39 Inspirational Quotes to Jumpstart Your Life

Why can inspirational quotes play a big role in how we accomplish goals, get things done, and our overall mood? Many smart people have said that what we think ultimately decides the person we become.

If our body is the hardware, and our thoughts are the software, it’s important that we feed the brain insights that help us learn and motivate us. To that end, we’ve accumulated a collection of 39 of the most inspiring quotes we could find. We hope you enjoy it.

Inspiring Quotations to Reflect on and Enjoy

What can be said or written to inspire and motivate people in their work, in their love, and in their life? We reviewed thousands and thousands of quotations from authors, politicians, writers, celebrities, athletes, actors, business executives, and others to arrive at our collection.

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1.) Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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2.) A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking because her trust is not in the branch but in her own wings. Always believe in yourself.

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3.) Those who wish to sing always find a song.
Swedish Proverb

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4.) The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.
John Muir

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5.) The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
Chinese Proverb

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6.)Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
Arthur Ashe

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7.) The man who has no imagination has no wings.
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8. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Henry David Thoreau

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9. May your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.

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10. When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
John Lennon

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11.) You’re mad. Bonkers. Off your head, but I’ll tell you a secret, all of the best people are.
Alice in Wonderland

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12. Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King Jr.

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13.) The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will.’ Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.
Charles Dickens in David Copperfield

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14.) A man who asks a question is a fool for a minute.
A man who does not ask is a fool for life.

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15.) One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others.
Lewis Carroll

16.) If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
African Proverb

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17.) People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Maya Angelou – See more inspirational Maya Angelou quotes

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18.) There are two ways to live your life: one is as though nothing is a miracle; the other is as though everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein

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19.) When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
Henry Ford

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20.) To laugh often and much… (See above).
Ralph Waldo Emerson

21.) If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
Roald Dahl

22.) You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Andre Gide

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23.) Do not ask God to guide your footsteps if you’re not willing to move your feet.

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24.) Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
Roald Dahl

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25.) Life is either an adventure or nothing at all.
Helen Keller

26.) Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
Dr. Seuess

27.) To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
Mahatma Gandhi (Check out more inspiring Gandhi quotes)

28.) Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people’s souls, when we all ought to be worried abut our own souls, and other people’s bellies.
Benjamin Franklin

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29.) Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly.
Barbara Haines Howett

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30.) Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow!
Hunter S. Thompson

31.) Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
Oscar Wilde

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32.) When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sandpaper. They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless.
Chris Colfer

33.) The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.
Winston Churchill

34.) The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
Rob Siltanen

35.) Anything’s possible if you’ve go enough nerve.
J.K. Rowling – Check outthe Harry Potter author on Twitter

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36.) Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.
Mark Twain

37.) If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.
Latin Proverb

38.) Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.
Christopher Morley

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39.) What if you fall?
Oh, my darling, what if you fly?
Eric Hanson

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Every day may not be good, but there is good in every day.

Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.
Theodore Roosevelt

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The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
Joseph Campbell

Every great work makes the human face more admirable and richer, and that is its whole secret.
Albert Camus

Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.
Jim Rohn

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Let’s go invent tomorrow rather than worry about what happened yesterday.
Steve Jobs

Remember that failure is an event, not a person.
Zig Ziglar

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
Og Mandino

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Vince Lombardi

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
Norman Vincent Peale

Success in life comes not from holding a good hand but in playing a poor hand well.
Denis Waitley

By Mike O’Halloran

Mike is the editor at Greeting Card Poet.

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