100 Most Inspirational Quotes of All Times



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.)



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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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