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140 Wise Quotes About Love, Life, and Loving Friendships

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Life is a gift.

When we embrace all that life has to offer, we can achieve success both personally and professionally. One way to do this is to surround ourselves with love.  Love with a romantic partner, love for family and friends, and love for living life to the fullest.  When we set our goals to focus on what's truly important, it's easy to find meaning with our daily actions.

That's why in this post, you will discover 140 great quotes that focus on all aspects of love (i.e. romantic love, great friendships, and love for experiencing all that life has to offer.) And wise quotes about everything in between.

To help you out, we have separated this post into five sections, with a few large picture quotes to share with your loved ones.

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What You Will Learn

What is the Meaning of Love?

If you have chosen to be your best even when the other person you are with isn't at their best, then you have chosen to love this person, and this person is likely your best friend. Love is more than a feeling; it should also be considered an enacted emotion.

And if you'd like to take your romance to the next level, then we recommend two things: 

  1. Create a few of the 21 relationship goals that we cover here.
  2. Scheduling regular date nights with your significant other.

Remember: Love is kindness, and love is an adventure.  So let's learn more about this by checking out the following short inspirational quotes:

Love Quotes and Sayings

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”– Lao Tzu

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”– Friedrich Nietzsche

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”– Victor Hugo

“Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”– Lucille Ball

“The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It is focused attention.”– Richard Warren

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard but must be felt with the heart.”– Helen Keller

“Love is, in fact, an intensification of life, a completeness, a fullness, a wholeness of life.”– Thomas Merton

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

​“Love is a friendship set to music.”– Joseph Campbell

​“In order to be happy oneself, it is necessary to make at least one other person happy.”– Theodor Reik

“We always believe our first love is our last, and our last love our first.”– George W. Melville

“Everyone in life is gonna hurt you; you just have to figure out which people are worth the pain.” – Erica Baican

“Age does not protect you from love, but love, to some extent, love protects you from age.”– Jeanne Moreau

“You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.”– Sam Keen

​“The art of love is largely the art of persistence.”– Albert Ellis

“True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.” – Erich Segal

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.” – Neil Gaiman

“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” – Sarah Dessen

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”– William Shakespeare

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” – Robert Fulghum

We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” – Robert Fulghum

“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” – Plato

“The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it. Sometimes love blinds us, other times it lets us see.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert Heinlein

“If you have it, Love, you don’t need to have anything else, and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter much what else you have.” – James M. Barrie

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” – Henry David Thoreau

“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.” – Thomas Carlyle

Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.” – H. L. Menken

“Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.” – Oscar Wilde

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.” – Thomas Mann

“If you would be loved, love and be lovable.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The mind cannot long act the role of the heart.” – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

“Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.” – Peter Ustinov

“This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“Forgiveness is the final form of love.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4

“Whoso loves believes the impossible.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.” – Rumi

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

“What will survive of us is love.” – Philip Larkin

“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.' … There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” – Maya Angelou

“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” – James Baldwin

“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” – Lord Byron

“Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away.” – Dorothy Parker

“Love in its essence is spiritual fire.” – Seneca

“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.” – Lao Tzu

The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.” – Henry Miller

“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” – Khalil Gibran

“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are most alive when we're in love.” – John Updike

“If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.” – Barbara De Angelis

“You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss

“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.” – Carl Sagan

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” – Aristotle

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” – Charles Dickens

“Love alone can rekindle life.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

Love doesn’t make the world go around. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Franklin P. Jones

“Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.” – Madame de Stael

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

“Nobody has ever measured — not even poets — how much love the human heart can hold.” – Zelda Fitzgerald

“Never love anybody that treats you like you’re ordinary.” – Oscar Wilde

“Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.” – Joan Crawford

“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don't, they never were.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.” – James Baldwin

There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.” – Dodie Smith

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” – Bertrand Russell

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.” – Sophocles

“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

“It isn't possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.” – E. M. Forster

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” – Maya Angelou

“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” – C. S. Lewis

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde

“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Lost love is still love. It takes a different form, that's all. You can't see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those senses weaken another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it.” – Mitch Albom

“Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.” – e. e. cummings

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde

Want some more wise quotes related to love? Check out some of these affirmation and quote posts dealing with self-love, happiness, and all the good stuff in life.

The Meaning of Life

What is the meaning of life? That is a question we aren't sure can really be answered fully. But a good way to describe life is to find meaning in everything you do and learn to love every aspect of your daily routine. Put simply: You to understand “your why” behind everything that you do.

Aristotle said, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim, and end of human existence.” The following inspirational quotes about life may be just what you need today:

Wise Quotes About Life

“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

​“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”– Franklin D. Roosevelt

​“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”– Voltaire

“There is no life as complete as the life that is lived by choice.” – Shad Helmstetter

​“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”– George Bernard Shaw

“No one ever finds life worth living – one has to make it worth living.” – Winston Churchill

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

​“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”– Les Brown

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde

​“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

​“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.”– Alexander Graham Bell

​“An unexamined life is not worth living.”– Socrates

​“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“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

​“You can never plan the future by the past.”– Edmund Burke

​“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”– Dennis P. Kimbro

​“At the end of their lives, people assess how they've done not in terms of their income but in terms of their spirit, and I beg you to do the same, even if those who came before sometimes failed to do so.”– Anna Quindlen

“Life is much more fun if you live it in the spirit of play and collaboration, working with instead of against others.” – Wally Amos

​“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.”– Vivian Komori

​“In three words, I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”– Robert Frost

​The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.”– W. M. Lewis

“Almost all of the research strongly supports the benefits of using humor to maximize living.” – Mary Kay Morrison

​“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.”– Denis Waitley

​“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

Quotes on Loving Life

One of the sad things in life is that we don’t live our life backward, Benjamin Button style. How great would it be to couple the wisdom of age with the energy of youth by living backward?

Unfortunately, that is not the way things work.

