Life Wisdom Motivational Quotes

Life / Motivation / Inspiration / Philosophy

"There is a LIGHT in this world. A healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, and too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways"."
David Attenborough


"If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got"
Mark Twain


"17 seconds of focused pleasureable visualisation is stronger than 2000 hours of working to obtain a goal"
Esther Hicks


"We become what we think about all day long".
Ralph Waldo Emerson, philosopher


"We tend to get what we expect"
Norman Vincent Peale, motivator


If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau, philospher


Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic and power in it. Begin it now.


Brain researchers estimate that your unconscious data base outweighs the conscious on an order of 10 million to one. This data base is the source of your hidden natural genius. In other words, a part of you is much smarter than you are. The wise people regularly consult that smarter part.
Michael J. Gelb


"This world is but canvas to our imaginations".
Henry David Thoreau, poet


"You are totally unique.  There has never been anyone like you, ever before - and there will never be anyone like you ever again.   So do it your way  - because no-one else can".
Craig Townsend


"We are what we think".


Do not think that what your thoughts dwell on does not matter. Your thoughts are making you.
Bishop Steere


I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualisation works if you work hard. That's the thing. You cant just visualize and go eat a sandwich.
Jim Carrey, actor


"At any moment, you have the ability to dramatically change any area of your life, or follow your heart's deepest desires. It's yours to create, any way you want it".
Craig Townsend, mental trainer


"If at first an idea isn't absurd there is no hope for it".
Albert Einstein, inventor


"Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve"
Napoleon Hill, motivator


"Life is like a camera. Just focus on what's important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things dont turn out - take another shot."
- Unknown


"Logic will take you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere".
Albert Einstein


Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
Babe Ruth



"No-one can make you feel inferior without your consent"
Eleanor Roosavelt


Worry is a think stream of fear which, if encouraged, becomes a wide channel into which all other thoughts flow. Assume an attitude of positive expectancy!
Author Unknown


Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas Edison, inventor


The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln


"Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not"
George Bernard Shaw


"The only limits on human achievement are self-imposed"
Dr. Denis Waitley, motivator


"The only lack or limitation is in your own mind"
NH. Moos


"Try out your ideas by visualizing them in action"
David Seabury

"No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings".
William Blake, poet / philosopher


"Your mind can just as easily show you an ocean of abundant opportunities, as it can the opposite. Its just depends what you focus upon".
Craig Townsend


"Imagination is more important than knowledge"
Albert Einstein


We can accomplish almost anything within our ability if we but think we can.
George Matthew Adams


Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help with man with the wrong mental attitude.
W.W. Ziege


People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
Dale Carnegie, motivator


Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?
Frank Scully

Success is never wondering what if.
Karrie Huffman


Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet / philosopher


Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
Dale Carnegie, motivator / author


He who believes is strong. Strong convictions precede great actions.
J.F. Clarke


You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
Robin Williams, actor


The best revenge is massive success.
Frank Sinatra


Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.
Helen Keller


'I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it"
Thomas Jefferson


"It's not the situation…… it's your reaction to the situation"
Bob Conklin

"Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better"
Emile Coue



"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph"
Thomas Paine


"Do not wait for your ship to come in - swim out to it"


"No matter what is going on in our life, there remains a part of us that is silent, powerful, wise and untouched by the external noise".
Craig Townsend


"Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance"
Samuel Johnson


In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity"
Albert Einstein, inventor


"Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you dont have any problems, you dont have any seeds"
Norman Vincent Peale, motivator / author


"Seize the day, Carpe Diem"
Quintus Hortius Flaccus 65BC - 8BC


"The body moves naturally, automatically, without any personal intervention or awareness. If we think too much, our actions become slow and hesitant"
Taisen Deshimaru


"Champions in any field have made a habit of doing what others find boring or uncomfortable"


"I am the greatest!"
Muhammad Ali, boxer

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new
Brian Tracy, motivator / author


"To win takes a complete commitment of mind and body. When you cant make that commitment, they dont call you a champion anymore"
Rocky Marciano, boxer


"When everything seems like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top"


"The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be"
Bruce Lee, martial artist


"Your altitude is determined by your attitude"


"If you are aware of your weaknesses and are constantly learning, your potential is virtually limitless".
Jay Sidhu


"The secret to achieve true success is found in your daily routine."
Author Unknown


"People may say you are going the wrong way, when it is simply a path of your own."


"It's the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance, sweeps away all obstacles"
Claude M. Bristol


"There are only two ways to live your life. One is though nothing is a miracle. The other is though everything is a miracle".
Albert Einstein, inventor


"The greatest pleasure in life is in doing what people say you cannot do".
Walther Bageholt


"If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes".
St. Clement of Alexandria


"Faith will move mountains"


"Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual, but you have an obligation to be one".
Eleanor Roosavelt


"Integrity has no need of rules".
Albert Camus


"Those who follow the crowd are quickly lost in it".


