Here are some quotes about living and life that I find inspirational. I hope you benefit from them as well. While they appear to be simplistic, they are profound enough to meditate upon:

When we are surprised by the way people we thought we knew act

“Sometimes it’s not the people who change, it’s the mask that falls off.”

When we are hurt by the actions of others

“Some people come into your life as blessings, others come out as lessons.”

When we have to make difficult decisions about others

“If you try to please all, you please not. – Aesop

When we hurt the feelings of others

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but, people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Teaching people

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” –Benjamin Franklin

Be who you are rather than pretending to be someone else 

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ― Bernard M. Baruch
“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

The Paradoxical Commandments

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.”

― Kent M. Keith, 

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