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Inspiration and Motivational Quotes

  1. “Once you have a clear picture of your priorities- that is values, goals, and high leverage activities- organize around them.” Stephen Covey
  2. “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal: Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” Thomas Jefferson
  3. “When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” John F. Kennedy
  4. Carl Jung had a sign over the doorway to his home that read: Called or not called, God is present.
  5. All you have shall some day be given; Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors.   Kahlil Gibran
  6. Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.     Martin Luther King Jr.
  7. While attending a Marriage Seminar dealing with communication, Tom and his wife Grace listened to the instructor, “It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other.” He addressed the man, “Can you describe your wife’s favorite flower?” Tom leaned over, touched his wife’s arm gently and whispered, “It’s Pillsbury, isn’t it? The rest of the story gets rather ugly so I’ll stop right here.
  8. If you want greater prosperity in your life, start forming a vacuum to receive it.       Catherine Ponder
  9. If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.     Lao Tse
  10. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”    Thomas Edison
  11. Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.     Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  12. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.   Dale Carnegie
  13. “Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.”     Michael Bartel
  14. Seek out the disenfranchised. Jesus looked at the tax collector, he looked at the prostitute, he looked at the Samaritans, he even looked at his disciples and he said the same thing to everyone: “The Light of God is in you.” (paraphrased) Who in your family or work is isolated from the rest? Befriend and believe in those whom others have shunned.
  15. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.      Albert Einstein
  16. “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”      Mother Teresa
  17. “There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.”      William Frederick Halsey, Jr.
  18. Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want wants you. But you have to take action to get it.     Jack Canfield
  19. “People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most people succeed because they are determined to.”     George E. Allen
  20. “… the works that I do shall you do also, and greater works still…”     — John 14:12
  21. “Our playing it small does not serve the world.”       Marianne Williamson
  22. “Just as a small fire is extinguished by the storm whereas a large fire is enhanced by it – likewise a weak faith is weakened by predicament and catastrophes whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them.”       Viktor E. Frankl Austrian Psychiatrist and author of “Man’s Search for Meaning”
  23. We find evidence of God by the sense of reassurance we experience during hard times. And that reassurance grows into Guidance, such that we are given ideas and thoughts we never had before. These ideas may come randomly, sporadically, and in time, they become a fount of living water that flows from the very belly of our being. Mary Manin Morrissey
  24. “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”     Elbert Hubbard
  25. We must be the change we wish to see in the world.     Mahatma Gandhi
  26. “Goals are new, forward-moving objectives. They magnetize you towards them.”     Mark Victor Hansen
  27. Illumined spiritual teachers die of heart disease and cancer just like the rest of us, while cantankerous pessimists who smoke cigarettes and eat lots of hamburgers sometimes live to be a hundred. And all of us, no matter how many bean sprouts we eat, miles we run, affirmations we say, hours we meditate, and hard we pray, are all going to die sometime. The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live.                       Source – Guilt is the Teacher – Love is the Lesson
  28. Part of living with love is also learning how to say “no.” This may sound selfish, but in fact what it means is that we are choosing how we will love the world that day.     Dr. Bernie Siegel
  29. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”     Nelson Mandela Former President of South Africa
  30. We must alter our lives in order to alter our hearts, for it is impossible to live one way and pray another.    William Law
  31. “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”    Eleanor Roosevelt 1884-1962, Former American First Lady
  32. Love is something you can leave behind you when you die. It’s that powerful.       John Lame Deer
  33. “Never does a man portray his character more vividly than his proclaiming the character of another.”     Winston Churchill 1874-1965, Former British Prime Minister
  34. “Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourself a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles.”    Helen Keller 1880-1968, Blind and Deaf Educator
  35. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.” Dale Carnegie 1888-1955, Author and Trainer
  36. There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.” C.S. Lewis
  37. Decisions are made by learning to listen to the preference for peace within us. There is no right or wrong behavior. The only meaningful choice is between fear and love.     Source – Teach Only Love
  38. “There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.”    Josh Billings 1815-1885, Humorist and Lecturer
  39. The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.    John Berry
  40. “I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”     William Penn 1644-1718, Religious Leader and Founder of Pennsylvania
  41. There really are two distinct Nikken moments for each individual. The first is when you get into Nikken. The second, and most important, is when Nikken gets into you.    Dave Johnson.
