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8 top inspirational quotes that will change your life

Updated on May 2, 2013

Inspirational quotes are the theme of this hub. Artists, sportsmen, writers and I suppose people from all walks of life seek for inspiration. We want to rise above this material world and feel, experience something transcendental. People use different means to achieve it: some read books, others stay in nature, and some even drug themselves to experience inspiration. Some means are quite positive; others as you may see can be very destructive. I believe we need and we can get inspired in many different ways but in the hub I would offer one more way and that is by reading some inspirational quotes.

Hope for progress

“Every artist was first an amateur” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Doesn’t it give you hope? I suppose you have read quite many stories how people who are very successful nowadays were bad pupils at school, dropped out of universities, had problems in relationships and were even considered to be losers. But they did not remain losers. They pursued their dreams, risked, failed but finally became masters of their trade. Why? They never gave up. When they failed, they always got up and continued. Thomas Edison did not think that his 999 attempts to make a light bulb were failures. He thought that they were lessons how not to make a light bulb. Failures are great teachers to an amateur and they as nobody else help you to become a professional in your field. So, never give in when you fail. The greatest victories are ahead of you. Learn from your mistakes and keep on going forth.

Abundance of opportunities

“No great man ever complains of want of opportunities” by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Opportunities are around every person, but not every person is able to see them just because he is not looking for them or he is too pessimistic and the greatest opportunities are missed even though quite often they are just under his nose. Great man sees them. But what makes a great man great and a great man to see those opportunities? Great thoughts and a great attitude towards life make a man great and enable to sport opportunities in the places where an average man sees only problems. So, change your thoughts and attitudes and opportunities will run to you themselves. Let me go on now and I think you will like the following quotes even more.


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“The power of imagination makes us infinite” by John Muir.

Napoleon once said that imagination ruled the world. I am amazed when I see how people mock this God given gift for us to use. As we humans are not just meat and bones but have a soul, our soul can see, hear, feel and even taste things from the world beyond. Imagination is our souls’ eyes that help us to see invisible things and with the help of faith it helps us to bring those things into the material world. Some people think that political power or the power that money gives is the biggest power on earth. I could not agree less. Faith driven imagination is far greater power than some political position. It also far exceeds the power of money as the power of imagination has some spiritual power in the background, while money does not usually have it.


“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy” by Martin Luther King Jr.

It is really difficult to say much about a person if you haven’t seen him in times of trouble, surrounded by problems and in extremely challenging situations. Even we cannot be sure what kind of people we are if we have never really experienced big difficulties or made very serious choices. A fire of a trial always shows us our true faces. And it not only shows us our true faces but gives us an opportunity to change if we do not like what we find out in us during those times of testing.

Power of thoughts

“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” by Frank Outlaw.

I have never seen anyone better describing how a personality and character is formed. Frank Outlaw did it in a few sentences. Everything starts with the smallest things – your thoughts. So be very careful what thoughts you harbor because once they settle in your mind the other processes begin, which Outlaw described in the quote. You can easily stop evil from inhabiting your soul by stopping evil thoughts when they show up in the horizon. And on the contrary you can keep on thinking good thoughts and good words, deeds and character will be your reward. And you will definitely lead a happy life.


“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others” by Cicero.

Nothing so opens your heart as a grateful heart of the one, whom you had done something good. And vice versa, ungrateful heart breaks relationships, causes conflicts and forces us to stop doing anything good for those who do not feel any gratitude for us. Very often children take everything for granted that their parents do for them. It is good that they usually change when they grow up and have their own children. However, sometimes people never change because they become so self-centered that they think that everybody else should care about them, love them and sacrifice time to serve them. Ingratitude blinds us as we forget that real living is serving others and not expecting others to serve us. So, let us be grateful to everyone who has done us good and let us not stop doing good for others even if they do not thank us for that.


“If you don't like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time” by Marian Wright Eldelman.

We usually do the opposite. We are not happy about our daily life, world, circumstances, but we do not do much. We simply complain about the state of things. However, things do not change because of our complaints. Things change because you do something to bring about the change. I think that most people are not pioneers that take on responsibility of changing things that seem to be in status quo. Others simply believe that most things are impossible to change. What we have to do is to start making one step at a time and what seems impossible will seem ‘mighty possible’ very soon.

Road to success

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places” by unknown author.

It seems that when we decide to do something serious in life all possible forces start going against us. There suddenly appear other opportunities that were never there when we needed them and those opportunities now try to distract us and lure us to do something else and forget what we have determined to reach. I think this has something to do with some general human mentality hanging in the air. That mentality is connected with following masses and going with the flow, but never against the flow. Unfortunately, the road to success never offers you comfort zones, which usually abound in the territory that can be called ‘going with the flow’. If your purpose in life is just to be like everybody else is you are going to lead a mediocre life and your success will be limited.

Ok, it is time to finish! I hope to write some more hubs on quotes later. In the nearest future I will focus on other themes, but I will definitely come back to the topic later. In the meantime, I recommend reading my previous hub: quotes about life. Be blessed.

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    • Fossillady profile image

      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Positive models to live by. I especially liked the idea that Napoleon recognized how imagination rules the world. That is something I have been made aware of lately and it really speaks to me. Thank you for your thoughtful hub!

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      fibo777 6 years ago

      Thanks for the comment Fossillady again. I wish you lots of inspiration in your writing.

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Nice quotes that is well shared,thanks

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      Ted 6 years ago

      I liked Goethe's idea that every artist in the beginning is an amateur. Thanks for sharing.

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      Smalltowngrl1375 5 years ago from Lafayette, Indiana

      Love the one about thoughts, I live by that quote!

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      fibo777 5 years ago

      Yes, thoughts are very important in our lives. Thanks for reading the hub Smalltowngrl1375

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      Yes ,These quotes are really nice..Thanks

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      fibo777 5 years ago

      I am very happy that you liked the quotes htodd.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love the quote about the power of imagination!

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      fibo777 5 years ago

      Oh, yes. Imagination is something I like writing about. Thanks for reading the hub randomcreative.

    • sunkentreasure profile image



      Look for the beauty

      in everything you see.

      Walk in peace

      showing kindness


      The secrets of success

      are motivation

      and dedication

      Happiness is

      what you make happen

      for yourself.

      Caring is

      going to the ends of the world

      for a stranger.

      Be useful with your life.

      Whatever you are doing

      put your whole

      being into it 100%

      Loving is

      pleasing your loved one everyday

      in a 1000 different ways.

      Control your mind

      you are its master

      Be in control.

      Live your life

      without hurting or


      Believe in yourself.

      Have respect for yourself.

      Walk through life

      always with a song.

      © Bernard Levine

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      fibo777 5 years ago

      Cool ideas sunkentreasure. Thanks for sharing them.

    • ashna sambhar profile image

      ashna sambhar 5 years ago

      Every king was 1ce a helpless baby n every gr8t building was 1ce a blue print..So its not where u r today bt where u want 2 reach tomorrow.....

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      fibo777 5 years ago

      Nice quote ashna sambhar.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      What a great hub and thanks for sharing.

      I now look forward to reading many more by you.

      Take care


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      fibo777 5 years ago

      Thanks for your comment EIddwen. I hope to write something inspirational soon.

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      Thanks Fibo777,

      Great quotes. Here is one on gratitude:

      "The most beautiful thing on earth, is man's gratitude to the Supreme, to the divinity in humanity. This is the beauty unparallelled, and it will remain so throughout eternity. - Sri Chinmoy

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      fibo777 4 years ago

      Nice quote manatita44. I am glad you took your time to write a comment. Have a nice week.

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