quotations to motivate and inspire

Quotations to remind, motivate and inspire

Quotations encapsulate messages that can inspire and motivate us to live a meaningful life. They may strike a chord in our hearts and make us change our attitudes or approach towards life. Therefore, it is worthwhile to memorise some of the quotations we like and repeat them to ourselves from time to time or on appropriate occasions when we need certain pertinent reminders.

It is good to ponder over the messages the words convey and consider how we can apply them in our everyday life. Here I would like to share with you some of my favourite quotes. I hope you will find them as helpful and instructive as I do.

“So tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” - Mary Oliver

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” - Winston Churchill

“Change your attitude and you change your life.” – Author unknown

“Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances." - Viktor Frankl

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” - Anthony J. D'Angelo

“A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.” - William Arthur Ward

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” - Abraham Lincoln

“Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day.” - Author unknown

“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” - Hugh Down

“I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.” - Persian Saying

“It isn't our position but our disposition which makes us happy.” - Author Unknown

“It's so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to.” - Annie Gottlier

“There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly.” - Publius Terentius Afer

“My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants.” - J. Brotherton

“The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.” - C.C. Scott

“In the middle of winter I discovered in me an invincible summer,” Albert Camus

“Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.” - Arthur Christopher Benson

“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.“

- Alphonse Karr

“Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities - always see them, for they're always there.” - Norman Vincent Peale

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” - Goethe

“Physical strength is measured by what we can carry; spiritual by what we can bear.” - Author unknown

“There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go.” - Frederick Faber

“He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn't be done, and he did it.” - Edgar A. Guest

“Some days there won't be a song in your heart.  Sing anyway.” - Emory Austin

“Those who wish to sing, always find a song.” - Swedish Proverb

“Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” – Voltaire

“Tomorrow, the birds will sing. Be brave. Face life.” – Charlie Chaplin

"Worrying does not solve tomorrow's problems. It only takes away today's peace." – Author unknown

“Why not learn to enjoy the little things - there are so many of them.” - Author unknown

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” – James Wooton

“Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?” - Dennis Mannering

“One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.”

- Chinese proverb

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”  - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.  Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before. - Jacob A. Riis

“There are two types of people - those who come into a room and say, ‘Well, here I am!’ and those who come in and say, ‘Ah, there you are.” - Frederick L. Collins

“Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you - not because they are nice, but because you are.” - Author unknown

"It's snowing still," said Eeyore gloomily.  "So it is."  "And freezing."  "Is it?"  "Yes," said Eeyore. "However," he said, brightening up a little, "we haven't had an earthquake lately." - A.A. Milne

“Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.” - Alice Walker

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” - Joseph Campbell

“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” - James A. Froude

“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.” -  George Bernard Shaw

"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 which has been opened for us." - Helen Keller

"A friendly look, a kindly smile, one good act, and life's worthwhile." - Author unknown

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” - Leo F. Buscaglia

“A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.”  - Charles H. Spurgeon

How beautiful a day can be

When kindness touches it!

- George Elliston

“That best portion of a good man's life,

His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”

- William Wordsworth