Inspirational Quotations #724

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
Jawaharlal Nehru

Whoever said, “It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,” probably lost.
Martina Navratilova

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity … and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.
William Blake

The first duty to children is to make them happy.—If you have not made them so, you have wronged them.—No other good they may get can make up for that.
Charles Buxton

The intensity of your desire governs the power with which the force is directed.
John D. MacDonald

Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified. He that labors in any great or laudable undertaking has his fatigues first supported by hope and afterward rewarded by joy.
Samuel Johnson

We are more sociable, and get on better with people by the heart than the intellect.
Jean de La Bruyere

The horse fed too freely with oats oft becomes unruly.
The Talmud

A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding.
Isaac Newton

I have the greatest of all riches: that of not desiring them.
Eleonora Duse

We are always too busy for our children; we never give them the time or interest they deserve. We lavish gifts upon them; but the most precious gift, our personal association, which means so much to them, we give grudgingly.
Mark Twain

When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.
Thomas Paine

If you do not wish a thing heard, do not say it.
John M. Ford

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
G. K. Chesterton

Instruction does much, but encouragement does everything.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Inspirational Quotations #723

The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.
Wilhelm Stekel

There’re two people in the world that are not likeable: a master and a slave.
Nikki Giovanni

He who never sacrificed a present to a future good, or a personal to a general one, can speak of happiness only as the blind speak of color.
Horace Mann

Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed.
Albert Einstein

When a subject is highly controversial… one cannot hope to tell the truth. One can only show how one came to hold whatever opinion one does hold. One can only give one’s audience the chance of drawing their own conclusions as they observe the limitations, the prejudices, the idiosyncrasies of the speaker.
Virginia Woolf

Youth, abundant wealth, high birth, and inexperience, are, each of them a source of ruin. What then must be the fate of those in whom all four are combined.
Hitopadesha

It is more easy to get a favor from fortune than to keep it.
Publilius Syrus

Considering the unforeseen events of this world, we should be taught that no human condition should inspire men with absolute despair.
Henry Fielding

Altogether too often, people substitute opinions for facts and emotions for analysis.
Andrew Grove

He is the wisest and happiest man, who, by constant attention of thought discovers the greatest opportunity of doing good, and breaks through every opposition that he may improve these opportunities.
Philip Doddridge

Our conscious motivations, ideas, and beliefs are a blend of false information, biases, irrational passions, rationalizations, prejudices, in which morsels of truth swim around and give the reassurance albeit false, that the whole mixture is real and true. The thinking processes attempt to organize this whole cesspool of illusions according to the laws of plausibility. This level of consciousness is supposed to reflect reality; it is the map we use for organizing our life.
Erich Fromm

Inspirational Quotations #722

It’s too easy to criticize a man when he’s out of favor, and to make him shoulder the blame for everybody else’s mistakes.
Leo Tolstoy

I read my own books sometimes to cheer me when it is hard to write and then I remember that it was always difficult and how nearly impossible it was sometimes.
Ernest Hemingway

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Nelson Mandela

It’s not the increasing competition; it’s going back to real work that most of us complain about.
William Feather

Health is a precious thing, and the only one, in truth, meriting that a man should lay out not only his time, sweat, labor and goods, but also life itself to obtain it.
Michel de Montaigne

Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.
Socrates

So often we dwell on the things that seem impossible rather than on the things that are possible. So often we are depressed by what remains to be done and forget to be thankful for all that has been done.
Marian Wright Edelman

What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one’s faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one’s memories.
W. Somerset Maugham

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.
E. W. Howe

The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work.
John Ruskin

Whenever a man’s friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.
Washington Irving

Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.
Baruch Spinoza

Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage.
Neal A. Maxwell

The height of human wisdom is to bring our tempers down to our circumstances, and to make a calm within, under the weight of the greatest storm without.
Daniel Defoe

Wisdom is to the mind what health is to the body.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

He who gives way to his wrath makes desolate his house.
The Talmud

We may convince others by our arguments, but we can only persuade them by their own.
Joseph Joubert

In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Inspirational Quotations #721

The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good, in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it.
John Stuart Mill

Choose your customers. Fire the ones that hurt your ability to deliver the right story to the others.
Seth Godin

A nail is driven out by another nail; habit is overcome by habit.
Desiderius Erasmus

