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Instead Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Instead

Please enjoy these Instead Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Related topics: Positive Inspirational Motivational Live-By Self Values Honor Choice Wisdom

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is saying "I feel differently,"
instead of "You're wrong."
- Anonymous

Instead of needing lots of children,
we need high-quality children.
- Margaret Mead

 

In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue.
If we have enough friends, we may go on for years,
intending to leave, talking about leaving -
instead of actually getting up and leaving.
- Erica Jong

To know what you prefer
instead of humbly saying Amen
to what the world tells you you ought to prefer,
is to have kept your soul alive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Trust your own instinct.
Your mistakes might as well be your own,
instead of someone else's.
- Billy Wilder

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Instead of worrying about what people say of you,
why not spend time trying to accomplish
something they will admire.
- Dale Carnegie

Instead of being presented with stereotypes
by age, sex, color, class, or religion,
children must have the opportunity
to learn that within each range,
some people are loathsome and some are delightful.
- Margaret Mead

The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have,
instead of what you don't have.
- Woody Allen

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Instead of dwelling on negative thoughts,
cause your mind to dwell on peace and joy.
- Ernest Holmes

Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins

We need a data network that can easily carry voice,
instead of what we have today, a voice network struggling to carry data.
- Reed Hundt

If you have an emotional reaction in the presence of someone,
your heart is telling you that you have
not resolved your issues with them.
In other words, you have not truly forgiven that person.
All of this begs the question, how do we forgive?
First, cease lying to yourself and stop telling yourself stories
about why you behave the way you do.
Stop blaming your behavior on other people
and take responsibility for your emotional reactions.
If you could forgive all the people in your life
who have hurt or wounded you
it would be possible to be in control of your behavior
instead of being in reaction to other people all of the time.
Imagine living life without experiencing
a constant emotional roller-coaster of pain, anger, and jealousy!
That would be bliss!
- Sheri Rosenthal

The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination
to see how much he can give for a dollar,
instead of how little he can give for a dollar,
is bound to succeed.
- Henry Ford

Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find
a woman I don't like and give her a house.
- Lewis Grizzard

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city,
it might be better to change the locks.
- Doug Larson

The left dismisses talk about the collapse of family
life and talks instead about the emergence of the growing
new diversity of family types.
- Christopher Lasch

We waste time looking for the perfect lover,
instead of creating the perfect love.
- Tom Robbins

Too many people are thinking of security
instead of opportunity.
They seem more afraid of life than death.
- James F. Bymes

It is a sad commentary of our times when our young
must seek advice and counsel from "Dear Abby" instead of going to Mom and Dad.
- Abigail Van Buren

Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience.
- A. R. Ammons

If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago,
Catholic school children would be wearing little electric
chairs around their necks instead of crosses.
- Lenny Bruce

But what a cruel thing is war
to separate and destroy families and friends,
and mar the purest joys and happiness
God has granted us in this world,
to fill our hearts with hatred
instead of love for our neighbors,
and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world!
- Robert E. Lee

Everything is blooming most recklessly;
if it were voices instead of colors,
there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier,
you will become a general.
If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.'
Instead,
I was a painter, and became Picasso.
- Pablo Picasso

Instead of comparing our lot with that
of those who are more fortunate than we are,
we should compare it with the lot
of the great majority of our fellow men.
It then appears that we are among the privileged.
- Helen Keller

If instead of a gem, or even a flower,
we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend,
that would be giving as the angels give.
- George MacDonald

We need to become good citizens in the global village,
instead of competing.
What are we competing for - to drive more cars,
eat more steaks? That will destroy the world.
- Yuan T. Lee

People are getting smarter nowadays;
they are letting lawyers,
instead of their conscience, be their guide.
- Will Rogers

Politics, it seems to me, for years,
or all too long,
has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
- Richard Armour

Instead of noblemen,
let us have noble villages of men.
- Henry David Thoreau

But instead I usually say that, though it may surprise them,
I too believe in the necessity of organization.
- Robert Shea

Because, in opera, I have to sing for people that are very far from me,
instead of, when I sing a song, I try to imagine to
sing like in an ear of a child.
- Andrea Bocelli

But I think the bomb instead constitutes merely a first
step in a new control by man over the forces of nature
too revolutionary and dangerous to fit into old concepts.
- Henry L. Stimson

Poetry seems to have been eliminated as a literary genre,
and installed instead, as a kind of spiritual aerobic exercise -
nobody need read it,
but anybody can do it.
- Marilyn Hacker

Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own.
- Harold Coffin

I was planning to go into architecture.
But when I arrived, architecture was filled up.
Acting was right next to it, so I signed up for acting instead.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Instead of me telling them what they need to work on,
I wanted to hear from them what they needed to work on.
- Isiah Thomas

Instead of kids just hearing about beads and baskets and fringe,
and about what 'was' and 'were,' we present Native
American culture as a living contemporary culture.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

One time I introduced my orchestra as the Shampoo Music
Makers instead of the Champagne Music Makers.
- Lawrence Welk

I pretty much only write by default,
because I want to make certain projects so instead
of trying to wait and find them,
I create them, but I'm not really a writer.
- Sara Gilbert

It's nice to come into a town and be referred to as
the manager of the Cleveland Indians instead of as the first black manager.
- Frank Robinson

Instead of hating, I have chosen to forgive and spend
all of my positive energy on changing the world.
- Camryn Manheim

The trouble with music appreciation in general is that
people are taught to have too much respect for music
they should be taught to love it instead.
- Igor Stravinsky

It can become an exercise in trying to get the reader
to like and admire you instead of an exercise in creative art.
- David Foster Wallace

Company cultures are like country cultures.
Never try to change one.
Try, instead, to work with what you've got.
- Peter Drucker

As for the expected boon to the Mexican economy,
we have seen none of these gains, and instead we have
seen NAFTA's detrimental impact on the Mexican workers.
- Stephen F. Lynch

I'm here instead of having shoulder surgery.
But I'm not sure which is more painful.
- James Caan

A commitment to sexual equality with males is a commitment
to becoming the rich instead of the poor,
the rapist instead of the raped, the murderer instead of the murdered.
- Andrea Dworkin

Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like
ants instead of like men.
- Mortimer Adler

Instead of begging OPEC to drop its oil prices,
let's use American leadership and ingenuity to solve our own energy problems.
- Pete Domenici

Instead of asking 'How much damage will the work in
question bring about?' why not ask 'How much good? How much joy?'
- Henry Miller

I was in jail four and a half years.
When I came out, I continued the same struggle against injustice,
but instead of using weapons, I began to use art and cinema.
- Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Indiscriminate firing by police on people is absolute barbarism.
Instead of solving their problems, the government is
trying to suppress the people by force.
- Sheikh Hasina

I offer gentle understanding to myself.
I position myself in love, not fear.
I look behind me with forgiveness.
I look forward with festive anticipation.
I embrace this holy moment and assert,
"Now. This moment is the moment to love,
the moment to serve, the moment to seize
the legacy instead of the small.
Now. Now I will live large, love boldly,
reach to the edges of my unfurled heart and fully enrolled hope.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Misfortune had made Lily supple instead of hardening her,
and a pliable substance is less easy to break than a stiff one.
- Edith Wharton

If we should have to fight, we should be prepared to
so so from the neck up instead of from the neck down.
- Jimmy Doolittle

The truth is, this being errand boy to one hundred
and fifty thousand people tires me so by night I am
ready for bed instead of soirees.
- Rutherford B. Hayes

Television was supposed to be a national park.
Instead it has become a money machine.
It's a commodity now, just like pork bellies.
- Fred W. Friendly

Our culture is in moral chaos.
On TV we celebrate freaks instead of honest,
decent people.
- Kathie Lee Gifford

The key is to get to know people and trust them to be who they are.
Instead, we trust people to be who we want them to be -
and when they're not,
we cry.
- David Duchovny

Instead of working for the survival of the fittest,
we should be working for the survival of the wittiest -
then we can all die laughing.
- Lily Tomlin

And yes, there's a simplicity to writing books because
you're not a member of a team,
so you make all the decisions yourself instead of deferring to a committee.
- Bernard Cornwell

It did not feel like something that was going to take
over my life and destroy it.
It felt like a subtle flower instead of a manipulative demon.
That's the mystery of heroin.
- Corey Feldman

When we were starting off as kids, just the idea of
maybe going to do this as a living instead of getting
what we thought was going to be a boring job,
was exciting.
- Paul McCartney

If they take their children to doctors,
they believe they are putting their faith in man instead of in God.
- Bob Bartlett

Transforming a line like that makes it into a belly
laugh instead of a laugh against us.
- Terence Young

The greatest task before civilization at present is
to make machines what they ought to be,
the slaves, instead of the masters of men.
- Henry Ellis

The reporter claimed he was going to write the article from my point of view.
Instead, he made me sound like a little idiot.
It made me never want to do another interview again.
- Tia Carrere


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