We all need sources of inspiration to keep us motivated in life.
Whether you’re studying for an exam, launching a new business or battling through a struggle, listening to the wise words of others that have gone through hardships provides a beacon of hope.
Thomas Edison came up with 3,000 designs for lighting systems before he discovered the lightbulb. Pablo Picasso created more than 50,000 works in his lifetime to make relatively few masterpieces. All those who have achieved success know that it lies in persistence and not giving up.
We’ve assembled the finest inspirational quotes from the greatest writers, artists and thinkers in history as well as the thought-leaders of today to inspire you into action.
1. John Muir on Imagination
The power of imagination makes us infinite. ~ John Muir
Our imagination is our most remarkable strength. Through imagination we can travel in a world with no limits, where everything is controlled and created by our mind exactly how we want it to be. Imagination is an instrument that can work with an infinity of images, ideas, and thoughts, and it can walk us through past, present, and future. Through imagination, we can see things that did not happen and things that will never happen. We can create and explore.
2. Ralph Waldo Emerson on Inner Life
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is one of our favorite inspirational quotes. The world can be rich and wonderful, but it is finite. The number of experiences we can have is limited, even though it can come in an infinity of forms. Nothing is more dense and rich than our inner lives where there are no borders of time and space. In our souls take shelter our past, present, and future with all its infinite possibilities. If the real world is wide and busy, our inner world is deep and thorough.
3. Benjamin Disraeli on Mind Power
Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes. ~ Benjamin Disraeli
It is difficult to tell whether heroes are born or made, yet heroes appear surprisingly among regular people, proving a strength that surpasses any limits or obstacles. What makes them so fierce? The fuel that makes heroes what they are is the powerful belief in their mission. The mind of a hero always thinks in terms of greatness and he adapts reality to the call of his hearts and mind. A mind fed with beautiful thoughts and ideas will see reality in the same way and will act accordingly.
4. Lao Tzu on Authenticity and Growth
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. ~ Lao Tzu
Life is a constant process of growth which demands us to be aware and to learn by each experience, be it a positive or a negative one. As we learn more, we grow into better versions of ourselves. Yet for the growth process to go as it should, we must learn to let go of who we are at a given moment so we can become better in the next one. We must lose old parts of ourselves so we can add something greater and more profound.
5. Theodore Roosevelt on Having Faith
Believe you can and you’re halfway there. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
Motivation is very often the most vital element in any of our pursuits. Without an intrinsic motivation, we see no purpose in achieving anything. Motivation is nothing more that the strong belief that we can reach our goal. When we believe, there is nothing to stop us or make us doubt unnecessarily. Believing in ourselves saves us from failure because it provides us with the inner strength to face any struggle. When we believe in something we fight to transform it into something tangible and real.
6. Zach De La Rocha on Acting Now
What better place than here? What better time than now? ~ Zach De La Rocha
Living in the present moment is difficult because we always feel the weight of the past on our shoulders and the call of the future in our ears. However, when we live for the future we don’t live at all, because we force ourselves to stay in a waiting room. We find a shelter in this suspended existence and never really get the chance to live fully. We need to focus more on the “here” and “now” because if not, we lose both the present and the future.
7. Ayn Rand on Being Invincible
The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. ~ Ayn Rand
Unfortunately, not all people like to dream big. Some don’t dream at all. The worse thing is that they find a pleasure in discouraging those who do dream and who want to achieve their dreams. Dreamers need to be thus really careful. You have to hold on tight to your dream and your vision, and work towards it like it is a sacred mission. You owe it to yourself to stand up for what you wish for and to not let anyone stop you. You don’t need anyone’s permission to follow your dreams.
8. Norman Vaughan on Dreaming Big
Dream big and dare to fail. ~ Norman Vaughan
Dreamers are not naive or unrealistic people, even though they appear as such to people who are more pragmatic and practical. People who dream big do so because they can ponder possibilities and see opportunities where nobody else sees them. As they see possibilities for success, they also see possibilities of failure. Despite that, they dare to follow their big dreams because they also have the courage to face failure. They accept the possibility of failure as part of the deal, but not as something that will stop them from trying.
9. Howard Ruff on Planning
It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark. ~ Howard Ruff
Hoping for the best, yet preparing for the worst is the optimal way to deal with life’s unpredictability. We never know that lays ahead, and despite our predictions, life surprises in both positive and negative ways. Even though we don’t know what will happen, having always a solid plan is a good way to avoid getting too caught in a situation with no escape. It is way better to prevent a problem than to try to solve it on the spot, with no resources in hand and pressured to act fast.
10. Napoleon Hill on Believing
What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. ~ Napoleon Hill
The world evolves in such interesting and exciting ways because people dare to dream and to work to put those dreams in practice. Their minds and their imaginations tell them that everything is possible. Everything becomes achievable when is extracted from the depths of our minds and is supported by our hearts and intuition. Imagination and belief are the foundation of any innovation and pursuit. We can achieve great things when we let ourselves believe in our own power.
