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Words of wisdom are helpful to anyone looking to get inspired through words that are as powerful as they are meaningful. These impactful words of wisdom will.

Life is a gift that has been given to you. It is in your hands to make the best out of it--dare to believe that you can. Through the ups and downs, you'll find a lesson to learn that will make you a better person. Each experience--good and bad--makes you grow. Get along with life and surely, things will become easier for you. Live for today and enjoy every moment. Capture the best that life has to offer you.

Here's a collection of valuable quotes about life to inspire you to make the best out of it:

"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." Abraham Lincoln

"The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up." John C. Maxwell

"Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced." Soren Kierkegaard

"What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds." Wayne Dyer

"Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it." Lou Holtz

"Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact." William James

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." Scott Hamilton

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." Leo Buscaglia

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." George Bernard Shaw

"There is more to life than increasing its speed." Mahatma Gandhi

"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." Confucius

"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." Dalai Lama

"There are three constants in life...change, choice and principles." Stephen Covey

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?" Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them--that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like." Lao Tzu

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." John F. Kennedy

"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile." Albert Einstein

"When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor." Eleanor Roosevelt

"God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well." Voltaire

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." Maya Angelou

"Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life." John F. Kennedy

"There is no passion to be found playing small--in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." Nelson Mandela

"If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much." Jim Rohn

"I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed." Michael Jordan

"The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams." Oprah Winfrey

"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become." C. S. Lewis

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young." Henry Ford

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

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward." Amelia Earhart

"People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built." Eleanor Roosevelt

"Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure." Paulo Coelho

"Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits." Thomas Jefferson

"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor." Vince Lombardi

"Communication is a skill that you can learn. It's like riding a bicycle or typing. If you're willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life." Brian Tracy

"Today is life--the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto." Dale Carnegie

"The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you." Tony Robbins

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." Robert Frost

"We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon." Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner." Les Brown

"Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all." Helen Keller

"The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival." Aristotle

"Don't take life too seriously. You'll never get out of it alive." Elbert Hubbard

"Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent." Billy Graham

"Each person must live their life as a model for others." Rosa Parks

"My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose--somehow we win out." Ronald Reagan

"Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce." Vivian Komori

"Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs. It's a journey of discovery--there are moments on mountaintops and moments in deep valleys of despair." Rick Warren

"Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive." Matt Cameron

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100 Inspirational
Words Of Wisdom Quotes

These 100 inspirational words of wisdom quotes are all thoughtful expressions from ancient times to today. 

All of the quotes are from the wisdom quotes & sayings pages on this site, but as there are so many entries on these pages (and always increasing),  I have taken what I believe to be the most inspirational wisdom quotes to form this page. There were many quotes that could have been used, but are also suitable for other quote collections that I will be creating. The quotes are listed in order of the authors surname and the unknown authors/sources are after.

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Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  A   

Your life is right now. It’s not later. It’s not in that time of retirement. It’s not when the lover gets here. It’s not when you’ve moved into the new house. It’s not when you get the better job. Your life is right now. It will always be right now, because it’s not ever going to get better than right now.. Until it gets better right now!

Mitch Albom  1958
There are no random acts. We are all connected. You can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind.

Mark Amend
The things you say about others, also say a lot about you.

St Francis of Assisi  1181 - 1226
A man who uses his hands is a labourer. One who uses his hands and mind is a craftsman. But he who uses his hands, his mind and his heart is an artist.

Marcus Aurelius  121 - 180
Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  B   

Richard Bach  1936
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly.

Richard Bartlett
What you are able to think and perceive, defines the limitation of what you are able to achieve.

Ludwig van Beethoven  1770 - 1850
Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the Divine.

Aine Belton
Sometimes you have to close your eyes to see clearly.

Bhagavad Gita
And when he sees Me in all and he sees all in Me, then I never leave him and he never leaves Me.

William Blake  1770 - 1850
What is now proved was once only imagined.

Ray Bradbury  1920
Until you spread your wings, you will have no idea how far you can fly.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning  1806 - 1861
Light tomorrow with today.

Buddha  624BC - 543BC
If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path.

Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  C   

Deepak Chopra  1946
For nearly one hundred years we have known that the material world is an illusion. Everything that seems solid - a rock, a tree, your body - is actually 99.999% empty space.

Paulo Coelho  1947
Straight roads do not make skillful drivers.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge  1772 - 1834
What comes from the heart, goes to the heart.

Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  D   

Roald Dahl  1916 - 1990
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.

Ram Dass  1931
The quieter you become.. The more you hear.

Emily Dickinson  1830 - 1886
Saying nothing..
Sometimes says the most.

Benjamin Disraeli  1804 - 1881
The greatest good you can do for another, is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him, his own.

Wayne Dyer  1940 - 2015
Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.

Loving people live in a loving world.
Hostile people live in a hostile world.
But, it’s the same world.

Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  E   

Albert Einstein  1879 - 1955
Everyone is a genius, but, if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

Lucy & Seth

Ralph Waldo Emerson  1803 - 1882
Common sense is genius dressed in it’s working clothes.

People only see what they are prepared to see.

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.

The wise man in the storm prays God, not from safety from danger, but from deliverance for fear. It is the storm within which endangers him, not the storm without.

What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.

Epictetus  55 - 135
He is a wise man, who does not grieve for the things he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery  1900 - 1944
How could drops of water know themselves to be a river?
Yet the river flows on.

Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  F   

Anatole France  1844 - 1924
If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.

Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  G   

Seth Godin  1960
Just because the tide is out, doesn’t mean there is less water in the ocean.

Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  H   

Heraclitus  535BC - 475BC
There is nothing permanent..
Except change.

Robert Holden  1964
To have time for what is valuable, you have to stop giving time to what isn’t.

Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  J   

William Jordon
Mistakes are the growing pains of wisdom.

Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  L   

Hugh Latimer  1485 - 1555
The drop of rain maketh a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.

C. S. Lewis  1898 - 1963
Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.

When hungry.. Eat rice. When tired.. Close your eyes.
Fools may laugh at me, but wise men will know what I mean.

Max Lucado  1955
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back to the crowd.

David Lynch
The world is..
As you are.

Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  M   

E. C. McKenzie
The courage to speak must be matched by the wisdom to listen.

Felix Mendelssohn  1809 - 1847
The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.

Michel de Montaigne  1533 - 1592
The only thing certain is..
Nothing is certain.

Movies - The Matrix
If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.

John Muir  1838 - 1914
When we try to pick anything out by itself, we find it hitched to everything in the Universe.

Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  N   

Native American
Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is of the past. Wisdom is of the future.

Wisdom comes when you start living the life the Creator intended for you.

Friedrich Nietzsche  1844 - 1900
Invisible threads are the strongest ties.

Isaac of Nineveh  680
Solitude is an ocean with wonderful places hidden in its depths.

Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  O   

James Openheim
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance.
The wise grows it under his feet.

Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  P   

Dolly Parton  1946
Storms make trees take deeper roots.

Alexander Pope  1688 - 1714
A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.

Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  R   

Franklin D. Roosevelt  1882 - 1945
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross  1926 - 2004
People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.

Jalal Uddin Rumi  1207 - 1273
Close both eyes and see with the other eye.

What strikes the oyster does not damage the pearl.

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.

Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  S   

SaLuSa (Mike Quinsey)
Sow the seeds of truth and one day they will grow and become the flowers of understanding.

Dr Seuss  1904 - 1991
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

Socrates  470BC - 399BC
Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

Wisdom begins in wonder.

Barry Stevens  1902 - 1985
Don’t push the river, it flows by itself.

Jonathan Swift  1667 - 1745
Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.

Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  T   

Nikola Tesla  1856 - 1943
The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade that in all the previous centuries of existence.

Henry David Thoreau  1817 - 1862
Man emulates Earth.
Earth emulates Heaven.
Heaven emulates The Way.
The Way emulates Nature.

J.R.R. Tolkien  1892 - 1973
Not all who wander are lost.

Alexandra Trentor
The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.

TV - Fringe
Real is just a matter of perception.

