I’m a big fan of a good quote. Somehow a few simple words can turn my entire life around. In tough situations, I have a hard time identifying the element of things and letting go. An outside perspective is invaluable.
Here are some of my favorite, timeless quotes that never fail to inspire courage, spark creativity, remind me of what’s important, or make me smile on an otherwise downhill day.
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” –Mark Twain
“The most successful people in life are those with a Plan B.” – James A. Yorke
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” –Pablo Picasso
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ― Dr. Seuss
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 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
“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
― Albert Camus
“Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.” –Booker T. Washington
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” –Chinese Proverb
“Failure is good because it teaches you a lot about the things you could do better. But when you see people who talk just in terms of ‘this stuff happened to me,’ it’s always a red flag. I’m biased toward action and accountability, so I’m asking myself in the interview, ‘Would this be a good person to have on board when things are bad?’” – Kerry Cooper
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” ― Robert Frost
“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, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” –John Lennon
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see.” –Confucius
“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” – Oscar Wilde
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” –Zig Ziglar
“If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” –Vincent Van Gogh
“Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch you habits, they become character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny”. – Lao Tzu
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“By letting go, it all gets done.” – Lao Tzu
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” ― Narcotics Anonymous
“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.” – J.K. Rowling
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” – J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
“We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.” – J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)
“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” –Aristotle