Brianna Wiest Quotes

Who is Brianna Wiest?

Brianna Wiest is an American writer, author and poet. She is best known for her work on mindfulness, spirituality, and emotional intelligence.

Her best known books are 'The Mountain Is You: Transforming Self-Sabotage Into Self-Mastery' and '101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think '.

Born October 11, 1992

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“Another person's progress is an affirmation of what's possible, not a reason to doubt your own. The people you envy are not your competition, they are your mentors.”

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“Happy people know suffering more than anyone else, and that’s how they can see just how damn beautiful their lives are. It’s because they’ve seen the depths.”

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“I think there’s a point in your healing journey where you stop trying to convince other people to do the right thing, you just observe their choices, understand their character, and decide what you’re going to allow in your life.”

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“It is not too late.
It is never too late.”

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“It is terrifying to pursue your dreams, pour your heart into your work, love with everything you’ve got, be vulnerable, risk it all, live outside the lines, find peace without having every answer.

It is far more terrifying not to.”

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“Love someone because their soul inspires you, not because you’re interested in the relief from loneliness and companionship they can provide. Anybody can do that. Not just anybody can show you to yourself.”

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“Most people prioritize being liked over being happy. Likability is very much about how you fit into someone else's projection of themselves, so being disliked is somewhat inevitable. Choose your happiness.”

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“Not everyone will like you. Not everyone will be kind to you. Not everyone will agree with you. That does not mean you have to be unkind in return.”

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“One day you will be grateful you kept going. Stay for that day.”

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“People will come and go as they are scheduled to. Let them. Holding on does not affect them, only you.”

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“The device you are holding in your hand can be a portal to unlimited information, networking opportunities, inspiration and new ideas. It can also be a distraction that fuels your comparison, judgment and self-pity. Your life will be shaped by how you use it.”

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“The key to finding happiness in this life is realizing that the only way to overcome is to transcend; to find happiness in the simple pleasures, to master the art of just being.”

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“When you romanticize the future more than the past, you move forward. But when you romanticize the present, you become free.”

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“You will never regret working on yourself. You will never regret investing in your future. You will never regret trying to understand someone. You will never regret being resourceful, exercising, meditating.

Spend more time doing the things you know you won’t regret.”

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101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think Quotes

“A friend once told me that the secret to finding love was not to actually look for it, but to heal the things that were preventing you from seeing and receiving it. I think the biggest one of all is, “What will having this love fix?”

What will having this person next to me make me feel better about? What do I need them to tell me? What do I need them to prove? Who do I need them to look great in front of? What purpose do they serve for my ego?”

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101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think

“Accomplishing goals is not success. How much you expand in the process is.”

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“Any belief or method that is being used to fuel denial is by definition an enemy to awakening, enlightenment, awareness and expansion.”


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“An untamed mind is a minefield.”

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“At the end of the day, all we really want are a few close people who know us (and love us) no matter what.”

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101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think

“Being in love with somebody that you only used to know is like falling in love with a book (which sounds like a dumb example but people really do fall in love with them). The point is: You can love it all you want, but it’s a story that runs parallel to yours. At the end of the day it’s static. It’s memory. It’s a sentence and you can’t change it. It ends how it ends. It says what it says.”

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“Everything is hard in some way. It’s hard to be in the wrong relationship. It’s hard to be in the right one. It’s hard to be broke and miserable, it’s hard to achieve your dreams. It’s hard to be stuck in the middle, not really feeling anything at all. Everything is hard, but you choose your hard. You choose what’s worth it. You don’t choose whether or not you’ll suffer, but you do choose what you want to suffer for.”

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101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think

“Happiness is not how many things you do, but how well you do them. More is not better. Happiness is not experiencing something else; it’s continually experiencing what you already have in new and different ways.”

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101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think

“If we believe that we’re unworthy of love, we need the idea of a loving, doting partner who affirms how perfect we are to correct it. Without understanding that we want that love to fix something in us, we just think we desperately want love because we’re romantic, or because happy lives do not exist without it.

But the people who are conscious of why they desire something are able to choose wants that are not based in solving a problem, but in something more genuine and healthy.”

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“Make a list of all the imperfect people you’ve known in your life who have had love. Who have had romantic partners and best friends and jobs you could only ever dream of. Make a list of all the people who are conventionally unattractive and spiritually adrift and imperfect and all the things each one of them had despite being that way. Make it your own personal proof that you do not need to be perfect to be good enough.”

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101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think

“Nobody cries at a funeral because the world will be missing out on another pretty face. They cry because the world is missing another heart, another soul, another person. Don’t wait until it’s too late to focus on what will actually matter: creating something that lasts far beyond your body.”

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101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think

“Stop thinking that being sad or broken makes you unlovable or 'bad'. Your honest moments don’t destroy relationships, they bond (as long as you’re being genuine).”

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“The obsessive desire for a passionate relationship is usually a reflection of a lack of love for oneself. The manic need to pursue a passionate career is rooted in an intense unhappiness with present reality. They are a series of soothing thoughts and deflection methods and escape routes: The monster everyone’s running from, of course, is themselves.”

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101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think

“The things you love about others are the things you love about yourself. The things you hate about others are the things you cannot see in yourself.”

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101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think

“The universe whispers until it screams, and happy people listen while the call is still quiet.”

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101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think

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“The worst happened, and then it passed. You lost the person you thought you couldn’t live without and then you kept living. You lost your job then found another one. You began to realize that 'safety' isn’t in certainty — but in faith that you can simply keep going.”

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101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think

“There are two mindsets people tend to have: explorer or settler. Our society has a 'settler' mindset, our end goals are 'finalizing' (home, marriage, career, etc.) in a world that was made for evolution, in selves that do nothing but grow and expand and change. People with 'explorer' mindsets are able to actually enjoy what they have and experience it fully because they are inherently unattached.”

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“Our thoughts become our words, our words become our beliefs, our beliefs become our actions, our actions become our habits, and our habits become our realities.”

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