In life, we gain important pieces of wisdom through experience and practicing a few of the 23 strategies for daily self-improvement.

All that said, there is a lot of wisdom that can be found by looking at quotes from people who have learned to love life.  Here are a few of our favorites:

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you?” – Robert Frost

“Wisdom is the reward for surviving our own stupidity.” – Brian Rathbone

“The problem is that when you get it, you're too damned old to do anything about it.”​– Jimmy Connors

“All teachings are mere references. The true experience is living your own life. Then, even the holiest of words are only words.”– Ming-Dao Deng

“You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.” – Mary Tyler Moore

“…talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”– Patrick Süskind

“…talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”– Patrick Süskind

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” ​– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Nothing ever becomes real 'til it is experienced.” – John Keats

“He who has a way to live can bear almost anyhow.”​– Friedrich Nietzsche

“I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.”– Thomas Carlyle

“I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.”– C.G. Jung

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

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” ​– Auguste Rodin

“People never learn anything by being told; they have to find out for themselves.”– Paulo Coelho

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”– John Gardner

“Life isn't sure; life is scary. It doesn't mean you stop living it.”– Susan May Warren

“Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later.” – Bob Goff

​“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for a newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”– Stephen Chbosky

“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.”– Pete Seeger

“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”– Harold Kushner

“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”– Harold Kushner

“Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.”– William Faulkner

The Meaning of Friendship

One thing that life experiences teach us is that you never get “something for nothing”.

Even when you are only dealing with yourself, having some sort of a reason for doing an action is integral to the success of that action. Perhaps you can think of it as “bribing yourself”.

To see what I’m talking about, check out these 155 Methods of Rewarding Yourself.

Love is another area where time and experience bring wisdom. Love is something most people are looking for, either directly or indirectly.

The following wise quotes talk about the importance of forming lifelong friendships that enrich and enhance your daily routine. In essence, when you have great friends, you’ll surround yourself with great conversations where you can know one another on a deep level.    

When discovering the real meaning of friendship, you need to realize that the friendship goes beyond simply sharing your time together; it is sharing long-lasting time together while developing a meaningful connection.

However, it is also important to remember that friendship can mean different things to different people, but it is all around inspiring as you will see by all of the inspiring quotes we have included below:

​Quotes About Friendship ​

​“Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time, we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.” – Ally Condie

​“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler

​“Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success.” – Oscar Wilde

“Make a friend when you don't need one.” – Jamaican Proverb

​“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” – Jim Morrison

“No friendship is an accident.” – O. Henry

​“Friends are God's way of taking care of us.” – Author unknown

​True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” – David Tyson

​“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.” – Arnold H. Glasgow

“The best mirror is an old friend.” – George Herbert

“Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.” – Miles Franklin

“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.” – Euripides

​“Friendship is the most constant, the most enduring the most basic part of love.” – Ed Cunningham

Some of these quotes on friendship are wonderful. In some ways, I feel good friendship can be as important as love. Actually, friendship can be a form of love itself.

When it comes to habits, one of the most important aspects of friendship is the “mirror” a good friend can provide, like in the George Herbert wise friendship quote above.

This “mirror” is essentially accountability and is one of the single most powerful tools for achieving success with your habits. Find out more about accountability and what it can do for you here.

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Final Thoughts on These Love Quotes

Love is all around us!  Whether it’s your partner, family, friends, or even the activities you enjoy on a deep level, you can find plenty of examples of this powerful emotion.  Hopefully, these love quotes inspired you and gave you something to think about.

And if you like these quotes, then be sure to check out the others that we have:

Thanks for checking out this wisdom, love, and friendship quote post.  I would appreciate it if you would save your favorite quote on your “go-to” social media platform. And hope you are having a wonderful, loving day!

Still other quotes talked about how wisdom related (positively or many said wise things on various topics but not really about wisdom itself.

50 Inspirational Quotes for When Your Mood Could Use a Boost

wise and wisdom quotes

Having reached a point in life where my years of adventure and romance seem well behind me, I often tell people that now I’m “in it” for the wisdom. Which accounts for my interest in locating the best insights to be found on the subject.

In my fairly comprehensive investigation, I probably reviewed something like 1,000 sayings on just what constitutes its essence. And in the process I eliminated the great bulk of them. Some frankly seemed more obscure, or mysterious, than wise. Some were just too simplistic or mundane. And some, to me at least, downright misguided. Others seemed self-contradictory, even though many of the best quotes on the subject are definitely paradoxical (such as wisdom’s having more to do with asking the right questions than providing the right answers).

Still other quotes talked about how wisdom related (positively or negatively) to other qualities, such as power, courage, cowardice, or greed. But because ultimately the point they made had much more to do with these qualities than with wisdom, I didn’t see including them as sufficiently justified. Additionally, many said wise things on various topics but not really about wisdom itself. And finally, some were humorous but not particularly insightful (and certainly not very profound). Such as one author who quipped: “Some men are wise and some are otherwise (!).” Or another who (punning in the same vein) opined: “We can learn much from wise words, little from wisecracks, and less from wise guys.”

What was most interesting to discover was that many of the best things ever said on wisdom were voiced many times over. And doubtless, this is no coincidence. There’s a universal understanding of the concept that transcends time and place. And while I didn’t want be excessively redundant—and did, in fact, eliminate many “repeating quotes” whose expression seemed less forceful or eloquent than others—I intentionally retained several of these intimately linked quotes in order to sufficiently represent each of wisdom’s major themes. Another purpose I hoped to achieve was emphasizing that wisdom, like truth, is singular. Its articulation may vary but it’s yet unchanging and immortal.

This is why what was said over two thousand years ago—by ancient philosophers, playwrights, and statesmen—might well be repeated by writers today, even though they might be totally unaware that their insights have countless historical precedents.

Although quite a few of the quotes in this collection are originative, that’s probably more the exception than the rule. So, as much as tenable, I’ve endeavored to group by motif many of quotes that follow. Here are the most common wisdom themes I encountered:

  • Wisdom can’t be acquired simply through reading books; knowledge is one thing, wisdom quite another.
  • Wise people continue to doubt themselves (and that’s part of what makes them wise).
  • Wisdom is positively related to happiness.
  • Wisdom must be distinguished from mere cleverness (which frequently “poses” as wisdom).
  • Wise people talk less, are silent more, and listen more than those lacking wisdom.
  • Wisdom is a function of time and experience (which are prerequisites to it).
  • Wisdom derives more from mistakes and failures than from success.
  • Wisdom has as its antonyms foolishness or folly . . . but not always.
  • Wisdom is antithetical to fear. In fact, it’s what enables a person to overcome fear.
  • Wise people are also humble. There’s really no such thing as someone who is both proud or arrogant and wise.
  • Wisdom, and its quest, breed kindness and compassion.

Though it’s a cliché, I hope you’ll enjoy reading (and “assimilating”) these quotes as much as I did assembling them:

"Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another." ~ Juvenal

"More wisdom is latent in things as they are than in all the words men use." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering". ~ Buddha

"Patience is the companion of wisdom." ~ Saint Augustine

"He that can compose himself is wiser than he that composes books." ~ Benjamin Franklin

"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone."

"The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials." ~ Lin Yutang

"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook." ~ William James

"It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary; only wise men are able to understand them." ~ Paulo Coelho

"The wise man will make more opportunities than he finds." ~ Francis Bacon

"Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good habits than in acquiring as few habits as possible". ~ Eric Hoffer

"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." ~ Socrates

"The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth." ~ Pierre Abelard

"The wisest of the wise may err." ~ Aeschylus

"It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

"The wise know too well their weakness to assume infallibility; and he who knows most knows best how little he knows." ~ Thomas Jefferson

"The wisest man is he who does not believe he is wise." ~ Unknown

"The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance." ~ Benjamin Franklin

"A man only becomes wise when he begins to calculate the approximate depth of his ignorance." ~ Gian Carlo Menotti

"Wisdom at times is found in folly." ~ Horace

"[So] Mingle some brief folly with your wisdom." ~ Horace

"There is no wisdom below the girdle." ~ Proverb

"No one acts more foolishly than a wise man in love." ~ Unknown

"In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it—thou art a fool." ~ Lord Chesterfield

"Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit." ~ Elbert Hubbard

"He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom." ~ James Huneker

"The strongest symptom of wisdom in man is his being sensible of his own follies." ~ François de la Rochefoucauld

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." ~ Bertran Russell

"The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom." ~ H. L. Mencken

"Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself." ~ Tom Wilson

"Wisdom is a good purchase, though we pay dearly for it." ~ Dutch Proverb

"When I can look life in the eyes, grown calm and very coldly wise, life will have given me the truth, and taken in exchange—my youth." ~ Sara Teasdale

"Wisdom comes by disillusionment." ~ George Santayana

"Turn your wounds into wisdom." ~ Oprah Winfrey

"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest." ~ Confucius

"From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own." ~ Publilius Syrus

"It is easier to be wise for others than for oneself." ~ La Rochefoucauld

"Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course." ~ William Shakespeare

"Memory is the mother of all wisdom." ~ Aeschylus

"Wisdom is the daughter of experience." ~ Leonardo da Vinci

"The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Knowledge in youth is wisdom in age." ~ Proverb

"True wisdom consists of tracing effects to their causes." ~ Oliver Goldsmith

"Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences." ~ Norman Cousins

"Wisdom is meaningless until your own experience has given it meaning, and there is wisdom in the selection of wisdom." ~ Bergen Evans

"Some of the best lessons we ever learn we learn from our mistakes and failures. The error of the past is the wisdom of the future." ~ Tryon Edwards

"We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery." ~ Samuel Smiles

"It may serve as a comfort to us, in all our calamities and afflictions, that he that loses anything and gets wisdom by it is a gainer by the loss." ~ L. Estrange

"We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn't. Success often lies just the other side of failure." ~ Leo Buscaglia

"Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success." ~ William Saroyan

"A prudent question is one-half of wisdom." ~ Francis Bacon

"One's first step in wisdom is to question everything—and one's last is to come to terms with everything." ~ Georg C. Lichtenberg

"The key to wisdom is knowing all the right questions." ~ John A. Simone, Sr

"You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions." ~ Naguib Mahfouz

"Cleverness is not wisdom." ~ Euripides

"An ounce of wisdom is worth a pound of wit." ~ Thomas Fuller

"All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man." ~ Henry David Thoreau

"Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh." ~ Kahlil Gibran

"There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart." ~ Charles Dickens

"There is no wisdom without love." ~  N. Sri Ram

"Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness." ~ Sophocles

"Be happy. It's one way of being wise." ~ Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

"There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so, but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool." ~ Francis Bacon

"Those who know are wise. Those who know themselves are enlightened." ~ Lao Tzu

"Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power." ~ Laozi

"Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom." ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Don't taunt the alligator until after you've crossed the creek." [couldn’t resist including this one: it’s wise and commonsensical, though not really about wisdom as such] ~ Dan Rather

"It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf." ~ Walter Lippman

"Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it." ~ George Santayana

"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something." ~ Plato

"The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others." ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol

"Speak less, say more." ~ Unknown

"Wise men are not always silent, but they know when to be." ~ Unknown

"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk." ~ Doug Larson

"Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone." ~ Horace

"To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of things eternal; to knowledge, the rational apprehension of things temporal." ~ Saint Augustine

"Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it." ~ Hermann Hesse

"We can be knowledgeable with other men’s knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men’s wisdom." ~ Michel de Montaigne

"Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it." ~ Albert Einstein

"We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us." ~ Marcel Proust

"No man was ever wise by chance." ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Knowledge is gained by gathering data, whereas Wisdom is earned by going through actual life experiences." ~ Master Jin Kwon

"Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." ~ Unknown

"The wise are only once betrayed." ~ German Proverb

"Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification." ~ Martin Fischer

"Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom." ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

"Wisdom hears one thing and understands three things." ~ Chinese Proverb

"To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe." ~ Marilyn vos Savant

"Arrogance diminishes wisdom." ~ Arabian Proverb

"There is not one wise man in twenty that will praise himself." ~ William Shakespeare

"Just as a fire is covered by smoke and a mirror is obscured by dust, just as the embryo rests deep within the womb, wisdom is hidden by selfish desire." ~ Bhagavad Gita

"The highest form of wisdom is kindness." ~ The Talmud

"Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom." ~ Theodore Rubin

"As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely." ~ Madame de Stael

"A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion." ~ Chinese Proverb

"Philosopher: A lover of wisdom, which is to say, Truth." ~ Voltaire

"Wisdom never lies." ~ Homer

"Wisdom is found only in truth." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Wise men, though all laws were abolished, would lead the same lives." ~ Aristophanes

"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." ~ Thomas Jefferson

"Half a man’s wisdom goes with his courage." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom." ~ Bertrand Russell

"Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men." ~ Confucius

"Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit." ~ Baltasar Gracian

"Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it." ~ David Starr Jordan

"Being wise doth either make men our friends or discourage them from being our enemies." ~ Marquis of Halifax

"The wise learn many things from their enemies." ~ Aristophanes

"He is wise that can make a friend of a foe." ~ John Ray

"He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody." ~ Benjamin Franklin

"Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn’t always have to be their top priority." ~ William Arthur Ward

"The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful, and then only for a short while." ~ Albert Einstein

"If we continue to develop out technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner." ~ Omar Bradley

"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives." ~ Abba Eban

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5 Wise Quotes and Words of Wisdom About Life

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Every next level of your life will demand a different you. Click to tweet

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. Carl Jung Click to tweet

The scariest moment is always just before you start. Stephen King Click to tweet

Little by little, one travels far. J. R. R. Tolkien Click to tweet

I exist as I am, that is enough. Walt Whitman Click to tweet


We know what we are, but know not what we may be. William Shakespeare Click to tweet

Paths are made by walking. Franz Kafka Click to tweet

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. Unknown Click to tweet

Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable. Naval Ravikant Click to tweet

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde Click to tweet

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The Best Inspirational Quotes

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Begin now to be what you will be hereafter. Saint Jerome Click to tweet

We have to do the best we are capable of. This is our sacred human responsibility. Albert Einstein

Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer. Dan Brown

The brain is wider than the sky. Emily Dickinson

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Robert Frost

If you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. Toni Morrison

Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the fuck you were doing to do anyway. Robert Downey Jr

Individuals search for truth, groups search for consensus. Naval Ravikant

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. W.B. Yeats

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. William Shakespeare Click to tweet

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

Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best. John C. Maxwell

Great things never came from comfort zones. Neil Strauss

I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. Or I can go mad by ricocheting in between. Sylvia Plath

When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things. Joe Namath

If you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. Thomas Jefferson

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. Ernest Hemingway

Understand: you are one of a kind. Your character traits are a kind of chemical mix that will never be repeated in history. There are ideas unique to you, a specific rhythm and perspective that are your strengths, not your weaknesses. You must not be afraid of your uniqueness. Robert Greene

You are the person you have been waiting for. Joe Dispenza

If you’re willing to bleed a little every day, you may win big later. Naval Ravikant

Extreme people get extreme results. Sam Altman

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. Michel de Montaigne

The easiest way to change the world is to change yourself. Maxime Lagacé

Take your time, play the long game, embrace the boring, the difficulties, the uncomfortable. This is how it will happen. Maxime Lagacé

Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. Jack Kerouac

Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it. Horace Click to tweet

I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. Jack London

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

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. F. Scott Fitzgerald

From error to error one discovers the entire truth. Sigmund Freud (This is one of my favorite inspirational quote. Leave a reply here and let me know what’s yours!)

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The Most Famous Inspirational Quotes (Einstein, Maya Angelou, Gandhi, etc.)

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In a gentle way, you can shake the world. Mahatma Gandhi Click to tweet

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Mark Twain

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett

You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as you dominant aspiration. James Allen

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. Helen Keller

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. Steve Jobs

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Jesus Christ

A ship is always safe a shore but that is not what it’s built for. Albert Einstein

Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars. Les Brown

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. Og Mandino

When you know what you want, and want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it. Jim Rohn

If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else. Laurence J. Peter

If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want. Zig Ziglar

Not all those who wander are lost. J. R. R. Tolkien Click to tweet

Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. John Wooden

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou

In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd. Miguel de Cervantes

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

You don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Martin Luther King Jr

All for one and one for all. Alexandre Dumas

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle

Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well. Jack London

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

Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right. Henry Ford

Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around. Henry David Thoreau

You have to risk going too far to discover just how far you can really go. Jim Rohn

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. Friedrich Nietzsche

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

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You make your own luck if you stay at it long enough. Naval Ravikant Click to tweet

If you can imagine it, we can make it. John Dykstra

Either get busy living or get busy dying. Stephen King

You change the world by being yourself. Yoko Ono

The only way round is through. Robert Frost

Seek life, not comfort. Maxime Lagacé

Pain or love or danger makes you real again. Jack Kerouac

Begin, be bold and venture to be wise. Horace

We are our choices. Jean-Paul Sartre

A goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot. Joe Vitale

Your big opportunity may be right where you are now. Napoleon Hill

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. T.S. Eliot

One day or day one. You decide. Unknown

I didn’t come this far, to only come this far. Unknown

Prove them wrong. Unknown

Don’t tell people your dreams. Show them. Unknown

You can be happy where you are. Joel Osteen

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. Friedrich Engels

They can because they think they can. Virgil

Fortune sides with him who dares. Virgil Click to tweet

Life begins on the other side of despair. Jean-Paul Sartre

Resist much, obey little. Walt Whitman

Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears. Albert Camus

Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry. Jack Kerouac

And your very flesh shall be a great poem. Walt Whitman

Our true nationality is mankind. H. G. Wells

Diligence is the mother of good fortune. Miguel de Cervantes

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Uplifting, Positive And Beautiful Inspirational Quotes

