Inspiring People Quotes

“A birth-date is a reminder to celebrate the life as well as to update the life.” Amit Kalantri

“A book is a device to ignite the imagination.” Alan Bennett

“A bruise is a lesson, and each lesson makes us better.” George R.R. Martin

“A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it.” Ray A. Davis

“A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.” Albert Camus

“Adversity, if for no other reason, is of benefit, since it is sure to bring a season of sober reflection. People see clearer at such times. Storms purify the atmosphere.” Henry Ward Beecher

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.” Mary Kay Ash

“All of us need to be in touch with a mysterious, tantalizing source of inspiration that teases our sense of wonder and goads us on to life’s next adventure.” Rob Brezsny

“All the effort in the world won’t matter if you’re not inspired.” Chuck Palahniuk

“All you have to do is put one word after another, and remember how great it feels to be a writer.” Stephanie Lennox

“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” George Lucas

“An act of kindness may take only a moment of our time, but when captured in the heart the memory lives forever.” Molly Friedenfeld

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Any ideas, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.” Napoleon Hill

“At a certain age almost all the questions a person asks him or herself are really just about one thing: how should you live your life?” Fredrik Backman

“Be curious about the world in which you live. Look things up. Chase down every reference. Go deeper than anybody else–that’s how you’ll get ahead.” Austin Kleon

“Be like a postage stamp. Stick to it until you get there.” Bob Proctor

“Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.” Roy T. Bennett

“Beauty is not who you are on the outside, it is the wisdom and time you gave away to save another struggling soul like you.” Shannon L. Alder

“Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating…too often fathers neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life.” John Wooden

“Between your dreams in the sky and your reality on the ground is your future, the horizon.” Eric A. Burns

“Bill Gates (and his successor at Microsoft, Ray Ozzie) are famous for taking annual reading vacations. During the year they deliberately cultivate a stack of reading material—much of it unrelated to their day-to-day focus at Microsoft—and then they take off for a week or two and do a deep dive into the words they’ve stockpiled. By compressing their intake into a matter of days, they give new ideas additional opportunities to network among themselves, for the simple reason that it’s easier to remember something that you read yesterday than it is to remember something you read six months ago.” Steven Johnson

“Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life’.” Helen Exley

“Buddha had said: “Each of us is a God. Each of us knows all. We need only open our minds to hear our own wisdom.” Dan Brown

“But the past cannot be changed, and we carry our choices with us, forward, into the unknown. We can only move on.” Libba Bray

“Consider what really makes up your self-worth—like your caring heart or your ability to stand tall in the face of adversity.” Susan Bernstein

“Control your own destiny or someone else will.” Jack Welch

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” Maya Angelou

“Create. Not for the money. Not for the fame. Not for the recognition. But for the pure joy of creating something and sharing it.” Ernest Barbaric

“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” Steve Maraboli

“Crying does not indicate that you are weak. Since birth, it has always been a sign that you are alive.” Charlotte Brontë

“Desire itself is an inspiration. Every man desires to do something in life. Where there is no desire no way would open out. Yet too much of desire creates problems. If we understand where to draw the limits to our ambition then we would experience a constant need to keep our inspiration alive and the desire to make something of one’s life would never be ignored.” Acharya Mahapragya

“Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.” J.K. Rowling

“Diversity of character is due to the unequal time given to values. Only through each other will we see the importance of the qualities we lack and our unfinished soul’s potential.” Shannon L. Alder

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do stuff, be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention, attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager, stay eager.” Susan Sontag

“Do you know where your breakthrough begins? Your breakthrough begins where your excuses ends.” Patience Johnson

“Do you train for passing tests or do you train for creative inquiry?” Noam Chomsky

“Do you understand how amazing it is to hear that from an adult? Do you know how amazing it is to hear that from anybody? It’s one of the simplest sentences in the world, just four words, but they’re the four hugest words in the world when they’re put together. You can do it. I can do it. Let’s do it.” Sherman Alexie

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

“Does our purpose on Earth directly link to the people whom we end up meeting? Are our relationships and experiences actually the required dots that connect and then lead us to our ultimate destinies?” Jennifer Elisabeth