"Knowledge itself is power".
Francis Bacon


"What you think of yourself is much more important than what others think of you".


"Most stress comes from thinking of the past or the future. The present moment is always the most powerful time in your life".
Craig Townsend


“As far as I can tell, it’s just about letting the universe know what you want and then working toward it while letting go of how it comes to pass.”
Jim Carrey


"None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm".
Henry David Thoreau, philosopher


"To avoid criticism , do nothing, say nothing, be nothing".
Elbert Green Hubbard


"I can live for 2 months on a good compliment".
Mark Twain


"Follow your bliss".
Joseph Campbell


The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.
John Ruskin


The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, philosopher


Well done is better than well said.
Benjamin Franklin


Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.


The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.
Thomas Huxley



The older I get, the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first - a process which often reduces the most complex human problems to manageable proportions.
Dwight D. Eisenhower


I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.
Helen Keller


Opportunity... often it comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.
Napoleon Hill, motivator / author


The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.


Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.


What I need is someone who will make me do what I can.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, philosopher


If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
Henry David Thoreau, philosopher


That which we persist in doing becomes easier - not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do has increased.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, philosopher


The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.


The desire not to be anything is the desire not to be.
Ayn Rand


If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.
Thomas Edison, inventor


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


I have always admired the ability to bite off more than one can chew and then chew it.
William DeMille


Ability has nothing to do with opportunity.
Napoleon Bonaparte


If a man does his best, what else is there?
General George S. Patton


Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. - Henry Ford, inventor

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


If a man is called a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
Martin Luther King, Jr.


Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.


A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself.
Henry Ward Beecher


The people with whom you work reflect your own attitude. If you are suspicious, unfriendly and condescending, you will find these unlovely traits echoed all about you. But if you are on your best behavior, you will bring out the best in the persons with whom you are going to spend most of your working hours.

Beatrice Vincent

The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
William James


The big shots are only the little shots who keep shooting.
Christopher Morley


You can come out of the furnace of trouble two ways: if you let if consume you, you come out a cinder; but there is a kind of metal which refuses to be consumed, and comes out a star.
Jean Church


I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.
Abraham Lincoln, American president


Dont spend your precious time asking 'Why isn't the world a better place?' It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is 'How can I make it better?' To that there is an answer.
Leo F. Buscaglia


Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.
Ayn Rand


Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.
Jill McLemore


We are new every day.
Irene Claremont de Castillego



Dont judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson, author


Whoever you are, there is some younger person who thinks you are perfect. There is some work that will never be done if you dont do it. There is someone who would miss you if you were gone. There is a place that you alone can fill.
Jacob M. Braude


We will often find compensation if we think more of what life has given us and less about what life has taken away.
William Barclay


The goal is the same: life itself; and the price is the same; life itself.
James Agee


Life unexamined, is not worth living.


A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life.
Charles Darwin


The truly important things in life - love, beauty, and one's own uniqueness - are constantly being overlooked.
Pablo Casals


The real issue is not whether to grow, it is how to grow and for what purpose.


Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things… I am tempted to think… there are no little things.
Bruce Barton


The proof of a well-trained mind is that it rejoices in which is good and grieves at the opposite.


As a rule, men worry more about what they cant see than about what they can.
Julius Caesar


In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
Anne Frank


No one's happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy.
Ayn Rand


Anybody can do anything that he imagines.
Henry Ford, inventor


I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
Winston Churchill


If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
Percy Shelley


The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
Emile Zola


Whether you think that you can, or that you cant, you are usually right.
Henry Ford, inventor


God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only choice is how.
Henry Ward Beecher


That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not.
James K. Feibleman


What life means to us is determined not so much by what life brings to us as by the attitude we bring to life; not so much by what happens to us as by our reaction to what happens.
Lewis L. Dunnington


If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.
Mrs. Ernest Hemingway


Dont let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.
Richard L. Evans


Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.
Helen Keller


A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Sir Winston Churchill


The men who build the future are those who know that greater things are yet to come, and that they themselves will help bring them about.
Melvin J. Evans


Great deeds are not mandated--they come from within. Responsibility belongs to those who are willing to accept it.



To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.
Robert L. Stevenson, author


Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.
James Thurber


We must learn our limits. We are all something, but none of us are everything.
Blaise Pascal


The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven.
John Milton


Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Louisa May Alcott


What would it be like if you lived each day, each breath, as a work of art in progress? Imagine that you are a Masterpiece unfolding, every second of every day, a work of art taking form with every breath.
Thomas Crum


Do continue to believe that with your feeling and your work you are taking part in the greatest; the more strongly you cultivate this belief, the more will reality and the world go forth from it.
Rainer Maria Rilke


Begin at once to live, and count each day as a separate life.


The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is unchangeable or certain.
John F. Kennedy, American president


Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero! (Seize the day, put no trust in tomorrow)


Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt


You dont have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
Zig Ziglar, motivator / author


God created the world just like a knife and left it up to us to take it by the handle or the blade.



