20 Powerful Phrases That Will Make You Rethink Yourself

Most people never think about themselves, let alone how their own actions affect them and others. But there comes a time when you need to look inside and think. Here are 20 powerful phrases that really will make you think about yourself.

20 Powerful Phrases That Will Make You Rethink Yourself

from mcwilson40 on reddit:

Most every adult has had their life planned for them by an idiot teenager.

from Jayce O'Neal:

We judge others by their actions and ourselves by our intentions.

As an explanation to that statement (via shizza):

In social psychology, they have a name for it! It's called the Fundamental Attribution Error, and it states that when we explain behavior of others, we have a tendency to overestimate the role of dispositional characteristics and underestimate the role of situational influence. But when we are explaining our behavior (moreso justifying our “incorrect” behavior) we blame it on situational influence, and not our dispositional attributes (AKA our intentions,or personality)

Some very smart people said these:

The person that you will spend the most time with in your life is yourself, so you better try to make yourself as interesting as possible.

People aren’t against you; they are for themselves.

The most dangerous risk of all – The risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.

The person that you will spend the most time with in your life is yourself, so you better try to make yourself as interesting as possible.

From Stanislaw Jerzy Lec:

No snowflake feels responsible for an avalanche.

Anything that fails, is ultimately a group effort. Same goes for success!

The follow two quotes are really powerful because they are the cold hard truth about life, the universe and everything:

The world doesn't hate you nor love you; it just doesn't care about you.

There is no big lie. There is no system. The universe is indifferent.

In everything you do in life, it's important to remember who we really are:

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is who you really are, while your reputation is merely what people think you are” – John Wooden

“It is not our abilities that show who we really are. It is our choices.” – Albus Dumbledore

“We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.” – Andrew Ryan

As a great follow-up to that, by Ethel Barrett:

We would worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do.

For when the days are dark and cloudy:

“In the darkest times, hope is something you give yourself. That is the meaning of inner strength.” – Uncle Iroh (Avatar … the short one, not the blue one)

Pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source. True humility is the only antidote to shame.

If inner strength is something we can control, why is that we let pain and sadness control us (when it too can be something we can control)?

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

You can't crack up over the same joke over and over again. Why then do you cry over the same thing over and over again?

The same can be said about anger:

Forgiveness is not about excusing a transgression, its about choosing not to live with hatred.

Thus, in the wise words of Buddha, we are what we think:

All that you are is the result of all that you have thought.

And my all time favourite from Calvin and Hobbes:

“We're all someone else to someone else.”