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40 Powerful Inspirational Quotes

Updated on May 7, 2012

Reading inspirational quotes is like breathing in fresh air to nourish one’s soul. It is powerful and life changing. And more often than not, it usually comes to you in the perfect time and place to encourage, uplift or just help you see things in another perspective.

Read, enjoy and be inspired! Be blessed.

"Awareness is something that is very important. And you say that it looks impossible to become what we really are, to be authentic, to be ourselves again. But I will tell you that it is much more difficult to try to be what we are not."--Don Miguel Ruiz

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.”-- Emily Dickinson

“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.”-- John F. Kennedy

“Hope is the destination that we seek. Love is the road that leads to hope. Courage is the motor that drives us. We travel out of darkness into faith.”-- Dean Koontz

"You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices."--Deepak Chopra

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"Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not." - George Bernard Shaw

“Prayer power is real. By putting it into action, we will be able to stay more constantly in higher awareness than ever before. If we can do that, the world will quickly change. “—James Redfield

“To know truth is to be truth.”—Unknown

“The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become.” – Heraclitus

“Internal and external are ultimately one. When you no longer perceive the world as hostile, there is no more fear, and when there is no more fear, you think, speak and act differently. Love and compassion arise, and they affect the world.”—Eckhart Tolle

Albert Einstein said this!
Albert Einstein said this!

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”-- Anatole France

“When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.”--W. Clement Stone

“The courage to change is the measure of a real man/woman for only through change can one be enlightened and only through enlightenment can one enter the gates of heaven.”-- Micheal Teal

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”—Khalil Gibran

“What matters the most should never give way to what matters the least.”-- Unknown

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"I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches."--Alice Roosevelt Longworth

"We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." -- Viktor Frankl

“Success is not rightly measured by the worldly standards of wealth, prestige and power. None of these bestow happiness unless they are rightly used. To use them rightly one must possess wisdom and love for God and man.”-- Unknown

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”-- Albert Einstein

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

Let peace begin within our hearts.
Let peace begin within our hearts.

“You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.”—Dale Carnegie

“You think of yourselves as humans searching for a spiritual awakening, when in fact you are spiritual beings attempting to cope with a human awakening. Seeing yourselves from the perspective of the spirit within will help you to remember why you came here and what you came here to do.”—Neale Donald Walsch

“All around the world, people believe that there is a great conflict between good and evil. Well, it’s true that there’s a conflict, but it only exists in the human mind.”—Don Miguel Ruiz

“Feel that you have something to give because you do. Assume that the people you are to play with will show up because they will.” - Michael Bernard Beckwith

“I see the potential for a new world being born in front of me and all around me, and I feel the only way to bring that potential into being is to know myself.”—Gary Zukav

"In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you." --Deepak Chopra
"In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you." --Deepak Chopra

“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up” --The Reverend Jesse Jackson

“If people like you they'll listen to you, but if they trust you they'll do business with you.”—Zig Ziglar

“Everything you do can be done better from a place of relaxation.”—Stephen C. Paul

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity...Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." - Melody Beattie

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.”—Dennis Waitley

“Just as life is an end in itself, so every living human being is an end in himself, not the means to the ends or the welfare of others - and, therefore, man must live for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself.”—Ayn Rand

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Howard Washington Thurman

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”-Oprah Winfrey

“The greatest reward in becoming a millionaire is not the amount of money that you earn. It is the kind of person that you have to become to become a millionaire in the first place.” --Jim Rohn

“If you're going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now.”—Marie Osmond

“Your willingness to look at your darkness is what empowers you to change.” –Iyanla Vanzant

"You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think." -- A Course in Miracles

“I trust that everything happens for a reason, even when we're not wise enough to see it.”-- Oprah Winfrey

"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice." --Meister Eckhart

"Accept your own divinity. Everything is a manifestation of God. When you know that, the power that is LIFE is inside you, you accept your own divinity, and yet you are humble, because you see the same divinity in everyone else." - Don Miguel Ruiz

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      "Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." - Anais Nin

      Good Luck with the challenge Michelle and thank you for being my friend! :) 1 down, 29 to go! You can do it, sis :)

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      RooBee 8 years ago from Here

      Thank you for this! Food for the soul - I will bookmark this for sure.