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Feet, what do I need them for if I have wings to fly. Frida Kahlo Click to tweet

Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change. Unknown

It will be the toughest thing you’ll ever do, but your heart is never wrong. Maxime Lagacé

Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do. H. Jackson Brown Jr

My message to you is simple, keep believing, keep marching, keep building, keep raising your voice. Barack Obama

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. E.E. Cummings

I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center. Kurt Vonnegut

If you take risks and face your fate with dignity, there is nothing you can do that makes you small; if you don’t take risks, there is nothing you can do that makes you grand, nothing. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Henry Stanley Haskins

We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it. Barack Obama

At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better, it’s about what you’ve given back. Denzel Washington

Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic. Dale Carnegie

Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We don’t rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training. Archilochus

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is: infinite. William Blake

I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am. Sylvia Plath

You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you. Joseph Joubert

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. Roald Dahl

Breathe, it’s just a bad day, not a bad life. Unknown Click to tweet

The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water. Sigmund Freud

Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life. Terry Pratchett

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust

Abandon yourself to the moment, and you will find every day new openings, new light, new insight. And those new insights will go on changing you. One day, suddenly you will see you are each moment new. Osho

You have to be able to tolerate what you don’t necessarily like so you can be free. Larry Flynt

I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail. William Faulkner

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. John Steinbeck

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Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde Click to tweet

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Sigmund Freud

We are all born mad. Some remain so. Samuel Beckett

Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. Ernest Hemingway

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. T.S. Eliot

Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. Charles Bukowski

Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once. Paulo Coelho

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. Edgar Allan Poe

Embrace the glorious mess that you are. Elizabeth Gilbert

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I’ve found it!), but ‘That’s funny…’.

I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there. Oscar Wilde Click to tweet

Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one. Terry Pratchett

I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it. George Bernard Shaw

I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.

Wrinkles mean you laughed, grey hair means you care and scars mean you lived. Unknown

A bad attitude is like a flat tire, you can’t get very far until you change it. Unknown

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. Ambrose Bierce

If you are money, then, when you die, you will be spent. Rich Cohen

You can only be young once. But you can always be immature. Dave Barry

I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it. Edgar Allan Poe

Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain

Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it. Mark Twain

The only thing you can get in a hurry is trouble. Navjot Singh Sidhu

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. Mark Twain

Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past. Jack London

It’s not bragging if you can back it up. Muhammad Ali

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The wisest men follow their own direction. Euripides Click to tweet

Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have. Franz Kafka

You are free, and that is why you are lost. Franz Kafka

From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached. Franz Kafka

Someday, somehow, this will all make sense. Maxime Lagacé

You have as much laughter as you have faith. Martin Luther

We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T.S. Eliot

Rise to the level of your ideals, not the average of your environment. The Stoic Emperor

There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. Aristotle

What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from. T.S. Eliot

Cynicism is easy. Mimicry is easy. Optimistic contrarians are the rarest breed. Naval Ravikant

We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us. Charles Bukowski

Unless you believe, you will not understand. Augustine of Hippo

You will always find an answer in the sound of water. Zhuangzi Click to tweet

You attract what you are, not what you want. Unknown

I focused so hard on what I wanted that I lost sight of what I deserved. Unknown

Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place. Unknown

Let it all go. See what stays. Unknown

Anything I come across that feels impossible, I probably need to take a second look. Joe Gebbia (Co-founder AirBnb)

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. Mark Twain

Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be. Miguel de Cervantes

Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness. Samuel Beckett

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be. Bruce Lee

Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. C.S. Lewis

Goodness makes greatness truly valuable, and greatness make goodness much more serviceable. Matthew Henry

You must realize that one day you will die. Until then you are worthless. Chuck Palahniuk

Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment. Dogen

Do not judge, and you will never be mistaken. Jean Jacques Rousseau

Do not ask for what you will wish you had not got. Seneca

If you suddenly stumble upon the right door, you will not be able to recognize that it is right. Osho

You have to die a few times before you can really live. Charles Bukowski

Live so that you can at least get the benefit of the doubt. Kin Hubbard

To find yourself, think for yourself. Socrates

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You have to be odd to be number one. Dr. Seuss Click to tweet

My father used to say, “don’t raise your voice improve your argument”. Unknown

When thinking about life, remember this: no amount of guild can change the past, and no amount of anxiety can change the future. Unknown

I do not believe in taking the right decision, I take a decision and make it right. Muhammad Ali Jinnah

People cry, not because they’re weak. It’s because they’ve been strong for too long. Johnny Depp

The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest. Unknown

Fear, pain, envy, sadness, frustration. Your natural reaction will be to replace them and seek pleasure. Don’t do that. Instead, understand them. They can teach you something and it could be useful. Maxime Lagacé

Say no to small short-term gains so you can say yes to massive long-term gains. Maxime Lagacé

Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving. Terry Pratchett

If you think, then you will be prepared. If you are prepared, then you will have no worries. Li Ka Shing

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger. Buddha

I long to accomplish a great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. Helen Keller

The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them. Stephen King

Saying nothing sometimes says the most. Emily Dickinson Click to tweet

To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable. John Milton

Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself. Plutarch

Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly. Plutarch

Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way. Charles Bukowski

Truth, and goodness, and beauty are but different faces of the same all. Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears. Michel de Montaigne

Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know. Michel de Montaigne

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. W.B. Yeats

If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone. Maxwell Maltz

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. Kurt Vonnegut

A harmful truth is better than a useful lie. Thomas Mann

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. Mark Twain

Please all, and you will please none. Aesop

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Inspirational Quotes About Life

