The kind of quotes that will make you realize that it may not feel like it, but you’re actually a strong person. And you’ve gone far enough already.
1. On Soaring
Don’t just fly. Soar. ~ Dumbo
Did you ever remember the last time you pat yourself in the back and said you did good? Or the last time you looked back and praised yourself for the distance you’ve travelled? Probably not. Because we’re all so consumed with looking ahead and chasing whatever it is we’re chasing. Sure, that’s great. I mean, you wouldn’t want to live a life where you have no goals. But as what Dumbo says, soar. Enjoy and savour the process of chasing things in life.
2. On Choosing to Learn or Run
Oh yes the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it. ~ The Lion King
The Lion King is probably one of the most wisdom-packed Disney film, ever. And this is one of the proofs. There’s no such thing as life without pain, and there’s also no one-size-fits-all formula to spare you from pain. So instead of dreading the idea of feeling pain, make a choice on whether you’ll spend your life trying to run away from it, you’ll stick around and learn from it. Because just like any feelings and emotions, pain has something to teach us, always.
3. On Knowing Yourself Deeper
You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. ~ Winnie the Pooh
Another wisdom-packed animated film is Winnie the Pooh. And in this quote, this film reminds us to always get to know ourselves deeper. Instead of belittling ourselves, it’s our job to be the very first person to encourage us and believe in us. Others won’t believe in your ideas if you don’t believe in it in the first place. So whenever you feel like you’re not brave enough or smart enough, just believe in yourself a little more.
4. On Making Things Come True
Fairy tales can come true. You got to make them happen, it all depends on you. ~ Princess and the Frog
And we can’t really stress this enough. Sometimes, we’re so focused on the rules of the society we live in that we forget that anything is possible. We forget that as long as we believe in something and as long as we work hard to achieve it and make it happen, it is going to happen. You’ve come so far already, my friend. I’m sure of that. But if there’s something in you that you want to achieve, you have to believe that you can do it.
5. On Defining Limits
You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul. ~ Ratatouille
Who said you have limits? Who said you should only be an employee your whole life? This world is full of limitations and more often than not, people hurl these limitations at us as if they have the right to do so. Keep in mind that limitations will only serve as limitations if you allow them to. If you look at it as challenges or perhaps goals you want to achieve, these limitations won’t hold you back.
6. On Patience
Even miracles take a little time. ~ Cinderella
Patience is a virtue and while that is super cliché, it’s true. And we need to be reminded of it from time to time. Because like what Cinderella said, even miracles take time. Which means the best, most impossible-sounding thing in life takes time, and so does the small but equally important things. You just have to be more patient and persistent. Things don’t just happen, you need to make them happen, but first off, you need to stay longer to make them happen.
7. On Doing
Life is not a spectator sport. ~ The Hunchback of Notre Dame
When was the last time you did something that really mattered to you? I don’t mean that job that matters because it pays the bills, or the visiting of in-laws because it’s a family tradition… I mean something that really made your spirit come alive and have a party. Keep in mind that you’ve been given a life to live it, not watch others live the kind of life you’re dreaming of. And if you think you can’t do it, just look back and remember how much you’ve been through.
8. On Just Keep Swimming
When life gets you down do you want to know what you’ve got to do? Just keep swimming! ~ Finding Nemo
I must say, this Finding Dory quote is a gem, and so is Dory. This world is so full of obstacles. There’s always so much going on, setbacks left and right, it doesn’t stop. But that doesn’t mean you should. Definitely not. Instead of considering to stop doing A because you failed so much or because it looks so difficult, keep going. Just keep swimming. That’s the only way for you to achieve something, if you keep going… keep swimming.
9. On Going Outside Your Comfort Zone
Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it. ~ Tangled
The thing about most people today is that even when they have all the chances they got, and all the tools they need, they still don’t take the risk. People are so afraid of doing something out of their league. Why? Because you’re afraid to fail? What if you don’t fail? What if your hard work and efforts on learning something new, what if it has great rewards? You will miss all those rewards if you stay in your comfort zone. This is when you should awaken the child in you.
10. On Knowing You Are Magical
Remember, you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine. ~ Snow White
I know there are dark days. I know there are days when all we want is stay in bed and wait for tomorrow, hoping it would be better. But on these days, remember how much fun and positivity you brought to your parents when you were still a child. Or how much you made your friends laugh back in middle school. Or how made your colleagues jump off a cliff when you convinced them a project is worth taking the risk. You’re magical like that.
