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The 201 Most Inspirational Quotes

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If all you can do is crawl, start crawling. Rumi

Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. Kyle Chandler


If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.Thomas Edison

There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can.Henry Ford

Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.Winston Churchill

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone elses opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. Oscar Wilde

Man cannot remake himself without suffering for he is both the marble and the sculptor. Alexis Carrel

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. Ayn Rand

It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. Marilyn Vos Savant

All our dreams can come true–if we have the courage to pursue them.Walt Disney

If you’re going through hell, keep going.Winston Churchill

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.Walter Bagehot

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.Robert Brault

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.Christopher Columbus

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world.Anne Frank

Change your thoughts and you change your world.Norman Vincent Peale

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.Steve Jobs

We enjoy warmth because we have been cold. We appreciate light because we have been in darkness. By the same token, we can experience joy because we have known sorrow. David L. Weatherford

The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep. Robert Frost

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. Alice Walker

Without ambition, one starts nothing. Without work, one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best revenge is massive success. Frank Sinatra

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Napoleon Hill

Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them. John Updike

If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree. Jim Rohn

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. Albert Einstein

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt

We all have bad days, but one thing is true; no cloud is so dark that the sun can’t shine through. Miranda Kerr

Don’t fear failure, in great attempts it is glorious even to fail. Bruce Lee

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. Beverly Sills

You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated. Maya Angelou

The secret to getting ahead is getting started. Mark Twain

If you don’t run your own life, somebody else will. John Atkinson

Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.Dalai Lama

A mediocre person tells. A good person explains. A superior person demonstrates. A great person inspires others to see for themselves.Harvey MacKay

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.William James

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existenceAristotle

I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”Kurt Vonnegut

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers

Be proud of every scar on your heart, each one holds a lifetimes worth of lessons. Wallace Stegner

Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn. Miguel de Cervantes

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. Winston Churchill

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.Albert Einstein

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.Ralph Marston

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.Mahatma Gandhi

The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.John Ruskin

The difference between an optimist and a pessimist? An optimist laughs to forget but a pessimist forgets to laugh. Tom Bodett

Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you. Walt Whitman

A great attitude becomes a great day which becomes a great month which becomes a great year which becomes a great life. Mandy Hale

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. Chinese Proverb

Goodness is the only investment that never fails. Henry David Thoreau

To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities. Bruce Lee

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. Hellen Keller

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. Arthur C. Clark

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. Confucius

Success is ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. Sir Winston Churchill

The only thing in your control is effort. That’s all, and that’s everything. Mark Cuban

There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster. Dalai Lama XIV

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C.S. Lewis


We cannot put off living until we are ready. The most salient characteristic of life is its urgency, ‘here and now’ without any possible postponement. Life is fired at us point-blank. Jose Ortega y Gasset

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. Alice Walker

I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself. Rita Mae Brown

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on Earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. Thomas Jefferson

There is in this world no such force as the force of a man determined to rise. W.E.B. Du Bois

Great spirits have always encountered violent oppression from mediocre minds. Albert Einstein

Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person we become. Jim Rohn

He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty. Lao Tse

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.Ralph Waldo Emerson

It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.E.E. Cummings

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.Marilyn Monroe

And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. Friedrich Nietzsche

Eighty percent of success is showing up. Woody Allen

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Seneca

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. Napoleon Hill

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. Pablo Picasso

Do small things with great love. Mother Teresa

Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left, and laughing feels better right now. Veronica Roth

Do not let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do. John Wooden

When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps. John Lennon

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.Judy Garland

Action is the foundational key to all success.Pablo Picasso

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. Napoleon Hill

Success consists of doing the common things of life uncommonly well.Unknown

Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.Roy L. Goodman

It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela

To find fulfillment…don’t exist with life – embrace it. Jim Beggs

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me. Steve Jobs

You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life? Rumi

Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn. My God, do you learn. C.S.Lewis

Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change. Wayne W. Dyer

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you can’t do. Marc Márquez

Setbacks are opportunities for major comebacks. Travis Wynn

Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.Eleanor Roosevelt

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.Albert Einstein

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.Chinese Proverb

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.Aristotle

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. Nelson Mandela

It’s not the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe. Muhammad Ali

A goal property set is halfway reached. Zig Ziglar

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. Confucius

Little by little, one travels far. J.R.R. Tolkien

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Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’! Audrey Hepburn

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle

All life is a chance. So take it! the person who goes furthest is the one who is willing to do and dare. Dale Carnegie

To believe in the things you can see and touch is no belief at all – but to believe in the unseen is a triumph and a blessing. Abraham Lincoln

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. William Shakespeare

Try and fail, but never fail to try. Jared Leto

If not us, then who? If not now, then when? John E. Lewis

Each day you must choose, the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Eric Mangini

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse. Walt Disney

Man’s main task is to give birth to himself. Erich Fromm

Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity. Bruce Lee

Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.Henry Ford

What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.Bob Dylan

It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.Brian Tracy

Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you. Walt Whitman

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. Benjamin Franklin

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. Mark Twain

Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah

Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working. Pablo Picasso

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. Thomas Paine

The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. Japanese Proverb

The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary. Vince Lombardi

We all have the extraordinary coded within us, waiting to be released. Jean Houston

When a quiet man is moved to passion, it seems the very earth will shake. Stephanie Barron

Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in. Napoleon Bonaparte

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind. Seneca

Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we truly are. Arthur Golden

If you can’t find something to live for, you best find something to die for. Tupac

Impatience is the thief of success. Rebekah L. Pierce

No fear. No distractions. The ability to let that which does not matter truly slide. Fight Club

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. Henry David Thoreau

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily Zig Ziglar

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. Ayn Rand

Life is a journey, not a destination. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

You gotta find a way to survive cause they win when your soul dies. Tupac

The trouble is you think you have time. Buddha

Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

The thing about motivation is that you don’t really find it finds you. Ariana Medina

No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change and become a better version of yourself. Madonna

Three failures denote uncommon strength. A weakling has not enough grit to fail thrice. Minna Thomas Antrim

If you want something you never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done. Drina Reed

If you don’t know where you are going any road will get you thereOld Sufi saying

Everything is okay in the end, if it’s not ok, then it’s not the end.unknown

People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.Apple, Inc.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.Lao Tzu

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’Brian Tracy

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.Vincent Van Gogh

Do one thing every day that scares you.Eleanor Roosevelt

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.Robert Collier

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.Mark Twain

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.Farrah Gray

Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.Guy Finley

People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.Norman Vincent Peale

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!Audrey Hepburn

You have everything you need to build something far bigger than yourself.Seth Godin

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.C.S. Lewis

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.Ayn Rand

Motivational Sayings (unattributed)

The bigger the mountain, the better the view. Unknown

A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on it’s own wings. Always believe in yourself.” Unknown

I’d rather have a life of “oh, wells” than a life of “what ifs.” Unknown

Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m Possible.” Unknown

If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got. Unknown

If winning was easy, losers would do it. Unknown

You get what you settle for

You have three choices in life: Give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got. Unknown

Work until your idols become rivals. Unknown

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside can’t hurt you. Unknown

There are seven days in the week and someday isn’t one of them. Unknown

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. Unknown

Don’t stumble over something that’s behind you. Unknown

Today I will do what others won’t so that tomorrow I can do what others can’t. Unknown

Always act as if the person you admire is watching you. Unknown

No one is taller than the last man standing. Unknown

I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done. Unknown

You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. Unknown

Suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret. Unknown

All you need is hope and strength: hope that things will eventually get better, and strength to hold on until it does. Unknown

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength. Unknown

When you feel like quitting, think about why you started. Unknown

Failure is the chance to do better next time. Unknown

Make sure your worse enemy isn’t between your ears. Unknown

Every day may not be good. But there is good in every day. Unknown

Don’t give up what you want most because of what you want now. Unknown

It’s not about being the best, it’s about being better than you were yesterday. Unknown


This is your life… and its ending one minute at a time. Unknown

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