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Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Socrates Click to tweet

Life is the sum of all your choices. Albert Camus

Your life is a cloud. Sometimes you’ll feel sad and cry. Sometimes you’ll feel free and move fast. Maxime Lagacé

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time. Jack London

To be heroic is to be courageous enough to die for something; to be inspirational is to be crazy enough to live a little. Criss Jami

Life is all about balance. You don’t always need to be getting stuff done. Sometimes it’s perfectly okay, and absolutely necessary, to shut down, kick back, and do nothing. Lori Deschene

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You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. Albert Camus

If you’re afraid to die, you will not be able to live. James A. Baldwin

That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet. Emily Dickinson

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. Plutarch Click to tweet

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. Ovid

I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited. Sylvia Plath

Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age. James Joyce

It is necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live. Alexandre Dumas

Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have. Norman Vincent Peale

Listening to your own heart, you will start moving in the right direction, without ever thinking of what is right and what is wrong. Osho

Listen to the new, go with the new. I know you are afraid. In spite of the fear, go with the new, and your life will become richer and richer and you will be able one day to release your imprisoned splendor. Osho

You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning. Billy Wilder

You can change your world by changing your words… Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue. Joel Osteen

As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. Seneca

Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and winking stars. Jack Kerouac

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Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. Truman Capote Click to tweet

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places. Ernest Hemingway

Courage is grace under pressure. Ernest Hemingway

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. Victor Hugo

Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than your comfort zone. Unknown

Magic happens when you do not give up, even though you want to. The universe always falls in love with a stubborn heart. Unknown

What if you try one more time and it works? Maxime Lagacé

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. George Bernard Shaw

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. Oscar Wilde

Don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens – the main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away. John Steinbeck

You can only fight the way you practice. Miyamoto Musashi

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. Jean-Paul Sartre

Mistakes are the portals of discovery. James Joyce

You do not write your life with words… You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do. Patrick Ness

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. Albert Camus

Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you. Walt Whitman

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. W. B. Yeats

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. H. G. Wells

Experience is the teacher of all things. Julius Caesar

The one who falls and gets up is so much stronger than the one who never fell. Unknown

Without rain nothing grows. Learn to embrace the storms of your life. Unknown

You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind. Mahatma Gandhi

There is a direct correlation between an increased sphere of comfort and getting what you want. Tim Ferriss

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Maya Angelou

Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out. Benjamin Franklin

You can always find the sun within yourself if you will only search. Maxwell Maltz

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually fear you will make one. Navjot Singh Sidhu

Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have. Norman Vincent Peale

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. Maya Angelou

You cannot escape necessities, but you can overcome them. Seneca

You have to be able to tolerate what you don’t necessarily like so you can be free. Larry Flynt

I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me. Unknown

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. E.E. Cummings

Inspiring Quotes About Confidence, Character

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It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. Epictetus Click to tweet

No man is free who is not master of himself. Epictetus

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly. Epictetus

The more you know yourself, the less you have something to prove, the more you can relax. Maxime Lagacé

Having character is not about pretending. It’s about seeking what’s truly important for you. It’s about the truth. Maxime Lagacé

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”. Jack Kerouac

The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them. Charles Bukowski

Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. Franz Kafka

Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to help you grow. Unknown

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting. E.E. Cummings

We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are. Thomas Merton

Learn to say ‘no’ without explaining yourself. Unknown

Stay patient and trust your journey. Unknown

Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason. Unknown

Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself. Coco Chanel

Everything that happens happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so. Marcus Aurelius

What you hear repeatedly you will eventually believe. Michael Korda

When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve. Napoleon Hill

Act the part and you will become the part. William James Click to tweet

Begin to be now what you will be hereafter. William James

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. Augustine of Hippo

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. Marcus Aurelius

Re-examine all that you have been told… dismiss that which insults your soul. Walt Whitman

No legacy is so rich as honesty. William Shakespeare

Doubt whom you will, but never yourself. Christian Nestell Bovee

Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that’s good taste. Lucille Ball

When you think you’re good, you will play at that level. If you doubt yourself, you will play like crap. Kurt Russell

If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve. Lao Tzu

If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams. Les Brown

You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. Marcus Aurelius

See also: 25 Killer Actions to Boost Your Self-Confidence

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present. Marcus Aurelius

If you stand for something you will have people for you and people against you. But if you stand for nothing you will have nobody for you and nobody against you. Maurice Saatchi

Resolve that whatever you do, you will bring the whole man to it; that you will fling the whole weight of your being into it. Orison Swett Marden

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. Harry S. Truman

Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Accept yourself as you are. Otherwise you will never see opportunity. You will not feel free to move toward it; you will feel you are not deserving. Maxwell Maltz

If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self. Napoleon Hill

Swallow your pride, you will not die, it’s not poison. Bob Dylan

Inspiring Quotes About Happiness, Gratitude, Peace Of Mind

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He who sings scares away his woes. Miguel de Cervantes Click to tweet

Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart. Seneca

What if you already have happiness inside you? What if it’s about desiring less and accepting more? What if you remove your perceptions of what happiness should be? Maxime Lagacé

He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature. Socrates

The fullest people, the people most whole and most alive, are always those unafraid and unashamed of the soul. Maria Popova (brainpickings.org)

Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind. Marcel Proust

Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it. Alexandre Dumas

Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. Franz Kafka

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You cannot find peace by avoiding life. Virginia Woolf

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. Alexander Pope

If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed. Sylvia Plath

Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance. Epicurus

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. Epicurus

The best part about life? Every morning you have a new opportunity to become a happier version of yourself. Unknown

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. Unknown

To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others. Albert Camus Click to tweet

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

Don’t be in such a rush to figure everything out. Embrace the unknown and let your life surprise you.

