130 Inspiration Quotes For Those Who Need Inspiration

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Oliver Huls says that this is the ‘Greatest discussion on Linkedin!’ and I have to say since starting this discussion some months ago that I have been amazed at the hundreds of individuals who have taken part in the process of answering my question in the Motivation Nation Group –  ‘Give Me One Motivational Quote That Changed Your Life’.

So here are a whole lot more…

Parm Bhachu • Feel the fear and do it anyway…Susan Jeffers

Clayton Iverson • When you want to succeed as much as you want to breath, you have a shot.

E.J. (Ted) Lister • I haven’t found one yet that actually changed my life; therefore, if anyone has one I’d be interested in adopting it…

Zach Buckler • “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and 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 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 hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!” -Rocky Balboa

Ann Bach • Thanks for all of these, really enjoyed reading the quotes. I’ve got a couple.

First is “Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.  – Gary Ryan Blair

The second is “Just do it!” Nike!

Erin Hillman • There are three quotes that I admire very much: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

“You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.” – Alvin Toffler

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great.” – Mark Twain

I teach a job searching workshop and I try to post these quotes around the workshop area so that it will hopefully impact them in some way…even if just for that one “ah ha” moment.

Oliver Huls • @ Erin Great idea, I use these for my weekly e-mail to my staff…

Stephen Hildenbrand [LION] • “We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong.

The amount of work is the same.”~ Carlos Casteneda

It’s a good reminder, now and then.

Stephen Hildenbrand [LION] • Though, I just found, and completely agree with this one.

“It is important to do what you don’t know how to do. It is important to see your skills as keeping you from learning what is deepest and most mysterious. If you know how to focus, unfocus. If your tendency is to make sense out of chaos, start chaos.”~ Carlos Casteneda

 Chaos is a good thing, now and then. You can’t improve thru steadfast complacency.

Chad Stewart • Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous – Emerson

Chad Stewart • To be great is to be misunderstood – Emerson

Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity, is to genius the stern friend – Emerson

Chad Stewart • I have 30 pages of quotes that I have collected over twenty years and have incorporated in my new book: The Five Great Principles for Life, by Pelican

Here’s one that has influenced my life: If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that – Goethe

Peter G. J. Sinclair – Motivator • ‘First the imagination, then the imagin-action to take your dreams and turn them into reality.’

Chad Stewart • Here are a few:

The man who is worthy of being “a leader of men” will never complain about the stupidity of his helpers, the ingratitude of mankind nor the inappreciation of the public. These are all a part of the great game of life. To meet them and overcome them and not to go down before them in disgust, discouragement or defeat—that is the final proof of power – William J. H. Boetcker

We can accomplish almost anything within our ability if we but think we can! Every great achievement in this world was first carefully thought out. Think—but to a purpose. Think constructively. Think as you read. Think as you listen. Think as you travel and your eyes reveal new situations. Think as you work daily at your desk, or in the field, or while strolling. Think to rise and improve your place in life. There can be no advancement or success without serious thought – George Matthew Adams

Lincoln was not great because he was born in a log cabin, but because he got out of it – James Truslow Adams

We shall never have more time. We have, and have always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow. Keep going day in and out. Concentrate on something useful. Having decided to achieve a task, achieve it at all costs – Arnold Bennett

Almost anything is possible with time – Jane Austin

Conceit is the world’s gift to little men – Bruce Barton

Linda West • The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe. – Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)

Michael V. Pantalon, PhD • “You don’t absolutely have to do that.” My mentor, Bruce Rounsaville, MD

Michael V. Pantalon, PhD • “Follow that will and that way which experience confirms to be your own.” Carl Jung

Katrina asaredumfeh • Ask not what your country can do for you ,ask what you can I do for your country ,;

Katrina asaredumfeh • My own ”You can be the change or make the change” Katrina Asaredumfeh

E.J. (Ted) Lister • The late Napoleon Hill once said: “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past.” It’s one of the most famous inspirational quotes on the power of positive thinking.

