I love inspirational quotes. They are powerful nuggets of wisdom condensed into 1-2 lines. Whenever I read them, I get so inspired to take action. I remember when I was a high school student, I would decorate the cover of my foolscap pads with quotes because they were so meaningful. Today, I have quotes plastered on the noticeboard in front of my work desk, which I change regularly to whichever quote resonates most with me at the point in time. Whenever I raise my head, I’ll see them in front of me, sort of like a little nod of affirmation. :)
Here, I’ll share 20 of my favorite inspirational quotes. I won’t include any commentary because the quotes speak for themselves. I hope they resonate with you as much as they have with me.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is.
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.
The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.
If what you’re doing is not your passion, you have nothing to lose.
The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
The sky has never been the limit. We are our own limits. It’s then about breaking our personal limits and outgrowing ourselves to live our best lives.
Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Everything you want should be yours: the type of work you want; the relationships you need; the social, mental, and aesthetic stimulation that will make you happy and fulfilled; the money you require for the lifestyle that is appropriate to you; and any requirement that you may (or may not) have for achievement or service to others. If you don’t aim for it all, you’ll never get it all. To aim for it requires that you know what you want.
To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are
Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.