Uplifting Quotes to Inspire You
By: Beth McHugh 2008
We all need some inspiration from time to time and who better to get us thinking than the great thinkers of the world? Here are some inspirational, thought-provoking and life-enhancing thoughts for those who have given life some thought:
Great things are not done by impulse but by a series of small things
Vincent van Gogh
Plant the seeds of expectation in your mind; cultivate thoughts that
anticipate achievement. Believe in yourself as being capable of overcoming
all obstacles and weaknesses.
Norman Vincent Peale
If a man does his best, what else is there?
General George S. Patton
Things do not happen; things are made to happen.
John F. Kennedy
The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but
becomes inspired because he is working. The likes of Beethoven, Bach,
and Mozart settled down day after day to the job at hand with as much
regularity as an accountant settles down each day to his figures. They
didn’t waste time waiting for inspiration.
Believe you will succeed. Believe it firmly, and then do what is necessary
to bring success about.
Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get
To experience happiness, we must train ourselves to live in the moment,
to savor it for what it is, not running ahead in anticipation of some
future date not lagging behind in the paralysis of the past.
If you don’t have the power to change yourself, then nothing
will change around you.
The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste the experience
to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer
If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow,
we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.
I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun.
Learning new things won’t help a person who isn’t using
what he already knows.
Have patience with all things but first with yourself. Never confuse
your mistakes wit your value as a human being. You’re a perfectly
valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist. And
no amount of triumphs and tribulations can ever change that. Unconditional
self-acceptance is the core of a peaceful mind.
St. Francis de Sales
Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that
fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.
If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead
Frank A. Clark
If you want to move your greatest obstacle, realize that the obstacle
is yourself, and that the time to act is now!
The golden opportunity you a re seeking is in yourself. It is not in
your environment; it is not luck or chance, it is in yourself alone.
Orison Swett Marden
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems
are your own. You don’t blame them on your mother, the ecology
or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.
The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the
Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger
J. Willard Marrion
A happy person is not a person in a set of circumstances, but rather
a person with a certain set of attitudes.
Nothing can stop a man with the right mental attitude from achieving
his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past or the
present are certain to miss the future.
John F. Kennedy
Be like a postage stamp. Stick to something until you get there.
Ever since I was a little by, I dreamed I would do something important
We act as though comfort and luxury are the chief requirements of life,
when all we really need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic
Don’t be discouraged by failure. Failure, in a sense, is the
highway to success because every discovery of what is false leads us
to seek after what is true. And every fresh experience points out an
error which we shall, afterwards, carefully avoid.
Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.