Life Advice from the World’s Most Inspirational People

Like many other sleep deprived and latte fuelled uni students, my favourite form of procrastination is searching Pinterest. As of late, it has become my favourite social media platform, as unlike my Facebook newsfeed, it contains inspiring, motivating and positive material that I am genuinely interested in.

In typical ‘bored uni student’ fashion, I spent the majority of my screenwriting tutorial on Monday ‘pinning’ everything from ‘flourless peanut butter cookie’ recipes, to the summer sunset of Santorini and everything in between.

During my pinning adventures, I came to the realisation that Pinterest and the web in general, grants us insider access to life advice straight from the mouths of the world’s most successful people. This really struck me because I am ‘that’ person who cops tonnes of hate for posting too many inspirational quotes on Facebook. If you are also ‘that’ person, then read on, because here is a list of the most quotable quotes that I urge you to keep sharing no matter how many friends or followers you loose in the process… keep slaying the world with your positivity! Spread that stuff like confetti on Oxford Street during Mardi Gras!

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”

– Aristotle

As one of the most influential thinkers of all time, Aristotle draws on the age old concept of ‘the heart vs the head’.

My verdict is, you can’t have one without the other, but when deciding matters of the heart it is important to be logical. When deciding matters of the mind, use empathy and the goodness you possess inside your heart.

“Be happy with what you have while working for what you want”

– Helen Keller

In case you didn’t know, Helen Keller was both blind and deaf. That’s right! This is coming from a lady who was never able to see a sunrise or hear the giggles of the people she loved. We need to take note of her ability to focus on the assets she was given and the gratitude she had for them.


Similarly, in the pursuit of our dreams, we need to maintain gratitude for the things we already have instead of getting too caught up in the things we don’t.

“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

For someone who copped more hate than humanly possible, MLK has some pretty outspoken feelings on the topic of hatred. Yes, people will do some pretty shitty things to you. They will love you and leave you, they will build you up just to tear you down and they will hate on you for reasons that will remain unknown- don’t let the actions of others affect you so much that you hate them.

Brush the feelings of hatred off and replace them with altruism (now that’s one for you to go Google next time your bored in a lecture).

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them”

-Walt Disney

I think good old Walt was onto something when he said this. I mean, he is the genius behind the world’s single most successful entertainment enterprise that, ya know, breeds happiness into the world on a daily basis through films, theme parks, cruise lines, television and everything else under the sun.

The thing that truly strikes me about Walt’s success philosophy is that he was beginning in a time of depression and angst after World War II. It goes to show that when your dream is to make the world a better place, or bring happiness to the lives of others, all it takes is a little courage and belief and nothing will stagger your ability to achieve greatness. 

“You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry”

– Abraham Lincoln

If you get frustrated waiting for that poor little old lady to cross the street, I hate to say it, but you are kind of small minded. If you let that jerk off transport officer who made you pay full fare because you didn’t have your student card get you down, you need to change your attitude, big time! If you pull a version of ‘World’s Greatest Freakout’  when you open your double cheeseburger to find pickles on it, you need an attitude revamp, ASAP!

Old Abe was right when he proposed that the greatness of man is determined by what makes him angry. Instead of getting angry, turn that fire into passion and use it towards something productive. (And please, cut the old lady some slack, she is like 94 years old and is probably already late to bingo or knitting club!)

“If you cannot be positive then at least be quiet”

– Joel Osteen

Only speak words of victory! Never, ever, let a word of defeat come out of your mouth no mater how much you feel defeated on the inside. The words that come out of your mouth are the biggest reflection of the thoughts inside your head. When you go to speak a negative word about yourself or another, ask yourself if you want to come across as a victor or victim?

Sure, getting laid off from your job sucks! Sure, you want to tell your best friend that their work buddies are total douchers. Sure, it absolutely kills to see the person you thought you would be with for the rest of your life walk out the door without a second thought! It’s perfectly normal and an expected part of being human to feel these things. Just do the best you can to keep them on the inside. Don’t open your mouth unless it’s for something positive or something that will help build people up!