Your Magnificent Quotes That Have Changed Your Lives

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Post written by Peter G. James Sinclair and his Motivational Memo Friends.

Here below are the wonderful contributions from many of my readers of my Motivational Newsletter when I simply asked them to share the quotes that had changed their lives.

I not only love the quotes shared, but I also love the wonderful and kind words smattered throughout.

The very fact that we have this incredible opportunity to share so openly on the internet these days always amazes me. Plant a word online and someone in far off Africa or Finland is lifted to fight on for another day, or press forward with their dream.

So let us not stop sharing – for it is as we continue to do so that we as a global community are empowered – for that which has changed our lives can be a direct positive reason for positive change to occur in the life of another human being.

Maureen Hazzard -“After all this time the sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me’. Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky” – Hafiz The Gift

Love it!

Nancy Wee – ‘Learn from the past, concentrate on today and tomorrow will take care of itself’ – Peter G. James Sinclair

Neolita Serra – “Poverty is not a hindrance to success.” – Anonymous.

Julius Afolabi -” There is no mountain anywhere, every man’s ignorance is his mountain.” – Bishop David Oyedepo.

Amit Gupta – “Deserve before your desire” – Anonymous

Hi Peter,

First: you are a great example and inspiration to me. I started following your blog recently and I am pleasantly surprised every time I read your articles. I am a small participant in the world of blogging and looking up and learning a lot from the big one’s like you. So; thanks 🙂

Here is my quote, which is actually more a question that I ask myself frequently:

Stephanie Waasdorp – “Is it true?” – Byron Katy

I ask this question to myself, related to my thoughts, and often the respond is “No, it’s not true”) or at least I can never be sure that it’s true. What a relief 🙂

Greetings and have a nice day,

Stephanie Waasdorp from the Netherlands

Eugene – The one that changed my life is ” If you want to think, You must think big” – Donald Trump

Rebecca Purnomo – “Love all. Trust a few. Do wrong to none.” – William Shakespeare

Madhu Pilakazhi – ” Change will not be given to you…………. You must bring the change……” – A Bus Conductor

Nipun Kumar- “Today is  first  day of our remaining life.”- Unknown

Dear Peter,

My short and sweet favorite quote I tell people is the first one from Mother Teresa, although others have tried to call it their own. I use it often as I teach and also in life for others who are struggling to let them know it is test of faith from God.

I have experienced many challenges in life from infertility to more recently breast cancer and believe me it is faith and positive thoughts that helped me in my darkest hours.

Thank you for all you do!


“I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.” ― Mother Teresa

Peter this is another good one!

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

Life is beauty, admire it.

Life is a dream, realize it.

Life is a challenge, meet it.

Life is a duty, complete it.

Life is a game, play it.

Life is a promise, fulfill it.

Life is sorrow, overcome it.

Life is a song, sing it.

Life is a struggle, accept it.

Life is a tragedy, confront it.

Life is an adventure, dare it.

Life is luck, make it.

Life is too precious, do not destroy it.

Life is life, fight for it.”

― Mother Teresa

Samira-Pourkhalil – “Do not let dreams pass you by.” – I just heard that  and cannot remember the quoter.

Hi Peter,

One more time I want to send you my thanks for your work… the Motivational Memo.

OK, let’s go for the quotes.

I immediately remember two situations, one older and one newer.

They are:

1. (older)

Initial lyric from the song called Change (from a composer called Lisa Stansfield)

“If I could change the way I live my life today, I wouldn’t change a single thing.”

2. (newer)

Chorus from a song called ‘Forever’ (from a band called In This Moment)

“Forever starts today, forever we will be, forever’s every day, forever faithfully.”


Cezar Belmonte

Sorry… if I have to choose only one, it is:

Cezar Belmonte  – If I could change the way I live my life today, I wouldn’t change a single thing. – Lisa Stansfield

Hi Peter,

I hope you are having a great week. I too LOVE quotes. This quote is my favorite right now and has had a huge impact on my life.