“Don’t belittle yourself. Be BIG yourself.” Corita Kent

“Don’t loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don’t get it you will nonetheless get something that looks remarkably like it.” Jack London

“Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important.” Jaachynma N.E. Agu

“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” Paul Brandt

“Don’t let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks.” Dr Roopleen

“Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.” Paul Tillich

“Dreams are only dreams until you wake up and make them real.” Ned Vizzini

“Each one of us holds the promise of greatness within our heart, minds, and souls. Our potential and where it leads us are as unique as our fingerprints, yet the way to access what is possible is universal. Affirm your life; find joy every day, even in the mundane; and embrace your strengths and use them better yourself and the world.” Marianna Olszewski

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” Martin Luther

“Even the death of Friends will inspire us as much as their lives. They will leave consolation to the mourners, as the rich leave money to defray the expenses of their funerals, and their memories will be incrusted over with sublime and pleasing thoughts, as monuments of other men are overgrown with moss; for our Friends have no place in the graveyard.” Henry David Thoreau

“Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.” W. Somerset Maugham

“Every successful piece of work stirs the desire for greater perfection and deeper inspiration; each new form becomes the herald of new possibilities of development.” Rudolf Rocker

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” Andy Rooney

“Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale ’til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” Albert Einstein

“Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.” Jack Welch

“Facing your fears robs them of their power.” Mark Burnett

“Failure is an event, never a person.” William D. Brown

“Faith is not about finding meaning in the world, there may be no such thing — faith is the belief in our capacity to create meaningful lives.” Terry Tempest Williams

“Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live.” Criss Jami

“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.” Octavia Butler

“Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before.” Joseph Campbell

“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.” Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Thomas A. Edison

“God is not interested in your art but, your heart.” Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

“God takes away the minds of poets, and uses them as his ministers, as he also uses diviners and holy prophets, in order that we who hear them may know them to be speaking not of themselves who utter these priceless words in a state of unconsciousness, but that God himself is the speaker, and that through them he is conversing with us.” Socrates

“Greatness is more than potential. It is the execution of that potential. Beyond the raw talent. You need the appropriate training. You need the discipline. You need the inspiration. You need the drive.” Eric A. Burns

“Happy he who possesses this double power of meditation and inspiration, which is genius!” Victor Hugo

“Have you ever seen the dawn? Not a dawn groggy with lack of sleep or hectic with mindless obligations and you about to rush off on an early adventure or business, but full of deep silence and absolute clarity of perception? A dawning which you truly observe, degree by degree. It is the most amazing moment of birth. And more than anything it can spur you to action. Have a burning day.” Vera Nazarian

“He who is best prepared can best serve his moment of inspiration.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“Head up, heart open. To better days!” T.F. Hodge

“History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.” David McCullough

“‎Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself-and be lenient to everybody else.” Henry Ward Beecher

“How you react emotionally is a choice in any situation.” Judith Orloff

“I always thought that inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show and get to work. If you’re going to wait around for the clouds to open up and lightning to strike you in the brain you’re not going to make an awful lot of work.” Chuck Close

“I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.” Madonna

“I ask not for any crown, But that which all may win; Nor try to conquer any world, Except the one within.” Louisa May Alcott

“I assure you no art was ever less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and study of the great masters; of inspiration, spontaneity, temperament — temperament is the word — I know nothing.” Edgar Degas

“I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.” Albert Einstein

“I believe that music can be an inspirational force in all our lives — that its eloquence and the depth of its meaning are all-important, and that all personal considerations concerning musicians and the public are relatively unimportant — that music come from the heart and returns to the heart — that music is spontaneous, impulsive expression — that its range is without limit — that music is forever growing — that music can be one element to help us build a new conception of life in which the madness and cruelty of wars will be replaced by a simple understanding of the brotherhood of man.” Leopold Stokowski

“I believe that you’re great, that there’s something magnificent about you. Regardless of what has happened to you in your life, regardless of how young or how old you think you might be, the moment you begin to think properly, there’s something that is within you, there’s power within you, that’s greater than the world. It will begin to emerge. It will take over your life. It will feed you. It will clothe you. It will guide you, protect you, direct you, sustain your very existence, if you let it. Now, that is what I know for sure.” Michael Beckwith