      Good luck on the challenge, you ambitious Hubber!! :)

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Wonderful quotes. They are worth saving and reading over and over again. Thank you for this hub and good luck in the challenge!!

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      Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Wow! Those Quotes are really inspiring. All the best for the HubChallenge. I look forward to see you achieve your goal of 30 Hubs in thirty days.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Sis Dottie, thank you so much for the support. I believe I am going to go crazy for the coming month LOL But with friends around, I know I will make it through. I just hope GLOBE our internet provider will stop making system restorations. :-) Thanks Angel Dottie for doing the countdown with me. Hurrah for my first hub! Hahaha

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Roobee, trying to be ambitious here Hahaha! I think I would need all these food for the soul during the HubChallenge and oh yes, life in general! Thanks for cheering me on! :-)

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Triplet Mom, glad to know you find this worth saving. May they inspire you time and time again. Thanks for wishing me all the luck. :-)

      Hi Anamika, yes may we be inspired to finish our goals for the next month. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment! :-)

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice hub ripplemaker! Its better to travel than arrive is one of mine - forget who and I've probably misquoted it!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hahaha you are such a dear Lissie! Many thanks for traveling to my hub! :-)

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      k@ri 8 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      Thanks for the wonderful words of wisdom! I felt good before reading them and I feel even better now. :)

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Thank you , Michelle, I will be back to this quotes again for sure!

      Love and Light

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      cobraski 8 years ago from Maryland

      You've chosen some good quotes. Thanks for sharing.

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      soumenpaul 8 years ago from San Jose

      Nice quotes... and some of are really beautiful

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Michelle: I can always come back to this hub when I need a random message. My favorite is this one:

      "Internal and external are ultimately one. When you no longer perceive the world as hostile, there is no more fear, and when there is no more fear, you think, speak and act differently. Love and compassion arise, and they affect the world.”—Eckhart Tolle 

      Thanks for sharing this quotes!

      Hugs/Marie

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      shamelabboush 8 years ago

      These are amazing lines, Ate, seeds of hope, very inspirational. My favorites are: Heraclitus and Gibran... Very deep meanings.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi K@ri, feeling good is the best feeling of all! Glad to have you drop by! :-)

      Hi Tatjana, your presence is always welcome so do come back for 2nd, 3rd or even 4th helpings. :-) Thanks for sharing your love and light!

      Hi Cobraski, glad you agree! Peace!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi soumenpaul, glad you found them beautiful. :-)

      Hi VioletSun/Marie, how come I am not surprised to know that you would love that quote.  LOL  I love that too!  So much difference with a different perspective...and it makes me very hopeful that we can indeed make a better world.  It is always a joy to see you here.  :-)

      HI shamelabboush, these men and women are truly amazing aren't they?  Out of their mouths came wisdom from the heavens.  :-) Glad to see you again.

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      raguett 8 years ago

      great hub, very inspiratinal...I will com back again and again when I need some inspiration..thanks..I'll pass it along as well.

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Words to live by. Bookmarked! Thanks for sharing, I am empowered - sort of! LOL :D

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi raguett, that is sweet of you to pass this along to others. I appreciate that a lot.. truly. Thanks so much.

      Hi Cris, thanks for bookmarking this one. This collection made me empowered to do the Hubchallenge-- 30 hubs in 30 days! After this comment, I'm off to bed and allow my mind to rest awhile. LOL Glad to see you here. :D

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      ocbill 8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      Good quotes, almost like a personal counselor for your dilemma. Thanks

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      charanjeet kaur 8 years ago from Delhi

      Great quotes to abide by, only if life could be simple. All the best for your hub challenge, and certainly a hub worth bookmarking.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi ocbill, your own personal counselor hahahah I love that! Yes, that is one way of looking at it! :-)

      Hi charanjeet kaur, it could be simple if choose it to be. (Wink) thanks for wishing me all the best for the hubchallenge and also for bookmarking this one. :-) Have a powerfully inspired week ahead! :-)

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      Hawkesdream 8 years ago from Cornwall

      These quotes are full if hope and inspiration, good luck with the challenge.

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      amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

      Beautiful hub as always! Thanks for the light this morning. :)

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      Artisan Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      "Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up." ... I really like that.

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      Cathy I 8 years ago from New York

      Another excellent hub. Thank you.

      I love inspirational quotes and I keep my own lists

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks Hawkesdream. Have a hopeful and inspiring day! :-)

      Hi Amy, so good to see you. :-) You just gave me light back. Many thanks and lots of hugs...