11. Walt Disney on Action
The way get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ~ Walt Disney
Some people seem to achieve so many things, while others complain that they don’t have time for anything, even though they don’t produce any results. The difference between the two categories is simple. There are people who plan and talk about their plans, and there are people who plan and start working on their plan as soon as they are done thinking about it. Talking about something we will do is always useless, because we could spend that time actually doing what we want to talk about doing. If you like this quote you’ll love more quotes from Walt Disney.
12. Henry Ford on Believing in Yourself
Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. ~ Henry Ford
This is one of the most famous inspirational quotes of all time. Success is obviously correlated with work, but at the same time, success is more strongly connected with attitude. Whatever we think about ourselves it has the chance to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. When we think about ourselves as capable of great things, we act confidently and purposely which actually permits us to achieve those great things. When we think we are incapable of doing something, we lose our motivation and drive, and we fail. That is why our only limits are those imposed by ourselves.
13. Helen Keller on Life as an Adventure
Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. ~ Helen Keller
Comfort and security are great, but at some point, they start to sabotage us. We work hard to maintain security in our lives, but this is a tricky quest. Security is mostly an imaginary construct as life is very unpredictable, and so are people. When we make security a priority, not only we that we deceive ourselves, but we also miss many opportunities in life. Life is a journey of learning and changing, and if we prefer our security we stagnate and lose the whole purpose of what it means to live fully.
14. Franklin D. Roosevelt on Success and Doubt
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
Our imagination is powerful and capable of creating endless positive and negative scenarios in our heads, about every little thing we do. Dreaming and doubting sometimes seem to make a vicious circle. However, if we let our doubts stop us from our pursuits, we will never achieve anything. Very often, doubts are the only obstacle holding us back. Every doubt sets us farther away from our goals. Although doubting is inevitable, even to the greatest minds, we should see it as a painful, but necessary test that proves our belief and demonstrates our will.
15. Milton Berle on Creating Your Own Opportunities
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. ~ Milton Berle
People who complain about lack of opportunities are those unable to recognize an opportunity when it is in front of their eyes. An opportunity is a problem and to know how to use an opportunity is to know how to find solutions. Only people who are creative, imaginative, and who know how to think outside the box are able to spot opportunities or to create new ones. These are however, skills that can be learnt, once someone decides to think outside the norms, and outside the limitations of other people or of society itself.
16. Arthur C. Clarke on Limits
The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. ~ Arthur C. Clarke
We don’t know exactly what is possible and what is impossible. The best we can do is guess, according to the limits that others surpassed in the past, allowing us to see beyond them. For this reason, we must understand that the limits we see as fixed and permanent are some imaginary borders that delimit what we know from what we don’ t know. If we dare, we can cross these borders. The impossible is just the possible that nobody dared to work on yet.
17. Ralph Waldo Emerson on Carving Your Own Path
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Following the path of others means assuming a predictable, risk-free journey in which hardly anything new or exciting can arise. At the same time, choosing a random, safe path is another risk-free journey, but one in which we will never meet our dreams. The only solution to find a path that will take us along the most important things we want is creating it ourselves. When you carve your own path you take responsibility for your life and life always rewards those who are brave and daring.
18. Thomas Edison on Failure and Success
Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. ~ Thomas Edison
Working towards something important for you is always demanding and consuming. Any great achievement, however, hides behind it a strong-willed and hard-working person who kept going no matter what. We fail when we stop in the middle of your journey, unmotivated and discouraged. This happens when we lose our faith, when we no longer believe in success. We should never stop though, because we never know what might happen next. On single step can be the distance between us and success.
19. Napoleon Hill on Opportunities
Your big opportunity may be right where you are now. ~ Napoleon Hill
People who are able to recognize opportunities do so because they have a special way of looking at the world. They look around them closely and attentively, always in wonder and always with curiosity and interest. When we look at the world like this, we are able to recognize its inner workings and thus understand that there is no special moment to act. We have to do it “now” because this is the one most important moment we have control on.
20. Thomas A. Edison on Reaching Your Potential
If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves. ~ Thomas A. Edison
We are capable of incredible things and the only thing that stops us from achieving them is our own attitude. Very often, we are simply afraid to dream big, but if no one did, then we would not have got where we are now. The great achievements of the past should encourage us to deal more bravely with the challenges of the future. We never know how amazing we are until we start working towards amazing things.
21. Charles Morgan on Wonder and Knowledge
As knowledge increases, wonder deepens. ~ Charles Morgan
Curiosity is our most important drive. We strive to learn and to explore, to know and to do things, and this curiosity takes us on many unbeaten tracks. As our knowledge grows stronger, we realize how amazingly intricate is the design of our lives and of the entire world and universe. Knowledge determines wonder because of the infinite array of possibilities and magnificent things it makes us aware of. Knowledge pushes boundaries further away and this gives us faith and makes us humble against the complexity and beauty of the world.
