Quotes to Inspire

For those of us who draw inspiration from quotes, here’s a collection of quotes. If you have other favourite quotes, please get in contact – we’d love to add to the list.

Dream, Desire And Believe

If it’s important you’ll find a way, if it isn’t you’ll find an excuse.

Ryan Blair

You need to visualize – if you can dream it you can do it. On the day that Walt Disney World opened to the public in Florida, Roy Disney – brother of Walt Disney, was driving a journalist around the park in a golf buggy. Unfortunately Walt had died before Walt Disney World was completed, at the end of the tour of the new theme park the journalist said to Roy – this is fantastic, isn’t it a shame that Walt never saw it. Roy just smiled at the journalist and said – Walt did see it, that’s why you are seeing it today.

Roy Disney & Walt Disney

When you experience the initial spark of desire, you set the game of success in motion.

Aspire to inspire before we expire.

Eugene Bell Jr

The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.

Maureen Dowd

If you refuse to accept anything but the best out of life, you very often get it.

William Somerset Maughan

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming Wow! What a ride!

Hunter S. Thompson

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt

People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Steve Jobs

Where the mind goes the feet follow.

Nothing in this world is impossible to a willing heart.

Abraham Lincoln

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

Theodore Roosevelt

Whatever the mind can conceive it can achieve.

Napoleon Hill

Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.

Joyce Brothers

People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the only ones who do.

Steve Jobs

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

Nelson Mandela

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.

Walt Disney

We get old when the weight of our memories and regrets starts to exceed that of our dreams.

If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.

Dhirubhai Ambani

Become the leader of your life. Lead yourself to where you want to be. Breathe life back into your ambitions, your desires, your goals, your relationships.

Steve Maraboli

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

Howard Thurman

The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.

Roy T. Bennett

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstances.

Bruce Barton

Everything you can imagine is real.

Pablo Picasso

Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.

Albert Einstein

Your job is you. Unless you fill yourself up first, you have nothing to give anybody.

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.

Suzy Kassem

Your desire to change must be greater than your desire to stay the same.

Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is, everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you… the minute that you understand that you can poke life … that you can change it, you can mold it … that’s maybe the most important thing.

Steve Jobs

Happiness

The most important trick to be happy is to realise that happiness is a choice that you make and a skill that you develop. You choose to be happy, and then you work at it. It’s just like building muscles.

Naval Ravikant

A man is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be.

Abraham Lincoln

Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.

Benjamin Disraeli

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

Margaret Lee Runbeck

If being happy is important to you, try this: instead of regretting all you lack, celebrate all you’ve got.

Bridan Vaszily

Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.

Dalai Lama

Fear

Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.

Roy T. Bennett

The only way to get rid of the fear of doing something is to go out and do it.

Susan Jeffers

The only limits on your life are the those that you set yourself. When you dare to get out of your circle of comfort and explore the unknown, you start to liberate your true human potential.

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.

George Addair

Successful people have fear. Successful people have doubts. Successful people have worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them.

T. Harv Eker

No matter what your stating point, you are capable of creating the life you want if your desire for something better outweighs your deepest fears to try.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Neale Donald Walsch

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Comparison

Truly enlightened people never seek to be like others. Rather they seek to be superior to their former selves. Don’t race against others. Race against yourself.

Be yourself, everyone else is taken.

Oscar Wilde

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.

Maya Angelou

One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor. Hold yourself to a standard higher than anybody else could possibly hold you to. Remove your ceilings and raise your roof.

Maya Angelou

Don’t rest with average, good enough isn’t good enough.

What lies behind you and what lies in front of you matters little when compared to what lies within you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If it’s going to be, it’s up to me.

Brian Tracy

Comparison is the thief of life.

Theodore Roosevelt

Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

Dr. Seuss

We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.

Mary Dunbar

The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.

Albert Einstein

The light within you has to shine brighter than the light on you.

Dabo Swinney

Be the CEO of your life.

Robin Sharma

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.

George Halas

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Mark Twain

Focus

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

Socrates

The person who tries to do everything ultimately achieves nothing. Focus proceeds greatness.

