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Good quotes are often powerful words of wisdom that inspire, educate and even motivate a person to take action. They usually share common themes such as:

  • Positive thinking leads to positive outcomes
  • Failure is a stepping stone to success
  • Help yourself by helping others
  • Determination, initiative and persistence are the foundation of success

And yet these lessons of life are typically condensed into 1-2 lines. Therefore we thought it’d be a great idea to come up with the ultimate list of 100 inspiring quotes to live by.

1. “I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.” – Dudley Field Malone

2. “If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.” – Albert Einstein

3. “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” – Bill Copeland

4. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

5. “All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

6. “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

7. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

8. “An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” – M.K. Gandhi

9. “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy

10. “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

11. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle

12. “It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” – Howard Ruff

13. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi

14. “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” – Sun-Tzu

15. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

16. “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” – Benjamin Franklin

17. “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.” – William Shakespeare

18. “That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

19. “The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.” – Will Rogers

20. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

21. “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” – George Washington

22. “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

23. “Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau

24. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

25. “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

26. “I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.” – Albert Einstein

27. “Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.” – Albert Einstein

28. “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain

29. “People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Apple Computers

30. “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” – M.K. Gandhi

31. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

32. “If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.” – E. Joseph Cossman

33. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

34. “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote

35. “Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” – Roy Goodman

36. “In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed.” – Sid Caesar

37. “The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.” – Richard Bach

38. “The only thing worse than a man you can’t control is a man you can.” – Margo Kaufman

39. “To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard

40. “We see things not as they are, but as we are.” – H. M. Tomlinson

41. “The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Chinese Proverb

42. “Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.” – Japanese Proverb

43. “If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a chance of being a prophet.” – Isaac B. Singer

44. “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson

45. “When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’” – Sydney Harris

46. “The only people who find what they are looking for in life are the fault finders.” – Foster’s Law

47. “I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.” – Winston Churchill

48. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

49. “Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” – Voltaire

50. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

51. “Don’t go through life, grow through life.” – Eric Butterworth

52. “Positive anything is better than negative thinking.” – Elbert Hubbard

53. “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” – William B. Sprague

54. “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein

55. “I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.” – Oprah Winfrey

56. “In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

57. “Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.” – Charles F. Kettering

58. “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 harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

59. “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” – Dr. Denis Waitley

60. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

61. “Cause change and lead; accept change and survive; resist change and die.” – Ray Norda

62. “Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it.” – Joe Clark

63. “Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.” – Richard L. Evans

64. “A mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work if it isn’t open.” – Frank Zappa 

65. “If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.” – J.M. Power

66. “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” – Thomas Jefferson

67. “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” – Dennis P. Kimbro

68. “Winners lose much more often than losers. So if you keep losing but you’re still trying, keep it up! You’re right on track.” – Matthew Keith Groves

69. “An obstacle is often a stepping stone.” – Prescott

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

71. “The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job.” – Zig Ziglar

72. “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill

73. “Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” – Ray Kroc

74. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi

75. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

76. “If not us, who? If not now, when?” – John F. Kennedy

77. “Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – Dale Carnegie

78. “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time.” – Joe Girard

79. “Some men see things as they are and say why – I dream things that never were and say why not.” – George Bernard Shaw

80. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.” – Sidney Greenberg

81. “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” – Bill Cosby

82. “The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.” – Hasidic Proverb

83. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter F. Drucker

84. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

85. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

86. “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” – Pablo Picasso

87. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

88. “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault

89. “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” – Albert Einstein

90. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

91. “Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison

92. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

93. “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

94. “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

95. “Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.” – Theodore Roosevelt

96. “You make a living by what you earn; you make a life by what you give.” – Winston Churchill

97. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

98. “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

99. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great makes you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

100. “Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first, it is ridiculed. In the second, it is opposed. In the third, it is regarded as self evident.” – Arthur Schopenhauer


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