40 inspiring quotes and phrases

It might be something a character said on a TV show, a sentence or a phrase from a conversation I had with a friend, or a line or two I highlighted in a book I read – I love collecting inspiring quotes and phrases.

These quotes and phrases are more than just words and sentences, they’re uplifting messages that help things make sense – that moment of epiphany, clarity, and realization. They’re messages with the power to propel you forward just when you’re about to give up. They inspire, motivate, engage, encourage, and guide.

Here are some of my favourite quotes and phrases. I hope at least one of them gets you out of whatever funk you might be in. Happy reading!

  1. “Walk the alternative, self-determined path.”
  2. “Some people think it’s holding on that makes you strong, sometimes it’s letting go.”
  3. “The thing that you fear most has no power, your fear of it is what has the power.”
  4. “When you make a mistake, you make a progress.”
  5. “Differences are a gift, not fault.”
  6. “The first step towards a solution of any problem is optimism.”
  7. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
  8. Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” Jim Robin
  9. “There’s more than one route to happiness.”
  10. “In order to succeed, your desire for success must be greater than your fear of failure.”
  11. “Always hold your head high, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.”
  12. Family is nature’s way of providing us with friends.”
  13. “There are years that ask questions and years that answer them.”
  14. “What we need are more people who specialize in the impossible.”
  15. “It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out, it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.”
  16. “Your future depends on many things but mostly on you.”
  17. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
  18. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”
  19. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
  20. “It’s not what happens to us that upsets u, but what we think that means.”
  21. Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.”
  22. “If you treat every situation as a life-and-death matter, you will die a thousand deaths.”
  23. “If you won’t be better tomorrow than you were today, and then what do you need tomorrow for?”
  24. “So many fail because they don’t get started – they don’t go. They don’t overcome inertia. They don’t begin.” – W. Clement Stone
  25. “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
  26. “If the world seems cold to you, kindle a fire to warm it up.”
  27. “Behind me is infinite power, before me is endless possibilities, around me is boundless opportunities. Why should I fear?”
  28. “However long the night, dawn will break.” – African Proverb
  29. “The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”
  30. “It is not the cards you are dealt but what you do with them that counts.”
  31. Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.”
  32. “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”
  33. “If your ship does not come in, swim out to it.”
  34. “There are no shortcuts to anywhere that is worth going.”
  35. “Make sure you don’t go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won’t laugh at you.” – Jim Robin
  36. “If you don’t have the time to do something right, when are you going to find the time to fix it?”
  37. Courage is not in the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”
  38. “If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll have to be a horrible warning.”
  39. “When things are good, I’ll enjoy it. When things are bad, I’ll bear it.”
  40. “As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.” – Marian Anderson
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~ by omonaij on April 15, 2012.

2 Responses to “40 inspiring quotes and phrases”

  1. I like collecting inspiring quotes too. I love these! 🙂

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