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35 Inspirational Graduation Quotes Everyone Should Hear. It’s graduation season, which means that college students everywhere are getting a heavy dose of advice for finding their passions, chasing success, and thriving in the real world. So today, we rounded up 35 of the best.

Here are enough proverbs to last for a month. To test your vocabulary or stretch your interpretation skills, try translating them and coming up with an English equivalent, although be warned that there isn't always a direct English counterpart. Very loose translations or English equivalent proverbs are in parentheses.

En boca cerrada no entran moscas

Translation: Flies don't enter a closed mouth. (You won't make a mistake if you don't talk.)

31 Spanish Proverbs, Quotes, and Sayings

  1. El hábito no hace al monje.
    The habit doesn't make the monk. (Clothes do not make the man.)
  2. A beber y a tragar, que el mundo se va a acabar.
    Here's to drinking and swallowing, for the world is going to end. (Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.)
  3. Algo es algo; menos es nada.
    Something is something; less is nothing. (It's better than nothing. Half a loaf is better than none.)
  4. No hay que ahogarse en un vaso de agua.
    It isn't necessary to drown oneself in a glass of water. (Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.)
  5. Borra con el codo lo que escribe con la mano.
    He/she erases with the elbow what his/her hand is writing. (Whatever good actions or decisions he makes, he invalidates by other actions)
  6. Dame pan y dime tonto.
    Give me bread and call me a fool. (Think of me what you will. As long as I get what I want, it doesn't matter what you think.)
  7. La cabra siempre tira al monte.
    The goat always heads toward the mountain. (The leopard doesn't change its spots. You can't teach an old dog new tricks.)
  1. El amor todo lo puede.
    Love can do it all. (Love will find a way.)
  2. A los tontos no les dura el dinero.
    Money does not last for fools. (A fool and his money are soon parted.)
  3. De músico, poeta y loco, todos tenemos un poco.
    We all have a little bit of musician, poet and crazy person in ourselves. (We're all a little bit crazy.)
  4. Al mejor escribano se le va un borrón.
    To the best scribe comes a smudge. (Even the best of us make mistakes. Nobody's perfect.)
  5. Camarón que se duerme se lo lleva la corriente.
    The shrimp that falls asleep is carried by the current. (Don't let the world pass you by. Stay alert and be proactive. Don't fall asleep at the wheel.)
  6. A lo hecho, pecho.
    To what is done, the chest. (Face up to what is. What is done is done.)
  7. Nunca es tarde para aprender.
    It never is late for learning. (It is never too late to learn.)
  8. A otro perro con ese hueso.
    To another dog with that bone. (Tell that to someone who will believe you.)
  9. Desgracia compartida, menos sentida.
    Shared misfortune, less sorrow. (Misery loves company.)
  1. Donde hay humo, hay fuego.
    Where there's smoke, there's fire.
  2. No hay peor sordo que el que no quiere oír.
    There is not a worse deaf person than the one who doesn't want to hear. (There is none so blind as he who will not see.)
  3. No vendas la piel del oso antes de cazarlo.
    Don't sell the bear's hide before you hunt it. (Don't count your chickens before they hatch.)
  4. Qué bonito es ver la lluvia y no mojarse.
    How nice it is to see the rain and not get wet. (Don't criticize others for the way they do something unless you've done it yourself.)
  5. Nadie da palos de balde.
    Nobody gives sticks for free. (You can't get something for nothing. There's no such thing as a free lunch.)
  6. Los árboles no están dejando ver el bosque.
    The trees aren't allowing one to see the forest. (You can't see the forest for the trees.)
  7. El mundo es un pañuelo.
    The world is a handkerchief. (It's a small world.)
  8. A cada cerdo le llega su San Martín.
    Every pig gets its San Martín. (What goes around comes around. You deserve what you get. San Martín refers to a traditional celebration in which a pig is sacrificed.)
  1. Consejo no pedido, consejo mal oído.
    Advice not asked for, advice poorly heard. (Someone who doesn't ask for advice doesn't want to hear it. Don't give advice unless you're asked.)
  2. Obras son amores y no buenas razones.
    Acts are love and good reasons aren't. (Actions speak louder than words.)
  3. Gobernar es prever.
    To govern is to foresee. (It is better to prevent problems than to fix them. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.)
  4. No dejes camino viejo por sendero nuevo.
    Don't leave the old road for a new trail. (It's better to stick with what works. A shortcut isn't always quicker.)
  5. No dejes para mañana lo que puedas hacer hoy.
    Don't leave for tomorrow that which you can do today.
  6. Donde no hay harina, todo es mohina.
    Where there's no flour, everything is an annoyance. (Poverty breeds discontent. If your needs aren't met, you won't be happy.)
  7. Todos los caminos llevan a Roma.
    All roads lead to Rome. (There's more than one way to reach a goal. All actions have the same result.)

