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Best life quotes - Inspirational life quotes

Updated on May 28, 2012

Best Inspirational quotes and life quotes

Inspirational quotes have always provided me the motivation that I needed for that moment in life, I took the time to share some of them with you. All of us need reminders and inspiration to gently nudge us along, to reach for the stars. Here are some thought provoking quotes from some well known authors to which I have added some of my thoughts, taking a clue from my favorite author Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Read on and be inspired ...

Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day. - Thornton Wilder

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. Arthur C. Clarke

Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks. - Johann Gottfried Von Herder

“Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Choices and Changes in Life Quotation

We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them. -Kahlil Gibran

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes. - Andrew Carnegie

What today will be like is up to me. I get to choose what kind of day I will have! - Sculptor's Attitude.

"I take nothing for granted. I now have only good days, or great days." -Lance Armstrong

Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self - ­Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. ­- ­Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." - Charles Darwin

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. - Zig Ziglar

“You cannot tailor-make the situations in life, but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations.” - Zig Ziglar


Self Esteem, self belief and self confidence quotes

Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.- Ralph Waldo Emerson

He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try. - Beverly Sills

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself. – Cicero

"Faith in oneself is the best and safest course." - Michelangelo,

You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it." - Samuel Butler


Destiny Quotes

Being in control of your life

"We must look for ways to be an active force in our own lives. We must take charge of our own destinies, design a life of substance and truly begin to live our dreams." Les Brown

"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar." - Helen Keller

"Do not be too timid or squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

A soul without a high aim is like a ship without a rudder. - Eileen Caddy

Our destiny changes with our thought; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thought corresponds with our desire. - Orison Swett Marden

Control your destiny or somebody else will. - Jack Welch

Work and Ambition quotes

"There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher."- Henry Van Dyke

All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.- Napoleon Hill

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. - Thomas Jefferson

The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground. - unknown

Will someone else's life be brighter tomorrow because of what you have done today? - William Arthur Ward

Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Success and happiness are not matters of chance but choice.- Zig Ziglar

Inspirational life Quotes - from My Understanding of Life

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know -.Ralph Waldo Emerson

I decided to take a cue from Emerson whom I always love to quote. I decided to tell what I know…


I know, I am confident, but I cannot be sure until I have really tried it!

You don’t have to work too hard to learn, just listen to what happens around you and apply it.

Learning does not happen in a fixed environment; it happens every moment that you open your mind to learn.

Humility makes one consider the ideas of others, while pride shuns them.

When you know what is not good for you why hang on to it?

Love and relationship quotes

If you love someone show it, if you don’t life is wasted.

Love is like a tree that takes time to grow to its fullest potential. When you plant the seed in the dust it seems lost, but then it grows, you need to single it out, give it attention and it will bear you fruit for generations.

Don’t hoard love, just give it away: it will come back to you, more than you can hold!

My days are very happy, because I they are neither too busy, nor are they too packed to enjoy the people Life has gifted me with.

You need not say much, sometimes a simple touch, a look, a hug will do the job better.

Live like a king dispersing your love generously, but learn to count and treasure every moment of it.

I don’t have to agree with everyone, but I can choose to differ with grace.

To sit in judgment of others, is to close the door of compassion and humanity in my life.

Fear, Negativity and other attitude quotes by sofs

Change the way you talk and you will change your life.

Laughter rings out like a bell, everyone gathers at your table, complaining drives away company and leaves you to have your fill of misery.

A product that sells is well thought out, well advertised, why hide your life under the blanket of fear?

Fear hinders you from achieving anything, but faith inspires you to reach greater heights.

Negativity is the sure fire route to bitterness and failure.

Advice quotes by sofs

Look at the life of those who offer advice and then decide if you should accept it.

It is easier to break than build. Easy means nothing.

Build your marriage, it is hard work, but it is worth the effort.

Build up your children they will make you proud. Teach them to love, respect and value and you will impact generations to come.

Facing difficult times

Many are the trials in life, we are made by the way we face them.

Sorrow and joy are a part of life, why magnify the difficult?

Tears do fall from my eyes, they are the cleansing of my soul.

I may fall down, but I never remain there, the hope in me catapults me to greater heights, all the time.

When I stay positive, I find favor, people call it luck, but I know it is Hope, the essence of life.

