25 Chris Gardner Quotes to Enrich Your Life

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One of the few people who could be described as highly tenacious is Chris Gardner, Author of “The Pursuit of Happyness“. A homeless father who became a multi-millionaire investor, stockbroker, motivational speaker, author, and philanthropist. In his book, he shared his story of how he struggled with homelessness while raising his toddler son, Christopher Gardner, Jr.  His book became a New York Times, Washington Post #1 Bestseller which inspired a film that became an iconic representation of everyone who had every opportunity to quit due to their circumstances in life but didn’t. Will Smith played as Chris in the movie, received a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nomination for his performance.

Chris Gardner’s tenacity is something to be admired as he shared in his book which is not about his life but an inspiration to all who dream big though surrounding by circumstances daunting them to give up.

25 Chris Gardner Quotes to Enrich Your Life

1. “Then again, what seems like nothing in the eyes of the world, when properly valued and put to use, can be among the greatest riches.” – Chris Gardner

2. “Strong people stand up for themselves. Stronger people stand up for others. The irony is that while sleep sometimes brings nightmares, it’s the reality of my waking hours that can cause me the greater fear.” – Chris Gardner

3. “Others may question your credentials, your papers, your degrees. Others may look for all kinds of ways to diminish your worth. But what is inside you no one can take from you or tarnish.” – Chris Gardner

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4. “Without that sense of self, no amount of paper, no pedigree, and no credentials can make you legit. No matter what, you have to feel legit inside first.” – Chris Gardner

5. “There was a language specific to all things. The ability to learn another language in one arena, whether it was music, medicine, or finance, could be used to accelerate learning and other arenas, too.” – Chris Gardner

6. “Always, always pursue happiness.” – Chris Gardner

7. “The secret to success: find something you love to do so much, you can’t wait for the sun to rise to do it all over again.” – Chris Gardner

8. “One of the things young people always ask me about is what is the secret to success. The secret is there is no secret. It’s the basics. Blocking and tackling.” – Chris Gardner

9. “Claim ownership of your dreams.” – Chris Gardner

10. “Walk that walk and go forward all the time. Don’t just talk that talk, walk it and go forward. Also, the walk didn’t have to be long strides; baby steps counted too. Go forward.” – Chris Gardner

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11. “If you have a dream, you’ve got to protect it.” – Chris Gardner

12“Do something that you love. Whatever you’re going to do is going to be tough enough. Find something that gets you so excited that the sun can’t come up early enough in the morning because you want to go do your thing.” – Chris Gardner

13. “It can be done, but you have to make it happen.” – Chris Gardner

14. “The balance in your life is more important than the balance in your checking account.” – Chris Gardner

15. “The world is your oyster. It’s up to you to find the pearls.” – Chris Gardner

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16. “But if you don’t take the necessary steps to make them happen, dreams are just mirages that mess with your head!” – Chris Gardner

17. “I was homeless, but I wasn’t hopeless. I knew a better day was coming.” – Chris Gardner

19. “The money thing will come. I know so many people who have so much more money than I. They are miserable. It is so important to be happy.” – Chris Gardner

20. “Do something that makes you happy and makes you feel good about yourself.” – Chris Gardner

21. “As busy as I am wherever I am, I try to get out and walk the streets, to remember how far I’ve come and appreciated every baby step of the way.” – Chris Gardner

22. “Though my mom had too many of her own dreams denied, deferred and destroyed, she instilled in me that I could have dreams. And not just have dreams but had a responsibility to make them a reality. My mom taught me from a very early age that I could do anything I wanted to do.” – Chris Gardner

23. “Do something that makes you feel your work is significant and meaningful. If you just want to make money, that’s a whole different trip. I can’t help you with that.” – Chris Gardner

24. “Hunker down, strap in, and hold on. Hold on baby!” – Chris Gardner

25. You can only depend on yourself. The cavalry ain’t coming” – Chris Gardner

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