Commonplace 14 Success

“If you’re just like everyone else you’re going to be just as good as everyone else” -Ice Poseidon

This quote from live streamer Ice Poseidon sticks out among a mass of motivation quotes. This is because of the simplicity in it. It conveys as simple message, do not mindlessly follow the crowd unless you want to just be as good as everyone else. You will never be better than anyone if you just follow the herd. Often those who succeed the most are the ones that go off and follow their own passions.

Commonplace 13 Epicurus

“Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should i fear that which cannot exist when I do?” -Epicurus

This quote from Epicurus on death is very profound. He states how no one should fear death because if their is death you are not alive to fear it. Also the way that this quote is structured is interesting as well. It is a partial mirror of itself with some repetition but coming together to form a unique meaning.

Commonplace 12 Wars and Weapons

“Once weapons were manufactured to fight wars. Now wars are manufactured to sell weapons.” -Arundhati Roy

This is a very powerful quote aimed at saying that many of the wars fought today are not fought for the right reasons. Many times these wars are simply fought so that someone can make money selling weapons.

Commonplace 11 Ken Baldwin

“I instantly realized that everything in my life that I’d thought was unfixable was totally fixable, except for having just jumped” -Ken Baldwin, Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor

This message from Ken Baldwin is very powerful. He is saying how that how before he jumped he thought that there was absolutely nothing he could do to fix his life. However, as soon as he jumped he realized that every problem in his life was fixable except for having jumped.

Commonplace 10 Churchill

“The best argument against democracy, is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” -Winston Churchill

This quote from Winston Churchill stuck out to me because oh how it seems to mock the general public. Churchill is stating that the biggest problem with democracies often is the general public. This is because they can often be uninformed or naive of the current situations at hand.

C.S. Lewis Change Commonplace 8

“Isn’t funny how day by day nothing changes, but when we look back everything is different.” -C.S. Lewis

I found this quote from C.S. Lewis to be particularly interesting. He touches on how as we live our lives one day at a time it seems as if nothing changes, however, in reality, when we look back it is in fact very different. We our typically to occupied in the little things in our lives that we do not get to see the major changes until after the fact.

commonplace 7 Failure

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail better.” -Samuel Beckett

Here Beckett gives a relatively simplistic view on failure. This is done intentionally to make the point that much more obvious and so that it would reach a broader audience. This quote will reach more people then some elaborate quote that many would not understand. This quote’s message is pretty obvious in that one should never give up and always be looking to fail again because we can not succeed with multiple failures at first.

commonplace 6 Antony Bourdain

I understand there’s a guy inside me who wants to lay in bed, smoke weed all day, and watch cartoons and old movies. My whole life is a series of stratagems to avoid, and outwit that guy.” – Anthony Bourdain 


I find this quote from Anthony Bourdain pretty interesting. He is saying that even he wants to do nothing with his life he still needs to get out and experience life. I think that pretty much everyone experiences this same feeling that Anthony Bourdain is talking about. We all might want to be lazy bums all day but if we truly want to experience everything this world has to offer, we have to get out there.



Commonplace 5 Life is Strange

I wish I could stay in this moment forever. But then it wouldn’t be a moment.” -Max Caulfield, Life is Strange

Here Max Caulfield, the main protagonist in the game Life is Strange, states that she wishes she could stay in one happy moment forever. However, she believes that this would take away what truly makes that moment so amazing. Meaning that we cannot always have the happy moments. A lot of what makes the good moments so good is that they are so much better than the bad moments. If we just lived in the same happy moment we would not really be happy.


“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans” -John Lennon


I find this quote from John Lennon quite interesting. Basically what he is saying is that life is cannot be planned out but instead it is the spontaneous things that we do not prepare for, that is what makes up life. I came across this quote while playing one my favorite games, Life is Strange, and it I believe that it perfectly sums up that game as well as how people should view the world and their life.