Staying on theme here…
Many times quotes are my inspiration, the little push I need to get moving or to keep trying. I can feel discouraged or tired, but after taking a few minutes to read many of the quotes I have posted on a wall in my office, I’m ready to take on the world again.
The screensaver on my computer says, “Imua,” which means to move forward with strong momentum. It’s only a four-letter word, but it quickly reminds me that I’m in control of my destiny (if I choose to be).
Quotes are powerful, and somehow they have a way of sending you just the message you need at the exact moment you need it.
Here are twenty-five of my favorite inspirational quotes.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.”
– Mark Twain
“Not all those that wander are lost.
– J.R.R. Tolkien
“He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.”
– Tao Te Ching
“If you hear a voice within you saying, ‘You are not a painter,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
– Vincent Van Gogh
“It’s only over when you quit.”
“So many dreams at first seem impossible. And then they seem improbable. And then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”
– Christopher Reeve
“Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat.”
– Napoleon Hill
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
– Anais Nin
“Nothing happens until you decide. Make a decision and watch your life move forward.”
– Oprah Winfrey
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”
– T.S. Eliot
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
– Thomas Edison
“My future depends mostly upon myself.”
– Paul Robeson
“Give me a lever and a place to stand, and I will move the world.”
“Make your own way.”
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
– Robert Frost
“If there is no wind, row.”
“One of the main weaknesses of mankind is the average person’s familiarity with the word ‘impossible.’ He knows all the rules that will not work. He knows all the things that cannot be done.”
– Napoleon Hill
“All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail.”
– Dorthea Brande
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”
– Marianne Williamson
“I hated every moment of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”
– Muhammad Ali
“You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.”
– Joe E. Lewis
“Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.”
– Somerset Maugham
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
– George Eliot
Print this collection and post them somewhere close to your desk so that you can read them during times of worry or stress or doubt. See how quickly they can lift your spirits and get you back in the game, and if you have a favorite quote that inspires and motivates you, please share it. I’d love to add it to my wall!