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What makes a quotation a famous inspirational quote?

Hmm, well whether it's about sport or business or success or failure...

  • it has to be a quotation that we've all heard, I guess, or
  • it has to be a quote said by someone famous.

That's what I think, anyway - and those are the types of quotes and quotations listed here, anyway.

  • Yes, you'll find only the best inspirational quotes here - famous quotes inspirational, inspirational quotes and poems, etc.

Quotes like this one, from William Churchill

"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."

And, as there is no time like the present (who said that, then?), I think Gandhi has something he wants to tell you...

Famous Quotations - Free Inspirational Quotes

Famous inspirational quotes - what they say...

"Be the change you want to see in the world"
-- Mahatma Gandhi

"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier."

-- Mother Teresa

(I think this could be a call to arms, so to speak, for all those suffering from low self esteem.)

"You gotta dance like nobody's watching, dream like you will live forever, live like you're going to die tomorrow and love like it's never going to hurt."

-- Meme Grifsters

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed - we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

-- Martin Luther King, Jr

"I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

-- Martin Luther King, Jr

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

-- Anne Frank

"I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it."

-- Pablo Picasso

(I don't reckon that motivational guru Brian Tracy could have said it any better, Pablo!)

"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."

-- Calvin Coolidge

(This is, believe it or not, the belief I've had whilst creating and continually trying to improve this very website, Self Help Collective.)

"I have an irrepressible desire to live till I can be assured that the world is a little better for my having lived in it."

-- Abraham Lincoln

(And it's thinking like this that is bound to help us boost our self esteem! Agreed?)

"If you're going through hell, keep going."

-- Winston Churchill

(I think Winston's right, you know. It's important to stay motivated, and positive and focussed on your goals!)

"The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by obvious realities. We need men and women who can dream of things that never were..."

-- John F. Kennedy

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

-- Mark Twain

"Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right."

-- Henry Ford

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be."

-- Lao Tzu

"Courage is knowing what not to fear."

-- Plato

"An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind."

-- Mahatma Gandhi

"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."

-- Chinese proverb

"When fate hands us a lemon, let's try to make lemonade."

-- Dale Carnegie

"Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without."

-- Buddha

(This is what I'd like the philosophy behind Self Help Collective to be. Have I succeeded?)

"It is only our deeds that reveal who we are."

-- Carl Jung

"Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon."

-- E.M. Forster

"Love is all you need"

-- John Lennon

Not quite so famous inspirational quotes - what they say...

"Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself."
-- Oprah Winfrey

"I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up. Most people in this business gave up and went on to other things. If you simply didn't give up, you would outlast the people who came in on the bus with you."

-- Harrison Ford

"Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life."

-- Sophia Loren

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."

-- Dalai Lama

"Live every day like it's your last cause one day you're gonna be right."

-- Ray Charles

(So, c'mon, do something today that you've been putting off - just in case! That is what famous inspirational quotes are for, after all - inspiring action! Maybe one of these inspirational videos might help you take action, who knows!)

"My greatest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories."

-- Björn Borg

"I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will."

-- Clint Eastwood

"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strength. When you go through hardship and decide not to surrender, that is strength."

-- Arnold Schwarzenegger

(Thanks Arnie! It's famous inspirational quotes like these that make me wanna go "ner ner ner-ner ner" to a cerTain someone who once gave me a lecture on strength. "How Dare she!" Thankfully, I've grown up now. I'm over it. I've let it go. Er...! )

"Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them."

-- Aristotle

"Just as a small fire is extinguished by the storm whereas a large fire is enhanced by it - likewise a weak faith is weakened by predicament and catastrophes whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them."

-- Viktor E. Frankl

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."

-- Albert Einstein

"If you find something you really love, you will never work again."

-- Winston Churchill

(This must be what happiness is all about, really - don't you agree!)

"The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, 'Thus far and no farther.'"

-- Ludwig van Beethoven

"I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it."

-- Jonathan Winters

"Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve."

-- Napoleon Hill

(This is the essence behind the belief that positive thinking makes a positive difference. Thank goodness for the positive effects of famous inspirational quotes...)

"The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore."

-- Vincent Van Gogh

"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time."

-- Leo Tolstoy

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