Quotes About Inspiration


Here are a few inspirational quotes to keep your mind at peace and keep you moving:

Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
Kurt Vonnegut

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night
Trisha Yearwood

“What’s meant to be will always find a way”
Trisha Yearwood
Paulo Coelho

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Walt Disney Company

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.”
Walt Disney Company, Mulan (Pictureback
Neil Gaiman

“Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.”
Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections
Saul Bellow

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”
Saul Bellow
Maya Angelou

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
Maya Angelou
Socrates

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
Socrates
Chad Sugg

“If you’re reading this…
Congratulations, you’re alive.
If that’s not something to smile about,
then I don’t know what is.”
Chad Sugg, Monsters Under Your Head
Lou Holtz

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”
Lou Holtz
Lance Armstrong

“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.”
Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts
Maya Angelou

“Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
Maya Angelou
“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”
Kalu Ndukwe Kalu
Edgar Allan Poe

“I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.”
Edgar Allan Poe
Jane Goodall

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
Jane Goodall
Langston Hughes

“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
Langston Hughes
Vincent van Gogh

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”
Vincent van Gogh
Thomas Jefferson

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
Thomas Jefferson
Dalai Lama XIV

“Love is the absence of judgment.”
Dalai Lama XIV
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Brian Andreas

“I read once that the ancient Egyptians had fifty words for sand & the Eskimos had a hundred words for snow. I wish I had a thousand words for love, but all that comes to mind is the way you move against me while you sleep & there are no words for that.”
Brian Andreas, Story People: Selected Stories & Drawings of Brian Andreas
Zora Neale Hurston

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Elizabeth Gilbert

“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
Nicholas Sparks

“The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. Maybe they always have been and will be. Maybe we’ve lived a thousand lives before this one and in each of them we’ve found each other. And maybe each time, we’ve been forced apart for the same reasons. That means that this goodbye is both a goodbye for the past ten thousand years and a prelude to what will come.”
Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
Mahatma Gandhi

“To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”
Mahatma Gandhi
Elinor Glyn

“Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze. ”
Elinor Glyn
Henry David Thoreau

“One must maintain a little bittle of summer, even in the middle of winter.”
Henry David Thoreau
Lou Holtz

“When all is said and done, more is said than done.”
Lou Holtz

Mary Kay Ash

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.”
Mary Kay Ash
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Vincent van Gogh

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”
Vincent van Gogh
J.K. Rowling

“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Gautama Buddha

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”
Gautama Buddha
Rumi

“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”
Rumi
Jack London

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
Jack London
Adolf Hitler

“If you win, you need not have to explain…If you lose, you should not be there to explain!”
Adolf Hitler
Babe Ruth

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
Babe Ruth
Morgan Matson

“Tomorrow will be better.”
“But what if it’s not?” I asked.
“Then you say it again tomorrow. Because it might be. You never know, right? At some point, tomorrow will be better.”
Morgan Matson, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour
Leo Buscaglia

“Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.”
Leo Buscaglia
Ayn Rand

“Why do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world–to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want.”
Ayn Rand
Gautama Buddha

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
Gautama Buddha
Karen E. Quinones Miller

“When someone tells me “no,” it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.”
Karen E. Quinones Miller
Lou Holtz

“You’ll never get ahead of anyone as long as you try to get even with him.”
Lou Holtz
Chuck Palahniuk

“All the effort in the world won’t matter if you’re not inspired.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Diary
Hunter S. Thompson

“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”
Hunter S. Thompson
Susan Sontag

“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.”
Susan Sontag
Suzanne Weyn

“Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.”
Suzanne Weyn, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
Louisa May Alcott

“I ask not for any crown
But that which all may win;
Nor try to conquer any world
Except the one within.”
Louisa May Alcott
Rachel Carson

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
Paul Klee

“A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller.”
Paul Klee
Garth Stein

“There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.”
Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain
Lou Holtz

“You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.”
Lou Holtz
Jack London

“Don’t loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club.”
Jack London
Max Lucado

