27 Quotes from The Obstacle is The Way By Ryan Holiday

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Book – The Obstacle is the Way (Quotes)

Author – Ryan Holiday

Genre – Self – Help

Published – 2014

The Obstacle is the Way written by Ryan Holiday is of ruthless pragmatism and stories that illustrate relentless persistence. Author has divided an Obstacle in three parts – Perception, Action, and Will. He has explained each with engaging and inspiring anecdotes.

The book is not only full of insights, but also full of quotes and lines that will inspire and reinstate your gusto about things you are working on.

Here are 27 quotes for overcoming life’s obstacle.

1. “Setbacks or problems are always expected and never permanent. Making certain that what impedes us can empower us.

2. “The Obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our conditions”

3. “What matters most is not what these obstacles are; but how we see them, how we react to them, and whether we keep our composure”

4. “Choose not to be harmed – and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed – and you haven’t been” – Marcus Aurelius

5. “There is no good or bad without us, there is only perception. There is the event itself and the story we tell ourselves about what it means. We decide what story to tell ourselves. Or whether we will tell one at all”

6. “Don’t forget, there are always people out there looking to get you. The want to intimidate you. Rattle you. Pressure you into making a decision before you’ve gotten all the facts. They want you thinking and acting on their terms, not yours”

7. “When you worry, ask yourself, ‘what am I choosing to not see right now? What important things are you missing because you chose worry over introspection, alertness or wisdom? Put it another way “Does getting upset provide you with more options?”

8. “Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become the next moment. By the same token, every human being has the freedom to change at any instant” – Victor Frankl

9. “The difference between the right and the wrong perspective is everything. Though of course we don’t control reality, our perceptions do influence it”

10. “There is good in everything, if only we look for it” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

11. “Problems are rarely as bad as we think – or rather, they are precisely as bad as we think

12. “A clearer head makes for steadier hands”

13. “Persist and Resist” Persist in your effort. Resist giving in to distraction, discouragement, or disorder” – Epictetus

14. “Your first attempts aren’t going to work. It’s going to take a lot out of you – But energy is an asset we can always find more of. It’s a renewable resource. Stop looking for an epiphany, and start looking for weak points. Stop looking for angels, and start looking for angles”

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15. ” Failure is a Feature. Failure really can be an asset if what you’re trying to do is improve, learn, or do something new”

16. ” In a world where we increasingly work for ourselves, are responsible for ourselves, it makes sense to view ourselves like a start-up – A start-up of ONE”

17″ Like any good school, learning from failure isn’t free. The tuition is paid in discomfort or loss and having to start over”

18. “Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s definition of Stoics. “Transforms fear in to prudence, pain into transformation, mistakes in to initiation and desire into undertaking”

19. “Don’t think small, but make the distinction between the critical and the extra. Think Progress, not Perfection”

20. “Don’t give in to adversity, not to trust prosperity, and always take full note of fortune’s habit of behaving just as she pleases” – SENECA

21. “What we can’t do is control the world around us – not as much as we’d like to, anyway. We might perceive things well, then act rightly, and fail anyway. Note this though. Nothing can ever prevent us from trying. Ever”

22. ” Certain things in life will cut you open like a knife. When, that happens – at that exposing moment – the world gets a glimpse of what’s truly inside of you. So what will be revealed when you’re sliced open by tension and pressure? Iron? Or air? Or bullshit?

23. “It’s much easier to control our perceptions and emotions than it is to give our desire to control other people and events”

24. “We don’t get to choose what happens to us, but we can always choose how we feel about it. And why on earth would you choose to feel anything but good?”

25. “Persistence is an action. Perseverance is a matter of will. One is energy. The other, endurance.

26. ” We don’t control the barriers or the people who put them there. But we control ourselves – and that is sufficient”

27. ” Behind mountains are more mountains” One does not overcome an obstacle to enter the land of no obstacles. – Haitian Proverb.

Hope these quotes inspired you in someway and push you to act on your dreams.