One of the commonest mistakes and one of the costliest is thinking that success is due to some genius, some magic – something or other which we do not possess. Success is generally due to holding on, and failure to letting go. You decide to learn a language, study music, take a course of reading, train yourself physically. Will it be success or failure? It depends upon how much pluck and perseverance that word “decide” contains. The decision that nothing can overrule, the grip that nothing can detach will bring success. Remember the Chinese proverb, “With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes satin.
Maltbie Davenport Babcock

The reason that adulation is not displeasing is that, though untrue, it shows one to be of consequence enough, in one way or other, to induce people to lie.
Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron)

Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
Swami Sivananda

Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.
Niccolo Machiavelli

The golden rule is of no use whatsoever unless you realize that it is your move.
Frank Hall Crane

An eager pursuit of fortune is inconsistent with a severe devotion to truth. The heart must grow tranquil before the thought can become searching.
Christian Nestell Bovee

Familiarity breeds contempt.
Aesop

Mental violence has no potency and injures only the person whose thoughts are violent. It is otherwise with mental non-violence. It has potency which the world does not yet know.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Few men survey themselves with so much severity as not to admit prejudices in their own favor.
Samuel Johnson

The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
George Santayana

Inspirational Quotations #720

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Nelson Mandela

Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act.
Jack Welch

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
Indira Gandhi

My own experience and development deepen everyday my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy.
George Elliot (Mary Anne Evans)

There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism. It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far.
George Santayana

Action makes more fortune than caution.
Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues

Our safety is not in blindness, but in facing our danger.
Friedrich Schiller

There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.
Swami Sivananda

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
George Herbert

Most of one’s life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.
Aldous Huxley

Virtually nothing comes out right the first time. Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. The only time you don’t want to fail is the last time you try something … One fails forward toward success.
Charles F. Kettering

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
Thomas Merton

In all the affairs of life, social as well as political, courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest to the grateful and appreciating heart.
Henry Clay

There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love.
William Hazlitt

The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.
Jim Rohn

Suspicion is most often useless pain.
Samuel Johnson

Sin is whatever obscures the soul.
Andre Gide

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
Khalil Gibran

Inspirational Quotations #719

How little man is; yet, in his own mind, how great! He is lord and master of all things, yet scarce can command anything. He is given a freedom of his will; but wherefore? Was it but to torment and perplex him the more? How little avails this freedom, if the objects he is to act upon be not as much disposed to obey as he is to command!
Edmund Burke

The person of analytic or critical intellect finds something ridiculous in everything. The person of synthetic or constructive intellect, in almost nothing.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.
Frank A. Clark

All men by nature desire knowledge.
Aristotle

No man can fight his way to the top and stay at the top without exercising the fullest measure of grit, courage, determination, resolution. Every man who gets anywhere does so because he has first firmly resolved to progress in the world and then has enough stick-to-it-tiveness to transform his resolution into reality. Without resolution, no man can win any worthwhile place among his fellow men.
B. C. Forbes

Learn the value of a man’s words and expressions, and you know him. Each man has a measure of his own for everything; this he offers you inadvertently in his words. He who has a superlative for everything wants a measure for the great or small.
Johann Kaspar Lavater

I have learned, in some degree at least, to disregard the old maxim which says, “Do not get others to do that which you can do yourself”. My motto, on the other hand, is, “Do not do that which others can do as well”.
Booker T. Washington

Don’t wait for your ship to come in. Row out to meet it.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

We should manage our fortune as we do our health—enjoy it when good, be patient when it is bad, and never apply violent remedies except in an extreme necessity.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.
Henry Kissinger

An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.
Joseph Addison

Inspirational Quotations #718

And in the end, through the long ages of our quest for light, it will be found that truth is still mightier than the sword. For out of the welter of human carnage and human sorrow and human weal the indestructible thing that will always live is a sound idea.
Douglas MacArthur

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The relation of master and servant is advantageous only to masters who do not scruple to abuse their authority, and to servants who do not scruple to abuse their trust.
George Bernard Shaw

It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.
Voltaire

Selfishness is the only real atheism; unselfishness the only real religion.
Israel Zangwill

People who soar are those who refuse to sit back, sigh and wish things would change. They neither complain of their lot nor passively dream of some distant ship coming in. Rather, they visualize in their minds that they are not quitters; they will not allow life’s circumstances to push them down and hold them under.
Chuck Swindoll

When you pray, rather let your heart be without words than your words without heart.
John Bunyan

Friends love misery, in fact. Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky or too successful or too pretty, our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.
Erica Jong

