Tue. Jul 5th, 2022


In a society defined and driven by consumerism, it becomes harder and harder to find meaning in what we do in life. As we race to keep up with the Joneses, we often find ourselves in situations where we feel a lack of fulfillment and a great amount of stress. The American Dream is a false hope, never ending and quite fruitless as it keeps us stuck in perpetual need. Finding meaning on our own terms becomes difficult because the options for living are equal to meaningless, busy work.
In a society that is defined by consumerism, we have been taught that happiness and success mean material wealth. This mythos of the American Dream has created a culture driven by the accumulation of things. We believe that if we accumulate enough money, things, and “stuff” we will be happy and content. This is what consumerism, this modern day religion of “having more for yourself” has taught us. We have been told that happiness is a carrot and money is the stick. Today, we are told that the real carrot is happiness. But if you pay attention to the commercials, you will notice it always seems to be about buying things in order to be happy and content instead of being happy within yourself and being content with what you have. This comparison between things and happiness doesn’t seem to be missing from modern culture. We are taught that happiness is a carrot, and yet the stick of consumerism hits us as we try to chase it. Therefore it is easier to chase the carrot than be happy within ourselves and find that peace of mind.

only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile
only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile

10 Inspiring Quotes to Live By

This list is just a collection of quotes that I think are inspirational. What do you think makes a quote inspirational? What other inspirational quotes should I add? Take some time to consider these quotes, and then share your insights, experiences, and opinions in the comments below.
1. “Innovation is a potent instrument of progress…” – Winston Churchill “Success consists of going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
2. “In my former life I was an artist. In this one, I am a sculptor. But there is still something left over.” -Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
3. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
4. “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
5. “You’ll never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it. Time is the friend of the man who values it.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
6. “It’s always a mistake to try to stop nature. The best thing you can do is to go with her, and let her take you where she will.” – Henry David Thoreau
7. “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” -Mark Twain (1835-1910)

only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile
only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile