150+ Motivational and Inspirational Quotes

150+ Motivational and Inspirational Quotes

Every now and then, you just need a little boost. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of this expansive list of motivational and inspirational quotes–feel free to share!

Sometimes, a quote just calls to your soul. These are some of my favorite motivational and inspirational quotes. Enjoy!

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Motivational and Inspirational Quotes I Love

  1. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill
  2. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine
  3.     “The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”–Benjamin Mays
  4. “By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands — your own.”–Mark Victor Hansen
  5. “Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty.”–William J. BennettThe Book of Virtues
  6. dont play it safe quote“The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and actualizer… He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.”–Robert L. Schwartz
  7. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. –Steve Jobs
  8. “I don’t regret the things I’ve done, I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance.” – Unknown
  9. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein
  10. “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.” – Denis Waitley
  11. “Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.” Benjamin Disraeli
  12. “Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.” –Orison Swett Marden
  13. “Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration?” -George Eliot
  14. “No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
  15. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.  –Robert Frost
  16. “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby
  17. “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown
  18. The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?’ -Jeffrey Bezos
  19. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky
  20. “I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself.” – Albert Einstein
  21. positive-quotes-17“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”–Aristotle
  22. “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”–Charles R. Swindoll
  23. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. –Michael Jordan
  24. “Just know, when you truly want success, you’ll never give up on it. No matter how bad the situation may get.” – Unknown
  25. Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. –Babe Ruth
  26. positive-quotes-0Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. –W. Clement Stone
  27. “Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” – Jack Canfield
  28. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. –John Lennon
  29. “The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra
  30. We become what we think about. –Earl Nightingale
  31. 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, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain
  32. Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. –John Maxwell
  33. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. –Tony Robbins
  34. The mind is everything. What you think you become.  –Buddha
  35. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb
  36. An unexamined life is not worth living. –Socrates
  37. creative life lose fear of being wrongEighty percent of success is showing up. –Woody Allen
  38. Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. –Napoleon Hill
  39. “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”–Mario Andretti
  40. “Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses… on your powers, instead of your problems.”–Paul J. Meyer
  41. Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. – Mahatma Gandhi
  42. Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. – Napoleon Hill
  43. Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. – Truman Capote
  44. Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare. – Japanese Proverb
  45. In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.- Theodore Roosevelt
  46. If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a chance of being a prophet. – Isaac B. Singer
  47. 537991_543837878973139_778127309_n“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.”--Hal Borland
  48. “Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”–Calvin Coolidge
  49. “The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”–Pearl Buck
  50. “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
  51. Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. –Vince Lombardi
  52. “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Farrah Gray
  53. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –Stephen Covey
  54. “The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.” – Joel Brown
  55. 397528_134296673402423_614757974_nEvery child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. –Pablo Picasso
  56. “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard
  57. You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –Christopher Columbus
  58. “Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.” – Larry Winget
  59. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou
  60. Either you run the day, or the day runs you. –Jim Rohn
  61. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. –Henry Ford
  62. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain
  63. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  64. 422921_282906751810061_845145610_nThe best revenge is massive success. –Frank Sinatra
  65. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing.  That’s why we recommend it daily. –Zig Ziglar
  66. Inspiration exists, but it must find you working. –Pablo Picasso
  67. If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh
  68. There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. –Aristotle
  69. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. –Henry Ford
  70. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
  71. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined. –Henry David Thoreau
  72. When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me. –Erma Bombeck
  73. Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others.  Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?” – Brian Tracy
  74. Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb
  75. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. –Theodore Roosevelt
  76. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. –George Addair
  77. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. –Plato
  78. change-your-life-quoteOnce you choose hope, anything’s possible. –Christopher Reeve
  79. Start where you are. Use what you have.  Do what you can. –Arthur Ashe
  80. When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down ‘happy’.  They told me
  81. I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. –John Lennon
  82. Fall seven times and stand up eight. –Japanese Proverb
  83. When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. –Helen Keller
  84. Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. –Confucious
  85. 1044822_171719629669489_2139052860_nHow wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. –Anne Frank
  86. When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. –Lao Tzu
  87. The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength not a lack of knowledge but rather a lack of will. –Vince Lombardi
  88. Happiness is not something readymade.  It comes from your own actions. –Dalai Lama
  89. The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. –Arthur C. Clarke
  90. 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
  91. If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. –Latin Proverb
  92. You can’t fall if you don’t climb.  But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground. –Unknown
  93. paul_chen_posterWhoever loves much, performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. –Vincent Van Gogh
  94. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. –Les Brown
  95. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. –Joshua J. Marine
  96. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. –Walt Disney
  97. I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. –Leonardo da Vinci
  98. Limitations live only in our minds.  But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. –Jamie Paolinetti
  99. Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes.  You are free. –Jim Morrison
  100. What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. –Bob Dylan
  101. I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. –Benjamin Franklin
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    In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. –Bill Cosby

  103. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein
  104. The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. –Chinese Proverb
  105. There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. –Roger Staubach
  106. It is never too late to be what you might have been. –George Eliot
  107. You become what you believe. –Oprah Winfrey
  108. I would rather die of passion than of boredom. –Vincent van Gogh
  109. A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. –Unknown
  110. It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.  –Ann Landers
  111. If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. –Abigail Van Buren
  112. Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. –Farrah Gray
  113. Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. –Frank Zappa
  114. Education costs money.  But then so does ignorance. –Sir Claus Moser
  115. Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. –H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  116. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. –Confucius
  117. Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others. –H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  118. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. –Dalai Lama
    You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have. –Maya Angelou
  119. Dream big and dare to fail. –Norman Vaughan
  120. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. –Martin Luther King Jr.
  121. Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. –Teddy Roosevelt
  122. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker
  123. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. –Gloria Steinem
  124. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. –Mae Jemison
  125. Even your face looks different when you lose this much.

