101 Inspirational Quotes

DenaMarch 9, 2011


I am one of those people who is crazy about quotes. I collect quotes from everywhere. When someone says something that strikes me, I have to write it down so that I can remember it. I write quotes down in notebooks, on napkins, and on the backs of receipts. It doesn’t really matter where—I’ve just got to have them!

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, then you know that I love to throw quotes into my content. And if you’ve ever spoken with me, then you know that I love to throw quotes into conversation, too. I can’t seem to get enough. I love how there is an appropriate quote for just about everything that happens in my life. When times get difficult, I pull out my quotes & I can always find something to lift me up.

I’ve been collecting inspirational quotes on Twitter for awhile now and I thought that you might enjoy them. My very favourite ones are highlighted in bold. Enjoy!

(P.S. Read to the bottom to find out who won last week’s book giveaway.)


1. I am not afraid. I was born to do this. —Joan of Arc

2. You’ll seldom experience regret for anything that you’ve done. It is what you haven’t done that will torment you. —Wayne Dyer

3. Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile…initially scared me to death. —Betty Bender

4. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. —Eleanor Roosevelt

5. Many people are afraid of the dark, but the real tragedy is those who are afraid of the light. —Unknown

6. I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. —Galileo Galilei

7. The only time you run out of chances is when you stop taking them. —Unknown

8. In order to dominate the soul you must also learn to dominate the body. And in order to dominate the body you cannot fear pain. —Paulo Coelho

9. Every shadow—no matter how deep—is threatened by morning light. —Unknown

10. As a rule, men worry more about what they can’t see than about what they can. —Julius Caesar

11. Anxiety is just repeatedly experiencing failure in advance. —Seth Godin

12. By acting bravely we become brave; not the other way round. —Unknown


13. Forgiveness is choosing to love. It is the first skill of self-giving love. —Gandhi

14. Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” —Mark Twain

15. An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind. —Ghandi

16. The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. —John E. Southard

17. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” —Ghandi

18. When I choose to imagine someone’s pain/perspective I lose my appetite for anger. —Unknown


19. Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. —Thich Nhat Hanh

20. The only reason you are happy is because you choose to be happy. Happiness is a choice, and so is suffering. —don Miguel Ruiz

21. Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions. —Tony Robbins

22. Positive people don’t need an outside push; they seemingly have a natural internal push that continually pulls them forward. —Unknown

23. You must choose between your attachments and happiness. —Adyashanti

24. Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. —Unknown

25. The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. —William A. Ward

26. Not only is the kingdom of heaven within, but the kingdom of Hell is within as well – it’s your choice. —Unknown

27. What we feel is not based on our experience, but on our INTERPRETATION of experiences. —Anthony Robbins

28. In every life we have some trouble, but when you worry you make it double. Don’t worry. Be happy. —Bobby McFerrin


29. The sanest thing in this world is love. —Anne Sexton

30. The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. —Mother Teresa

31. When two people fall in love, past and future disappear. —The Alchemist

32. Love means protection, adoration, mutual growth, & respect above all other things. Without this, love is an illusion, a confused attachment. —Dena Botbyl

33. Love is the beginning of the journey, its end, and the journey itself. —Unknown

34. Detachment is not indifference. Detachment is love without expecting anything in return. —Unknown

35. There is only love; there is nothing else. —Dena Botbyl

Hard Work

36. When I work fourteen hours a day, seven days a week, I get lucky. —Armand Hammer

37. Opportunities multiply as they are seized. —Sun Tsu

38. The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying. —Steven Pressfield

39. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently. —Anthony Robbins

40. Everyone wants to be strong and self sufficient, but few are willing to put in the work necessary to achieve worthy goals. —Gandhi

41. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail. —Bruce Lee

42. When the lion is chasing the antelope, he doesn’t look back. He has to eat. —Robert Cheruiyot

43. Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. —Theodore Roosevelt

44. The Pearl Principle – no inner irritation, no pearl. —Lama Surya Das

45. Discipline is an exercise of repetition. Not once or twice but until. Until completed. —Unknown

46. Giving up is not failing — it’s the chance to begin again. —Unknown

47. We only get to play this game one time, one life. —Gary Vaynerchuk

48. If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all. —Michelangelo

49. If you’re bored with life, if you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals. —Lou Holtz


50. Ask not what the world needs; ask what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. —Howard Thurman

51. We are not here merely to make a living. We are here to enrich the world. —Woodrow Wilson

52. Whether you KNOW it or not, ACCEPT it or not, with each moment that passes, you get closer to fulfilling your life’s purpose. —Dena Botbyl

