Inspirational sayings have been key to the industries of motivational posters and greeting cards. Often, they are prominently featured at the start of a motivational speech or a political oratory. These small tidbits, while seemingly innocuous, can have a large influence over our culture.
Inspirational quotes have often been featured on coffee cups, shirts, and even parts of our culture that one would never expect to find them. In the computer game Call of Duty, an inspirational quote about the military is featured every time the player dies. Little phrases like “with great power comes great responsibility” can come to define comic books.
Best Inspirational Quotes
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. – Aristotle
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. – Aesop
Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. – Swami Sivananda
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. – Buddha
The undertaking of a new action brings new strength. – Richard L. Evans
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. – Jimmy Dean
Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. – Kevyn Aucoin
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. – Maya Angelou
Every next level of your life will demand a different you.
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. – George Addair
Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the fuck you were doing to do anyway – Robert Downey Jr
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper – W.B. Yeats
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves – William Shakespeare
Great things never came from comfort zones – Neil Strauss
When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things. Joe Namath
We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it. Barack Obama
If you think, then you will be prepared. If you are prepared, then you will have no worries – Li Ka Shing
The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself – Michel de Montaigne
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant – Robert Louis Stevenson
From error to error one discovers the entire truth – Sigmund Freud
When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things – Joe Namath
Short Inspirational Quotes
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. – Helen Keller
Limit your “always” and your “nevers.” – Amy Poehler
Spread love everywhere you go. – Mother Teresa
A champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall. – Serena Williams
Pain or love or danger makes you real again – Jack Kerouac
Each person must live their life as a model for others. – Rosa Parks
Motivation comes from working on things we care about. – Sheryl Sandberg
No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. – Robin Williams
With the right kind of coaching and determination you can accomplish anything. – Reese Witherspoon
If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. – Oprah Winfrey
Life has got all those twists and turns. You’ve got to hold on tight and off you go. – Nicole Kidman
You are enough just as you are. – Meghan Markle
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive. – Maya Angelou
Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality. – Malala Yousafzai
Life changes very quickly, in a very positive way, if you let it. – Lindsey Vonn
You get what you give. – Jennifer Lopez
You must do the things you think you cannot do. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible!” – Audrey Hepburn
Happiness is not by chance, but by choice. – Jim Rohn
Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. – Napoleon Hill
Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful. – Hazrat Inayat Khan
Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open. – John Barrymore
Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you. – Walt Whitman
Begin, be bold and venture to be wise – Horace
Diligence is the mother of good fortune – Miguel de Cervantes
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – C.S. Lewis
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein
An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory – Friedrich Engels
Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive. – Hafez
Great things never came from comfort zones.
Life begins on the other side of despair – Jean-Paul Sartre
Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. – Maya Angelou
You change the world by being yourself – Yoko Ono
Don’t just wait for inspiration. Become it.
You do not find the happy life. You make it. – Camilla Eyring Kimball
Prove them wrong.
The most wasted of days is one without laughter. – E. E. Cummings
More Life Quotes
Famous Inspirational Quotes
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. – Samuel Beckett
Let no one discourage your ambitious attitude. You don’t need a fan club to achieve your goals. Be your own motivation.
When you know what you want, and want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it. – Jim Rohn
If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller
You can’t have a better tomorrow if you’re still thinking about yesterday.
If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want. – Zig Ziglar
If you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. – Og Mandino
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. – Maya Angelou
You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens. – Mandy Hale
To live greatly, we must develop the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and triumph with humility.
You don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. – Martin Luther King Jr
Life has no remote, get up and change it yourself.
If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. – Napoleon Hill
Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become. – Steve Jobs
All for one and one for all. – Alexandre Dumas
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Mahatma Gandhi
A positive attitude will lead to positive outcomes.
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw
Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well. – Jack London
When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.
You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.
If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want. – Kevin Ngo
It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop. – Confucius
Surround yourself with people who have dreams, desire and ambition. They will help you push for and realize you own.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde
Your life is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs
The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for. – Bob Marley
If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal. Not to people or things. – Albert Einstein
You have to go wholeheartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having. – Frank Lloyd Wright
Not all those who wander are lost. – J. R. R. Tolkien
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
People change, love hurts, friends leave, things go wrong. But just remember that life goes on.
Life is a journey, not a destination. Learn to enjoy the ride.
