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Inspirational Quotes to End the Semester With

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Compass, May 6, 2006.

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  1. Compass

    Compass Squishy Moderator Emeritus 2+ Year Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    At times like these near the end of the year, where finals are rolling up and we're all pooped out, well at least some of us, we need that little extra motivation to keep us going.

    One of my favorites is:

    "It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." Sir Edmund Hillary

    However, one of my pre-med friends who is going to med school said this, and it makes me want to try so much harder too :)

    "Today we do what others won't. Tomorrow we do what other's cant."

    What are your favorite inspirational quotes?
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  3. crazy_cavalier

    crazy_cavalier T3-Weighted 7+ Year Member

    Don't tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.
  4. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    "You maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God... damn you all to hell!" -- Charton Heston, Planet of the Apes. :D
  5. e_phn

    e_phn member 5+ Year Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    good idea! :)

    i have a million more quotes to share, but these will do it.

    "Nothing in life is to be feared: it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less."
    - Marie Curie

    "I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician; he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him life a fairy tale."
    - Marie Curie.

    "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilites."
    - J.K. Rowling, "harry potter and the chamber of secret"

    "Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas."
    - Marie Curie

    And yes, I'm a big fan of Marie Curie.
  6. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

    Dec 4, 2005
    Right behind you
    Read my signature for one of them...
  7. emcsquare

    emcsquare Medical Student 5+ Year Member

    Feb 9, 2006
    The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.

    -Robert Frost
  8. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Quite inspirational -- just see the movie Telefon. :D
  9. the negative 1

    the negative 1 Ain't got time to bleed 10+ Year Member

    Aug 14, 2004
    Charm City
    "You tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is 'never try'."
    -the always quotable Homer
  10. clindor

    clindor Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 15, 2005
    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about dancing in the rain ...
  11. solitude

    solitude Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 27, 2004
    Most people could accomplish extraordinary things if they had the confidence or took risks. Yet most people don't. They sit in front of the television and treat life as if it goes on forever.
  12. sakura181

    sakura181 Member 5+ Year Member

    Apr 1, 2005
    Not really a quote, but great song:

    People tell me, Ben, just make up junk and turn it in
    But I never was alright with turning in a bunch of s***
    Don't like wasting time on music that won't make you proud
    But now I've found a reason to sit right down and s*** some out

    One down and three-point-six
    And I'm outta here

    -Ben Folds, "One Down"
  13. the negative 1

    the negative 1 Ain't got time to bleed 10+ Year Member

    Aug 14, 2004
    Charm City
    I should post that on my bathroom mirror.
  14. MediMama23

    MediMama23 It's all mine, b*tches! 10+ Year Member

    Dec 18, 2004
    Where I wanna be...
    clindor, I love that quote!!!

    These aren't my favorites; I have a ton of different quotes but thought these might be fitting.

    When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.
    – Peter Marshall

    What is harder than rock, or softer than water? Yet soft water hollows out hard rock. Persevere.
    – Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong

    The tragedy in life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.
    – Benjamin Mays

    People usually fail when they are on the verge of success. So give as much care to the end as to the beginning.
    – Lao-Tzu
  15. Vizious

    Vizious Junglee 10+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2005
    Los Angeles
    My Fav quotes:

    "Ya can't keep it real if you ain't real with yourself." - Myself

    "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." - Gandhi

    "Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill

    "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

    And of course my signature :)
  16. Gardenia

    Gardenia Member 5+ Year Member

    Jan 16, 2006
    A journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step

    You cannot find peace by avoiding life.
    -Virginia Woolf/The Hours
  17. masterMood

    masterMood Banned Banned

    Jun 25, 2004
    this is a great thread.

    we need more creative threads like this instead of the hackneyed "does undergrad matter" "Harvard or JHU?" "Are You White" "Why medicine", etc. threads.
  18. clindor

    clindor Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 15, 2005
    Thanks, me too. Here's one more:

    Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive. ~Josephine Hart
  19. Hercules022

    Hercules022 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 15, 2005
    A great quote from Schwarzenegger....

    "There's really an attitude to winning. You have to see yourself winning before you win. And you have to be hungry. You have to want to conquer."
    - Arnold Schwarzenegger

    He's got a lot!
  20. CavalierMD

    CavalierMD Secondary Stalker 4-Lyf! 2+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    Charlottesville, VA
    Don't worry about the future.
    Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve algebra equations by chewing bubble gum.
    The real troubles in your life are apt to be ones that never crossed your worried mind,
    The kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.
    -Mary Schmidt
  21. humuhumu

    humuhumu nukunuku apua'a 7+ Year Member

    Jan 28, 2005
    "The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn."