If you seek tranquility, do less. Or do what’s essential – what the logos of a social being requires, and in the requisite way. Which brings a double satisfaction: to do less, better. Because most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time, and more tranquility. Ask yourself at every moment, ‘Is this necessary?’ Marcus Aurelius

You can discard most of the junk that clutters your mind – things that exist only there – and clear out space for yourself. Marcus Aurelius

Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again. Joseph Campbell

I still remember the days I prayed for the things I have now. Unknown

Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along. Paramahansa Yogananda

Learn to be calm and you will always be happy. Paramahansa Yogananda

The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace. Carlos Santana

We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses. Carl Jung

Do anything, but let it produce joy. Walt Whitman

There are two ways to be happy: change the situation, or change your mindset towards it. Unknown

Don’t ruin a good today by thinking about a bad yesterday. Let it go. Unknown

As long as you are being true to yourself, you will always find happiness. Amber Riley

If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else. Marvin Gaye

If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content. Leo Tolstoy

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

There is a quiet place where no one disturbs you. Marlene Dietrich

Inspirational Love Quotes

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Love and work… work and love, that’s all there is. Sigmund Freud Click to tweet

Love is dynamic, ever changing and all over the place all the time. Only those who transcends themselves knows this. Maxime Lagacé

A loving heart is the truest wisdom. Charles Dickens

If you have the ability to love, love yourself first. Charles Bukowski

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Victor Hugo

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded. Maya Angelou

If you give, you will be blessed. Joel Osteen

Be loving towards yourself, then you will be able to love others too. Osho

If you can grow in love, you will grow in awareness. If you grow in awareness, you will grow in love. Osho

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

If you are still looking for that one person who will change your life, take a look in the mirror. Roman Price

We love the things we love for what they are. Robert Frost

Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary. Oscar Wilde

If you want to be loved, be lovable. Ovid

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. Mother Teresa

Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do. Brené Brown

Be the love you never received. Unknown Click to tweet

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence. Henry David Thoreau

If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life. Oscar Wilde

Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance. Oscar Wilde

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. Oscar Wilde

Work on being in love with the person in the mirror who has been through so much but is still standing. Unknown

Never stop showing someone how much they mean to you. Unknown

The best kiss is the one that has been exchanged a thousand times between the eyes before it reaches the lips. Unknown

Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time. Jorge Luis Borges

Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken. Albert Camus

When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be. Leo Tolstoy

All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Leo Tolstoy

We loved with a love that was more than love. Edgar Allan Poe

Inspirational Quotes About Business, Work, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

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Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. Aristotle Click to tweet

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work. Horace

Remember: nobody said it would be easy. Maxime Lagacé

The goal is to create something so useful that people will have no choice but to tell their friends. Maxime Lagacé

People buy an experience and a feeling, not your product or service. Thus, what experience are you selling to your clients? Maxime Lagacé

You have to be a good individual first before you can be a good team player. David Goggins

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. Jane Goodall

In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create. David Ogilvy

Earn with your mind, not your time. Naval Ravikant

See also: Steve Jobs quotes

Work in silence. Let your success be your noise. Unknown

Be loyal to those are not present. In doing so, you build the trust of those who are present. Stephen Covey

If you want to change the culture, you will have to start by changing the organization. Mary Douglas

You don’t know what you can get away with until you try. Colin Powell

Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head. Euripides Click to tweet

You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for. Napoleon Hill

The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before. Neil Gaiman

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain

For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack. Rudyard Kipling

An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn’t know why they choose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why. William Faulkner

I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man’s. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create. William Blake

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. Albert Camus

To do a dull thing with style-now that’s what I call art. Charles Bukowski

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Inspirational Quotes About Success, Goals, Dreams

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That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much. Robert Louis Stevenson Click to tweet

To have external success, start with internal success. Maxime Lagacé

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. Marshall Ferdinand Foch

If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time. Marcel Proust

You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. John C. Maxwell

Don’t think about what can happen in a month. Don’t think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be.

It is now how good you are, it’s how good you want to be. Unknown

When you’re not concerned with succeeding, you can work with complete freedom. Larry David

Feed your body. Feed your soul. Feed your dream. Bust out! Awiakta

If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it. William James

Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity successful men act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results. William James

Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire. Napoleon Hill

No matter what challenges or setbacks and disappointments you may encounter along the way, you will find true success and happiness if you have only one goal. There really is only one. And that is this: to fulfill the highest most truthful expression of yourself as a human being. You want to max out your humanity by using your energy to lift yourself up, your family and the people around you. Oprah Winfrey

The most successful people are those who are good at plan B. James Yorke

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. Oscar Wilde

Some are born great, others achieve greatness. William Shakespeare

If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonorable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible. Epictetus

Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both. Horace Mann Click to tweet

Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo

To be prepared is half the victory. Miguel de Cervantes

There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth. Leo Tolstoy

The only question to ask yourself is, how much are you willing to sacrifice to achieve this success? Larry Flynt

Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours. Les Brown

See also: 9 habits of highly successful people

The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away. Marcus Aurelius

Liberate the minds of men and ultimately you will liberate the bodies of men. Marcus Garvey

You will be as much value to others as you have been to yourself. Marcus Tullius Cicero

Remember you will not always win. Some days, the most resourceful individual will taste defeat. But there is, in this case, always tomorrow – after you have done your best to achieve success today. Maxwell Maltz

Get excited and enthusiastic about you own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire – you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away. Denis Waitley

No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself. Denis Waitley

You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies. Gustave Flaubert

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight. Jim Rohn

Do well and you will have no need for ancestors. Voltaire

Inspirational Quotes About Change

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If you want to make enemies, try to change something. Woodrow Wilson Click to tweet

If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. Lao Tzu

The measure of intelligence is the ability to change. Albert Einstein

If you will not rise above the things of the world, they will rise above you. Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Let’s shake up some shit. That’s all you can do. Billie Joe Armstrong

The masses seek pleasure non-stop. This is what people do when they are scared. They avoid life and want to remain in their happy state. Life is change. You are life. Accept this. Maxime Lagacé