53. A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. —Lou Holtz


54. Let go and let God. —Unknown

55. God long ago drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. —Sufi poem

56. Remember that when you truly want something, the entire Universe conspires to make it happen. —The Alchemist

57. There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning. —Louis L’Amour

58. Act, & God will act. —Joan of Arc

59. When you let go of the need for any and all outcomes life becomes a creative magical adventure. —Deepak Chopra

60. To me faith means not worrying. —John Dewey

61. Whatever is… is best. —Ella Wheeler Wilcox

62. Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. —Langston Hughes


63. The present moment is the still point around which the universe arises and subsides, only to be reborn again, fresh as a new born child. —Deepak Chopra

64. With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

65. Begin at once to live, and count each day as a separate life. —Seneca

66. Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back. —Harvey MacKay


67. Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be. —Clementine Paddleford

68. Whatever I fight weakens me. Whatever I cooperate with strengthens me. —Wayne Dyer

69. There is one grand lie: that we are limited. The only limits we have are the limits we believe. —Wayne Dyer

70. The people you have to lie to, own you. The things you have to lie about, own you. —Michael Ventura

71. I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. —Aristotle

72. The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure. —Joseph Campbell


73. Be willing to say to those in your charge, “I don’t know.” —Unknown

74. There are three ways to lead: 1. By example 2. By example 3. By example. —Unknown

75. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others. —Marianne Williamson

76. Many people have gone a lot farther than they thought they could because someone else thought they could. —Zig Ziglar


77. A bird in a cage is safe but God didn’t create birds for that. —Unknown

78. Nature goes to the same place to create a galaxy of stars: a cluster of nebulas, a rain forest, a human body, or a thought. That place is Spirit. —Deepak Chopra

79. Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich. —Sarah Bernhardt

80. The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. —John Milton


81. If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “Thank You,” that would suffice. —Meister Eckhart

82. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is. —Albert Einstein

83. In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary. —Aaron Rose

84. Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there. —Rumi


85. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. —Plato

86. Your own soul is nourished when you are kind; it is destroyed when you are cruel. —King Solomon

87. Don’t allow your wounds to turn you into a person you are not. —Paulo Coelho

88. My every thought has the power either to wound or heal. I will use my thoughts wisely and respect their power. —Deepak Chopra

89. Before you speak, ask yourself: is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence? —Unknown

90. We are never so much disposed to quarrel with others as when we are dissatisfied with ourselves. —William Hazlitt

91. All the pain of a human life is caused by words, as is all the joy. —Yogic sages

92. The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend. —Henry David Thoreau


93. You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you. —Joseph Campbell

94. Learning to unlearn is the highest form of learning. —Buddhist proverb

95. Every great mistake has a half way moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied. —Pearl Buck

96. Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. —Aldous Huxley

97. Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others. —Mark Twain

98. Every human is an artist. And this is the main art that we have: the creation of our story. —don Miguel Ruiz

99. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. —Albert Einstein

100. First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. —Ghandi

101. Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods. —Socrates

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  • ritusoni

    July 31, 2011 at 9:51 am

    There is only love; there is nothing else. —Dena Botbyl

    Thats my fav Quote
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    Keep posting and Thanks for Sharing

  • A Dreamer

    August 21, 2011 at 5:08 am

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

  • dorothy boquila

    December 17, 2013 at 2:34 am

    i appreciate all the quotes i had read …it really inspire me

  • hawthoodlum

    May 28, 2018 at 2:43 am

    “There is no elevator to success — you have to take the stairs.”

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  • Darshan.Puradkar

    June 12, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    1. “You might not have been my first love but you were the love that made all the other love irrelevant”.
    2. “How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you”.
    3. “I din’t leave because I stopped loving you I left because the longer I stayed the less i loved myself”.

    Quotes to motivate you by Rupi Kaur.

    1. Anonymous

      July 6, 2018 at 5:13 am

      Good…Jesus loves you so much.

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