TV - Star Trek Next Generation
There are things we do not understand and yet they exist non the less.

Lao Tzuc.600BC
Nature does not hurry..   Yet everything is accomplished.

Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness.

Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  V   

Leonardo da Vinci  1452 - 1519
All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.

Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.

Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  W   

Oscar Wilde  1854 - 1900
A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

Oprah Winfrey  1954
Follow your instincts.
That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.

Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:  Y   

Adam Yauch  1964 - 2012
Everything we do affects other people.

Edward Young  1683 - 1765
Procrastination is the thief of time.

Inspirational Words Of Wisdom:
Unknown Author

Before enlightenment - chopping wood, carrying water.
After enlightenment - chopping wood, carrying water.

Collect moments, not things.

Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common.

I am another you.
You are another me.

If I throw a stone into a pond, the ripples come straight back to me.

Intuition is the GPS of the Soul.

It is not a mistake to turn back if you are on the wrong road.

It isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out..
It’s the grain of sand in your shoe.

Lighthouses don’t go running all over the island looking for boats to save..
They just stand there shining.

Mistakes are.. Portals of discovery.

Once upon a time there were four people named Everybody, Somebody, Nobody and Anybody. When there was an important job to be done, Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did. When Nobody did it, Everybody got angry because it was Somebody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Somebody realised that Nobody would do it. So, it ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody that Nobody did what Anybody could have done in the first place.

One moon shines in every pool, in every pool the one moon.

Should one say that something does not exist, merely because we have never seen or heard of it?

Sometimes those who challenge you most… teach you best.

Sometimes you will find yourself in the middle of nowhere.
And sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.

The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye, and found by the heart.

To get to the fruit of the tree, you have to go out on a limb.

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One moment, you can feel the profoundness of your own life's purpose in every aching atom of your body. Then, suddenly, you're at a loss for just about everything: words, identity, creativity, inspiration. It leaves you feeling confused, alone and like there's nowhere left to go. But we're here to tell you, and we hope you take this to heart: Life, with all its challenges, setbacks, absurdities and tragedies, can still be beautiful and fulfilling.

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When a man whose marriage was in trouble sought his advice, the Master said, "You must learn to listen to your wife."

The man took this advice to heart and returned after a month to say he had learned to listen to every word his wife was saying.

Said the Master with a smile, "Now go home and listen to every word she isn't saying."

There comes a time in your life, when you must decide,

No help from anyone, on which you've always relied.

Between right and wrong, between black and white,

Between good and bad, to walk away or fight.

To be honest and true. to be open with your heart, Or to hide your feelings, play it safe from the start.

To sit back and watch, to listen and learn,
Or jump into the fire, taking a chance on a burn.

To stay. to move. to not care, or always prove.

To be strong, to be weak, to be aggressive, to be meek.

To laugh out loud with all your might, or smile a little just to be polite.

To stay together. to live apart. to think with your mind, or trust your with heart.

To live in the past. to always look back, to look ahead to the future, with ambition you won't lack.

Begun at the front. or start at the end, believe in your own self, or follow the trend.

To dream. to hope, to quit, to cope. To be a lover, to be a friend to be real, or just pretend.

Choices we make can make or break, to have to decide at all could be our worst fall.

Choices are sometimes deceiving, you can be lured by the sweetest bait.

So make your decision wisely, because to change your mind could be too late.

Life is about choices, for however we decide,
We'll have to live with our decision until the day we have died.

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Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice

William Shakespeare

Goals are not only absolutely necessary to motivate us. They are essential to really keep us alive

Robert Schuller

Goals determine your thoughts - thoughts determine your life


God gives us the nuts, but he does not crack them


God helps them who help themselves

Benjamin Franklin

God Himself, sir, does not propose to judge a man until his life is over. Why should you and I?

Samuel Johnson

Great (corporate) leaders understand human behavior rather than the cybernetics of any functional specialty

James Schorr

Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.

Chinese Proverb

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.

Arnold Glasow

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

Walter Lippman

The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision.

Ken Blanchard

The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.

Harvey Firestone

To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Great accomplishments have resulted from the transmission of ideas and enthusiasm


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