Inspirational and Motivational Quotes

I have an incredibly well-thought out (and neatly organized by category) collection, by means of a large notebook with handwritten quotes in it, which I have come across and collected over many years, of both famous and unknown/little known quotes and sayings. These quotes and sayings have been significant to me in many ways over the years, and have helped me through some tough times. I don’t have a mother as most women my age do; I don’t have the luxury of being given advice and words of wisdom by a mother-figure, and unfortunately neither do I have a father of this type, so these well-spoken, eloquently worded quotes and phrases and sayings most definitely take the place of that gap in my life, that emptiness in my heart…during times of significant stress, self-doubt, anger, confusion and sadness, I consult these words for peace, for comfort. They are a big part of me; everyone who knows me gets cards with hand-picked quotes which apply to the mood of the card or the words or purpose of the card, written inside the card, on the back of the card, sometimes on the envelope where a seal would be…most people tell me they really enjoy these quotes. I also put quotes up frequently on my Facebook wall in place of a traditional status update. I hope you find meaning and comfort from these words as I have, and that you perhaps find some quotes which you’ve never seen or heard before. I have spent a tremendous amount of time collecting these quotes, and almost all of them are highly inspirational and motivational. If I included all of the quotes I have on one page, the page would take me a week and the page would be a mile long. I will, however, periodically swap out quotes in order to keep fresh this page. Thanks so much for your support!

Eminem gets a bad wrap, but he's actually an amazing person; I admire Eminem's perseverance despite his difficult upbringing...

Eminem gets a bad wrap, but he’s actually an amazing person; I admire Eminem’s perseverance despite his difficult upbringing…

I will update it every once in a while with new quotes… Enjoy!
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“The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out” Thomas McCauley

“One can easily judge the character of a person by the way they treat people who can do nothing for them”~ Proverbs

“Friendship has splendors that love knows not. It grows stronger when crossed, whereas obstacles kill love. Friendship resists time, which wearies and severs couples. It has heights unknown to love”~ Mariam Ba

“There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend”~ Katherine Butler Hawaha

“Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much argument, much disputation, and yet more personal liking”~ George Eliot

“A friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself”~ Jim Morrison

“Friends are angels who lift our feet when our own feet have trouble remembering how to fly”~ Unknown

“To have a good friend is one of the highest delights in life; to be a good friend is one of the noblest and most difficult undertakings”~ Unknown

Confucius

Confucius

“Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out; but to see who cares enough to break them down”~ Unknown

“Abortion is inherently different from other medical procedures–because no other medical procedure involves the purposeful termination of a potential life”~ Potter Stewart

“How can anyone be against abortion, but for the death penalty?”~ Loesje

“Do not dwell on the past, do not dream of the future; concentrate the mind on the present moment”~Buddha

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”~ Albert Einstein

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity”~ Albert Einstein

“There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness”~ Josh Billings

“To err is human; to forgive, divine”~ Alexander Pope

“Forgiveness is the final form of love”~ Reinhold Neibuhr

Beautiful, inspiring Marilyn...

Beautiful, inspiring Marilyn…

The clever, and hilarious comedienne Phyllis Diller!

The clever, and hilarious comedienne Phyllis Diller!

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong”~ Mohandas Ghandi

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…It has no survival value; rather, it is one of those things that give value to survival”~ C.S. Lewis

“But friendship is the breathing rose, with swelts in every fold”~ Oliver Wendall Holmes

“In order to hold on to thoughts of anger, bitterness, revenge, guilt and shame, we have to use a lot of energy”~ Edwene Gaines

“I don’t care if you’re black, white, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, tall short, fat or skinny, rich or poor. As long as you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you. Simple as that”~ Eminem

“Dream as if you’ll live forever; live as if you’ll die today”~ James Dean

“Dreams are the touchstones of our character”~ Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau~ My favorite poet and philosopher of 19th century...

Henry David Thoreau~ My favorite poet and philosopher of 19th century…

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“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them”~ Walt Disney

“Tears of joy are like the summer raindrops pierced by sunbeams”~ Hosea Ballow

“Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed”~ Blaise Pascal

“What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?”~ Robert H. Schuller

“Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit”~ Ben Williams

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“A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere”~ Joyce A. Meyers

“Happiness dwells not in possessions, not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul”~ Democrites

“There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness”~ Han Suyin

“Peace is rarely denied to the peaceful”~ Friedrich Schiller

“We never know the love of a parent until we become one ourselves”~ Henry Ward Beecher

“Most American children suffer too much Mother and too little Father”~ Gloria Steiner

“Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going”~ Phyllis Diller

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people”~ Theodore Roosevelt

“A dog is the only thing on earth to love you more than you love yourself”~ Josh Billings

“Who seeks shall find”~ Sophocles

One of most inspirational writers, in my opinion, of all time...Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of most inspirational writers, in my opinion, of all time…Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do”~ Henry Ford

“Even death is not feared by someone who has lived wisely”~ Buddha

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without”~ Buddha

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it”~ Lou Holz

“Be the change you wish to see in the world”~ Mohandes Ghandi

“The whole point in being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be”~ Oprah Winfrey

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it”~ Helen Keller

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision”~ Helen Keller

“Good writing is clear, concise, and correct; great writing captivates, engages, and motivates”~ Lisa Horn

“It’s not who you are that holds you back; it’s who you think that you aren’t”~ Unknown

“Every notion, that man-dead, living, or unborn, might form as to the universe will necessarily prove wrong”~ James Branch Cabell

Mr. Lemony Snicket

Mr. Lemony Snicket

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both willing AND able? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”~ Epicurius

“No matter how qualified or deserving we are, we will never reach a better life until we can imagine it for ourselves and allow ourselves to have it”~ Richard Bach

“Just because it’s not what you’re expecting doesn’t mean it’s not everything you’ve been waiting for”~ Unknown

“Difficulties in your life don’t come to destroy you but to help you realize your hidden potential”~ Unknown

“Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you..not because they are not nice but because you ARE nice”~ Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

“I don’t have to attend every argument I’m invited to”~ Bede Jarrett

“Temper tantrums, however fun they may be to throw, rarely solve whatever problem is causing them” Lemony Snicket

“In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances; profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer”~ Mark Twain

Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath

“Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die”~ Malachy McCourt

“Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight”~ Phyllis Diller

“People who often fly into a rage always make a bad landing”~ Will Rogers

“Never write a letter while you are angry”~ Chinese Proverb

“Do not teach your children never to be angry. Teach them how to be angry.”~ Lyman Abbott

“Sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry; but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel”~ Bede Jarrett

“Resentment is an extremely bitter diet, and eventually poisonous. I have no desire to make my own toxins”~ Neil Kinnock

“He who angers you, conquers you”~ Elizabeth Kenny

Rita Mae Brown

Rita Mae Brown

“Consider how much more often you suffer from your anger and grief than from those very things from which you are angry and grieved”~ Marcus Antonios

“Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools”~ Albert Einstein

“To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee”~ William H Walton

“No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched”~ George Jean Nathan

“There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those people on which they wish to vent their spleen”~ Alexander Dumas

“Anger is short-lived madness”~ Horace

Josh Billings

Josh Billings

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”~ Thomas Merton

“The searching out and the thorough investigation of truth ought to be the primary study of man”~ Cicero

“It is not easy to find happiness within ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere”~ Agnes Repplier

“Our business in life is not to get ahead of other people, but to get ahead of ourselves”~ Maltbie D Matlock

“He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is strong”~ Lao Tzu

Aristotle

Aristotle

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom”~ Aristotle

 

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