Significance Quotes

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Mahatma Gandhi
“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Rick Warren
“Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.”
Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?

Viet Thanh Nguyen
“While it is better to be loved than hated, it is also far better to be hated than ignored.”
Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer

Criss Jami
“Whether you try too hard to fit in or you try too hard to stand out, it is of equal consequence: you exhaust your significance.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Sally Rooney
“Their feelings were suppressed so carefully in everyday life, forced into smaller and smaller spaces, until seemingly minor events took on insane and frightening significance. It was permissible to touch each other and cry during football matches.”
Sally Rooney, Normal People

Stanley Kubrick
“The destruction of this planet would have no significance on a cosmic scale.”
Stanley Kubrick

Shelly Crane
“We have to be bigger than the things we suffer.”
Shelly Crane, Undeniably Chosen

Alain de Botton
“He was a volatile mixture of confidence and vulnerability. He could deliver extended monologues on professional matters, then promptly stop in his tracks to peer inquisitively into his guest's eyes for signs of boredom or mockery, being intelligent enough to be unable fully to believe in his own claims to significance. He might, in a past life, have been a particularly canny and sharp-tongued royal advisor.”
Alain de Botton, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

“A life isn't significant except for its impact on other lives.”
Jackie Robinson

Vera Nazarian
“The difference between real life and a story is that life has significance, while a story must have meaning.

The former is not always apparent, while the latter always has to be, before the end.”
Vera Nazarian

Leo Tolstoy
“How good is it to remember one's insignificance: that of a man among billions of men, of an animal amid billions of animals; and one's abode, the earth, a little grain of sand in comparison with Sirius and others, and one's life span in comparison with billions on billions of ages. There is only one significance, you are a worker. The assignment is inscribed in your reason and heart and expressed clearly and comprehensibly by the best among the beings similar to you. The reward for doing the assignment is immediately within you. But what the significance of the assignment is or of its completion, that you are not given to know, nor do you need to know it. It is good enough as it is. What else could you desire?”
Leo Tolstoy

Neil Gaiman
“It's harder to pick and choose when you're dead. It's like a photograph, you know. It doesn't matter as much.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“He thinks himself rather an exceptional young man, thoroughly sophisticated, well adjusted to his environment, and somewhat more significant than any one else he knows.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned

David Whyte
“No matter the self-conceited importance of our labors we are all compost for worlds we cannot yet imagine.”
David Whyte, Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

Vera Nazarian
“Why does every road eventually narrow into a point at the horizon? Because that's where the point lies.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Alberto Caeiro
“Things don’t have significance: they only have existence.
Things are the only hidden meaning of things.”
Alberto Caeiro, The Keeper of Sheep

Patrick Rothfuss
“When a man gives you a rose what you see may not be what he intends. You may think he sees you as delicate or frail. Perhaps you dislike a suitor who considers you sweet and nothing else. Perhaps the stem is thorn, and you assume he thinks you likely to hurt a hand too quick to touch. But if he trims the thorns you might think he has no liking for a thing that can defend itself with sharpness. There's so many ways a thing can be interpreted.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Vera Nazarian
“Science is an organized pursuit of triviality.

Art is a casual pursuit of significance.

Let's keep it in perspective.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Lev Grossman
“You just had to get some idea of what matters and what doesn't, and how much, and try not to be scared of the stuff that doesn't. Put it in perspective.”
Lev Grossman, The Magicians

“Never do anything local or insignificant”
Sunday Adelaja

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“Almost anything around us of significance is hard to grasp linguistically.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

“Lord, I am too insignificant in your vast universe.' 'You are wrong, son. The universe exists for you. Were you to be the only human, I would still have created the universe just for you.' 'But...' 'But what? Can't you see how significant you are? The universe never argues with me; but you do.”
Abiodun Fijabi

“It takes the same effort to fail as to succeed. To fail, you have to deny that you are a person of significance. That takes a lot of faith. Then, you have to relentlessly expect the worst about yourself and your circumstance. That takes a daring hope. And, you have to be passionate about failing until it becomes a habit. That is unfailing love. To fail or to succeed, you need the same efforts - faith, hope and love.”
Abiodun Fijabi

Javier Marías
“You’ll always get the kind of person who watches himself acting, who
sees himself as if in some continuous performance. Who believes there’ll be witnesses to report his generous or
contemptible death and that this is what matters most. Or who, if there
are no witnesses, invents them — the eye of God, the world stage,
or whatever. Who believes that the world only exists to the extent that it’s reported and events only to the extent that they’re
recounted, even though it’s highly unlikely that anyone will
bother to recount them, or to recount those particular facts, I
mean, the facts relating to each individual. The vast majority
of things simply happen and there neither is nor ever was any
record of them, those we hear about are an infinitesimal fraction
of what goes on. Most lives and, needless to say, most deaths, are
forgotten as soon as they’ve occurred and leave not the slightest
trace, or become unknown soon afterwards, after a few years, a
few decades, a century, which, as you know, is, in reality, a very
short time. Take battles, for example, think how important they
were for those who took part in them and, sometimes, for their
compatriots, think how many of those battles now mean nothing to us, not even their names, we don’t even know which war
they belonged to, more than that, we don’t care. What do the
names Ulundi and Beersheba, or Gravelotte and Rezonville, or
Namur, or Maiwand, Paardeberg and Mafeking, or Mohacs, or
Nájera, mean to anyone nowadays?’ — He mispronounced that
last name, Nájera. — ‘But there are many others who resist, incapable of accepting their own insignificance or invisibility, I
mean once they’re dead and converted into past matter, once
they’re no longer present to defend their existence and to declare: “Hey, I’m here. I can intervene, I have influence, I can do
good or cause harm, save or destroy, and even change the course
of the world, because I haven’t yet disappeared.” — ‘I’m still here,
therefore I must have been here before,”
Javier Marías, Your Face Tomorrow: Fever and Spear / Dance and Dream / Poison, Shadow, and Farewell

“For all fields, and especially architecture, comprise two aspects: that which is signified and that which signifies it. [... ] Therefore it is evident that a man who wants to proclaim himself an architect must be proficient with regards to both aspects.”
Vitruvius, Vitruvius: The Ten Books On Architecture

Umberto Eco
“By studying the human signifying activity it influences its course.”
Umberto Eco, Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language

Richard Bachman
“Sometimes when he was in the country he would sleep in a barn and wake in the night and go out and look at the stars and there were so many, and he knew they were there before him, and they would be there after him. That was sort of awful and sort of wonderful.”
Richard Bachman, Blaze

“You can try to expand your understanding of what you’re saying to the point that it’s not as limited, but you’ll never really be able to make globally true statements of any importance.”
Caliban Darklock, The BULL SHIT LIFE: Why Everything Sucks

Michael Bassey Johnson
“When you are committed to your goals, the universe will treat your case as important.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Before You Doubt Yourself: Pep Talks and other Crucial Discussions

“Sex! Sex! What does that have to do with anything that really matters?”
Marty Rubin

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