Simply put, quotes are just phrases or a few words taken from someone else writings or speeches. It sounds simple, yet these short phrases can be so incredibly powerful. Even life changing for some people.
Most quotes come from personalities, people with fame, power, and a platform to inspire others. But others can come from humble places, like a random person’s perspective on a book, or an aging persons last words.
What I’m trying to say is, the quote can come from anywhere, and say anything. It’s what it does for the person reading or hearing it that counts. When a quote truly resonates and makes a difference to you, it’s a magical moment.
It’s like something deep inside just clicked into place, anyone who has felt this will understand what I mean. Have you been inspired by any quotes? I’d love to hear what the quote was, and how it changed you.
Here Are 30 of My Favorite and Most Meaningful Quotes of All Time
“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” – Viktor Frankl
“True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful.” – Paul Sweeney
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” – Stephen Covey
“Falling in love is not a choice. To stay in love is.” – Unknown
“Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it eludes you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and sits softly on your shoulder.” – Henry David Thoreau
“He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because he fears.” – Michel De Montaigne
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
“Many people are passionate, but because of their limiting beliefs about who they are and what they can do, they never take actions that could make their dream a reality” – Anthony Robins
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor Frankl
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
“The only way that we can live is if we grow. The only way we can grow is if we change. The only way we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we are exposed is if we throw ourselves into the open.” – C. Joybell
“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 year – inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a life time – help someone else.” – Chinese proverb
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” – Bil Keane
“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” – Henry van Dyke
Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.” – Sigmund Freud
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” – Mary Engelbreit
“Love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is a fruit of love, the verb.” – Stephen Covey
“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.” – Mother Theresa
“In seeking happiness for others, you will find it in yourself.” – Unknown
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller
“Challenges is what makes life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” – Albert Einstein
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” – George Bernhard Shaw
“I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.” – Corazon Aquino
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can.” – Henry Ford
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France
Reading inspiring and motivating quotes is one thing. Taking action and making positive changes in your own life in another. You can do whatever you want with your life, Henry Ford, Anatole France and Albert Einstein are all right.
We can’t move forward without change and thinking. Reading quotes is one thing, taking action and using the quote to better ourselves is the next step. Good luck, and please, if you have any quotes you want to share with myself and my readers, leave a comment and I will make them heard.
Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.