22. Amelia Barr on Simplicity and Wonder
It is always the simple that produces the marvelous. ~ Amelia Barr
Simple does not have to mean boring or dull. Simple is often just a disguise with which wonderful and complex things reveal themselves to us so we can appreciate and understand them better. The most important truths of our lives are the most simple. Simplicity is a way of letting go of the unnecessary, the inessential, and the transient, so only the essence remains impact and available to be recognized. The simple takes us thus on the path to the essential, wonderful, and mysterious.
23. Thomas Aquinas on Love and Identity
The things that we love tell us what we are. ~ Thomas Aquinas
We can try to present ourselves in a certain way through appearance, clothes, gestures, or words, but the real us will always pervade our facades. We are how we created ourselves to be by going where our heart led us. The things we love speak about the desires of our heart and about what makes our heart grow. The things we pour ourselves into speak about what is important, what is essential, and what is attractive to us. Those who know what we love can draw the map of our entire personality.
24. Lao Tzu on Beginnings
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. ~ Lao Tzu
A journey of a thousand miles seems very scary and difficult. When we split it in small steps, however, it actually becomes manageable. The hardest part, nonetheless, is taking that very first step. Everything becomes easier after the first few steps, but the first step takes a lot of courage, strength, and motivation. We need to start small and keep persevering, this is the only secret. After we took the first step, the rest of them come naturally and easily, because we already see ourselves reaching further.
25. Gandhi on Changing the World
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Gandhi
The world is too complex and problematic to be changed easily, but if we want to do something good for the world, we can start by working on ourselves. When we become the best we can be, we are able to inspire the world, and through the gifts we share, the world grows more powerful and beautiful. When we change ourselves, we inspire others to change as well, and with every little change, the world deviates its course from its former track and takes on a new path. All great changes come from within.
26. C.S. Lewis on Dreams
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~ C.S. Lewis
No matter how young or old we are, we should never stop dreaming. If dreams fail us, we must carve new dreams. If our goals become obsolete we must grow from their ashes new goals. To live a life of inspiration, motivation, and great achievements, we need to be able to stand for our dreams, but at the same time, learn to let go when the dream becomes harmful. Age has nothing to do with dreaming. We dream as long our hope can sustain us, and as long as we decide to live meaningfully.
27. Bill Copeland on Goals and Success
The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score. ~ Bill Copeland
Some people are over-planners and love structure, others never made a plan in their lives and always went happily with the flow. There is no good or bad approach, but if we have some goals in our mind, going with the flow and hoping to achieve them is never a wise solution. We cannot walk randomly to reach a specific destination because we might discover that the destination does not intersect our path. Having a goal is having a point of focus.
28. William James on Beliefs and Meaning
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. ~ William James
The more refined are our thoughts and ideas about life, the more scary life seems, because it is always escaping our ideal image. We fear life because life often deceives us. When life disappoints us, we must remember to never lose focus on the gifts that it brings us and all the amazing things that make it still worth it. When we believe that life is worth the disappointments and failures, our belief helps us escape fear. Belief is what actually creates our path.
29. Sydney Harris on Life
When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’ ~ Sydney Harris
We say that life is hard because it is, more often not, outside of our control. As hard as our lives may seem, there is always someone who has it worse. While this is not encouraging, it should act as a reminder that when we complain about life, we disrespect the numerous people who fought through it harder and better that we will ever have to. Life is what it is, and our ability to decide on its course is minimal. Nevertheless, our attitude can help us more than any ability of control. Our attitude dictates the quality of our lives.
30. Zig Ziglar on Making Your Own Success
The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job. ~ Zig Ziglar
Success is a personal matter, and rarely one of circumstances. We create ourselves our own success, with individual strength and work. It is not the world outside that creates our success. A person who thinks towards success will treat each job as an opportunity for success. People who wait success to happen to them, will let any opportunity, as amazing as it may be, slip by them. A successful story is always about the strength of the hero, not about opportunities.
31. Oliver Wendell Holmes on Progress and Growth
The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
Stagnation is the death of all achievements. When we stand still, we are in a suspended state where there is no progress and no growth. The real secret of life is to not accept this stagnation and to find against it. When we decide to not focus on where we are, but where we want to be, we are already on the path to get there. Moving towards something is what makes people feel alive and what makes life a real, significant journey.
32. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on Living Fully
Live each day as if your life had just begun. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
This is one of our favorite inspirational quotes. Each day is a chance for a new start. Only when we look at our days with this genuine interest and curiosity, we are able to find meaning in our days, without letting them become dull and repetitive. We need to live each day with wonder and excitement to extract all its essence. It is truth that life begins again each day, and that it is in our power to make every day worthwhile by living it consciously and excitedly.
