A list of timeless inspirational/motivational/positivity quotes for a happy & inspired life!
No man [or woman] ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s [she] not the same man [woman].
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself [herself].
Every man [woman] must decide whether he [she] will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
~MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep walking.
There is nothing noble about being superior to someone. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.
May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.
Wise men [women] talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
You can fail at what you don’t want so you might as well take a chance doing something that you love.
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
You know everything about the world, but you do know anything about yourself. This is a ridiculous way to live.
~SADHGURU JAGGI VASUDEV
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.
Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that counts. It’s the life in your years.
Life is not about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself.
~GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
There are two mistakes that can make along the road to truth… not going all the way, and not starting.
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.
A rat race is for rats. As a human being, you can consciously create what you want without being driven by social compulsions.
~SADHGURU JAGGI VASUDEV
Tourists leave home to escape the world, while travellers leave home to experience the world.
What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.
Fear is not your enemy. It is a compass pointing you to the areas where you need to grow.
Learn as if you were going to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow.
The dumbest people I know are those who know it all.
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.
It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to get permission.
Without a major purpose, you are drifting toward certain failure.
So many fail because they don’t get started – they don’t go. They don’t overcome inertia. They don’t begin.
~W. CLEMENT STONE
Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.
You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel and do about what happens to you.
Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine days into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
~William Arthur Ward
We build emotional, mental and spiritual capacity in precisely the same way that we build physical capacity.
A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves as simply as something to aim at.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
A superior man [woman] is honest in his speech but exceeds in his [her] actions.
If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit at home and think about it go out and get busy.
The bad news is that time flies. The good news is that you’re the pilot.
It’s never too late to redefine self-control, to change long-ingrained habits, and do the work you’re capable of.
The optimist sees opportunity in every danger. The pessimist sees danger and every opportunity.
The truth will set you free. But first it will piss you off.
In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle stand like a rock.
When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.
~WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD
Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be.
When your shift your order of priorities from “having-doing-being” to “being-doing-having,” your destiny will be in your hands.
~SAADHGURU JAGGI VASUDEV
I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dream that so they can see that it’s not the answer.
The worst thing in life would be a death-bed regret that you’ve spent your life pursuing what someone said you should want, instead of what you really want.
To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
But there was no need to be ashamed at tears, for tears bear witness that a man had the greatness of courage, the courage to suffer.
An unexamined life is not worth living.
It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.
How deeply you touch another life is how rich your life is.
~SAADHGURU JAGGI VASUDEV
What we have done for ourselves dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.
~RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Each time a man [woman] stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he [she] sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.
~ROBERT F. KENNEDY
You can achieve anything you want in life if you have the courage to dream it, the intelligence to make it a realistic plan, and the will to see that plan through to the end.
~SIDNEY A. FREIDMAN
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
~NEALE DONALD WALSCH
Do not ask yourself with the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles you’re going to fly.
Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.
Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams are according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.
~ROY T. BENNET
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.
The two kinds of people who never get ahead or those who will not do what they are told and knows who only what they are told.
Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.
Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four-hour days.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you and then you win.
There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.
Turn your words into wisdom.
You don’t learn to walk by following the rules. You learn by doing and by falling over.
None but ourselves can free our minds.
Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
God gave you the gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you?
~WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD
Change will not come if wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
A ship is safe in harbour but that’s not what ships are for.
~WILLIAM G.T. SHEDD
The wound is the place where the light enters you.
Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.
Whoever knows ‘the ALL’ but fails to know himself [herself] lacks everything.
~THE GOSPEL OF THOMAS
Judgement is but a mirror reflecting the insecurities of the person who’s doing the judging.
~JOSHUA FIELDS MILLBURN
I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion’.
Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.
Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it’s stupid.
The mind is in its own place, and in itself an make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
~GOERGE BERNARD SHAW
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise so I am changing myself.
There are things known and there are things unknown and between are the doors of perception.
Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
Do whatever is put in front of you with all my heart and soul.
~MICHAEL A SINGER
If you go out looking for friends you are going to find they are very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.
What makes the best of the best so good is a relentless focus on priorities, uncomfortable action, and zigging when other people are zagging.
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
Those who succeed in an outstanding way seldom do so before the age of 40. More often, they do not strike their real place until they are well beyond the age of 50.
If you chase two rabbits, you won’t catch either.
A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances.
He who has a ‘why’ to live for can bear almost any ‘how’.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.
Believe you can and you’re halfway there.
The secret to happiness is constancy of purpose.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
~RALPH WALDO EMERSON
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.
It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.
Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible.
~MIGUEL DE UNAMUNO
Success is not to be pursued, it is to be attracted by the person you become.
We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.
If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.
To be continued…
Source: these quotes are compiled in The Captain’s Log, a journal that’s perfect for getting in the habit of daily gratitude, meditation and reflection.