Inspirational quotes and sayings

Where much is expected from an individual, he may rise to the level of events and make the dream come true.
Elbert Hubbard

You can have anything you want ? If you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.
Abraham Lincoln

No man is rich enough to buy back his past.
Oscar Wilde

Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.
Buddha

Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.
Denis Waitley

Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
Albert Einstein

The best vision is insight.
Malcolm Forbes

You can live a lifetïme and, at the end of it, know more about other people than you know about yourself.
Beryl Markham

We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch.
John F. Kennedy

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than fifty preaching it.
Knute Rockne

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.
Vince Lombardi

Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
Bernard M. Baruch

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
G. K. Chesterton

It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire, and many things to fear.
Francis Bacon

Whatever you do, don’t do it.
Yul Brynner

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
General George S. Patton

To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path.
Kahlil Gibran

Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.
Samuel Johnson

The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure is occupation.
George Bernard Shaw

One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.
John Wanamaker

Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.
Helen Keller

Regret for wasted time is more wasted time.
Mason Cooley

Victory belongs to the most persevering.
Napoleon Bonaparte

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
Peter F. Drucker

To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by permanent ideals – that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him, and calm and unspoiled when the world praises him.
Honore De Balzac

The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.
Pearl S. Buck

Before you build a better mousetrap, it helps to know if there are any mice out there.
Mortimer B. Zuckerman

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.
Mary Lou Cook

Many hands make the Light work.
Leroy W. Jones

Light is the task where many share the toil.
Homer

Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.
Napolean Hill

I’m not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You’re as old as you feel.
Elizabeth Arden

In business, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate.
Chester L. Karrass

At the age of 20, we don’t care what the world thinks of us; at 30, we worry about what it is thinking of us; at 40, we discover that it wasn’t thinking of us at all.
Anonymous

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.
Anne Frank

We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
Abraham Lincoln

No man ever listened himself out of a job.
Calvin Coolidge

When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of Creation is completed inside us, the doors of our souls fly open and love steps forth to heal everything in sight.
Michael Bridge

It isn’t enough for you to love money — it’s also necessary that money should love you.
Kin Hubbard

Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.
Jim Rohn

The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not and never persist in trying to set people right.
Hannah Whitall Smith

I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Feel that the air around you is the almighty himself. No other motivation is required for you; feel and live with him.
Dr. Amol Shende

First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.
Aristotle

When ideas fail, words come in very handy.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
Bertrand Russell

Formula for success: Rise early, work hard, strike oil.
J P Getty

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Winston Churchill

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, Make Me Feel Important. Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.
Mary Kay Ash

You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave – win or lose.
Gordie Howe

Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one place.
Josh Billings

Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.
George Washington

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
Socrates

When a goal matters enough to a person, that person will find a way to accomplish what at first seemed impossible.
Nido Qubein

It is better to rise from life as from a banquet — neither thirsty nor drunken.
Aristotle

Do not kick against the pricks.
Aeschylus

It’s amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.
Charles F. Kettering

Avoiding the phrase “I don’t have time…”, will soon help you to realize that you do have the time needed for just about anything you choose to accomplish in life.
Bo Bennett

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.
Henry Ford

I’m not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman. I’m living on.
David Bowie

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
Blaise Pascal

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something.
Wilson Mizner

There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted.
Henry David Thoreau

The golden rule for every business man is this: “Put yourself in your customer’s place”.
Orison Swett Marden

Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.
Theodore Roosevelt

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.
Og Mandino

If you can laugh together, you can work together.
Robert Orben

I shall adopt new views as fast as they shall appear to be true views.
Abraham Lincoln

Words of comfort, skillfully administered, are the oldest therapy known to man.
Louis Nizer

He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.
Cesare Pavese

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Edgar Allan Poe

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.
William Shakespeare

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
Elizabeth Kubler Ross

No time of life is so beautiful as the early days of love, when with every meeting, every glance, one fetches something new home to rejoice over.
Soren Kierkegaard

Old age is no place for sissies.
Bette Davis

Relish love in your old age! Aged love is like aged wine; it becomes more satisfying, more refreshing, more valuable, more appreciated and more intoxicating!
Leo Buscaglia

One must love everyone, especially those who hate you; for it is too easy to love only those who love us.
Jesus Christ

If you’re going through Hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill

The oyster turns into pearl the sand which annoys it.
Sidney Newton Bremer

You have to learn how to turn the tables on the ego. The only way to forgive what is within is to forgive what seems to be without.
Gary Renard

What this country needs is more people to inspire others with confidence, and fewer people to discourage any initiative in the right direction more to get into the thick of things, fewer to sit on the sidelines, merely finding fault more to point out what’s right with the world, and fewer to keep harping on what’s wrong with it and more who are interested in lighting candles, and fewer who blow them out.
Father James Keller

Throw away those books and cassettes on inspirational leadership. Send those consultants packing. Know your job, set a good example for the people under you and put results over politics. That’s all the charisma you’ll really need to succeed.
Dyan Machan

The human heart feels things the eyes cannot see, and knows what the mind cannot understand.
Robert Vallett

Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one is to blame.
Erica Jong

The universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson. The mountain teaches stability and grandeur; the ocean immensity and change. Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.
Orison Swett Marden

Respect human talent, respond to genius, recognize reality, admire truth and beauty, realize the meaning of the rare flower Reason.
Peter Nivio Zarlenga

There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there’s only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.
Wayne Dyer

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
Ursula Le Guin