Inspirational Quotes

Looking for some inspirational quotes to help inspire you? Here is our collection from famous people in history, world leaders, authors, athletes and more who have provided some keen insights over the ages.

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Learning from the wise is one way to head down the path to your own wisdom.

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Inspirational Quotes

  1. Storms make oaks take roots.
    Unknown
  2. We don’t see things the way they are. We see them the way we are.
    Talmud
  3. The only job where you start at the top, is digging a hole.
    Unknown
  4. If the going is real easy, beware! You may be headed down hill.
    Unknown
  5. There’s always free cheese in the mouse traps, but the mice there ain’t happy.
    Unknown
  6. A big shot is a little shot that kept shooting.
    Unknown
  7. The road to success is lined with many tempting parking spaces.
    Unknown
  8. Be helpful. When you see a person without a smile, give them yours.
    Zig Ziglar

Funny Sayings

  • If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it.
    W.C. Fields
  • In three words I can sum up everything I know about life. It goes on.
    Robert Frost
  • You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.
    Irish proverb
  • Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
    Will Rogers
  • If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?
    Rumi
  • The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.
    Unknown

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For Work

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Winston Churchill

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
Confucius

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.
Benjamin Franklin

As one goes through life, one learns that if you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move.
Katherine Hepburn

Winston Churchill

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

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
Winston Churchill

Play for more than you can afford to
lose and you will learn the game.
Winston Churchill

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
Winston Churchill

We are still masters of our fate.
We are still captains of our souls.
Winston Churchill

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

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Winston Churchill

The price of greatness is responsibility.
Winston Churchill

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
Winston Churchill

Never, never, never give up.
Winston Churchill

Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill

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Confucius

Ask yourself constantly, “What is the right thing to do?”
Confucius

Silence is the true friend that never betrays.
Confucius

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

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
Confucius

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
Confucius

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Inspirational quotes and sayings CJ imageBenjamin Franklin

There never was a good war or a bad peace.
Benjamin Franklin

In my youth, I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.
Benjamin Franklin

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
Benjamin Franklin

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.
Benjamin Franklin

Blessed is he that expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Benjamin Franklin

The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
Benjamin Franklin

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For Graduates

There is no education like adversity.
Benjamin Disraeli

As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.
Benjamin Disraeli

Diligence is the Mother of Good Luck.
Benjamin Franklin

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

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Mahatma Gandhi

Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.
Mahatma Gandhi

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.
Arthur Rubinstein

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
Mark Twain

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Lao Tzu

Mahatma Gandhi

I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she will make the same effort, and have the same hope and faith.
Mahatma Gandhi

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
Mahatma Gandhi

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Mahatma Gandhi

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Mahatma Gandhi

An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
Mahatma Gandhi

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Mahatma Gandhi

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Mahatma Gandhi

Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
Mahatma Gandhi

Benjamin Disraeli

Justice is truth in action.
Benjamin Disraeli

Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.
Benjamin Disraeli

Success is the child of audacity.
Benjamin Disraeli

Man is not the creature of circumstances. Circumstances are the creatures of man.
Benjamin Disraeli

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Benjamin Disraeli

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
Benjamin Disraeli

Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.
Benjamin Disraeli

Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.
Benjamin Disraeli

Change is inevitable. In a progressive country change is constant.
Benjamin Disraeli

Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.
Benjamin Disraeli

When I want to read a novel, I write one.
Benjamin Disraeli

Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.
Benjamin Disraeli

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.
Benjamin Disraeli 

For Teachers

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
St. Francis of Assisi

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.
Helen Keller

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
Abraham Lincoln

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Mark Twain

I think everyone should be told they’re beautiful until they believe it.
Unknown

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The hero is no braver than the ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The years teach much which the days never know.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do what you know and perception is converted into character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man has a right to be valued by his best moment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Famous Emerson

Every artist was first an amateur.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fractures well cured make us more strong.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every calamity is a spur and a valuable hint.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A skillful man reads his dreams for self-knowledge, yet not the details but the quality.
Ralph Waldo Emerso

Pope Francis

The royal road to peace is to see others not as enemies to be opposed but as brothers and sisters to be embraced.
Pope Francis

The family is where we are formed as people. Every family is a brick in the building of society.
Pope Francis

Even in the worst situation of life, God waits for me, God wants to embrace me, God expects me.
Pope Francis

Ask yourselves this question: How often is Jesus inside and knocking at the door to be let out, to come out? And we do not let him out because of our own need for security, because so often we are locked into ephemeral structures that serve solely to make us slaves and not free children of God.
Pope Francis

Instead of being just a church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let us try also to be a church that finds new roads, that is able to step outside itself and go to those who do not attend Mass, to those who have quit or are indifferent.
Pope Francis

Our prayer cannot be reduced to an hour on Sundays. It is important to have a daily relationship with the Lord.
Pope Francis

More of Pope Francis

Steve Jobs

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.

My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.

It’s better to be a pirate than to join the navy.

You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.

I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things.

More Steve Jobs

Helen Keller

True education combines intellect, beauty, goodness, and the greatest of these is goodness.
Helen Keller

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
Helen Keller

As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.
Helen Keller

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
Helen Keller

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Helen Keller

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
Helen Keller

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Abraham Lincoln

A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.
Abraham Lincoln

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
Abraham Lincoln

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Abraham Lincoln

I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.
Abraham Lincoln

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
Abraham Lincoln

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Mark Twain

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
Mark Twain

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
Mark Twain

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

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
Mark Twain

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Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
Mark Twain

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
Mark Twain

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
Mark Twain

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

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
Mark Twain

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Will Rogers

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
Will Rogers

I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
Will Rogers

Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.
Will Rogers

There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.
Will Rogers

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Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.
Will Rogers

Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.
Will Rogers

Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.
Will Rogers

Nothing is worth more than this day.
You cannot relive yesterday.
Tomorrow is still beyond our reach.
Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.
Will Rogers

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
Will Rogers

Never let yesterday use up too much of today.
Will Rogers

Wise Words to Reflect on

Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.
Christian Nestell Bovee 

The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be.
Horace Bushnell

Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.
Albert Einstein

I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.
Wayne Gretzky

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
Robert G. Ingersoll

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau

More Inspirational Sayings

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
Unknown

If you would create something, you must be something.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.
Victor Hugo

 

 

 

 

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