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56 Examples of Life Ideas

Life ideas are short slogans that suggest a way to live. These can be useful to some degree as rules of thumb that can be used to try to get things right. There is also some danger that life ideas such as catchy truisms can become thought terminating cliches whereby you use a catchy slogan to make a decision or shape your behavior as opposed to thinking in a reasonable way. Nevertheless, life ideas can play a role in shaping one's philosophy and way of life. The following are illustrative examples.
Acta, non verba -- action over words.
Age si quid agis -- if you do something, do it well.
Audaces fortuna iuvat -- fortune favors the brave / bold.
Avoid delusional thinking -- embrace your faults and try to improve.
Avoid excessive comfort.
Be persistent but learn to recognize failure.
Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster. (Nietzsche).
Build others up and remember those who helped build you up.
C'est la vie (that's life) -- crazy stuff happens, deal with it.
Calm, cool and collected.
Carpe diem -- seize the day.
Challenge assumptions, particularly your own.
Contritium praecedit superbia -- pride comes before the fall.
Credula est spes improba -- unrealistic hope is dishonest.
Cultivate deep and beautiful emotions.
Discipline beats motivation -- do things that feel difficult.
Do not take the world too seriously nor let too many social conventions oppress you.(Randolph Bourne)
Don't be quick to judge -- apparent misfortune may workout well and apparent luck may have a downside.
Don't care what people think unless their opinion is relevant.
Don't hate the player, hate the game (Ice T).
Don't seek validation from others, try to impress yourself instead.
Embrace the mess.
Expect good things to happen.
Forgiveness is important to moving forward with gratitude.
If you are afraid of being lonely, don't try to be right. (Jules Renard) -- criticising, preaching and combative arguing tend to isolate
If you're going through hell, keep going. (Winston Churchill)
In order to achieve things you may have to endure long periods where you are misunderstood.
It takes all kinds to make a world.
Jump through hoops -- be pragmatic to get things done.
Keep it simple stupid (Kelly Johnson).
Keep your goals to yourself -- this can increase your motivation to achieve them.
Learn from others -- assume that everyone has something to teach.
Live and let live.
Live in the present.
Never hold a grudge or look back in anger.
Never interrupt someone who is making progress.
No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse (Randy Pausch).
Seek mastery in humble tasks.
Seize opportunities duh.
Sideline negativity and mediocrity.
Take reasonable and managed risks.
Take the high road -- avoid the temptation to match the poor behaviors of others.
Take time to celebrate, play and pursue adventure.
That which doesn't kill us makes us stronger (Nietzsche).
The real world is shaped by stories.
There are moments when failure isn't an option.
There are no friends, only moments of friendship. ( Jules Renard)
There are things that are beyond your control, accept this and focus on what you can do.
There's more than one way to do it -- there's no perfect solution / decision ... just many good ones.
This too will pass -- good fortune and bad are both transitory.
Time isn't an illusion -- it's a limited resource that automatically disappears and never returns.
Try to always see the good and potential in others.
Try to be nice to everyone even if they don't completely deserve it.
Try to see the wonder that is all around you.
We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature. (Voltaire)
Whenever you feel like criticizing any one ... just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had (F. Scott Fitzgerald, Great Gatsby).


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