“I can do this… I can start over. I can save my own life and I’m never going to be alone as long as I have stars to wish on and people to still love.” Jennifer Elisabeth

“I confess I do not know why, but looking at the stars always makes me dream.” Vincent Van Gogh

“I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled [poets] to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.” Socrates

“I don’t know exactly where ideas come from, but when I’m working well ideas just appear. I’ve heard other people say similar things – so it’s one of the ways I know there’s help and guidance out there. It’s just a matter of our figuring out how to receive the ideas or information that are waiting to be heard.” Jim Henson

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” Vincent Willem van Gogh

“I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.” Hermann Hesse

“I have stolen ideas from every book I have ever read.” Philip Pullman

“I just want to do something that matters. Or be something that matters. I just want to matter.” John Green

“I leave the myth of inspiration and agonized creative inaction to the amateurs. The practice of a profession entails discipline.” Anthony Burgess

“I think you don’t grow up until you stop worrying about other people’s purposes or lack of them and find the purposes you believe in for yourself.” Orson Scott Card

“I want to be the best version of myself for anyone who is going to someday walk into my life and need someone to love them beyond reason.” Jennifer Elisabeth

“I’ll get an inspiration and start painting; then I’ll forget everything, everything except how things used to be and how to paint it so people will know how we used to live.” Grandma Moses

“I’ve described my usual writing process as scrambling from peak to peak on inspiration through foggy valleys of despised logic. Inspiration is better — when you can get it.” Lois McMaster Bujold

“I’ve pursued dreams and achieved them, but I don’t think anybody should think their life is incomplete if they don’t follow some dream. Happiness doesn’t come from achievements, or money, or any sort of treasure. Happiness is a frame of mind, not a destination. It’s appreciating what you’ve got and building relationships with those around you.” Janette Rallison

“Ideas come from everything.” Alfred Hitchcock

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” George S. Patton

“If someone loves you, they should not be envious of you pouring your heart and soul and time and energy into the things that you are passionate about, but instead….they should love you MORE because you are so involved in those things.” Sharon Swan

“If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it’s your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life.” Charles Bukowski

“If we are not allowed to deal with small problems, we will be destroyed by slightly larger ones. When we come to understand this, we live our lives not avoiding problems, but welcoming them them as challenges that will strengthen us so that we can be victorious in the future.” Jim Stovall

“If you always attach positive emotions to the things you want, and never attach negative emotions to the things you don’t, then that which you desire most will invariably come your way.” Matt D. Miller

“If you can approach the world’s complexities, both its glories and its horrors, with an attitude of humble curiosity, acknowledging that however deeply you have seen, you have only scratched the surface, you will find worlds within worlds, beauties you could not heretofore imagine, and your own mundane preoccupations will shrink to proper size, not all that important in the greater scheme of things.” Daniel C. Dennett

“If you ever have to make a choice between learning and inspiration, choose learning. It works more of the time.” Lois McMaster Bujold

“If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.” Hilary Mantel

“If you had started doing anything two weeks ago, by today you would have been two weeks better at it.” John Mayer

“If you have a painting in you, paint. If you have a song to sing, sing. Don’t judge your creation. Just create it. Banish doubt and fear and step out of your own way if you have to. Write if you’re a writer and invent if you’re an inventor. Do what you were born to do. Only then will you know a remarkable life.” Toni Sorenson

“If you make art, people will talk about it. Some of the things they say will be nice, some won’t. You’ll already have made that art, and when they’re talking about the last thing you did, you should already be making the next thing. If bad reviews (of whatever kind) upset you, just don’t read them. It’s not like you’ve signed an agreement with the person buying the book to exchange your book for their opinion. Do whatever you have to do to keep making art. I know people who love bad reviews, because it means they’ve made something happen and made people talk; I know people who have never read any of their reviews. It’s their call. You get on with making art.” Neil Gaiman

“If you seek creative ideas go walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” Raymond I. OD Myers

“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“If you want to be proud of yourself, then do things in which you can take pride.” Karen Horney

