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30 Of The Most Inspirational Quotes Of All Time

30 Of The Most Inspirational Quotes Of All Time

On Pinterest, Tumblr, or other similar sites, we tend to see a lot of quotes designed to motivate or inspire us. Words can be found for a range of emotions, personal traits, and life events, but some quotes are just universal nuggets of wisdom. You know the ones – those quotes that give you “Aha!” moments of inspiration or meaningful insights into your personal and professional lives.

They are the words you want to print out and tape up on your wall so you’ll see them every day. More importantly, they’re not always about business and the hustle, as they can simply be about compassion, friendship, or happiness. There is no singular or “right” kind of inspiration or motivation. Whatever you need in the moment, that is the “right” kind for you.

This collection of inspirational quotes features some of the all-time classics you may know, as well as some lesser-known ones you’ll love too. There are a ton of great quotes out there that could have easily been in this list – it would take forever to get every single potentially inspirational quote on one page – however. If you have any quotes you would have added, feel free to share in the comments section!

1. “Anyone who has ever made anything of importance was disciplined.”  Andrew Hendrixson

    2. “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”  Coco Chanel

      3. “Creativity is intelligence having fun.”  Albert Einstein

        4. “Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.”  Brian Tracy

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          5. “Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you.”  Grace Coddington

            6. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”  Henry David Thoreau

              7. “If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, but never the goal.”  Author Unknown

                8. “I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”  Abraham Lincoln

                  9. “Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.”  Robin Sharma

                    10. “You cannot save people, you can just love them.”  Anaïs Nin

                      11. “It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.”  Howard Ruff

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                        12. “Take your dreams seriously.”  Author Unknown

                          13. “There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.”  Thich Nhat Hanh

                            14. “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”  (actually, not a Buddha quote)

                              15. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.”  Billie Jean King

                                16. “You will succeed because most people are lazy.” — Shahir Zag

                                  17. “Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.”  Thomas Edison

                                    18. “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.” — Author Unknown

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                                      19. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”  Mahatma Gandhi

                                        20. “Numbing the pain for a while will only make it worse when you finally feel it.”  Albus Dumbledore

                                          21. “Do it with passion, or not at all.” — Rosa Nouchette Carey

                                            22. “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.” — Albert Einstein (again!)

                                              23. “The grass is greener where you water it.” — Neil Barringham

                                                24. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” — Earl Nightingale

                                                  25. “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” — Seth Godin

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                                                    26. “If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” — Seth Godin (again!)

                                                      27. “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.” — John Maxwell

                                                        28. “Never apologize for having high standards. People who really want to be in your life will rise up to meet them.” — Ziad K. Abdelnour

                                                          29. “I never dream of success. I worked for it.” — Estee Lauder

                                                            30. “Avoiding failure is to avoid progress.” — Author Unknown

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                                                              Last Updated on September 12, 2019

                                                              12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

                                                              12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

                                                              Even the most charismatic people you know, whether in person or celebrities of some sort, experience days where they feel lost in life and isolated from everyone else.

                                                              While it’s good to know we aren’t alone in this feeling, the question still remains:

                                                              What should we do when we feel lost and lonely?

                                                              Here are 12 things to remember:

                                                              1. Recognize That It’s Okay!

                                                              The truth is, there are times you need to be alone. If you’ve always been accustomed to being in contact with people, this may prove difficult.

                                                              However, learning how to be alone and comfortable in your own skin will give you confidence and a sense of self reliance.

                                                              We cheat ourselves out of the opportunity to become self reliant when we look for constant companionship.

                                                              Learn how to embrace your me time: What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

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                                                              2. Use Your Lost and Loneliness as a Self-Directing Guide

                                                              You’ve most likely heard the expression: “You have to know where you’ve been to know where you’re going.”

                                                              Loneliness also serves as a life signal to indicate you’re in search of something. It’s when we’re in the midst of solitude that answers come from true soul searching.

                                                              Remember, there is more to life than what you’re feeling.

                                                              3. Realize Loneliness Helps You Face the Truth

                                                              Being in the constant company of others, although comforting sometimes, can often serve as a distraction when we need to face the reality of a situation.

