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15 Inspirational Quotes To Live By

Updated on November 30, 2014

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Quotes are thoughts of passion. Quotes are a vivid means of inspiration. They are many times a call to action.

Quotes inspire compassion. They spark the soul and quench the thirst to believe. They heal wounds of sorrow and despair.

They live in eternity and supply hope to the hopeless and meaning to life. Quotes imbed life with eternal wisdom.

I research and seek out quotes when I need to lift my soul and mind out of the abyss. When I research a quote it opens up a world of infinite knowledge. I learn a new writer, activist, philosophy and, or, language, per se, and my learning is solidified.

Here are just a few of the many quotes I live by:


1. Robert Frost, American Poet

By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day."

What did Mr. Frost mean by this? Well, honestly, I can only interpret this as what I was thinking, but for me it was a call to action. An internal look at my professional pursuits. Am I looking for the meaning, or seeking work as a vocation versus working to get a title and boss people around? To each his own, but I choose meaning. It lasts longer and makes me happier! I work for many reasons, but not only to be a boss, but to teach, inspire, lead and develop people.

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2. William Arthur Ward, Author Of Fountain of Faith, One of America's most quoted writers of inspirational maxims

“It is wise to direct your anger towards problems — not people; to focus your energies on answers — not excuses.”

Wisdom comes with experiences and time. This quote focuses on the human aspect of treating others with respect. The proverbial "treat others as you would like to be treated" is implied and mentioned here. Seek the truth with integrity and be part of the solution.

3. Positively Positive, Inspirational website

"A successful man is one that builds a foundation with the bricks thrown at him."

The first thing that comes to mind is OPPORTUNITY--seize it. Take it. Use it. No matter how hard, how difficult, how risky--run with it. Adversity and animosity comes with change, but it is how we deal with it that conquers it and teaches us all about life.

4. Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Essayist, Poet and Lecturer

“As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble."

Have you ever, or known someone that uses methods or ways that are not in line with clear set guidelines and principles and wonder why they are not getting the results they want or need? The laws of gravity, space and light can not be changed or altered. Common sense is not so common. Know the truths, facts and principles and then pursue your goals. It will only increase your chances of achievement.

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5. Bob Proctor, Motivational Speaker and Author

"Most people are not going after what they want. Even some of the most serious goal seekers and goal setters, they're going after what they think they can get."

When I read this, I thought self-imposed limitations. This is what we do to ourselves. We set limitations on our own goals and that deters us. We end up doing what we think we should do and not what we really want to do. Taking risks means setting aside our fears and going with our gut after giving ourselves permission to seek what we really need out of life. We deserve it. Why not?

6. Cie Games, Game App developer, Founder, Justin Choi

"If you shut people up or if you put them in cubes and tell them to be quiet, you have a dead workspace. I wanted people motivated and expected to get up and talk about their ideas."

The new work environment, or better said, the way, creative, innovative work places should be, calls for openly natural physical workspaces that encourage creative dynamics. Cubicles are so 1967! (Smile)

7. Bob Parsons, Go Founder

"What I like better is ambition -- ambition to deal with whatever comes your way, overcome it and get better. Persistence and ambition is what you'll find in every successful entrepreneur."

Succeeding in life involves many a virtue. Ambition is not a bad thing, but requires a lot of persistence and the ability to overcome defeat and fail your way to success. Never quit!

8. Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

I am actually enamored by this quote because of its depth. Letting others speak into your life and opine about who you are and what you stand for is none of your business--let them say what they want. You know who you are, don't let others opinions of you dictate what you do!

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9. Steve Jobs, Apple Founder, Stanford Commencement speech 2005

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle."

Love or hate him, this speech is a classic! I read this every time I need a boost of motivation to achieve my goals no matter what--to find that happy place. Carpe diem!

10. Margaret Shepar, Renowned Calligrapher, Lecturer and Author

"Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith."

Call to action. This is what this quote brings to mind. Sometimes you just have to do it. Sometimes you have to launch when you are not ready and go through it to grow through it.

11. Hellen Keller, American Author, Political activist and Lecturer

"What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us."

Memories and experiences go hand in hand in life. They make life worthwhile. The good ones and the bad ones make us who we are. No one can ever take away the scars and footprints left behind. This quote reminisces for us and gives us nostalgia of the past and hope for the future.

12. British Government, Second World War

"Keep Calm and Carry on"

Motivating us since 1939! We have seen this quote revised, updated and changed in so many ways, but it still remains a landmark quote of motivation. This motivational poster by the British Government in 1939 became mainstream in 2000 and its meaning is somewhat commercialized, but I love the serenity and battle of it at the same time. It helps me during moments of turmoil to remain in control and not give my power away.

13. Sojourner Truth, Woman's Right Activist 1800s

"It is the mind, that makes the body. How do you want to treat yours?"

The mind-body connection is near and dear to me as this quote manifests. As I continuously pursue my goal of being mentally, physically, spiritually and financially fit (inhale) this quote reminds me how it all matters. (exhale)

14. Maya Angelou, Author, poet, dancer and singer

"Living life is not the same as earning a living. Go out and live it--alive."

So many of us live life dead as if we are just buying time. Why? Why, waste the most valuable and priceless gift given to us?

15. Les Brown, Motivational Speaker and Author

"Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still land among the stars."

Les Brown is one of the best motivational speakers in the world. I listen to his videos and messages on a daily basis. When listening to his "Shoot for the moon" series, this quote is the franchise theme of the series. Why do we fail at achieving success, goals or the life we want? Not because we aim to high, but because we aim way too low. This reminds me to always aim high and for the moon because I will still get what I want and achieve.

Quote Your Life Away

Quotes are living, breathing, eternal, manifestos that can inspire, persuade, motivate and so much more. Whenever you feel down-read one. Whenever you feel good-read one. Whenever you feel alone-read one. Whenever you feel--reach for one and never let it go.

What's on your list of inspirational quotes?

Happy quoting!


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      Nicholas Daly 

      3 years ago from NSW Australia

      My quotes are often short and sweet but just letting you know as above I've written my list (whether or not it's viewable yet, as I just published).. ;) I'll go check what you have most recently published, I hope all is well with you- chat to you later.. Cheers

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      Writerly Yours 

      3 years ago

      NonCopy book, thank you for taking the time to read my hub. I really appreciate it. Yes, I agree. Love the ones you mentioned too. Quotes get me through life and they keep me sane too. I go to them for inspiration, motivation, optimism etc. It's like that friend that never disappoints. Thank you also for saying I write well. I really appreciate that. Good luck with your list. I am sure it will be amazing! Do it! :)

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      Nicholas Daly 

      3 years ago from NSW Australia

      New here and I was thinking of doing a list like this. You write well. I think my list will be restricted to philosophers only- or something like that..! In fact many philosophers approach optimism in an almost underhandedly cynical way, like the quote “If we could be satisfied with anything, we should have been satisfied long ago" by Seneca, which I love.. It's funny how for me at least framing positivity in cynicism makes it more true and real- like or reminiscent of the Socrates quote on learning/knowledge- “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” My favourite of yours was the Eleanor Roosevelt one- as a white man from a middle class then well-to-do family I don't know if I reach certain depths with this quote as some others may...(?) I can certainly relate in terms of wealthy or intelligent people though, we all have both flaws and challenges unique in our world and no one should ever feel inferior to anyone else.


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