“If you’re going to make a living at this business – more importantly, if you’re going to write anything that will last – you have to realise that a lot of the time, you’re going to be writing without inspiration. The trick is to write just as well without it as with. Of course, you write less readily and fluently without it; but the interesting thing is to look at the private journals and letters of great writers and see how much of the time they just had to do without inspiration. Conrad, for example, groaned at the desperate emptiness of the pages he faced; and yet he managed to cover them. Amateurs think that if they were inspired all the time, they could be professionals. Professional know that if they relied on inspiration, they’d be amateurs.” Philip Pullman

“If you’re in the luckiest one per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.” Warren Buffett

“Imagination is the highest form of research.” Albert Einstein

“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.” T.S. Eliot

“Imperfection inspires invention, imagination, creativity. It stimulates. The more I feel imperfect, the more I feel alive.” Jhumpa Lahiri

“In my experience, nothing worthwhile has ever really been all that easy. But it certainly has been worthwhile regardless how difficult it seemed.” Robert Fanney

“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.” Tchaikovsky

“Inspiration is a slender river of brightness leaping from a vast and eternal knowledge, it exceeds reason more perfectly than reason exceeds the knowledge of the senses.” Sri Aurobindo

“Inspiration is always a surprising visitor.” John O’Donohue

“Inspiration is never genuine if it is known as inspiration at the time. True inspiration always steals on a person; its importance not being fully recognised for some time.” Samuel Butler

“Inspiration is not the exclusive privilege of poets or artists. There is, there has been, there will always be a certain group of people whom inspiration visits. It’s made up of all those who’ve consciously chosen their calling and do their job with love and imagination. It may include doctors, teachers, gardeners — I could list a hundred more professions. Their work becomes one continuous adventure as long as they manage to keep discovering new challenges in it. Difficulties and setbacks never quell their curiosity. A swarm of new questions emerges from every problem that they solve. Whatever inspiration is, it’s born from a continuous “I don’t know.” Wisława Szymborska

“Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus. Muses are too unreliable to keep on the payroll.” Helen Hanson

“Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.” Madeleine L’Engle

“Inspiration, move me brightly, light the song with sense and color, hold away despair.” Robert Hunter

“Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action.” Brendan Francis Brown

“Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish, focus on how much you can absolutely love what you’re doing.” Leo Babauta

“It does not manifest so that you can believe in it. You believe in it so that it can manifest.” Lauren Zimmerman

“It doesn’t matter how great your shoes are if you don’t accomplish anything in them.” Martina Boone

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” Vincent Van Gogh

“It is not possible to know how far the influence of any amiable, honest-hearted duty-doing man flies out into the world, but it is very possible to know how it has touched one’s self in going by.” Charles Dickens

“It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all.” William James

“It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break; the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.” Barack Obama

“It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but that you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

“It was so strange, the way that life moved forward: the twists and the dead ends, the sudden opportunities. She supposed if you could predict or foresee everything that was going to happen, you’d lose the motivation to go through it all. The promise was always in the possibility.” Lauren Oliver

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” Babe Ruth – George Herman Ruth

“It’s lack that gives us inspiration. It’s not fullness. Not ever having driven, I can write better about automobiles than the people who drive them. I have a distance here. … Space travel is another good example. I’m never going to go to Mars but I’ve helped inspire, thank goodness, the people who built the rockets and sent our photographic equipment off to Mars. So it’s always a lack that causes you to write that type of story.” Ray Bradbury

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” Lou Holtz

“Just start the sentence…and see what happens. This is how we write.” Jincy Willett

“Keep creating: the world yearns to celebrate your next masterpiece.” Ken Poirot

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that! I’m always gonna love you, no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, you ain’t gonna have a life.” Sylvester Stallone

“Let my inspiration flow, in token lines suggesting rhythm, that will not forsake me, till my tale is told and done.” Robert Hunter

“Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best.” H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“Life gives us choices. You either grab on with both hands and just go for it, or you sit on the sidelines.” Christine Feehan

“Life is difficult for everyone. We all have stress and we all need someone in our lives that we can lean on. Never think that you cannot talk to someone because they have problems to or that your friend or loved one would be better off without you or your problems. You’ll soon find out that they need you just as much as you need them.” Joshua Hartzell

“Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to life. You can spend your life wallowing in despair, wondering why you were the one who was led towards the road strewn with pain, or you can be grateful that you are strong enough to survive it.” J.D. Stroube