      Hi Artisan Walker, me too. I love that quote very much. :-)

      Hi Cathy, you do? I may have to browse through your hubs and if you've published some add it in my Largest Collection of Inspirational Quotes on Hubpages. https://hubpages.com/literature/Largest-Collection...

      Hopefully, the internet connection will restore to its efficient speed so I could read more hubs. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Beth100 8 years ago from Canada

      Truly inspirational quotes that one should read and reread. Better yet, live and be as suggested!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Beth, I like that...LIVE with it! :-) I am sure it will make life more beautiful. Thanks for being here and sharing your heart.

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      Susan Keeping 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Wonderful choices. I know I've only written 9 of 100 so far but I'm needing inspiration...this hub helps :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Univited Writer! 9 out of 100 is an amazing thing. I only went for the 30. And I'm...surviving. hahahaha Glad this is helping you with your hubchallenge. Thanks for the visit. Much love and light to you Susan! :-)

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      Beth100 8 years ago from Canada

      I find myself coming back here at least once a week...thanks Michelle!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Beth, that is music to my ears. Thank you for inspiring me..:-)

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      spirituality 8 years ago from The Netherlands

      Inspiring :)

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      dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Bookmarking this hub for my daily dose of ipower inspiration. Thanks Ripplemaker for supporting us with powerful hubs:) Bless you.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hello dayzeebee, glad you bookmarked this one. Thank you so much! I believe this is a collection of powerful quotes that can affect our lives in many ways. Blessings to you too my dear friend. :-)

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      catherine 7 years ago

      this is what every person should put their hands on. Thanks for making this world worth to be living in.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Catherine, thanks for dropping by a comment. Blessings be upon you. :-)

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      Scott.Life 7 years ago

      I do all I can to see the good and give it power in my life. there is no obsatacle for me but those i create. Thanks for your collection of wisdom...it lifted me up

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Scott, I love how you said that..."to see the good and give it power!" Beautiful words, full of wisdom! Thanks for reading this collection of quotes. :)

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      Clara Ghomes 7 years ago

      hi,

      your inspirational quotes are awesome. your creativity is unique. good keep it up

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      snookiecollins 7 years ago from SmallTown, USA

      I love inspirational Quotes to use as my Status msg on My blogs and My myspace page. Thanks for such a great hub!

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      hotspur 7 years ago from England

      Love the quotes they are like spiritual fuel when the gauge is looking low. Thank-you!

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      treasuresyw 7 years ago from Savannah, GA

      "Love is precious. Treasure it and those who give. Lavish even more on those who don't." -Shalonda "Treasure" Williams

      Thanks for sharing your quotes. Peace

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      Mystique1957 7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Wow, Michelle...

      This has been not only inspiring, it`s been relaxing! I noticed you put thoughts of Dr. Miguel Ruiz. I really like his approach of life. These types of hubs generate good vibes and joy around whoever reads them!

      Thank you for sharing them!

      Two thumbs up!

      warm regards and blessings,

      Al

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks everyone for the comments. :)

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      Isichi 7 years ago

      I loved the quotes totally all i can say is "Mzuri Sana" With Love from Nairobi.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Isichi: Your joy is felt all across time and space..I receive the love you send my way as I return it you as well. Peace and blessings :)

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      katyzzz 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      So true, ripplemaker and you sure do know how to keep them coming in.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks katyzzz :) Nice to see you!

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      myles davis 7 years ago

      ''yesterday is history.tomorrow is a mystery.today?today is a gift.that's why we call it the present."-B.Olatunji

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      alberich 6 years ago

      Hope is the best weapon against fear and despair. Your hub encourages people and give them hope it gives me hope. This world is so ragged and entwined with fear and delusions so every glimpse of hope makes a difference, you are important.

      Carry on and be just You!

      Bless You

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      Agnes 6 years ago

      I love reading your inspirational quote and everything you write on these pages. Carry on with your good works. I am very sure many people will be inspired because of you. I am very happy that i found this hubpages. i am now a fan of yours!!!

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      Art of legend india.com 6 years ago

      i think quotes is best way to motivate anyone. I like last one quotes.I like quotes.

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      Deus Muhandiki 6 years ago

      only way to satisfty urself occurs when you live your real life.