Chad Stewart • Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it – Niels Bohr

Linda West • Today’s thought for empowerment: If we would only love more all limitations in our lives would be gone! by John Randolph Price

Steve Werner • “Quitters never win, Winners never quit”

Sara Garrido Díaz • There is only one time yu can actually do something: NOW

Katrina asaredumfeh • Lead by example

Katrina asaredumfeh • if you quit you will never make it!!!!!!!!!!!

Kundansinh Yadav • “You cant find substitute of your own life….So Be the best of all !!!!!!!!

Prof P.K.Keshap • Good comment M. Yadav.

Alison Day • ‘My focus is on the wealth of my health and the health of my wealth’ – Alison Day. This mantra/affirmation of mine helps me get my priorities right and has helped me achieve what James Arthur Ray calls, Harmonic Wealth (a great book of his!)

Lori Gersh • I love Debbie Allen’s quote. I do a lot of training with displaced workers who really need a boost of self-confidence and her quote really means if you do what you really love and want to do, you’ll always be good at it. Maurice James quote – love that, too – if you can look up you can always get up… great choice of words. One more is this – “if you want to keep getting what you’ve always gotten, keep doing what you’ve always done” – great if everything in your life is perfect – if not – where do you need to make that change?

Linda West • I give intent to receive abundance in all its forms, love joy peace prosperity and health!!

Once you give intent to receive, based on Quantum Psychics, you change the energy around you and the Universe will open the floodgates of good for you……..but you must receive!!!!!

E.J. (Ted) Lister • Interesting observation, Linda; I’m not sure if you meant Quantum Psychics or Quantum Physics, but now you’ve got me interested in a whole new way of looking at Quantum, and the law of attraction… thx

Linda West • yes, thank you Physics it is!!!! Indeed!!!!!!

Kim Hellyar • The greatest pleasure in life, is doing the things people say we cannot do.- Walter Bagehot

Chad Stewart • Alright, one more!

Character is an invincible force, which acts by presence and without means – Emerson

Tonia Robinson • No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt, ‘This Is My Story,’ 1937 US diplomat & reformer (1884 – 1962)

Chad Stewart • Readers are plentiful; thinkers are rare – Harriet Martineau

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be – Lao Tzu

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light – Helen Keller

Leap, and the net will appear – John Burroughs

A friend is on before whom I may think aloud – Emerson

Marvin LeBlanc, LUTCF,CNP • For Things to change YOU’VE got to Change!

E.J. (Ted) Lister • I especially like what Chad provided when he quoted John Burroughs – “Leap, and the net will appear.”

I wonder, however, it modivational quotes actually change us, in any way? It seems to me that falling down creates the change; motivational quotes simply allow us to get up and carry on…

Katrina asaredumfeh • What makes us to strive to get better,knowing even after you have reached the highest level of your career,,you will always strive to get better because theirs is no top level………………….What is perfection…………………………it is being content with yourself true profession never stop improving themselves…………………………..katrina asare-dumfeh

Johanna Ventura • ” We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore,is not an act but a habit” Aristotle

Katrina asaredumfeh • Excellence is a great habit God bless

Alison Day • ‘The fact is that you’ll never create high-energy results from a low-energy vessel. Like attracts like.’ James Arthur Ray

Oliver Huls • @ E.J. (Ted) Lister – I think the power of motivational quotes are to act as a trigger in our brain. We all understand that to achieve more you need to work harder etc. However, perhaps one or two of these quotes awakens something within us to not only know the fundamentals for success but also makes us strive for our goals. If you get daily updates form this discussion, you can’t help but get uplifted and refocused even on the darkest days. Most of the stuff you read in motivational books you already know, yet we read them anyway. Why? As reminders perhaps or maybe to get refocused? Greatest discussion on Linkedin!

Lien (Leanne) Nguyen • Excellent point Oliver! Well said! You said exactly how I think about motivational books/quotes

Prof P.K.Keshap • True Oliver. This discussion is doing so for me.

