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101 Of The Best Inspirational Sayings And Quotes Of All Time

How is your day going so far?

Are you looking for motivation and need some inspiration?

It's not uncommon to go through slumps where you don't feel like doing anything beyond binge-watching your favorite TV show.

Rather than watch TV, why not read something that will give you a shot of motivation and be uplifting?

One of the best ways to do that is by focusing on inspirational sayings and quotes.

Inspiring sayings can be found for all types of emotions and life's challenges, but some motivation quotes are universal bits of wisdom that give you that “Aha!” moment of inspiration or motivational bounce that you need.

This collection of inspirational quotes includes some classics you're probably familiar with and some that may be new to you that you’ll love too.

101 Of The Best Inspirational Sayings And Quotes Of All Time

Popular Inspirational Quotes And Sayings

Choose one of the 25 of the best inspirational quotes below:

1. “Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you.” — Grace Coddington

Never stop paying attention or think there is nothing out there for you. You can find inspiration in the most unlikely places.

2. “You cannot save people, you can just love them.” — Anaïs Nin

You can't control the destiny of other people. All you can do is support people on their journey.

3. “It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” — Howard Ruff

Be prepared for what might come, so if the worst happens, you have what you need to survive.

4. “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”— Buddha

There is no question that holding onto anger has consequences for you. And the truth is, it does nothing to hurt the other person.


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5. “Numbing the pain for a while will only make it worse when you finally feel it.” — Albus Dumbledore

Allow yourself to feel the negative emotions that come along with life. Work through them and accept them so you can move on and live the rest of your life in happiness.

6. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” — Earl Nightingale

Pursue your dreams no matter what hurdles you think you have in front of you. If you don't try, you will never reach your goal.

7. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” — Lao Tzu

Every step you take toward a goal may seem insignificant, but you must have confidence in your destination. Be clear about your goal so you know that the steps you're taking will help you end up where you ultimately want to be.

8. “You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might.”— Henry David Thoreau

Getting focused in the right direction is only the first step to success, you then need to give as much effort as you can to move forward. You may know where you want to go, but if you can't gather up the motivation to get there, you will never succeed.

9. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”— Will Rogers

It can be hard to get on the right track, but once you're there, you have to take action. Things will get easier as you move down your path, and you will get the hang of it as you keep moving forward.

10. “There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.”— Roger Staubach

Very few people go the extra mile in their work. Make yourself stand out from the crowd by doing a bit more than is expected from you. This will always work out to your benefit.

11. “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.”— Teddy Roosevelt

Take a look around to see what you can do with what you have. Don’t spend your time thinking about the things that you don't have. Work on your endeavors, and you will realize you have what you need to accomplish big things.

12. “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.”— John Madden

Of course, people want things to be easy quickly and make it to their goals right away. However, you have to pay your dues. Most people will avoid the challenges and think things will never get easy. However, the tough parts are simply a way of weeding out the people who want success from those who are all talk.

13. “What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.”— Tim Ferriss

Instead of feeling bad about being fearful of something, you can use those feelings to figure out what is most important to you. Fear can help you get anything accomplished because it requires moving past the fear to meet your goals.

14. “The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.”— Richard Bach

Change your viewpoint on what “work” is. You can either think of it as being miserable and tedious, or you can look forward to accomplishing your work every day.

15. Do what you love and the money will follow.”— Marsha Sinetar

People say you should start doing what you love as early as you can in life, and after you do it for long enough, you should be able to make money from it. If you work only for the money, it's harder to enjoy your work because you become stuck in a job you're not passionate about.

16. “Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.”—Victor Kiam

This quote shows that a failure is not the end of the world. When you try and fail, you're still moving forward. It’s better to risk failure than not do anything at all.

17. “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”— Henry David Thoreau

Whenever you buy something or invest in an outcome, you're exchanging the time and energy it takes to earn the money or make the effort to get it. Make sure your purchases (and outcomes) merit the time and energy you invest.

18. “Someday is not a day of the week.”— Denise Brennan-Nelson

It is easy to push things off to the vague “someday.” But this is a method of procrastinating and fooling yourself into believing your goals will happen without planning for them. If something is really important to you, set a specific deadline for it.

19. “Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.”— Arthur Christopher Benson

If you aren't self-examined, you will replicate your patterns no matter where you are. But if you self-aware and work to change your limiting beliefs, bad habits, and self-defeating behaviors, you don't need a change of scene.

20. “If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.”— Ben Hogan

If you find yourself outmatched in life, you can still increase your work ethic to maximize your potential for success. All is not lost if you lose to someone else — you just have to put in extra work to become victorious.

21. “Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.”— Russell Warren

When you have your sights set on achieving your goals, the rest of your life can fade into the background. But the more you think about your goal, the more likely the more likely it will come true.

22. “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” — Elbert Hubbard

No one likes criticism, but it is inevitable when you take risks, express opinions, or follow your dreams. You can't allow potential criticism to hold you back from taking action — unless you want to remain stuck in life.


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

Never stop using your imagination. No matter the size of your accomplishments, they always begin with your imagination. The power of your imagination is the impetus behind all great achievements.

24. “Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill

If you fail at an endeavor, you have to pick yourself up and keep going. Don't let failures get you down because they move you one stop closer to achieving your goals.


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25. “Never apologize for having high standards. People who really want to be in your life will rise up to meet them.” — Ziad K. Abdelnour

Don't compromise. When you have demanding standards, you will attract people who hold the same values and want to help you succeed.

Inspirational Quotes About Life

Have a look at the 23 inspirational quotes about life below:

26. “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.” — Coco Chanel

If something isn't working in life, move on. Stop wasting your time on something that will never work out.

27. “Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.” — Brian Tracy

No matter what your situation is, if you are able to look at it with a positive attitude, you can transform the challenges and turn them into stepping stones to success.

28. “Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” — Robin Sharma

You need to get out there and try new things to live a fulfilling life. If you remain stagnant, your life will be wasted.

29. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” — Billie Jean King

Don't give up, no matter how many times you fail.

30. “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.” — Author Unknown

You have to get out there and experience things in order to learn and grow as a person. You can't just stay in one spot for your entire life.

31. “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.” — Albert Einstein

You can't count on other people to make you happy, and you certainly won't be fulfilled by material things. A productive life of achievement based on your goals and values will foster sustained happiness.

32. “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” — Seth Godin

Create a life that you love to live by following your dreams and living out your passions. Don't settle for less than you truly want.

33. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” — Karen Lamb

Don't procrastinate on your dreams. Think about how happy you will be in a year with the progress you make on your dreams if you start today.

34. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”— George Eliot

You are never too old to pursue your dreams. No matter how off course you have gotten, you can start working toward your dreams starting today.

35. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” — Beverly Sills

If something in your life is worthwhile, then it’s worth doing it right and enjoying the process. Taking shortcuts will prevent you from having the full experience.

36. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” — Alan Kay

The future doesn't exist yet, so you can come up with a version of it that best suits your needs. Put your best efforts into creating the life you want.

37. “Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” — Arnold Palmer

You may want to give up when the odds are against you, but you have to give everything as much effort as you can. You never know how your efforts might pay off.

38. “Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda

There is no in-between with finishing what you start. Choose to finish that one thing you’ve been trying.

39. “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” — Jim Rohn

It's more productive to improve yourself than to wish the task was easier. Grow to the challenge.

40. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretzky

Don't be a spectator in life. It's more important that you have the courage to take a shot than whether or not it goes in. But you are guaranteed to fail if you don't try.

41. “The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.” — Ann Landers

Treat other people as you want to be treated, no matter what they can or will offer you. Kindness and respect with all people set you apart.

42. “One's best success comes after their greatest disappointments.” — Henry Ward Beecher

No matter how bad your failure may seem, don't quit because often this is the time you are on the brink of success.

43. “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” — Harry Truman

Keep your eye on your goal, not on how many people are watching you get there. Don't let yourself get distracted by your own ego needs.

44. “Many of the things you can count, don’t count.”—Albert Einstein

Material things and money are not what is important in this life. What count are your experiences, relationships, and achievements.

45. “Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Everyone experiences struggles. While your struggles might be unique to you, life challenges are universal.


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46. “The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.” — John E. Southard

Don't spend time or energy on getting back at those who have hurt you. Instead, help those who have helped you.

47. “Say what you want to say when you have the feeling and the chance.” — Jim Keller

If you pass up the opportunity to express your true feelings, you may regret the missed chance.

48. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” — Jim Ryun

Your desire to do something consistently must be supported by your willingness to make it a habit. You must work on it daily until it becomes automatic.


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49. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.”— Muhammad Ali

You don’t want to breeze through life just marking time waiting for something to make your life better. Be joyful, present, and mindful every day to get the most from your life.

Short Inspirational Quotes

I think you'll enjoy a look at these 25 short inspirational quotes:

50. “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” — Albert Einstein

Creative endeavors are another way of expressing your intelligence. You can apply creativity to anything you do to make it more interesting and enjoyable.

51. “If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, but never the goal.” — Author Unknown

Never give up on your goals. Just reassess your strategies if you aren't getting traction.

52. “I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.” — Abraham Lincoln

Kill your enemies with kindness and respect, and more often than not, they will become your friends.

53. “Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.” — Thomas Edison

You have to put in the work to get the results you are looking for.

54. “Do it with passion, or not at all.” — Rosa Nouchette Carey

Don't bother doing something if you are only going to do it halfway. Do it with energy and joy.

55. “The grass is greener where you water it.” — Neil Barringham

You have to nurture the relationships and efforts that you want to grow and thrive.

56. “If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” — Seth Godin

Don't let fear stand in your way of accomplishing things.

57. “I never dream of success. I worked for it.” — Estee Lauder

You can't sit back and expect success to fall in your lap. It requires hard work and dedication.


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58. “Dream big and dare to fail.”— Norman Vaughan

If you have a fear of failing, you’ll keep your goals small. By overcoming this fear and being fully willing to fail, you allow your mind to expand your dreams.

59. “The best dreams happen when you’re awake.”— Cherie Gilderbloo

You must be fully present and attentive to make your dreams a reality. You can't keep dreams in your mind — you must take action.

60. “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” — T.S. Eliot

You can start over with every passing moment. You can forget the past, release anything holding you back, and start over doing the things you want to do. Remember that your future is being created every moment.

61. “Light tomorrow with today.” — Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Whatever you do today is either moving you forward or backward. Make the most of each day, and eventually, you will start to notice that your days are improving, which will set you up well for the future.

62. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt

Believing in yourself and your abilities will encourage you to take action and do your best. Start by believing that you can take the first step to reach your goal.

63. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” — George Addair

You have to move past your fears so you can get what you want. You have to face fear, no matter how big or small, and take action anyway to get what you want.

64. Change your thoughts and you change your world.”—Norman Vincent Peale

The beginning of all positive change begins with your thoughts. Negative, limiting thoughts will hold you back. Optimistic thoughts will pave the way for success.

65. “If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.” — Mario Andretti

If you are living in your comfort zone, you aren't achieving as much as you are capable of achieving. Stir up your life so you can accelerate your growth.

66. “Action is the foundational key to all success. — Pablo Picasso

Nothing gets accomplished without taking the actions needed to reach your final goal. Remember, being busy and actually taking goal-oriented action are different.

67. “I will go anywhere as long as it is forward.” — David Livingston

Time and your life should move in the same direction. Keep looking forward and your final destination won't matter, as long as it represents progress forward.

68. “If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all? — Joe Namath

Don't start a journey that you don't plan to finish. Don't start something if you can't put your best foot forward.

69. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” — Napoleon Hill

There will always be a reason to not start something new in your life. While the timing might not seem perfect, you have to get started right now. You can improve things as you go along and make adjustments as necessary.

70. “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” — Christopher Reeve

But once you give up hope, nothing is possible. Hope is believing things will work out and having an optimistic outlook. Never give up hope because life can surprise you, even in the darkest times.

71. “Make each day your masterpiece.” — John Wooden

Never take a day for granted. When it comes to an end, your life will ultimately be made up of the accumulation of your days, so make sure you value each day as a precious gift.

72. “The best way out is always through.” — Robert Frost

If you’re having a hard time in life, it’s tempting to try to quit, but this quote reminds us that we have to keep going. You can't escape your problems by ignoring them. You must experience them to find solutions.


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73. “Avoiding failure is to avoid progress.” — Author Unknown

Accept the fact that you will have times in your life when you fail. You have to look at these experiences as opportunities to learn and grow so you can make progress in the future.

74. “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.” — John Maxwell

There is really no losing in life. If you don't succeed in doing something, you still will have learned a valuable life lesson that you can take with you when you try again in the future.

Uplifting Quotes For Everyday

75. “Anyone who has ever made anything of importance was disciplined.” — Andrew Hendrixson

Success does not come without discipline, and if you want to do something important, you must remain committed and steadfast from beginning to end.

76. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

If you want to effect change, you can't rely on other people to do it for you. You need to take action and initiative to make things happen for yourself.

77. “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Words often belie our true feelings and intentions, but our actions rarely do. Pay attention to how people behave if you want to know the truth of who they are.

78. “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” — Dr. Robert Schuller

Adversity is fleeting, but the strength you build by coping with adversity will be with you always.

88. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” — Billie Jean King

Part of being successful at anything is tenacity. Keep trying as many times as it takes to master your goal.

89. “Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.” — Ted Williams

Getting started is the hardest part. But, if you stick with it, you will improve and become proficient. You learn through doing.

90. “Choosing a goal and sticking to it changes everything.” — Scott Reed

Once you learn how to commit to your goals and follow through, you have the power to change your entire life.


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91. “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t feel discouraged if your tasks seem minuscule. The potential of each task is big and can lead to great things.

92. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” — Vince Lombardi

Everyone gets knocked down at some point, but getting back up is the key to success. Pick yourself up and keep going.

93. “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”—Napoleon Hill

Whatever you can dream in your life, you can accomplish, but only if you put your imagination into action.

94. “Never let your memories be greater than your dreams.” — Doug Ivester

Don't rest on your laurels. Enjoy your successes but keep moving forward toward your next goal.

95. “Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.” — Stephen R. Covey

If you want to succeed at anything, you must feel self-motivation. No one can pull you or push your toward your goals if you aren't ready to work on them.

96. “You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can´t have it.” — Robert Anthony

What you can or cannot do is all about your attitude toward your abilities.

97. “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” — Ella Fitzgerald

You can succeed at just about anything you want to do as long as you are passionate about it.

98. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” — Babe Ruth

With enough attempts, you will eventually succeed, no matter what your goal is. Thomas Edison made 10,000 attempts before he created a successful light bulb.

99. “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” — Jimmy Johnson

Going the extra mile to push things past mediocre can make a huge difference in your life. Always ask yourself if your actions are ordinary or extraordinary and give the little extra if necessary.

100. “Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” — Charles Kettering

Take bold actions without worrying about failure. If things don’t work out, you still have learned so much to use for the next attempt.

101. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.” — Helen Keller

Keep looking on the bright side. Whatever you give your attention to will grow, so when you only pay attention to what’s going wrong in your life, so focus on the positive and the things that make you happy.

Do you have any favorite quotes or sayings that inspire and motivate you? If so, please share them in the comments below.

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101 Best Motivational Quotes

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible”! —Audrey Hepburn

The greatest effort is not concerned with results. —Atisha

Wisdom equals knowledge plus courage. You have to not only know what to do and when to do it, but you have to also be brave enough to follow through. —Jarod Kintz

In a battle between two ideas, the best one doesn’t necessarily win. No, the idea that wins is the one with the most fearless heretic behind it. —Seth Godin

Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability. —Patrick Lencioni

Leadership is an action, not a position. —Donald McGannon

Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way. —Ronald Reagan

I cannot give you a formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody. —Herbert Bayard Swope

Show me the man you honor and I will know what kind of man you are. —Thomas John Carlisle

A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason. —J.P. Morgan

If you spend your life trying to be good at everything, you will never be great at anything. —Tom Rath

Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar. —Orrin Woodward

Don’t blow off another’s candle for it won’t make yours shine brighter. —Jaachynma N.E. Agu

Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. —Peter F. Drucker

When you put together deep knowledge about a subject that intensely matters to you, charisma happens. You gain courage to share your passion, and when you do that, folks follow. —Jerry Porras

People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. —John Maxwell

A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit. —John Maxwell

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. —Mother Teresa

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. —Henry Ford

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. —Jim Rohn

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life-think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. —Swami Vivekananda

If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do. —Anonymous

Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. —Winston Churchill

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. —Napoleon Hill

Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them. —Vaibhav Shah

Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value. —Albert Einstein

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. —Henry David Thoreau

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. —Eleanor Roosevelt

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. —Stephen Covey

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. —Henry Ford

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. —Eleanor Roosevelt

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. —Bruce Feirstein

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. —John D. Rockefeller

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. —Albert Einstein

There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed. —Ray Goforth

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. —Robert Collier

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. —Alice Walker

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. —Amelia Earhart

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. —Aristotle Onassis

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. —Robert Louis Stevenson

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear. —Mark Twain

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. —Pablo Picasso

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. —Mark Twain

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. —Dalai Lama

The successful warrior is the average man, with laserlike focus. —Bruce Lee

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. —Steve Jobs

Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better. —Jim Rohn

The No. 1 reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors. —Napoleon Hill

