Need a bit of inspiration? Whether you’re in a slump or simply want to get your day started on a positive note, a few solid life quotes can be just enough to make you feel motivated. And if you’re a Gotham local, it doesn’t hurt to take advice from New York City born celebrities who share a similar perspective. Here’s a lineup of native New Yorker quotes sure to inspire.
“I believe in the limitlessness of humans. We’re capable of incredible things. At times, that realization is frightening.” -Alicia Keys
The soulful songstress is right. Sometimes, it’s scarier to come to terms with the fact that we don’t have nearly as many limitations as we think. After all, limitations are the most convenient excuse for not reaching a certain goal or living the life we wish we had.
“The roughest road often leads to the top.” -Christina Aguilera
Take it from the Staten Island-born diva, and remember that nothing worthwhile comes easy.
“If you’re quiet, you’re not living. You’ve got to be noisy and colorful and lively.” -Mel Brooks
How can you not love Mel Brooks’ approach to life? You don’t have to be noisy per se (especially if that’s not who you are as a person), but never stifle your personality for anyone. If anything, NYC is the perfect place to practice authenticity.
“I used my imagination to make the grass whatever color I wanted it to be.” -Whoopi Goldberg
Creativity is often the key to getting ahead, and vision is what makes your goals clear.
“Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist.” -George Carlin
Disappointment is one thing we all have in common. Next time you come across someone cynical – and you definitely will in the Big Apple – keep in mind that there’s more to the story than their façade.
“I want to give myself the freedom not to have to be projecting my whole life ahead.” -Robert Downey Jr.
We all get caught up in thinking too far ahead. Even in job interviews, someone always asks the cliché, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Plans go awry all the time, so give yourself the ability to change, grow, and evolve.
“You don’t knock another sister, ever. There’s room for everybody on this planet; you don’t have to be like anyone else.” -Cyndi Lauper
Whether you work in entertainment or finance, competition can be brutal – ugly, even. But that doesn’t mean you have to undercut others to get ahead.
“There is no definition of beauty; but when you can see someone’s spirit coming through, something unexplainable, that’s beautiful to me.” -Liv Tyler
Since New York City is filled with glitzy celebrities, supermodels, and socialites, physical beauty isn’t enough to make anyone stand out. You need a certain “it factor” to be memorable, which always stems from within.
“Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.” -Tupac Shakur
First of all, it’s ironic that the king of the West Coast rap scene was born in East Harlem. Second, Tupac was always spot on with his quotes about life. Dreams are the purest form of ourselves and what we want. Never lose touch with that, no matter how much “reality” gets thrown your way.
What’s your favorite native New Yorker quote? Please share in the comments.