“Life is not measured by what you have. It’s measured by what you give.” Aaron Dennis

“Life is now in session. Are you present?” John C. Maxwell

“Life’s not the breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away.” George Strait

“Life’s trials will test you, and shape you, but don’t let them change who you are.” Aaron Lauritsen

“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.” Steve Maraboli

“Love changes things; hope allows us to endure until the change arrives.” Iimani David

“Love is only a word, until we decide to let it possess us with all its force. Love is only a word, until someone arrives to give it meaning. Don’t give up. Remember, it’s always the last key on the key ring that opens the door.” Paulo Coelho

“Man is a spiritual being, a soul, and at some period of his life everyone is possessed with an irresistible desire to know his relationship to the Infinite. . . . There is something within him which urges him to rise above himself, to control his environment, to master the body and all things physical and live in a higher and more beautiful world.” David O. McKay

“Maybe it’s what we don’t say that saves us.” Dorianne Laux

“Men are born to succeed, not to fail.” Henry David Thoreau

“Most good things have already been said far too many times and just need to be lived.” Shane Claiborne

“Music can be all things to all men. It is like a great dynamic sun in the center of a solar system which sends out its rays and inspiration in every direction. … It is as if the heavens open and a divine voice calls. Something in our souls responds and understands. We are speaking here of the most inspired music.” Leopold Stokowski

“My inspirations don’t come from outer space, they just come to me. I have no idea why they come when they do.” Joe Satriani

“My life isn’t theories and formulae. It’s part instinct, part common sense. Logic is as good a word as any, and I’ve absorbed what logic I have from everything and everyone, from my mother, from training as a ballet dancer, from Vogue magazine, from the laws of life and health and nature.” Audrey Hepburn

“My love is something valuable to me which I ought not to throw away without reflection.” Sigmund Freud

“Never allow the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!” Babe Ruth

“Never judge a work of art by its defects.” Washington Allston

“Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.” Germany Kent

“No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse.” Randy Pausch

“Nothing is born into this world without labor.” Rob Liano

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.” Jim Jarmusch

“One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime.” Elisabeth Elliot

“Only those who look with the eyes of children can lose themselves in the object of their wonder.” Eberhard Arnold

“Optimists enrich the present, enhance the future, challenge the improbable and attain the impossible.” William Arthur Ward

“Optimists move through life with a happy exterior. What happens on the inside shows up on the outside.” Marilyn Suttle

“Our biggest regrets are not for the things we have done but for the things we haven’t done.” Chad Michael Murray

“Our job in this life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.” Steven Pressfield

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.” David Richo

“Participate in your dreams today. There are unlimited opportunities available with this new day. Take action on those wonderful dreams you’ve had in your mind for so long. Remember, success is something you experience when you act accordingly.” Steve Maraboli

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” Dalai Lama

“People tend to be generous when sharing their nonsense, fear, and ignorance. And while they seem quite eager to feed you their negativity, please remember that sometimes the diet we need to be on is a spiritual and emotional one. Be cautious with what you feed your mind and soul. Fuel yourself with positivity and let that fuel propel you into positive action.” Steve Maraboli

“People who work in an environment where doing their best is recognized have a better chance of feeling good about their work.” Marilyn Suttle

“People will always notice something about you. It might be the way you walk or the way you talk, or just simply your personality. Live each day in the way you want to be remembered. Live in such a way that people will be inspired by those unique qualities that you have and strive to live better lives for themselves.” Amaka Imani Nkosazana

“Perfection is not a destination; it’s a never-ending process…Enjoy!” Jim Bouchard

“Perseverance is the act of true role models and heroes.” Liza Wiemer

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” Rabindranath Tagore

“Read deeply. Stay open. Continue to wonder.” Austin Kleon

“Reading, conversation, environment, culture, heroes, mentors, nature – all are lottery tickets for creativity. Scratch away at them and you’ll find out how big a prize you’ve won.” Twyla Tharp

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“Reminds us that greatness lies even in the smallest of moments, in the humblest of hearts, and we shall, each of us, be called to greatness. Whether we shall rise to meet it or let it slip away is the challenge put before us all.” Libba Bray

“Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.” Leo F. Buscaglia

“Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.” Elinor Glyn

“Rule your mind or it will rule you.” Horace

“Silence is the language of Om. We need silence to be able to reach our Self. Both internal and external silence is very important to feel the presence of that supreme Love.” Amit Ray

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” Christopher Reeve

“Someone has to write all those stories: why not me?” Elizabeth Gilbert

“Sometimes good things fall apart, so better things can fall together.” Jessica Howell

“Sometimes questions are more important than answers.” Nancy Willard

“Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.” Neil Gaiman

“Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, Faith looks up.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Sounds travel through space long after their wave patterns have ceased to be detectable by the human ear: some cut right through the ionosphere and barrel on out into the cosmic heartland, while others bounce around, eventually being absorbed into the vibratory fields of earthly barriers, but in neither case does the energy succumb; it goes on forever – which is why we, each of us, should take pains to make sweet notes.” Tom Robbins

“Stand often in the company of dreamers: they tickle your common sense & believe you can achieve things which are impossible.” Mary Anne Radmacher

“Stay true to yourself and listen to your inner voice. It will lead you to your dream.” James Ross

“Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.” Madeleine L’Engle

“Strength comes from struggle. When you learn to see your struggles as opportunities to become stronger, better, wiser, then your thinking shifts from “I can’t do this” to “I must do this.” Toni Sorenson

“Success comes in a lot of ways, but it doesn’t come with money and it doesn’t come with fame. It comes from having a meaning in your life, doing what you love and being passionate about what you do. That’s having a life of success. When you have the ability to do what you love, love what you do and have the ability to impact people. That’s having a life of success. That’s what having a life of meaning is.” Tim Tebow

“Take it easy, but take it.” Woody Guthrie

“Take responsibility for your own happiness, do not expect people or things to bring you happiness, or you could be disappointed.” Rodolfo Costa

“Talent is a wonderful thing, but it won’t carry a quitter.” Stephen King

“The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write about it.” Benjamin Disraeli

“The excitement of dreams coming true is beyond the description of words.” Lailah Gifty Akita

“The fact that you are still alive assures you that God has something for you to accomplish.” Rodney Winters

“The firmest friendships have been formed in mutual adversity, as iron is most strongly united by the fiercest flame.” Charles Caleb Colton

“The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.” Ernest Hemingway

“The first gift is Strength. May you remember to call upon it whenever you need it.” Charlene Costanzo

“The greatest personal limitation is to be found not in the things you want to do and can’t, but in the things you’ve never considered doing.” Richard Bandler

“The greatest risk to man is not that he aims too high and misses, but that he aims too low and hits.” Michaelangelo

“The greatest thing about dreams is they don’t expire. They can lay dormant for years and when you pull them out and dust them off, they shine like new.” Casi McLean

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. I hold that the more helpless a creature the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of humankind.” Mahatma Ghandi

“The greenest of pastures are right here on earth.” Jennifer Donnelly

“The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” Tricia Cunningham

“The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.” Edith Södergran

“The inspirational value of the space program is probably of far greater importance to education than any input of dollars… A whole generation is growing up which has been attracted to the hard disciplines of science and engineering by the romance of space.” Arthur C. Clarke

“The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it. Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters, now.” Leo Babauta

“The moon will guide you through the night with her brightness, but she will always dwell in the darkness, in order to be seen.” Shannon L. Alder

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” Alan Wilson Watts

“The past slips from our grasp. It leaves us only scattered things. The bond that united them eludes us. Our imagination usually fills in the void by making use of preconceived theories…Archaeology, then, does not supply us with certitudes, but rather with vague hypotheses. And in the shade of these hypotheses some artists are content to dream, considering them less as scientific facts than as sources of inspiration.” Igor Stravinsky

“The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.” Pearl S. Buck

“The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good.” Brian Tracy

“The price of greatness is responsibility.” Winston Churchill

“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” Abraham Lincoln

“The problem with people is they forget that most of the time it’s the small things that count.” Jennifer Niven

“The quality of a man’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.” Vince Lombardi

“The really magical things are the ones that happen right in front of you. A lot of the time you keep looking for beauty, but it is already there. And if you look with a bit more intention, you see it.” Vik Muniz