You must do the things you think you cannot do. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Funny Inspirational Quotes
The possible is just the impossible that we’ve come to accept – Stewart Stafford
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. – Oscar Wilde
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. – Sigmund Freud
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow. – Mark Twain
Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order. – Samuel Beckett
We are all born mad. Some remain so. – Samuel Beckett
Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. – Ernest Hemingway
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. – T.S. Eliot
Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. – Charles Bukowski
Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once. – Paulo Coelho
I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific. – Lily Tomlin
I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. – Edgar Allan Poe
Embrace the glorious mess that you are. – Elizabeth Gilbert
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I’ve found it!), but ‘That’s funny…’.
I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there. – Oscar Wilde
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. – Mark Twain
Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one. – Terry Pratchett
There never was a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him asleep. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it. – George Bernard Shaw
I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.
Wrinkles mean you laughed, grey hair means you care and scars mean you lived.
A bad attitude is like a flat tire, you can’t get very far until you change it.
Luck is what you have left over after you give 100 percent. – Langston Coleman
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. – Ambrose Bierce
You can only be young once. But you can always be immature. – Dave Barry
If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you. – Steven Wright
I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it. – Edgar Allan Poe
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. – Mark Twain
If you are money, then, when you die, you will be spent. – Rich Cohen
The key to success is not through achievement but through enthusiasm. – Malcolm Forbes
Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it. – Mark Twain
The only thing you can get in a hurry is trouble. – Navjot Singh Sidhu
It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. – Mark Twain
When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best – that is inspiration. – Robert Bresson
Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past. – Jack London
It’s not bragging if you can back it up. – Muhammad Ali
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. – Jack London
Deep Inspirational Quotes
The books that help you most are those which make you think that most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty. – Pablo Neruda
We cannot solve problems with the kind of thinking we employed when we came up with them. – Albert Einstein.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. – Oscar Wilde
Learn as if you will live forever, live like you will die tomorrow. – Mahatma Gandhi.
Stay away from those people who try to disparage your ambitions. Small minds will always do that, but great minds will give you a feeling that you can become great too. – Mark Twain.
To find yourself, think for yourself. – Socrates
When you give joy to other people, you get more joy in return. You should give a good thought to happiness that you can give out. – Eleanor Roosevelt.
Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment. – Dogen
We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. – T.S. Eliot
When you change your thoughts, remember to also change your world. – Norman Vincent Peale.
Unless you believe, you will not understand. – Augustine of Hippo
Live so that you can at least get the benefit of the doubt. – Kin Hubbard
It is only when we take chances, when our lives improve. The initial and the most difficult risk that we need to take is to become honest. – Walter Anderson.
Nature has given us all the pieces required to achieve exceptional wellness and health, but has left it to us to put these pieces together. – Diane McLaren.
I focused so hard on what I wanted that I lost sight of what I deserved.
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. Mark Twain
Positive Inspirational Quotes
Be true to yourself and surround yourself with positive, supportive people. – Payal Kadakia
Feet, what do I need them for if I have wings to fly. – Frida Kahlo
My message to you is simple, keep believing, keep marching, keep building, keep raising your voice. – Barack Obama
Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.
When you see something beautiful in someone, tell them. It may take a second to say, but for them it could last a life time.
Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. – E.E. Cummings
I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center. – Kurt Vonnegut
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. – Henry Stanley Haskins
Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.
If you take risks and face your fate with dignity, there is nothing you can do that makes you small; if you don’t take risks, there is nothing you can do that makes you grand, nothing. – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
You have to be able to tolerate what you don’t necessarily like so you can be free. – Larry Flynt
At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better, it’s about what you’ve given back. – Denzel Washington
Abandon yourself to the moment, and you will find every day new openings, new light, new insight. And those new insights will go on changing you. One day, suddenly you will see you are each moment new. – Osho
We don’t rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training. – Archilochus
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. – Marcel Proust
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is: infinite. – William Blake
Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic. – Dale Carnegie
I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am. – Sylvia Plath
You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you. – Joseph Joubert
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. – Roald Dahl
Breathe, it’s just a bad day, not a bad life.