                                                              Solitude cuts straight to the chase and forces you to deal with the problem at hand. See it as a blessing that can serve as a catalyst to set things right!

                                                              4. Be Aware That You Have More Control Than You Think

                                                              Typically, when we see ourselves as being lost or lonely, it gives us an excuse to view everything we come in contact with in a negative light. It lends itself to putting ourselves in the victim mode, when the truth of the matter is that you choose your attitude in every situation.

                                                              No one can force a feeling upon you! It is YOU who has the ultimate say as to how you choose to react.

                                                              5. Embrace the Freedom That the Feeling of Being Alone Can Offer

                                                              Instead of wallowing in self pity, which many are prone to do because of loneliness, try looking at your circumstance as a new-found freedom.

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                                                              Most people are in constant need of approval of their viewpoints. Try enjoying the fact that  you don’t need everyone you care about to support your decisions.

                                                              6. Acknowledge the Person You Are Now

                                                              Perhaps you feel a sense of loneliness and confusion because your life circumstances have taken you away from the persona that others know to be you.

                                                              Perhaps the new you differs radically from the old. Realize that life is about change and how we react to that change. It’s okay that you’re not who you used to be.

                                                              Take a look at this article and learn to accept your imperfect self: Accept Yourself (Flaws and All): 7 Benefits of Being Vulnerable

                                                              7. Keep Striving to Do Your Best

                                                              Often those who are feeling isolated and unto themselves will develop a defeatist attitude. They’ll do substandard work because their self esteem is low and they don’t care.

                                                              Never let this feeling take away your sense of worth! Do your best always and when you come through this dark time, others will admire how you stayed determined in spite of the obstacles you had to overcome.

                                                              And to live your best life, you must do this ONE thing: step out of your comfort zone.

                                                              8. Don’t Forget That Time Is Precious

                                                              When we’re lost in a sea of loneliness and depression, it’s all too easy to reflect on regrets of past life events. This does nothing but feed negativity and perpetuate the situation.

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                                                              Instead of falling prey to this common pitfall, put one foot in front of the other and acknowledge every positive step you take. By doing this, you can celebrate the struggles you overcome at the end of the day.

                                                              9. Remember, Things Happen for a Reason

                                                              Every circumstance we encounter in our life is designed to teach us and that lesson is in turn passed on to others.

                                                              Sometimes we’re fortunate enough to figure out the lesson to be learned, while other times, we simply need to have faith that if the lesson wasn’t meant directly for us to learn from, how we handled it was observed by someone who needed to learn.

                                                              Your solitude and feeling of lost, in this instance, although painful possibly, may be teaching someone else.

                                                              10. Journal During This Time

                                                              Record your thoughts when you’re at the height of loneliness and feeling lost. You’ll be amazed when you reflect back at how you viewed things at the time and how far you’ve come later.

                                                              This time (if recorded) can give you a keen insight into who you are and what makes you feel the way you feel.

                                                              11. Remember You Aren’t the First to Feel This Way

                                                              It’s quite common to feel as if we’re alone and no one else has ever felt this way before. We think this because at the time of our distress, we’re silently observing others around us who are seemingly fine in every way.

                                                              The truth is, we can’t possibly know the struggles of those around us unless they elect to share them. We ALL have known this pain!

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                                                              Try confiding in someone you trust and ask them how they deal with these feelings when they experienced it. You may be surprised at what you learn.

                                                              12. Ask for Help If the Problem Persists

                                                              The feeling of being lost and lonely is common to everyone, but typically it will last for a relatively short period of time.

                                                              Most people will confess to, at one time or another, being in a “funk.” But if the problem persists longer than you feel it should, don’t ignore it.

                                                              When your ability to reason and consider things rationally becomes impaired, do not poo poo the problem away and think it isn’t worthy of attention. Seek medical help.

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                                                              Final Thoughts

                                                              Loneliness and a sense of feeling lost can in many ways be extremely painful and difficult to deal with at best. However, these feelings can also serve as a catalyst for change in our lives if we acknowledge them and act.

                                                              Above anything, cherish your mental well being and don’t underestimate its worth. Seek professional guidance if you’re unable to distinguish between a sense of freedom for yourself and a sense of despair.

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