And a Bonus Handful

  1. La lengua no tiene hueso, pero corta lo más grueso.
    The tongue doesn't have a bone, but it cuts the thickest thing. (Words are more powerful than weapons.)
  2. La raíz de todos los males es el amor al dinero.
    The root of all evils is love toward money. (Love of money is the root of all evil.)
  3. A falta de pan, tortillas.
    Lack of bread, tortillas. (Make do with what you have. Half a loaf is better than none.)
  4. El amor es como el agua que no se seca.
    Love is like water that never evaporates. (True love lasts forever.)

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22 Wise and Memorable Lord of the Rings Quotes

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If you want to know how to age successfully, your best bet is to ask older adults who've figured out the secrets. These 15 wise individuals, all of whom lived well into their later years, provide a range of witty, wise, and even practical tips for finding fulfillment, no matter what your age.

 "I had to wait 110 years to become famous.  I wanted to enjoy it as long as possible."  Jeanne Louise Calment  (1875-1997)

The oldest documented living human, this French woman had all her wits about her when she reached the "super-centenarian" age of 110. With her jaunty smile, Calment charmed the world with her upbeat attitude toward aging and life.

"You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred."  Woody Allen (1935- )

Unfortunately, this bon mot is somewhat true, though some of the longest-living individuals (including Calment) engaged in their share of bad habits. However, you can control your life span to the extent that you can avoid some of the unhealthy behaviors that cause people to die before reaching old age.

"Too many people, when they get old, think that they have to live by the calendar." John Glenn (1921-)

As the oldest person to board a U.S. Space Shuttle at age 77, Senator John Glenn exemplified the view that we shouldn't let age define us. The calendar is a useful way to let you know the date, but if you let yourself be hemmed in by your chronological age, you may lock yourself out of potentially valuable opportunities.

"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you was*?" Satchel Paige (1906-1982)

Along the same lines as John Glenn's quote is that of this baseball legend who continued his successful career well into his 60s. We are so obsessed with age, Paige implies, that we allow it to define our identities. Break out of the mental set that makes you think of your age first, and your identity second. 

*thank you to a reader who pointed out the quote may actually say "were," but it's also listed as "are," and as I have written here, "was."

"Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty." Coco Chanel (1983-1971)

Before the age of botox, this fashion icon wisely noted that the expressions you characteristically show will lead you to develop the lines that engrave your face as you get older. At 20, you have none of these lines, but by 50 your typical expression will have carved itself into your forehead and around your eyes and mouth. Smile and your facial wrinkles will have a friendlier feel.

"Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness." Edward Stanley (1826-1893)

Do you ever feel that you just don't have enough time to work out? Do you get to work early and stay late at the office, only to convince yourself that there are just not enough hours in the day to get to the gym? Back in the mid-1800s, this British stateman advocated, well ahead of his time, for the importance to health of getting regular physical activity. He didn't have the data to support this argument that we have now about the value of exercise, but his astute observation would withstand the most rigorous scientific test about the benefits of working out on a regular basis.

"I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don't have to." Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Einstein seemed to have the ability to produce more witticisms than the average physicist.  In this case, he expresses the sentiment that many older adults seem to feel, as evidenced by research showing that older adults have lower scores on a measure called "self-discipline." By the time they reach their later years, individuals feel better able to express themselves rather than being hemmed in by society's proscriptions.

"Do not try to live forever, you will not succeed." George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

This is somewhat of a discouraging message but not if you accept the fact that there are limits on longevity, meaning that life has finite limits. Of course, Shaw himself lived to a ripe old age.  However, by recognizing that no one can live forever, you can avail yourself of the life you have, and enjoy it as much as possible.

"By the time you're eighty years old you've learned everything. You only have to remember it." George Burns (1896-1996)

The ultimate wise old man, George Burns (who played "God" in case you don't remember) expresses an observation that, although probably unknown to him, has its basis in empirical data about aging and memory. Researchers believe that one of the challenges to memory that older adults face is the ability to retrieve the information they have already acquired. With this knowledge, you can avail yourself of memory strategies that will allow you to maximize the ability to store and retrieve the memories you strive to retain.

"The wiser mind mourns less for what age takes away than what it leaves behind." William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

There are several layers of wisdom embedded in this quote. One is that as people get older, their wisdom is expressed by focusing on what is most important. Second, those adults who do focus on loss will be less able to maximize their mental powers, even in areas that traditionally seem vulnerable to the effects of aging. Third, by concentrating on your strengths rather than your weaknesses, your more positive mental set will allow you to  take advantage of your mental powers, even if they're not quite what they were when you were younger.

"He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition, youth and age are equally a burden." Plato (427-346 B.C.)