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      DEUS MUHANDIKI 6 years ago

      People are people and they are living as the people.No way out to escape them rather than loving them as Jesus loves us.....with priceless.

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      Rich Mejia Santos 6 years ago from Denver,CO

      Wow purdy interesting quotes!! thanks for sharing them with us.

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      chung 6 years ago

      Love this quote by George Bernard Shaw

      "Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not."

      It's really up to use to make our own future.

      Keep up the good work.

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      wba108@yahoo.com 6 years ago from upstate, NY

      A marvelous collection of quotes, I particularity like this one:

      "We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." -- Viktor Frankl

      With God's grace we always have the freedom to choose to not be selfish and give in to self-pity and dispair. Its a choice!

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      caramellatte 6 years ago

      I like inspirational quotes. Cool hub!:)

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      cjcarter 6 years ago

      "Don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Howard Washington Thurman

      I have this quote in my signature for every email I send :) I love it! Great quotes.

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      Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Lovely and strong inspirational quotes you actually shared here,thanks for sharing.

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      celeBritys4africA 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I like Oprah and I like what she said: everything do happen for a reason.

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      wisdom 5 years ago

      so nice potrayed i like dis tans 4 dis understding u haved shared is gud

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      sonydhiman 5 years ago

      You have chosen very good quality quotes. These quotes would really be helpful to those who need some motivation.

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      mizzylove 5 years ago

      you have really great quotes !!

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      Ndeya 5 years ago

      "Men are living, all we are required is to work. The most difficult part has already been done, which is life in us."

      Ndeya Mbako

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      Gavin Maher 5 years ago

      Where all born with a heart. Depends on how much love and support we get around it in life.

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      Your series of Quotes is really great..Thanks ripplemaker

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      Victor Nsananda Mhlanga 5 years ago

      I like it its like ....i cant explain it

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      free-browsergames 5 years ago

      Thanks so much :)

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      BfoBarney 5 years ago from Australia

      I now know where to go if I ever seek inspiration :)

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      ABBEYsticks 5 years ago

      I'm extremely grateful for the quote. Thanks alot.

      "Only those who attempt the absurd, acheives the impossible.

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      flora 5 years ago

      thanks 4 motivating me

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      Gregorious 5 years ago

      An inspirational quote is a great way to start your day. Thanks for making this wonderful hub.

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      Abraham peter 5 years ago

      Wow wow... It really motivate, thanks

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      Shee Macusi 5 years ago

      W.O.W ! Very Inspiring :)

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      walkingwithhim 5 years ago

      I'm terribly behind but excellent hub! Very professionally done.

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      Gelbee 5 years ago

      I read, enjoyed and have been inspired...I am blessed....I will be following this hub..it's wonderful...Thank you...

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      Adam Finan 4 years ago from Worldwide

      Some nice quotes here I had not heard before thank you for posting this Hub :)

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      You have shared with us a collection of quotes that I will be returning to refuel. I am always looking for new ones to add to my collections as well.

      I am so glad I found these as they are indeed inspiring.

      I am adding this hub to two I have written as a salute to your work. Following are the two links:

      https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/pstraubie...

      https://hubpages.com/health/Many-Ways-to-Be-Thankf...

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Really a motivational and inspiring collection of quotes. Up, interesting and useful (in lieu of an inspiring button).

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 4 years ago from Tumkur

      good quotes with well designed hub

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      Sam 4 years ago

      Some nice quotes here. I would like to add a few more:

      Move on, it's just a chapter in the past. But don't close the book just turn the page.

      ~ Cayla Mills.

      Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.

      ~ Raymond Lindquist.

      Every exit is an entry somewhere.

      ~ Tom Stoppard.

      Source: http://www.wordsheaven.com/work.html

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      Nsananda Victor Mhlanga 4 years ago

      Value determines your dignity

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Your writing is noble and inspirational, Michelle, as is your video. May our dear Father-Mother God, look after your loving heart. Much peace.

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      Julie K Henderson 2 years ago

      This is a fantastic collection of quotes. I especially like the ones from John F. Kennedy, W. Clement Stone, and Alice Roosevelt Longworth. Well done.

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      Dianna Mendez 23 months ago

      Needed these uplifting words of hope today. Sometimes you just need to know others are experiencing the same journey.

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      sunil 22 months ago

      That thought is good nice

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