11. On Being Daring
You don’t’ have time to be timid. You must be bold and daring. ~ Beauty and the Beast
I bet we can all agree that being timid is way easier than being bold and daring. It’s easier to sit in one corner and be silent than to actually use our voice. But like what this quote from Beauty and the Beast says, there’s nothing wrong with being bold. In fact, it’s a must. Because it’s when you’re bold and daring that you experience the best things in life. And when you’re bold and daring, limits would disappear.
12. On No Worries
Hakuna Matata. ~ The Lion King
I just can’t get enough of this quote. Hakuna Matata is definitely one of the many must-remember quotes in life. I think I want this on my tombstone! Anyway, it means no worries, for the rest of your days. So yes, you’ve come far already. And yes, you did it because you did not let worries and fear stop you. Keep doing that and keep going and going. life is all about a fun-filled journey anyway.
13. On Trying
Today is a good day to try. ~ The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Fine, so not all of us like The Hunchback of Notre Dame, but I don’t think anyone can read this quote and not like it. Today is always a good day to try. We’re all lucky because the universe didn’t have schedules for trying. I mean, just imagine if you’re only allowed to try new things on Mondays and Wednesdays… today is always the best and perfect time to try, because waiting for tomorrow or for a glowing sign, that’s going to be useless.
14. On Letting Your Conscience Guide You
Always let your conscience be your guide. ~ Pinocchio
Keep in mind that bad deeds won’t get you anywhere. It will not allow you to achieve what you want, much less the big dreams you’ve been working on for years. Thus, always go for the good deed, the right side. I know it’s not easy, and sometimes, we consciously choose to go the opposite way. But always remember Pinocchio. Always remember that good deeds brought you to where you are today and it’s what’s going to bring you to tomorrow.
15. On Welcoming Happiness
Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own. ~ Donald Duck
There’s no such thing as life that is happiness all the way. We all have our own troubles, own problems, own dark days. But on these days, it’s wise to remember that your life will never run out of happiness. You may choose to let the gloomy days in but in the next coming days, happiness will arrive. And you will also let it in. Because you know it’s the richest thing we ever got and we can’t live without it.
16. On Taking Control
You control your destiny – you don’t need magic to do it. ~ Brave
When was the last time you decided to take control even when the world sees and treats too like a puppet? See, the thing about humans today is that we love to take control of other people. We love to manipulate them, as if it’s a healthy thing to do. Stop. Don’t let anyone take control of your life nor your destiny. It should always be you in the driver’s seat. And you should be responsible enough to commit to your decisions.
17. On journeys Worth Taking
Every mile will be worth my while. ~ Hercules
If you’re on a journey to make someone else’s life miserable, then that’s a different story. That’s not worth your while. Also, if you’re allowing other people to control you or maybe make decisions for you, there’s also a huge chance you won’t enjoy that journey. Keep in mind that sometimes, you need to make tough decisions but it will make your journey worthwhile. Because tough and easy decisions, as long as you made it for yourself, you’re good.
18. On Knowing Someone’s Worth
Some people are worth melting. ~ Frozen
Someone sure is! I mean, have you never met a person who is so special you would melt for her, if only you can melt… I bet you have, we all probably have. And there’s no point in denying it. Acknowledge these people and let them know how much they mean to you. Believe it or not, they will always be with you every step of the way until you’ve reached where you want to be.
19. On Faith and Trust
All it takes is faith and trust. ~ Peter Pan
How easy do you think it is to trust someone? How easy do you think it is to be faithful to someone? Those two are probably the most difficult thing to do. I’m not saying you have trust issues or something… I’m saying we all have difficulties in trusted and being faithful. It’s probably human nature. But the more you practice it, the easier it will be. And the farther you’ll get, because you know how to trust people along the way.
20. On Following Advice
I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it. ~ Alice in Wonderland
Or more specifically, following your own advice. First off, please stop giving advice to someone when you can’t even follow such advice. Second, please practice following advice, whether from you or from other people. These advices are there for a reason. They’re meant to help you go forward safely. One step at a time, one advice at a time. And third, acknowledge the fact that following advices is so difficult. Because it is. So don’t kick yourself if you’re having a hard time following your own words.
21. On Protecting Your Identity
Your identity is your most valuable possession. Protect it. ~ The Incredibles
With the kind of society we have today, it’s easier to borrow someone else’s identity than actually build your own. I mean, don’t you think the same way? We all have the models we can follow. The internet is there. TV is there. However, nothing is more important in your life than keeping your own identity. It’s valuable, people. Be proud of who you are and let the world know how you have pixie dust in you.