Robin Sharma

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it ‘The Present’.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Focus is a matter of deciding what things you’re not going to do.

John Carmack

Until my one thing is done everything else is a distraction.

Gary Keller

Don’t focus on being busy, focus on being productive.

Habits

When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that last blow that did it – but all that had gone before.

Jacob Riis

Dream. Believe. Do. Repeat.

Making a living is not the same thing as making a life.

Maya Angelou

Training is like sweeping a floor. Just because we’ve done it once, doesn’t mean the floor is clean forever. Every day the dust comes back. Every day we must sweep.

Discipline equals freedom.

Jocko Willink

There is no influence like the influence of habit.

Gilbert Parker

People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their future.

F M Alexander

Learn how to separate the majors and the minors. A lot of people don’t do well simply because they major in minor things.

Jim Rohn

The man who move a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

Confucius

Consistency keeps the fire burning.

Planning and prioritising

Without a plan you’re going to stay where you are. It’s time to make a move.

Thema Davis

When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Benjamin Franklin

Develop goals so that they are out of reach, but not so that they are out of sight.

Sam Walton

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort.

Paul J Mayer

Make yourself a priority once in a while. It’s not selfish. It’s necessary.

Productivity isn’t about being a workhorse, keeping busy or burning the midnight oil. It’s more about priorities, planning, and fiercely protecting your time. Productive action transforms lives.

Achievers always work from a clear sense of priority.

Gary Keller

In order to say yes to your priorities, you have to be willing to say no to something else.

A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.

George S Patton

Nothing is particularly hard if you break it down into small jobs.

Henry Ford

Giving and gratitude

Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.

Bob Burg

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Winston Churchill

Remember that no matter how cool you think you may be; you’re not cool enough to look down on anyone…ever.

Paul Walker

A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.

Plato

People will forget what you did, they will forget what you said but they will never forget the way you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

Play for the name on the front of the jersey and they’ll remember the name on the back.

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.

Mother Teresa

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.

Oprah Winfrey

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

Robert Brault

Taking action

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 habour. Catch the trade wins in your sales. Explore, Dream Discover.

Mark Twain

Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.

Dalai Lama

Life is something like a trumpet, if you don’t put anything in you won’t get anything out.

William Christopher Handy

I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question.

Harun Yahya

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world and change you.

Joel A Barker

Days are expensive. When you spend a day, you have one less day to spend. So, make sure you spend each one wisely.

Jim Rohn

If not you, then who? If not now, then when?

Andrzj Kolikowski

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson

If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.

Jack Welch

The moment you accept responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you gain the power to change anything in your life.

Hal Elrod

A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.

Frank Zappa

Don’t mistake movement for achievement. It’s easy to get faked out by being busy. The question is: busy doing what?

Jim Rohn

Done is better than perfect.

Sheryl Sandberg

Time is non-refundable. Use it with intention.

It’s your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.

Rumi

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.

Benjamin Disraeli

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

Will Rogers

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.

Aristotle

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

Nelson Mandela

You’ll never be bored when you try something new. There’s really no limit to what you can do.

Dr Seuss

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” - Chinese Proverb “The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.

Thomas Henry Huxley

Every man dies, but not every man really lives.

Braveheart

Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.

H. Jackson Brown

If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.

Sheryl Sandberg

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

George Bernard Shaw

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simply, that’s creativity.

Charles Mingus

There is not enough time to do all the nothing we want to do.

Bill Watterson

Efficiency is doing the thing right. Effectiveness is doing the right thing.

Peter Drucker

Success and failure

The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time.

Joe Girard

Success is not final, and failure is not fatal.

Winston Churchill

When you avoid failure you also avoid success.

Robert T Kiyosaki

I am thankful for all of those who said no to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.

Albert Einstein

Don’t carry your mistakes around with you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as steppingstone.

Ryan Ferreras

If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.

David Viscott

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.

Suzy Kassem

You always pass failure on the way to success.

Mickey Rooney

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

Robert F. Kennedy

Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.

Oprah Winfrey

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Thomas Edison

Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.

John Wooden

The road to success has many tempting parking places. If you don’t risk anything you risk even more.

If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.

James Cameron