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365 Quotes to Inspire You in 2014
 

Sometimes a little inspiration is the key ingredient. Here's a daily dose for the coming year.

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With a new year upon us, it's a good time to get inspired about the future, your vision, your goals and executing on those goals. I'm grateful for all of the inspiration I've gotten from leaders, writers and thinkers through the years, so I wanted to share my favorite, most inspiring quotes with you. Below are more than 365 quotes in a wide range of topics from some of the greatest leaders, writers and thinkers of all time.

Bookmark this page, or print it out, and refer to it for inspiration each day you need it throughout 2014. Share it with anyone you know who could use some inspiration, any and every day.

Here's to you getting everything you want in 2014!

Listening

  1. "Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk." --Doug Larson
  2. "One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say." --Bryant H. McGill
  3. "If you make listening and observation your occupation, you will gain much more than you can by talk." --Robert Baden-Powell
  4. "Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand." --Karl A. Menniger
  5. "Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking." --Bernard Baruch
  6. "Listening is being able to be changed by the other person." --Alan Alda
  7. "Everything in writing begins with language. Language begins with listening." --Jeanette Winterson
  8. "There is as much wisdom in listening as there is in speaking--and that goes for all relationships, not just romantic ones." --Daniel Dae Kim
  9. "The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said" --Peter Drucker
  10. "When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen." --Ernest Hemingway
  11. "Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply." --Stephen R. Covey
  12. "Friends are those rare people who ask how we are, and then wait to hear the answer." --Ed Cunningham
  13. "The art of conversation lies in listening." --Malcom Forbes
  14. "You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time." -M. Scott Peck
  15. "We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less." --Diogenes

Storytelling

  1. "Stories are a communal currency of humanity." --Tahir Shah, in Arabian Nights
  2. "Great stories happen to those who can tell them. " --Ira Glass
  3. "The engineers of the future will be poets. " --Terence McKenna
  4. "The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories." --Mary Catherine Bateson
  5. "Sometimes reality is too complex. Stories give it form." --Jean Luc Godard
  6. "Story is a yearning meeting an obstacle. " --Robert Olen Butler
  7. "If you're going to have a story, have a big story, or none at all. " --Joseph Campbell
  8. "Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it." --Hannah Arendt
  9. "The stories we tell literally make the world. If you want to change the world, you need to change your story. This truth applies both to individuals and institutions." --Michael Margolis
  10. "Those who tell the stories rule the world." --Hopi American Indian Proverb
  11. "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." --Maya Angelou
  12. "There's always room for a story that can transport people to another place." --J.K. Rowling

Authenticity

  1. "Enlightenment is the key to everything, and it is the key to intimacy, because it is the goal of true authenticity." --Marianne Willliamson
  2. "We need to find the courage to say no to the things and people that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity." --Barbara de Angelis
  3. "I know of nothing more valuable, when it comes to the all-important virtue of authenticity, than simply being who you are." --Charles R. Swindoll
  4. "The keys to brand success are self-definition, transparency, authenticity and accountability." --Simon Mainwaring
  5. "Yes, in all my research, the greatest leaders looked inward and were able to tell a good story with authenticity and passion." --Deepak Chopra
  6. "Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity."--Coco Chanel
  7. "Always be a first-rate version of yourself and not a second-rate version of someone else." --Judy Garland
  8. "Be yourself--not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be." --Henry David Thoreau
  9. "Shine with all you have. When someone tries to blow you out, just take their oxygen and burn brighter." --Katelyn S. Irons
  10. "Live authentically. Why would you continue to compromise something that's beautiful to create something that is fake?" --Steve Maraboli
  11. "Authentic brands don't emerge from marketing cubicles or advertising agencies. They emanate from everything the company does. . ." --Howard Schultz
  12. "Authenticity requires a certain measure of vulnerability, transparency, and integrity" --Janet Louise Stepenson
  13. "We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be." --May Sarton
  14. "If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief." -Brene Brown
  15. "I can be a better me than anyone can." -Diana Ross

