50 Timeless Principles Every Person Should Live By

There are great timeless principles out there that have changed the lives of many people. Usually a timeless principle is something that someone discovers in their own life and realizes it can be true for others.

Often times, in the home health care industry, we are called to live up to a higher moral code. We are required to serve when we don’t feel like serving. We are required to comfort others when we ourselves are hurting. We are required to mend a broken spirit when our own personal lives may be in shambles. This the call of the caregiver: to love and take care of others even when we don’t know how or have the energy to do so.

Let this page be a source of encouragement whenever life has you down. Timeless principles cut through the challenges of daily life and give us truth that can withstand any difficult situation.

1. Sing Even When You Don’t Feel Like Singing

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Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.
— Emory Austin

2. Take Up Another’s Burdens As Your Own

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God gave burdens, he also gave shoulders.
— Yiddish Proverbs

3. Gain More Than Just Physical Strength

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Physical strength is measured by what we can carry; spiritual by what we can bear.
— Unknown

4. Forgive Frequently

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Forgiveness is not an occasional act: it is an attitude.
— Martin Luther King Jr.

5. Adjust Your Attitude Frequently

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If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.
— Amy Tan

6. See Inconveniences As Adventures

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An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.
— G. K. Chesterton

7. Don’t Let The External Interfere With Your Internal

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What happens to a person is less significant than what happens within him.
— Louis L. Mann

8. Choose Happiness. Yes, It Is A Choice

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. -- Francesca Reigler

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.
— Francesca Reigler

9. Make Every Day An Adventure

You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. -- Joan Baez

You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die, or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live.
— Joan Baez

10. Realize That Your Ability To Care For Someone Is One Of Your Greatest Assets

One person caring about another represents life's greatest value. -- Jim Rohn

One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.
— Jim Rohn

11. Remember That You Are Greater Than Your Problems

Never underestimate your problem or your ability to deal with it. -- Robert H. Schuller

Never underestimate your problem or your ability to deal with it.
— Robert H. Schuller

12. Be Willing To Follow Your Path Even Through Life’s Curves

Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths.
— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

13. Use Your Problems To Your Advantage

Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they're supposed to help you discover who you are. -- Bernice Johnson Reagon

Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.
— Bernice Johnson Reagon

14. Believe In Miracles… They Happen Every Day

Impossible situations can become possible miracles. -- Robert H. Schuller

Impossible situations can become possible miracles.
— Robert H. Schuller

15. Be Focused On Personal Growth

Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow. -- Les Brown

Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow.
— Les Brown

16. Give Your Best Effort To Everything You Do

About the only thing that comes without effort is old age. -- Source Unknown

About the only thing that comes without effort is old age.
— Source Unknown

17. Don’t Fight Fire With Fire, You’ll Only Get Burned

People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes. -- Abigail Van Buren

People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.
— Abigail Van Buren

18. Overcome Anxiety With Faith

The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety. -- George E. Mueller

