punish.
    -- Barbara Sher

    #Meaningful #Criticism #Purpose

  • The most meaningful engine of change, powerful enough to confront corporate power, may be not so much environmental quality, as the economic development and growth associated with the effort to improve it.
    -- Barry Commoner

    #Meaningful #Powerful #Effort

  • Today neither of our two parties maintains a meaningful commitment to the principle of States' Rights. The 10th Amendment is not a 'general assumption' but a rule of law. States rights mean that states have a right to act or not to act, as they see fit, in areas reserved to them.
    -- Barry Goldwater

    #Meaningful #Party #Commitment

  • I love you,Nora. Whatever happens, promise me you'll remember that. I don't care why you came into my life,only that you did. I don't remember all the things i did wrong. I remember what i did right, I remember you. You made my life meaningful. You made my life special.
    -- Becca Fitzpatrick

    #Meaningful #Love You #Promise

  • Comedy doesn't really have any meaning without sadness … The most meaningful comedy comes from some really serious pathos.
    -- Becky Stark

    #Meaningful #Sadness #Serious

  • Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.
    -- Bell Hooks

    #Life #Meaningful #Art

  • Dominator culture has tried to keep us all afraid, to make us choose safety instead of risk, sameness instead of diversity. Moving through that fear, finding out what connects us, revelling in our differences; this is the process that brings us closer, that gives us a world of shared values, of meaningful community.
    -- Bell Hooks

    #Meaningful #Moving #Differences

  • To love well is the task in all meaningful relationships, not just romantic bonds.
    -- Bell Hooks

    #Meaningful #Tasks #Meaningful Relationship

  • To move freely you must be deeply rooted.
    -- Bella Lewitzky

    #Meaningful #Moving #Meaningful Life

  • When Pinterest works well, it helps you find things that are meaningful to you. We want to build a system that helps you do that.
    -- Ben Silbermann

    #Meaningful #Want #Pinterest

  • There can be no peace without justice, no justice without law and no meaningful law without a Court to decide what is just and lawful under any given circumstance.
    -- Benjamin B. Ferencz

    #Meaningful #Law #Justice

  • Diseases can be our spiritual flat tires - disruptions in our lives that seem to be disasters at the time but end by redirecting our lives in a meaningful way.
    -- Bernie Siegel

    #Meaningful #Spiritual #Adversity

  • Inspiration is the greatest gift because it opens your life to many new possibilities. Each day becomes more meaningful, and your life is enhanced when your actions are guided by what inspires you.
    -- Bernie Siegel

    #Meaningful #Inspiration #Inspire

  • An awareness of one's mortality can lead you to wake up and live an authentic, meaningful life.
    -- Bernie Siegel

    #Meaningful #Wake Up #Awareness

  • You either get life or you don't, and if you don't - life gets you.
    -- Bert Convy


  • Throughout our lives friends enclose us like pairs of parentheses. They shift our boundaries; crater our terrain. They fume through the cracks of our tentative houses and parts of them always remain. Friendship asks the truth and wants the truth, hollows and fills, ages with us, and we through it. It cradles us like family. It is ecology and mystery and language - all three. Our grown-up friendships - especially the really meaningful ones- model for our children what we want them to have throughout their lives.
    -- Beth Kephart

    #Friendship #Meaningful #Children

  • You mustn't miss the moment. There's only one first sailing into Rio harbor.
    -- Bette Davis

    #Meaningful #Missing #Sailing