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Welcome to these Instead Quotes of the Day from my large collection of positive, romantic, and funny quotes.

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Related topics: Positive Inspirational Motivational Live-By Self Values Honor Choice Wisdom

Instead of worrying about what people say of you,
why not spend time trying to accomplish
something they will admire.
- Dale Carnegie

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is saying "I feel differently,"
instead of "You're wrong."
- Anonymous

 

The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have,
instead of what you don't have.
- Woody Allen

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

To know what you prefer
instead of humbly saying Amen
to what the world tells you you ought to prefer,
is to have kept your soul alive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson


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Instead of dwelling on negative thoughts,
cause your mind to dwell on peace and joy.
- Ernest Holmes

Instead of needing lots of children,
we need high-quality children.
- Margaret Mead

Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins

In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue.
If we have enough friends, we may go on for years,
intending to leave, talking about leaving -
instead of actually getting up and leaving.
- Erica Jong

Instead of noblemen,
let us have noble villages of men.
- Henry David Thoreau

Instead of comparing our lot with that
of those who are more fortunate than we are,
we should compare it with the lot
of the great majority of our fellow men.
It then appears that we are among the privileged.
- Helen Keller

Trust your own instinct.
Your mistakes might as well be your own,
instead of someone else's.
- Billy Wilder

Too many people are thinking of security
instead of opportunity.
They seem more afraid of life than death.
- James F. Bymes

Instead of being presented with stereotypes
by age, sex, color, class, or religion,
children must have the opportunity
to learn that within each range,
some people are loathsome and some are delightful.
- Margaret Mead

But what a cruel thing is war
to separate and destroy families and friends,
and mar the purest joys and happiness
God has granted us in this world,
to fill our hearts with hatred
instead of love for our neighbors,
and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world!
- Robert E. Lee

I offer gentle understanding to myself.
I position myself in love, not fear.
I look behind me with forgiveness.
I look forward with festive anticipation.
I embrace this holy moment and assert,
"Now. This moment is the moment to love,
the moment to serve, the moment to seize
the legacy instead of the small.
Now. Now I will live large, love boldly,
reach to the edges of my unfurled heart and fully enrolled hope.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you have an emotional reaction in the presence of someone,
your heart is telling you that you have
not resolved your issues with them.
In other words, you have not truly forgiven that person.
All of this begs the question, how do we forgive?
First, cease lying to yourself and stop telling yourself stories
about why you behave the way you do.
Stop blaming your behavior on other people
and take responsibility for your emotional reactions.
If you could forgive all the people in your life
who have hurt or wounded you
it would be possible to be in control of your behavior
instead of being in reaction to other people all of the time.
Imagine living life without experiencing
a constant emotional roller-coaster of pain, anger, and jealousy!
That would be bliss!
- Sheri Rosenthal

This world of ours... must avoid becoming
a community of dreadful fear and hate,
and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

War is an instrument entirely inefficient
toward redressing wrong;
and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
- Thomas Jefferson

If everyone demanded peace
instead of another television set,
then there'd be peace.
- John Lennon

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

The first step towards the solution
of any problem is optimism.
- John Baines

The indispensable first step to getting
the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want.
- Ben Stein

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
- Proverb

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- Carl Sandburg

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

Put on your own oxygen mask first.
- Airline companies

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

Recognizing my blindness is the first step
toward regaining my sight.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you would take, you must first give,
this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus

Non-violence is the first article of my faith.
It is also the last article of my creed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
- Epictetus

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

If we could first know where we are,
and whither we are tending,
we could then better judge what to do,
and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Today is the first and last day of forever.
- Edward, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

A leader is not one who says, "Follow me."
A leader is one who says, "I'll go first."
- Neale Donald Walsch

Habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last.
- Chinese proverb

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

A little simplification would be
the first step toward rational living.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Self-trust is the first secret of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child,
we should first examine it and see whether it is
not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
- Carl Jung

A holiday, the day I first named you, "friend."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The first quality that is needed is audacity.
- Winston Churchill

Know first that you have absolutely no power to change the world,
and then address all your energies and intent toward improving it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is the first law of friendship
that it has to be cultivated.
The second is to be indulgent
when the first law is neglected.
- Voltaire


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