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. —Thomas A. Edison

What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? —Robert Schuller

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing. —Abraham Lincoln

Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential. —John Maxwell

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. —Margaret Thatcher

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. —Maya Angelou

Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started. —David Allen

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. —Greg Anderson

Success at the highest level comes down to one question: Can you decide that your happiness can come from someone else’s success? —Bill Walton

Do what you have always done and you’ll get what you have always got. —Sue Knight

Think of what you have rather than of what you lack. Of the things you have, select the best and then reflect how eagerly you would have sought them if you did not have them. —Marcus Aurelius

Happiness is where we find it, but very rarely where we seek it. —J. Petit Senn

You never regret being kind. —Nicole Shepherd

To be content means that you realize you contain what you seek. —Alan Cohen

Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian. —Shari R. Barr

View your life from your funeral: Looking back at your life experiences, what have you accomplished? What would you have wanted to accomplish but didn’t? What were the happy moments? What were the sad? What would you do again, and what wouldn’t you do? —Victor Frankl

Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time… serenity, that nothing is. —Thomas Szasz

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. —Eleanor Roosevelt

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. —William Arthur Ward

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. —Charles Darwin

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. —Robert Louis Stevenson

The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets people to do the greatest things. —Ronald Reagan

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. —Jimmy Dean

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. —Rosa Parks

Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan. —John F. Kennedy

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. —Peter F. Drucker

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. —Albert Schweitzer

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. —John C. Maxwell

The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones. —Brandon Sanderson

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. —Booker T. Washington

You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out. —Steve Jobs

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. —Albert Einstein

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. —Ronald Reagan

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. —George Addair

Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off. —Colin Powell

Change your thoughts and you change your world. —Norman Vincent Peale

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. —Anne Frank

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. —Charles Swindoll

I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself. —Robert E. Lee

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. —Vince Lombardi

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. —Nancy D. Solomon

In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are. —Max De Pree

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. —Theodore Roosevelt

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. —Les Brown

If you really want the key to success, start by doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing. —Brad Szollose

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. —Plutarch

A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. —George Patton

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. —William Arthur Ward

Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone. —Gertrude Stein

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. —John E. Southard

Keep your eyes open and try to catch people in your company doing something right, then praise them for it. —Tom Hopkins

You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do. —Eleanor Roosevelt

Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people. —Andre Dubus

Do or do not. There is no try. —Yoda

Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy. —Jimmy Spithill

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. —Margaret Thatcher

The best revenge is massive success. —Frank Sinatra

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. —Ayn Rand

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. —Steve Jobs

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see. —Henry David Thoreau

Low self-confidence isn’t a life sentence. Self-confidence can be learned, practiced, and mastered-just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the better. —Barrie Davenport

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Throughout history, people have not only admired and accumulated gold but talked about it. Virtually every notable figure from history you can think of has had something to say on the subject. And these gold musings have come from every perspective and walk of life — philosopher, poet, politician, economist, humorist and more. This running commentary has become part of our collective consciousness.

And with all the talk has come some golden quotes, so to speak. There have been old as gold quotes about the true value of gold in society, metaphors, and proverbs applying this value to other aspects of life and thoughts by politicians who have sought to harness the same power gold has — when they’re not harnessing the power of debt. Along the way, you may have also heard some funny quips about how people view gold.

But each gold quote comes from a place of truth and speaks to just how big a role this precious metal has played throughout the course of human history. From the gold bars hoarded by ancient empires to the gold coins of Renaissance and colonial times, to gold bullion jewelry that is modern in any time period, gold is a part of life. And if the past 3,000 years have been any indication, it will continue to be a part of life for at least another 3,000. After all, the history of gold is the history of the world.

What follows isn’t remotely an exhaustive list of quotes about gold, but it is our selection of the best. This list serves as a reminder of just how long — and how important — gold has been to civilization. See which quotes mean the most to you. One of them may even become a caption for gold in our life or yours — or the best gold quote may be yet to come!

The Ancients Advise

1) O Zeus, why is it you have given men clear ways of testing whether gold is counterfeit but, when it comes to men, the body carries no stamp of nature for distinguishing bad from good. ― Euripides

2) When Gold argues the cause, eloquence is impotent. — Publilius Syrus

3) Gold loves to make its way through guards, and breaks through barriers of stone more easily than the lightning’s bolt. — Horace

4) If it were possible to cure evils by lamentation and to raise the dead with tears, then gold would be a less valuable thing than weeping. — Sophocles

5) Every man now worships gold, all other reverence being done away. — Sextus Propertius

6) There is no honest man — not one — that can resist the attraction of gold! — Aristophanes

7) Water is best, but gold shines like fire blazing in the night, supreme of lordly wealth. — Pindar

Speaking of Gold Proverbially

8) If speaking is silver, then listening is gold. ― Turkish Proverb

9) He fishes well who uses a golden hook. — Latin Proverb

10) Not all that glitters is gold; not all that is sticky is tar. — Lithuanian Proverb

11) Where gold speaks, every tongue is silent. — Italian Proverb

12) The castle gates will always open for gold-laden donkeys. — Russian Proverb

13) Real gold is not afraid of the melting pot. — Chinese Proverb

14) If you are sick, think about your life; if you are better, think about your gold. — Mongolian Proverb

Poets and Writers Opine

15) The anarch is on the side of gold. This is not to be construed as a lust for gold. He recognizes gold as the central and immobile power. He loves it not like Cortez, but like Montezuma; not like Pizarro, but like Atahualpa.... ― Ernst Jünger

16) I did not know that mankind were suffering for want of gold. I have seen a little of it. I know that it is very malleable, but not so malleable as wit. A grain of gold will gild a great surface, but not so much as a grain of wisdom. ― Henry David Thoreau

17) …the anarch is again no different from anyone else. But he does not like to attach himself. He does not squander his best energies. He accepts no substitute for his gold. He knows his freedom, and also what it is worth its weight in. — Ernst Jünger

