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Top 200 Inspirational Quotes of All Time

Words are powerful. The words we tell ourselves and the words we hear from others can influence what we do, and ultimately what we become. If you’re in need of some inspiration right now take a look at these quotes. They’re from regular people who strived to be their best. 

 

1. “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 which has been opened for us.” ― Helen Keller

2. “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

3. “Smart people learn from everything and everyone, average people from their experiences, stupid people already have all the answers.” – Socrates

4. “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”― Neil Gaiman

5. “Do one thing every day that scares you.”― Eleanor Roosevelt

6. “Everything you can imagine is real.”― Pablo Picasso

7. “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”― Eleanor Roosevelt

8. “It’s no use going back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”― Lewis Carroll

9. “The power of positive thinking is the ability to generate a feeling of certainty in yourself when nothing in the environment supports you.” – Tony Robbins

10. “The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s what you’re made of. Not the circumstances.” – Unknown

11. “Impossible is just an opinion.” – Paulo Coelho

12. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller

“If something is important enough, even if the odds are stacked against you, you should still do it.” – Elon Musk

13. “If we have the attitude that it’s going to be a great day it usually is.” – Catherine Pulsifier

14. “Your passion is waiting for your courage to catch up.” – Isabelle Lafleche

15. “You can either experience the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The choice is yours.”  – Unknown

16. “Hold the vision, trust the process.” – Unknown

17. “Magic is believing in yourself. If you can make that happen, you can make anything happen.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

18. “The only thing that’s keeping you getting from what you want is the story you keep telling yourself.” – Tony Robbins

19. “No one is to blame for your future situation but yourself. If you want to be successful, then become “Successful.”― Jaymin Shah

20. “You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.” – Shonda Rhimes

21. “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” – Roy T. Bennett

22. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“23. I now tried a new hypothesis: It was possible that I was more in charge of my happiness than I was allowing myself to be.” – Michelle Obama

24. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” – George Lorimer

25. “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt

26. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Kurt Cobain

27. “If you believe it’ll work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you don’t believe it’ll work out, you’ll see obstacles.” – Wayne Dyer

28.“Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried but you’ve actually been planted.” – Christine Caine

29. “Work hard in silence, let your success be the noise.” – Frank Ocean

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31. “Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit.” – Kamari aka Lyrikal

32. “The only difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson

33. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”  – Albert Einstein

34. “You become what you believe.” –Oprah Winfrey

35. “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” –Farrah Gray

36. “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

37. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”  –Maya Angelou

38. “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 I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” –John Lennon

39. “Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.”– Ancient Indian Proverb

40. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson

41. “There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”–Aristotle

42. “The best revenge is massive success.”–Frank Sinatra

43. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”–Mark Twain

44. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”–Henry Ford

45. “ I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”–Stephen Covey

46. “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” –Buddha

47. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”–Albert Einstein

49. “Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see.”–Confucius

50. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”–Oprah Winfrey

51. “Unsuccessful people make their decisions based on their current situations. Successful people make their decisions based on where they want to be.” – Benjamin Hardy

52. “The big secret in life is that there is no secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.” – Oprah Winfrey

53. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

54. “When written in Chinese the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” – John F Kennedy

55. “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

56. “Good. Better. Best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.” – St. Jerome.

57. “Don’t limit your challenges. Challenge your limits.” – Unknown

58. “Begin anywhere.” – John Cage

59. “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” –Dalai Lama

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61.    “Turn your wounds into wisdom” – Oprah

62.    “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman

63.    “Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded there.” – Dr. Wayne D. Dyer

64. “Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden

65. “Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

66. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” –Ayn Rand

67. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” –Norman Vincent Peale

68. “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” –Tony Robbins

69. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou

70. “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele

71. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!” –Audrey Hepburn

72. “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” – Katharine Hepburn

73. “I never lose. Either I win or learn.” – Nelson Mandela

74. “If you want to fly give up everything that weighs you down.” – Buddha

75. “You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.” – Herb Brooks

76. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” – Suzy Kassem

77. “The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.” – Warren Buffett

78. “To be a champion, I think you have to see the big picture. It’s not about winning and losing; it’s about everyday hard work and about thriving on a challenge. It’s about embracing the pain that you’ll experience at the end of a race and not being afraid. I think people think too hard and get afraid of a certain challenge.” – Summer Sanders

79. “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” – Chris Grosser

80. “The big lesson in life is never be scared of anyone or anything.” – Frank Sinatra

81. “Focus on being productive instead of busy.” – Tim Ferriss

82. “Your past does not equal your future.” – Tony Robbins

83. “Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.” — Beyonce Knowles

84. “I didn’t get there by wishing for it, but by working for it.” – Estee Lauder

85. “If you’re too comfortable, it’s time to move on. Terrified of what’s next? You’re on the right track.” – Susan Fales-Hill

86. “If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.” – Angelina Jolie

87. “I choose to make the rest of my life, the best of my life.” – Louise Hay

88. “Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.” – Hillary Clinton

89. “Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions.” –Tony robbins

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91. “I can and I will. Watch me.” – Carrie Green

92. “I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” – Wayne W. Dyer

93. “The world is full of nice people. If you can’t find one, be one.” – Nishan Panwar

