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Motivational Quotes!

Post by ThomsonsPier » Wed Aug 23, 2006 3:10 pm

I just found this one on the BBC discussion forums (paraphrasing/contextualising):

Think when tempted break the rules:
"Nothing tastes as good as being fit feels."

Any more, anyone?
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Post by operababe » Wed Aug 23, 2006 10:42 pm

"Life by the mile is a trial,
Life by the inch is a cinch."
It's time to make it beautiful.

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Post by operababe » Wed Aug 23, 2006 10:46 pm

I don't think this one has that much to do with inspiration and weight loss, but I think it's funny:

"Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar."
It's time to make it beautiful.

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Post by operababe » Wed Aug 23, 2006 10:48 pm

"Sometimes it's not good enough to do your best, you have to do what's required."
Winston Churchill
It's time to make it beautiful.

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Post by operababe » Wed Aug 23, 2006 10:50 pm

"I'm not fat - I'm just fluffy!"
Garfield the Cat

TP, you've released the beast in me and now the babe is on a quote rampage.
It's time to make it beautiful.

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Post by operababe » Wed Aug 23, 2006 10:52 pm

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
Albert Einstein
It's time to make it beautiful.

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Post by operababe » Wed Aug 23, 2006 10:54 pm

"The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it."
Michelangelo


OK, you guys are lucky that I have to go out and pick up my son, otherwise I'd make you all sick with quotes.

Have a great night everybody, I'll see you all in the bar.

The babe.
And I'm not even thinking about baseball.
It's time to make it beautiful.

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Post by mschalock » Thu Aug 24, 2006 1:37 am

Operababe- I love the one you posted, "Life by the mile is a trial,
Life by the inch is a cinch." That's one of my main motivators in life - I can get almost anything done bit by bit. That's how I finally got my doggone master's thesis done. That's how I look at weight loss and maintenance too.

-Monica-

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Post by navin » Thu Aug 24, 2006 1:43 am

An oldie but a goodie:

"You are what you eat."
Before criticizing someone, you should try walking a mile in their shoes. Then you'll be a mile away and you'll have their shoes.

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Post by operababe » Thu Aug 24, 2006 3:02 am

It's late, I have to get to bed, but Navin I can't resist adding to "You are what you eat."
There is the Buddhist take on that:
"You eat what you are."
Definitely food for thought! (OK, OK, I'll stop now.)

Monica, exactly, bit by bit, inch by inch. And that's probably the one quote that best supports the No S habit IMO.

Good night all!
It's time to make it beautiful.

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Post by Big Phil » Thu Aug 24, 2006 4:35 am

If you add a little to a little
and then do it again,
soon you will have much.

-Hesiod

For No-S think of it lose a little... etc.
:)

Phil.

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Post by reinhard » Fri Aug 25, 2006 2:50 pm

I think I used up all my good relevant quotes on the home page...

To contribute something, here are some not very quotable but still relevant and enlightening, I think, passages from Xenophon Memorabilia on Socrates as highbrow self help specialist:

From:

http://perseus.uchicago.edu/hopper/text ... hapter%3D2
In control of his own passions and appetites he was the strictest of men; ...his needs were so schooled to moderation that having very little he was yet very content. Such was his own character: how then can he have led others into impiety, crime, gluttony, lust, or sloth? On the contrary, he cured these vices in many, by putting into them a desire for goodness, and by giving them confidence that self-discipline would make them gentlemen. To be sure he never professed to teach this; but, by letting his own light shine, he led his disciples to hope that they through imitation of him would attain to such excellence. Furthermore, he himself never neglected the body, and reproved such neglect in others. Thus over-eating followed by over-exertion he disapproved. But he approved of taking as much hard exercise as is agreeable to the soul; for the habit not only insured good health, but did not hamper the care of the soul.
And:

http://perseus.uchicago.edu/hopper/text ... apter%3D12
In everything that men do the body is useful; and in all uses of the body it is of great importance to be in as high a state of physical efficiency as possible. Why, even in the process of thinking, in which the use of the body seems to be reduced to a minimum, it is matter of common knowledge that grave mistakes may often be traced to bad health.
And:

http://perseus.uchicago.edu/hopper/text ... hapter%3D5
Should not every man hold self-control to be the foundation of all virtue, and first lay this foundation firmly in his soul? For who without this can learn any good or practise it worthily? Or what man that is the slave of his pleasures is not in an evil plight body and soul alike?
And:

http://perseus.uchicago.edu/hopper/text ... hapter%3D3
He schooled his body and soul by following, a system which, in all human calculation, would give him a life of confidence and security, and would make it easy to meet his expenses. For he was so frugal that it is hardly possible to imagine a man doing so little work as not to earn enough to satisfy the needs of Socrates. He ate just sufficient food to make eating a pleasure, and he was so ready for his food that he found appetite the best sauce.
Sorry for bombarding you like this, but the book is fresh in my mind, and I just get such a kick out of seeing the father of western philosophy as self help guru. And it's inspiring I think when you're tackling these very mundane problems to hear from the greatest authority on the subject, that fitness and moderation in eating are not vulgar distractions from more serious concerns, but the foundation of a philosophical life.

Reinhard

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