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50 inspirational quotes to motivate you

Here are some inspiring words to get you through another productive day.
By Travis Bradberry |


Great quotes can be inspirational and motivational. Here are 50 of the best inspirational quotes to motivate you:


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


2. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. —Maya Angelou



3. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. —Henry Ford


4. Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. —Vince Lombardi


5. Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. —Charles Swindoll


6. 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


7. I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. —Jimmy Dean


8. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. —Theodore Roosevelt


9. To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. —Eleanor Roosevelt


10. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. —Les Brown


11. Do or do not. There is no try. —Yoda



12. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. —Napoleon Hill


13. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. —Mark Twain


14. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. —Michael Jordan


15. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. —Albert Einstein


16. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. —Stephen Covey


17. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. —Henry Ford



18. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. —Alice Walker


19. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. —Amelia Earhart


20. It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. —Aristotle Onassis


21. Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. —Robert Louis Stevenson


22. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. —Steve Jobs


23. Change your thoughts and you change your world. —Norman Vincent Peale


24. The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. —Ayn Rand


25. If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. —Vincent Van Gogh



26. Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. —Farrah Gray


27. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. —Dalai Lama


28. You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. —Maya Angelou


29. I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. —Rosa Parks


30. I would rather die of passion than of boredom. —Vincent van Gogh


31. A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. —Unknown


32. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.——Albert Einstein


33. What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. —Bob Dylan


34. 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



35. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. —Booker T. Washington


36. Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. —Jamie Paolinetti


37. If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. —Sheryl Sandberg


38. Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. —Ancient Indian Proverb


39. 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 that has been opened for us. —Helen Keller


40. Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. —Confucius


41. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. —Anne Frank


42. 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



43. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. —Ralph Waldo Emerson


44. We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. —Ronald Reagan


45. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. —George Addair


46. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. —Plato


47. Nothing will work unless you do. —Maya Angelou


48. I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. —Mother Teresa


49. What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. —Plutarch


50. Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. —Eleanor Roosevelt



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