Inspirational Quotes

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Here are some recent examples of quotes we like ……

“Love’s gift cannot be given, it waits to be accepted.”
Tagore
 
“One quality of leaders and high achievers in every area seems to be a commitment to ongoing personal and professional development.”
Brian Tracy
 
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” 
Albert Einstein
 
“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”
Mahatma Gandhi
 
Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”
Sun Tzu
 
“You only lose what you cling to”
 
“Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security there is”
John Allen Paulos, Professor of Mathematics
 
“Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don’t let them scare you unduly for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity”
R I Fitzhenry
 
“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential”
Barack Obama
 
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek”
Barack Obama
 

“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you love to do, in order to have what you want.”
Margaret Young
 
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
“It is bad luck to be superstitious” ;-) 
Andrew W. Mathis
 
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
“The first duty of love is to listen.”
Paul Tillich
 
“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”
Margaret Mead
 
“We need to appreciate interdependence……..far more then we have in the past. Our ignorance of it is directly responsible for many of the problems we face”
Dalai Lama
 
“Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble”
Frank Tyger
 
“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves”
Dalai Lama
 
“Observe the masses and do the opposite”
 
“It’s been a privilege to be here”
Paul Newman
 
“A person’s worth is contingent upon who he is, not what he does, or how much he has. The worth of a person is in being, not in doing or having”
Alice Mary Hilton
 
“Every achiever I have ever met says, ‘my life turned around when I began to believe in me’ ”
Dr. Robert H. Schuller
 
“Be who you are in every situation”
Michael Johnson
 
“The world can only change from within” 
Eckhart Tolle
 
“A truly wise person is one who learns from everyone”
 
“Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it”
Doug Larson
 
“These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.”
 
“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers”
Alfred Lord Tennyson
 
“To get others to come into our ways of thinking, we must go over to theirs; and it is necessary to follow in order to lead”
William Hazlitt
 
“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential”
Mary Angelou
 
“Rather than determining what the perfect age is, why not decide what the perfect state of being is—and then discover that you can find the perfect state of being at any age”
Abraham-Hicks
 
“When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail”
Abraham Maslow
 
“Are you polluting the world or cleaning up the mess? You are responsible for your inner space; If humans clear inner pollution, then they will also cease to create outer pollution”
Eckhart Tolle
 
“Learn to pause… or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.”
Doug King
 
“We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget that the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it’s all about.”
Joseph Campbell
 
“When Doing becomes infused with the timeless quality of Being, that is success”
Eckhart Tolle
 
“Seeking happiness outside ourselves is like waiting for sunshine in a cave facing north”
Tibetan saying
 
“He knows not where he’s going, for the ocean will decide. It’s not the destination, it’s the glory of the ride”
Edward Monkton
 
“Wrinkles are merely indications of where smiles have been”
Mark Twain
 
“The difference between motivation and inspiration is that motivation is about your lower values, inspiration is about your higher values. We look outside for motivation, we look within for inspiration”
Dr John Demartini
 
“Aspire not to have more, but to be more”
Archbishop Oscar Remoero, El Salvador
 
“There is more to life than increasing it’s speed”
Ghandi
 
“Vision is not enough; it must be combined with venture”
Vaclev Havel, Czech Republic
 
“Worrying is using your imagination to create something you don’t want”
Abraham-Hicks
 
“You cannot teach people anything. You can only help them discover it within themselves”
Galileo
 
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined”
Thoreau
 
“Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it”
Rumi
 
“If you want a result you’ve never had, you may have to do something you’ve never done”
 
“Don’t push too hard, the best things often happen when we let go”
 
“Don’t cry if it seems over, smile and rejoice that it ever happened”
 
“Seldom do we give thanks for what we have. Mostly we yearn for what we don’t have”
 
“Change occurs when one becomes what she is, not when she tries to become what she is not.” 
Ruth P. Freedman
 
“Knowledge and information have become another possession. Wisdom, on the contrary, cannot be possessed. Wisdom is the integration of effective action and meaningful living”
Julio Olalla
 
“When I commit, I find a way, or make a way”
 
“You get what you think about whether you want it or not”
Abraham – Hicks
 
“Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance as if no one is watching and live each day as if it were your last”
 
“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece”
John Ruskin
 
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking”
Steve Jobs – CEO Apple Inc.
 
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me… Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me”
Steve Jobs CEO – Apple Inc.
 
“Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty four brand-new hours to live.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
 
“A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools”
Proverb
 
“Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together”
Jesse Jackson
 
“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things”
Peter Drucker
 
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
Norman Vincent Peale
 
“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for the love of it”
Henry David Thoreau
 
“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do”
Bob Dylan
 
“Leap, and the net will appear”
 
“Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be!”
Anne Frank
 
“They say my work is just a drop in the ocean. I say the ocean is made up of drops”
 
Mother Theresa
 
“I don’t like that man….. I must get to know him better”
Abraham Lincoln
 
“Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all the misery you are able to remove”
Jeremy Bentham
 
“Every choice moves us closer to or farther away from something”
Eric Allenbaugh 
 
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” 
Neale Donald Walsch
 
“Miracles happen to those who believe in them”
Bernard Berenson
 
“Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart into it, take yourself out of it.”
 
“The most important things in life aren’t things.”
Anthony J D’Angelo
 
“When you follow your bliss… doors will open”
Joseph Campbell
 
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
C. S. Lewis
 
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success”
Herman Cain
 
“Expect the best; convert problems into opportunities; be dissatisfied with the status quo; focus on where you want to go instead of where you’re coming from; and most importantly, decide to be happy, knowing it’s an attitude, a habit gained from daily practice, and not a result or payoff”
Denis Waitley, The Winner’s Edge
 
“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”
Brandi Snyder
 
“Love is not only something you feel. It is something you do.” 
David Wilkerson 
 
“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”
James Dean
 
“Live out of your imagination, not your history”
Stephen Covey
 
“Beliefs separate. Loving thoughts unite.”
Paul Ferrini 
 
“Only in growth, reform, and change is true security to be found”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh 
 
“It is difficult to see the picture when you are inside of the frame” 
 
“What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself”
Abraham H. Maslow 
 
“Where your talents and the needs of the world meet, that’s where your life’s path is to be found”
Aristotle
 
“I’ve often said, the only thing standing between me and greatness is me”
Woody Allen
 
“The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes 
 
“The only way to find happiness is to understand that happiness is not out there. It’s in here. And happiness is not next week. It’s now.” 
Marshall Goldsmith 
 
“The distance between ourself and ourself is the same as the difference between ourself and others”
 
“A man’s true state of power and riches is to be in himself.”
Henry Ward Beecher
 
“What you resist persists”
 
“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.”
Theodore Rubin 
 
“As soon as you trust yourself you will know how to live”
Goethe
 
“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people”
Victor Borge
 
“When the heart is at ease, the body is healthy”
Chinese Proverb
 
“Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.”
Goethe
 
“As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you – the first time around”
Oprah Winfrey
 
“The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.”
Shirley MacLaine
 
“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.”
Anton Chekhov
 
“You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want”
Zig Ziglar
 
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people”
Chinese Proverb
 
“We can learn something new anytime we believe we can”
Virginia Satir
 
“To know and not to do is not to know”
Proverb
 
“A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.”
James Joyce
 
“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”
Robert McCloskey
 
 
“You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills”
Jim Rohn
 
“Laugh often, Dream big, Reach for the stars!”
 
 
“One person with belief is equal to ninety-nine who only have an interest”
John Stuart Mill
 
“If you do the work you love, and that work fulfills you, the rest will come”
Oprah Winfrey
 
“Life is not what it’s supposed to be. Its what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.”
Virginia Satir
 
“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”
Robert Schuller
 
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are”
Joseph Campbell
 
“People cannot discover new oceans until they lose sight of the shore”
Andre Gide
 
“Happiness is not a station that you arrive at, but a manner of travelling”
Margaret B Runbeck
 
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”
Eleanor Roosevelt
 
“Confidence is believing you have something to teach; arrogance is the belief you have nothing to learn.”
Dale Dauten
 
“Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon `em”
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
 
“The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer everyone else up”
Mark Twain
 
“Only those who risk going too far can know how far they can go”
Unknown
 
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves”
C.G. Jung 
 
“Your imagination is your preview to life’s coming attractions”
Albert Einstein 
 
“If we do not change direction, we are liable to end up where we are headed”
Confucius
 
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” 
Dr. Seuss
 
“The heart has reasons that reason does not understand”
Blaise Pascal
 
“A wise man makes more opportunities than he finds”
Francis Bacon
 
“No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there.” 
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale 
 
