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Powerful Inspirational Quotes and Sayings Galore: Uplift Your Mind with Inspiring Words

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Inspiration is an important part of life, and a life full of inspiration is a good life. So having that kind of inspiration in your life just might make the difference between your days being bad or so-so and being really great.

On this page we at aim to help you a bit with a big bunch of inspiration quotes and sayings.

Many inspiring words have come from wise, famous and successful people throughout history, and these inspiring words, inspiration quotes, and other inspirational quotes are worth reading and remembering because they may be exactly what you need to give your day an infusion of happiness and joy.

Inspirational life quotes are usually quite short and easy to remember and reading inspirational quotes are often enough to lift your spirits and give you a boost when you need one - occasionally they may even make your heart soar.

Purple orchid.

Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you greater than any obstacle.
~ Christian D. Larson ~

If you want to increase your success rate, then double your failure rate.
~ Thomas Watson ~

I want to get a vending machine, with fun sized candy bars and the glass in front is a magnifying glass. You'll be mad, but it will be too late.
~ Mitch Hedberg ~

In other words, giving yourself a shot of positive thinking through inspiring words is a good idea!

One of the things inspirational quotes and sayings can do for you is help you change your perspective on life for the better. In the words of Al Neuharth, "The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective."

And guess who chooses your perspective? Yep. You.

If you choose to have the right kind of outlook on life, then you will find that problems just don't have any hold over you.

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what we was afraid he couldn't do.
~ Henry Ford ~

Please enjoy reading the inspirational quotes below.

Inspirational Quotes About Success vs. Real Values

Lovely green clovers representing good times.

Many inspirational quotes and sayings have been passed down from generation to generation, and because they hold powerful truths in them.

Of the many quotes and sayings that exist one of our personal favorites is:

Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value.
~ Albert Einstein ~

Why is value (much) more important than success? Because ...

Success is all about you, you, you, whereas creating value is all about you AND other people - and the world!
~ Soren Lauritzen, the Personal Development Guy ~

Success will leave you feeling hollow and craving something you don't have. Creating value for yourself and others leaves you feeling happy and satisfied.
~ Soren Lauritzen, the Personal Development Guy ~

Yes, being successful may make you happy in a short glimpse, but that glimpse soon fades to be replaced by a craving for even more of whatever it is you feel is success - money, material possessions, fame, sex or whatever it is you think you desire.

In other words, when you chase success your ego is running the show - that never ends well.

Creating value for yourself, other people and the world, on the other hand, gives you a lasting sense of meaning, accomplishment and pleasure - and no unpleasant craving. Just a positive desire to create even more value for yourself and the world.

For your inspiration, here are a few more inspiring words for you, starting with a statement about the power of perseverance:

To find what you seek in the road of life the best proverb of all is that which says: Leave no stone unturned.
~ Edward Bulwer Lytton ~

Symbol of perseverance: Big desert cactus against blue sky.

The more difficulties one has to encounter, both within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be.
~ Horace Bushnell ~

Be like the postage stamp: stick to one thing until you get there.
~ Josh Billings ~

Life has no smooth road for any of us, and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself.
~ W. C. Doane ~

No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

If you would create something, you must be something.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ~

First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do.
~ Epictetus ~

Inspiration and genius - one and the same.
~ Victor Hugo ~

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
~ Leon J. Suenes ~

Men do less than they ought unless they do all that they should.
~ Thomas Carlyle ~

Inspiration Quotes to Fuel up Your Lust for Living

Beautiful photo of rocks and the sea.

Ever had a hard time motivating yourself to get out of bed?

Bet your life was filled with stuff that did not inspire you - lousy relationships, boring work, no work, or simply negative thoughts and feelings.

What used to get me out of bed in the morning was a sense of duty and inevitability - and boy was it hard to get up! Today, what gets me out of bed is love. Love of what I do, love of other people, love of life itself - and boy is it easy to get up!
~ Soren Lauritzen, the Personal Development Guy ~

When it comes down to it, the thing that really gets us up in the morning is inspiration. When we want THIS day to be great, simply because we feel it can be.