“You are the only you God made… God made you and broke the mold.”
Max Lucado, Cure for the Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot
George Lucas

“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.”
George Lucas
Lenny Bruce

“There are never enough ‘I love you’s.”
Lenny Bruce
Christine Feehan

“Life gives us choices. You either grab on with both hands and just go for it, or you sit on the sidelines.”
Christine Feehan, Night Game
Tricia Cunningham

“The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.”
Tricia Cunningham
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Jim Jarmusch

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”
Jim Jarmusch
Marcus Aurelius

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Thomas Jefferson

“When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.”
Thomas Jefferson
F. Scott Fitzgerald

“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jarod Kintz

“Just because I liked something at one point in time doesn’t mean I’ll always like it, or that I have to go on liking it at all points in time as an unthinking act of loyalty to who I am as a person, based solely on who I was as a person. To be loyal to myself is to allow myself to grow and change, and challenge who I am and what I think. The only thing I am for sure is unsure, and this means I’m growing, and not stagnant or shrinking.”
Jarod Kintz, At even one penny, this book would be overpriced. In fact, free is too expensive, because you’d still waste time by reading it.
Jordan Belfort

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.”
Jordan Belfort
Martin Luther

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
Martin Luther
Mother Teresa

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”
Mother Teresa, A Simple Path: Mother Teresa
C. JoyBell C.

“The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.”
C. JoyBell C.
Eleanor Roosevelt

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
Hunter S. Thompson

“If you’re going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you’re going to be locked up.”
Hunter S. Thompson
Albert Einstein

“I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking”
Albert Einstein
Hunter S. Thompson

“In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Andy Rooney

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”
Andy Rooney
Mother Teresa

“God made the world for the delight of human beings– if we could see His goodness everywhere, His concern for us, His awareness of our needs: the phone call we’ve waited for, the ride we are offered, the letter in the mail, just the little things He does for us throughout the day. As we remember and notice His love for us, we just begin to fall in love with Him because He is so busy with us — you just can’t resist Him. I believe there’s no such thing as luck in life, it’s God’s love, it’s His.”
Mother Teresa, A Simple Path: Mother Teresa
Albert Einstein

“Imagination is the highest form of research.”
Albert Einstein
Winston Churchill

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”
Winston Churchill
Robert T. Kiyosaki

“It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life,it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power!”
Robert T. Kiyosaki
Ernest Hemingway

“The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.”
Ernest Hemingway
Thomas A. Edison

“Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.”
Thomas A. Edison
Woody Guthrie

“Take it easy, but take it.”
Woody Guthrie
Confucius

“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.”
Confucius
Mark Twain

“Obscurity and a competence—that is the life that is best worth living.”
Mark Twain, Notebook
Madeleine L'Engle

“Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. – Mrs. Whatsit”
Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
“Visualize this thing you want. See it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin.”
Robert Collier
Mary Anne Radmacher

“speak quietly to yourself & promise there will be better days. whisper gently to yourself and provide assurance that you really are extending your best effort. console your bruised and tender spirit with reminders of many other successes. offer comfort in practical and tangible ways – as if you were encouraging your dearest friend. recognize that on certain days the greatest grace is that the day is over and you get to close your eyes. tomorrow comes more brightly…”
Mary Anne Radmacher
Henry Miller

“Serenity is when you get above all this, when it doesn’t matter what they think, say or want, but when you do as you are, and see God and Devil as one.”
Henry Miller
Anaïs Nin

“Societies in decline have no use for visionaries.”
Anaïs Nin
Hunter S. Thompson

“America…just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable”
Hunter S. Thompson
“The greatest personal limitation is to be found not in the things you want to do and can’t, but in the things you’ve never considered doing.”
Richard Bandler

Gregory Colbert

“The whales do not sing because they have an answer, they sing because they have a song.”
Gregory Colbert
Rumi

“And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth,
“You owe me.”
Look what happens with love like that.
It lights up the sky.”
Rumi
Paulo Coelho

