93 Awesome Inspirational Quotes

“Words that enlighten the soul are more precious than Jewels.” Hazrat Inayat Khan

I hope you enjoy my list 93 awesome inspirational quotes. This handpicked list of favorites is a diverse selection that was slowly compiled over my life. This is no cut & paste job with excess crap. It’s my absolute Favorite Inspirational Quotes. Hope you enjoy and share…

My Top Ten Inspirational Quotes

“No man is free who is not master of himself.”  Epictetus

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


“A person is a success if they get up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” Bob Dylan

“The appearances of things change according to the emotions, and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.”  Kahlil Gibran

“First say to yourself what you would be;
and then do what you have to do.”  Epictetus

“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.” Muhammad Ali

“It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.” Antoine de Sainte Exupery

“We are still masters of our fate.
We are still captains of our souls.”  Winston Churchill

“The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at the best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”  Theodore Roosevelt

My next 11 favorite Inspirational quotes:

“Everyday, God gives us the sun – and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything…” Paulo Coelho

“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.”  Vince Lombardi

“Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.”  Tom Krause Inspirational quotes

“Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.”  Don Miguel Ruiz

“When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself.”  Earl Nightingale

“In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.”  Albert Schweitzer

“Hope is the dream of a man awake.” French Proverb

“I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.”   Anais Nin

“Life is a big canvas, throw all the paint on it you can.”  Danny Kaye

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

“When inspiration does not come to me, I go half way to meet it.” Sigmund Freud

“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 the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Mark Twain

My next 12 favorite Inspirational quotes:

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. “ Henry David Thoreau

“Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.” Aldous Huxley

“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.” Karen Ravn quotes

“You’re on the road to success when you realize that failure is only a detour.”  Anonymous

“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” John Barrymore

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” Emily Dickinson

“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.” Agatha Christie

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” Pamela Vaull Starr Inspirational quote

“Don’t follow your dreams; chase them.”  Richard Dumb

“A rich man is not one who has the most, but one who needs the least.”  Unknown

“It is enough that I am of value to somebody today.”  Hugh Prather

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”  George Elliot

My next 13 favorite Inspiration quotes:

“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” Henry David Thoreau

“Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” Anonymous inspirational quotes

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” Judy Garland

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi

“You gotta dance like nobody’s watching, dream like you will live forever, live like you’re going to die tomorrow and love like it’s never going to hurt.” Meme Grifsters

“One life – a little gleam of time between two eternities.”  Thomas Carlyle

“If you only do what you know you can do- you never do very much.”  Tom Krause

“The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.”  Seneca

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”  Martin Luther King, Jr Inspirational quotes

“I was never afraid of failure, for I would sooner fail than not be among the best.”  John Keats

“Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.” Democritus

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.” Dale Carnegie

“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”  Franklin D. Roosevelt

My next 14 favorite Inspirational quotes:

“Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.” Aldous Huxley

“It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, “Always do what you are afraid to do.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Men’s best successes come after their disappointments.”  Henry Ward Beecher.

“Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.’ Bernard Meltzer

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” Gandhi

“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.” Leon J. Suenes

“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.”  Dale Carnegie

“Character is a diamond that scratches every other stone.” Cyrus A. Bartol

“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?”  Joe Namath

“There are only 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

“We make our fortunes, and we call them fate.”  Earl of Beaconsfield

“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The great and glorious masterpiece of
man is to know how to live to purpose.”  Michel de Montaigne

“Success is sweet: the sweeter if long delayed and attained through manifold struggles and defeats.”  A. Branson Alcott

My next 15 favorite Inspirational quotes:

“I would not exchange the laughter of my heart for the fortunes of the multitudes.” Kahlil Gibran

“Quite often we change jobs, friends and spouses instead of ourselves.” Akbarali H. Jetha

“If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.”  St. Clement of Alexandra

“Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.”  Thornton Wilder

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up some place else.”  Yogi Berra

“What you dislike in another take care to correct in yourself.” Thomas Sprat

“Practice yourself in little things, and thence proceed to greater.” Epictetus

“Each day is a new canvas to paint upon. Make sure your picture is full of life and happiness, and at the end of the day you don’t look at it and wish you had painted something different.” Unknown

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

“It is the characteristic of the magnanimous man to ask no favor but to be ready to do kindness to others.” Aristotle

“There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying things which are beyond the power of our will.”  Epictetus

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

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“For hope is but the dream
of those that wake.”  Matthew Prior

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

My final 17 favorite Inspirational quotes:


“To find what you seek in the road of life,
the best proverb of all is that which says:
“Leave no stone unturned.” Edward Bulwer Lytton

“Anything in life that we don’t accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it.” Shakti Gawain

“Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.”  Dale E. Turner

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

“Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” Benjamin Disraeli

“There is no paycheck that can equal the feeling of contentment that comes from being the person you are meant to be.”  Oprah Winfrey

“If your actions inspire others to dream more,
learn more, do more and become more,
you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams

“Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Harold R. McAlindon

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.” Disraeli

“What chance gathers she easily scatters. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.”  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” Vince Lombardi

“May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, and enough hope to bring you joy.” Unknown

“Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.” Herbert Otto

“Dost thou love life?
Then do not squander time,
for that is the stuff life is made of.”  Benjamin Franklin

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savoured”.  Earl Nightingale

If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a month — get married.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.

If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”  Chinese proverb

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it.” W.C. Fields

I hope you enjoyed my Inspirational quotes. Feel free to add any inspirational quotes of your own in my comment section below.

I was inspired to share this collection of awesome inspirational quotes after finding Neil Pasricha’s blog 1000Awesomethings. This simple and sweet blog acquired a fierce following of readers. Neil recently published a book The Book of Awesome that has received high praise that echoed far beyond the net. Open yourself to some Inspirational Awesomeness today.

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20 Responses to Inspirational quotes

  1. Louis says:

    Thank you Jonathan, i like and copy most of the quotes you found; some are better than others of course, it makes sense, even nature sometimes gives poorer fruits.
    The ones that leave me a little indifferent are the those that seems to rock themselves in illusions or others that tend to excite the ego rather than praise the absence of it.

    • Jonathan says:

      Thanks Louis, I am glad you enjoyed some of the quotes and decided to drop me a line. I enjoyed your insight on the absence of the ego. Thanks for sharing…



  2. Latasha Quezaire says:


  3. DodgeGirl says:

    “Live in the Moment, The Hour, The Day and Allow Peace to Prevail.”

  4. lexx says:

    Aldous Huxley is A GENIOUS

  5. jojo says:

    it is really beautiful

  6. Ankita says:

    this will keep me going throughout the day…:)

  7. Darlene Navarro says:

    Suffering is an incident necessary to emphasize the reality of happiness

  8. Ramesh says:

    The mind ought to be a beautiful garden. Do not dump gossip, ego-talk, and negativity there. Use organic manure of love, creation and determination.

  9. Anjali says:

    like it .. thanks for sharing

  10. A.Romarate says:

    The first thing a child does when he was born was to cry, he unconsciously knew beforehand the hardship he will face in this thing called life.

  11. A.Romarate says:

    The first thing a child does when he was born was to cry, he unconsciously knew beforehand the hardship he will face in this thing called life.

  12. tiffany says:

    thank you for sharing these 😀 I loved a lot of them and am sharing some of my most favorites… God bless~

  13. Otis says:

    Awesome site!

  14. JEUNE . E. MCINTYRE says:

    Who or what I spend my time with and think about determines my destiny . JEUNE.E. McINTYRE.

  15. juliette says:

    Love all of the quotes!! <3

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