33. Jim Rohn on Taking Charge
Either you run the day, or the day runs you. ~ Jim Rohn
If you don’t live consciously and don’t become proactive about your life, then life might take you to places where you don’t want to be. When you are not the leader of your life, then life puts chance in the leadership position. We have to chose how we live, otherwise we wake up one day and realize that life transformed us in something we don’t like. We need to take action and to be fully present in our lives. We need to treat each day as a chance to do amazing things.
34. On Following Your Heart
Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. ~ Ancient Indian Proverb
Life tempts us with many exciting and interesting things, yet some of them are just empty shells in which nothing valuable is hidden. Only our heart is able to recognize the things that have value and meaning, and which can enrich us. When we listen to our hearts, we know to learn to distinguish between shiny, but empty pursuits and those which are truly worth it. While many things catch our attention, few of them can trigger a response from our hearts.
35. George Addair on Fear
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. –George Addair
Nothing that is worthwhile comes easy in life. Life wants us to fight for what we want and to use our fight as a chance to grow beyond ourselves. We all want different things, and we show how much we want them in the way we are able to fight against our worst enemy: fear. Fear is like a wall built between us and our dreams, which stops all our pursuits if we let it. Fear is the greatest test we have to pass, but once we pass it, we are free to reach our amazing potential.
36. Plato on Fear and Daring
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. ~ Plato
We don’t want to accept it but truth is most of the times scary. Truth demands us to let go of our false ideas and misconceptions,which we use in order to not take responsibility for our lives. We invent excuses because we are afraid of our own greatness. Our fear takes over our strength and we refuse to acknowledge that there is light beyond our fear, and that we need to get to it.
37. Anne Frank on Changing the World
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~ Anne Frank
Many people think they want to save the world, yet they always say they will do it someday, with no idea when that day might be. No one can actually save the world, but everyone can improve the world and make the world a better place. To do this, we don’t need a special time, or some special circumstances. We can start in the very instant when we made our mind, just by smiling at someone standing next to us. The world doesn’t need great heroic deeds only, but also small, yet meaningful moments of beauty and connection.
38. Booker T. Washington on Encouragement
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. ~ Booker T. Washington
We cannot make ourselves laugh, but we can make someone else laugh, and then laugh with them, because laugh is contagious. When we make someone feel good, we indirectly chance our mood too, because positive feelings spread extremely easily. The same do enthusiasm and motivation. All these good feelings are easier to hold on to when people share them. Through an exchange of positive energy and selfless affection, care, and love, we can help others and help ourselves in the same time.
39. Albert Einstein on Making Mistakes
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. ~ Albert Einstein
We all think about mistakes as dreadful things, yet mistakes are an essential part in a learning process. We are not perfect beings, but beings who grow and develop constantly. Through trial and error, we learn what we are capable of achieving and which process or method is better in achieving a certain goal. People who are too scared of making mistakes, prefer to never act, and miss the experience entirely. Although they might be awkward or embarrassing, mistakes are necessary.
40. Winston Churchill on Courage
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others. ~ Winston Churchill
If fear is the greatest struggle in any of our pursuits, courage is our greatest strength. Courage enables us to put to great use our whole package of qualities and gifts, because courage allows us to get out into the world and do the things we want to do, without letting anything deter us from our path. Courage is the ingredient that makes all things come together. Courage lets us assume the belief that we are able to do great things and to work with determination to achieve them. Courage is our fuel. Winston said a lot more about it in other Churchill quotes.
41. Benjamin Franklin on Life
I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. ~ Benjamin Franklin
One of America’s founder father Benjamin Franklin was a motivator who never gave up on anything in life. His positive attitude propelled him to become a world renowned person. When your mind thinks positive your actions also become positive and the result is also positive. The energies emitted from your mind merge with the energies present in the universe to shower you with abundance. Perseverance is the only way to achieve success. Try and try and you’re sure to succeed.
42. George Elliot on Motivation
It is never too late to be what you might have been. ~ George Eliot
People live with regrets and slowly, as time passes, hope fades away. Instead of regrets you must look at your past experiences as lessons learnt. This will make you to look at the past from a different perspective. As a result you will be more positive and become what you always wanted to be. Sometimes, you feel that that you are too old to start anything new in life. It’s time you started doing what you have always dreamt of becoming. It’s never too late.
43. Vincent van Gogh on Passion
I would rather die of passion than of boredom ~ Vincent van Gogh
Let this be one of the inspirational quotes that guides how you operate. Death is a powerful analogy which represents your state of mind. Death can take many forms. The opposite of death is life. You must live every moment of your life with passion. You must have a lust for life which means doing what you truly desire. You must be hungry to create and build something new and unique. This will make your life worth living. On the other hand boredom is like living death. It makes your life meaningless and empty. The futility of living is akin to death.
44. Vince Lombardi on Will
The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength not a lack of knowledge but rather a lack of will ~ Vince Lombardi
Success comes to those who believe in themselves and are not carried away by circumstances and situations. You can always gain knowledge and become an expert on any subject if you have the will to do it. Therefore, if you want to be successful, you must first decide whether you are ready to face difficulties which will inevitably arise on your way to success. Once you make up your mind, no obstacle can stop you from reaching your goal. You will always find ways to deal with failures along the way. If you have the will, you will find the way to success.
