That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. - Henry David Thoreau
Question #90535 posted on 11/05/2017 11:23 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are some of your favorite one-line life philosophies?

-My Name Here

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Dear MNH,

My sister once had a group of roommates who liked to write uplifting and motivational messages on the mirror. My sister contributed with a sticky note that said "Don't kill people today."

A good philosophy for us all.

Love,

Luciana

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Dear Nietzsche,

There are so many to choose from, but my high school wood shop teacher had a huge board in the shop inscribed with the words "Suck Less Everyday". It's like the sarcastic, low expectation version of "be a little better everyday".

Peace,

Tipperary

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Dear Nymless,

One of my favorites is from President Hinckley, when he said, "Stop seeking out the storms and more fully enjoy the sunlight." Life is so filled with wonderful things, but too often I ignore them all to focus on the few less than stellar things going on. I like the reminder that every single day there are things I can enjoy.

And I'm going to sneak two in, because I heard another one today that I really like: "The future is not a gift. It is an achievement" (Robert Kennedy). I've already found it to be very motivational, especially when all I want to do is procrastinate my homework.

-Alta

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Dear nameless,

While simple, I really love "Keep on keepin' on".

However, I think my ultimate favorite is "Don't take life so seriously; it's not like you're going to get out alive."

-guppy of doom

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Dear MNH,

Luciana's comment reminded me of when I took a Shakespeare class in high school and we were asked to summarize something meaningful that we learned from the class. My group came up with, "Don't stab anyone." Words to live by.

Also, we've been reading Thomas Carlyle in one of my literary history classes, and I really like, "Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite."

-Van Goff

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Dear you,

To quote my namesake, "I'd rather trust and regret than doubt and regret."

-Kirito

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Dear you,

One of my favorite life philosophies is Google's old motto, "Don't be evil". It's simple, succinct, and easy to remember. Plus, I feel as though its a good goal to have every day. 

-Mitty

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Dear Thief,

Pessimism is an emotion. Optimism is a decision.

This is technically two sentences but I would consider it a one-liner still. I mean, that first sentence all by itself isn't much of a motivational phrase.

-Spectre

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Dear Aziraphale,

Whilst talking with my fellow ACME inmates classmates today, I brightly remarked, "We are all in the slow process of dying!" I then started to list off the pros of being dead, including some of the items on my bucket list for after I'm dead (like, once you're dead, you could totally see super cool things such as an erupting volcano from the inside, and wouldn't that be amazing?!)

For some reason, this failed to convince them that being in the slow process of dying is an encouraging thought.

Regardless, I'm sticking with this statement as one of my favorite life philosophies.

~Anathema

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Dear person,

My favourite line in all of literature is from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: "One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eyes."

It's true on many levels from the simple to the profound. 

-Sheebs

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Dear human,

"Be like water." - Bruce Lee

Babalugats

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Dear anonymous muggle,

Only I can live forever.

-Lord Voldemort