Inspiration Station: 56 Quotes to Lift Your Spirits

Written by Angela Atkinson

  1. You have to do what you love to do, not get stuck in that comfort zone of a regular job. Life is not a dress rehearsal. This is it.
    –Lucinda Basset
  2. To exceed beyond your wildest expectations you must begin with wild expectations.
  3. High expectations are the key to everything.
    –Sam Walton
  4. In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fall immediately, they had better aim at something high.
    –Henry David Thoreau
  5. As you go along your road in life, you will, if you aim high enough, also meet resistance… but no matter how tough the opposition may seem, have courage still – and persevere.
    –Madeleine Albright
  6. When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.
    –Isak Dinesen
  7. Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.
    –Christopher Morley
  8. Plough deep while sluggards sleep, and you shall have corn to sell and to keep.
    –Benjamin Franklin
  9. Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done, and done right.
    –Walt Disney
  10. Victory belongs to the most persevering.
    –Napoleon Bonaparte
  11. If you don’t make a total commitment to whatever you’re doing, then you start looking to bail out the first time the boat starts leaking. It’s tough enough getting that boat to shore with everybody rowing, let alone when a guy stands up and starts putting his life jacket on.
    –Lou Holz
  12. To be a champ, you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will.
    –Sugar Ray Robinson
  13. The barrier between success is not something which exists in the real world: it is composed purely and simply of doubts about ability.
    –Franklin D. Roosevelt
  14. Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
    –Norman Vincent Peale
  15. One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.
    –John Stuart Mill
  16. When you cease to dream you cease to live.
    –Malcolm S. Forbes
  17. The man who has no imagination has no wings.
    –Muhammad Ali
  18. To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
    –Anatole France
  19. Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall at last unveil.
    –John Ruskin
  20. They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
    –Edgar Allan Poe
  21. I made the decision. I’m accountable.
    –Janet Reno
  22. Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.
    -Henry Ford
  23. The wise person questions himself, the fool others.
    –Henri Arnold
  24. 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
  25. The pessimist is half-licked before he starts.
    –Thomas A. Buckner  
  26. Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.
  27. It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.
    –William James
  28. In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
    –Theodore Roosevelt
  29. A person of words and not deeds is like a garden full of weeds.
  30. What we learn we learn by doing.
  31. No farmer ever plowed a field by turning it over in his mind.
    –George E. Woodbury
  32. If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it!
    –Jonathan Winters
  33. Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?
    –Frank Scully
  34. The men who have done big things are those who were not afraid to attempt big things, who were not afraid to risk failure in order to gain success.
    –B.C. Forbes
  35. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
  36. A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
    –John Shedd
  37. Whenever you take a step forward, you are bound to disturb something.
    –Indira Ghandi
  38. Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.
    –Carol Pearson
  39. I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp, in-focus picture of it in my head.
    -Jack Nicklaus
  40. If a man does not know what port he is steering for, no wind is favorable to him.
  41. Look for opportunity. You can’t wait for it to knock on the door… You might not be home.
    –Jinger Heath
  42. One may have good eyes and yet see nothing.
    –Italian Proverb
  43. A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
    –Sir Francis Bacon
  44. Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
    -Thomas Alva Edison
  45. If your dream is a big dream, and if you want your life to work on the high level  that you say you do, there’s no way around doing the work it takes to get you there.
    –Joyce Chapman
  46. They fail, and they alone, who have not striven.
    –Thomas Aldrich
  47. Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
    –Babe Ruth
  48. There is nothing wrong with making mistakes. Just don’t respond with encores.
  49. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail Better.
    –Samuel Beckett
  50. To begin to think with purpose is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment.
    –James Allen
  51. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
    –Thomas Edison
  52. The most important of my discoveries has been suggested to me by my failures.
    –Sir Humphrey Davy
  53. It is not easy, but you have to be willing to make mistakes. And the earlier you make those mistakes, the better.
    –Jane Cahill Pfeiffer


  • Angela Atkinson

    Angela Atkinson is a certified trauma counselor and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery, and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships since 2006, she has a popular narcissistic abuse recovery YouTube channel. Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own. Atkinson offers trauma-informed narcissistic abuse recovery coaching and has certifications in trauma counseling, life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation, and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves. Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse here at and at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online.

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