One Line Philosophies On Life To Live By

Recently had a CEO blame other people for why he couldn't move things along in a transaction. Literally holding up a deal because he is not a good leader and trying to scapegoat everything.

Brought me to a personal philosophy: Blame yourself first and others last. 

What are some one-line philosophies you live by? 

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Nov 20, 2020 - 10:51am

"Nothing is easier than stamping your foot and shouting: 'That's mine!' It is immeasurably harder to proclaim: 'You may live as you please.' "

The main thing about money, Bud, is that it makes you do things you don't want to do.

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Nov 20, 2020 - 12:50pm

Exactly. I remember when my girlfriend cheated on me and I was upset about it, but then I realized that she and her new guy were a lot happier. 2 people happy and 1 person upset sounds like a win.

The main thing about money, Bud, is that it makes you do things you don't want to do.

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Nov 20, 2020 - 12:18pm

I paraphrase it a bit but "everyone's got a plan until they get punched in the face"

Monkey see. Monkey Doo [Doo].
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Nov 20, 2020 - 12:54pm

I have a few.

"Shit happens"

"Customer is always right even when they are wrong" 

"Treat others the way you would like to be treated"  The golden rule is probably the most important rule to live by in my opinion.


After covid I'll be making a small change in my life. I will start hugging people that matter in my life and show more affection. Currently I show zero affection to anyone, I don't kiss and I don't hug. This includes family. 



Nov 20, 2020 - 3:02pm

"Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself." -Harvey Specter

"I like to smile at people who don't like me." -Also Harvey Specter

"Goals so big you get uncomfortable telling small-minded people." - Guess who said this

"Let them hate. Just make sure they spell your name right." - ;)

"Kill them with success. Bury them with a smile." -You already know


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Nov 20, 2020 - 5:46pm

good content in here, love this stuff. Few others (and some cliches) I haven't seen yet:


The grass is always greener where you water it

Don't sweat the small stuff

Talk less, say more

Rome wasn't built in a day

If this shit were easy everybody would be doing it

Winners never quit and quitters never win

Life begins outside your comfort zone


And my personal favorite one-line philosophy (that I don't necessarily live my life by but is fun to say): What the fuck's the point in making all this goddamn money if you can't fucking spend it?

Nov 23, 2020 - 7:54am

The grass is always greener where you piss on*

Been happening a lot with me since September. Talk shit about some stock and somehow it goes up.

GoldenCinderblock: "I keep spending all my money on exotic fish so my armor sucks. Is it possible to romance multiple females? I got with the blue chick so far but I am also interested in the electronic chick and the face mask chick."
Nov 21, 2020 - 9:59am

Only those who try can succeed. 

If you want to meet quality people, you have to go through all the dicks first. 

Can be summoned to make fun of liberals at will. 

Nov 21, 2020 - 10:58am

When I'm pissed off:  "Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." ― H.L. Mencken.

The other 95% of the time: "Be humble, be grateful, be caring, be happy, be you."

Namaste. D.O.U.G.
Nov 21, 2020 - 10:58am

"Moderation in all things is key for a healthy and happy life."

In reality, I have found when I want to achieve something big, I have to make that the main focus of my life. But generally speaking, the above has held true for me.

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Nov 21, 2020 - 11:52am

It might take a year it might take a day but what's meant to be will always find a way.


Results take time, hard work is important, but sometimes things don't work out for you and that's just because they weren't meant to be I guess

Nov 21, 2020 - 8:48pm

A man must suffer if he is to remake himself, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.

We judge others by their actions,but we judge ourselves by our intentions

"But he did not understand the price. Mortals never do. They only see the prize, their heart's desire, their dream... But the price of getting what you want, is getting what you once wanted." 
― Neil Gaiman, Dream Country

"You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness." 
― Jonathan Safran Foer

"Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep." 
― Clive Barker, Days of Magic, Nights of War

"A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for."

"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self."

"Victory goes not for the most able, but the ambitious."

if it was fun they wouldn't pay you to do it

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Nov 22, 2020 - 7:32am

""Don't tell people about your problems. Did you know that 90% of people don't care? And the other 10% are glad that you got them."

- Lou Holtz (former NCAA football coach and former ESPN analyst)

Nov 22, 2020 - 2:20pm

"discontent is the seed of progress", meaning improvement inherently means being dissatisfied with the current situation and the fortitude to strive for better.

"You are what the scoreboard says you are" nobody cares about the hurdles you have to overcome or the intentions you had, people only care about your accomplishments

Nov 22, 2020 - 4:28pm

"Great achievements involve great risk."


"Out the garage is how you end up in charge It's how you end up in penthouses, end up in cars, it's how you Start off a curb servin', end up a boss"
Nov 22, 2020 - 7:26pm

- Treat others as they want to be treated.

- Be the change you wish to seek in the world. 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Nov 22, 2020 - 7:33pm

Waste not, want not.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Nov 22, 2020 - 9:38pm

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are"

"The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching"

Nov 22, 2020 - 9:50pm

- check yoself before you wreck yoself

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Nov 23, 2020 - 2:25pm

You have power over your mind not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. - Marcus Aurelius

failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be - John Wooden

an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. - Ben Franklin

as pride increases, fortune declines. - Ben Franklin

wise men learn by others' harms, fools by their own. - Ben Franklin

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. - Einstein

doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd - Voltaire

come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance. - Virgil

kites rise highest against the wind, not with it. - Churchill

experience is what you get when you don't get what you want. - Randy Pausch

everything in excess is opposed to nature - Hippocrates

to do nothing is also a good remedy - Hippocrates

nobody can hurt me without my permission - Gandhi

fear has its use but cowardice has none - Gandhi

plenty of good one liners from other philosophers, in the middle of reading seneca right now and there's too much in there to just pick a couple. my aurelius quote pretty much encompasses my entire life's philosophy

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Nov 23, 2020 - 3:48pm

Failure is never fatal, success is never final.  It's the courage to continue that counts. - Winston Churchill


The happiness of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts - Marcus Aurelius 


Whether you think you can or you think you cannot, you're right. - Henry Ford


It isn't where you came from; its where you're going that counts. - Ella Fitzgerald


Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; fot tis better to be alone than in bad company. - George Washington


You can complain because rose bushes have throns, or you can rejoice because rose bushes have thorns - Abraham Lincoln


Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt


"A man can convince anyone he's somebody else, but never himself."
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