“If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got.” 
Lee Iacocca 
 
“All this talk and turmoil and noise and movement and desire is outside of the veil; within the veil is silence and calm and rest.”
Bayazid al-Bistami 
 
“If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.” 
Anthony J. D’Angelo 
 
“Nothing is worth more than this day.” 
Goethe
 
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
“You miss 100% of the shots you never take.”
Wayne Gretzky
 
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”
Winston Churchill
 
“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves”
James M Barrie
 
“It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it”
Albert Einstein
 
“No one has ever become poor by giving”
Anne Frank
 
“It’s so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to”
Sandra Anice Barnes
 
“Follow your bliss”
Joseph Campbell
 
“One of the greatest moments in anybody’s developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide from himself but determines to get acquainted with himself as he really is.”
Norman Vincent Peale
 
“The greatest good you can do for a man is not just share your riches, but reveal to him his own”
Benjamin Disraeli
 
“Live and work but do not forget to play, have fun in life and really enjoy it” 
Eileen Caddy
 
“Live more simply so that others can simply live” 
Ghandi
 
“Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, and putting off a hard one makes it impossible.”
George H. Lonmer
 
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit” 
President Harry S Truman
 
“You need the serenity to accept the things you cannot change, the courage to change the things you can and the wisdom to know the difference”
Reinhold Viebuhr
 
 
“Be mindful of how you approach time. Watching the clock is not the same as watching the sun rise.”
Sophia Bedford-Pierce
 
“Aim for success not perfection… Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism”
Dr. David Burns
 
“You are a living magnet and you attract into your life the people and the circumstances that are in har
Lao Tzu
 
mony with your dominant thoughts.”
Brian Tracy
 
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles… but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
Buddha
 
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do”
John Wooden

“Leaders of tomorrow must live by new, illuminated ways of thinking and behaving”
Goldie Hawn, Brightlight Foundation

“It’s never too late to become what you might have been”
George Eliot

“We cannot go back and make a new start but we can start now to make a new beginning”

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get”
H Jackson Brown

“If we did all the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves”
Thomas Edison

“The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they can’t be done”
Arnold Palmer

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change”
Dr Wayne Dyer

“It is good to have an end to journey towards but it is the journey that matters in the end”
Ursula le Guin

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives”
 Annie Dillard

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing”
 George Bernard Shaw
 
“In every interaction we can make people feel better or worse”
Daniel Goleman 
 
“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice”
William Jennings Bryan
 
“A wise man makes more opportunities than he finds”
Francis Bacon 
 
“It’s what you learn after you know it all that really counts”
John Wooden 
 
“Experience is not what happens to a man, it is what a man does with what happens to him”
Aldous Huxley 
 
“Man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind”
William James
 
“Freedom comes from knowing that nothing or no-one ‘out there’ is responsible for what you experience or how you feel”
 
“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.”
Lin Yutang 
 
“The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started”
Dawson Trotman 
 
“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck”
Dalai Lama
 
 
“Contentment is an inside job. It comes from being willing to like yourself not for what you do but for who you are.” 
Rhonda Britten
 
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”
Aesop
 
“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
Art Linkletter

“And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years”
Abraham Lincoln
 
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.”
Seneca
 
“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito”
Anita Roddick
 
 ”The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”
William James

 “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
Carl W. Buechner 
 
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are”
Joseph Campbell
 
 ”Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you can only spend it once.”
Miguel de Cervantes
 
 ”What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.”
Thaddeus Golas
 
 ”The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”
Henri Bergson 
 
“We don’t laugh because we’re happy, we’re happy because we laugh.”
 William James
 
“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”
Sidney J. Harris  
 
“I praise loudly. I blame softly”
Catherine the Great, 1729-1796
 
“Happiness is not so much in having as in sharing. We make a living by what we get but we make a life out of what we give” 
Norman MacEwan 
 
“When you believe you can-you can!” 
Maxwell Maltz 
 
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”
Greg Anderson 
 
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”
Mao
 
“Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven” 
 
 ”The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago….the second best time is NOW!”
Chinese Proverb
 
“Be the change you want to see in the world”
Ghandi
 
“The breakdown of the old system is essential for the breakthrough of the new butterfly”
Barbara Marx Hubbard
 
“We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are”
The Talmud
 
“I never know what the next lesson is going to be, because we’re not supposed to know; we’re supposed to trust ourselves to discover it.”
Melody Beattie
 
“It is always your next move”
Napoleon Hill

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