Life is hard, most times. In the end, it only becomes a matter of perspective. Get that perspective with these H. Jackson Brown Jr. quotes.
H. Jackson Brown Jr. is an American author. He was born in 1940. Prior to starting his writing career, he first worked at an advertising agency where he was a creative director. Ultimately, his first book, A Father’s Book of Wisdom, was published in 1988. This was followed by P.S. I Love You in 1990.
It was, however, his third work — Life’s Little Instruction Book — that gained him wider recognition. Published in 1991, it became a New York Times bestseller until 1994. Its sequel, Life’s Little Instruction Book: Volume 2, was also successful. Interestingly, Life’s Little Instruction Book was originally written as a going-away present for his son as he left for college. It became an international bestseller instead.
Throughout the years, Brown has authored dozens of book; basically, everything about life and the people that live it. His observations are shrewd and his brilliance unwavering. His most recent work, As Southern As It Gets: 1,071 Reasons to Never Leave the South, was published in 2017.
His simple yet profound words of wisdom, acquired from others and his own experiences, have since inspired readers from all walks of life, around the globe (his works have been translated into 35 languages).
Here are 30 H. Jackson Brown Jr. quotes to get you started on living.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
I’ve learned… That being kind is more important than being right. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
I’ve learned that you know your husband still loves you when there are two brownies left and he takes the smaller one. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
A kiss on the beach when there is a full moon is the closest thing to heaven. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
You cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Remember that the biggest gap in the world is between ‘I should’ and ‘I did. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
If you know someone who tries to drown their sorrows, you might tell them sorrows know how to swim. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Your religion is what you do when the sermon is over. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through strength but by perseverance. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Don’t waste time waiting for inspiration. Begin, and inspiration will find you. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Watch the sunrise at least once a year, put a lot of marshmallows in your hot chocolate, lie on your back and look at the stars, never buy a coffee table you can’t put your feet on, never pass up a chance to jump on a trampoline, don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Life is slippery. We all need a loving hand to hold onto. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
If you’re doing your best, you won’t have time to worry about failure. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Wear audacious underwear under the most solemn business attire. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health, and love. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Seek opportunity, not security. A boat in the harbor is safe, but in time its bottom will rot out. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Share these 30 H. Jackson Brown Jr. quotes with loved ones to start your day feeling inspired. Find the beauty in your life, may it be from love, work, family, or as simple as being under the big blue sky.