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Inspirational Quotes to Brighten Your Day

Updated on September 27, 2011
I just love this screech owl. I see him in the cooler months on my drive in to work each morning.
I just love this screech owl. I see him in the cooler months on my drive in to work each morning.
Fall color in the Smoky Mountains is a joy to behold.
Fall color in the Smoky Mountains is a joy to behold.
Sunsets from my front porch
Sunsets from my front porch

Who doesn't need an inspiring quote for a better day? I certainly do. Since January 2011, I've been clipping quotes to brighten my days, as inspired (for me) by reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Listed here are my top 17. Please leave your favorite quotes in the comments section.

1. Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. ~ Hebrews 12:1

2. Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow. ~ Doug Firebaugh

3. Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

4. A little thing comforts us because a little thing afflicts us. ~ Pascal

5. See everything; overlook a great deal; correct a little. ~ Pope John XXIII

6. We shall never have more time. We have, and always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow. Keep going . . . Concentrate on something useful. ~ Arnold Bennett

7. If you think the whole world is wrong, remember it is filled with people like you. ~ can't remember the writer of this gem

8. It's the simplest properties that will help you clear yourself of negativity . . . The profound power of a simple prayer. The strength of a deep breath. The gentle guidance of good music. ~ Jeffrey Wands

Kitties - all of them. This is Aubie.
Kitties - all of them. This is Aubie.
Growing my own flowers - this is Bee Balm.
Growing my own flowers - this is Bee Balm.

9. 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

10. A happy woman is one who has no cares at all; a cheerful woman is one who has cares but doesn't let them get her down. ~ Beverly Sills

11. The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. ~ Benjamin Franklin

12. Great passions are for the great of soul, and great events can be seen only by those who are on level with them. ~ Oscar Wilde

13. My favorite thing to do is go where I've never been. ~ Diane Arbus

14. In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~ John Muir

15. If you make it a habit not to blame others, you will feel the growth of the ability to love in your soul, and you will see the growth of goodness in your life. ~ Leo Tolstoy

16. Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. ~ P.J. O'Rourke

17. Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture. ~ Kak Sri

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    Cindy A Johnson 

    4 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks so much Shyron! I think we all need a little inspiration daily.

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    Shyron E Shenko 

    4 years ago from Texas

    Esmeowl12, you hub is an inspiration to us all, thank you.

    Voted up +++ and shared.

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    Cindy A Johnson 

    5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    I do, too, Nikida! I think we need all the inspiration we can get!

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    Audrey Hunt 

    5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    I'm so glad this is going around again. Loved it 10 months ago and loved it again as I read through it. So here's another quote "If you think you can't - you're probably right." Keeping a positive glow is the foundation to success - right?

    Thanks and sharing. Have a beautiful day.

  • Esmeowl12 profile imageAUTHOR

    Cindy A Johnson 

    5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, catgypsy. I think we all need reminding of "happy thoughts" from time to time.

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    catgypsy 

    5 years ago from the South

    I love good quotes! I have a book that I write all of mine in and sometimes just sit down and read all of them. These are great...got a good laugh at number 16!

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    Shelley Watson 

    5 years ago

    Really enjoyable and some really great quotes. Up, interesting and useful

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    daisyjae 

    5 years ago from Canada

    I like your choice of quotes. I have never heard of most of them before. Nice pics too.

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    Mary Craig 

    6 years ago from New York

    Too often we underestimate..isn't that the truth! We underestimate life and our abilities to live it. Nice hub and photos with lots of food for thought. Voted up.

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    Cindy A Johnson 

    6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks so much, vocalcoach. I love that quote, too!

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    Audrey Hunt 

    6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    I love to inspire as well as be inspired. And your hub has found it's way to my heart.

    My favorite quote is by Leo Buscaglia - " 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."

    Thank you for sharing this up-lifting hub. Voted up!

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    Cindy A Johnson 

    6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    I like #16 too, Teaches12345. A friend showed me that quote and I just loved it. Had to share.

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    Dianna Mendez 

    6 years ago

    Love it! I had a chuckle over #16. You have posted some awesome quotes and very inspirational. I believe in keeping positive and begin each morning quoting a scripture verse of praise. I also try to remember that sometimes a simple smile can change someone's world. Enjoyed your hub.

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    Cindy A Johnson 

    6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, justateacher! I like that one, too.

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    LaDena Campbell 

    6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

    Awesome quotes - I really like #5!

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    Cindy A Johnson 

    6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, Dirt Farmer!

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    Cindy A Johnson 

    6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Ithabise, a friend shared #16 with me and it never fails to make me smile.

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    Michael S. 

    6 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

    No. 16 (Gotta remember that one!) And Aubie--how adorable!

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    Jill Spencer 

    6 years ago from United States

    Thank you for sharing these quotes and pictures. Very nice!

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    6 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Wonderful quotes and pictures! Thank you for sharing :)

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    emichael 

    6 years ago from New Orleans

    I love the Tolstoy quote. Very wise.

  • Esmeowl12 profile imageAUTHOR

    Cindy A Johnson 

    6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks for stopping by raeyecarlos and Gypsy. It's always great to have a nice inspirational quote handy when you're having a not-so-great day!

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 

    7 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Love those quotes!

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    raeyecarlos 

    7 years ago

    Cool! I collect quotes as well. :) Found some here that I would like to keep in my collection.

  • Esmeowl12 profile imageAUTHOR

    Cindy A Johnson 

    7 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    I appreciate your comments reprieve26, movie master & tebo. I think we can all use quotes to brighten the day. Thanks for visiting!

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    tebo 

    7 years ago from New Zealand

    I can't think of any quotes at the moment, but I know I do have some that I am fond of. They aren't coming to me. However I did enjoy reading your quotes. Great.

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    Movie Master 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Great quotes Number 2 is my favourite, thanks for sharing and voted up.

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    Reprieve26 

    7 years ago from Oregon Coast

    I loved #10, #11, and #16-- oh, and the picture of your cat! :)

    Thanks for sharing. This hub brightened my day. Voted up!

  • Esmeowl12 profile imageAUTHOR

    Cindy A Johnson 

    7 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks so much, darlynn86 & Deborah-Diane. I love 'em, too. Always looking for more.

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    Deborah-Diane 

    7 years ago from Orange County, California

    I love inspirational, happy quotes. Thanks!

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    darlynn86 

    7 years ago from Indianapolis

    Great quotes! Awesome hub!

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