22. On Dealing with Problems
The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude towards the problem. ~ Pirates of the Caribbean
So, exactly how do you deal with problems? How do you approach it? I’m pretty sure we all have crazy ways of dealing with problems. Sometimes, we deal with is with confidence and ease, other times, we become too obsessed with it and we allow problems to manipulate us. Keep in mind that while feelings matter a lot, thinking too. Always use your mind when making tough decisions and dealing with life’s issues. Sounds easy, but it’s the total opposite.
23. On Being Brave
Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it. ~ Brave
Have you ever thought of your fate? Have you ever wondered what exactly are you supposed to do in this world? I’m pretty sure you have because, who hasn’t? But before you spend long nights thinking about it, make it a point that you’ve conditioned your mind and body to be brave enough to see your real fate. Some of us end up seeing the wrong fate not because we’re not worthy of something better, but we’re afraid to see it in the first place.
24. On Changing Your Focus
If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead. ~ Ratatouille
This can be as literal as it can get. Why focus on what already happened? Sure, there are lessons to learn and things to notice but that’s just about it. Focusing on what’s left behind is not going to take you anywhere. Instead, try focusing on what lies ahead. Try looking at what’s in front of you, so you’ll find it easier to know where exactly you want to go and how you’re going to get there.
25. On Being More Than You Thought
You are more than what you have become. ~ The Lion King
The thing about most of us is that we’re so fond of seeing our smaller version. I’m not saying there’s something wrong with small, but focusing on it, that can be a problem. Instead, try telling yourself that you’re more than what you’ve become. Acknowledge all your strengths and failures and believe that you can become someone better, someone bigger. Because you can. It all starts with believing in it. And once you get used to that, moving forward should be easier.
26. On Finding the Easier Path
Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one. ~ Pocahontas
When was the last time you turned you back because you knew the path you’re going to take is a tough one? Have you ever been to a crossroads and actually decided to go to the right path? I think it’s typical for people to choose the easier path, and then if they figured it’s the wrong one, they will spend months convincing their selves it’s the right one. Don’t kick yourself for this, you’re not alone. It all starts with acknowledging the right path isn’t always easy.
27. On Deciding What Should Happen
Just because what’s done is done doesn’t mean it’s what should be done. ~ Cinderella
This quote is so on point, and it’s quite a saddening fact that we almost always forget about it. See, just because one thing happen doesn’t mean you should do anything about it, nor should you think it’s exactly what’s supposed to happen. This universe is full of various events, some are supposed to and some happened because of a glitch or something. But the bottom line is, always allow yourself to decide what should happen in your life.
28. On Infinity
To infinity, and beyond. ~ Toy Story
When was the last time you told yourself about infinity? Have you ever thought about it in the first place? Probably not, because this universe keeps on reminding us infinity is only a thing on movies. Well, it’s not. You can have an infinity of ideas and you can start working on them. That is, if you acknowledge these ideas first. Thus, always go for infinity. It will take you to places you never thought existed in the first place.
29. On Letting Go
Let it go. ~ Frozen
For the record, letting go doesn’t mean being weak. It takes a hell lot of courage to actually make the decision to let go, and then another truckload of courage to really go and do it. Most of us think holding on is the best thing we can do. And maybe yes, maybe there’s something good in holding on. But it won’t allow you to move forward. If you keep holding on to today, experiences and feelings and everything about today, there’s no proceeding to tomorrow.
30. On Being Full of Emotions
Most everyone’s mad here. ~ Alice in Wonderland
It takes bravery to entertain all emotions boiling in you. Be it good emotions or bad, you need to be brave enough to acknowledge they’re there and then braver to entertain it. But hey, life is all about feeling so… the thing about emotions is that it’s easy to misunderstand. By mad, we don’t mean mad as in angry. We mean mad as in entertaining all emotions – fear, anxiety, furious, all of it. Because it will help you move from today to tomorrow.
31. On Finding Your Own Way
I’ve got to find my way, and I will survive some way. ~ Tarzan
Another quote similar to this is ‘if there’s no path, make one’ and yes, you actually have the ability to create paths. You can find your own way in alleys people think have dead ends. You can find your own solution to problems people think are unsolvable. And once you’ve mastered this skill, you can survive. Somehow, some way, you will survive, because that’s what you’re meant to do. So go out there and show the world how you do things.