38 Of The Most Inspirational Things Ever Said

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I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.

—Og Mandino


Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.

—Tim Ferriss


Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson


Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.

—Robert H. Schuller


It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.

—Carlton Fisk


The important thing is this: to be ready at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you could become.

—Charles Dickens


Be true to the game, because the game will be true to you. If you try to shortcut the game, then the game will shortcut you. If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you. That’s truly about the game, and in some ways that’s about life, too.

—Michael Jordan


Be what you are. This is the first step towards becoming better than you are.

—J. C. Hare & A. W. Hare


Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.

—Janis Joplin


Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.

—Brian Tracy


If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

—Maya Angelou


Flowers do not force their way with great strife. Flowers open to perfection slowly in the sun. Don’t be in a hurry about spiritual matters. Go step by step and be very sure.

—White Eagle


I am my own biggest critic. Before anyone else has criticized me, I have already criticized myself. But for the rest of my life, I am going to be with me and I don’t want to spend my life with someone who is always critical. So I am going to stop being my own critic. It’s high time that I accept all the great things about me.

—C. JoyBell C.


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

—Tony Gaskins


Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.

—Christian D. Larson


If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.

—Nora Roberts


Transformation is not five minutes from now; it’s a present activity. In this moment you can make a different choice, and it’s these small choices and successes that build up over time to help cultivate a healthy self-image and self esteem.

—Jillian Michaels


We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.

—Anais Nin


Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.

—Andy Rooney


No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like.

—Napoleon Hill


The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.

—Vince Lombardi


You never stop earning when you do what you love.

—Asha Tyson


What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.

—Benjamin F. Fairless


I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it.

—Lou Holtz


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.

—Mark Twain


Don’t set compensation as a goal. Find work you like, and the compensation will follow.

—Harding Lawrence


Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great.

—Fernando Flores


The only way to get people to like working hard is to motivate them. Today, people must understand why they’re working hard. Every individual in an organization is motivated by something different.

—Rick Pitino


Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.

—Katherine Whitehorn


The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson


The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.

—Brian Tracy


Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life. Define yourself.

—Harvey Fierstein


Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, “This is the real me’, and when you have found that attitude, follow it.”

—William James


What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.

—Abraham Maslow


Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.



Every man’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.

—Samuel Butler


Often, it’s not about becoming a new person but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be.

—Heath L. Buckmaster


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


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