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Inspirational Quotes

Life regularly throws at us instances where we find ourselves at bewildering crossroads - dilemmas that seem to cause a bedlam of thoughts and emotions. Such situations result in us becoming disconsolate and occasionally we end up so shattered that no amount of cajoling can repair our spirits. Emerging victorious through such pandemonium becomes an exigent task, and we end up falling back on the experiences of others. How exactly do we learn about such turmoil and turbulence, thus surviving in the midst of the most tragic of situations? Through words that certain famous people uttered at some point in life. What better way to lift our spirits, motivate ourselves and stand back on our feet, than a few quotes that are always galvanizing? Each stirring aphorism has one main aim - to echo what writer Ann Landers so strongly advises - “ Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, 'I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.” If you're feeling low, and you need your daily dose of motivation, explore our compendium of inspirational quotes that will entirely alter the way you think.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.

Drew Barrymore

I don't want to be stinky poo poo girl, I want to be happy flower child.

Reese Witherspoon

I don't believe in perfection. I don't think there is such a thing. But the energy of wanting things to be great is a perfectionist energy.

George Harrison

There's high, and there's high, and to get really high - I mean so high that you can walk on the water, that high-that's where I'm going.

Courtney Love

I want every girl in the world to pick up a guitar and start screaming.


The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

Emily Dickinson

A wounded deer leaps the highest.

Billy Graham

Believers, look up - take courage. The angels are nearer than you think.

Toni Morrison

I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.

Robert Louis Stevenson

An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.

Arthur Ashe

You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.

Hermann Hesse

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.

Dale Carnegie

If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities

Henry Miller

Every man has his own destiny; the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.

Don DeLillo

I felt Joyce was an influence on my fiction, but in a very general way, as a kind of inspiration and a model for the beauty of language.

Robert Browning

The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life: Try to be Shakespeare, leave the rest to fate!.

Mia Hamm

I hope all you young girls see yourself up there... we were just like you.

Osama bin Laden

Your security is not in the hands of Kerry, Bush or al-Qaida. Your security is in your own hands.

Gautama Buddha

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

Calvin Coolidge

Duty is not collective; it is personal.

Victor Hugo

A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.

John Maynard Keynes

Ideas shape the course of history.

Lou Holtz

Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

William James

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.

Paulo Coelho

Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.

Dale Carnegie

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.

Phyllis Diller

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.

P. G. Wodehouse

He was a tubby little chap who looked as if he had been poured into his clothes and had forgotten to say when.


Always keep your composure. You can't score from the penalty box; and to win, you have to score.

Patrick Jake O'Rourke

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

Andre Gide

In hell there is no other punishment than to begin over and over again the tasks left unfinished in your lifetime.

Denis Waitley

As long as we are persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.

Princess Diana

Only do what your heart tells you.

Ulysses S. Grant

Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, accomplished.

John D. Rockefeller

I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.

Aldous Huxley

Those who believe that they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something.

Bertrand Russell

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.

Robert Browning

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp. Or what's a heaven for?.

Dorothy Day

They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.

Mitch Albom

This is a story about a man named Eddie and it begins at the end, with Eddie dying in the sun.

Carl Sandburg

Every blunder behind us is giving a cheer for us, and only for those who were willing to fail are the dangers and splendors of life.

Eudora Welty

Never think you've seen the last of anything.

Henry Ward Beecher

All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.

Edgar Watson Howe

Every successful person I have heard of has done the best he could with the conditions as he found them, and not waited until next year for better.

Richard M. Nixon

A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.

John D. Rockefeller

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.

Martin Luther

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.

Courtney Love

I can turn on the radio right now and be inspired.

Lou Holtz

If you're bored with life - you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things - you don't have enough goals.

Charles Baudelaire

Any man who does not accept the conditions of life sells his soul.

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Napolean Hill

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.

Margaret Mead

A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

Zig Ziglar

If you don't see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner.

Pearl S. Buck

Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.

Carl Sandburg

A baby is God's opinion that life should go on.

Willie Nelson

I was influenced a lot by those around me - there was a lot of singing that went on in the cotton fields.

Halle Berry

The times may have changed, but the people are still the same. We're still looking for love, and that will always be our struggle as human beings.

Dalai Lama

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.

Lewis Carroll

Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves.

John Milton

Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded.

Dale Carnegie

If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

Anais Nin

Dreams are necessary to life.


Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.

Horace Mann

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.

Patrick Jake O'Rourke

Even very young children need to be informed about dying. Explain the concept of death very carefully to your child. This will make threatening him with it much more effective.

Andre Gide

A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.

Ronald Reagan

We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.

Desmond Tutu

Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

Soren Kierkegaard

A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.

Joseph Campbell

Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.

Mia Hamm

I've worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down.

Dorothy Day

Knitting is very conducive to thought. It is nice to knit a while, put down the needles, write a while, then take up the sock again.

Quentin Crisp

If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style.

Gautama Buddha

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.

Andrew Carnegie

You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb.

Billie Jean King

Ever since that day when I was 11 years old, and I wasn't allowed in a photo because I wasn't wearing a tennis skirt, I knew that I wanted to change the sport.

Louisa May Alcott

Do the things you know, and you shall learn the truth you need to know.

Groucho Marx

I intend to live forever, or die trying.

Pearl S. Buck

All things are possible until they are proved impossible - and even the impossible may only be so, as of now.

Rita Mae Brown

Don't ask to live in tranquil times. Literature doesn't grow there.

William Arthur Ward

A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.

Denis Waitley

Don't be a time manager, be a priority manager. Cut your major goals into bite-sized pieces. Each small priority or requirement on the way to ultimate goal become a mini goal in itself.

Benjamin Franklin

Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.

Ayn Rand

Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.

Lou Holtz

Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.

George Washington Carver

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.

Marcel Proust

If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.

Peter Drucker

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. - Peter F. Drucker

Dale Carnegie

Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire


First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

Pearl S. Buck

I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.

Horace Mann

A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.

Laurence Sterne

In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.

Denis Waitley

A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and and the unknown.

Courtney Love

Drugs have nothing to do with the creation of music. In fact, they are dumb and self indulgent. Kind of like sucking your thumb!