    Even your face looks different when you lose this much.

    In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it.

  126. Norman Vincent PealeBelieve with all of your heart that you will do what you were made to do. -Orison Swett Marden
  127. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  128. We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls. -Winston Churchill
  129. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  130. “Reach perfection.” -Baltasar Gracián
  131. “For hope is but the dream of those that wake.” -Matthew Prior
  132. “Constant dripping hollows out a stone.” -Lucretius
  133. “Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose–a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.” ~Mary Shelley
  134. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. –Beverly Sills
  135. Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. –Eleanor Roosevelt
  136. Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. –Grandma Moses
  137. The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. –Ayn Rand
  138. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. –Henry Ford
  139. Good RelationshipsIt’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. –Abraham Lincoln
  140. Change your thoughts and you change your world. –Norman Vincent Peale
  141. “The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born — that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” –Warren G. Bennis
  142. I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become. -Oprah Winfrey
  143. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” -George Eliot
  144. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” -Henry Stanley Haskins
  145. “All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.”–John Kenneth Galbraith
  146. “An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.”–Thomas Fuller
  147. Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. –Benjamin Franklin
  148. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!” –Audrey Hepburn
  149. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. –Steve Jobs
  150. “All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney
  151. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. –Zig Ziglarstay strong
Curiosity and the Cat: It’s a Big Fat Lie

Curiosity and the Cat: It’s a Big Fat Lie

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“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” ~Albert Einstein

When you were a kid, you asked questions–a lot of them. Your curiosity and thirst for knowledge led you to keep asking. People told you that  “curiosity killed the cat” if you got too nosy. You felt really bad for that poor cat, so you slowed down on the questions.

Well, I’m here to tell you that they straight-up lied to you, friends. The cat didn’t die from curiosity. It’s all a lie, an attempt to keep you in the little box that society has made for you.

It’s time to step out of that box and ask some real questions.

Now that you’re an adult, are you still curious? Do you ask questions, or do you assume everything is what it appears to be?

These are so many good reasons to hold onto that sense of inquisitiveness–first and foremost, because you can significantly improve your life and the lives of others with simple curiosity.

Benefits of Asking Questions

Understand the world better. Kids are always trying to get explanations for how and why things work the way they do. The Socratic Method is a powerful teaching tool at any age. Seek the truth and push yourself to get to the bottom of things.

  • Be more observant. Just formulating questions will broaden your horizons. You’ll become more in tune with what’s going on around you and notice patterns.
  • Be a critical thinker. It’s easy to feel bombarded by loads of information and advertising in the Internet age. Some healthy skepticism is needed to sort out fact from fiction.
  • Be an innovator. Challenging the status quo and old assumptions opens us up to positive change. You may discover new ways to trim your grocery budget or spend more time with your family.
  • Be more confident. Maybe you feel foolish asking questions or assume you’re supposed to know everything. Taking risks by opening up to others can actually make you feel more self assured.
  • Open the lines of communication. Consulting with others demonstrates your interest and respect for their knowledge and opinions. That opens the way to improved dialogue.

What to Learn About Your Relationship

  • Are you really compatible? Before you get deeply involved, make sure you’re on the same page about important issues. Do you both want kids? Can you accept each other’s weaknesses?
  • Once you’re in the relationship, it’s not too late. Ask how you can improve together. What can you do to make your spouse or partner feel more loved? How can you be more successful financially? Are you on the same page when it comes to how you want to raise kids or which area of the country you live in? You need to understand what each of you wants and how to best compromise so that both are happy and fulfilled.

Asking these kinds of questions can help you to connect more deeply. It’s easy to talk at a superficial level but stronger bonds form when you probe further. Talk about your core beliefs and greatest challenges. Use the knowledge you gather about yourselves and each other to support each other. Work on improving yourselves, your relationship and your community.

Your Career: Important Questions

  • What do you like to do? Interview yourself. Take an inventory of your leisure activities to identify how you like to spend your time and what gives you the greatest sense of satisfaction.
  • What are you good at?  Explore how you can make a career out of doing what you love. Reach out to others to invite additional suggestions and feedback.
  • How’s your resume looking? Examine your resume. Does it demonstrate a clear career path or are you drifting from one job to the next? Consider the training and experience you’ll need to move closer to your goals.

Other Aspects of Life: Things to Consider

  • Do you feel that your life is meaningful? Draft your own statement of what you want to get out of life and what makes you happy. Others can provide helpful input, but you’re the only one who can answer such questions.
  • What are you grateful for? Practice being thankful for the things that are good in your life, such as your health, family and natural beauty. Keeping your blessings fresh in your mind will elevate your mood, lower your stress and make all your activities feel more effortless.
  • How can you help others? Helping others is one of the most effective sources of lasting gratification. Ask how you can contribute to creating a better world. Remind yourself how much better you feel when you work for the common good instead of focusing on yourself alone.

Never stop asking questions! Becoming more inquisitive will make life more interesting and rewarding. You may even become a better citizen, friend and employee. In any case, you’ll find life more fulfilling when you ask questions.


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