30 Thoughtful Quotes That Will Inspire and Motivate You


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I read, constantly. Reading introduces you to new ideas, inspirations, strengthen convictions and invites you to solve problems.

In this post, I’m sharing the most powerful quotes that have inspired me to create action and change. They have a lot of meaning to me. And I think you can learn something from them. I hope these quotes inspire you to dare act, change, and think differently.


The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.

— MARK TWAIN


It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

— HARRY TRUMAN


If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.

— BETTY REESE


Everyone things of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

— LEO TOLSTOY


Life does not ask what we want. It presents us with options.

— THOMAS SOWELL


It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

— HENRY DAVID THOREAU


Don’t hire a dog, then bark yourself.

— DAVID OGILVY


You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

— MAHATMA GANDHI


Everybody is somebody, but nobody wants to be themselves.

— GNARLS BARKLEY


Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise, instead, seek what they sought.

— MATSUO BASHO


A change of pace plus a change of place equals a change of perspective.

— MARK BATTERSON


Anger is often what pain looks like when it shows itself in public.

— KRISTA TIPPETT


A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

— OSCAR WILDE


At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.

— MAYA ANGELOU


If you don’t get what you want, it’s a sign either that you did not seriously want it, or that you tried to bargain over the price.

— RUDYARD KIPLING


If you must play, decide on three thing at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.

— CHINESE PROVERB


Burnout is not the price you have to pay for success.

— ARIANNA HUFFINGTON


An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.

— NIELS BOHR


Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.

— FRED ROGERS


What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first steps to something better.

— WENDELL PHILLIPS


Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.

— MAE WEST


If you find yourself in a fair fight, you didn’t plan your mission properly.

— COLONEL DAVID HACKWORTH


Money in a business is like gas in your car. You need to pay attention so you don’t end up on the side of the road. But your trip is not a tour of gas stations.

— TIM O’REILLY


Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

— THEODORE ROOSEVELT


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

— JAMES CAMERON


If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake.

— FRANK WILCZEK


It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

— LEONARDO DA VINCI


Either You’re In, or You’re In The Way.

Often, we chase after people who aren’t in when our focus should be on the people who are in.

— LOGAN AND NOAH MILLERS


Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued… Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it.

— VIKTOR E. FRANKL


Focus on your strengths versus weaknesses. Focusing on your strengths creates multiplication of results versus focussing on improving your weaknesses creates incremental results


Most people choose unhappiness over uncertainty. Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness with no action

 — Britain PM


Don’t join an easy crowd; you won’t grow. Go where the expectations and demands to perform are high

 — Jim Rohn