Transparency

  1. "There is no persuasiveness more effectual than the transparency of a single heart, of a sincere life." --Joseph Barber Lightfoot
  2. "Transparency, honesty, kindness, good stewardship, even humor, work in businesses at all times." --John Gerzema
  3. "A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity."
    --Dalai Lama
  4. "I love when things are transparent, free and clear of all inhibition and judgment." --Pharrell Williams
  5. "Eyes so transparent that through them the soul is seen." --Theophile Gautier
  6. "Transparency is not the same as looking straight through a building: it's not just a physical idea, it's also an intellectual one." --Helmut Jahn
  7. "I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom." --Simone de Beauvoir
  8. "Truth never damages a cause that is just." --Mahatma Gandhi
  9. "He had shown her all the workings of his soul, mistaking this for love." --E.M. Forster
  10. "Our whole philosophy is one of transparency." --Valerie Jarrett
  11. "A basic tenet of healthy democracy is open dialogue and transparency"--Peter Fenn
  12. "I just think we need more accountability and more transparency." --John Thune
  13. "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." --Thomas Jefferson

Teamwork

  1. "Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." --Vince Lombardi
  2. "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships." --Michael Jordan
  3. "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." --Andrew Carnegie
  4. "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." --Helen Keller
  5. "Remember teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability." --Patrick Lencioni
  6. "I invite everyone to choose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition." --Jean-Francois Cope
  7. "None of us is as smart as all of us." --Ken Blanchard
  8. "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." --Henry Ford
  9. "If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." --Henry Ford
  10. "The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team." --Phil Jackson
  11. "Collaboration allows teachers to capture each other's fund of collective intelligence." --Mike Schmoker
  12. "It takes two flints to make a fire." --Louisa May Alcott
  13. "Unity is strength. . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." --Mattie Stepanek
  14. "To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless." --Mike Krzyzewski
  15. "The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison." --James Cash Penney

Responsiveness

  1. "I think that if you keep your eyes and your ears open and you are receptive to learning, there are skills you can get from any job at all."--Cat Deeley
  2. "Seeking means: to have a goal; but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal."--Herman Hesse
  3. "It is impossible to withhold education from the receptive mind, as it is impossible to force it upon the unreasoning." -Agnes Repplier
  4. "One of the things I've learned is to be receptive of feedback." -Ben Silbermann
  5. "The best way to persuade people is with your ears--by listening to them. " -Dean Rusk
  6. "Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions." -Earl Gray Stevens
  7. "Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react." -John Maxwell
  8. "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." -William Arthur Ward
  9. "Relax & clear your mind if someone is speaking, so that you're receptive to what they're saying."--Roger Ailes
  10. "The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity."-Emelia Earhart
  11. "Either you run the day, or they day runs you"-Jim Rohn

Adaptability

  1. "Tactics, fitness, stroke ability, adaptability, experience, and sportsmanship are all necessary for winning." -Fred Perry
  2. "It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change." -Charles Darwin
  3. "Adaptability is about the powerful difference between adapting to cope and adapting to win." -Max McKeown
  4. "The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings." -Kakuzo Okakaura
  5. "Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation."
    Mahatma Gandhi
  6. "You can't build an adaptable organization without adaptable people- and individuals change only when they have to, or when they want to." -Gary Hamel
  7. "People will try to tell you that all the great opportunities have been snapped up. In reality, the world changes every second, blowing new opportunities in all directions, including yours." -Ken Hakuta
  8. "Learn to adjust yourself to the conditions you have to endure, but make a point of trying to alter or correct conditions so that they are most favorable to you." -William Frederick Book
  9. "All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns." ~ Bruce Lee
  10. "A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it." -Chinese Proverb
  11. "Fall seven times and stand up eight." -Japanese Proverb
  12. "When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be."-Lao Tzu
  13. "You can't fall if you don't climb. But there's no joy in living your whole life on the ground."- Unknown