18) Pure gold does not rust. Only gold alloys do so. You may have golden dreams. But if you go in the company of toxic people, you become "a gold alloy" and what that means is that you can rust at any time! ― Israelmore Ayivor

19) The beauty about gold, though, is that in all states from uncertainty to conviction, it never for once gives up its luster. ― Ufuoma Apoki

20) Gold has at all times been considered the best of testimonies of good faith... ― Rafael Sabatini

21) Gold — what can it not do, and undo? — William Shakespeare

22) Gold is a living god and rules, in scorn, all earthly things but virtue. — Percy Bysshe Shelley

23) Gold gives to the ugliest thing a certain charming air, for that without it were else a miserable affair. — Moliére

24) Gold opens all locks. No lock will hold against the power of gold. — George Herbert

25) Those who worship Gold in a world so corrupt as this we live in, have at least one thing to plead in defense of their idolatry — the power of their Idol. It is true, that like other Idols, it can neither move, see, hear, feel or understand. But, unlike other Idols, it has often communicated all these powers to those who had them not, and annihilated them in those who had. This Idol can boast of two peculiarities; it is worshipped in all climates, without a single temple, and by all classes, without a single hypocrite. — Charles Caleb Colton

26) Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. — Leo Tolstoy

27) Beauty attracts us men; but if, like an armed magnet it is pointed, beside, with gold and silver, it attracts with tenfold power. — Jean Paul

28) O Gold! I still prefer thee unto paper, which makes bank credit like a bark of vapour. — Lord Byron

29) Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men’s protection and the base of a moral existence. Destroyers seize gold and leave to its owners a counterfeit pile of paper. This kills all objective standards and delivers men into the arbitrary power of an arbitrary setter of values. Gold was an objective value, an equivalent of wealth produced. Paper is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it. Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: upon the virtue of the victims. Watch for the day when it bounces, marked: "Account Overdrawn." — Ayn Rand

30) You have to choose (as a voter) between trusting to the natural stability of gold and the natural stability of the honesty and intelligence of the members of the Government. And, with due respect for these gentlemen, I advise you, as long as the Capitalist system lasts, to vote for gold. — George Bernard Shaw

31) Gold would have value if for no other reason than that it enables a citizen to fashion his financial escape from the state. — William F. Rickenbacker

32) Like Liberty, gold never stays where it is undervalued. — John S. Morrill

33) It is extraordinary how many emotional storms one may weather in safety if one is ballasted with ever so little gold. — William McFee

34) Though wisdom cannot be gotten for gold, still less can it be gotten without it. — Samuel Butler

 Philosophers Philosophize

35) They wonder much to hear that gold which in itself is so useless a thing, should be everywhere so much esteemed, that even men for whom it was made, and by whom it has value, should yet be thought of less value than this metal. That a man of lead, who has no more sense than a log of wood, and is as bad as he is foolish, should have many wise and good men to serve him, only because he has a great heap of that metal... ― Thomas More

36) The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

37)  The inflated imitations of gold and silver, which after the rapture are thrown into the fire, all is exhausted and dissipated by the debt. All scrips and bonds are wiped out. At the fourth pillar dedicated to Saturn, split by earthquake and flood: vexing everyone, an urn of gold is found and then restored. – Nostradamus

38)  Because silver and gold have their value from the matter itself, they have first this privilege, that the value of them cannot be altered by the power of one, nor of a few commonwealths, as being a common measure of the commodities of all places. But base money may easily be enhanced or abased. – Thomas Hobbes

Prominent Historical Figures Speak

39)  Gold is a treasure, and he who possesses it does all he wishes to in this world, and succeeds in helping souls into paradise. – Christopher Columbus

40)  We Spaniards know a sickness of the heart that only gold can cure. – Hernán Cortés

41)  In a private room he showed me the first specimens of gold, that is he was not certain if it was gold or not, but he thought it might be; immediately I made the proof and found that it was gold. – John Sutter

42) Brass shines as fair to the ignorant as gold to the goldsmiths. – Queen Elizabeth I

43)  Gold is not necessary. I have no interest in gold. We will build a solid state, without an ounce of gold behind it. Anyone who sells above the set prices, let him be marched off to a concentration camp. That's the bastion of money. – Adolf Hitler

44)  There can be no other criterion, no other standard than gold. Yes, gold which never changes, which can be shaped into ingots, bars, coins, which has no nationality and which is eternally and universally accepted as the unalterable fiduciary value par excellence. – Charles de Gaulle

Politicians Pontificate

45)  We have gold because we cannot trust governments. ― Herbert Hoover

46)  It's absolutely critical that we audit the Fed so the American people can see what's going on over there. Do it from top to bottom so that we can have transparency in this entity called the Federal Reserve. Hopefully, the American people will see that we need to go back to the gold standard, which I've introduced, and get rid of the Fed. – Paul Broun

47)  Fear, prejudice, malice, and the love of approbation bribe a thousand men where gold bribes one. – Robert G. Ingersoll

Economists, Investors, and Bankers Impart Their Wisdom

48)  Gold is money. Everything else is credit. – J. P. Morgan

49) Never trust money more than gold. ― Toba Beta

50) Gold and silver, like other commodities, have an intrinsic value, which is not arbitrary, but is dependent on their scarcity, the quantity of labour bestowed in procuring them, and the value of the capital employed in the mines which produce them. — David Ricardo

51) In reality, there is no such thing as an inflation of prices, relatively to gold. There is such a thing as a depreciated paper currency. — Lysander Spooner

52) In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value. — Alan Greenspan

53) A gold standard doesn't imply stability in the prices of the goods and services that people buy every day, it implies a stability in the price of gold itself. — Ben Bernanke

54) The desire for gold is the most universal and deeply rooted commercial instinct of the human race. — Gerald M. Loeb

