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10 Favorite Quotes About Life & Happiness

Posted by Kelley Bren Burke on

Seeking inspiration? 10 of my favorite quotes on life, happiness, hope and gratitude.

Here are ten of my favorite quotes. Plus one extra.

Confession: The blog's graphics say this post is about ten quotes, not eleven quotes. It's because I made my blog graphics before I finished this blog. And then I found one more quote I wanted to add. I resisted redoing the graphic, because perfect is the enemy of good. Or so my buddy Voltaire tells me. That's a lesson I need to relearn daily. But I nailed it here! 

Perfect is the enemy of good, Voltaire quote

My favorite quotes on comparison and progress

When you open an Etsy shop, comparison is inevitable. I still love these quotes, but they were especially helpful to me in the beginning. 

"Comparison is the thief of joy." - Theodore Roosevelt

Comparison is the thief of joy, Theodore Roosevelt quote

This was practically my mantra in the beginning. It wasn't difficult to find other Etsy shops that were more successful than mine. But you know what? I'm at almost 2,000 Etsy sales now. There are STILL thousands of shops better than mine. At any given time, there are shops that are doing better than your shop, and shops that are doing worse than your shop. And that's just the way it goes, my friend. 

"I will not compare myself to strangers on the internet." 

- Emily McDowell 

"I will not compare myself to strangers on the internet." Emily McDowell quote

Yup, this too. It's kind of bananas to compare yourself to strangers on the Internet, right? But I do it. Daily. Not a productive use of time, friends. Emily McDowell is a one of those strangers on the Internet that I feel very friendly towards. Check out her awesome website with her original cards, mugs and prints. 

 "Never compare your beginning to someone else's middle."

- Jon Acuff

Don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle. Jon Acuff quote

Yes, this too, right? After I pulled my favorite quotes together, I realized comparison was a big theme for me. My business is two and a half years old. And it's doing well, right? Not if I compare it to someone's shiny, polished, successful eight year old business. 

 "Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst." 

- Henri Cartier-Bresson

"Your first 10,000 photographs are you worst." -Henri Cartier-Bresson quote 

Man, that quote is true. Exhibit A: here are the listings for my first seven sales on Etsy. 

And this is one of my most recent listing photos.

Navy blue pendant necklace, long brass chain, Sodalite jewelry

I currently have 15,189 photos on my iPad. That doesn't include the hundreds of photos I delete weekly. 90% of my photos are jewelry photos. I'm guessing for most people, photography just gets better. I hope that I continue to improve my photography. I hope that in a few years I'll be making fun of that blue Sodalite pendant photo. 

 Quotes on gratitude and hope

"Remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” - Epicurus

"Remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”-Epicurus quote

This one is a beautiful reminder. It's probably my favorite quote of the bunch. I have a husband, two dogs, a house, and I'm self employed. That's amazing, right?

When my husband and I were in the process of buying our house, I was obsessed. All I wanted at that time was our house. I want to remain grateful for our home, so I display the set of keys I got when we closed on our house as a reminder. Plus, they're cute. Leopard print and purple. Thanks for the cute keys, former homeowner!

 "When nothing is sure, everything is possible."

- Margaret Drabble

 "When nothing is sure, everything is possible." -Margaret Drabble quote

Until last August, I worked at Barnes & Noble for 20 years. Just about everything in my life feels completely different since quitting my job at Barnes & Noble. This quote kind of sums it up for me. Nothing is sure, and everything is possible. Yes. 

"It's never too late to become what you might have been."

- George Eliot

"It's never too late to become what you might have been." -George Eliot quote

I have a twin sister, Theresa. Both of us are kind of late bloomers. I was 45 when I quit my full time job of 20 years. She's currently studying to get her doctorate in Psychology. One day we found out that we both loved this quote. 

So:

"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears."

- Nelson Mandela 

"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears." -Nelson Mandela quote

 And this one works, too. 

"Interrupt anxiety with gratitude." - Danielle LaPorte

"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears." -Nelson Mandela

Final words of wisdom 

If you're still with me, I'm hoping you're up for a little profanity. This one is one of my sister's favorite quotes.

"Don't try to win over the haters; you are not a jackass whisperer."    - Brene Brown

Don't try to win over the haters; you are not a jackass whisperer." -Brene Brown quote

I'd love to hear about your favorite quote! Please share it in the comments. 

 


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2 comments

  • Hi Angela! I’m glad you like them! Have a great day! Cheers! Kelley

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  • Great quotes! Thanks for sharing!

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