Passion

  1. "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." -Harriet Tubman
  2. "There is no passion to be found playing small--in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." -Nelson Mandela
  3. "Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." -Anthony J. D'Angelo
  4. "Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you." -Oprah Winfrey
  5. "If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." -Benjamin Franklin
  6. "We must act out passion before we can feel it." -Jean-Paul Sartre
  7. "It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind."--T. S. Eliot
  8. "Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate." -Jon Bon Jovi
  9. "You can't fake passion." -Barbara Corcoran
  10. "You have to be burning with "an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right." If you're not passionate enough from the start, you'll never stick it out." ― Steve Jobs
  11. "Yes, in all my research, the greatest leaders looked inward and were able to tell a good story with authenticity and passion." -Deepak Chopra
  12. "If you feel like there's something out there that you're supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it." -Wanda Skyes
  13. "If you don't love what you do, you won't do it with much conviction or passion." -Mia Hamm
  14. "There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the passion of life. There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the passion of life." -Federico Fellini
  15. "Any guy that's not working with the same amount of intensity and passion that I do, I don't want to know." -Zakk Wylde
  16. It is the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion. -Rebecca West

Surprise and Delight

  1. "The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself."--Voltaire
  2. "Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." -George S. Patton
  3. "A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise. Because that is how life is--full of surprises." -Isaac Bashevis Singer
  4. "Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it." -Emily Dickinson
  5. "It doesn't take much to surprise others, but to surprise oneself- now that is a great feat." -Kristen Hartley
  6. "Surprise yourself every day with your own courage." -Denholm Elliott
  7. "To the issues of friendship, love, business and war, "surprise" is the optimistic solution." -Amit Kalantri
  8. "Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." -George S. Patton
  9. "A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise. Because that is how life is--full of surprises." -Isaac Bashevis Singer
  10. "People tend to play in their comfort zone, so the best things are achieved in a state of surprise, actually." -Brian Eno

Simplicity

  1. "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." -Leonardo da Vinci
  2. "There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth." -Leo Tolstoy
  3. "Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires." -Lao Tzu
  4. "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." -Frank Lloyd Wright
  5. "Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius." -George Sand
  6. "There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit." -Alexander Pope
  7. "Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations." -Paul Rand
  8. "Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability." -Edsger Dijkstra
  9. "Simplicity, clarity, singleness: These are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy as they are also the marks of great art. They seem to be the purpose of God for his whole creation." -Richard Holloway
  10. "If you haven't done much giving in your life-try it and see how you feel afterwards." ― Michelle Moore, Selling Simplified
  11. "If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself." -Albert Einstein
  12. "Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."- Aristotle
  13. Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful." ― John Maeda,
  14. "Free yourself from the complexities of your life! A life of simplicity and happiness awaits you." -― Steve Maraboli
  15. "Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy" -Isaac Newton
  16. "If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable." ― Rainer Maria Rilke

Gratefulness

  1. "Reflect upon your present blessings--of which every man has many--not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." -Charles Dickens,
  2. "The truest indication of gratitude is to return what you are grateful for." -Richard Paul Evans
  3. "I work very hard, and I play very hard. I'm grateful for life. And I live it--I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it." -Maya Angelou
  4. "When you are grateful--when you can see what you have--you unlock blessings to flow in your life."--Suze Orman
  5. "We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives." -John F. Kennedy
  6. "True forgiveness is when you can say, "Thank you for that experience." -Oprah Winfrey
  7. "You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can be grateful that thorn bushes have roses." -Tom Wilson
  8. "Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for." -Epicurus
  9. "Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  10. "Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good."
    ― Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer
  11. "We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." -Thornton Wilder
  12. "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -John F. Kennedy
  13. "Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others." -Cicero
  14. "Those who have the ability to be grateful are the ones who have the ability to achieve greatness." -Steve Maraboli

Kindness

  1. "This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." -Dalai Lama
  2. "A warm smile is the universal language of kindness." -William Arthur Ward
  3. "Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness." -Khalil Gibran
  4. "There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity." -Nathaniel Branden
  5. "Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness." -Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  6. "Treat everyone with respect and kindness. Period. No exceptions." -Kiana Tom
  7. "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle."--Plato
  8. "Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." -Mark Twain
  9. "The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention." -Kahlil Gibran, The Essential Kahlil Gibran
  10. "I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness." -Mother Teresa
  11. "Never lose a chance of saying a kind word. " -William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
  12. "Our kindness may be the most persuasive argument for that which we believe." -Gordon B. Hinckley
  13. "It's a little embarrassing that after 45 years of research & study, the best advice I can give people is to be a little kinder to each other." -Aldous Huxley
  14. "It seems to me that no matter what religion you subscribe to, acts of kindness are the stepping-stones to making the world a better place--because we become better people in it." -Jodi Picoult

