Inspirational Quotes

If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.


The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.

-Helen Keller

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

-Jim Rohn

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

-Jimmy Dean

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

-Francis of Assis

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

-Walt Whitman

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.

-Maya Angelou

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

-Vince Lombardi

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.

-Aristotle Onassis

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

-Henry S. Haskins

Challenge yourself with something you know you could never do, and what you’ll find is that you can overcome anything.


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

-George Eliot

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

– Walt Disney

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

-Alan Kay

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

-Charles R. Swindoll

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.

-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

-Napoleon Hill

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

-Wayne Gretzky

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

– Milton Berle

What we think, we become.


An obstacle is often a stepping stone.

-William Prescott

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.

-Truman Capote

You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.

-Winston Churchill

Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.

-Ray Kroc

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

-Henry David Thoreau

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.

– Denis Waitley

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

-John Wooden

The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.


Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

-Peter F. Drucker

A journey of a thousand leagues begins beneath one’s feet.

-Lao Tzu.

Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.

-Emily P. Bissell

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

-Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

-Pablo Picasso

I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail.


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

-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

– Thomas Edison

People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.

-Maya Angelou

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

-Vince Lombardi

That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.

-Friedrich Nietzsche

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

-Michael Jordan

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

-Mahatma Gandhi.

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

-Rob Siltanen.

I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.

-Oprah Winfrey

Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.

-Richard L. Evans

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


The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.


Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

-Albert Einstein

If not us, who? If not now, when?

-Hillel the Elder

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

-Vince Lombardi

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.


Winners lose much more often than losers. So if you keep losing but you’re still trying, keep it up! You’re right on track.

-Matthew Keith Groves

The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job.

-Zig Ziglar

You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”

-George Bernard Shaw

Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

-John Wooden

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.

-Sidney Greenberg

The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs . . . one step at a time.

-Joe Girard

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you’ll be a success.

-Albert Schweitzer

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.

-Lance Armstrong

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.

-Washington Irving

When the need to succeed is as bad as the need to breathe, then you’ll be successful.

-Eric Thomas

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.


Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.

-John F. Kennedy

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

-Winston Churchill

In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed.

-Sid Caeser

If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.

-E. Joseph Cossman

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am an optimist — it does not seem to be much use being anything else.

-Winston Churchill

I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.

-Albert Einstein

It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.

-Howard Ruff

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.

-Helen Keller

Don’t go through life, grow through life.

-Eric Butterworth

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

-Jimmy Johnson

Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it.

-Joe Clark

To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.

-Fred Shero.

In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.

-Theodore Roosevelt

If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.


A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it isn’t open.

-Frank Zappa

I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.

-Dudley Field Malone

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.


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

-Mark Twain

Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first, it is ridiculed. In the second, it is opposed. In the third, it is regarded as self-evident.

-Arthur Schopenhauer.

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

-Robert Brault.

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

-Bill Cosby.

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

-William Bruce Cameron

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

-Henry Ford

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.

-Benjamin Disraeli (Earl of Beaconsfield).

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.


If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.

-Margaret Fuller.

All you need is love.

-John Lennon

The best way out is always through.

-Robert Frost

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.

-Mother Teresa.

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

-Edith Wharton

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

-Dr. Seuss.

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

-Anne Frank

For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.

-Carl Sagan

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

-Kurt Vonnegut

Every moment is a fresh beginning.

– T. S. Eliot 

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

-Benjamin Franklin

Everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait.

-Leo Tolstoy 

The power of imagination makes us infinite.

-John Muir

My true religion is Kindness.

-Dalai Lama 

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.

-Virginia Woolf 

Man is free at the instant he wants to be.


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