45. John F. Kennedy on Commitment
If not us, who? If not now, when ~ John F. Kennedy
Your destiny lies in your own hands. Only you are responsible for your future. Many of us wait for someone to come and rescue us from our plight. The wait is forever because no one will ever do what we must do and we must do it now. Commitment to a project, idea, philosophy or concept is a must for success in life. The answer to all your questions lies within you alone. You have to discover the truth on your own without waiting for an external agency to help you. You must grab opportunities with both your hands.
46. Winston Churchill on Unfailing Enthusiasm
Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm ~Winston Churchill
Edison failed a thousand times before inventing the light bulb. The way to success is paved with failure. No great person has reached the pinnacle of success without failures in life. In fact, greater the success, more the number of failures Those who give up after facing their very first failure are unsuccessful. The secret to success lies in your ability to be enthusiastic and positive when faced with difficulties. Your unflagging passion in carrying on even after repeated failures is the cornerstone for success. You must have the drive and energy to reach your destination despite the hurdles in your path to success.
47. Jack Canfield on Lost Opportunities
Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try ~ Jack Canfield
Many don’t fail because they never ever tried to do anything. This does not mean they are successful people. In fact, you will find them everywhere – nondescript, boring, uninspiring and lifeless. The reason why we don’t succeed is because we are afraid to fail. As a result, we don’t fail, but neither do we succeed. You will certainly face difficulties but you will get many opportunities if you try and do something. These opportunities will eventually lead you to success. Overcoming fear of failure and beginning your journey with a positive attitude will certainly result in victory. Don’t miss the wonderful opportunities waiting for you just because you are afraid of failure.
48. George Bernard Shaw on the Power of Dreaming
Some men see things as they are and say why – I dream things that never were and say why not ~ George Bernard Shaw
Scientists and visionaries look beyond the normal and invent something new, which never existed before. These inventions were but a dream come true. On the other hand, normal people ask questions about what they see and never try to find answers to what may be. This is the difference between those who dream and those who don’t. To create something new, to discover or to invent, you must be able to dream. Only a fertile and productive mind is capable of finding answers, while the common mind struggles with questions.
49. Jimmy Johnson on Going the Extra Mile
The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra ~Jimmy Johnson
It’s a pity that most of us go through life as if it were a grind. We go through the motions, doing just enough to sustain our lives. We do ordinary things and get ordinary results to lead ordinary lives. On the other hand, successful people do extraordinary things by pushing a little bit more than usual. They put a spoonful more of sugar which makes their life all the sweeter. They drink just a few more sips of nectar than ordinary people to become legends. You don’t have to do much – just put a little more effort, push yourself a wee bit more, try a little bit harder and you will get extraordinary results.
50. Napoleon Hill on Time
Don’t wait. The time will never be just right ~Napoleon Hill
Time is a bad master and a willing slave. If you wait for the right time when everything is perfect, you might as well wait forever. In fact, time will never be right for a person who waits for the right time. You must marshal resources and put your plan into action. You will never be able to learn swimming unless you jump into the water first. Another word for waiting for the right time is procrastination. These are mere excuses which you give yourself. You postpone taking a decision because you are afraid of the consequences. Don’t waste your time ironing out all the creases and crinkles. Do it now without waiting for the right time.
51. Winston Churchill on Outlook
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty ~ Winston Churchill
You are defined by your thoughts. You either think that your glass is half full or half empty, though the level of water in the glass remains the same. The pessimists and the optimists are looking at the same reality. The only difference is their outlook. Life is full of opportunities as well as failures. It’s your outlook which decides whether you succeed or not. Looking at difficulties as opportunities will lead you to success. If you look at the difficulties within opportunities you will fail. Changing the way you look at situations can change your life for the better.
52. Vince Lombardi on Resilience
It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up ~Vince Lombardi
Life is tough and you have to face it – there is no other option. The problem is not that there are problems in your life. Everyone goes through tough times. Bigger the goal, larger the problems. You must be resilient. You must recover quickly from a fall, get up, brush the dust from your clothes and move on. Success comes to those who are not the quickest or the fastest but to those who have the grit to go on despite difficulties. Everyone gets knocked down but those who get up, again and again, eventually win the game of life.
53. Rob Siltanen on Visionaries
People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do ~ Rob Siltanen
The world is divided into two – those who wish to change the world and those who believe in the status quo. It takes courage, determination and extreme confidence to believe that you can bring about change. But beyond these abilities you have to be insanely committed to a cause to revolutionise and transform lives. You can either live a ‘garden variety’ type of life or lead an exotic and magical life – the choice is entirely yours. You must be radical in your thinking if you wish to leave a mark on this world. Most of us have to silently slip into our grave, unheard and unwept.