Humility

  1. "Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up." ― Jesse Jackson
  2. "Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less." -C. S. Lewis
  3. "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton
  4. "Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding." -Alice Walker
  5. "The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility." -Charles Caleb Colton
  6. "The proud man can learn humility, but he will be proud of it." -Mignon McLaughlin
  7. "Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought." -Simone Weil
  8. "Humility is really important because it keeps you fresh and new." -Steven Tyler
  9. "Humility, that low, sweet root, from which all heavenly virtues shoot." -Thomas Moore
  10. "Humility is throwing oneself away in complete concentration on something or someone else." ― Madeleine L'Engle
  11. "Pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you." ― Andrew Murray, Humility
  12. "Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying." ― St. Vincent de Paul
  13. "One cannot be humble and aware of oneself at the same time." ― Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet
  14. "Selflessness is humility. Humility and freedom go hand in hand. Only a humble person can be free." -Jeff Wilson
  15. "Have more humility. Remember you don't know the limits of your own abilities. Successful or not, if you keep pushing beyond yourself, you will enrich your own life--and maybe even please a few strangers." A.L. Kennedy

Giving

  1. "No one has ever become poor by giving." -Anne Frank
  2. "A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal." -Steve Maraboli
  3. "Give, but give until it hurts." -Mother Teresa
  4. "As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way." -Mary Anne Radmacher
  5. Until we can receive with an open heart, we're never really giving with an open heart. When we attach judgment to receiving help, we knowingly or unknowingly attach judgment to giving help." -Brené Brown
  6. "Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water -it will make ripples throughout the entire pond..." -Jessy and Bryan Matteo
  7. "Don't wait for other people to be loving, giving, compassionate, grateful, forgiving, generous, or friendly... lead the way!" -Steve Maraboli
  8. "What we spend, we lose. What we keep will be left for others. What we give away will be ours forever." -David McGee
  9. "There is a very real relationship, both quantitatively and qualitatively, between what you contribute and what you get out of this world." -Oscar Hammerstein II
  10. "When in doubt as to what you should do, err on the side of giving."-Tony Cleaver
  11. "I wish I were like Facebook; being able to 'like' and 'share' everything I get." -Ashok Kallarakkal
  12. "Just like downing a powerful caffeine drink, "reaching out to others" pays that big "life energizer dividend!" -Wes Adamson
  13. "Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone's day." -Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

Persistence

  1. "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." -Calvin Coolidge
  2. "Energy and persistence conquer all things." -Benjamin Franklin
  3. "As long as we are persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time." -Denis Waitley
  4. "Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning." -Denis Waitley
  5. "Never let your persistence and passion turn into stubbornness and ignorance." -Anthony J. D'Angelo
  6. "The difference between people who believe they have books inside of them and those who actually write books is sheer cussed persistence--the ability to make yourself work at your craft, every day--the belief, even in the face of obstacles, that you've got something worth saying." -Jennifer Weiner
  7. "When I meet successful people I ask 100 questions as to what they attribute their success to. It is usually the same: persistence, hard work and hiring good people." -Kiana Tom
  8. "Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." -Winston Churchill
  9. "The best way out is always through." -Robert Frost
  10. "If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time--a tremendous whack." -Winston Churchill
  11. "Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence." -Hal Borland
  12. "Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries." -James A. Michener
  13. "Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden." "Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden." -Cormac McCarthy, The Road
  14. "No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That's the only way to keep the roads clear." -Greg Kincaid
  15. "If you wish to be out front, then act as if you were behind." -Lao Tzu
  16. "The slogans "hang on" and "press on" have solved and will continue to solve the problems of humanity." -Ogwo David Emenike

