Inspirational quotes and sayings

You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.
Barbara De Angelis

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.
Neil Armstrong

The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy.
Henry Ward Beecher

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.
Mother Teresa

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
Marie Curie

Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person.
David M. Burns

Life is a big canvas, throw all the paint on it you can.
Danny Kaye

Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
Anatole France

Eighty percent of success is showing up.
Woody Allen

Life is just a mirror, and what you see out there, you must first see inside of you.
Wally Amos

It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage.
Henry Ward Beecher

Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers

A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration.
Kurt Lewin

To develop an idea you must listen to what is going on in your head.

I am always willing to learn, however I do not always like to be taught.
Winston Churchill

How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.
Sir James M. Barrie

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Ann Landers

Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.
Elizabeth Bibesco

If you view all the things that happen to you, both good and bad, as opportunities, then you operate out of a higher level of consciousness.
Les Brown

You can’t pick cherries with your back to the tree.
J. P. Morgan

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Oscar Wilde

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
Chinese Proverb

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

If you don’t understand yourself you don’t understand anybody else.
Nikki Giovanni

Destiny is not a matter of chance, but of choice. Not something to wish for, but to attain.
William Jennings Bryan

There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Without a rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.

Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.
Woodrow Wilson

There are powers inside of you, which, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become.
Orison Swett Marden

I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
Martha Washington

There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.
Norman Vincent Peale

Every new day begins with possibilities. It’s up to us to fill it with the things that move us toward progress and peace.
Ronald Reagan

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude

It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.
Anatole France

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.
Orville Wright

A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.
Jonathan Swift

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
Marcel Proust

We turn not older with years, but newer every day.
Emily Dickinson

To the man who only has a hammer in the toolkit, every problem looks like a nail.
Abraham Maslow

The people and circumstances around me do not make me what I am, they reveal who I am.
Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Every man has his own destiny; the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.
Henry Miller

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The high minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.

A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.
Benjamin Franklin

There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.
Stephen R. Covey

Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.
Wilfred A Peterson

The most beautiful things in the world are not seen nor touched. They are felt with the heart.
Helen Keller

You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.
Jim Rohn

For what is the best choice, for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve.

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
Phyllis Diller

A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a lifetime’s experience.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings.
Brian Tracy

Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.
Henri Matisse

People are always good company when they are doing what they really enjoy.
Samuel Butler

Take the attitude of a student. Never be too big to ask questions. Never know too much to learn something new.
Og Mandino

Age is a matter of feeling…not of years.
George William Curtis

It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
John Andrew Holmes

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
Louis Pasteur

What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.
Leo Buscaglia

The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.
Thomas Carlyle

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
Mother Teresa

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.
Walter Elliott

Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted.
Deepak Chopra

What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.
Abraham Lincoln

You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.
Ken Kesey

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.
Dalai Lama

Self-praise is for losers. Be a wïnner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble.
John Madden

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
Stephen Covey

Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see a bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.
Dale Carnegie

Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.
Alfred A. Montapert

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.

Live out of your imagination instead of out of your memory.
Les Brown

Planning for happiness is rarely successful. Happiness just happens.
Robert Half

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.
Theodore Roosevelt

All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.
James Thurber

You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.
Oprah Winfrey

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.
Kahlil Gibran

If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.
Jim Rohn

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The Power Of One
One SONG can spark a moment
One FLOWER can wake the dream
One TREE can start a forest
One BIRD can herald spring
One SMILE begins a friendship
One HANDCLASP lifts a soul
One STAR can guide a ship at sea
One WORD can frame the goal
One VOTE can change a nation
One SUNBEAM lights a room
One CANDLE wipes out darkness
One LAUGH will conquer gloom
One STEP must start each journey
One WORD must start a prayer
One HOPE will raise our spirits
One TOUCH can show you care
One VOICE can speak with wisdom
One HEART can know what is true
One LIFE can make a difference.

Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.
Charles F. Kettering

Today is a great day, one that the Lord has made.

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
Erich Fromm

We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
Marcel Proust

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it — and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit on a hot stove lid again — and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
Mark Twain

God never sends us more than we can handle.
Mother Theresa

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
Mark Twain

Optimism means expecting the best, but confidence means knowing how to handle the worst. Never make a move if you are merely optimistic.
Zurich Axioms

What a different story people would have to tell if they would adopt a definite purpose and stand by that purpose until it had time to become an all-consuming purpose.
Napoleon Hill

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
Vince Lombardi

There is little success where there is little laughter.
Andrew Carnegie

He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner.
Benjamin Franklin

The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart ?this you will build your life by, and this you will become.
James Lane Allen

I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
Thomas Edison

It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.
Vince Lombardi

Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.
Peter F. Drucker

If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.
Thomas J Watson

Only when your consciousness is totally focused on the moment you are in can you receive whatever gift, lesson, or delight that moment has to offer.
Barbara De Angelis

I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.
Clint Eastwood

We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.
Eric Hoffer

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
Henry David Thoreau

The only way to have a friend is to be one.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ask, and it will be given you; Seek, and you will find; Knock, and it will be opened to you.

I discovered a long time ago that if I helped people get what they wanted, I would always get what I wanted and I would never have to worry.
Anthony Robbins

Time has no meaning in itself unless we choose to give it significance.
Leo Buscaglia

Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.
Eric Hoffer

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
Niels Bohr

Statistics are no substitute for judgment.
Henry Clay

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
George Santayana

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
Freya Stark

Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.

The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.
Jim Rohn

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
Joseph Addison

The path to cheerfulness is to sit cheerfully and to act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there.
William James

Progress in every age results only from the fact that there are some men and women who refuse to believe that what they know to be right cannot be done.
Russell W. Davenport

Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Pleasure is the only thing to live for. Nothing ages like happiness.
Oscar Wilde

Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.
Samuel Johnson

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
Mahatma Gandhi

Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.
Eleanor Roosevelt

When you cannot get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one.
Mark Twain

When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take – choose the bolder.
William Joseph Slim

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Thomas Edison

A ‘No’ uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
Mahatma Gandhi

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
Victor Hugo

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was hëre first.
Mark Twain

The real leader has no need to lead — he is content to point the way.
Henry Miller

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
Danny Kaye

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Immanuel Kant

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word — excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
Pearl S. Buck

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
Charles Horton Cooley

If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.
Norman Vincent Peale

People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.
Norman Vincent Peale

It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.
Elbert Hubbard

An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made, in a very narrow field.
Niels Bohr

Happiness is a direction, not a place.
Sydney J. Harris

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
Mark Twain

We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
E.E. Cummings

The noblest search is the search for excellence.
Lyndon B. Johnson

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
Vince Lombardi

Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.

Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours. They are one of the few things in this world that you get free of charge. If you had all the money in the world, you couldn’t buy an extra hour. What will you do with this priceless treasure? Remember, you must use it, as it is given only once. Once wasted you cannot get it back.

It concerns us to know the purposes we seek in life, for then, like archers aiming at a definite mark, we shall be more likely to attain what we want.

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
Bertrand Russell

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
Dale Carnegie

A certain amount of opposition is of great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with the wind.
John Neal

Yearn to understand first and to be understood second.
Beca Allen

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
Elbert Hubbard

Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.
William Makepeace Thackeray

There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.
G.K. Chesterton