We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes. Marcel Proust

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. George Bernard Shaw

There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. Aldoux Huxley

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order. Alfred North Whitehead

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. Alice Walker

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. Anais Nin

If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it You just do it one step at a time. Marian Wright Edelman

The future has a way of arriving unannounced. George Will Click to tweet

They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol

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

Life is a process. We are a process. The universe is a process. Anne Wilson Scaef

Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant. Anthony J. D’Angelo

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal. Arthur Schopenhauer

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama

The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. Charles Dubois

All change is not growth; as all movement is not forward. Ellen Glasgow

See also: 6 Ways to Stop Worrying About Things You Can’t Change

I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better. Georg C. Lichtenberg

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. Henri Bergson

Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change. Henry Steele Commager

You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing in. Heraclitus

To change one’s life, start immediately, do it flamboyantly, no exceptions. William James

Things do not change, we change. Henry David Thoreau

See also: attitude quotes, change quotes

Inspirational Quotes About Growth, Learning

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Be curious, not judgmental. Walt Whitman Click to tweet

If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid. Epictetus

Change is what nature wants. You are a part of nature. What will you learn? Maxime Lagacé

Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest. Georgia O’Keeffe

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. Mark Twain

Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. William Faulkner

Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road. Jack Kerouac

Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others. Virginia Woolf

It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life. Julius Caesar

What is the point of being on this Earth if you are going to be like everyone else and avoid trouble? Arnold Schwarzenegger

If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself. Norman Vincent Peale

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. Pablo Picasso

Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject. Thomas Mann

Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced. John Keats Click to tweet

Growth itself contains the germ of happiness. Pearl S. Buck

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. Augustine of Hippo

The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become. W. E. B. Du Bois

See also: Tim Ferriss quotes

Believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader, and fuller life. W. E. B. Du Bois

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. George Bernard Shaw

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anais Nin

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. Franklin D. Roosevelt

The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn. Gloria Steinem

So long as a person is capable of self-renewal they are a living being. Henri-Frederic Amiel

Life is a progress, and not a station. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inspirational Quotes About Hope, Faith, Belief

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While there’s life, there’s hope. Cicero Click to tweet

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

The hardest truth about hope: it makes you continue and it makes you suffer. Maxime Lagacé

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

Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself. Roy T. Bennett

If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything. Gordon A. Eadie

Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. Coco Chanel

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. Abraham Lincoln

Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe. Augustine of Hippo

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. Mahatma Gandhi

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt

There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. Leonard Cohen

One lives in the hope of becoming a memory. Antonio Porchia

He does not believe that does not live according to his belief. Sigmund Freud

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. Leo Tolstoy

Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery. Bertrand Russell

Only in the darkness can you see the stars. Martin Luther King Jr

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls. Joseph Campbell

Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe. Mitch Albom

To live without hope is to cease to live. Fyodor Dostoyevsky Click to tweet

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all. Emily Dickinson

You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore. William Faulkner

I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best. Benjamin Disraeli

Hope will never be silent. Harvey Milk

There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for. J.R.R. Tolkien

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Part 4. Conclusion

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One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful. Sigmund Freud Click to tweet

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Author Bio

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

You can find him on twitter, linkedin, quora, strava, sportstats, pinterest, youtube, instagram or facebook.

Feel free to contact him at any time for questions or help at [email protected]

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It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. Seneca Click to tweet. words of wisdom quotes wise man never loses anything has.

580 Inspirational Quotes That Will Make 2019 Your Best Year Ever

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Wisdom need not always be verbose. In fact, some of the wisest, most memorable quotes by famous people are pretty darn short, yet they pack a lot of meaning in their punch. Keeping it short works well probably because of K.I.S.S.: "Keep it simple, stupid."

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

Mother Teresa: "If you judge people, you have no time to love them."

Lucille Ball: "Love yourself first, and everything else falls into place."

Stephen Colbert: "Dreams can change. If we’d all stuck with our first dream, the world would be overrun with cowboys and princesses."

Oprah Winfrey: "Failure is another stepping-stone to greatness."

Stephen Hawking: "Be curious."

Mother Teresa: "If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one."

Michelle Obama: "Success isn't about how much money you make. It's about the difference you make in people's lives."

Wayne Gretzky: "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take."

Gabrielle Giffords​: "Be bold, be courageous, be your best."

Madeleine Albright: "Real leadership...comes from realizing that the time has come to move beyond waiting to doing."

Babe Ruth: "Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back."

Seneca: "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."

Anna Quindlen: "Don’t ever confuse the two: your life and your work. The second is only part of the first."

Thomas Jefferson: "He who knows best knows how little he knows."

Dolly Parton: "If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."

Francis David: "We need not think alike to love alike."​

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

Maya Angelou: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." 

Malcolm X: "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."

Hillary Clinton: "Every moment wasted looking back keeps us from moving forward."

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

Katie Couric: "You can't please everyone, and you can't make everyone like you."

Jon Bon Jovi: "Miracles happen every day. Change your perception of what a miracle is and you'll see them all around you."​

Eleanor Roosevelt: "Do one thing every day that scares you." 

Tina Fey: "There are no mistakes, only opportunities."

Francis Bacon: "A prudent question is one half of wisdom."​

Sheryl Sandberg: "If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on."

Eleanor Roosevelt: "Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

Florence Nightingale: "I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse."

Edwin Land: "Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity."

Maya Angelou: "You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."

Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” 

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching: "When I let go of who I am, I become what I might be."

Rosa Parks​: "When one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear."

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

Gloria Steinem: "Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.​​"​

Christopher Reeve: "Once you choose hope, anything's possible."

Kate Winslet: "Life is short, and it is here to be lived."

Mahatma Gandhi: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” 

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

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching: "Great acts are made up of small deeds."

Amelia Earhart: "The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity."

Ellen DeGeneres: "Sometimes you can't see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others." 

Walt Disney: "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them."

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