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Wish you a great strength to handle all the obstacle you may face in your journey to greatness.






55 Quotes from The Power of Intention I Dr. Wayne Dyer

Book – The Power of Intention (Quotes)the power of intention book cover photo

Author – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Genre – Self-help

Published in – 2004

A midst all uncertainties we are living in right now, it is enlightening to known we can choose to feel good and feeling otherwise not doing any good anyways. Change the way you look at things, and things you look at change. As much as book talks about how to set intention, hurdles people face and how to overcome it.

The book is full of enlightening, inspiring Quotes and lines. Here is list of some awesome quotes from the book.

1. “Having lost hope of ever returning to the source of everything, the average man seeks solace in his selfishness”

2. “The spirit reveals itself to everyone with the same intensity and consistency, but only warriors are consistently attuned to such revelations” – Don Juan Matus

3. “If we focus on what’s ugly, we attract more ugliness into our thoughts, and then into our emotions, and ultimately into our lives”

4. “Mother Teresa was once asked “What do you do every day in the streets of Calcutta at your mission?” She responded, “Every day I see Jesus Christ in all of his distressing disguises”

5. “The way to establish a relationship with spirit and access the power of this principle (setting intention) is to continuously contemplate yourself as being surrounded by the conditions you wish to produce”

6. “In order to float an Idea into your reality, you must be willing to do a somersault into the inconceivable and land on your feet, contemplating what you want instead of what you don’t have”

7. “As you contemplate connecting to intention, known in your heart that any attitude you have that reflects a scarcity consciousness will hold you back”

8. “We become what we think about, and Emerson reminded us: “The ancestor to every action is a thought”

9. “Meditation is the only way you can grow. There is no other way out. Because when you meditate, you are in silence. You are in thoughtless awareness. Then the growth of awareness takes place”

10. “You must learn to assume responsibility for the circumstances of your life without any accompanying guilt”

11. “Why don’t I see goodness and beauty everywhere? “Because you cannot see outside of you what you fail to see inside”

12. “It is only discord acting within your own feelings that will ever deprive you of every good thing that life holds for you”

13. “If you’re angry at those around you for being angry people, you’re attempting to remedy the situation through condemnation”

14. “Self-importance is man’s greatest enemy”

15. “That which offends you only weakens you”

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16. “Letting of your need to be right in your discussions and relationships is like saying to ego, I’m not a slave to you. I want to embrace kindness, and I reject your need to be right. In fact, I’m going to offer this person a chance to feel better by saying that She’s right, and thank her for pointing me in the direction of truth”

17. “True nobility isn’t about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than you used to be”

18. “Your reputation is not located in you. It resides in the minds of others. Therefore, you have no control over it at all. If you speak to 30 people, you will have 30 reputations”

19. “Notice how much of your inner speech focuses on what’s missing, the negative circumstances, the past, and the opinions of others”

20. “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself… Serve and thou shall be served” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

21. “How you view others is a projection of how you view yourself”

22. “Remember at all times that what you think and what you do affects other people”

23. “Practice wanting for others what you want for yourself by being Christ-like rather than a Christian, Mohammed-like rather than a Muslim, and Buddha-like rather than a Buddhist”

24. “Be compassionate toward everyone you meet, all of the humanity, the entire kingdom of animal life, and our planet and cosmos as well. In return, the universal source of all life will bestow compassion upon you, helping you manifest your own individual intention. It’s the law of attraction”

25. “Eternity is not hereafter… this is it. If you don’t get it here, you won’t get it anywhere” – Joseph Campbell

26. “We’re all in bodies on their way to dying, but we behave as if they’re not, and this is our greatest downfall”

27. “Perhaps the surest way to happiness and fulfillment in life is to thank and praise your source for everything that happens to you”

28. “Your purpose will only be found in service to others, and in being connected to something far greater than your body/mind/ego”

29. “The mark of an immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one”

30. “The best thing to give your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to your father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to your self, respect; to all men, charity” – Swami Sivananda