The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water. – Sigmund Freud
Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life. – Terry Pratchett
I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail. – William Faulkner
What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. – John Steinbeck
Drones overall will be more impactful than I think people recognize, in positive ways to help society. – Bill Gates
Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen. – Deep Roy
Your best creative assets do not occur unless you do a mental shift. You have to be in a positive frame of mind because inspiration is fleeting. I walk to work for inspiration and to clear my mind. – Ron Ben-Israel
Inspirational Quotes for Work
. “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” -Winston Churchill.
“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” -Walter Bagehot.
“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” -Charles R. Swindoll.
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” -H. Jackson Brown Jr.
“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today.” -Nolan Bushnell.
“How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.” -Gilbert K. Chesterton.
“If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working on it.” -Michael Jordan.
“20 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 wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain.
“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” -Steve Jobs.
“True leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.” -Sheryl Sandberg.
“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” -Malala Yousafzai.
“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” -Sam Walton.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” -John Quincy Adams.
I’ve worked in corporate environments for many years, and one thing that’s clear is that there’s no shortage of people knowing how to play the blame game. – Jeanne Boschert
You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage worth ethic. – Zig Ziglar
Inspirational Quotes For Students
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. – Maria Robinson
“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden
“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” – John Maxwell
Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever – Mahatma Gandhi
Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. –Theodore N. Vail
“Strive for progress, not perfection.” – Unknown
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills
“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison
“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” – George Lorimer
Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. – Francis Chan
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. – Pablo Picasso
I believe that one key to success is to accept the truth, no matter how it’s spoken. – Robert Kiyosaki
Inspirational Quotes for Kids
“Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.” – John Wooden
“We all can dance when we find music we love.” – Giles Andreae
“The more you give away the happier you become.”
“I think I can. I know I can.”
“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus
“Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden
“No one is perfect – that’s why pencils have erasers.” – Wolfgang Riebe
“Only surround yourself with people who will lift you higher.” – Oprah Winfrey
Inspirational Quotes for Teachers
“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” – Kahlil Gibran
“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” – Robert Frost
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” -Malala Yousafzai
“I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the einsteinconditions in which they can learn.” – Albert Einstein
“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” – Japanese proverb
“What we learn with pleasure we never forget.” – Alfred Mercier
Those who know, do. Those who understand, teach. – Aristotle
Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world – Malala Yousafzai
Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults – Abraham Lincoln
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. – Malcom X
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops – Henry Adams
The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts – C.S.Lewis
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire – William Butler Yeats
Inspirational Quotes for Women
“Just keep taking chances and having fun.” – Garth Brooks
“Time moves in one direction, memory in another.” – William Gibson
“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” – Bil Keane
“Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.” – Jon Bon Jovi
Never Apologize For Being Sensitive Or Emotional. Let This Be A Sign That You’ve Got A Big Heart And Aren’t Afraid To Let Others See It. Showing Your Emotions Is A Sign Of Strength.
Be a Girl with a mind, a Woman with attitude, and a Lady with class.
Do Not Judge You Don’t Know What Storm I’ve Asked Her To Walk Trough.
I Don’t Want You To Save Me. I Want You To Stand By My Side As I Save Myself.
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass. – Maya Angelou
Inspirational Quotes for Men
“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions” — Leonardo da Vinci
“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” — Bob Marley
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet keep looking. Don’t Settle.” — Steve Jobs
“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bull shit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” — The Wolf of Wall Street
“Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence wins championships!” — Michael Jordan
“Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects.” — Oscar Wilde
“Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.” — Niccolo Machiavelli
Never make permanent decisions based on temporary feelings — Wiz Khalifa
“I may look calm, but in my head I’ve killed you 3 times” — unknown
“Age is of no importance unless you are a CHEESE” — Billie Burke
“The question I ask myself like almost every day is, ‘Am I doing the most important thing I could be doing?’… Unless I feel like I’m working on the most important problem that I can help with, then I’m not going to feel good about how I’m spending my time.” — Mark Zuckerberg
“Nothing is impossible the word itself says ‘I’m possible’” — Audrey Hepburn
“Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.” –- U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
“Presenting leadership as a list of carefully defined qualities (like strategic, analytical and performance-oriented) no longer holds. Instead, true leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.” — Sheryl Sandberg
