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5 more great quotes to power your day (and bounce back in life)

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One of my most popular posts has been the original 5 great quotes to power your day. Here are five more quotes about resiliency and living each day to the fullest from ancient and modern sages.

open quote1. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. 

2. Willa Cather

The end is nothing; the road is all.

3. Unknown (but wise) author

Whatever it is, if it doesn’t make you happy, walk away, give it away to someone else who wants it. Let it be their next dream; let it flee from you. Then you have room to grow, to allow magnificent things to fill the vacuum of those seemingly empty places. When you hold onto yesterday, when you hold onto dead and dying adventures, you have no room in your box for greatness.

4. J.B. Priestly

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.

5. Leonard Cohen

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Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in


Takeaway points: I, personally, love Cohen’s line “forget your perfect offering.” It’s so easy to get stuck on making everything perfect when, the truth is, the way the light comes in is through an imperfection – a crack. This is a great resiliency skill – understanding that there can be light and joy in things that are broken.

What’s your takeaway from these great quotes?


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Bobbi Emel is a therapist who helps people in Los Altos, Palo Alto, Mountain View and the greater Bay Area manage their stress and develop their strengths.
She is effective in helping people dealing with anxiety, worry and grief; and also those who want to improve their effectiveness and performance.