54. OG Mandino on Determination
Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough ~ OG Mandino
Success and failure are part of life. The choice between embracing either is yours. Some people give up as soon as they face failure. They never taste success. The other type of people never allows failure to stop them from trying. They eventually succeed because they focus on the end result. Their determination and resolve is strong enough to accept failure as a part of life and not be overwhelmed by it. It finally boils down to your belief system – either you look at the mountain top or at the steep slope.
55. Don Zimmer on Giving 110%
What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle and giving 110% all the time ~ Don Zimmer
Everyone is unique. Some of us are naturally intelligent or physically strong in comparison to others. However, not all who are endowed with higher intelligence or good physique succeed in life. Those who succeed usually display passion for what they do. They have intense desire to succeed in whichever field they choose. They follow-up with hard work and tenacity. They give their 110% to the job at hand. Talent is only a small part of success. The larger part of success consists of persistence and dogged pursuit despite obstacles and difficulties.
56. Joe Clark on Not Accepting Defeat
Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it ~ Joe Clark
When you set out on the journey of life, you will face great difficulties and also immense happiness. You will also be faced with situations which seem insurmountable. You can either face these problems and overcome them or succumb to it. You have no redemption once you accept defeat. It will signal the end of your productive life. But you have an alternative – not to acknowledge that you have been beaten and go ahead with your lofty goals as if you had come across a nasty bump on the road but have crossed it. This will allow you to continue your journey to success.
57. Joshua J. Marine on Facing Challenges
Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful ~ Joshua J. Marine
Many of us think that life would have been wonderful if only we had escaped facing tough situations. This desire to have an uneventful life is like asking for a totally boring and humdrum life. If you don’t try anything challenging you will never face any challenges. At the same time, your life will be a sequence of meaningless events. On the other hand, if you treat your life as an adventure, your life will be full of interesting episodes and incidences which you would cherish and remember. Your life will have a meaning and purpose.
58. Stephen Covey on Creating Your Destiny
I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions ~ Stephen Covey
You are your own master. You have the supreme ability to carve a life which you desire and cherish. Circumstances will come and go but faith in your own self will remain for ever. If you believe that you are at the mercy of fate and destiny, you will forever flounder in the ocean of self-pity and unhappiness. It’s time you take charge of your life and take decisions which will eventually decide your future. Life is all about your decisions and has nothing to do with your circumstances. You will achieve if you think you can and fail if you think you can’t.
59. Woody Allen on Work Ethics
Eighty percent of success is showing up ~ Woody Allen
Have you ever observed how a grinder mixes the ingredients? It keeps grinding till the solid becomes a fine paste. Life is like the grinder. You have to keep at it long enough to get the desired results. You must be present where you are required to be present. You must do whatever is expected of you. You must keep grinding till you get what you want. Success means hard work. Success means perseverance. Success means not giving up. Success means showing up all the time.
60. Dudley Field Malone on Learning from Others
I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me ~ Dudley Field Malone
It is natural that we look for people who agree with our opinion, thoughts and actions. You like to hear good things about yourself. It gives your ego a big boost. However, you don’t learn anything from people who agree with you. This is also true about your reading habit. You should have eclectic taste if you wish to learn something new. Initially some of what you read may be unacceptable or irritating to you because it goes against your thinking, but eventually you will come to accept people and ideas which provide a different perspective. This will enhance your life and provide fresh impetus to your ambitions.
61. Albert Einstein on Virtues
I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself ~ Albert Einstein
Einstein had a lot of inspiration and coined a number of inspirational quotes. Seeking help from others is easy – everyone does it. As a result, you don’t learn anything. The only way to learn is to do it yourself. You will read, explore and experiment when you are compelled to do a task alone. You will become self-reliant and this will boost your confidence. It’s ironic but true that people who work under powerful leaders seldom become leaders themselves. Instead they remain followers. To do something new, you have to walk on your own.
62. Florence Nightingale on Not Giving Excuses
I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse ~ Florence Nightingale
Failures are often masqueraded as excuses. We tend to find excuses when we don’t achieve a goal. We blame others, circumstances and even the evil eye for our mistakes. The blame game is extremely harmful to us. We must try to find genuine reasons for our failures. If we hide behind excuses, the truth will never be exposed and we will continue to make the same mistakes again and again. We must accept and acknowledge our failing. This will enable us to avoid making mistakes in future.
63. Wayne Gretzky on Not Trying to Succeed
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take ~ Wayne Gretzky
Some people excel in not doing anything and then wondering why they don’t succeed in life. There is no alternative to trying. The main reason why we don’t attempt to do something is the fear of failure. Some don’t even contemplate taking up a challenge because they are afraid to take risks. Even intelligent and smart people fall into the trap of inaction. No pain no gain. You must go forth and venture. You must put your best foot forward. You must shoot if you want to hit your target. You should not worry about whether you hit or miss the target. Your aim must be true and your intentions must be honourable. Rest will take care of itself.