  42. We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.       Ben Sweetland
  43. “Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”     Mark Twain 1835-1910, Writer and Humorist
  44. The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.      Marcus Aurelius
  45. You can’t do anything about the length of your life but you can do something about its width and depth.     Evan Essar
  46. “The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become.”     Heraclitus 535-475 BC (approximately), Philosopher and Author
  47. “People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most people succeed because they are determined to.”     George E. Allen 1832-1907, Publisher and Author
  48. “The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.”     Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  49. “Fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it.”      Les Brown Author and Speaker
  50. When you have a gift to offer, the world will make room for you. You must have patience and keep the faith.     Tyler Perry, Playwright
  51. “When I look into the future, it’s so bright it burns my eyes.”     Oprah Winfrey
  52. “As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.”    Marian Anderson 1902-1993, Opera Singer
  53. “I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become…Become the change you want to see – those are words I live by.”     Oprah Winfrey Media Personality
  54. “To grow, you must be willing to let your present and future be totally unlike your past. Your history is not your destiny.”    Alan Cohen
  55. The measure of a man is not determined by his show of outward strength or the volume of his voice, or the thunder of his action. It is to be seen rather in terms of the strength of his inner self, in terms of the nature and depth of his commitment, the sincerity of his purpose, and his willingness to continue “growing up.”
  56. Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.     Albert Einstein
  57. “What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”    Sir John Lubbock 1834-1913, British Statesman and Naturalist
  58. You never can tell what your thoughts will do in bringing you hate or love, For thoughts are things, and their airy wings Are swifter than carrier doves. They follow the law of the Universe, Each thing must create its kind, And they speed o’er the track to bring you back Whatever went on in your mind.    Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  59. “I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.” Charles Dickens 1812-1870, Writer
  60. Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon…must inevitably come to pass!”     Paul J. Meyer Writer
  61. “With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”    Sir Thomas Buxton 1786-1846, Baronet
  62. It has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.    Elinor Smith
  63. I can’t do the things that you can do. And you can’t do the things that I can do. But, together we will do great things.    Mother Teresa
  64. “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”   Dr. Albert Schweitzer 1875-1965, Medical Missionary and Nobel Prize Winner
  65. “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”     Anthony Robbins
  66. “It’s not what you are that holds you back, it’s what you think you are not.”     Denis Waitley
  67. “Control your destiny or somebody else will.”    Anthony Robbins 
  68. “We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”    Marian Wright Edelman Lobbyist on Behalf of Children
  69. “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”    Friedrich Nietzsche
  70. “You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not an event – it is a habit.”    Aristotle 384-322 BC, Greek Philosopher and Scientist
  71. “When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word “succeed,” you find that it simply means to follow through.”     F. W. Nichol
  72. “The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.”     Ben Stein
  73. “The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.”    James Allen 1864-1912, Author of “As a Man Thinketh”
  74. “Only in growth, reform and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  75. “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”     Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862, Writer and Philosopher
  76. “Reduce your plan to writing…The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.”    Napoleon Hill 883-1970, Author of “Think And Grow Rich”
  77. “In the power to change yourself is the power to change the world around you.”   Anwar Sadat
  78. “You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.”    Mary Pickford
  79. Trusting your intuition means tuning in as deeply as you can to the energy you feel, following that energy moment to moment, trusting that it will lead you where you want to go and bring you everything you desire. It means being yourself, being real and authentic in your communications, being willing to try new things because they feel right, doing what turns you on. Living in the Light – Shakti Gawain
  80. “Unless you walk out into the unknown, the odds of making a profound difference in your life are pretty low.”    Tom Peters Writer and Speaker
  81. Every achiever that I have ever met says, “My life turned around when I began to believe in me.”   Dr. Robert H. Schuller Minister
  82. “Always bear in mind, that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing.”   Abraham Lincoln
  83. “Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out if they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.”     William James 1842-1910, American Philosopher
  84. “Every really new idea looks crazy at first.”    Abraham H. Maslow
  85. “Everybody builds a dream in their lifetime. You’re either going to build your dream, or somebody else’s. So build your own!”   Christopher LaBrec Independent Business Owner
  86. “Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves – to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today.” Stewart B. Johnson
  87. “A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination. He must see things as in a vision, a dream of the whole thing.” Charles M. Schwab
  88. What did Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. possess that was capable of transforming nations? They had “soul force”-a belief that no force can overpower love in action. Your soul, too, can be trained as an agent for change. “If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you.”    Louise Hay Author and Speaker
  89. “Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.    Jonathan Swift
  90. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”  Maya Angelou Author and Poet
  91. “I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.”    Elizabeth Kubler-Ross Author and founder of the Hospice movement
  92. “Big goals get big results. No goals get no results or somebody else’s results” Mark Victor Hansen
  93. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in making new landscapes but in having new eyes.”    Marcel Proust
  94. “If you don’t set goals for yourself, you are doomed to work to achieve the goals of someone else.”    Brian Tracy
  95. “Be creative. Use unconventional thinking. And have the guts to carry it out.”   Lee Iaccoca Automobile Executive and Author
  96. “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face…You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”    Eleanor Roosevelt 1884-1962, Social Activist and Former First Lady
  97. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.    Zen Soup
  98. “The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The world is what you are.”   Thomas Dreier Author
  99. “This one step, choosing a goal and sticking to it, changes everything.” Scott Reed

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