7 Beautiful + Badass Quotes I've Lived by Since Age 16

I’m an inspirational quote junkie.

I’ve looked to the wise words of others to guide and shape my life since I was a teen. Many of the quotes that spoke to me then, still speak to me now and have even evolved into the guiding principles under which I live my life.

Here are a few of my favourites. . .

“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

As valuable today as they were decades ago, Gandhi’s simple words speak to a deep truth. To achieve peace, you must act peacefully. Fighting violence with violence only creates more violence, terror and fear.

When does the cycle end? An eye for an eye for an eye for an eye… we are living out the consequences of past violence today. If we chose to use more violence to combat that, you can bet we will be experiencing violence in the future.

This quote has guided me personally for nearly 10 years. Not just in terms of war and violence, but in my daily relationships. In an argument, it’s so easy to lash back with sharp words when somebody says something hurtful. What does this do? Creates more hurt.

Trust that the universe and her karmic laws will appropriately handle the people who do you wrong, do not take justice into your own hands and play God.

Focus on finding a peaceful, loving solution and you will infuse your situation with clear vision, not the blindness that comes from pain.

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

I’ve been obsessed with the idea of Truth for as long as I can remember. It’s a concept that comes up so often in my coaching and spirituality. I even named my business “True” North Life Design in honour of my quest and hunger for Truth.

Why? Because when we’re connected to our Truth or True North we are co-creating with the universe and making decisions that are in alignment with what nature wants for us. We’re in our “flow” so to speak. And this is where we’re our happiest.

It’s only when we resist the flow of life, when we manipulate, exert our ego will that we encounter stress.

Money, fame, love… those are all wonderful, don’t get me wrong! But alone they don’t bring happiness. It’s only when we’re connected to our Truth that we can truly enjoy the flow and beauty of life.

“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up to much space.” ~ Stephen Hunt

This quote has motivated me to take every risk I’ve ever taken. It’s inspired all of my adventures and ballsy moves. And is behind just about every great story in my arsenal.

For me, living on the edge means being in a constant state of growth. It’s about expanding your comfort zone, doing the things that scare you and trusting that the universe will always have your back.

Great things don’t come from playing it safe. They never have. Everybody who’s ever made a meaningful contribution to humanity had to step outside their little bubble and challenge the norm. If you stay safe and still, you stagnate.

Stay committed to living on your edge and life will constantly surprise you with its adventure, magic and beauty.

“Life is far to important of a thing to ever talk seriously about it.” ~ Oscar Wilde

When life gets dark and heavy these become my guiding words. I genuinely believe the point of life is happiness. And even when shit gets real, there’s always a silver lining and something to smile at.

When I catch myself falling into stress and anxiety, these words remind me to lighten the fuck up. Life is short and it’s only as serious as we choose to make it.

There is joy in every moment should you choose to look for it.

“What you seek is seeking you.” ~ Rumi

 This Rumi quote was a vital piece of guidance for me during my quarter life crisis. At the time I knew the career path I had spent 5 years pursuing – journalism – was no longer for me. I was lost and so in my head all the time about finding my life purpose.

This quest put me on my spiritual path and I started diving into a lot of Rumi and Lao Tzu.

Rumi reminded me that as much as I was looking for my soul calling, my soul calling was looking for me. I felt at peace knowing that it wasn’t my job to “go find” my life’s purpose, that my purpose would find me when the time was right.

So much shifted when I began to stop pushing so hard and pressuring myself. I began to focus on what would make happy each and every day, and like pieces of a puzzle everything began to gently fall into place.

“If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.”

~ Lao Tzu

Again, hopped on the Lao Tzu train during my quarter life rough patch and whew, so glad I did. This quote shifted a lot for me. It made me realize that life is all about the inner journey.

Our outer world is just a projection of what’s happening inside our mind. If we believe our life is a beautiful thing, it will be. If we believe life our life is chaotic mess, it will be.

Our true power lies in our awakening. If we can purify our minds and rid ourselves of negative thoughts and habits, everything will transform.

“Well behaved women seldom make history.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt is like the most-sassy-yet-least-sassy woman of all time and I love her.

This quote was the justification for a lot of wild behavior in my teen years, and I’m SO thankful for it. Instead of being a timid teenager, her words inspired me to push the envelope and try new things.

To screw what everyone else thought and march to the beat of my own drum. Thanks to her I broke a lotttttta rules and had a lotttttta fun.

My adventurous spirit and fearless nature as a teen really shaped the woman I grew into in my twenties. I have high morals and solid conscience, but I’m not afraid to do things that go against the norm. I’m not scared to speak my mind or put myself out there.

I do what I believe is right, not what the world tells me is right, and oh does it ever feel good.

I’d love to know what your favourite quotes are? Let me know in the comments below!

With love,

Alex