31. “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval” – Mark Twain

32. “You’re a piece of that universal mind of Creation, and you must see God inside of you and view yourself as a divine creation in order to access the power of intention in your life”

33. ” You have the choice to either be a host to God or hostage to your ego”

34. “Whatever attitude you have about the world in general is a good indicator of the respect you have for your abilities to intend into this world what you desire”

35. “You attract into your life what you feel inside. If you feel that you’re not worthy of being respected, you attract disrespect”

36. ” Perhaps the greatest mistake we make, which causes a loss of self-respect, is making the opinions of others more important than our own opinion of ourselves”

37. “When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself as someone who needs to judge. The same applies to judgments directed at you”

38. “Seize every opportunity, no matter how small, to your life away in service”

39. “Searching for our purpose is like searching for your happiness. There’s no way to happiness; happiness is the way. And so it is with living your life on purpose. It’s not something you find; it’s how you live your life serving others, and bringing purpose to everything you do”

40. “No one is capable of making you upset without your consent, and you’ve given your consent too frequently in the past”

41. “I am what I choose to be in any and all circumstances, and I choose to be authentically peaceful and have a good time”

42. “Rather than praying to a saint or God for miracle, pray for the miracle of the inner awakening, which will never leave you”

43. “When anyone criticizes, judges, acts angry, expresses hatred, or finds fault with you, they’re not at peace with themselves”

44. “When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you” – Lao Tzu

45. “God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance. Tune in to God’s frequency, and you will known it beyond any and all doubt”

46. “You don’t need a reason to be happy…. Your desire to be so is sufficient”

47. “You feel good not because the world is right, but your world is right because you feel good”

48. ” I slept and dreamt that life was joy, I awoke and saw that life was services, I acted and behold service was joy” – Rabindranath Tagore

49. “You can’t have a desire to attract a mate whose confident, generous, nonjudgmental, and gentle, and expect that desire to be manifested if you’re thinking and acting in non confident, selfish, judgmental, or arrogant way – which is why most people don’t attract the right people at the right time”

50. “Infinite patience produces immediate results. The immediate result of infinite patience is the inner peace that comes from knowing that I have a “senior partner” who will either send me someone, or leave me alone to work it out myself”


51. “If you want to be loved unconditionally, practice loving unconditionally. If you want assistance from others, extend assistance whenever and wherever you have the opportunity. If you’d like to be the recipient of generosity, then be as generous as you can, as frequently as you can”

52. “The wake of your life is like the wake of a boat. It’s nothing more than the trail that’s left behind. The wake doesn’t drive the boat. The wake is not driving your life. Everything and everyone in your personal history had to be there when they were. And what’s the evidence for this? They were there!”

53. “Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way” – William James

54. “Until one acknowledges the genius within oneself, one will have great difficulty recognizing it in others”

55. “Change the way you look at things, and things you look at will change”

Hope this quotes/lines helped you in someway or inspire you someway to broaden your perspective and set right intentions and trust in yourself. Feel free to share this post with anyone you known will be benefited.

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Please share your favorite quote from above any other quote that you love most and draw inspiration from in the comment. I would love to hear from you.

Stay Blessed.








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39 How to Stop Worrying and Start Living Quotes I Dale Carnegie

Book – How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (Quotes)How to stop worrying and start living book cover photo

Author – Dale Carnegie

Genre – Self- help Book

Published in – 1948

How to stop worrying and start living is one of the best book on beating worry habits and to live peaceful life. As much as principles, tactics in book are amazingly simple to follow, the book is also full of inspiring, thought-provoking quotes, lines and sentences that changes perspective and gives new way at looking and dealing with our situation.