“I’ve been in love before, it’s like a narcotic. At first it brings the euphoria of complete surrender. The next day you want more. You’re not addicted yet, but you like the sensation, and you think you can still control things.You think about the person you love for two minutes then forget them for three hours. But then you get used to that person, and you begin to be completely dependent on them. Now you think about him for three hours and forget him for two minutes. If he’s not there, you feel like an addict who can’t get a fix. And just as addicts steal and humiliate themselves to get what they need, you’re willing to do anything for love.”- By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept”
Paulo Coelho
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The soul is healed by being with children.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Hermann Hesse

“I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.”
Hermann Hesse, Demian
Dalai Lama XIV

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”
Dalai Lama XIV
Richard Bach

“Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness.
Listen to it carefully.”
Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
Theodore Roosevelt

“When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on”
Theodore Roosevelt
Randy Pausch

“No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse.”
Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
Toni Morrison

“Anger … it’s a paralyzing emotion … you can’t get anything done. People sort of think it’s an interesting, passionate, and igniting feeling — I don’t think it’s any of that — it’s helpless … it’s absence of control — and I need all of my skills, all of the control, all of my powers … and anger doesn’t provide any of that — I have no use for it whatsoever.”[Interview with CBS radio host Don Swaim, September 15, 1987.]”
Toni Morrison

“Hikayatin mo lahat ng kakilala mo na magkaroon ng kahit isa man lang paboritong libro sa buhay nila. Dahil wala nang mas kawawa pa sa mga taong literado pero hindi nagbabasa.”
Bob Ong
Thomas Merton

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”
Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude
Henry David Thoreau

“However mean your life is, meet it and live it.”
Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau

“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success.”
Henry David Thoreau
Donald Miller

“I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve. But I was outside the Bagdad Theater in Portland one night when I saw a man playing the saxophone. I stood there for fifteen minutes, and he never opened his eyes.After that I liked jazz music.

Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way.

I used to not like God because God didn’t resolve. But that was before any of this happened.”
Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

Alfred Hitchcock

“Ideas come from everything”
Alfred Hitchcock
J.K. Rowling

“Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”
J.K. Rowling
Edith Södergran

“The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.”
Edith Södergran
Terry Tempest Williams

“This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek.”
Terry Tempest Williams, Leap
Leonard Cohen

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”
Leonard Cohen
Richelle Mead

“You’re better than this. Better than whatever it is you’re going to do now.”
Richelle Mead, Last Sacrifice
Wendell Berry

“There are, it seems, two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say “It is yet more difficult than you thought.” This is the muse of form. It may be then that form serves us best when it works as an obstruction, to baffle us and deflect our intended course. It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”
Wendell Berry
Hunter S. Thompson

“For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled.”
Hunter S. Thompson
“Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.”
E. Joseph Cossman
Albert Camus

“A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.”
Albert Camus
Caroline Kennedy

“Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals, and to imagine that together we can do great things.In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.”
Caroline Kennedy

Maya Angelou

“Whining is not only graceless, but it can be dangerous. It can alert a brute that a victim is in the neighborhood.”
Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now
Langston Hughes

“I stay cool, and dig all jive,
That’s the way I stay alive.
My motto,
as I live and learn,
is
Dig and be dug
In return.”
Langston Hughes
Libba Bray

“Reminds us that greatness lies even in the smallest of moments, in the humblest of hearts, and we shall, each of us, be called to greatness. Whether we shall rise to meet it or let it slip away is the challenge put before us all.”
Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing
“The firmest friendships have been formed in mutual adversity,
as iron is most strongly united by the fiercest flame”
Charles Caleb Colton
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Donald Trump

“Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.”
Donald Trump
C. JoyBell C.

