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Inspiring & Uplifting Famous Quotes & Sayings

Updated on July 20, 2015

Inspirational Quotes and Sayings

I love quotes and sayings, and the way in which I can be inspired, motivated and even sometimes saddened by them. My favourites are the inspiring and uplifting kind, and I have quite a few favourites that I read when I feel like I need cheering up! Here's a list of my favourite uplifting and inspiring famous quotes and sayings that never fail to put me in a good mood, and I hope they can inspire others too!

  • Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step ~ Lao Tzu
  • I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
  • There is nothing impossible to him who will try ~ Alexander The Great
  • Always look on the bright side of life ~ From the movie Monty Python's Life of Brian
  • Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that ~ Martin Luther King, Jr
  • A jug fills drop by drop ~ Buddha
  • Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back ~ Arthur Rubenstein
  • He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still ~ Lao Tzu
  • Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew ~ Saint Francis de Sales
  • Dost thou love life? Then waste not time for time is the stuff that life is made of ~ Benjamin Franklin
  • Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind ~ Buddha
  • If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading ~ Lao Tzu
  • Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody is watching ~ Satchel Paige
  • I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures ~ Lao Tzu
  • If you wait to do everything until you're sure it is right, you will probably never do much of anything ~ Win Borden
  • It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell ~ Buddha
  • Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly ~ Robert. F. Kennedy
  • Know yourself and you will win all battles ~ Sun Tzu
  • I would rather attempt something great and fail than attempt to do nothing and succeed ~ Robert Schuller
  • It's always too soon to quit ~ Norman Vincent Peale
  • No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path ~ Buddha
  • A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new ~ Albert Einstein
  • You always pass failure on the way to success ~ Mickey Rooney
  • Don't take life too seriously because you'll never get out alive ~ Josh Shippe
  • The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  • When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best - that is inspiration ~ Robert Bresson
  • Belief creates the actual fact ~ William James
  • The greatest inspiration is often born of desperation ~ Comer Cotrell
  • Believe you can and you're halfway there ~ Theodore Roosevelt
  • Prepare your mind to receive the best that life has to offer ~ Ernest Holmes
  • Change your thoughts and you change your world ~ Norman Vincent Peale
  • To him who is determined it remains only to act ~ Italian Proverb
  • Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul ~ Thomas Merton
  • Fear less, hope more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours ~ Swedish Proverb
  • For a gallant spirit there can never be defeat ~ Wallis Simpson
  • Here is a test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't ~ Richard Bach
  • Give light and people will find the way ~ Ella Baker
  • The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live ~ Joan Borysenko
  • Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present ~ Jim Rohn
  • The purpose of life is a life of purpose ~ Robert Byrne
  • Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul ~ Democritus
  • Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  • Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy ~ Lao Tzu
  • I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be ~ Douglas Adams
  • Hope is a waking dream ~ Aristotle
  • 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
  • If it were not for hopes, the heart would break ~ Thomas Fuller
  • We must become the change we want to see ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  • It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light ~ Aristotle Onassis
  • Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself ~ Desiderius Erasmus
  • Man never made any material as resiliant as the human spirit ~ Bern Williams
  • Nothing is impossible, the word itself says "I'm possible"! ~ Audrey Hepburn
  • You change your life by changing your heart ~ Max Lucado
  • Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realise there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you ~ Lao Tzu
  • Quotes are nothing but inspiration for the uninspired ~ Richard Kemph : )


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      anaya 6 years ago

      shoooooooooooooooooo sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet i realy like ur quotes

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      Your so very welcome. Your hubs are so fascinating, well written and a pleasure to read.

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      GJ56 6 years ago

      Hehehe thanks for the tip Mrs. J. B. : D

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      Now G: The Hub Rules which by the way I have broken by the way sooooo many times!!!!After reading what now is no no on hubs, I will either end up in detention, the principal's office with my Mom being called in or expelled!!!! NO NO NO self promotion of great quotes from me... NOPE I plead the 5th

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      GJ56 6 years ago

      Haha nowt wrong with a bit of self-promotion! And thankyou for your kind comment : ) I love quotes too...they're a brilliant way to sum up a feeling in one great sentence! : )

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      BRAVO!!!! I love this hub. All one's emotions are brought out quickly.. I too love quotes.... NO NO NO I cannot self promote..

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      GJ56 6 years ago

      Hi Michael, thanks for your lovely comment - I love using quotes to express my mood, I think they do the job well! Glad you enjoyed it : )

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      michael ely 6 years ago from Scotland

      Hi GJ56, great Hub, full of great quotes. Sometimes just a well chosen sentence or phrase can be very inspirational in the right circumstances.

      Michael.