“Professional intellectuals are the voice of a culture and are, therefore, its leaders, its integrators and its bodyguards.” — Ayn Rand
Inspirational Quotes for Teens
“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.” – Karen Ravn
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – George Carlin
“The only thing that I have done that is not mitigated by luck, diminished by good fortune, is that I persisted, and other people gave up.” – Harrison Ford
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi
“All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
“I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution.” – Werner Braun
“There isn’t a person anywhere who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can.” – Henry Ford
“You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.” – David Viscott
“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.” – Samuel Johnson
“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking What’s in it for me?” – Brian Tracy
“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” – Jamie Paolinetti
“Talent in cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going” – Helen Keller
“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re probably right.” – Henry Ford
Inspirational Quotes About Life
“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.” ―Oprah Winfrey
“I believe purpose is something for which one is responsible; it’s not just divinely assigned.” ―Michael J. Fox
“If you organize your life around your passion, you can turn your passion into your story and then turn your story into something bigger―something that matters.” ―Blake Mycoskie
“The self is made, not given.” ―Barbara Myerhoff
It is necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live. Alexandre Dumas
“Lean forward into your life. Begin each day as if it were on purpose.” ―Mary Anne Radmacher
“The secret of success is constancy to purpose.” ―Benjamin Disraeli
“Having a sense of purpose is having a sense of self. A course to plot is a destination to hope for.” ―Bryant H. McGill
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. Nicolas Chamfort
“What am I living for and what am I dying for are the same question.” ―Margaret Atwood
“People who use time wisely spend it on activities that advance their overall purpose in life.” ―John C. Maxwell
“I would argue that nothing gives life more purpose than the realization that every moment of consciousness is a precious and fragile gift.” ―Steven Pinker
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ―Maya Angelou
If you’re afraid to die, you will not be able to live. James A. Baldwin
“Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.” ―Washington Irving
“No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself.” ―Denis Waitley
“We must have a theme, a goal, a purpose in our lives. If you don’t know where you’re aiming, you don’t have a goal.” ―Mary Kay Ash
“When you stay on purpose and refuse to be discouraged by fear, you align with the infinite self, in which all possibilities exist.” ―Wayne Dyer
Life is the sum of all your choices. Albert Camus
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Inspirational Quotes About Love
“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” – Lord Byron
“If I know what love is, it is because of you.” – Herman Hesse
“I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.” – Roy Croft
“Love is a friendship set to music.” – Joseph Campbell
“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before.” – Blaise Pascal
“Love in its essence is spiritual fire.” – Seneca
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” – Maya Angelou
“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” – George Sand
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi
Love is space and time measured by the heart. – Marcel Proust
If you have the ability to love, love yourself first. – Charles Bukowski
The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. – Victor Hugo
We love the things we love for what they are. – Robert Frost
Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary. – Oscar Wilde
If you want to be loved, be lovable. – Ovid
If you judge people, you have no time to love them. – Mother Teresa
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Inspirational Quotes About Struggles, Strength
As I struggled to put together a life for myself – based on my terms and my needs, in other words, a life worth living, it all boiled down to building my self-confidence. Bill Andrews
Communication skills are only half the battle in leadership and life. If we’re honest, the real struggle happens inside our hearts and souls. Nancy Duarte
“To people who struggle, Easter is the promise of life to the full. Easter celebrates human life, wondrously transformed, whole and entire, a full body filled with life.” Ken Untener
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” —Arnold Schwarzenegger
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” —Ernest Hemingway
“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me…. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” —Walt Disney
“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” —Booker T. Washington
“A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.” —Vernon Howard
“I like criticism. It makes you strong.” —LeBron James
“There are better starters than me but I’m a strong finisher.” —Usain Bolt
Every marriage will have power struggles occasionally but if you’re willing to compromise and be fair to your spouse, then even the worst struggles will not impact your relationship adversely. Dianne Kane
Inspirational Quotes About God
“Spending time with God through prayer and His Word is a prerequisite for having a great life and fulfilling your purpose.” – Joyce Meyer
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr
“Every man’s life is a fairy tale written by God’s fingers.” – Hans Christian Andersen
“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
“Being human means you will make mistakes. And you will make mistakes, because failure is God’s way of moving you in another direction.” – Oprah Winfrey
“Love God and He will enable you to love others even when they disappoint you.” – Francine Rivers
“Faith is about trusting God when you have unanswered questions.” – Joel Osteen
“Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it, but also the father who wipes away the tears.” – Criss Jami
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” – Corrie Ten Boom
“Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God.” – Martin Luther
“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” – Soren Kierkegaard
“Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.” – Socrates
“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing” -. C. S. Lewis
