Inspirational Quotes

These are all the quotes that lift me up and give me reasons.

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, then to write for the public and have no self.”  – Cyril Connolly

“Laugh your heart out.  Dance in the rain.  Cherish the pleasure, ignore the pain.  Live, laugh, love.  Forgive and forget.  Life is too short to live with regrets.”

“There is no sin, except stupidity.”  – Oscar Wilde

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”  -Voltaire

“Well behaved women rarely make history.”

“If I’d observed all the rules I’d never have got anywhere.”  – Marilyn Monroe

“Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shudders and says “Oh shit, she’s awake!””

“Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she will give you a baby. If you give her a house, she will give you a home. If you give her groceries, she will give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she’ll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So if you give her crap, be prepared to receive a ton of shit.”

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

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible!””  – Audrey Hepburn

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others. For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness. And for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”  – Audrey Hepburn

“Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them so much.”  – Oscar Wilde

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”  – Marilyn Monroe

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”  – Marilyn Monroe

“I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.”  – Marilyn Monroe

“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.”  – Marilyn Monroe

“Nothing is permanent in this wicked world. Not even our troubles” – Charles Chaplin

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” – William Shakespeare

“A woman must not depend on the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself.” – Susan B. Anthony

“For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible.” – Stuart Chase

“There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

There is another which states that this has already happened.” – Douglas Adams

“Experience can be a harsh teacher. But you learn. By God do you learn.” – C.S. Lewis

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – G.K. Chesterton

(Alternately, the above quote can go: “Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist.  Children already know that dragons exist.  Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.”)

“Stories you read when you’re the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you’ll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.” – Neil Gaiman

“A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.” – Neil Gaiman

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Knowledge is limited.  Imagination encircles the world.”  – Albert Einstein

“Birds sing after a storm.  Why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?”  – Rose Kennedy

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years.”  – Abraham Lincoln

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls.  The most massive characters are seared with scars.”  – Khalil Gibran

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

“If men could only know each other, they would neither idolize or hate.”  – Elbert Hubbard

“Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible.  But in the end, they always fall.  Always.”  – Mahatma Ghandi

“Some of the best lessons are learned from past mistakes.  The error of the past is the wisdom of the future.”  – Dale Turner

“In order to learn the most important lessons of life, one must each day surmount a fear.”  – Ralph Waldo Emmerson

“There is not a righteous man on Earth who does what is right and never sins.”  – Ecclesiates 7:20

“Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.”  – Robert Kennedy

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever.”  – Mahatma Ghandi

“One man’s wilderness is another man’s theme park.”

“Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity, nothing exceeds the criticisms of the the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed and well-fed.”  – Herman Melville

“He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.”  – Lao Tzo

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”  – Elenore Roosevelt

“If you want your children to be bright, read them fairy tales.  If you want them to be brilliant, read them even more fairy tales.”  – Albert Einstein

“No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way is without enemies.”  – Daisy Bates

“For we pay a price for everything we get or take in this world; and although ambitions are well worth having, they are not cheaply won.”  – Lucy Maud Montgomery

“There is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.”  – Arthur Rubinstein

“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.”  – Ben Okri

“A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ.”  – John Steinbeck

“We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except the memory of the smell of smoke and a presumption that once our eyes watered.”  – Tom Stoppard

“No man is happy without delusions of some kind.  Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.”  Christian Nestell Bovee

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves.  We must die to one life before we can enter another.

“Never think that war, no matter necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.”  – Ernest Hemmingway

“We all die.  The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”  Chuck Palahniuk

“The past is our definition.  We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it.”  – Wendell Barry

“I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can’t touch with decay.”  – Bob Dylan

“No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible.”  – George Chakiris

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

“Life is a game, play it.”  – Mother Teresa

“Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all.”  – Emily Dickinson

“God does not play dice with the universe.” – Albert Einstein

“True science discovers God waiting behind every door.” – Pope Pius XII

“Science and Religion are not at odds.  Science is simply too young to understand.” – Dan Brown

“Science tells me God must exist.  My mind tells me I will never understand God.  And my heart tells me I am not meant to.” – Dan Brown

“Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass.  It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down “happy.”  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment.  I told them they didn’t understand life.”  – John Lennon

“In my eyes, beauty is defined by something deeper than my curves; intelligence and character can make the most beautiful woman alive.” – Francis Torres

“Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we’re quoting.” – John Green


4 thoughts on “Inspirational Quotes

  1. This is an amazing list and in it, today, I found what I needed to feel truly energized, motivated and happy. Thank you for having taken the time to do this – for it was a lot of time, I know. 🙂

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