Here are 39 quotes from the book

1. “About ninety per cent of the things in our lives are right and about ten per cent are wrong. If we want to be happy, all we have to do is to concentrate on the ninety per cent that are right and ignore the ten per cent that are wrong. If we want to be worried and bitter and have stomach ulcers, all we have to do is to concentrate on the ten per cent that are wrong and ignore the ninety per cent that are glorious”

2. “Whether in war or peace, the chief difference between good thinking and bad thinking is this: good thinking deals with causes and effects and leads to logical, constructive planning; bad thinking frequently leads to tension and nervous breakdowns”

3. “Let’s be content to live the only time we can live: from now until bedtime. “Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall,” wrote Robert Louis Stevenson. “Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all that life really means”

4. “Those who keep the peace of their inner selves in the midst of the tumult of the modern city are immune from nervous diseases. “Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand”

5. “Obviously, circumstances alone do not make us happy or unhappy. It is the way we react to circumstances that determines our feelings. Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven is within you. That is where the kingdom of hell is, too”

6. “The most relaxing recreating forces are a healthy religion, sleep, music, and laughter. Have faith in God-learn to sleep well- Love good music-see the funny side of life- And health and happiness will be yours”

7. “The greatest mistake physicians make is that they attempt to cure the body without attempting to cure the mind; yet the mind and body are one and should not be treated separately” – Plato

8. “One of the worst features about worrying is that it destroys our ability to concentrate. When we worry, our minds jump here and there and everywhere, and we lose all power of decision”

9. “The most important thing in life is not to capitalize on your gains. Any fool can do that. The really important thing is to profit from your losses. That requires intelligence; and it makes the difference between a man of sense and a fool” – William Bolitho

10. “Happiness is not mostly pleasure; it is mostly victory. Yes, the victory that comes from a sense of achievement, of triumph, of turning our lemons into lemonades” -Harry Emerson Fosdick

11. “I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew): Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who” – Rudyard Kipling

12. “If a man will devote his time to securing facts in an impartial, objective way, his worries will usually evaporate in the light of knowledge”

13. “Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not” – William James

14. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference” -Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr

15. “Concern means realizing what the problems are and calmly taking steps to meet them. Worrying means going around in maddening, futile circles”

16. “Let’s not allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. Remember “Life is too short to be little”

17. “For every ailment under the sun, there is a remedy, or there is none; If there be one, try to find it; If there be none, never mind it”

18. “There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second” – Logan Pearsall Smith

19. “A man is not hurt so much by what happens, as by his opinion of what happens.” And our opinion of what happens is entirely up to us” – Montaigne

20. “There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will” – Epictetus

21. “Nobody is so miserable as he, who longs to be somebody and something other than the person he is in body and mind” – Angelo Patri

22. “Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding that limit” – Elbert Hubbard

23. “Worry is most apt to ride you ragged not when you are in action, but when the day’s work is done” – James L. Mursell

24. “Everything that is in agreement with our personal desires seems true. Everything that is not puts us into a rage” – Andre Maurois

25. “Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequence of any misfortune” – William James

26. “Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. Ask yourself: How do I KNOW this thing I am worrying about will really come to pass?”

27. “The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not” – George Bernard Shaw

28. “If you have what seems to you insufficient, then you will be miserable even if you possess the world” – Seneca

29. “A mere man alone can easily be defeated, but a man alive with the power of God within him is invincible”

30. “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven”

31. “To be wronged or robbed is nothing unless you continue to remember it” – Confucius

32. “To know all is to understand all, and this leaves no room for judgment and condemnation” – Clarence Darrow

33. “Gratitude is a fruit of great cultivation. You do not find it among gross people” – Dr. Samuel Johnson

34. “Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour”

35. “Fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration, and resentment”

36. “Business men who do not know how to fight worry die young” – Dr. Alexis Carrel

37 “Man is not made to understand life, but to live it” – George Santayana

38. “Everything changes except the law of change”

39. “Every day is a new life to a wise man”

Hope these quotes, lines inspired you in some way to act and get rid of worries. Please share this post with everyone you feel will be benefited.

Do share your favorite quote from the above or any other book you read which really resonate with you. I would love to hear from you.

I have also written review of this book. You may check it out. How to stop worrying and start living Review.

Wish you a worry free life.


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