In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
Henry David Thoreau, philosopher


The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
Steven Covey, motivator / author


Better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
Chinese Proverb


There's only us, there's only this, forget regret, or life is yours to miss. No other road, no other way, no day but today.
Jonathan Larson


The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong wont.
Henry Ward Beecher


Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you have was once among the things only hoped for.


Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.
Dale Carnegie, motivator / author


Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
Dale Carnegie, motivator / author

To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger; but jump in, and scramble through as well as we can.
Sydney Smith


Each of us is great insofar as we perceive and act on the infinite possibilities which lie undiscovered and unrecognized about us.
James Harvey Robinson


You have got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction. George Horace Lorimer


Things never go so well that one should have no fear, and never so ill that one should have no hope. Turkish proverb


Expect the dawn of a new beginning in the dark nights of life.
Lloyd John Ogilvie


You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
Margaret Thatcher


When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.
Mary Kay Ash


No individual raindrop considers itself responsible for the flood.


Life is meant to be a celebration! It shouldn't be necessary to set aside special times to remind us of this fact. Wise is the person who finds a reason to make every day a special one.
Leo Buscaglia


Hitch your wagon to a star.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, philosopher


If you're already walking on thin ice, you might as well dance.
Gill Atkinson


Never frown because you never know who might be falling in love with your smile.
Justine Milton


Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.
Bill Cosby, actor


When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.
Sam Lefkowitz


How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make their contribution toward introducing justice straightaway... And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!
Anne Frank





The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.
Emily Dickinson


Bad times, hard times - this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.
St. Augustine


The only thing that you can carry with you on your travels is your heart. So fill your heart with good things and good things will follow you for the rest of your life.
Scott Murray


Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his work, body and soul.
Charles Buxton


The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it - so fine that we often are on the line and do not know it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, philosopher


 The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
Bishop W.C. Magee


Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
Napoleon Bonaparte


Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life, as by the obstacles one has overcome trying to succeed.
Booker T. Washington


Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint Exupery


One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.
Edward B. Butler


Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
Henry David Thoreau, philosopher


No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara ever turned light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.
Harry Emerson Fosdick


The strongest man in the world is he who stands alone.
Henrik Ibsen


One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. Andre Gide

A hero is one who knows how to hang on one minute longer.
Norwegian proverb


Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know… One who doesn't try cannot fail and become wise.
William Saroyan


No man or woman is uniformly successful… we must all expect a rather high percentage of failure in the things we attempt.
Barnaby Keeney


All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence -- and then success is sure.
Mark Twain, author


Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.
Howard W. Newton


 Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
Sun Tzu


There are two kinds of people who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else.
Cyrus Curtis


There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
Dr. Laurence J. Peter



There are two things to aim at in life: first to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.
Logan Pearsall Smith


Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.
Abraham Lincoln


A great man is he who has not lost the heart of a child.


He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
Edmund Burke


Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.
Japanese Proverb


What does it mean to succeed? Most people see success as being rich and famous or powerful and influential. Others see it as being at the top of their profession and standing out from the rest. The wise see success in a more personal way; they see it as achieving the goals they have set for themselves, and then feeling pride and satisfaction in their accomplishments. True success is felt in the heart, not measured by money and power. So be true to yourself and achieve the goals you set. For success is reaching those goals and feeling proud of what you have accomplished.
Tim Tweedie


Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential.
Liane Cordes


To trust yourself to test your limits. That is the courage to succeed.
Bernard Edmonds


One's best success comes after their greatest disappointments.
Henry Ward Beecher


Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Helen Keller


Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it.
Joseph Conrad


Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew.
Saint Francis De Sales

The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.
Dale Carnegie, motivator / author



There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.
Colin Powell


People fail forward to success.
Mary Kay Ash


This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night of the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
William Shakespeare


As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world... as in being able to remake ourselves.
Mahatma Gandhi


Our first and last love is - self-love.


The secret of the man who is universally interesting is that he is universally interested.
William Dean Howells


The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
Thomas Macaulay


There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
Elie Wiesel


It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.


The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
Charles du Bois


Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.
Ayn Rand


Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny.
Carl Schurz


Reputation is what folks think you are. Personality is what you seem to be. Character is what you really are.
Alfred Armand Montapert


Convictions are the mainsprings of action, the driving powers of life. What a man lives are his convictions.
Francis C. Kelley


Life is just a blank slate, what matters most is what you write on it.
Christine Frankland


We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give!
Winston Churchill


Meaning doesn't lie in things. Meaning lies in us. When we attach value to things that aren't love - the money, the car, the house, the prestige - we are loving things that cant love us back. We are searching for meaning in the meaningless. Money, of itself, means nothing. Material things, of themselves, mean nothing. It's not that they're bad. It's that they're nothing. (from "A Return To Love")
Marianne Williamson, author


I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.
Dalai Lama


There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, "Yes, I've got dreams, of course I've got dreams." Then they put the box away and bring it out once in a while to look in it, and yep, they're still there.
Erma Bombeck