55) The threat of gold redeemability imposes a constant check and limit on inflationary issues of government paper. If the government can remove the threat, it can expand and inflate without cease. And so it begins to emit propaganda, trying to persuade the public not to use gold coins in their daily lives. — Murray Rothbard

56) When goods are exchanged between countries, they must be paid for by commodities or gold. They cannot be paid for by the notes, certificates, and checks of the purchaser's country, since these are of value only in the country of issue. — Carroll Quigley

57) When people talk about people who are optimistic about gold, they call them 'gold bugs.' A bug is an insect. I don't call equity bugs 'cockroaches.' Do you understand? There is already a negative connotation with the expression of 'gold bug.' — Marc Faber

58) The gold standard did not collapse. Governments abolished it in order to pave the way for inflation. The whole grim apparatus of oppression and coercion — policemen, customs guards, penal courts, prisons, in some countries even executioners — had to be put into action in order to destroy the gold standard. Solemn pledges were broken, retroactive laws were promulgated, provisions of constitutions and bills of rights were openly defied. And hosts of servile writers praised what the governments had done and hailed the dawn of the fiat-money millennium. — Ludwig von Mises

59) Gold is the money of kings; silver is the money of gentlemen; barter is the money of peasants; but debt is the money of slaves. — Norm Franz

60) With the exception only of the period of the gold standard, practically all governments of history have used their exclusive power to issue money to defraud and plunder the people. — Friedrich August von Hayek

61) Monetary policy today is guided by little more than government fiat — by the calculations, often-mistaken economic theories and whims of central bankers or, even worse, politicians. Under such a regime, inflation of three or four percent annually has come to be viewed as a stellar monetary performance. However, under a more sound monetary system — i.e., a gold standard — such increases in the general price level would be seen as wildly inflationary. — Raymond J. Keating

62) Although gold and silver are not by nature money, money is by nature gold and silver. — Karl Marx

63) Governments lie; bankers lie; even auditors sometimes lie. Gold tells the truth. — Lord Rees Mogg

64) If an automatic commodity standard were feasible, it would provide an excellent solution to the liberal’s (i.e., classic liberal) dilemma: a stable monetary framework without danger of the irresponsible exercise of monetary powers. If, for example, an honest-to-goodness gold standard, in which 100 percent of the money in a country consisted literally of gold, were widely backed by the public at large, imbued with the mythology of a gold standard and with the belief that it is immoral and improper for government to interfere with its operation, it would provide an effective guarantee against governmental tinkering with the currency and against irresponsible monetary action. — Milton Friedman

65) Until government administrators can so identify the interests of government with those of the people and refrain from defrauding the masses through the device of currency depreciation for the sake of remaining in office, the wiser ones will prefer to keep as much of their wealth in the most stable and marketable forms possible — forms which only the precious metals provide. — Elgin Groseclose

66) If you don’t trust gold, do you trust the logic of taking a beautiful pine tree, worth about $4,000-$5,000, cutting it up, turning it into pulp and then paper, putting some ink on it and then calling it one billion dollars? — Kenneth J. Gerbino

67) The great merit of gold is precisely that it is scarce; that its quantity is limited by nature; that it is costly to discover, to mine and to process; and that it cannot be created by political fiat or caprice. — Henry Hazlitt

68) Gold will be around, gold will be money when the dollar and the euro and the yuan and the ringgit are mere memories. — Richard Russell

69) Those entrapped by the herd instinct are drowned in the deluges of history. But there are always the few who observe, reason, and take precautions, and thus escape the flood. For these few gold has been the asset of last resort. — Antony C. Sutton

70) The modern mind dislikes gold because it blurts out unpleasant truths. — Joseph Schumpeter

Even Entertainers, Actors, and Athletes Have an Opinion

71) I have always felt that if a man gives you a solid gold key to his door he is entitled to the courtesy of a visit. — Hedy Lamarr

72) A man that hoards up riches and enjoys them not is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles. — Richard Burton

73) There is no such thing in the world as luck. There never was a man who could go out in the morning and find a purse full of gold in the street today, and another tomorrow, and so on, day after day. He may do so once in his life; but so far as mere luck is concerned, he is as liable to lose it as to find it. — P. T. Barnum

74) The Seven Cities of Gold always fascinated me. Southwestern U.S. history especially fascinates me. The whole spur of the Spanish exploration of the Southwestern U.S. was the search for these mythical Seven Cities of Gold. — Neil Peart

75) They don't give you gold medals for beating somebody. They give you gold medals for beating everybody. — Michael Johnson

Modern Thought Turns to Gold

76) [Gold] gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it …Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head. ― Warren Buffett

77) Bitcoin is not an actual physical coin, and if computers are shut down, you can't buy or sell them. That's why nothing will ever replace gold and silver coins themselves, and all investors should have them at home or in a safe deposit box. — Mark Skousen

78) My advice to you, my violent friend, is to seek out gold and sit on it. ― John Gardner

79) Because gold is honest money, it is disliked by dishonest men. — Ron Paul

80) Commodities such as gold and silver have a world market that transcends national borders, politics, religions and race. A person may not like someone else's religion, but he'll accept his gold. — Robert Kiyosaki

81) The Golden Rule: He who has the gold makes the rules. – Attributed to a 1967 Wizard of Id comic strip

82) The finest compliment you can pay a man is that his word was as good as gold. — Evel Knievel

83) Gold is valuable everywhere in the world and is not dependent on political systems, any specific government policy or set of policies. — Roy Sebag

84) My mother might find a thin gold chain at the back of a drawer, wadded into an impossibly tight knot, and give it to me to untangle. It would have a shiny, sweaty smell, and excite me: Gold chains linked you to the great fairy tales and myths, to Arabia and India; to the great weight of the world, but lighter than a feather. — Anne Lamott

85) Gold has an almost atavistic lure. People feel it has a panacea effect. — Howard Blum