    — T.H. White, The Once and Future King
  22. maia

    maia snoerkel 10+ Year Member

    Sep 28, 2004
    everything will be okay in the end.
    if it's not okay,
    it's not the end

    To find in ourselves what makes life worth living is risky business, for it means that once we know we must seek it. It also means that without it, life will be worthless.
  23. MollyMalone

    MollyMalone I'm a Score Quadruplet Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    That's one of my boyfriend's favorites.

    Here's my contribution:

    "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." - R. A. Heinlein
  24. trustwomen

    trustwomen Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    "Be the change you want to see in the world" - Gandhi
  25. abj

    abj Member 5+ Year Member

    Mar 15, 2006
    Here's some motivational quotes for people who need a bit of a darker form of inspiration, complete with pictures:

  26. rajad10

    rajad10 Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 7, 2004
    Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but rising every time we fall.
  27. buttchin1

    buttchin1 Junior Member 2+ Year Member

    Apr 26, 2006
    I absolutely love those demotivators from

    If you have the time read them all cause they are awesome to be able to quote on a whim. You never know when they come in handy to compensate for that overly cheery and annoying person at a class who feels its there duty to cheer everyone up with quotes. :smuggrin:

    My personal favorite has always been the one shown "remember not everyone gets to be an astronaut" :laugh:
  28. tao

    tao Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 7, 2003
    hey hey hey hey, smoke weed everyday - dave chapelle
  29. e_phn

    e_phn member 5+ Year Member

    Apr 15, 2006
  30. SuperHiro

    SuperHiro Attending 10+ Year Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    my fortune cookie said

    "Be a Winner"

    Everyone: listen to the cookie
  31. e_phn

    e_phn member 5+ Year Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    ha..ha. i know what you mean.
  32. solitude

    solitude Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 27, 2004

    True story:

    one time I opened up a fortune cookie after a meal. The slip of paper read simply:

    "You can read."

  33. PurpleHaze

    PurpleHaze Takin it day by day 10+ Year Member

    Jan 9, 2005
    "Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible" ~ Anonymous

    "Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia." ~Charles Schultz
  34. VannawHITE

    VannawHITE hey mister!

    May 7, 2006
    U to the S to the A
    if there was nothing wrong in the world there wouldn't be anything for us to do. --george bernard shaw

    ^i live by this
  35. physiclas87

    physiclas87 Member 5+ Year Member

    Mar 4, 2005
    "The early worm is for the birds."

    "Adversity: That which does not kill me only postpones the inevitable."

    "Always remember, you are unique. Just like everybody else."

    "If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style."
  36. StevenRF

    StevenRF Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Tubthumping - Motivation for this wednesday night when Im done with finals and get so trashed that someone has to carry me home!

    I get knocked down
    But I get up again
    You're neva gonna
    Keep me down

    Pissin' the night away
    Pissin' the night away

    He drinks a whisky drink
    He drinks a vodka drink
    He drinks a lager drink
    He drinks a cider drink
    He sings the songs that
    Remind him
    Of the good times
    He sings the songs that
    Remind him
    Of the betta times:

    "Oh Danny Boy
    Danny Boy
    Danny Boy..."

    Oh yea, my quote below....
  37. Hopeful_Doc

    Hopeful_Doc Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2006
    “We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” - Albert Einstein

    "One could not be a successful scientist without realizing that, in contrast to the popular conception supported by newspapers and mothers of scientists, a goodly number of scientists are not only narrow-minded and dull, but also just stupid." - James Watson
  38. EvoDoc

    EvoDoc Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Feb 23, 2006
    "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity, and I must be prepared to make my own luck" -- derivation of Seneca (Roman dramatist) quote
  39. drmota

    drmota 2K Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 25, 2005
    Santa MONICA
    "when i read about the evils of drinking, i gave up reading"
    some old (dead?) person

  40. noonday

    noonday Attending 7+ Year Member

    Dec 19, 2005
    “Go without a coat when it's cold; find out what cold is. Go hungry; keep your existence lean. Wear away the fat, get down to the lean tissue and see what it's all about. The only time you define your character is when you go without. In times of hardship, you find out what you're made of and what you're capable of. If you're never tested, you'll never define your character.” - Henry Rollins

    “Boring damned people. All over the earth. Propagating more boring damned people. What a horror show. The earth swarmed with them.” Chuck Bukowski

    "We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world." The Buddha

    "No battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools." Faulkner

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