Inspirational Quotes

Find quotes by topic to inspire and motivate. Thousands of quotations that are inspirational have been recorded on this site - the old familar ones and news one.

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"The more I help others to succeed,
the more I succeed."
Ray Kroc

Quotes by Famous People:

"There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot." Plato

"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been." Mark Twain

"If you love what you do, then it is no longer work. The money you earn is secondary when you love your work." Catherine Pulsifer

"Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today." Benjamin Franklin

"An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching." Gandhi

"Let no man pull you low enough to hate him." Martin Luther King

"That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well." Abraham Lincoln

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"The past is gone, there are no guarantees for tomorrow live today."
Catherine Pulsifer

Inspiring and motivational quotes can be used for many occasions and situations. A famous quote, saying, or proverb can be used for inspiration - they can change your thought on a particular topic. Also these expressions are great for making a point in speeches. And a lot of people use the phrases to inspire their journal writing. Whatever your use we hope you find our collection helpful.We hope these inspire and encourage you.

As William Feather once said, "The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages is preserved into perpetuity by a nation's proverbs, fables, folk sayings and quotations."

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"Imagination enhances our lives by supplementing the inadequacies of the real world, or our experience of it, and can also give us the vision to transform present reality into something new and better. " Erik Blumenthal, Peace With Your Partner

"One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession." Sophocles

"There is no better or more loving invitation for a man to gradually open and share himself than a woman who understands him enough to accept him just as he is." John Gray, PH. D.

"My father was my best friend." Whidden Ganong

"Negative people deplete your energy. Surround yourself with love and nourishment and do not allow the creation of negativity in your environment." Deepak Chopra, Creating Affluence

"Successful people with full lives must face the same frustrations, hurdles, and fears as everyone else. The difference is in the way they handle their fear. Rather than feeling defeated or immobilized by their fears and worries, successful people conquer them." Richard Carlson, Ph.D., Don't Worry, Make Money

"Women are the best cheerleaders for our friends. We do for our friends whenever, wherever, and however we can, whether it's to make the hard moments easier or the easy moments joyful." Shelly Rachanow, If Women Ran the World

"There can be no enthusiasm in anything that you are promoting, projecting, planning, or striving toward unless it has total intergrity." Robert H. Schuller, The Peak to Peek Principle

"Slowly, sometimes painfully, but always with increasing purpose, emerges the great message of Christianity: Only with wisdom comes joy, and with greatness comes love." Harry S. Truman

"Christmas is a state of mind, independent of the outer picture that we see around us, and never was there a greater opportunity than now to serve humanity by witnessing to the All-ness of God in spite of appearances." Emmet Fox, Make Your Life Worth While

"Empathy, the capacity to feel with another in his suffering, is born first of awareness, then of sympathetic connection." Daphne Rose Kingma, The Men We Never Knew

"Children should be encouraged to learn in all sorts of ways, not just scholastic ones. They have a natural sense of curiosity and love of discovery that needs to be nurtured to sustain itself." Hillary Rodham Clinton, It Takes a Village

"I am convinced that the greatest legacy we can leave our children are happy memories; those precious moments so much like pebbles on the beach that are plucked from the white sand and placed in tiny boxes that lay undisturbed on tall shelves until one day they spill out and time repeats itself, with joy and sweet sadness, in the child now the adult." Og Mandino, The Choice

Words of famous people about quotations:

"Quotations help us remember the simple yet profound truths that give life perspective and meaning. "Quotation is the highest compliment you can pay to an author." Johnson, Samuel 1709 - 1784, English Author

"Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill." Buddha Spiritual Teacher, Founder of Buddhism

"I quote others only to better express myself." Montaigne, Michel 1533 - 1592, French Author

"I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation. " Shaw, George Bernard 1856 - 1950, Irish Comic Dramatist, Literary Critic

"By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote." Jerrold, Douglas 1803 - 1857, English Dramatist and Writer

"A good book is the precious life-blood of a master-spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life. Milton, John 1608 - 1674, English Poet

"But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew, upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think." Byron, George Gordon 1788 - 1824, English Poet

"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." Gibran, Khalil 1883 - 1931, Lebanese American Artist, Poet, and Writer

"Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it." Emerson, Ralph Waldo 1803- 1882, American Lecturer, Essayist and Poet

"The writings of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander." Landor, Walter Savage 1775 - 1864, Poet and Prose Writer

"Life itself is a quotation." Borges, Jorge Luis 1899 - 1986, Argentine Writer, Essayist and Poet

"One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well." Alcott, Amos Bronson 1799 -1888, American Teacher, Writer, and Philosopher

"A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool." Roux, Joseph 1834 - 1905, French Catholic Parish Priest, and Poet

"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested." Bacon, Francis 1561 -1626, English Philosopher, Lawyer, and Author

"I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself." Dietrich, Marlene 1901 - 1992, German actress and Singer

"Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said." Rostand, Jean 1894 -1997, French Biologist and Moralist

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For years we have had the hobby of collecting books with inspirational quotes and sayings, thoughts and expressions that inspire and motivate us. We have quotes by famous people and by not so famous but for sure inspirational people.

Over the years our collection has grown and expanded. Since we were teenagers if we read a sentence or paragraph in a book that inspired us we would write it down. We shared many friendship quotes with our friends to give them encouragement and inspiration. We have many books filled with wonderful sayings and famous words that at one time or another truly motivated us. Now we share this collection with you, we hope it inspires you to be the best you can be. We also use them when sending out cards, letters, and they are great to express our wedding wishes or retirement wishes to others. We send an inspirational quote to let others know that we are thinking of them - to let them know they are in our thoughts. Also, you may want to use birthday quotes to wish someone a happy birthday. You can add a positive thought by sharing these words of wisdom.

We used many of these when we are setting our goals, they inspired and encouraged us to keep going when we faced challenges. Samuel Smiles is quoted as saying, "Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh today as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago." No matter when or how long ago something was written or said, if it continues to be passed down, then there truly is wisdom in the words. You will find quotes to live by which are great to post on your desk, and cute quotes which are great to share, and sayings from people who are not only writers, and celebrities but, people from all walks of life. People who have motivated others to be the best that they can be by sharing their thoughts and providing an example to others. The one thing all of these people have in common is that they have inspired and motivated us. As we faced challenges many of the words spoken and written have provided inspiration to help us face whatever issues we were dealing with. They provide a daily reminder as to what is important in life. One of our favorite reminders is, "What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it." Another is, "The best things in life aren't things."

Reading words of wisdom from others can sometimes inspire us to learn more about the author and read more of their writings. Some of the best books we have read have been a result of reading a quotation by that particular author. As Vicesimus Knox once said, "It often happens that the quotations constitute the most valuable part of a book." And to quote Napoleon Hill, "Life reflects your own thoughts back to you." Your thoughts can be positively influenced by reading a saying or a quotation. We agree with Mr. Hill's quote, life truly does reflect what your are thinking about. You may also enjoy reflections in collections of short poems. We hope you find wisdom throughout these inspirational quotes, phrases, expressions, and sayings.

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