This wise observation from Plato harkens back to the findings of "Big Five" researchers Costa and McCrae, who observed that the most discontented younger adults were the ones most likely to experience the so-called "midlife crisis" in their 40s. Although personality change is possible at any time throughout life, people high on the trait of neuroticism seem to have disadvantages in adapting to the challenges of midlife and beyond.

"At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don't care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven't been thinking of us at all." Ann Landers (1918-2002)

The guru of advice columns (along with her twin sister, Abigail Von Buren), Ann Landers reminds us that as people get older, they move away from the egocentric concerns of youth to the more realistic perceptions of midlife and older adults, who realize that they are not the center of the universe.  As a result, older adults are free to do what they want, not constrained by what they construe to be the opinions of others (who themselves are thinking only about themselves).

"Old age hath yet his honour and his toil." Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

I like this quote as an opening to my lecture on aging and work. Although we tend to think of older adults as less productive employees than their younger counterparts, the opposite is true. From the age of 55 and onwards, workers are better employees in terms of their reliability and even, in many vocational fields, of productivity. We might wish that aging carried with it more "honour" than it does in a society that seems to value youth, but as Tennyson pointed out, there are many reasons that it should.

"Because I could not stop for death – He kindly stopped for me." Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Emily Dickinson's quotes are some of the most quotable in all of psychology, and this is no exception. The idea that death can be "kind" fits with what experts in the field of death and dying call the "tame" view of death. It's not that death steals us of life, but that it brings us to a beneficent ending. 

"Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be." Robert Browning (1812-1889)

This very inspiring characterization of old age fits with the concept of "successful aging," provides the view that it is possible to enjoy your later years in a way that exceeds your expectations.

"Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength." Betty Friedan (1921-2006)

One of the founders of the feminist movement, Betty Friedan continued to inspire women throughout her life, writing about her experiences with aging in The Fountain of AgeIn this quote, Friedan captures the concept of successful aging. Let's redefine later life as a time of growth instead of inevitable decline.

By sharing these wise, witty, and insightful quotes, I hope I've inspired you to think more positively about your own aging and to gain a better perspective on ways to live as productively and as long as you can.

Follow me on Twitter @swhitbo for daily updates on psychology, health, and aging.Feel free to join my Facebook group, "Fulfillment at Any Age," to discuss today's blog, to ask further questions about this posting, or to share your own tricks.

Copyright Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D. 2012

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65 Inspirational Disney Quotes About Imagination and Success

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Success, as with most things, starts with attitude. When you're struggling, a small burst of inspiration can make a huge difference.

Here are 75 quotes about success to inspire you to keep pushing forward and achieve your dreams.

  1. "If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success." James Cameron
  2. "Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." Henry David Thoreau
  3. "Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out." John Wooden
  4. "Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failures before final success. What sets the successful ones apart is their amazing persistence." Lisa M. Amos
  5. "If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary." Jim Rohn
  6. "Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life--think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success." Swami Vivekananda
  7. "Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion." Tony Hsieh
  8. "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney
  9. "If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do." Anonymous
  10. "Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." Winston Churchill
  11. "Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them." Vaibhav Shah
  12. "Success? I don't know what that word means. I'm happy. But success, that goes back to what in somebody's eyes success means. For me, success is inner peace. That's a good day for me." Denzel Washington
  13. "Opportunities don't happen. You create them." Chris Grosser
  14. "Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value." Albert Einstein
  15. "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." Charles Darwin
  16. "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." Eleanor Roosevelt
  17. "The best revenge is massive success." Frank Sinatra
  18. "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Thomas Edison
  19. "A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him." David Brinkley
  20. "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt
  21. "The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one's destiny to do, and then do it." Henry Ford
  22. "If you're going through hell, keep going." Winston Churchill
  23. "What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise." Oscar Wilde
  24. "The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success." Bruce Feirstein
  25. "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." John D. Rockefeller
  26. "Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." Nathaniel Hawthorne
  27. "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." Albert Einstein
  28. "There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed." Ray Goforth
  29. "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." Arthur Ashe
  30. "People ask, 'What's the best role you've ever played?' The next one." Kevin Kline
  31. "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." Thomas Jefferson
  32. "The starting point of all achievement is desire." Napoleon Hill
  33. "Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out." Robert Collier
  34. "If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work." Thomas J. Watson
  35. "All progress takes place outside the comfort zone." Michael John Bobak
  36. "You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing." Philippos
  37. "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear." Mark Twain
  38. "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." Pablo Picasso
  39. "We become what we think about most of the time, and that's the strangest secret." Earl Nightingale
  40. "The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary." VidalSassoon
  41. "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone." Bill Cosby
  42. "Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending." Carl Bard
  43. "I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing." MarthaStewart
  44. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain
  45. "The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself." MarkCaine
  46. "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." MarkTwain
  47. "The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus." BruceLee
  48. "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy." Jimmy Spithill
  49. "Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down." Charles F. Kettering
  50. "If you genuinely want something, don't wait for it--teach yourself to be impatient." GurbakshChahal
  51. "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something--your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." Steve Jobs
  52. "If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!" T. Harv Eker
  53. "Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better." Jim Rohn
  54. "The No. 1 reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors." Napoleon Hill
  55. "In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it." Jane Smiley
  56. "Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time." George Bernard Shaw
  57. "I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well." Diane Ackerman
  58. "Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." Jim Ryun
  59. "Our greatest fear should not be of failure ... but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter." Francis Chan
  60. "If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much." Jim Rohn
  61. "Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don't have a plan." Larry Winget
  62. "To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can't just accept the ones you like." Mike Gafka
  63. "Be content to act, and leave the talking to others." Baltasar
  64. "You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." Margaret Thatcher
  65. "Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There's no greater investment." Stephen Covey
  66. "I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite." G. K. Chesterton
  67. "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." Thomas A. Edison
  68. "The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize." Robert Hughes
  69. "What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?" Robert Schuller
  70. "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing." Abraham Lincoln
  71. "Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential." John Maxwell
  72. "Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It's quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that's where you will find success." Thomas J. Watson
  73. "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." Albert Einstein
  74. "Success is just a war of attrition. Sure, there's an element of talent you should probably possess. But if you just stick around long enough, eventually something is going to happen." Dax Shepard
  75. "My tombstone? I'm thinking something along the lines of, 'Geez, he was just here a minute ago.'" George Carlin

