Fifty empowering and inspirational quotes

By July 24, 2014Motivation
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The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation. Benjamin Disraeli

Why do we like quotes? Quotes that you relate to are not generally new information. They are well formed phrases that neatly express what we know or believe. They are bite size snippets of what people have learnt over their life and can act as reminders for values and behaviours that can get lost or forgotten in the whirlwind of life. They can also empower and inspire you to be the person you want to be. Here are just a few motivating words from  variety of sources:

  1. Life is like a mountain, hard to climb, but once you get to the top the view is beautiful.  Unknown
  2. The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. Anonymous
  3. Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.  Wayne Dyer
  4. Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. Maya Angelou
  5. How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.  Trina Paulus
  6. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. John Lennon
  7. Do not let what you can not do; interfere with what you can do. John Wooden
  8. Opportunities don’t happen, you create them. Chris Grosser
  9. You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. Christopher Columbus
  10. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. Albert Einstein
  11. It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.  Aristotle Onassis
  12. Your problem isn’t the problem. Your reaction is the problem. Anonymous
  13. Your life is an occasion; rise to it. Mr. Magorium, As Played By Dustin Hoffman In Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
  14. You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. ~George Lorimer
  15. If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. –Latin Proverb
  16. People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” – Dale Carnegie
  17. There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.” – Douglas MacArthur
  18. It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.  Edmund Hillary
  19. Change your thoughts and you change your world.  Norman Vincent Peale
  20. Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument. Anonymous
  21. Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them. Anonymous
  22. To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like.  Mike Gafka
  23. To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. Anonymous
  24. Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow. Mary Anne Radmacher
  25. It’s good to have money and the things that money will buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money won’t buy.  George Horace Lorimer
  26. Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. Lou Holtz
  27. What happens is not as important as how you  react   to what happens. Thaddeus Golas
  28. Education isn’t preparation for life; education is life itself. John Dewey
  29. “I can’t do it” never yet accomplished anything; “I will try” has performed wonders. George P. Burnham
  30. The future is not a gift – it is an achievement. -Harry Lauder
  31. The best way out is always through. Robert Frost
  32. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Lao Tzu
  33. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Gandhi
  34. Make each day your masterpiece. John Wooden
  35. Tough times never last, but tough people do. Dr. Robert Schuller
  36. Someday is not a day of the week. Denise Brennan-Nelson
  37. A year from now you may wish you had started today. Karen Lamb
  38. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. Mary Kay Ash
  39. Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. Napoleon Hill
  40. Don’t count the days, make the days count. Muhammad Ali
  41. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. Jimmy Johnson
  42. Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow. Helen Keller
  43. The purpose of our lives is to be happy. Dalai Lama
  44. Action is the foundational key to all success. Pablo Picasso
  45. Don’t be afraid to stand for what you believe in, even if that means standing alone.  Unknown
  46. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein
  47. There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it. Napoleon Hill
  48. It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves. Francois De La Rochefoucauld
  49. The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook. William James
  50. Years teach us more than books. Berthold Auerbach

Quotes have the power to inspire and motivate and well as to help keep you focussed to achieve goals and overcome fears.

Have you got any favourite wise words?

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