Best Self Motivation Quotes

Some people have a magical way with words. I always admire how easy the great speakers and writers convey complex thoughts or ideas concisely. I imagine this easiness with words was the result of facing and overcoming enormous challenges in their lives. This is usually the common thread for people who inspire.

These are small, but precious gifts. They can lead us through difficult times…

John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963)

  • “We need men who can dream of things that never were.”

Oscar Wilde – Irish writer and poet (1854 – 1900)

  • “The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.”

Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011)

  • “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”
  • “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
  • “I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.”
  • “Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968)

  • “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
  • “Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”
  • “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
  • “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)

  • “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
  • “I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”
  • “The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

Theodor Seuss Geisel – Dr. Seuss (1904 – 1991)

  • “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

  • “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”

William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)

  • “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.”

Helen Keller (1880 – 1968) – US blind & deaf educator

  • “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”
  • “Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.”

Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948)

  • “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
  • “A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.”
  • “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
  • “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”
  • “Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)

  • “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
  • “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
  • “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910)

  • “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

Jon Bon Jovi (1962 –        )

  • “Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.”

Thomas Fuller (English Clergyman, 1608 – 1661)

  • “Health is not valued till sickness comes.”

Thomas Jefferson  (1743 – 1826)

  • “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
  • “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”


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