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Many Hawaiian proverbs, sayings and quotes help guide island life. Proverbs of ancient Hawaii are wise words that are still relevant today and give us a.

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Famous people not only love Hawaii but many have homes here. In Maui you never know if you might famous musicians like Willie Nelson, Mick Fleetwood, Jack Johnson or Steven Tyler doing impromptu gigs or sit ins at local bars. They all have homes here on the island and visit often. Other entertainers simply reference Maui as a luxurious or extravagant place. Some have fallen in love with the lifestyle and can’t help writing about it. Here are a few modern day quotes from people you’ve heard of and maybe some you haven’t…Enjoy!

“People have nannies and big cars, and they want to go to Maui for Christmas. When there are those kind of stakes involved, people get ruthless.”

Author: Amy Sherman Palladino

. “You’re really spread out now, you’ve got stuff all over the WORLD! You’ve got stuff at home, stuff in storage, stuff in Honolulu, stuff in Maui, stuff in your pockets…supply lines are getting longer and harder to maintain.”

Author: George Carlin

. “I love Hawaii. I really enjoy surfing in Oahu, and Waianae is such a great area. And Maui – I like Maui a lot, too.”

Author: Troy Polamalu

I can’t even speak Hawaiian, but if you go there and listen to a Hawaiian song, you get captured because it’s so beautiful, like the melody is just gorgeous and you know Bob Marley is on the radio every single day. It’s very reggae-influenced down there. Basically, you haven’t been to paradise if you haven’t been to Hawaii.     — Bruno Mars

Most of my ukulele heroes were traditional players from Hawaii, like Eddie Kamae and Ohta-san. There may not be uke stars in popular culture, but there are certainly pop stars that play uke – George Harrison, Eddie Vedder, Taylor Swift, Train, and Paul McCartney. Jake Shimabukuro

Hawaii is paradise. It sounds cheesy to say it, but there’s music in the air there. Bruno Mars

I grew up in a musical family; the majority of my growing up was done in Hawaii. It’s what we do. You sing, you dance, you play ukulele and you drink. Dwayne Johnson

Kaohinani is a Hawaiian word meaning gatherer of beautiful things.     — Rob Brezsny – a writer, poet, and musician.

Aloha is the unconditional desire to promote the true good of other people in a friendly spirit out of a sense of kinship.     — Abraham AkakaRev. Akaka was Kahu (shepherd) of Kawaiahaʻo Church in Honolulu,

Nature is where it all begins for the Hawaiians. In fact, they call themselves keiki o ka aina children of the land’.     —M.J. Harden Author of Voices of Wisdom Hawaiian Elders Speak – Owner of Hike Maui

I believe Hawaii is the most precious jewel in the world.     — Don Ho

Whether a visitor or kama’aina (resident), the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands inspires the heart and mind.     — Unknown

I can always remember that experience in Hawaii pleasantly on account of Elvis.     — Minnie Pearl

For me the magic of Hawaii comes from the stillness, the sea, the stars.     — Joanne Harris  best known for her award-winning novel Chocolat

Hawaii is the island of big dreams for both islanders and guests. Those dreams born in paradise can, indeed come true.     — Sharon Linnea writer of award-winning biographies of Princess Ka’iulani

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