94. “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi

95. “Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going.” – Chantal

96. “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis

97. “A walk to a nearby park may give you more energy and inspiration in life than spending two hours in front of a screen.” – Tsang Lindsay

98. “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, sing like there’s nobody listening, and live like it’s heaven on earth.” ― William W. Purkey

99. “A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence.” – Sonia Sotomayer

100. “Only do what your heart tells you.” – Princess Diana

101. “On my own, I will just create and if it works, it works. And if it doesn’t, I’ll just create something else. I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be.” – Oprah Winfrey

102. “If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.” – Richard Branson

103. “Done is better than perfect.” – Sheryl Sandberg

104. “What’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong.” – Robin Williams

105. “You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing.” – Unknown

106. “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” – Malala Yousafzai

107. “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” – Bruce Lee

108. “I was smart enough to go through any door that opened.” – Joan Rivers

109. “The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.” – Paulo Coelho

110. “Be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland

111. “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” – Arianna Huffington

112. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for. “ – Jennifer Lopez

113. “It’s my life It’s now or never I ain’t gonna live forever I just want to live while I’m alive” – It’s My Life, Bon Jovi

114. “Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.” – Janis Joplin

115. “I always thought it was me against the world and then one day I realized it’s just me against me.” – Kendrick Lamar

116. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

117. “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you.” – Derek Jeter

118. “A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.” – Richard Nixon

119. “It’s not what happens to you but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus

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121. “Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.” – G.K. Nielson

122. “Falling down is how we grow. Staying down is how we die.” – Brian Vaszily

123. “We can see through others only when we can see through ourselves.” – Bruce Lee

124. “You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.” ― Sarah J. Maas

125. “Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.” – Pema Chodron

126. “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa

127. “The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of like is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.” – William Arthur Ward

128. “Motivation comes from working on things we care about.” – Sheryl Sandberg

129. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

130. “One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” ― Stephen Hawking

131. “Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson

132. “You can control two things: your work ethic and your attitude about anything.” – Ali Krieger

133. “If today you are a little bit better than you were yesterday, then that’s enough.” – David A. Bednar

134. “If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” – Lemony Snicket

135. “Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.” – William Arthur Ward

136. “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill

137. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”― Mahatma Gandhi

138. “Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream.” – Debby Boone

139. “It’s never too late for a new beginning in your life.” – Joyce Meyers

140. “Change is painful, but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” – Mandy Hale

141. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”― Maya Angelou

142. “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

143. “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy

144. “The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

145. “It’s not about having enough time, it’s about making enough time.”― Rachael Bermingham

146. “Punctuality is not just limited to arriving at a place at right time, it is also about taking actions at right time.” ― Amit Kalantri

147. “If you talk about it, it’s a dream. If you envision it, it’s possible. If you schedule it, it’s real.” – Tony Robbins

148. “Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat is accepted as a reality.” – Bruce Lee

149. “Failure isn’t the end of the road. It’s a big red flag saying to you ‘Wrong way. Turn around.’” – Oprah Winfrey

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151. “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” –Jim Rohn

152. “Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.” – Shiv Khera

153. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

154. “You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss

155. “Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” – Carol Burnett

156. “Everything is hard before it is easy.” – Goethe

157. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

158. “Take the risk or lose the chance.” – Unknown

159. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Helen Keller

160. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

161. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn

162. “I didn’t learn to be quiet when I had an opinion. The reason they knew who I was is because I told them.” – Ursula Burns

163. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James

164. “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius

165. “Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.” – Jim Hensen

166. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

167. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin

168. “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

169. “Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.” – Paulo Coelho

170. “To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.” – Chinese Proverb

171. “The best thing you can do is MASTER the chaos in you. You are not thrown into the fire, you ARE the fire.” – Mama Indigo

172. “Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”― Roy T. Bennett

173. “The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.” – Unknown

174. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” – Fred DeVito

175. “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”― Marcus Aurelius

176. “It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.” – Hans F. Hansen

177. “Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed.” –Robert T. Kiyosaki

178. “You will never always be motivated, so you must learn to be disciplined.” –Unknown

179. “Motivation may be what starts you off, but it’s habit that keeps you going back for more.”  – Miya Yamanouchi

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181. “A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.” – Billie Jean King

182. “The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.”– Brian Herbert

183. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll

184. “A negative mind will never give you a positive life.” – Unknown

185. “The greatest gift you could give someone is your time. Because when you give your time, you are giving a portion of your life you can’t get back.” – Unknown

186. “Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” ― Jen Sincero

187. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead

188. “If there is no wind, row.” – Latin Proverb

189. “I really appreciate people who correct me, because without them, I might have been repeating mistakes for a long time.” – Mufti Menk

190. “Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” –Louise L Hay

191. “What is life without a little risk?” – J.K. Rowling

192. “You can do anything you set your mind to.” – Benjamin Franklin

193. “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” – Steve Martin

194. “Sunshine all the time makes a desert.” – Arabic Proverb

195. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali

196. “Every champion was once a contender that didn’t give up.” – Gabby Douglas

197. “Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.” – Thomas J. Watson

198. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

199. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

200. “You see, in life lots of people know what to do, but few actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.” – Tony Robbins

 

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