Wendy Irene – “Trade your expectations for appreciation and your whole world changes in an instant!” – Tony Robbins

Warm Wishes,


Shedrack Saleh  “Love God supremely and love man sincerely.”  -W. F Kumuyi

Naveed Akram – “Never relax till the job ends.”

Naveed Akram – “A good leader doesn’t make the follower, he creates more leaders.”

Hi Peter,

This is a quote I picked up some years ago and perhaps highlights the need for forward planning.

“No chains can so bind a man like poverty in old age.”

To illustrate the need to resolve differences quickly, this one works for me:

“Never sleep on an angry pillow.”

I believe this to be the one quote that had the biggest effect on me in childhood and throughout my life to date:

“Every adversity carries within it the seeds of an equal or even greater opportunity.” –  W Clement Stone.


Ray Dawson.

These are more mantras than quotes, but they certainly motivate me. The frog one is not attributed to Brian Tracy, who wrote a book of a similar name.

David J. Singer – “Mind over mattress.” – Unknown

David J. Singer – “Eat the big frog first.” – Unknown (not sure this works without the story behind it)

David J. Singer – “It takes 21 days to form a habit.”- Maxwell Maltz’ concept

Hi Peter,

What a fun idea!

Here is my favorite quote:

Jodi Chapman – “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hope you’re well!



Here’s one that I have on my coffee mug and mouse pad that I see every day:

Daryl Delabbio – “There is always a way to do it better . . . find it!” ~ Thomas Edison

Ajieh Cyril-“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” — George Herbert

Kevin Joseph Klein  – “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.  Concerning all acts of initiative there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.” – Johan Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

Kevin Joseph Klein  – “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Thomas Slusher – “No man has a chance to enjoy permanent success until he begins to look in a mirror for the real cause of all his mistakes.” – Napoleon Hill

Roeurn Punnrith  – “Work hard for new!”

Noel Chuwa – This quote changed me and I like spelling it  out in the morning as I wake up and night before I go to bed. It reads ” Great people are ordinary people with extra ordinary amount of determination.”

Waleed Tariq- ” Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do”- Bruce Lee

Whenever I read this quote I always try to apply something in my life which I learned so far and do something which I never tried but are still dreaming to do in life!

Good Morning Sir,

It’s a rare privilege to send one of the quotes that changed my life.

Ademola Adetuberu – “Continue to continue till you contact!” –  Ademola Adetuberu

I celebrate you sir.

Anjie – ‘Those who mind don’t care, and those who care don’t mind’ -Bernard M. Baruch

Dear Mr. Peter,

In my 14 years of professional career I have learnt that if you are in need you will find the way, and experience is the best teacher of my life and still I am learning.

Thanks & Regards,

Chirag V.Raichura




Fazal Hakim- “Oh, Divine Providence! I ask not for more riches but more wisdom with which to make wiser use of the riches You gave me at birth, consisting in the power to control and direct my own mind to whatever ends I desire.”-  An expression of Gratitude by Napoleon Hill.

Daryn – “Human beings must be trained in obedience to moral institution before they are rational enough to discuss them, or they will be corrupted before the time for discussions arrives.” – C.S Lewis

Daryn – Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.”- Eddie Rickenbacker

Daryn – “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”- Eleanor Roosevelt

Daryn – “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”- Carl Hermann Voss

Daryn – “What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him.”- Louis L. Mann

Daryn – Ability only determines what you can do – Character determines who you are.- Daryn Stockwell

Daryn – Be determined regarding character as character determines who you will be.- Daryn Stockwell

Daryn – “Build your business on character and you will succeed- there is so very little competition” – Daryn Stockwell

Daryn – “Profit from business may depend on investment in Character”-Daryn Stockwell

Daryn -“Integrity need not contradict the bottom line but in-fact must be the bottom line.” – Daryn Stockwell

Daryn – A business is not great by virtue of its wealth but by the wealth of its virtue. -Daryn Stockwell

Daryn – “Profit from integrity comes from investment in character – are you investing? -Daryn Stockwell

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