25 Of The Most Inspirational Quotes Ever Written

Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 7.12.08 PMDo you ever just sit down and browse through quotes?

If you don’t, you should give it a try.

Quotes have the power to affect, influence, shape, and move us in so many ways. They also provide an insight into the thoughts and ideas of the greatest minds that have ever lived (and are presently living).

Even though most quotes are short, they all hold substance of something that’s much larger. They can offer us a view into their own minds, which can be inspiring, motivational, creative, and entertain a different perspective that you might have never imagined.

These short snippets allow us to look back, feel, and connect with what has been written for us – it’s a sweet and short gift.

Here are 25 of the most inspirational quotes ever written

1. “A man’s true delight is to do the things he was made for.” – Marcus Aurelius


2. “You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.” – Robert Anthony


3. “Every great story on the planet happened when someone decided not to give up, but kept going no matter what.” – Spryte Loriano


4. “No man is a failure who is enjoying life.” – William Feather


5. “I am not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor do l feel that the world must live up to mine” – Fritz Perl


6. “What holds most people back isn’t the quality of their ideas, but their lack of faith in themselves. You have to live your life as if you are already where you want to be.” – Russell Simmons


7. Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference” – Nolan Bushnell


8. “How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.” – Trina Paulus


9.  A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him” – David Brinkley


10. Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts” – Arnold Bennett


11. The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” – Vince Lombardi


12. That’s precisely the question everyone should be asking—why the hell not?  – Why not you, why not now…” – Timothy Ferriss


13. “There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can.” – Henry Ford


14. The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee


15. Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are” – John Wooden


16. “Success…seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton


17. “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” – André Gide


18. “When you were born, you cried, and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” – Native American Proverb


19. “20 years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain


20. “We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.” – Epictetus


21. “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn


22. “But until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise.” – Stephen R. Covey


23. “As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking.” – James Allen


24. “Don’t Take Anything Personally. Nothings others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.” – Don Miguel Ruiz


25. “Give me a stock clerk with a goal, and I will give you a man who will make history. Give me a man without a goal, and I will give you a stock clerk.” – J.C. Penny


This will be a collection of hand-picked quotations, that will provide insight from the world’s greatest minds.

And an extra little bonus.

“So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win.” – Og Mandino

Back to you: What quotes inspire you? What quotes motivate you? What is your favorite quote of all time?



  1. says

    Love these quotes! So many great ones Dragos. Too many in fact to pick out favourites. Let’s just say I got my pen and pad out as I started reading. Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      Hahah I’m glad to hear that Micah. I love quotes so much that I had to make this post, and I’m definitely going to make more. Such little sentences leave such a great impact. You’re very welcome, thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. says

    Hi Dragos,
    You’ve got a good set of quotes there.
    Here is one that I like a lot about change “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”
    ~ Lao-Tzu
    What I make of it is…………….You constantly think something ,and you constantly focus on something; regardless of your conscious awareness of your cogitation. Yet your thinking is immeasurably more powerful than you ever imagine.Thought alone has a the potency to manifest into reality.And then you have no one to blame but yourself,if you materialize something you don’t like.But if you get a diamond instead of a chunk of coal in life,again you deserve the credit for your right thinking.

    • says

      I love Lao-Tzu’s quotes. I take my time very slowly reading the Tao Te Ching. It’s filled of the shortest precepts, that hold such deep and life-altering wisdom.

      “Thought alone has a the potency to manifest into reality”. What I’ve found is only when you interact with your thoughts, give them credibility, and start associating these thoughts with the “truth”, is when they start to manifest in your day-to-day life, and even start controlling your life.

      I like what you have to say about thoughts, but it’s almost something nobody wants to hear. Who really wants to hear that they are to blame? I can’t really think of anyone, and that’s why when giving advice, it’s good to tread lightly; see almost if you can place yourself in their shoes, and slowly take them out of their materialized “something.”

      Thanks for posting Mona!

    • says

      Thanks Paul! I’m planning on doing a guest post for Dan sometime soon, and he’s doing an interview for my website.

      I definitely have a lot of content in store for Selfhabit.

      Just checked out your: The Simple Phrase that Increases Effort 40%. It was amazing, and very well written. I plan to check out more of your stuff! :)

  3. says

    These are great. If one embraces the wisdom found in each, life would truly change for the better. A favorite of mine:

    “Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.” ~ Nikola Tesla

    • says

      Thanks Riz for adding to the quotes!

      Wow, I really love that quote. I read Nikola’s story, and it’s such a shame of how unfortunate he was, for being such a caring and brilliant man.

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