“When you look for a man- what you want to look for is a man with the heart of a poor boy and the mind of a conqueror.”
C. JoyBell C.
Steve Maraboli

“It doesn’t matter what you did or where you were…it matters where you are and what you’re doing. Get out there! Sing the song in your heart and NEVER let anyone shut you up!!”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
Mary Oliver

“You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.”
Mary Oliver, Wild Geese
“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”
Paul Brandt
Jacqueline Carey

“All knowledge is worth having”
Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel’s Dart
“Sometimes good things fall apart, so better things can fall together.”
Jessica Howell
William Blake

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”
William Blake
Chad Michael Murray

“Our biggest regrets are not for the things we have done but for the things we haven’t done”
Chad Michael Murray
Bill Hicks

“We all pay for life with death, so everything in between should be free.”
Bill Hicks
Paul Tillich

“Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.”
Paul Tillich
Pearl S. Buck

“The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration. ”
Pearl S. Buck
Bob Marley

“until the end of the world,all whys will be answered,but now,you can only ask!”
Bob Marley, Bob Marley Talking
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Isabel Allende

“Fear is inevitable, I have to accept that, but I cannot allow it to paralyze me.”
Isabel Allende, The Sum of Our Days: A Memoir
Madeleine L'Engle

“Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.”
Madeleine L’Engle
Audrey Hepburn

“My life isn’t theories and formulae. It’s part instinct, part common sense. Logic is as good a word as any, and I’ve absorbed what logic I have from everything and everyone… from my mother, from training as a ballet dancer, from Vogue magazine, from the laws of life and health and nature.”
Audrey Hepburn
“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. ”
Mary Ellen Chase
Eric Berne

“The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.”
Eric Berne
Eudora Welty

“It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass. Yet regardless of where they come from, I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them — with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself. Still illiterate, I was ready for them, committed to all the reading I could give them …”
Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginnings
James Redfield

“We must assume every event has significance and contains a message that pertains to our questions…this especially applies to what we used to call bad things…the challenge is to find the silver lining in every event, no matter how negative.”
James Redfield, The Celestine Prophecy
Christopher Reeve

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”
Christopher Reeve
Neal A. Maxwell

“The laughter of the world is merely loneliness pathetically trying to reassure itself.”
Neal A. Maxwell, The Neal A. Maxwell Quote Book
Dr. Seuss

“Fame you’ll be famous, as famous as can be, with everyone watching you win on TV, Except when they don’t because sometimes they won’t..”
Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
“If you can’t fight and you can’t flee, flow.”
Robert Elias
Toni Morrison

“What difference do it make if the thing you scared of is real or not?”
Toni Morrison
Katie Couric

“Be fearless. Have the courage to take risks. Go where there are no guarantees. Get out of your comfort zone even if it means being uncomfortable. The road less traveled is sometimes fraught with barricades bumps and uncharted terrain. But it is on that road where your character is truly tested And have the courage to accept that you’re not perfect nothing is and no one is — and that’s OK.”
Katie Couric
Megan McCafferty

“I believe that what we get out of life is what we’ve set ourselves up to get, so there’s no such thing as an inconsequential decision. Our destinies are the culmination of all the choices we’ve made along the way, which is why it’s imperative to listen hard to your inner voice when it speaks up.
Don’t let anyone else’s noise drown it out.”
Megan McCafferty, Second Helpings
Joss Whedon

“Buffy Summers: Don’t give me songs, give me something to sing about!”
Joss Whedon
Terry Pratchett

“Lots of people would be as cowardly as me if they were brave enough.”
Terry Pratchett, The Last Hero
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Steve Maraboli

“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
Ann Brashares

“You couldn’t erase the past. You couldn’t even change it. But sometimes life offered you the opportunity to put it right.”
Ann Brashares, Girls In Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood
Stephen King

“Talent is a wonderful thing, but it won’t carry a quitter. ”
Stephen King, Duma Key
C. JoyBell C.

