Inspiring Quotes

Inspiring quotes based on the latest scientific research on what makes you truly successful and happy. Use them in your public speaking or in whatever you choose to do in life.

A new study by three University of Rochester researchers shows we are looking in the wrong place for happiness, fulfillment, success.

It backs up what Baruch Spinoza said 400 years ago and should give you plenty of inspiration.

17th Century Wisdom

Spinoza said human beings are obsessed with three things. Riches, fame and pleasure.

By riches he meant any material gains, and the amount doesn't matter. Riches could be 10c to a young child, to a $2 an hour pay raise for an employee, or a million dollars to an entrepreneur.

By fame he didn't just mean being the next Susan Boyle, but any recognition or admiration by anyone. Being selected for the school team or getting a write up in the local community rag would qualify.

By pleasure he didn't just mean an orgy of Roman proportions. It could be any sensory pleasure like a donut for Homer Simpson, the thrill of a bungy jump or the relaxing effect of a good massage.

What he was saying was these things are relative, therefore not real or true, and therefore can never under any circumstances result in real happiness or fulfillment.

Now consider how modern society is set up. What are we told, by the relentless advertising machinery of the modern world, will make us happy? Exactly. Riches (the more material goods the better), Fame (it's all most young people live for) and Pleasure (the recent global, financial crisis was very, very, very simple - we spent money we didn't have for a long time and eventually we got caught).

Spinoza told us 400 years ago we were wrong, and now modern science is telling us the same thing.

What the researchers at Rochester discovered is not all goals are worth going for. Specifically money, fame and good looks aren't worth the effort. They are not the type of goals which make us happy.

Want to know what will?

Four things.

Here's an extract from the results of the Rochester University study:

"What's "striking and paradoxical" about this research, he says, is that it shows that reaching materialistic and image-related milestones actually contributes to ill-being; despite their accomplishments, individuals experience more negative emotions like shame and anger and more physical symptoms of anxiety such as headaches, stomachaches, and loss of energy. By contrast, individuals who value personal growth, close relationships, community involvement, and physical health are more satisfied as they meet success in those areas. They experience a deeper sense of well-being, more positive feelings toward themselves, richer connections with others, and fewer physical signs of stress.

So the Inspiring Quotes below all relate to these four things. I hope you like them. I hope they inspire you to think a little.


Inspiring Quotes About Personal Growth

"The unexamined life is not worth living" - Socrates

"Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom."Aristotle

"Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow."Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching."Mohandas Gandhi

"“How” is always more important that “what.” See if you can give much more attention to the doing than to the result that you want to achieve through it." - Eckhart Tolle

"Most people, even though they don’t know it, are asleep. They’re born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up. They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence. " - Anthony de Mello

Inspiring Quotes About Close Relationships

"I felt it shelter to speak to you." ~Emily Dickinson

"First you love, and then you look for reasons" - Nisargadatta

"Love. And do what you will" - St Augustine

Inspiring Quotes About Community Involvement

"These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness, and worship without awareness." - Anthony de Mello

Inspiring Quotes About Physical Health

"The greatest wealth is health" - Virgil

"If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want" ~Elbert Hubbard

"Once this obsession with the body goes, you will revert to your natural state, spontaneously and effortlessly" - Nisargadatta

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