A seed looks small on the outside, but it contains an entire tree inside! In almost a similar way, there is such profound wisdom that can be hidden within just a few words of text.
Here is a collection of 10 short quotes that are not big on words, but the hidden wisdom they contain is profound and timeless.
#1. A rainbow which lasts for a quarter of an hour is looked at no longer – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
This simple yet profound quote tells us that there is nothing extraordinary about life, everything’s just a matter of perspective.
A rainbow is considered special because it makes for a rare sighting. If a rainbow was common, it would stop being so special.
So ‘special’ and ‘ordinary’ is only a matter of perspective. Everything can be viewed as special and everything can be viewed as ordinary.
People who reside in and around the Niagara falls, seldom visit it. The reason – it’s always there and hence they get used to its presence. But to the tourists, it is a sight to behold. Something rare and precious.
#2. The more you try to please people, the more they get control of you – Chanda Kaushik
Seeking other people’s validation is equivalent to giving away your power to them. And most people enjoy having power over others and hence will love being presented with such an opportunity.
The best way to get your power back is to stop relying so much on external validation and instead work on strengthening your inner validation. Once you approve of yourself, you will no long seek approval of others.
#3. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world – Albert Einstein
Everything man made was once a part of someone’s imagination.
Knowledge is limited as it generally involves learning something that has already been established by someone else. Imagination on the other hand is very personal and limitless. Einstein is absolutely spot on with this quote.
So if you have not done this in a long time – sit back, relax and enter your world of imagination.
#4. Worry is a misuse of imagination – Dan Zadra
If you have a highly imaginative mind, chances are that you also engage in a lot of worrying.
As children, we used our imagination to take us to enchanted lands where everything was possible. But as we got older, our minds got clogged with data and imagination got hijacked with worries and repetitive thoughts about the future.
Worry certainly is a misuse of this precious gift we have as a human being. Take back your power by becoming conscious of how your mind is misusing your power of imagination and divert it toward visualizing a reality that you wish to create.
#5. Man is a universe within himself – Bob Marley
When we shift our attention within, we realize the presence of an entire universe inside.
Just like the sun, our heart beats relentlessly powering our entire body with life energy. Just like there is intelligence on earth, there is intelligence in the brain. And just like there are planets, our body has various chakras (endocrine glands/energy centers). And finally, every single cell in our body is just like an unique individual.
#6. Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born – Nikola Tesla
The best solution to an overwhelmed and confused mind is solitude. In solitude, the mind noise settles down and we get access to a deeper source of intelligence which is the seat of creativity. Therein lies the secret to finding answers to all our problems.
If you are in need of fresh ideas, take a few minutes to be alone and silent in a place free of distractions. Once the mind settles down and there is true silence within, ideas will begin to roll in from a greater intelligence.
#7. The fool thinks he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool – William Shakesphere
Stupid people lack the intelligence to comprehend their own stupidity and because of that, they actually consider themselves very smart. Their belief is completely free from any from of self doubt.
Conversely, a wise individual knows enough to realize her/his shortcomings and hence considers himself average or below average. He/she is often filled with some form of self doubt. In psychology, this is also known as the Dunning Kruger effect.
This is why, having self doubt in a way is a measure of intelligence cause the more you know the more you realize how little you know.
#8. We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are – Anais Nin
As discussed in a quote earlier, everything is a matter of perspective. The outer reality is merely a reflection of our inner reality.
There is nothing absolute out there, everything is subject to an individual’s perception. Our brain interprets information based on preconceived ideas and beliefs.
Our conditioning acts as a filter through which the brain interprets information. As we change the filter, we get to see the same information from a different perspective.
#9. The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear – Rumi
This beautiful short quote by Rumi directs us towards the deeper intelligence that lies within us.
Amidst all that mind noise, the shrill voice of our deeper intelligence, which can be called universal/cosmic intelligence or soul intelligence gets silenced. The only way to hear this voice is to quiet the mind. The quieter the mind becomes, the more access we get to this deeper source of intelligence. This is why, meditation is your best friend.
#10. When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be – Lao Tzu
Our ego or the sense of ‘I’ is formed through mental conditioning. And until we become conscious of this conditioning, our life is run by this conditioning – it decides how we think, act and feel.
In order to bring major change into our lives, we need to change the way we think by becoming conscious of our conditioned thinking patterns and letting go of them. Once you are free to let go of these limiting patterns, you are free to create the reality that you truly desire.