“‎”What does it mean if i’m afraid? Does it mean something bad is going to happen?” “No, it doesn’t mean something bad is going to happen. It just means that you have the chance to be brave.”
C. JoyBell C.
Jack Welch

“Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.”
Jack Welch
Richard Bach

“If you will practice being fictional for a while, you will understand that fictional characters are sometimes more real than people with bodies and heartbeats.”
Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
Alan Bennett

“A book is a device to ignite the imagination.”
Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader
“Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life.”
Helen Exley
Leo Babauta

“Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish, focus on how much you can absolutely love what you’re doing.”
Leo Babauta
Daniel C. Dennett

“If you can approach the world’s complexities, both its glories and its horrors, with an attitude of humble curiosity, acknowledging that however deeply you have seen, you have only scratched the surface, you will find worlds within worlds, beauties you could not heretofore imagine, and your own mundane preoccupations will shrink to proper size, not all that important in the greater scheme of things.”
Daniel C. Dennett, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
“How you react emotionally is a choice in any situation.”
Judith Orloff
“It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination. We have a better chance of seeing where we are when we stop trying to get somewhere else. We can enjoy every moment of movement, as long as where we are is as good as where we’d like to be. That’s not to say that you need to be satisfied forever with where you are today. But you need to honor what you’ve accomplished, rather than thinking of what’s left to be done (p. 159).”
John Bingham, No Need for Speed: A Beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running
Henry David Thoreau

“Men are born to succeed, not to fail.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Vital lives are about action. You can’t feel warmth unless you create it, can’t feel delight until you play,can’t know serendipity unless you risk.”
Joan Erickson
“Never give advice unless you have walked the walk, because anybody can talk the talk.”
Valencia Mackie
William Blake

“Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius.”
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
Eberhard Arnold

“Only those who look with the eyes of children can lose themselves in the object of their wonder. ”
Eberhard Arnold
Bill Bryson

“When the poet Paul Valery once asked Albert Einstein if he kept a notebook to record his ideas, Einstein looked at him with mild but genuine surprise. “Oh, that’s not necessary,” he replied . “It’s so seldom I have one.”
Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything
Mary Anne Radmacher

“stand often in the company of dreamers: they tickle your common sense & believe you can achieve things which are impossible.”
Mary Anne Radmacher
Sandy Nathan

“Your life is your spiritual path.It’s what’s right in front of you. You can’t live anyone else’s life. The task is to live yours and stop trying to copy one you think looks better.”
Sandy Nathan, Stepping Off the Edge: Learning & Living Spiritual Practice

Richard Bach

“There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.”
Richard Bach
“Failure is an event, never a person.”
William D. Brown
John O'Donohue

“Inspiration is always a surprising visitor.”
John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
Natalie Goldberg

“We are important and our lives are important, magnificent really, and their details are worthy to be recorded. This is how writers must think, this is how we must sit down with pen in hand. We were here; we are human beings; this is how we lived. Let it be known, the earth passed before us. Our details are important. Otherwise, if they are not, we can drop a bomb and it doesn’t matter. . . Recording the details of our lives is a stance against bombs with their mass ability to kill, against too much speed and efficiency. A writer must say yes to life, to all of life: the water glasses, the Kemp’s half-and-half, the ketchup on the counter. It is not a writer’s task to say, “It is dumb to live in a small town or to eat in a café when you can eat macrobiotic at home.” Our task is to say a holy yes to the real things of our life as they exist – the real truth of who we are: several pounds overweight, the gray, cold street outside, the Christmas tinsel in the showcase, the Jewish writer in the orange booth across from her blond friend who has black children. We must become writers who accept things as they are, come to love the details, and step forward with a yes on our lips so there can be no more noes in the world, noes that invalidate life and stop these details from continuing.”
Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
Ambrose Bierce

“Hash, x. There is no definition for this word – nobody knows what hash is.
Famous, adj. Conspicuously miserable.
Dictionary, n. A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic. This dictionary, however, is a most useful work.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary
Somaly Mam

“Sometimes you can learn, even from a bad experience. By coping you become stronger. The pain does not go away, but it becomes manageable.”
Somaly Mam, The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine
“You can t coast uphill.”
Roger Crawford
Brian Tracy

“The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a
new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be
released and channeled toward some great good.