At some level inspiration is what drives us to go to work, to spend time with our families and friends, and to better ourselves.

Imagine that you live in a world where everything is all shades of grey, and you can imagine what a world without inspiration looks like.
~ Andrew Peloquin ~

Without inspiration, life becomes dull and colorless, and each source of your inspiration in your life - be that relationships and love, work or something else entirely - is a vital one to be enjoyed, treasured and ... lived.

Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
~ James Dean ~

Everything that is truly great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
~ Albert Einstein ~

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
~ William James ~

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

The only time you mustn't fail is the last time you try.
~ Charles F. Kettering ~

Do not go where a path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail of your own.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Spiral sea snail - symbol of continuous development.

Inspiration is the key to being motivated enough to live life to the full.

You have to find your motivation, and motivational quotes and sayings are some of the best places to find that drive and verve.

Inspiration has many muses, inspirational quotes and sayings is just one of them, but reading inspiring quotes can help infuse you with that enthusiasm and exuberance that will change your life.

Below are some of the best inspirational quotes you will find, and you can read them daily to help you find that motivating force in your life.

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
~ Seneca ~

As for courage and will, we cannot measure how much of each lies within us; we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry through trials which may lie ahead.
~ Andre Norton ~

Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.
~ Thomas Arnold Bennett ~

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
~ Albert Einstein ~

Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we made up our minds to walk boldly through them.
~ Orison Swett Marden ~

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
~ Samuel Johnson ~

Success is a peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.
~ John Wooden ~

Funny Inspirational Quotes and Sayings

The best things in life are those that make you laugh, and finding inspiration quotes and funny inspirational quotes to make you smile is important. Inspirational quotes and sayings: Cute picture of polar bears playing.

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
~ George Bernard Shaw ~

Starting the day with a good laugh or at least a smile is a wonderful thing.

So here's a possibility: pick one of these funny inspirational quotes and sayings, write it on a piece of paper and stick that paper to your bathroom mirror. That way you'll see it when you get up in the morning.

The reason that so few people are successful is that no one has found a way to sit down and slide uphill.
~ W. Clement Stone ~

Having fun in your life means that you enjoy your life, and having a good laugh at yourself and others can help you to really get the most out of your life.

You're alive, so enjoy life to the fullest and let these inspirational quotes and saying do their magical work!

A computer beat me once at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing.
~ Emo Philips ~

The following funny and short inspirational quotes are picked to make you smile or laugh, and not all of them will be as inspirational as others.

They are, however, all but guaranteed to put a smile on your face and lift your spirits.

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech that you will ever regret.
~ Ambrose Bierce ~

We have found that it is much easier to restrain our wrath when the other man is bigger than we.
~ Funny Inspirational Quotes ~

The different between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
~ Albert Einstein ~

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
~ Vidal Sassoon ~

Sometimes I lie awake at night and wonder "Where did I go wrong?" Then a voice tells me "It's going to take more than one night."
~ Charles Schulz, Funny Short Quotes ~

A good sermon should be like a woman's skirts: short enough to rouse your interest, but long enough to cover the important parts.
~ Ronald Knox ~

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is guaranteed.
~ Mark Twain ~

If you wish to make a man your enemy, simply tell him, "You are wrong." It is a method that works every time.
~ Henry Link ~

It takes less time to do things right than to explain why you did them wrong.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That is relativity.
~ Albert Einstein ~

The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It is the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.
~ Arthur C. Clarke ~

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
~ Mark Twain ~

Having Fun in Life

Little boy laughing while covering his face.One of the true keys to living a good life is to have fun with it.

You and your life are extremely important, not just to you but to others and to life itself. That, however, is no excuse to take yourself or your life too seriously!
~ Soren Lauritzen, the Personal Development Guy ~

You grow up the day that you have the first real laugh at yourself.
~ Ethel Barrymore ~

A life without fun is a life that is dull and boring ... in fact, the difference between a life without fun and a life full of fun is the same as the difference between obtaining your doctorate degree and visiting the doctor.

So do yourself a favor and find ways to have fun. Prioritize it.

