We all know and admire many quotes written or said by others.
But sometimes we also ourselves "invent" a quote after making an observation. I open this thread for the sharing of such personal quotes. They need not be perfect, they just need to be ours.
Two of mine that I've recently been mulling over:
"Help yourself diligently to help others automatically"
When I become a better version of myself others are automatically and instantly helped by my better state. I also have the capabilities to help better. So, diligently helping myself is integral to helping others well.
"Happiness requires a lie"
This one might be contentious and honestly it's not quite clear to me either. But this is how I see it: happiness rests on the assumption that a certain course of action will produce an excellent and/or permanent positive result in the future. I will exercise and permanently lose all my excess weight, I will study and get that perfect career, I will meditate and be enlightened, having fallen in love my relationship will be this perfect until I die, etc. This rarely, at least for me, actually happens. Or if it happens, over time it changes. But on the way, believing this lie, I am happy. And while I am sad for a while when I notice that things did not play out as I imagined, I am happy and grateful that the road was lighter for a while.
What are some of your personal quotes?