Almost any difficulty will move in the face of honesty. When I am honest I never feel stupid. And when I am honest I am automatically humble.
Hugh Prather

Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.
Thomas Henry Huxley

Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
Felix Frankfurter

At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman, and these hills, the softness of the sky, the outline of these trees at this very minute lose the illusory meaning with which we had clothed them, henceforth more remote than a lost paradise… that denseness and that strangeness of the world is absurd.
Albert Camus

Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.
Margaret Thatcher

Inspirational Quotations #717

It has been a thousand times observed, and I must observe it once more, that the hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowned with fruition.
Oliver Goldsmith

A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.
Zhuangzi

There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences than the desire to see it take place too quickly.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

A man’s memory may almost become the art of continually varying and misrepresenting his past, according to his interest in the present.
George Santayana

The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.
Erich Fromm

Morale is the greatest single factor in successful wars.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The search for truth is more precious than its possession.
Albert Einstein

Absence of occupation is not rest; a mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.
William Cowper

The hallmark of courage in our age of conformity is the capacity to stand on one’s convictions not obstinately or defiantly (these are gestures of defensiveness, not courage) nor as a gesture of retaliation, but simply because these are what one believes.
Rollo May

Your readiest desire is your path to joy even if it destroys you.
Holbrook Jackson

In the future, instead of striving to be right at a high cost, it will be more appropriate to be flexible and plural at a lower cost. If you cannot accurately predict the future then you must flexibly be prepared to deal with various possible futures.
Edward de Bono

There are two modes of establishing our reputation—to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former, because it will invariably be accompanied by the latter.
Charles Caleb Colton

I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that’s good taste.
Lucille Ball

When you can’t have anything else, you can have virtue.
Don Marquis

Right is its own defense.
Bertolt Brecht

It is a truth but too well known, that rashness attends youth, as prudence does old age.
Cicero

Inspirational Quotations #716

Not everyone will become a great leader, but everyone can become a better leader.
John C. Maxwell

The essence of the Liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.
Bertrand A. Russell

I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we all are seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.
The 14th Dalai Lama

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.
Martin H. Fischer

Those who love to be feared fear to be loved, and they themselves are more afraid than anyone, for whereas other men fear only them, they fear everyone.
Francis de Sales

The prompter the refusal, the less the disappointment.
Publilius Syrus

No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to flee and fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams.
Jesse Jackson

To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.
Simone de Beauvoir

Rich people see opportunities. Poor people see obstacles. Rich people see potential growth. Poor people see potential loss. Rich people focus on rewards. Poor focus on the risks.
T. Harv Eker

Training and managing your own mind is the most important skill you could ever own, in terms of both happiness and success.
T. Harv Eker

Neither praise or blame is the object of true criticism. Justly to discriminate, firmly to establish, wisely to prescribe, and honestly to award. These are the true aims and duties of criticism.
William Gilmore Simms

Many things can make you miserable for weeks; few can bring you a whole day of happiness.
Mignon McLaughlin

Prepare yourself for the world, as the athletes used to do for their exercise; oil your mind and your manners, to give them the necessary suppleness and flexibility; strength alone will not do.
Earl of Chesterfield

Inspirational Quotations #715

A great idea is usually original to more than one discoverer. Great ideas come when the world needs them. They surround the world’s ignorance and press for admission.
Austin Phelps

True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.
Winston Churchill

Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other.
Blaise Pascal

Life is the continuous adjustment of internal relations to external relations.
Herbert Spencer

You’ll likely learn more of enduring value from an hour of wise googling than from any course.
Marty Nemko

The people who oppose your ideas the most are those who represent the establishment that your ideas will upset.
Anthony J. D’Angelo

Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect.
George Santayana

Real, constructive mental power lies in the creative thought that shapes your destiny, and your hour-by-hour mental conduct produces power for change in your life. Develop a train of thought on which to ride. The nobility of your life as well as your happiness depends upon the direction in which that train of thought is going.
Laurence J. Peter

The artist doesn’t have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews. The ones who want to write don’t have the time to read reviews.
William Faulkner

The want of money is the root of all evil.
Samuel Butler

The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
Robert A. Heinlein

The more a man possesses over and above what he uses, the more careworn he becomes.
George Bernard Shaw

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
Alvin Toffler

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw

Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.
Andrew Grove

Wisdom is the daughter of experience.
Leonardo da Vinci

Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.
Warren Buffett

A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.