Some inspiration quotes illustrate the importance of really having fun in your life, and you can let yourself be inspired to fun by the following inspirational quotes and sayings:

People rarely succeed unless they are having fun doing what they are doing.
~ Dale Carnegie ~

I think we're having fun. I think our customers really like our products. And we're always trying to do better.
~ Steve Jobs ~

Steve Jobs is Apple Computer's founder; that's one company which does whatever they like - and in the process of doing so not only has fun but also leads the industry.

Here's an example of an inspirational quote by a great author who apparently was a tiny bit of a pessimist himself:

Don't ever become a pessimist. A pessimist is correct more often than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun. Either way, neither can stop the march of events.
~ Robert A. Heinlein ~

Who (other than Robert A. Heinlein, of course) says that a pessimist is right more often than an optimist?

With optimism and pessimism being the opposite ends of a spectrum, odds are that in general the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

But since you get to choose your place on that spectrum, why not opt for the optimist attitude - it's so much more pleasant than the other one!

Snowy forest road and bridge in the sunshine - direction is always a choice.

Positive and negative are directions. Which direction do you choose?
~ Positive Inspirational Quotes ~

I've realized that being happy is a choice. You never want to rub anybody the wrong way or not be fun to be around, but you have to be happy. When I get logical and I don't trust my instincts, that's when I get in trouble.
~ Angelina Jolie ~

It's the game of life. Do I win; do I lose? One day they're gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it's my turn to leave.
~ Tupac Shakur ~

Riches, mediocrity and poverty begin in the mind.
~ Positive Inspirational Quotes ~

I try to learn from the past, but I always plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. That's where the fun really is.
~ Donald Trump ~

Golf is more fun than walking naked in a strange place, but not much.
~ Buddy Hackett ~

Nobody motivates today's workers. If it doesn't come from within, it doesn't come. Fun helps remove the barriers that allow people to motivate themselves.
~ Herman Cain ~

I'm having fun opening up. Sort of struggling to get the audience into it. It's good. It makes you fight. Not fight like antagonistic, but fight for what you believe.
~ Joan Jett ~

If there's a song where there's a possibility of guitar stuff that would be fun to listen to, go for it. Don't worry about what anyone thinks.
~ Brad Paisley ~

High-Level Inspiring Words on Leadership

Are you a parent?

Or a really good friend to someone?

Or a teacher or minister or leader or simply someone whom other people look up to?

Then leadership is one of the most important aspects of your professional and personal life.

Big oak tree with orange autumn leaves.

Whenever you find yourself in a position of authority (which being a parent or a teacher or similar is) then being a good leader is a vital part of being the best you can be.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, and do more, then you truly are a leader.
~ John Quincy Adams ~

Being a leader is not about giving directions or commands; it is about having a vision that you share so people will follow your requests:

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because they want to do it.
~ General Dwight D. Eisenhower ~

What makes leadership is the ability to get people to do what they don't want to do and like it.
~ Harry Truman ~

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
~ General George S. Patton ~

As it turns out most of us are role models to other people, sometimes just in one or a few particular areas, other times to people we had no idea looked to us for inspiration.

Ergo: Most of us are leaders without even realizing it!

A good leader is noticeably different than a leader who seeks to abuse or misuse his power for personal gain.

More often than not a good leader is as much a servant as a boss.

Finding the right balance between leading and coaching can be a challenge, but a good leader knows when to command and when to suggest.

A good leader is able to direct their followers instead of ordering them, as many of the inspirational quotes and sayings that you will read below serve to illustrate.

So, read the inspiring words from many famous people below, and the many inspirational quotes and sayings on leadership just may help you improve and become the real leader that you need to be in your own life:

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ~

The ability to summon positive emotions during periods of intense stress lies at the heart of effective leadership.
~ Jim Loehr ~

What chance gathers, she easily scatters. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ~

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
~ Ray Kroc ~

It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.
~ Anna Eleanor Roosevelt ~

Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing.
~ Mary D. Poole ~

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group. There is much less competition.
~ Indira Gandhi ~

The real leader has no need to lead; he is simply content to point the way.
~ Henry Miller ~

A wise man once illustrated clearly just how important being a real leader is, as well as a few keys to being a real leader:

Rely on your own strength of body and soul. Take for your star self-reliance, faith, honesty, and industry. Don't take too much advice, but keep at the helm and steer your own ship, and remember that the great art of commanding is to take a fair share of the work. Fire above the mark you intend to hit. Energy and invincible determination with the right motive are the levers that move the world.
~ Noah Porter ~

Martin Luther King Jr. truly was a leader and a man of vision. He led millions of people to abolish segregation and give African Americans equal rights.