“God made you a masterpiece – be blessed, secure, disciplined and equipped.” – Joel Osteen
Inspirational Quotes About Success
“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” -John D. Rockefeller
“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”- Thomas Jefferson
“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.” – Ray Goforth
“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn
“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein
“Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” – Winston Churchill
“Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.” – Tony Hsieh
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
“I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.” – G. K. Chesterton
“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” – Steve Jobs
“The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” – Barack Obama
“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Inspirational Quotes About Death
“Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion to death.”- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them. George Eliot
He who is not busy being born is busy dying. Bob Dylan
Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time… It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other. Leo Buscaglia
What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. Helen Keller
I don’t want to die without any scars. Chuck Palahniuk
Tell your friend that in his death, a part of you dies and goes with him. Wherever he goes, you also go. He will not be alone. Jiddu Krishnamurti
Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows. Michael Landon
You’ll drift apart, it’s true, but you’ll be out in the open, part of everything alive again. Philip Pullman
“And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief.” – William Cullen Bryant
“When your fear touches someone’s pain, it becomes pity. When your love touches someone’s pain, it becomes compassion.” – Stephen Levine
“What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller
Inspirational Quotes About Friendship
“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C.S. Lewis
“True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” – David Tyson
“Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.” – Washington Irving
“There’s not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met.” – Jim Henson
“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.” – Leo Buscaglia
“Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.” – Thomas J. Watson
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” — Dale Carnegie
Inspirational Quotes about Friday
“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” – Salvador Dalí
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.” – Les Brown
“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle
“The more people love you, the more there’s going to be people that hate you.” – Kylie…
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” – Rumi
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Ghandi
Friday can be a hard day especially if you have not followed through on your commitments. Byron Pulsifer
Make a Friday a day to celebrate work well done that you can be proud of knowing that you just didn’t put in time to the next pay check. Byron Pulsifer
God’s got me here for something. I can feel it. I was born for everything that I’m doing now. Muhammad Ali
The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy. Jim Rohn
Inspirational Quotes About Education
“Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.“ -Mark Twain
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.“ – Benjamin Franklin
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.“ – Maimonides
“Real education should consist of drawing the goodness and the best out of our own students. What better books can there be than the book of humanity.“ – Cesar Chavez
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.“ – Albert Einstein
“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.“ – Malcolm Forbes
“Education must not simply teach work – it must teach Life.“ – W. E. B. Du Bois
“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.“ – Jim Rohn
“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” – Epictetus
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.“ – Malcolm X
“Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.“ – Leonardo da Vinci
“To teach is to learn twice.“ – Joseph Joubert
“Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.“ – G.K. Chesterton
“Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.“ – William Haley
Inspirational Quotes About Hope
I was never crippled until I lost hope. Believe me, the loss of hope is far worse than the loss of limbs. Nick Vujicic
Hope is not easily defined, but impossible to embrace without faith. The more we search for meaning in what seems hopeless; we realize that our “hopelessness” is a state of mind, not a reality. Carol Bright
Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe. Augustine of Hippo
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. – Leo Tolstoy
Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery. – Bertrand Russell
Only in the darkness can you see the stars. – Martin Luther King Jr
“No matter the number of times you fail you must be determined to succeed. You must not lose hope. Don’t stop in your storm. Don’t give up so easily.” – Tony Narams
To live without hope is to cease to live. – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Hope will never be silent. – Harvey Milk
Hope is a waking dream. – Aristotle
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. – Abraham Lincoln
“Hope is the last thing ever lost.” – Italian Proverb
“Christmas is the time of year that restores the hope of peace in the world.” – Catherine Pulsifer
“Even your past pain can be a blessing to someone. Hopelifters are willing to reach back and pass hope on.” – Kathe Wunnenberg
Inspirational Quotes About Religion
“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us”- Augustine
“God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile” – Max Lucado
“God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies.” –Hudson Taylor
“God will meet you where you are in order to take you where He wants you to go.” –Tony Evans
“Let God’s promises shine on your problems.” –Corrie ten Boom
“You are the only Bible some unbelievers will ever read.” –John MacArthur
“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face…we must do that which we think we cannot.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. – Dalai Lama
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? – Buddha
When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator. – Mahatma Gandhi