86) Gold has intrinsic value. The problem with the dollar is it has no intrinsic value. And if the Federal Reserve is going to spend trillions of them to buy up all these bad mortgages and all other kinds of bad debt, the dollar is going to lose all of its value. Gold will store its value, and you'll always be able to buy more food with your gold. — Peter Schiff

87) If the world does well, gold will be fine. If the world doesn't do well, gold will also do fine...but a lot of other things could collapse. — Thomas Kaplan

88) If you want an alternative currency, check out gold. It has stood the test of thousands of years as a store of value and medium of exchange. — Paul Singer

89) The world's central banks and the International Monetary Fund still have vaults full of bullion, even though currencies are no longer backed by gold. Governments hold on to it as a kind of magic symbol, a way of reassuring people that their money is real. — James Surowiecki

90) If you trade in paper, the notion of many who trade gold…if the financial world comes to an end, they're going to have the gold. If you're playing in ETFs, you're going to have a piece of paper. — Rick Santelli

91) Gold is still the ultimate store of wealth. It's the world's only true money. And there isn't much of it to go around. All of it ever mined would fit into a small building — a 56-foot cube. The annual world production would fit into a 14-foot cube, roughly the size of an ordinary living room. If each Chinese citizen were to buy just one ounce, it would take up the annual supply for the next 200 years. — Mark Nestmann

92) If ever there was an area in which to do the exact opposite of that which government and the media urge you to do, that area is the purchasing of gold. — Robert Ringer

93) Regardless of the dollar price involved, one ounce of gold would purchase a good-quality man’s suit at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt and today. — Peter A. Burshre

94) I like gold because it is a stabilizer; it is an insurance policy. — Kevin O'Leary

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95) I'm very proud of my gold pocket watch. My grandfather, on his deathbed, sold me this watch. — Woody Allen

96) Gold was a gift to Jesus. If it's good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for me! — Mr. T

97) A U.S. dollar is an I.O.U. from the Federal Reserve Bank. It's not backed by gold or silver. It's a promissory note that doesn't actually promise anything. — P.J. O'Rourke

98) If there was an Oppression Olympics, I would win the gold medal. I'm Palestinian, Muslim, I'm female, I'm disabled and I live in New Jersey. — Maysoon Zayid

99) The trouble with gold is that it turns its back on world improvers, empire builders and do-gooders. — Bill Bonner

100) Gold: this ‘barbarous relic’ is about the only thing you can leave on the seat of your car in Baltimore without worrying about the windows being smashed. — The Daily Reckoning

And Finally….

 This list could never be complete without the most famous gold quote of them all:

101) We will answer their demand for a gold standard by saying to them: ‘You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns, you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold’! ― William Jennings Bryan, Cross of Gold Speech, 1896

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1.Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.Henry Ford

2. Becoming is better than being.—Carol Dweck, Mindset

3.I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.Herman Melville, Moby Dick

4. The sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop

5. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl  

6. Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.Rafiki, The Lion King

7. If I had nine hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six sharpening my axe.Abraham Lincoln

8. The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. —   John Milton, Paradise Lost

9. Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.Stephen Hawking

10. Leaders can let you fail and yet not let you be a failure.Stanley McChrystal

11. Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.Michael Scott, The Office

12. The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me?Ayn Rand

13. Kid, there are heroes and there are legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart, kid, and you’ll never go wrong.Babe Ruth, The Sandlot

14. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. —Michael Jordan

15. There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

16. Fight till the last gasp.WilliamShakespeare, Henry VI

17. Do or do not. There is no try.Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

18. Be men, or be more than men. Be steady to your purposes and firm as a rock. This ice is not made of such stuff as your hearts may be; it is mutable and cannot withstand you if you say that it shall not.Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

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

20. The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible.Charles Kingsleigh, Alice in Wonderland (2010)

21. Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions; never irresistible but when he appeals to the imagination.Benjamin Disraeli, Coningsby

22. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

23. Hey there, Mr. Grumpy Gills. When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do?  Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim.Dory, Finding Nemo

24. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.Marie Curie

25. Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.Salvador Dali

26. If something is wrong, fix it now. But train yourself not to worry, worry fixes nothing.Ernest Hemingway

27. Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.Jim Hensen

28. Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.Robert Louis Stevenson

29. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…Dr. Suess, Oh the Places You’ll Go

30. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.Neil Gaiman, The Sandman

31. For artists, scientists, inventors, schoolchildren, and the rest of us, intrinsic motivation—the drive to do something because it is interesting, challenging, and absorbing—is essential for high levels of creativity.Daniel H. Pink, Drive

32. In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.Thomas Jefferson

33. Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and again and bring their friend.Walt Disney

34. So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

35. Everything should be made as simple as possible but not simpler.Albert Einstein

36. Innovation distinguishes from a leader and a follower.Steve Jobs

37. The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

38. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.George Addai

39. I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

40. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

41. There is only one way to avoid criticism. Do nothing. Be nothing. Say nothing.Aristotle

42. It is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.Spoon Boy, The Matrix

43. Quality is job one.Henry Ford

44. Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.Joss Whedon

45. The best way out is always through.Robert Frost

46. It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.Muhammad Ali

47. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.John Quincy Adams

48. Speak softly and carry a big stick.Theodore Roosevelt

49. Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.Mark Twain

50. It’s life. You don’t figure it out. You just climb up on the beast and ride.Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

51. There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

52. Unless someone like you care a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.Dr. Suess, the Lorax

53. A proud heart can survive general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. It is more difficult and more bitter when a man fails alone.Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

54. You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind. Irish Proverb

55. Ignorance and fear are but matters of the mind—and the mind is adaptable.Daniel Kish

56. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.Roald Dahl

57. Someone, at some point, came up with this very bad idea that an ordinary individual couldn’t make a difference in the world. I think that’s just a horrible thing.John Skoll

