Famous Inspirational Quotes

These famous inspirational quotes will get your mind thinking. Are you spending your time wisely? Do you need a new outlook on life? Could a different perspective help you?

Check out this collection of famous inspirational quotes and be on your path to a new you (or at least be inspired to go on a walk or something).

10 Famous Inspirational Quotes to Kick off the Day

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.
Jane Addams

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as true strength.
St. Francis De Sales

The test we must set for ourselves is not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us.
Hubert Humphrey

The time is always right to do what is right.
Martin Luther King

Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality in your own mind.
Bruce Lee

The heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
Thomas S. Monson 

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

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

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.

Inspirational QuotationsAbout Life

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
Helen Keller

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it “The Present.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

We know what we are but know not what we may be.

Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.
Henry David Thoreau

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
Japanese Proverb

What one can be one must be.

The toughest part of getting to the top of the ladder is getting through the crowd at the bottom.

He who seeks rest finds boredom – He who seeks work finds rest.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

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Dr. Seuss Quotes

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

A person’s a person, no matter how small.

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

Motivational Sayings

He that would be a leader must be a bridge.
Welsh Proverb

The best leaders of all, the people know not they exist. They turn to each other and say, “We did it ourselves. “
Lao Tzu

Each time someone stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.
Robert F. Kennedy

Every time we open our mouths, men look into our minds.

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man adapts the world to himself. All progress depends upon the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw

Tell me and I forget; show me and I remember; involve me and I understand.

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
Albert Einstein

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
Edmund Burke


The world is more malleable than you think and it’s waiting for you to hammer it into shape.

Well done is better than well said.
Benjamin Franklin

If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.
Lucy Larcom

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.
Helen Keller

Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it.
Ella Williams

To live for results would be to sentence myself to continuous frustration. My only sure reward is in my actions and not from them.
Hugh Prather

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 which you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

With courage, you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.
Keshavan Nair

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
Ambrose Redmoon

Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers.

One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
Maya Angelou

Motivating Sayings

A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared but still goes on.

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
Theodore H. White

To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.
Soren Kierkegaard

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain

Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can.
Henry Drummond

If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster.

Excerpt from Bono’s Commencement Address at University of Pennsylvania

So my question I suppose is: What’s the big idea? What’s your big idea? What are you willing to spend your moral capital, your intellectual capital, your cash, your sweat equity in pursuing outside of the walls of the University of Pennsylvania?

There’s a truly great Irish poet his name is Brendan Kennelly, and he has this epic poem called the Book of Judas, and there’s a line in that poem that never leaves my mind, it says: “If you want to serve the age, betray it.” What does that mean to betray the age?

Well to me betraying the age means exposing its conceits, it’s foibles; it’s phony moral certitudes. It means telling the secrets of the age and facing harsher truths.

Every age has its massive moral blind spots. We might not see them, but our children will. Slavery was one of them and the people who best served that age were the ones who called it as it was–which was ungodly and inhuman. Ben Franklin called it what it was when he became president of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society.

Segregation – There was another one. America sees this now but it took a civil rights movement to betray their age. And 50 years ago the U.S. Supreme Court betrayed the age of May 17, 1954, Brown vs. Board of Education came down and put the lie to the idea that separate can ever really be equal. Amen to that.


To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
Pierre Corneille

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.z
Emily Dickinson

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

One hundred percent of the shots you don’t take don’t go in.
Wayne Gretzky

Courage faces fear and thereby masters it.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world.
E.B. White

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Short and Memorable

True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.
St. Francis of Assisi 

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

In teaching others we teach ourselves.

A friend walks in when everyone else walks out.

— Mike O’Halloran

Mike is the founder and editor of Sports Feel Good Stories.


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