Inspiration

  1. "It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." -Aristotle Onassis
  2. "You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write." -Saul Bellow
  3. "Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you." ― Thomas Jefferson
  4. "The best way to predict the future is to invent it." -Alan Kay
  5. "If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." -Henry David Thoreau
  6. "I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become." -Oprah Winfrey
  7. "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." -Albert Einstein
  8. "If not us, who? If not now, when?" -Hillel the Elder
  9. "Winners lose much more often than losers. So if you keep losing but you're still trying, keep it up! You're right on track."--Matthew Keith Groves
  10. "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you'll be a success."--Albert Schweitzer
  11. "When the need to succeed is as bad as the need to breathe, then you'll be successful." -Eric Thomas
  12. "If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today." -E.Joseph Coffman
  13. "What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life

  1. "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." -Robert Frost
  2. "Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." -Confucius
  3. "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."--Henry David Thoreau
  4. "Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile." -Albert Einstein
  5. "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." -John F. Kennedy
  6. "Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood." -Helen Keller
  7. "The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it." -Henry David Thoreau
  8. "Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about." -Oscar Wilde
  9. "Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was." -Richard L. Evans
  10. "The only disability in life is a bad attitude." -Scott Hamilton
  11. "Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it." -Henry David Thoreau
  12. "Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was." -Richard L. Evans
  13. "Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued." -Socrates
  14. "If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit." -William J. Clinton
  15. "Life in abundance comes only through great love." -Elbert Hubbard

Love

  1. "Love is not maximum emotion. Love is maximum commitment." -Sinclair B. Ferguson
  2. "Although love is communicated in a number of ways,our words often reflect the condition of our heart." -Jennifer Dion
  3. "Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead." -Oscar Wilde
  4. "Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye." -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  5. "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." -Martin Luther King, Jr.
  6. "Where there is love there is life." -Mahatma Gandhi
  7. "Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love."
    -Mother Teresa
  8. "A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge." -Thomas Carlyle
  9. "Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action." -Mother Teresa
  10. "A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love." -Max Muller
  11. "We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving." -Friedrich Nietzsche
  12. "Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world." -Lucille Ball
  13. "Love is a better teacher than duty."-Albert Einstein
  14. "The best proof of love is trust." -Joyce Brothers
  15. "Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life." -Leo Buscaglia
  16. "Faith makes all things possible... love makes all things easy." -Dwight L. Moody

Change

  1. "Change is hardest at the beginning, messiest in the middle and best at the end." -Robin S. Sharma,
  2. "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi
  3. "Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody." -Stephen Chbosky
  4. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead
  5. "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." -Leo Tolstoy
  6. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela
  7. "Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." -Barack Obama
  8. "They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." -Andy Warhol
  9. "We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers--but never blame yourself. It's never your fault. But it's always your fault, because if you wanted to change you're the one who has got to change." -Katharine Hepburn
  10. "Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change." -Wayne W. Dyer
  11. "No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you've come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself." -Madonna
  12. "Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." -George Bernard Shaw
  13. "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." -Mother Theresa
  14. "Change is the end result of all true learning." -Leo Buscaglia
  15. "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often." -Winston Churchill
  16. "Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes" -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  17. "If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write." -Martin Luther
  18. "A tiny change today brings a dramatically different tomorrow." -Richard Bach
  19. "Change your thoughts and you change your world." -Norman Vincent Peale

Letting Go

  1. "Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future" -Paul Boese
  2. "Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it." -Ann Landers
  3. "The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday." -Steve Maraboli
  4. "Thank God I found the GOOD in goodbye" -Beyoncé Knowles
  5. "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."--Mahatma Gandhi
  6. "Always forgive your enemies--nothing annoys them so much." -Oscar Wilde
  7. "Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it." -Mark Twain
  8. "When you forgive, you in no way change the past--but you sure do change the future." -Bernard Meltzer
  9. "People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what's bitter and move on." -Bill Cosby
  10. "To err is human; to forgive, divine." -Alexander Pope
  11. "There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love."
    -Bryant H. McGill
  12. "Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting." -William Arthur Ward
  13. "It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited." -Lewis B. Smedes
  14. "Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself." -Suzanne Somers
  15. "Without forgiveness, there's no future." -Desmond Tutu
  16. "Sooner or later we've all got to let go of our past." -Dan Brown
  17. "Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose." -Lyndon B. Johnson
  18. "The great courageous act that we must all do, is to have the courage to step out of our history and past so that we can live our dreams." -Oprah Winfrey