“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.” Michael Pollan

“The soul is healed by being with children.” Fyodor Dostoevsky

“The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow.” Aaron Lauritsen

“The tests we face in life’s journey are not to reveal our weaknesses but to help us discover our inner strengths. We can only know how strong we are when we strive and thrive beyond the challenges we face.” Kemi Sogunle

“The things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honor heroes after they’ve died. They’re like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honor the pharaohs. Only instead of being made of stone, they’re made out of the memories people have of you.” R.J. Palacio

“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” William Blake

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” Christopher McCandless

“The way I define happiness is being the creator of your experience, choosing to take pleasure in what you have, right now, regardless of the circumstances, while being the best you that you can be.” Leo Babauta

“The whales do not sing because they have an answer, they sing because they have a song.” Gregory Colbert

“The world’s greatest achievers have been those who have always stayed focussed on their goals and have been consistent in their efforts.” Dr Roopleen

“There are, it seems, two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say “It is yet more difficult than you thought.” This is the muse of form. It may be then that form serves us best when it works as an obstruction, to baffle us and deflect our intended course. It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.” Wendell Berry

“There is a secret place. A radiant sanctuary. As real as your own kitchen. More real than that. Constructed of the purest elements. Overflowing with the ten thousand beautiful things. Worlds within worlds. Forests, rivers. Velvet coverlets thrown over featherbeds, fountains bubbling beneath a canopy of stars. Bountiful forests, universal libraries. A wine cellar offering an intoxi cation so sweet you will never be sober again. A clarity so complete you will never again forget. This magnificent refuge is inside you. Enter. Shatter the darkness that shrouds the doorway… Believe the incredible truth that the Beloved has chosen for his dwelling place the core of your own being because that is the single most beautiful place in all of creation.” Mirabai Starr

“There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.” Garth Stein

“There is no tomorrow and there was no yesterday; if you truly want to accomplish your goals you must engulf yourself in today.” Noel DeJesus

“There is nothing stronger than gentleness.” John Wooden

“There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the Sun will rise again tomorrow.” Aaron Lauritsen

“There’ll be what you might call a moment of inspiration – a way of seeing or feeling or remembering, an instance or a person that’s made a large impression. Like the sand and the oyster, it’s a creative irritant. In each poem, I’m trying to reveal a truth, so it can’t have a fictional beginning.” Carol Ann Duffy

“There’s nothing more inspiring than the complexity and beauty of the human heart.” Cynthia Hand

“They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor.” Eric Hoffer

“Think of yourself as a brand. You need to be remembered. What will they remember you for? What defines you? If you have it in you, do something that defines you. Invent something, develop a unique skill, get noticed for something — it creates a talking point.” Chris Arnold

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” Rachel Carson

“To assess the quality of thoughts of people, don’t listen to their words, but watch their actions.” Amit Kalantri

“To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” Mahatma Gandhi

“To live long and achieve happiness, cultivate the art of radiating happiness.” Malcolm Forbes

“To progress in life, I don’t focus on how much I have done but on how much I have yet to do.” Idowu Koyenikan

“To recognize that the greatest error is not to have tried and failed, but that in trying, we did not give it our best effort.” Gene Kranz

“To turn your dreams into reality, all your resources, efforts and concentration should be aligned in the same direction.” Dr Roopleen

“Too many people out there tell us what we can and cannot do but…they don’t know who we are, what’s put in us.” Alex Rogers

“Treat everyone you meet as if they were you.” Doug Dillon

“True beauty radiates not from outer cosmetics, but from the simple joy of making a difference for those that need your voice, passion, and time without expecting or wanting anything in return.” Deborah Barnes

“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.” J.K. Rowling

“Uniqueness is what makes you the most beautiful.” Lea Michele

“Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initative or creation, there is one elementary truth…that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves. too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in ones’s favor all manner of incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man would have believed would have come his way. Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace, and power in it.” W.H. Murray

“Using your talent, hobby or profession in a way that makes you contribute with something good to this world is truly the way to go.” Simon Zingerman

“Visualize this thing you want. See it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin.” Robert Collier

“Vital lives are about action. You can’t feel warmth unless you create it, can’t feel delight until you play, can’t know serendipity unless you risk.” Joan Erickson

“Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both; it’s engaging. It’s being all in.” Brené Brown

“We all pay for life with death, so everything in between should be free.” Bill Hicks

“We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities but its own talents.” Eric Hoffer

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

“We are wiser than we know.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We can become inspired to shape a higher, more ideal future, and when we do, miracles happen.” James Redfield

“We can pay our proper respect to nature’s independence and read her own ways as beauty or inspiration in our different terms.” Stephen Jay Gould

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Maya Angelou

“We have different forms assigned to us in the school of life, different gifts imparted. All is not attractive that is good. Iron is useful, though it does not sparkle like the diamond. Gold has not the fragrance of a flower. So different persons have various modes of excellence, and we must have an eye to all.” William Wilberforce

“We must assume every event has significance and contains a message that pertains to our questions…this especially applies to what we used to call bad things…the challenge is to find the silver lining in every event, no matter how negative.” James Redfield

“We see things not as they are, we see them as we are.” Morrie Camhi

“What difference do it make if the thing you scared of is real or not?” Toni Morrison

“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.” Confucius

“What we do comes out of who we believe we are.” Rob Bell

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

“What you have learned from experience is worth much more than gold. If you have a house it may burn down. Any kind of possession can be lost, but your experience is yours forever. Keep it and find a way to use it.” Somaly Mam

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” W. Clement Stone

“When I type a title page, I hold it and I look at it and I think, I just need four thousand sentences to go with this and I’ll have a book.” Betsy Byars

“When inspiration does not come, I go for a walk, go to the movie, talk to a friend, let go… The muse is bound to return again, especially if I turn my back!” Judy Collins

“When prescribing one of the drugs I take, my doctor warned me of a common side effect: exaggerated, intensely vivid dreams. To be honest, I’ve never really noticed the difference. I’ve always dreamt big.” Michael J. Fox

“When someone tells me “no,” it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.” Karen E. Quinones Miller

“When the intellect and affections are in harmony; when intellectual consciousness is calm and deep; inspiration will not be confounded with fancy.” Margaret Fuller

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” Malala Yousafzai

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” Maya Angelou

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” Paulo Coelho

“When you walk a life of honesty, you live a life of truth.” Therese Benedict

“When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.” Theodore Roosevelt

“Wherever we are, God’s in that moment, God’s speaking to us, and if we’ve just got our ears open and our antennas up, there’s no lack of inspiration. He’s not silent. We just have to be listening.” Steven Curtis Chapman

“Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force.” Elaine Maxwell

“While I was held prisoner, sweet inspiration educated me and laws were imparted to me in a speech which had no words.” Taliesin

“Whining is not only graceless, but can be dangerous. It can alert a brute that a victim is in the neighborhood.” Maya Angelou

“Who dares, win.” Paulo Coelho

“Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation. Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the muses.” Amy Tan

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“You alone have the power to determine your value. Don’t let somebody else paste a discount sticker on you. You’re priceless.” Toni Sorenson

“You become what you think about.” Napoleon Hill

“You can dramatize your ideas in business or in any other aspect of your life. It’s easy.” Dale Carnegie

“You don’t have to stay trapped in your thoughts just because you think them.” Doug Dillon

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

“You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it’s enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.” Richelle E. Goodrich

“You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.” Mary Oliver

“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.” Elizabeth Gilbert

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” Saul Bellow

“You say I started out with practically nothing, but that isn’t correct. We all start with all there is, it’s how we use it that makes things possible.” Henry Ford

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Sharon Salzberg

“You’ll never get ahead of anyone as long as you try to get even with him.” Lou Holtz

“You’re better than this. Better than whatever it is you’re going to do now.” Richelle Mead

“You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.” Lou Holtz

“You’ll be bothered from time to time by storms, fog, snow. When you are, think to yourself, ‘What they could do, I can do.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.” Richard Bach

“Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.” Suzanne Weyn

“Your life is your spiritual path. It’s what’s right in front of you. You can’t live anyone else’s life. The task is to live yours and stop trying to copy one you think looks better.” Sandy Nathan

“Your time is way too valuable to be wasting on people that can’t accept who you are.” Turcois Ominek

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