Inspirational Quotes

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~ If thine enemy wrong thee, buy each of his children a drum  
--- Ancient Chinese proverb on revenge

~ It is not whether your words or actions are tough or gentle; it is the spirit behind your actions and words that announces your inner state.
--- Ching Ning Chu

~ A man is a method, a progressive arrangement, a selecting principle, gathering his like unto him wherever he goes.  What you are comes to you.
--- Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking.
--- Bernard Baruch

~ Champions don't become champions in the ring, they are merely recognized there.
--- Source Unknown

~ Always build on success, don't ever practice failure.
--- Dr. Demars

~ The secret of our success is found in our daily agenda.
--- Source Unknown

~ It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
--- Andre Gide

~ Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently
--- Henry Ford

~ The Vision to see, the faith to believe, and the will to do will take you anywhere you want to go.
--- Anonymous

~ It is the capacity to develop and improve their skills that distinguishes leaders from their followers.
--- Source Unknown

~ Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.
--- Source Unknown

~ Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
--- Source Unknown

~ It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed.
--- Harvey S. Firestone

~ Success and money have nothing in common.
--- Source unknown

~ The most wasted day of all is that during which we have not laughed.
--- Sebastian R. N. Chamfort

~ What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.
--- Pericles

~ What a man accomplishes in a day depends upon the way in which he approaches his tasks.  When we accept tough jobs as a challenge...and wade into them with joy and enthusiasm, miracles can happen.  When we do our work with a dynamic conquering spirit, we get things done.
--- Source Unknown

~ Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions.  All life is an experiment.
--- Source Unknown

~ Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it.  No idleness...never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
--- Source Unknown

~ Success doesn't mean the absence of failures; it means the attainment of ultimate objectives.  It means winning the war, not every battle.
--- Source Unknown

~ Don't Procrastinate.  Delays can make a job seem bigger than it really is--and thinking about what you haven't done steals time from the job you have before you. 
--- Bernice Strawn

~ In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of effort is the measure of the result.
--- James Allen

~ Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
--- Publilus Syrus

~ Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.
--- Source Unknown

~  Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
--- Source Unknown

~ Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating.  You are creating your next moment.  That is what's real.
--- Sara Paddison

~ We don't need more strength or more ability or greater opportunity.  What we need is to use what we have.
--- Basil S. Walsh

~ Each morning seems some task begun,
each evening sees it close;
Something attempted, something done,
has earned a night's repose.
--- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

~ Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.  Try to be better than yourself.
--- William Faulkner

~ God doesn't require us to succeed, He only requires that you try.
--- Source Unknown

~ Vacillating people seldom succeed.  They seldom win the solid respect of their fellows.  Successful men and women are very careful in reaching decisions, and very persistent and determined in action thereafter.  
--- L. G. Elliot

~ If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
--- Henry David Thoreau

~ They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
--- Carl W. Buechner

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

~ Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small thins brought together.
--- Vincent van Gogh

~ The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money.
--- Anonymous

~ No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
--- Helen Keller

~ How a person masters his fate is more important that what his fate is.
--- Karl Wilhelm von Humboldt

~ You don't get to choose how you're going to die.  Or when.  You can only decide how you're going to live.  Now.
--- Joan Baez

~ Do it big or stay in bed.
--- Larry Kelly

~ Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it.  Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held.  Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin.  Believe nothing just because someone else believes it.  Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true.
--- From the Buddha

~ Success in life is a matter not so much of talent as of concentration and perseverance.
--- C. W. Wendte

~ You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror.  I can take the next thing that comes along."
--- Eleanor Roosevelt

~ A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
--- Albert Einstein

~ What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.
--- C. S. Lewis

~ Winning is making a total commitment to something you believe in-- regardless of the outcome.
--- Joseph Paterno

~ Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more.
--- Robert Collier

~ Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there.  What you choose to do with them is up to you.
--- Richard Bach

~ To succeed it is necessary to accept the world as it is and rise above it.
--- Michael Korda

~ If you can't accept losing, you can't win.
--- Vince Lombardi

~ After all this is over, all that will really have mattered is how we treated each other.
--- Source Unknown

