Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have an amazing ability to change the way we feel about life. This is why I find them so interesting and crucial on our paths to success.
So what’s their secret?
You see, the way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determines everything that happens to you.
When you change the quality of your thinking, you change the quality of your life, sometimes instantly. Just as positive words can make someone smile or a well-timed humorous quote can make someone laugh, our thoughts react to the world in real-time.
You have complete control over only one thing in the universe — your thinking – and that’s where motivational quotes come in!
You can decide what you are going to think in any given situation. Your thoughts and feelings determine your actions and determine the results you get. It all starts with your thoughts – and I have found that inspirational words are a quick way to retune your thinking.
Try keeping a few uplifting excerpts or positive proclamations on hand. If you ever notice your energy or your spirit begin to drop, simply recite an inspirational and uplifting quote to quickly boost your mood.
Quotes of Encouragement
“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.” – Unknown
“Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.” – Anne Frank
“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra
“It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever – the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it.” – Vince Lombardi
“Press on – nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge
“Often we women are risk averse. I needed the push. Now, more than ever, young women need more seasoned women to provide that encouragement, to take a risk, to go for it. Once a glass ceiling is broken, it stays broken.” – Jennifer Grahnolm
“This too shall pass.” – Persian Sufi Poets
“I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.” – Audrey Hepburn
“When you get to your wits end, you will find, God lives there.” – Unknown
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King
“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” – Tony Robbins
“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller
“Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal.” – Jerome Fleishman
“Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.” – Garrison Keillor
“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“When written in Chinese the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” – John F. Kennedy
“Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.” – Edwin Markham
“There is in every true woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.” – Washington Irving
“God uses suffering as a whetstone, to make men sharp with.” – Henry Beecher
“Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.” – Rainer Rilke
“If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.” – David Allen
“If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.” – Latin Proverb
“God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them.” – John Aughey
“Never regret something that once made you smile.” – Amber Deckers
“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.” – Oprah Winfrey
“Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.” – Edmund Burke
“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” – Richard Bach
“If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you.You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” –
“It doesn’t matter how many say it cannot be done or how many people have tried it before; it’s important to realize that whatever you’re doing, it’s your first attempt at it.” – Wally Amos
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry Thoreau
“Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D Roosevelt
“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.” – Flavia
“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality in the mind next to honor.” – Aristotle
“When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up.” – Les Brown
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie Boom
“Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.” – Charles Swindoll
“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.” – Walt Disney
We hope you enjoyed these encouraging quotes. If you have any words of encouragement to share that aren’t listed above, please feel free to mention them in the comments and encourage others. Stay inspired!