64. Amelia Earhart on Taking a Start
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity ~ Amelia Earhart
Newton’s law of motion states that every object remains at rest due to inertia and it takes considerable force to make it move. This law needs no explanation because all of us have experienced it. Pushing a stalled car is difficult but it rolls on merrily once it is set into motion. This law is true for ideas, projects and work too. It’s the beginning part which is the toughest. You have to decide first and the rest falls into place. You have to overcome the inertia in your mind. You simply have to build on your ideas once your project takes off.
65. W. Clement Stone on Definiteness of Purpose
Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement ~ W. Clement Stone
The secret to success lies in finding the right direction. You have to apply your mind and all your energy towards a definite goal. You can’t waste time and energy in doing different things simultaneously. You must have focus and definite direction. Your must have clear well defined goals. Your success is guaranteed if you know what you want and go for it relentlessly and persistently. On the other hand, diffused goals and directionless action is more likely to result in failure.
66. Chinese Proverb on Taking Positive Action
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now ~ Chinese Proverb
Our life is full of regrets. I should have bought that house when it was half the price it is today. I should have gone on holiday to Paris when I got a hefty discount. We look at past events and wonder if we could have done things differently, but we never take action in the present. Rather than thinking about what could have been, we must look at what we can do now. This also means that you should live in the present. The past cannot be recalled and the future is unknown. Only the present is in your own hands. That’s why it’s called ‘present’. You must enjoy and savour every moment without regret.
67. Aristotle on Being Nobody
There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing ~ Aristotle
People want to avoid responsibility. They want to take the easy route. They don’t want to take any risk. As a result they end up doing nothing. The root cause of a life without achievement is the fear of criticism. What will people say? Will my reputation be spoilt? They don’t realise that there is no reputation to save in the first place. There will be failures on the way to success. People will laugh at you, bully you and taunt you. You have to deal with such negative reactions. Successful people act on positive advice and reject negativity. If you want to be somebody, you have to take criticism. It’s part and parcel of successful people. You can choose to be a nobody and avoid criticism and derision. The choice is entirely yours.
68. Ralph Waldo Emerson on Deciding Your Future
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is a definite process to become successful. This is called the success formula. The first step towards becoming successful is to decide what you wish to be. Every tree began its life as a seed. This seed germinated and was nurtured and watered to eventually become a tree. Success is like the tree and the idea or initial concept is the seed. You will become what you decide to be. A mango seed cannot become an apple tree. It’s therefore essential that your idea or plan is fully formed in your mind before you put it into practice. This will ensure that you actually become what you decide to be.
69. Henry David Thoreau on Following Your Dreams
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined ~ Henry David Thoreau
Every single successful person has followed his dream. A dream has no constraints or restrictions. You are not bound by gravity – you can fly. Dreams are a metaphor for an unfettered, free and joyful life. You require confidence to follow your dream. You can’t fly if you are afraid of flying. You cannot succeed if you are afraid of failure. You must give yourself space. You should lead a happy and joyful life. You should exult in your achievements, howsoever small they may be. You should find delight in every moment of your life. Follow your dreams with full faith in yourself.
70. Confucius on Moving Ahead
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop ~ Confucius
Many of us fret about small delays and obstacles in our work and life. We build up the tension and spend sleepless nights worrying about the progress in our projects, ventures and plans. As a result, our capacity to work diminishes. We are unable to reach our full potential. There are many factors which affect execution of work. If you get scared of slowing down you may not proceed ahead. The ideal response to delays and problems would be to take such issues philosophically. You cannot always dictate the pace of activities. You should plod ahead if the situation demands and hustle when you have to.
71. Norman Vincent Peale on Thoughts
Change your thoughts and you change your world ~ Norman Vincent Peale
We see what we perceive and perception belongs to the realm of thought. Each person has his or her own sense of reality depending on how they look at the world. For some, it’s a beautiful, wonderful world full of opportunities. For others, it is a dreary, dull and boring world. The key to perception lies in your thoughts. If you change or alter your thinking even a little bit, your world will change dramatically. Think positive thoughts, splash a little colour in your dreams, visualise a happy, joyous and cheerful workplace. You don’t have to move an inch from your chair; just change your viewpoint and the view will change automatically.
72. Steve Jobs on Loving Your Job
The only way to do great work is to love what you do ~ Steve Jobs
It’s said that work is worship. It’s a prayer. Work for calls for devotion. But most of all, great work requires loving care and attention. The biggest emotion which can scale mountain peaks and dive into the deepest ocean is love. Discovering love for your work is perhaps the most important aspect of a successful career. Many of us look at work as a 9-5 routine, which must be done with before you go back to your life. It’s boring, laborious and tiring. What do you think will happen when you go to work with this mind-set? Now imagine being in love with your work. You get pleasure in your work. You enjoy, relish and delight in whatever you do. This outlook towards work will be a reward by itself.