~ How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money.  Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever.
--- David Norris

~ Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us daily.
--- Sally Koch

~ A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
--- Francis Bacon

~ Before you begin a thing remind yourself that difficulties and delays quite impossible to foresee are ahead . . . You can only see one thing clearly, and that is your goal.  Form a mental vision of that and cling to it through thick and thin.
--- Kathleen Norris

~ We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.
--- Calvin Coolidge

~ Put off for one day and ten days will pass.
--- Korean Proverb

~ Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.
--- Robert Louis Stevenson

~ The most powerful agent of growth and transformation is something much more basic than any technique: a change of heart.
--- John Welwood

~ To have a great purpose to work for, a purpose larger than ourselves, is one of the secrets of making life significant, for then the meaning and worth of the individual overflow his personal borders and survive his death.
--- Will Durant

~ Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.
--- Mahatma Gandhi

~ What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. 
--- Albert Pike

~ We are told that talent creates its own opportunities.  But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.
--- Eric Hoffer

~ In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed.
--- Sid Caesar

~ Choose well: your choice is brief and yet endless.
--- Ella Winter

~ The greatest motivational act one person can do for another is to listen.  
--- Roy E. Moody

~ Do what you want to do. . .
But want to do what you are doing.
Be what you want to be. . . 
But want to be what you are.
--- Source Unknown

~ The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created--created first in the mind and will, created next to activity.  The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating.  The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.
--- John Schaar

~ The remarkable thing we have is a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
--- Charles Swindoll

~ So what do we do?  Something.  So long as we just don't sit there.  If we screw it up, start over.  Try something else.  If we wait until we've satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.
--- Lee Iacocca

~ There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience.
--- Archibald MacLeish

~ Never stop being creative.  The more you practice, the more creative you become.  Creativity spells success.
--- Alden James

~ There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world.  It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.
--- Henry van Dyke

~ People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things.  When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.
--- Norman Vincent Peale

~ We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.
--- H. G. Wells

~ Do good with what though hast, or it will do thee no good.
--- William Penn

~ Self-image sets the boundaries of individual accomplishment.
--- Maxwell Maltz

~ Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done.  God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.
--- John Andrew Holmes

~ Hold yourself responsible for a high standard than anybody expects of you.  Never excuse yourself.
--- Henry Ward Beecher

~ Take your life in your own hands and what happens?  A terrible thing: no one to blame.
--- Erica Jong

~ We all want to be judged by how good we are when we're at our creative best.  but the real test is how good we are when we're at our creative average.
--- Bill Flannagan

~ What is important is not what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us.
--- Jean-Paul Sartre

~ Success is living up to your potential.  That's all.  Wake up with a smile and go after life. . . Live it, enjoy it, taste it, smell it, feel it.
--- Joe Kapp

~ Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
--- Anne Frank

~ When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
--- John Ruskin

~ Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
--- Samuel Johnson

~ Five minutes, just before going to sleep, given to a bit of directed imagination regarding achievement possibilities of the morrow, will steadily and increasingly bear fruit, particularly if all ideas or difficult, worry or fear are resolutely ruled out and replaced by those of accomplishment and smiling courage.
--- Frederick Pierce

~ Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.
--- Sir J. Lubbock

~ Slow down and enjoy life.  It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast--you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
--- Eddie Cantor

~ The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not our circumstances.
--- Martha Washington

~ Only in quite waters do things mirror themselves undistorted.  Only in a quite mind is adequate perception of the world.
--- Hans Margolius

~ When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.  Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed  yourself to be.
--- Patanjali

~ The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
--- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

~ If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
--- Marcus Aurelius

~ What you love is a sign from your higher self of what you are to do.
--- Sanaya Roman

~ If you ever get a second chance in life for something, you've got to go all the way.
--- Lance Armstrong

~ Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
--- Frank Outlaw

~ Change your thoughts and you change your world.
--- Norman Vincent Peale

~ Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
--- Aristotle

~ Enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things; first, an ideal which takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite, intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.
--- Arnold Toynbee

~ If we keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep getting what we're getting.
--- Stephen R. Covey