When I get up in the morning and hear the song birds sing, I know that they thank their creator. Why should I be any different?


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      sofs 5 years ago

      Nevidita, Welcome to Hubpages. That is true some of these quotes contain life changing truths but the decision to changes is in our hands. I am sure you will enjoy this community here. Best wishes to you.

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      Nevidita 5 years ago

      Hi, nice collection of quotes. If we even follow few of them our life will be transformed and will be surely feel better. Many quotes and books change our life and I also agree that we need these to be remided again and again as if like mobile phone battery which has to be charged.

      I am new to hub community and its nice to find people having similar frequencies at a place and being able to interact with them. In case you get time check my hubs.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      mbyl, thanks for the comment and the share.. I appreciate this very much. Have a great day.

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      Slaven Cvijetic 5 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      these are really some inspirational quotes ;) Shared Awesome and Voted up!

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      sofs 6 years ago

      Elijagodbaby, thank you for the encouraging comment! I appreciate this very much. Have a wonderful day, God Bless.

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      elija_god 6 years ago from Nigeria

      I love this stuff!

      Well done and thanks for sharing it!

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      sofs 6 years ago

      I am so glad that you found something in this hub to lift and inspire your spirit.. I often go out looking for it myself.. Thank you for your kind words and for pressing the tabs.. I appreciate that very much. Have a wonderful day :)

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      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you for writing this hub of inspirational quotes-I really needed a lift today and found this so helpful. I too love the quote by Darwin and the one by Abraham Lincoln. Sometimes the simpler the quote is, the more meaningful it is for me. Hit every button.

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      sofs 6 years ago

      Thank you... hope that you are truly inspired!!

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      ilh 6 years ago

      awesome quotes man

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      sofs 6 years ago

      Glad to have sent some inspiration in your direction.. :) Have a great day!

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      Abundant Old Soul 6 years ago from united states

      I love reading these. I use them for inspiration. Hope you see what I am thinking

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      sofs 6 years ago

      Glad that you feel that way.. optimism is the only way to live.. if you don't have it you exist from day to day!! Thank you CeleBrity4africa for your visit and your comment!!Much appreciated!

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      celeBritys4africA 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Great quotes! I am feeling more optimistic today.

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      sofs 7 years ago

      Thank you Embee for your kind words, I love Ralf Waldo Emerson and collect his quotes as well as others. Glad to know that you do so too. Thank you for all your support Embee, you have been a great source of encouragement to me. God Bless!

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      embee77 7 years ago

      You are quite the poet, sofs. I love your own words of wisdom as much as those from the names we know. I started a collection of quotes when I was a teenager. And I still collect them - now, in a Word file. I just really admire a concise formulation of a large idea. Nice going.

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      sofs 7 years ago

      Herbert, Thank you for taking the time to tell me how you felt, it is really wonderful and uplifting when people take the time to do this. I honestly appreciate the comment and the effort.

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      Herbert 7 years ago

      Its been a great experience being here.

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      sofs 7 years ago

      Thank you PegCole, pleasure to see you here, happy that you found something uplifting here and glad to know that you loved my quote.

      I really do appreciate the visit, love you and God bless!

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      Peg Cole 7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      There are some really great quotes here! Good uplifting words to start my day. Thanks!

      Among my favorites:

      "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." - Thomas Jefferson

      "Many are the trials in life, we are made by the way we face them." - sofs

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      sofs 7 years ago

      I am honored Twenty five,

      Now you have me floored,

      You have struck a reverberating chord,

      With your delightful record...

      I was just writing some poetry and so it flowed.. Thank you Twenty Five a high five to you! My thoughts are wortha penny!!

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      twentyfive 7 years ago

      Those are great collections and I like more those from you :)

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      sofs 7 years ago

      Ohhhhhhhhh... I love that quote from Darwin.. ..I have been using it every time I get to address a gathering...Emerson... is my inspiration... I wanted to do this for so long.. This is very close to my heart.

      I am glad you think so too Timorous! Can I ever thank you enough.. ?? I 'll try ..thank you. :)

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      timorous 7 years ago from Me to You

      Yes..I must admit R.W. Emerson was quite the sensible, forward thinker. Also, that quote from Darwin was likely more prophetic that even he imagined!

      Your own observations are also right on the mark, sofs. Nice going. [voted UP]