E.J. (Ted) Lister • Perhaps I’m stuck on semantic language, and my own beliefs; I don’t believe in effort, work or goal-setting as a method of achieving what I want (but that’s me; it doesn’t mean it’s right).

Wanting and having, for the purpose of self-worth, status and success do not bring joy into my life; rather, at best, it brings periods of happiness, which ultimately do not last, resulting in unhappiness, and a cyclical need to acheive more, which is dangerously habitual and addictive as we pursue more and more emotions of happiness.

I believe that inspiration, not motivation, is a key factor in experiencing joy through the energy, play and vision of living with desire (again, semantics).

Motivation may help us endure the pain of ‘Getting There’ (destination, as it were); however, Inspiration ensures we experience the journey.

Deborah Hall • @Ted. Interesting insight. I didn’t ever think that I would discuss something on this thread, so thank you.

In response to your statement, I believe that to truly achieve what you want in life you must go within.

Silence. It’s where you must go to bring true peace to your life.

Unhappiness is what you get when you can’t sit silently in a room.

It’s those moments in between all of that mind chatter that are key….that silence when allowed to exist within you, is where inspiration comes from. When you live from a place of truth it brings peace. Peace brings happiness. Living in a state of happiness you can be love and in a state of love you can create more happiness.

Everyone needs a quiet place. The funny thing is, the quieter you become, the more you can hear! : )

Hugh Curley, Emotional Intelligence Speaker • Ted, Motivation and Inspiration are very different things and are used for very different results. You cannot use Aspirn to cure all pains, but it does help on some. We have to understand what we need and then select the correct cure.

Motivation will help us to pick ourselves up and keep moving to our goal.

Inspiration will help lift us up to a higher level.

I almost agree with what you said, but have a hard time with the “pain” part. Motivation will help us whether we have pain or not.

E.J. (Ted) Lister • Interesting…

Deborah, thank you for the inspirational comment; perspective, as it were. What our heart (inner-true-self) desires does not always have its say, so to speak, simply because our mind (outer-false-self) is speaking too loudly (usually telling us lies, attempting to motivate us with fear). I really enjoyed your comment–especially regarding the quiet place–I couldn’t agree more…

Hugh, thank you for your insight; I see your point. My only challenge in accepting everything written on this thread is the idea of a goal; to me it’s the journey that brings us joy, not the destination; therefore, I do not set goals, I simply enjoy the experiences with non-attachment or expectations, knowing that I’m growing as a result without having to aquire anything to demonstrate my achievements or self-worth. I am not this body, neither is this body mine.

It may be that motivation is an action of moving away from pain (fear), while inspiration is an action of moving toward pleasure (love)… just a thought…

This could take us on another thread… down a slippery-slope–all good stuff, thanks…

Kaushal Dhruw • Medals don’t matter, Mettle does. ~ Prakash Iyer (The Habit of winning).

Patrice Garrick • “REFUSE to dwell on negative thoughts.”

Orvel Ray Wilson CSP – Guerrilla Selling Speaker • The price of success is not so much a matter of effort as it is a matter of discipline.

Laird Lynch • Respect is not freely given…go out and earn it!

Diana Drysdale • Opportunity usually shows up in overalls and looking like work.- Mike Rowe

… Life is both things — plans and surprises. Robin Roberts

mario pedro gould • against all odds you will find me at the top of the mountain or dead on it – mpg

Hazel Sawyers • Thanks for this Mike Rowe gem. I’ll definitely use it in my presentations.

Lilita Ros • If you want things to change in your life…just change things in your life..

Dr. Thom A. Lisk • I like that mountain quote. Last year I climbed a literal big mountain and needed the reminder to keep climbing in all areas of life… Ohio motto…

“With God all things are possible.”

Kristi Blicharski • “Happiness is a state of activity.” ~ Aristotle

Lori Gersh • Let passion drive your profession. Then, when you get paid for doing what you love, it’s a bonus!