~ Nature gave men two ends--one to sit on, and one to think with.  Ever since then man's success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most.
--- George R. Kirkpatrick

~ Don't say you don't have enough time.  You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
--- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

~ Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement.
--- Spanish proverb

~ It is advisable that a person know at least three things: where they are, where they are going, and what they had best do under the circumstances.
--- John Ruskin

~ Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
--- Albert Schweitzer

~ Dwell not on the past.  Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind.  Nothing really matters except what you do now in this instant of time.  From this moment onwards you can be an entirely different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every though and deed.
--- Eileen Caddy

~ Risk! Risk anything! Do the hardest thing on earth for you.  Act for yourself.  Fact the truth.
--- Katherine Mansfield

~ Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be.
--- Anne Byrhhe

~ Never mistake knowledge for wisdom.  One helps you make a living, the other helps you make a life.
--- Sandra Carey

~ The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.
--- Red Auerbach

~ Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
--- Confucius

~ You are younger today than you ever will be again.  Make use of it for the sake of tomorrow.
--- Anonymous

~ What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?
--- Dr. Robert Schuller

~ Give yourself something to work toward--constantly.
--- Mary Kay Ash

~ People tend to overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years but underestimate the changes that will occur in the next ten.
--- Bill Gates

~ To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
--- Steve Roland Prefontaine

~ I love lamp.
--- Brick

~ Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much.
--- Walter Lippman

~ We're still not where we're going, but we're not where we were.
--- Natash Jasefowitz

~ The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, without a thought of fame.
--- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

~ There is no genius in life like the genius of energy
--- Donald G. Mitchell

~ Do every act of your life as if it were your last.
--- Marcus Aurelius

~ You can never get to peace and inner security without first acknowledging all of the good things in your life.  If you're forever wanting and longing for more without first appreciating things the way they are, you'll stay in discord.
--- Doc Childre and Howard Martin

~ We all have ability.  The difference is how we use it.
--- Stevie Wonder

~ It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future, and impossible to life in the past.  Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.
--- Jim Bishop

~ To achieve the impossible, it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought.
--- Tom Robbins

~ Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. . . 
--- Rainer Maria Rilke

~ If you're flammable and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.
--- Mitch Hedburg

~ Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.
--- Merry Browne

~ Hold every moment sacred.  Give each clarity and meaning, each the weight of thine awareness, each its true and due fulfillment.
--- Thomas Mann

~ 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

~ Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen. 
--- Peter Marshall

~ If you don't make things happen, then things will happen to you.
--- Lanes Company

~ What worries you, masters you.
--- Haddon W. Robinson

~ But my lips hurt real bad!
--- Napoleon Dynamite

~ Forget mistakes.  Forget Failures.  Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it.  Today is your lucky day.
--- Will Durant

~ Success is 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 R. Wooden

~ What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
--- Sir John Lubbock

~ Do not wait; the time will never be "just right."  Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
--- Napoleon Hill

~ Try not to become a man of success.  Rather become a man of value.
--- Albert Einstein

~ The world never puts a price on you higher than the one you put on yourself.
--- Sonja Henie

~ Gosh!
--- Napoleon Dynamite

~ Live as if everything you do will eventually be known
--- Hugh Prather

~ The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.
--- James Baldwin

~ Water is fluid, soft, and yielding.  But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield.  As a rule, water is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard.  This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.
--- Lao-Tzu

~ Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
--- Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong.  The amount of work is the same.
--- Carlos Castaneda

~ Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain.  An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.
--- Harold V. Meichert

~ As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world--that is the myth of the atomic age--as in being able to remake ourselves.
--- Mahatma Gandhi

~ Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.
--- Isak Dinesen

~ Act so as to elicit the best in others and thereby in thyself.
--- Felix Adler

~ When you blame others, you give up your power to change.
--- Dr. Robert Anthony

~ A man without a plan for the day is lost before he starts.
--- Lewis K. Bendele

~ You're weird!
-- Williy Wonka

~ Light's off...Light's off PLEASE!!!!
-- Overheard at an all-state percussion ensemble performance
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