Family

  1. "I've learned through the years that it's not where you live, it's the people who surround you that make you feel at home." -J.B. McGee
  2. "The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege." -Charles Kuralt
  3. "Family is not an important thing. It's everything." -Michael J. Fox
  4. "Family is the most important thing in the world." -Princess Diana
  5. "A happy family is but an earlier heaven." -George Bernard Shaw
  6. "A man should never neglect his family for business." -Walt Disney
  7. "To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there." -Barbara Bush
  8. "Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold." -Andre Maurois
  9. "Cherish your human connections--your relationships with friends and family." -Barbara Bush
  10. "In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future."
    -Alex Haley
  11. "The family is one of nature's masterpieces." -George Santayana
  12. "The family is the first essential cell of human society." -Pope John XXIII
  13. "Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten." -David Ogden Stiers
  14. "A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it." -George Moore
  15. "I sustain myself with the love of family." -Maya Angelou
  16. "Home is where you are loved the most and act the worst." -Marjorie Pay Hinckley
  17. "You are born into your family and your family is born into you. No returns. No exchanges." -Elizabeth Berg
  18. "Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more." -Robin Hobb

Strength & Courage 

  1. "That which does not kill us makes us stronger." -Friedrich Nietzsche
  2. "We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided." -J.K. Rowling
  3. "Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently." -Maya Angelou
  4. "A brave man acknowledges the strength of others." -Veronica Roth
  5. "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." -Mahatma Gandhi
  6. "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." -Frederick Douglass
  7. "With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts." -Eleanor Roosevelt
  8. "The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places." -Ernest Hemingway
  9. "Be strong. Live honorably and with dignity. When you don't think you can, hold on." -James Frey
  10. "You feel your strength in the experience of pain." -Jim Morrison
  11. "My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength." -Michael Jordan
  12. "Its not always necessary to be strong, but to feel strong." -Jon Krakauer
  13. "We acquire the strength we have overcome." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  14. "Mastering others is strength. Mastering oneself makes you fearless." -Lao Tzu
  15. "We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot." -Eleanor Roosevelt
  16. "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." -Helen Keller
  17. "Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leadership

  1. "Leadership is service, not position." -Tim Fargo
  2. "A leader is a dealer in hope." -Napoleon Bonaparte
  3. "A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." -John Maxwell
  4. "No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it." -Andrew Carnegie
  5. "As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." -Bill Gates
  6. "A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."
    -Martin Luther King, Jr.
  7. "Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes." -Peter Drucker
  8. "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." -Steve Jobs
  9. "Be the chief but never the lord." -Lao Tzu
  10. "The speed of the team is the speed of the boss. "-Barbara Corcoran
  11. "Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems." -Brian Tracy
  12. "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." --John F. Kennedy
  13. "To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart." -Eleanor Roosevelt
  14. "Management is nothing more than motivating other people." -Lee Iacocca
  15. "Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall." -Stephen Covey
  16. "The price of greatness is responsibility." -Winston Churchill
  17. "The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority." -Kenneth Blanchard

Legacy

  1. "Create with the heart; build with the mind." -Criss Jami
  2. "No legacy is so rich as honesty." -William Shakespeare
  3. "Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you." -Shannon L. Alder
  4. "If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." -Benjamin Franklin
  5. "The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy." -Kalu Ndukwe Kalu
  6. "The only thing you take with you when you're gone is what you leave behind." ~John Allston
  7. "I agree with you entirely in condemning the mania of giving names to objects of any kind after persons still living. Death alone can seal the title of any man to this honor, by putting it out of his power to forfeit it." --Thomas Jefferson
  8. "The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it." --William James
  9. "You can't leave a footprint that lasts if you're always walking on tiptoe." --Marion Blakely
  10. "If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos." --Martin Luther King, Jr.

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

Last updated: Dec 31, 2013

DAVE KERPEN is the CEO of Likeable Local. He is also the co-founder and chairman of Likeable Media and the New York Times best-selling author of Likeable Social Media and Likeable Business.
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