100 Most Inspirational Quotes of All Times

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

 

Make each day your masterpiece.

John Wooden

 

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity. Reduce selfishness, have few desires.

Lao Tzu

 

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

 

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

 

Fall seven times, stand up eight!

Japanese Proverbs

 

I am bigger than anything that can happen to me. All these things, sorrow, misfortune, and suffering, are outside my door. I am in the house and I have the key.

Charles Fletcher Lummis

 

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.

William Ellery Channing

 

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.

Dolly Parton

 

No pressure, no diamonds.

Mary Case

 

I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of a man is to live, not to exist.

Jack London

 

Everything you need is already inside. Just do it.

Bill Bowerman (Nike)

 

Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.

Theodore Roosevelt

 

Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it.

Author Unknown

 

The best dreams happen when you’re awake.

Cherie Gilderbloom

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept things that I cannot change;

The courage to change the things I can; And the wisdom to know the difference.

Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr

 

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

 

Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.

Mary Manin Morrissey

 

To change one’s life; Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.

William James

 

Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.

Les Brown

 

There will be sleeping enough in the Grave.

Benjamin Franklin

 

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

George Bernard Shaw

 

Life is either daring adventure or nothing.

Helen Keller

 

If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page.

Mark Houlahan

 

Don’t make me walk when I want to fly.

Galina Doyla

 

A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all – he’s walking on them.

Leonard Louis Levinson

 

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.

Christopher Reeve

 

The best is yet to be.

Robert Browning

 

I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.

Og Mandino

 

We were born to succeed, not to fail.

Henry David Thoreau

 

Tough times never last, but tough people do.

Dr. Robert Schuller

 

Carpe diem. (Seize the day.)

Dr.Horace

 

Nobody ever drowned in sweat

US Marine saying

 

Gentlemen, we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process we will catch excellence. I am not remotely interested in just being good.

Vince Lombardi (one of the most successful coaches in the history of American football in his first team meeting as Packers coach)

 

Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.

Norman Vincent Peale

 

Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.

Charles Kettering

 

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.

Henry Ford

 

Reach up as far as you can and God will help you reach the rest of the way.

Greg Hickman

 

Never, never, never give up.

Winston Churchill ( In his later years, Winston Churchill was asked to give the commencement address at Oxford University. Following his introduction, he rose, went to the podium, and said the above 5 words. Then he took his seat.)

Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising up every time we fail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

It’s easy enough to be pleasant, when life flows along like a song, but the man worthwhile is the man with a smile, when everything goes dead wrong.

Author Unknown.

 

Everyday, give yourself a good mental shampoo.

Dr. Sara Jordan

 

Realize that true happiness lies within you.

Lucian

 

When one door of happiness closes, another opens: but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.

Helen Keller

 

If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Joan Collins

 

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

 

Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.

Tagore

 

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God.

Walt Whitman

 

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.

Deepak Chopra

 

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.

David Carradine

 

Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.

Mario Fernandez

 

Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.

Jim Rohn

 

Celebrate your success and find humor in your failures. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Loosen up and everyone around you will loosen up. Have fun and always show enthusiasm. When all else fails, put on a costume and sing a silly song.

Sam Walton (founder of Walmart)

 

Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.

Helen Keller

 

Those who wish to sing, always find a song.

Swedish Proverb

 

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.

Plato

 

Defeat is simply a signal to press onward.

Helen Keller

 

Don’t count the days, make the days count.

Muhammad Ali

 

Rest but never quit. Even the sun has a sinking spell each evening. But it always rises the next morning. At sunrise, every soul is born again.

Author Unknown

 

Don’t hurry, don’t worry. You’re only here for a short visit. So be sure to stop and smell the flowers.

Walter Hagen

 

Love all. Serve all. Help ever. Hurt never.

Author Unknown

 

Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.

Buddha

 

Dance as though no one is watching you,

Love as though you have never been hurt before,

Sing as though no one can hear you,

Live as though heaven is on earth.

Souza.

 

You will find, as you look back upon your life, that the moments when you really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.

Henry Drummond

 

Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love. Then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.

Teilhard de Chardin

 

We do not sing because we are happy, we are happy because we sing.

William James

 

Waste no tears over the grieves of yesterday.

Euripides

 

The moon lives in the lining of your skin.

Pablo Neruda

 

He who climbs above the cares of this world, and turns his face to his God, has found the sunny side of life.

Spurgeon

 

Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.

Georges-Louis Leclere De Buffon

 

It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.

Vince Lombardi

 

Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.

Abraham Lincoln

 

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Use what talents you possess; The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.

Henry Van Dyke

 

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.

John Ruskin

 

Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.

Leonardo Da Vinci

 

You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might.

Henry David Thoreau

 

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

Robert F. Kennedy

 

So long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles of success; If I persist long enough I will win.

Og Mandino

 

Success and rest don’t sleep together.

Russian proverb

 

The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going.

Napoleon Hill

 

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.

Kenji Miyazawa

 

If you’re going through Hell, keep going.

Winston Churchill

 

Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.

Machiavelli

 

Remember the storm is a good opportunity for the pine and the cypress to show their strength and their stability.

Ho Chi Minh

 

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.

Albert Camus

 

When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.

Napoleon Hill

 

In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity.

Albert Einstein

 

God never sends us more than we can handle.

Mother Theresa

 

When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.

Mary Kay Ash

 

Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

Christian Larson

 

It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible.

Henry Ward Beecher

 

The things that hurt us teach us.

Author Unknown

 

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

The oyster turns into pearl the sand which annoys it.

Sidney Newton Bremer

 

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

 

Light tomorrow with today.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

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

Will Rogers

 

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

Henry David Thoreau

A year from now you may wish you had started today.

Karen Lamb

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