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Inspiration Quotes and Affirmations

Updated on February 20, 2010

How To Benefit From Inspiration Quotes and Affirmations

I learned about an important difference between Inspiration Quotes and Affirmations when coaching people who had confidence or weight loss issues to deal with.

Let's deal with Inspiration Quotes first. These are useful when you're trying to change something in your make up.

Imagine you're working on improving your confidence. Suddenly you find yourself feeling anxious. You need to quickly get back on track and feel confident.

You reach into your memory and pluck out an inspiration quote like William Ward's:

"Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records."

You repeat this two or three times and soon you're back on track, feeling good about yourself.

Affirmations Work in a Different Way

You need to use Affirmations to remind yourself what you are aiming to achieve BEFORE you get yourself into a situation.

The most famous affirmation is probably the first recorded use of an affirmatiion is Ãmile Coué's:

"Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better."

See how it sets up a state of mind.


You have to believe that it's happening. It's no good just mouthing the words and hoping that something will magically change. You have to want it, you have to believe it will happen.

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My Personal Favorite Inspiration Quotes

"You must live as if you are immortal." Lord Weinstock

"The mind is never right except when it is at peace with itself." Seneca

"The mind is everything, what you think you become." The Buddha

"If you always do what you have done, you will always get what you have got." Dr Roy Padget

"Just sit! Meditate. Someone will join you." Zen

"None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm." Henri Thoreau

"If you keep growing as a person there is no need to get old. Most people just have insufficient life wish." Artie Shaw

"Optimism infuses the mind with confidence and builds up belief in oneself." N.V. Peale

"Few things are impossible to diligence and skill." Dr. Johnson

"A good statement of the problem is half the solution." Charles Kettering

"You have to think a lot, you have to change a lot, otherwise you can't go forward." Goran Ivanisovic

"Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, "certainly I can!" Then get busy and find out how to do it." Theodore Rooseveldt

"The quitter never wins and the winner never quits." Anon

"In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength." Isiah

"The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of." Pascal

"If we insist on an eye for an eye the whole world will be blind." Ghandi

"Learn from your successes rather than your failures." Bernard Haldane

"Noone can take your self respect or dignity away from you, you can only give it away." Ghandi

"Look into your own being and seek it not through others." D.J. Suzuki

"First you have to make a very basic decision - do you want to lift yourself up or put yourself down." Newman and Berkowitz

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler." " Einstein

"Steep yourself in your subject, work like hell, and love, honor and obey your hunches." Leo Burnett

"You can change your thinking and thereby change your life." Mary Crowe

"The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts." Marcus Aurelius

"Each person is ultimately their own teacher." George Zaluchi

"Illness takes you right to the end of your tether. Which is where some people find themselves." John Barnes

"Yesterday has already gone, tomorrow has not yet happened, we only have today." Mother Teresa

"I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think." Socrates

Transformational Leadership
Transformational Leadership

Favourite Leadership Quotations

These are my favourite leadership inspirational sayings:-

“The role of the leader is to unite and ignite the resources of the team to achieve a common goal.”

David Ferrers

“Good management creates the organisational framework that makes an outcome possible. Transformational Leadership fires up the engines of confidence, will power and enthusiasm to achieve the result.”

David Ferrers

“It is essential to remind ourselves that the pursuit of any object depends for its value on the worth of the object pursued. If, then, you would avoid discouragement, never become unduely absorbed in things that are not of the first importance.”

Marcus Aurelius

“Transformational leadership can be seen when leaders and followers make each other advance to a higher level of moral and motivation.”

James MacGregor Burns

“Leadership is working with and through others to achieve objectives.”

Dr. Paul Hersey, Professor of Leadership Studies at Nova Southeastern University

“Danger is central to self-knowledge.”

French existentialist movement

“My obsession is the never-ending search for perfection, I have a fear of emptyness, which I fill by the act of seeking. I’m afraid if I stop seeking, then the fear of death will exert itself, or more precisely the fear of living, so extraordinary and magnificent is life.”

Eric Cantona

“Management is doing things right, leadership is doing the right things”.

Warren Bennis and Bert Nanus

“It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.”

Adlai Stevenson

“You do not lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his action.”

Jawaharlal Nehru

“Most important, leaders can conceive and articulate goals that lift people out of their petty preoccupations and unite them in pursuit of objectives worthy of their best efforts.”

John Gardner

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

John Quincy Adams

“I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”

Ralph Nader

“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go but ought to be.”

Rosalynn Carter

“Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.”

Vince Lombardi

“The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.”

Walter Lipmann

“He had a smile that could light the candles on a birthday cake.” About my hero Sir Bobby Robson

David Ferrers

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”

Winston Churchill

Transformational Leadership is the ability to create and transmit a charismatic vision that runs through an organisation like an electric current, inspiring and energising the thoughts, ideas and actions of the people to elevate their performance.”

David Ferrers

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      PRPrints 9 years ago


      You have a great lens here. I love the quotes - some of my favorites are here.

      I've also got some quotes on my Inspirational and Motivational Designs lens here on Squidoo as well ( You should add a link to your lens in the "Where Do You Find Inspiration" module. Hopefully it will send some more people back here too.



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      SerenityPrayerG 10 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these! Uplifting!