Seven Quotes to Ponder

The week after Memorial Day weekend is short and should fly by, but I’m having trouble motivating myself for one more presentation before summer officially starts.

Here are seven of my favorite quotes to write on your white board and finish the week strong!

Fall leaves in Seattle

1. “Stale body, stale mind.”

I have to get some kind of workout in every day.  Even something small makes me more productive, I sleep better, I am nicer to people, and honestly I’m just happier.

2. “All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.”

And a good cup of coffee. [My fave breakfasts]

3. “When you’re not practicing, remember that someone, somewhere is, and when you meet him, he will win.”

This has been my favorite quote since high school.  It doesn’t ring as true anymore, but it got me through hundreds of soccer work outs and holds a special place in my heart.

4. “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

My heart longs for college football mornings, crisp autumn runs, pumpkin spice hype, sweaters, boots, and scarves, college campuses buzzing with eager students, leaves changing colors, memories of soccer seasons, and the subtle anticipation of the holiday season.

5. “Why do you go away? So you that you can come back.  So you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors.  And the people there see you differently too.  Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”

Moving back home (to the Northwest) after living in Wisconsin for 3 years made this abundantly clear, but I believe this holds true for small trips as well.

6. “Look after the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.”

I believe the origin of this quote is monetary (“Look after the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.”) but with social media and other ever-present distractions, this version of the quote holds more weight for me.


7. “Don’t treat a gift like a burden.”

I am truly blessed to be pursuing a PhD, and often need to remind myself of that.  Even though the work is (mentally) hard, it isn’t a burden forced upon me and I shouldn’t think of it as such.


What is your favorite quote?

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