73. Zig Ziglar on Dreams and Achievement
If you can dream it, you can achieve it ~ Zig Ziglar
Everything begins with a thought. Every thought was but a dream. A project can only be begun let alone completed unless you first conceive of it. You need a drawing board to define the layout of a building. Dreams are the drawing board on which you sketch your future. Your dreams are your template, a stencil which grows into a physical entity. Without dreams you can never create anything, because a blank sheet cannot visualise the future. The first step towards achievement is therefore a dream. While you are at it, you might as well dream big – after all it doesn’t cost anything.
74. Henry Ford on Fighting Spirit
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it ~ Henry Ford
When you try to achieve something worth achieving you are bound to come across disappointments. During these moments the world seems to conspire against you. The wind is against you, the waters are too deep and sky seems far, far away. It’s at these times that you must remember that iron becomes stronger only when it’s melted and forged into steel. You have to go through the process which may seem cruel and painful, but ultimately you will come out as a stronger person. This is the lesson which we must learn from nature.
75. Eleanor Roosevelt on Feeling Inferior
Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt was the longest serving first lady of United States. She was also a Representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. She was passionate about the subject and is known for her speeches on human rights. Feeling of inferiority develops when you do not have self-confidence. This undermines your capacity to achieve your potential. You can feel inferior only if you accept the opinion of others. By ignoring unwarranted criticism you can easily overcome feeling of inadequacy and inferiority. Ultimately it’s you who must decide your own worth – not someone else.
76. Beverly Sills on Trying
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try ~ Beverly Sills
The path to success is strewn with disappointments. Those who succeed accept such disappointments as part of the learning process. Along with disappointments people often feel the presence of a powerful force which propels them forward. The elements of this universe conspire in your favour. Successful people understand the power of action. You have a choice – either stop trying and be doomed or else fly on the wings of disappointment to success. This is the difference between successful people and failures.
77. Gloria Steinem on Dreams
Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning ~ Gloria Steinem
Shakespeare has written in one of his plays – We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. How true. We dream dreams in our sleep and bring them to life when we are awake. Dreams are a kind of rehearsal of things to come. Dreams portend the future. It’s in our dreams that we think of the unthinkable and build castles in the air. The brave among us bring these lofty castles into reality while the timid let the dreams fly away into the night. Dreams are the stuff on which we build our future.
78. Teddy Roosevelt on Working With What You Have
Do what you can, where you are, with what you have ~ Teddy Roosevelt
Teddy Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States. He was known to be a practical person. In his opinion dreaming about your future is all very good, but you must work with whatever tools are available with you. You can’t wait for the right time to start working because it will never come. You may counter argue that you are doomed if you are unprepared. This is a fallacious argument because you will never be fully prepared and as a result you will never undertake any project. It is rightly said that once begun is half done.
79. Dalai Lama on Luck
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck ~ Dalai Lama
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He is both a philosophical and practical person. He says that good luck often comes masqueraded as ill luck, but we are not able to recognise it as such. We suffer due to this false interpretation. However, the true nature of events reveals themselves and we feel elated. Life is full of surprises and no one knows what is in store for us. Failure may indeed be a step towards success. Some people are happy with little fortune but a huge stroke of luck is always preceded by a seemingly lethal failure.
80. Aristotle on Darkness and Light
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light ~ Aristotle
Aristotle Onassis was a shipping magnate and one of the richest men in the world. He talks about darkness as a period in our lives when nothing seems to work. We feel totally dejected, miserable and sad. Every successful man has seen these days but has also seen light at the end of the tunnel. The darkest moment during the night comes just before dawn. It’s a magical moment which transforms the entire sky. You must wait for dawn when you are overcome by darkness. The day will inevitably come after the night. It’s the wonder of nature that the darkest cloud has a silver lining.
81. Jimmy Dean on Adjustment in Life
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination ~ Jimmy Dean
Adjusting the sails is a beautiful metaphor for life. Our life is full of surprises. The wind is like our circumstances which are totally unpredictable. Some of us succumb to high winds and gale while others capitalise on the situation by trimming or adjusting the sails. You can’t change what life brings to your doorstep but you can find ways to benefit from it. You have to adapt, chop and change. You must be flexible in your approach. You must always look at the brighter side of life. This will lead you to your goal.
And The Last of The Inspirational Quotes .. 82. Audrey Hepburn on Possibility
Nothing is impossible; the word itself says ‘I’m possible’ ~ Audrey Hepburn
Some people know the art of the possible. They understand that we have to put an extra spoon of sugar to make the dish sweeter. They know that the more you grind, finer will be the result. This attitude of looking at the positive side of life makes people successful. On the other hand it’s very difficult and almost impossible to make a mess of your life. The only way to fail is to stop trying. You have to devote your entire life to pessimism if you want to succeed in failing but even then you are bound to succeed in the end if you continue with your efforts. Nothing is impossible for those who keep trying.
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