Brian Cohen DTM • Strategies of Success, you either have one or you won’t .

Peter G. J. Sinclair – Motivator • ‘Success cannot resist he or she who will persist.’

Freda Philippe • “You are, at this moment, standing right in the middle of your own ‘acres of diamonds.’ ” — Earl Nightingale

Prashant Khale • Dear Peter,

for you……….

1) How and where you born is not important.

how you are going to die is important.

2) You are a creator of your Destiny.

Peter G. J. Sinclair – Motivator • ‘Those who choose to stick will never be unstuck.’

Dr med Robert Santry • “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”–John F. Kennedy

Chad Stewart • Almost anything is possible with time – Jane Austin

Sue Z. Hart • Dr. Santry, That has always been one of my favorite quotes and I think it applies to all areas of our life. “Ask not what others can do for you but you can do for others.” What a wonderful world it would be!

Linda West • The Universe does not compensate an individual based on activity of work…….

But on Activity of Consciousness.

If you dwell on limitation and lack in any area of your life …..lack will always attract more lack…..if you say “I can’t afford”…the law will bring more things into your life that you can’t afford……

If you embrace the All Sufficiency in life and understand the realization of God/dess, Source, as your supply, this belief than Is your Supply!!!! Be conscious of this truth and every need is met, every problem solved, every question answered…..from the Abundance Book by John Randolph Price…..

THOMAS AW • Pick yourself UP, grow, learn and develop your potential at your own time, own targets. CHOICE !

Manolis Sfinarolakis • “Potential is no Credential” – Mr. E.

Leslie Wolfe • A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.

sam charlton • If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got. not sure who said it.

Bobby Cringean • When the winds of change blow, some people build walls others build windmills.

Katrina asaredumfeh • When you stand never stand alone ,It takes a pyramid to break you down never stand alone.

Tim Clark • Success is a progressive realization of a WORTHY ideal.

Steve Werner • Winning is not a plan, It’s a decision!!

Hugh Curley, Emotional Intelligence Speaker • Tim, I have that quote as being from Earl Nightingale of Nightingale Conant.

Christos Zafiropoulos • Whatever the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve. Napoleon Hill

Lenita Womack • Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance!!!!!!!

Katrina asaredumfeh • ”Planning for purpose” works so dose intending for ”success Go for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tim Clark • “Never affirm self limitations” (Barbara Smallwood & Steve Kilborn)

James P. Michalski • The only limits you have are the ones you put on yourself.

John Anderson • “If you believe, you can achieve”

Peter G. J. Sinclair – Motivator • “Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” Anon.

Oliver Huls • What a great thread…

From the Bruce Almighty movie my daughter and I watched last night:

“God: Parting a soup is not a miracle, Bruce. It’s a magic trick. A single mom who’s working two jobs, and still finds time to take her son to soccer practice, that’s a miracle. A teenager who says no to drugs and yes to an education, that’s a miracle. People want me to do everything for them. What they don’t realize is *they* have the power. You want to see a miracle, son? Be the miracle.”

Nancy D. Solomon • “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.”

Sue Z. Hart • “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do!” Edward Everett Hale

Marvin LeBlanc, LUTCF,CNP • When everything is uncertain – ANYTHING is possible. – Hurricane Katrina Sign

E. Hunter {LION} • My very own – “Excellence is the perfect combination of the right habits”

Philip Rochford • There are more than 100,000 trees in the forest, but no two leaves are alike. http://www.nurturinglifebooks.com

Sue Rumack • Face IT! Stomp IT!, Get on with IT!!! This is my own, from some seriously dark days during other recessions. I still use it today and I share it with my coaching clients. They love it.

Melanie Shaharudin • You don’t have to be great to get started, you just have to get started to be great!

Genny Jones • No matter what you ar going through give yourself permission to laugh!

Peter G. J. Sinclair – Motivator • ‘Faith risks failure rather than not trying at all.’

Steve Petzer • Don’t wait for change, be the change… from success to significance!

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