As we meander through our lives, we are destined to face moments when our flame burns low and a little inspiration is needed to refuel and revitalize us.
A walk in nature, a powerful song, or simply talking to a close friend are all good ways to give yourself a little boost, but don’t underestimate the impact reading and thinking about inspirational quotes can have either.
These short passages, gifted to us by great thinkers and teachers, stir in us our own, innate sense of hope, determination, and perseverance. They remind us that we hold our life in our hands and can make of it what we want. They jolt us out of our slumps and push us on to ever greater things. They allow us to believe in our dreams and be grateful for all that we have.
If now, as you read this, you feel low, drained, devoid of passion or motivation, take a moment to sit, with a cup of tea or coffee, and look over the following inspirational quotes about life. As you do, notice the feelings that arise from within – starting as nothing more than a seed, but growing with every moment until you feel ready to take on every challenge the world might throw your way.
Let this feeling spread throughout your entire body from your center right out to your fingers and toes. Feel it fully and let it set in motion a phase of powerful action in your life. You’ve got this.
What lies behind us, and what lies before us are but tiny matters compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’… – Alfred Lord Tennyson
I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. – Christopher Reeve
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. – Robert Brault
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Oliver Goldsmith
Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts. – Albert Einstein
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. – Howard Thurman
Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be. – Dr. Wayne Dyer
There’s always going to be bad stuff out there. But here’s the amazing thing – light trumps darkness every time. You stick a candle into the dark, but you can’t stick the dark into the light. – Jodi Picoult
The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination. – Don Williams Jr.
Don’t count the days, make the days count. – Muhammad Ali
Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future. – Robert H. Schuller
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain. – Vivian Greene
He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. – Friedrich Nietzsche
You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody. – Maya Angelou
It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power! – Robert T. Kiyosaki
Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. – Scott Adams
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. – Unknown
Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs. – Malcolm S. Forbes
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. – Pablo Picasso
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Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage and confidence in the doing. – Theodore Roosevelt
I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions. Occasionally, I find an answer. – Stephen Hawking
The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. – George Addair
A pessimist, they say, sees a glass as being half empty; an optimist sees the same glass as half full. But a giving person sees a glass of water and starts looking for someone who might be thirsty. – G. Donald Gale
Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life. – John R. Wooden
Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us. – Samuel Smiles
When nothing is sure, everything is possible. – Margaret Drabble
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. – Audrey Hepburn
Your circumstance doesn’t make life extraordinary. Love does. – Trina Harmon
Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work. – William Arthur Ward
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. – Mahatma Gandhi
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. – Anne Bradstreet
Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in the quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. – Mary Jean Irion
We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us. – Joseph Campbell
When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace. – The 14th Dalai Lama
The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives. – Russell M. Nelson
And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count; it’s the life in your years. –Unknown
You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. – Jane Goodall
Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you. – Lao Tzu
Which of these quotes do you like best of all? Leave a comment below and let us know.