Top 50 Great Inspirational Quotes

Great Inspirational Quotes on lifeI love great inspirational quotes.

Particularly the ones that make you stop and think, give a fresh perspective and really inspire.

So, for those of you that also enjoy great inspirational quotes, thought I would share with you my favourites:

Top 50 Inspirational Quotes

1. “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein.

2. “Act now. There is never any time but now, and there never will be any time but now.” – Wallace Wattles

3. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

4. “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering the attitudes of his mind.” – William James

5. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

6. “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

7. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.” – Robert Frost

8. “You’ve got to win in your mind before you win in your life.” – John Addison

9. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin

10. “An ounce of doing things is worth a pound of theorizing.” – Wallace Wattles

11. “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

12. “Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.” – Stephen Covey

13. “The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.” – Joseph Joubert

14. ”Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” – Winston Churchill

15. “Don’t wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel Stride down there and light the bloody thing yourself.” – Dara Henderson

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

17. “Vision without action is just a dream, action without vision just passes the time, vision with action can change the world” – Nelson Mandela

18. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Eliot

19. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde

20. “Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose yours.” – Paulo Coelho

21. “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” – John F. Kennedy

22. “I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.” – James Joyce

23. “I have learned that it’s not WHAT I have in my life but WHO I have in my life that counts.” – Unknown

24. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

25. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

26. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

27. “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” – Goethe

28. “It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined” – Henry James

29. “And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

30. “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Rogers

31. “Try not. Do or do not. There is no Try.” – Yoda (Star Wars!)

32. “Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” – William Wallace

33. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

34. “There are no limits on what you can achieve with your life, except the limits you accept in your mind” – Brian Tracy

35.“Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

36. “Either you run the day or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn

37. “When I thought I couldn’t go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck.” – Estee Lauder

38. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

39. “The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” – Tom Bodett

40. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso

41. “The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” – Mark Twain

42. “There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.” – Christopher Morley

43. “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

44. “Nothing important was ever achieved without someone taking a chance.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

45. “I will go anywhere as long as it is forward.” – David Livingston

46. “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

47. “The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” – Michelangelo

48. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas A. Edison

49. “Strive for progress, not perfection.” – Unknown

50. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones 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

What is your favourite insirational quote? Please share it in the comments below.

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  • Glad you enjoyed it Sue. I find it difficult to pick a favourite but no. 50 is one very close to my heart. .

  • Ali,
    I love reading quotes, there are so many that inspire me.  So…reading this today…it’s so, so inspiring!  Thank YOU!!!

  • Sue Mitchell

    Love this one by Edison: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not
    realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”Thanks for this great resource, Ali!

  • Lance,
    So glad you found some inspiration in the list. .
    Thanks for dropping by.

  • I hadn’t heard this one before, but I love it!  “Don’t wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel Stride down
    there and light the bloody thing yourself.” – Dara Henderson

  • Hi Michelle
    Welcome to my blog.
    That one is one of my favourites too. As you can tell from this list, I have many faves, but another one that is one of my absolute top ones is no. 50.
    Thanks for dropping by.

  • Frank

    One quote I like is from a favourite singer of mine:
    “If you want to keep your memories, you first have to live them.”
    ― Bob Dylan

    Thanks for sharing your quotes.

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  • Thanks for sharing that one Frank. Reminds of one of the things I always say is part of our role as parents – we are in the business of creating memories.

  • Jackie Walker

    I adore quotes, what a fantastic selection you’ve shared. Of course I’m very drawn to William Wallace’s 😉  

  • Yes, a subject very close to my own heart too.

  • Glad you like the list Farnoosh. And thanks for sharing that quote – LOVE it. The one that led me out of the corporate world and I have held close ever since is no 50 on the list.

  • Farnoosh

    I loved this – read the whole thing and took some of my favorites, thanks Ali and this is the one that led me out of the corporate world in one fell swoop:

    The lust for comfort murders the passions of the soul.
    ~Khalil Gibran

  • Angie Lindenau

    hi Ali,
    you start with the appropriate one – a lot of surprising obstacles arise from this source.

  • They certainly do Angie. That is why it is so important to perserve with what is right and true for you.

  • Bernie

    Thank you Ali… some lovely quotes

  • Glad you liked them Bernie

  • Ali, thanks so much for this!  I am feeling down today and so in need of inspiration!  I really appreciate the boost!

  • I am delighted you found it useful Amy. We all have down days so it is good to surround ourselves with resources, people and things that lift us up. Take care.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful quotes. I am beginning to collect my favorites because I tend to forget them. This is a treasure trove! #24 has always been a favorite: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau,
    But now I have so many more to play with!

  • Glad you enjoyed them Sarah.

  • Love these quotes….not so sure this is a quote but more of a story, here is mine which I refer to in times of needing inspiration……
    For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.

  • Laura Canavan

    Amy, I am like you were a few weeks ago after closely missing out on a great acting job that I worked and auditioned my heart and soul for.  Thanks for the uplift and inspiration.
    I too, left the corporate world so thanks for that great quote Farnoosh.  I have signed up to your newsletter which looks great.
    Ali, thanks to you for passing these great quotes on.  I am going to do an Estee Lauder on it and force myself to keep going with great persistance.
    Have a great weekend everyone.

  • Thank you for sharing this Sarah. Food for thought.

  • Laura, like your comment on doing on Estee Lauder. Great attitude to have to move on from your disappointment. Keep looking forward. Keep focussed on what you want to create. Keep going. Surround yourself with people, things and resources that inspire you and keep you going.

  •  Thanks for the correction.

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  • Great idea. Lovely having things around us that might just catch our eye during the day and keep us feeling inspired.

  • Love these inspirational quotes!

  • Thanks Jennifer. Glad you enjoyed them.

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