The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.
— George E. Mueller

19. Use Your Struggles To Grow Stronger

We grow because we struggle, we learn and overcome. -- R. C. Allen

We grow because we struggle, we learn and overcome.
— R. C. Allen

20. Control Your Thoughts. They Are More Valuable Than Gold

The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money. Thomas Jefferson

The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
Thomas Jefferson

21. Make A Difference To One. The Many Will Follow

We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone. -- Ronald Reagan

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
— Ronald Reagan

22. Let Go and Let God

God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him. -- Jim Elliot

God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him.
— Jim Elliot

23. Focus More On Giving Than On Getting

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. -- Robert Louis Stevenson

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
— Robert Louis Stevenson

24. Learn To Be Comfortable In Your Own Skin

Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell. -- Bill Copeland

Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.
— Bill Copeland

25. Plant Seeds Today Even If There Was No Tomorrow

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. -- Martin Luther

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
— Martin Luther

26. Know That Anything Is Possible

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'! -- Audrey Hepburn

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!
— Audrey Hepburn

27. Be Willing To Light Another’s Candle

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. -- Buddha

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
— Buddha

28. Live By Your Own Expectations

If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome. --Michael Jordan

If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.
–Michael Jordan

29. Remember That Clouds Color A Sunset As Much As They Bring Rain & Storm

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. -- Rabindranath Tagore

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
— Rabindranath Tagore

30. Be Willing To Strike Out. Its The Only Way To Greatness

Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back. -- Babe Ruth

Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.
— Babe Ruth

31. Stay Close To Your Pencil & Dream For Life’s Greatest Accomplishments Start Off With Them

A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere. -- Joyce Meyer

A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.
— Joyce Meyer

32. Be Disciplined. It Is Critical To Success

With self-discipline most anything is possible. -- Theodore Roosevelt

With self-discipline most anything is possible.
— Theodore Roosevelt

33. Make Your Choices Carefully For Each Decision Is A Part Of Your Destiny

It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. -- Tony Robbins

It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.
— Tony Robbins

34. Let Your Actions Speak Louder Than Your Words

When deeds speak, words are nothing. -- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

When deeds speak, words are nothing.
— Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

35. Let Your Laughter Be Contagious… No Matter What Your Circumstances

For a gallant spirit there can never be defeat. -- Wallis Simpson

For a gallant spirit there can never be defeat.
— Wallis Simpson

36. Do Something Daring Every Day. You Will Open Yourself To Life’s Great Adventure

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Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
— Helen Keller

37. Embrace The Creative Spirit By Seeing Things In A New Way

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Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
— Edward de Bono

38. Let Your Curiosity Guide You Into Discovering New Paths

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We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
— Walt Disney

39. See Age Not As A Number But By How You Feel Inside

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I’m not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You’re as old as you feel.
— Henri Frederic Amiel

40. Serve Sacrificially

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Once I leave this earth, I know I’ve done something that will continue to help others.
— Jackie Joyner-Kersee

41. Take Naps

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No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.
–Carrie P. Snow

42. Concentrate All Your Attention On One Task At A Time

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Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.
— Bill Russell

43. Recruit A Solid Team For They Will Be Needed In Times Of Trouble

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Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
–Michael Jordan

44. Be Accurate In What You Do. It Makes All The Difference In The World

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Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.
— Wyatt Earp

45. See Every Moment As A Precious Gift

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“The only way to survive eternity is to be able to appreciate each moment.”
― Lauren Kate, Fallen

46. Be Willing To Ask For Help When You Need It

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A healthier way of thinking and acting is to allow yourself to receive the help and love you need. You werent designed to live alone. You have limitations on your strength and abilities. — Michael Barbarulo

47. Be Grateful For What You Have For There Are Always Others With Less

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Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
— Aesop

48. Make Whatever You Are Doing Look Easy For That’s The Mark Of True Mastery

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“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

49. In Times Of Struggle… Be Still

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He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” –Psalm 46:10

50. Hugs Have The Power To Lift Others Up. Find Someone That Is Down And Let Them Experience This Power Today

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Millions and millions of years would still not give me half enough time to describe that tiny instant of all eternity when you put your arms around me and I put my arms around you. ~Jacques Prévert

Hope you enjoyed these 50 timeless principles.

-Todd

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11 Responses

  1. JIMBO says:

    Truly a wonderful way to reflect upon life and to recharge faith in self, others, and a Higher Power.

  2. Alix says:

    Wonderful article….a true way of thinking (and being)
    I have a question : Do you have a pdf version of the article, so I can print it then stick it in some places in my house to keep it in mind ?

  3. Steve Hardin says:

    I wish you were here in Reno,NV. to join my street ministry. Check it out @ Mended Hearts Ministries of Reno, NV. on FaceBook. Love ya bro.

  4. Thanks for sharing these valuable principles. I would love to share them on my blog. Please let me know who/how I can go about getting the approval.

    Thanks again.

    • admin says:

      Hi Marleen, I’m so glad you have enjoyed the principles. You are more than welcome to pull a few off and share on your blog and provide a link back to the full article. If you share the whole thing on your blog Google won’t like that and it will harm your rankings (duplicate content). But I’d be honored if you provided a link back to the article and shared some of the principles. 🙂

      -Todd

  5. Lance says:

    Todd,
    As always, excellent work. These quotes are very inspirational; no matter the age.

  6. Brenda Merrick says:

    I love this! I chose 7 of the principles to start working on. Thank you for this!

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