Like many other people, I love motivational and inspirational quotes. They remind me of the important attitudes to develop and maintain for day to day life.

Many famous people throughout history like past presidents like Abraham Lincoln, champion athletes like Michael Jordan, business leaders like Steve Jobs, scientists like Albert Einstein, world leaders like Winston Churchill, entertainers like Will Smith and development experts like Steven Covey have given us countless motivational quotes.

However, I have also come across equally inspiring and logical wisdom from people who were not as famous. Here are twenty such inspirational quotes that can change your life immediately if you adopt them for what they suggest.

“A soul without a high aim is like a ship without a rudder.” – Eileen Caddy

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“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” ~ David Brinkley

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“Age is no guarantee of maturity.” – Lawana Blackwell

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“Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions.” ~ Anonymous

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“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo

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“Don’t count every hour in the day. Make every hour in the day count!” ~ Mark Amend

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“Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.” ~ Don Wilder

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“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. It is delay, not defeat. “It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street”. ~ Denis Waitley

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“Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.”  – Horace Mann

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“I learned that good judgment comes from experience and that experience grows out of mistakes.” – Omar Bradley

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“If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.” ~ Alan K. Simpson

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“It’s not your circumstances that shape you, it’s how you react to your circumstances.” ~ Anne Ortlund

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“No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.” – George Jean Nathan

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“Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected.” – William Safire

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“Someday is not a day of the week.” ~ Denise Brennan-Nelson

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“There are no short cuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

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“Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.” ~ Arthur Christopher Benson

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“We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

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“You can’t expect people to look eye to eye with you if you are looking down on them.” – Anonymous

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And here is a final contribution from yours truly inspired from my own 20 years of martial arts competition career.

“Our biggest competition is never the others. Instead, it is always ourselves. It doesn’t matter if we end up with first or last place. If we do our best to do better than before, then we’ve won.” ~ Clint Cora

I hope you enjoy these inspirational quotes and feel free to comment on any of them below.

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