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Favorite Inspirational Quotes

Updated on October 14, 2009

Classic Inspirational Quotes

Are you looking for a great inspirational quote to fire yourself up, to leave as a personal note to yourself, or to encourage a friend to keep moving forward? Here are a collection of some of my all-time favorite inspirational quotes, gathered over the years from quote books, magazines, email signatures, greeting cards, and fiction and nonfiction books. Hopefully, you'll find just the right inspirational quote in this handful, or possibly on the website listed at the bottom. Feel free to add your own favorites in a comment. I'm always on the lookout for new inspirational quotes. For now, here are mine. Enjoy!

Words That Inspired Me, And Hopefully Will Inspire You

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now. ~ Goethe

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. ~ Abraham Lincoln

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. ~ T. S. Eliot

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. ~ Frank Outlaw

It is not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude. ~ Zig Ziglar

The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude. ~ Dennis S. Brown

Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely. ~ Karen Kaiser Clark

I'd rather be optimistic and a fool, than pessimistic and right. ~ Unknown

It is never too late to become what you might have become. ~ George Eliot

Those who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed. ~ Lloyd Jones

Every great achievement was once considered impossible. ~ Unknown

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. ~ Wayne Gretzky

The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. ~ Henry Van Dyke

You should pray as though everything depends on the Lord. Then, get up and go about as if everything depends on you. ~ Unknown

Do what you can where you are with what you have. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. ~ Judy Garland

More Inspirational Quotes

Here's a collection of Inspirational Sayings that you might find interesting. You can find many more great inspirational quotes at as well, and on these hubpages:


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      11 years ago

      Very inspiring classic quotes!

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      12 years ago

      Your quote selection is truly inspirational....I also collect quotes from all sources, magazines, books. I have a library of my own that bring so much enjoyment. Thank you... I will take time to read each one.

      Here's a few of my favourites....

      "Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach."

      ~ Anthony Robbins ~

      “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”

      ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

      "To dream anything that you want to dream, that is the beauty of the human mind.To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself, to test you limits, that is the courage to succeed."~ Bernard Edmonds ~


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