Do you know what made him such a charismatic and successful leader?

The truth behind his amazing skills as a leader is summed up in his simple inspiring words on leadership:

Big frothing wave representing strong will and inner power.

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

Misfortunes and untoward events lay open and disclose the skill of a general, while success conceals his weaknesses, his weak points.
~ Horace ~

Strong-minded, resolutely-willed, you can create out of nothing a great business, a huge empire, a New World! Others have - and they have no monopoly.
~ Charles Bristol ~

The truth about being a good leader is summed up nicely in this simple quote by Publius Syrius, a famous Roman writer of inspirational quotes and sayings:

The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to excel them in virtue. None ought to govern who is not better than the governed.
~ Publius Syrius ~

Short Inspirational Quotes That Are Easy to Remember

This page ended up being very long, but now it is winding down and we'll present some short inspirational quotes and sayings to do so. Living out dreams set you free. Flying seagull with beautiful mountains in the background.

If you can dream it, you can do it.
~ Walt Disney ~

Short inspirational quotes can often be the best, as they are pithy as they are short. Many of the short inspirational quotes and sayings that you can find go right to the heart of the matter in very few words.

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
~ Japanese Proverb ~

Most of us tax our brains heavily every day.

We can't remember and treasure long quotes, even if they contain lots of inspirational words.

So, we look to short inspirational quotes and sayings instead. Those will give you some words of wisdom to remember all day long, because short inspirational quotes tend to stick in your head.

Consider having one of the many short inspirational quotes below going around with you as you go through your day:

You can't depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus.
~ Mark Twain ~

Action is eloquence.
~ William Shakespeare ~

I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose!
~ Woodrow Wilson ~

Failure is the foundation of success; success is the lurking place of failure.
~ Laozi ~

You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
~ Zig Ziglar ~

Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.
~ Frank L. Gaines ~

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.
~ Alfred North Whitehead ~

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.
~ Thomas Huxley ~

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
~ Short Inspirational Quotes ~

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read.
~ Mark Twain ~

If you don't know where you're going, you might wind up somewhere else.
~ Yogi Berra ~

If you are headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns.
~ Short Inspirational Quotes ~

If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving probably isn't the thing for you.
~ Funny Inspirational Quotes and Sayings ~

If you think you are too small to be effective, then you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.
~ Funny Short Inspirational Quotes ~

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
~ Will Rogers ~

If the creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely meant us to stick it out.
~ Arthur Koestler ~

Enjoy Life! This is not a rehearsal!
~ Short Inspirational Quotes ~

Inspirational Words ABOUT Inspirational Quotes

Finally, here are a few hand picked wise quotes about reading and using inspirational quotes and sayings like the ones on this page:

Quotations help us remember the simple yet profound truths that give life perspective and meaning.
~ Samuel Johnson ~

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.
~ Marlene Dietrich ~

Reading inspirational motivational quotes uplifts the mind, and fills your consciousness with good stuff such as light, happiness, feelings of strength, security and endless possibilities. With your mind full of that your life will soon begin to reflect these qualities.
~ Inspirational Motivational Quotes ~

The writings of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander.
~ Walter Savage Landor ~

Positive thinking is expecting, talking and visualizing with certainty what you want to achieve, as an accomplished fact. Affirm the positive, visualize the positive and expect the positive, and your life will change accordingly.
~ Inspirational Thoughts ~

Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said.
~ Jean Rostand ~

Reality is the mirror of your thoughts. Choose well what you put in front of the mirror.
~ Inspirational Quotes


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