Quotes and Aphorisms To Live By (Part 1)

Fynn Comerford
3 min readMay 10, 2023

Here is a list of quotes and aphorisms that stood out to me over the years. I’ll keep adding to the list as I go! I have the bad habit of not noting down the authors of these quotes, so feel free to make a note or comment should you know the author.

  • A no you have, a yes you can get — my Mom
  • Rather than trying to live an extraordinary life, try to live an ordinary life extraordinarily.
  • In my 20’s I wanted to be a millionaire. When I was finally a millionaire I wanted to be in my 20s again.
  • Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that crushed it.
  • The one who has a why to live for can live through any ‘how’ — Victor Frankl
  • The days are long but the years are short.
  • Life is a book and those who don’t travel only know one page.
  • Happiness comes from wanting what you have.
  • I had such a wonderful life if only I realized it earlier.
  • Sometimes later becomes never.
  • Paso a Paso.
  • Life is not a series of crises to be endured. Life is to be enjoyed.
  • Tyranny is the deliberate removal of nuance — Viktor Frankl
  • Anni, amori e bicchieri di vino, nun se contano mai.”’ ‘“Years, lovers and glasses of wine; these things must not be counted. Anthony Capella, The Food of Love
  • Sometimes courage isn’t climbing Mount Everest or changing the world. Sometimes your mountain to climb is made up of weekdays and months, made up of pushing yourself forward even when you want to nestle into the past. Sometimes changing the world means changing your world as gradually as you need to, as gently as you heal, because sometimes courage isn’t made up of war and bloodshed; sometimes courage isn’t made of combat. Sometimes courage is a quiet fight, a dim softness within you, that flickers even on your darkest days and reminds you that you are strong, that you are growing — that there is hope. Bianca Sparacino
  • Life is not always a list of problems to be solved. Sometimes it’s made up of fun, ease, and laughter.
  • Be the hero of your life, not the victim.
  • And if you can’t make time to take a bath, I ask, quite politely, why are you even alive? From “Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies”.
  • Was du erliegst kann niemand auf der Welt dir wegnehmen. Wha you endure no one on earth can take away from you. Viktor Frankl
  • Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it — once we truly understand and accept it — then life no longer is difficult” — The Road Less Traveled
  • Honesty without tact is cruelty.
  • Wherever you go, there you are. Also a book title by Jon Kabatt Zin (pioneer of mindfulness-based meditation).
  • Attention is the rarest and most subtle form oof generosity.
  • The healthy man wants a thousand things. The sick man wants only one thing.
  • You have to try things in life.



Fynn Comerford

CoS at Lorentz Bio | Frequency Bio Fellow | Neuroscience at The University of Edinburgh | Founder of edventure | iGEM 2020 | Videographer