58. Imitation is suicide. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

59. If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.Simon Sinek

60. Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.Harper Lee

61. Genius is born—not paid.Oscar Wilde

62. Very often, a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.A.C. Benson

63. The Answer to the Great Question… Of Life, the Universe and Everything… Is… Forty-two.Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide

64. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.Thomas Edison

65. I’ve learned about the poetry and the wisdom and the grace that can be found in the words of people all around us when we simply take the time to listen.Dave Isay

66. It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.Joseph Campbell

67. Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path then by all means you should follow that.Ellen Degeneres

68. It’s easy to solve a problem that everyone sees, but it’s hard to solve a problem that almost no one sees.Tony Fadell

69. Learning never exhausts the mind.Leonardo Da Vinci

70. If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.Elizabeth Gilbert

71. My mother said to me, “If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.” Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.Pablo Picasso

72. The power of imagination makes us infinite.John Muir

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73. Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.Seneca

74. Never ruin an apology with an excuse.Benjamin Franklin

75. Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.Dwight D. Eisenhower

76. There are no two words in the English language more harmful than “good job.”Terence Fletcher, Whiplash

77. Don’t persuade, defend or interrupt. Be curious, be conversational, be real. And listen.Elizabeth Lesser

78. The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.Buddha

79. Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.Truman Capote

80. An innovator is one who does not know it cannot be done.R.A. Mashelkar

81. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.Henry DavidThoreau

82. As long as they are well-intentioned, mistakes are not a matter for shame, but for learning.Margaret Heffernan

83. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.Stephen Covey

84. You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.Jack London

85. “I’m bored” is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say “I’m bored.”Louis C.K

86. If we can challenge convention, we can solve any problem.Josh Valman

87. Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.Ralph Waldo Emerson

88. In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game!Mary Poppins

89. If you hit the target every time, it’s too near or too big.Tom Hirshfield

90. Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.Margaret Mead

91. You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it.Mahatma Gandhi

92. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.Plato

93. Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.Chanakya

94. What I love most about rivers is, you can’t step in the same river twice.Pocahontas, Disney’s Pocahontas

95. Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.F. Scott Fitzgerald

96. It’s time to try defying gravity.Elphaba, Wicked

97. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

98. Goonies never say die!Mickey, The Goonies

99. If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path.Buddha

100. Tough times never last, but tough people do.Dr. Robert Schuller

101. I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.Jim Carrey

 

102. Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

103. Why are you keeping this curiosity door locked? ― Dustin, Stranger Things

104. Whenthey give you lined paper, write the other way. ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

105. How many times do I have to teach you: just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. — Shuri, Black Panther

106. Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.— Conan O’Brien

107. To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to. — Kahlil Gibran

108. You be greater than your feelings. I don’t demand this of you—life does. Otherwise, you’ll be washed away by feelings. You’ll be washed out to sea and never seen again. — Phillip Roth, Indignation

109. I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value. —Hermann Hesse, Siddartha

110. A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. — James Joyce

111. Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” ― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

112. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig. ― Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

113. Fulfillment isn’t found over the rainbow—it’s found in the here and now. Today I define success by the fluidity with which I transcend emotional landmines and choose joy and gratitude instead. — RuPaul

114. Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report written on birds that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.  ― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

115. Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.  ― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

116. Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. — Nikola Tesla

1117. Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. — Carl Sagan

118. A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. — Charles Darwin

119. At the last dim horizon, we search among ghostly errors of observations for landmarks that are scarcely more substantial. The search will continue. The urge is older than history. It is not satisfied and it will not be oppressed. — Edwin Hubble

120. Only if we understand, can we care. Only if we care, we will help. Only if we help, we shall be saved. ― Jane Goodall

121. Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t. — Gertrude B. Elion, Biochemist and Nobel Prize Winner

122. If you know you are on the right track, if you have this inner knowledge, then nobody can turn you off… no matter what they say.  —  Barbara McClintock, cytogeneticist and Nobel Prize Winner

123. Whether a person shows themselves to be a genius in science or in writing a song, the only point is, whether the thought, the discovery or the deed, is living and can live on. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

124. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you. ― Neil deGrasse Tyson
125. When you constrain freedom, freedom will take flight and land on a windowsill. ― Ai Weiwei

126. If I create from the heart, nearly everything works: if from the head, almost nothing.  —  Marc Chagall

127. Look at life with the eyes of a child.  —  Henri Matisse

128. Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth. ― William Faulkner

129. No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. —  Robin Williams

130. Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. — Thomas Jefferson

131. The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. — Confuciusm, Confucius: The Analect

132. Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. — Pablo Picasso

133. Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence. — Eleanor Roosevelt, The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt

133. Be so good they can’t ignore you. — Steve Martin

134. Hire character. Train skill. — Peter Schutz

135. The best leaders are those most interested in surrounding themselves with assistants and associates smarter than they are. They are frank in admitting this and are willing to pay for such talents. — Antos Parrish

136. I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done. —  Lucille Ball

137. We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts. — Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

138. A little imagination combined with massive action goes a long way. – Grant Cardone

139. A company doesn’t exist to serve its own people; a company exists to serve the needs of the people who use its products or services. ― Richard Sheridan, Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love

140. Your potential, the absolute best you’re capable of—that’s the metric to measure yourself against. Your standards are. Winning is not enough. People can get lucky and win. People can be assholes and win. Anyone can win. But not everyone is the best possible version of themselves. ― Ryan Holiday, The Ego Is the Enemy

141. Failure it appears is not the regret that haunts most people; it is the choice not to risk failure at all. ― Dr. John Izzo

Conclusion

We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of 141 inspiring work quotes! And we hope it has INSPIRED you to use the wisdom of the greats to help fire up your team.

Work motivational quotes have the power to stick with employees for years. So, posting up a daily quote of the day for work can have a tremendous impact on your team. Because it just might be the exact thing they need to hear.

What was your favorite motivational quote? What daily quotes for work do you use? Let us know in the comments below.

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