Brian Tracy
Joss Whedon

“It is the most fun I’m ever going to have. I love to write. I love it. I mean, there’s nothing in the world I like better, and that includes sex, probably because I’m so very bad at it. It’s the greatest peace when I’m in a scene, and it’s just me and the character, that’s it, that’s where I want to live my life.”
Joss Whedon
José Martí

“We light the oven so that everyone may bake bread in it.”
José Martí, Nuestra America y Otros Escritos
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Quotes tagged as “inspiration” (showing 91-120 of 3,000)
Rumi

“And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth,
“You owe me.”
Look what happens with love like that.
It lights up the sky.”
Rumi
Paulo Coelho

“I’ve been in love before, it’s like a narcotic. At first it brings the euphoria of complete surrender. The next day you want more. You’re not addicted yet, but you like the sensation, and you think you can still control things.You think about the person you love for two minutes then forget them for three hours. But then you get used to that person, and you begin to be completely dependent on them. Now you think about him for three hours and forget him for two minutes. If he’s not there, you feel like an addict who can’t get a fix. And just as addicts steal and humiliate themselves to get what they need, you’re willing to do anything for love.”- By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept”
Paulo Coelho
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The soul is healed by being with children.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Hermann Hesse

“I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.”
Hermann Hesse, Demian
Dalai Lama XIV

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”
Dalai Lama XIV
Richard Bach

“Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness.
Listen to it carefully.”
Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
Theodore Roosevelt

“When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on”
Theodore Roosevelt
Randy Pausch

“No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse.”
Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
Toni Morrison

“Anger … it’s a paralyzing emotion … you can’t get anything done. People sort of think it’s an interesting, passionate, and igniting feeling — I don’t think it’s any of that — it’s helpless … it’s absence of control — and I need all of my skills, all of the control, all of my powers … and anger doesn’t provide any of that — I have no use for it whatsoever.”[Interview with CBS radio host Don Swaim, September 15, 1987.]”
Toni Morrison

“Hikayatin mo lahat ng kakilala mo na magkaroon ng kahit isa man lang paboritong libro sa buhay nila. Dahil wala nang mas kawawa pa sa mga taong literado pero hindi nagbabasa.”
Bob Ong
Thomas Merton

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”
Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude
Henry David Thoreau

“However mean your life is, meet it and live it.”
Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau

“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success.”
Henry David Thoreau
Donald Miller

“I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve. But I was outside the Bagdad Theater in Portland one night when I saw a man playing the saxophone. I stood there for fifteen minutes, and he never opened his eyes.After that I liked jazz music.

Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way.

I used to not like God because God didn’t resolve. But that was before any of this happened.”
Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

Alfred Hitchcock

“Ideas come from everything”
Alfred Hitchcock
J.K. Rowling

“Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”
J.K. Rowling
Edith Södergran

“The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.”
Edith Södergran
Terry Tempest Williams

“This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek.”
Terry Tempest Williams, Leap
Leonard Cohen

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”
Leonard Cohen
Richelle Mead

“You’re better than this. Better than whatever it is you’re going to do now.”
Richelle Mead, Last Sacrifice
Wendell Berry

“There are, it seems, two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say “It is yet more difficult than you thought.” This is the muse of form. It may be then that form serves us best when it works as an obstruction, to baffle us and deflect our intended course. It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”
Wendell Berry
Hunter S. Thompson

“For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled.”
Hunter S. Thompson
“Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.”
E. Joseph Cossman
Albert Camus

“A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.”
Albert Camus
Caroline Kennedy

“Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals, and to imagine that together we can do great things.In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.”
Caroline Kennedy

Maya Angelou

“Whining is not only graceless, but it can be dangerous. It can alert a brute that a victim is in the neighborhood.”
Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now
Langston Hughes

“I stay cool, and dig all jive,
That’s the way I stay alive.
My motto,
as I live and learn,
is
Dig and be dug
In return.”
Langston Hughes
Libba Bray

“Reminds us that greatness lies even in the smallest of moments, in the humblest of hearts, and we shall, each of us, be called to greatness. Whether we shall rise to meet it or let it slip away is the challenge put before us all.”
Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing
“The firmest friendships have been formed in mutual adversity,
as iron is most strongly united by the fiercest flame”
Charles Caleb Colton
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