The Best Influencers Of Their Time Known Through Their Quotes
Marcus Aurelius was one of the most influential emperors of Rome. Good emperors were a rarity in Rome yet Marcus was one of them. He ruled for a good 19 years, from 161 to 180 AD. It is believed that Marcus wrote his infamous book Meditations under the weight of his daunting duties as the Emperor of Rome. His quotes will take you into the mind of a man of his duties and his conviction.
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love ...”
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”
“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”
“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”
“The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.”
“Here is a rule to remember in future, when anything tempts you to feel bitter: not "This is a misfortune," but "To bear this worthily is good fortune.”
“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”
This American writer and lecturer was perhaps the first self-development coach ever to get so famous and become a popular influencer. While living in New York, YMCA, he got the idea to be a public speaking instructor and taught his first class in the YMCA hall in return for 80% of his lecture proceedings. From here in 1912, the Daniel Carnegie course evolved and by 1914 he was making $500 every week.
“Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.”
“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
“First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst.”
“Speakers who talk about what life has taught them never fail to keep the attention of their listeners.”
“The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another's keeping.”
Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor and a futurist. His most famous invention is the Altering Current (AC) Electrical System which is now used worldwide. Tesla Coil, his other invention, is also used in radio technology. Tesla had futuristic ideas and while his affluence failed him, it’s his influence that is still alive to this day.
“Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.”
The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.
The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
“What we now want is closer contact and better understanding between individuals and communities all over the earth, and the elimination of egoism and pride which is always prone to plunge the world into primeval barbarism and strife... Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment...”
“All that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed — only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle.”
The Bronte sisters or the Bronte literary family shot to fame for giving world literature works like “Jane Eyre” and “The Wuthering Heights” amongst many others. They might not be your usual choice in a “quotes by famous people” listicle but Charlotte, the author of Jane Eyre, was a peculiar person, one with the thoughts worth taking notice of.
“Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.”
“There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow-creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.” - Jane Eyre.
Princess Diana was popular for her striking beauty and her kind presence. While the family she’d married into brought her in limelight, her free-spirit and caring nature kept her in it until her tragic death. To this day, 24 years after her death, she is still remembered as the warm-hearted Princess who constantly challenged the class-based norms and braved the distance to make the civilians feel heard.
“The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter - often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter - in the eye.”
Known to have fallen in and out of depression and melancholia, it was her spirit, untamed, that has its own appeal.
“I like to be a free spirit. Some don't like that, but that's the way I am.”
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”
“I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved.”
“I want to walk into a room, be it a hospital for the dying or a hospital for the sick children, and feel that I am needed. I want to do, not just to be.”
“Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and in the process care for ourselves.”
The people you surround yourself with have a great impact on your life and most importantly your thoughts. Many of the above famous influencers have written works that you can spend your afternoons with, however it’s more about drawing inspiration from the people who bloomed under pressure and created or became a cause for something extraordinary with resounding effects.