"Stories" from the Collective (YOU)

10 Greatest Quotes (Part 3)

by Steve M Nash
(Holmfirth, UK)

You're on the 3rd page of my attempt to share the top 10 greatest inspirational quotes, with reasons why. In putting together this SelfHelpCollective.com website (and the many inspirational quotes pages that feature on it), I've come across 1000s and 1000s of inspirational quotations...

Inspirational quote by William Shakespeare

And these are the final 3 quotes (I believe) that can do most to help transform you, help transform me, help transform the world (if it needs transforming, that is). Again, this is how I see it - which is all I can obviously share with you, how I see things...


"Beauty is in the heart of the beholder." -- H. G. Wells

Hmm, the old 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' idiom that we all share with each other without really thinking about the REAL (transformational) meaning of these words.

Here are 2 powerful understandings of this 'quote' that can transform your life as soon as you get' them

  1. The only beauty you can perceive comes from within you. Which means if nothing is beautiful in the outside world, nothing is beautiful in the inside one. Or, more positively, that breathtaking view (of the mountain, the sea or even THAT man/woman) can only be breathtaking if you have it within you to comprehend such beauty.

  2. Following on from this, and much more importantly so, is the idea that if somebody considers you beautiful/ugly or smart/stupid or cool/clumsy etc. that really is THEIR interpretation of you. And you don't have to answer to other people's interpretations, just your own.
Such a simple expression, with such a powerful impact on anyone that truly gets it...

Another great inspirational quote that sums up my clumsy explanations:
"We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are."
-- Anais Nin

Inspiring Action: RECOGNISE (YOUR) 'BEAUTY'


"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." -- e e cummins

Do you know who you are, who you really are?

Well, you're both a great person (who doesn't recognise his/her own power) and a cowardly person (cowering away from any parts of yourself that you're not proud of - your 'dark' side).

You're a bit of an enigma, really, aren't you! (Wink.)

Don't worry, you're not the only one - we all have this capacity for true greatness, for truly being Who We Are.

Now this journey could have a spiritual dimension to it, depending on your beliefs, but it definitely has a personal growth dimension. When you stop pretending to be somebody else you allow yourself to be yourself. And being yourself simply means being ALL of you, not just the good part; it means thinking for yourself; it means... greatness

And, to my mind anyway, it's the ONLY journey to undertake in this life: a journey that few others fully take; a journey that requires courage.

And another way of saying this would be this marvellous quote:
"Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best."
-- Henry Van Dyke

Inspiring Action: BE YOURSELF


"You can't teach anybody anything, only make them realize the answers are already inside them." -- Galileo

Well, it all boils down to this inspirational quote by Galileo, for me - the direction to each of us, to understand our own power, our own wisdom, and our responsibility for our own life.

Yes, you can learn from others - so, so many others, living and dead. But you MUST take responsibility for teaching/guiding yourself from what these others say.

Otherwise, you're living someone else's life, by someone else's rules. And is that really why you were put on this planet? Really?...

(And I explain in more detail just why this is my favourite inspirational quote here!)

Another great inspirational quote that sums this up is this:
"Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do."
-- Benjamin Spock

Inspiring Action: TRUST YOURSELF

So there you have it. My top 10 greatest inspirational quotes, with reasons why I think they can help transform your life from 'this' to 'that', from caterpillar to butterfly.

Of course, we'll all be dead soon (to misquote Steve Jobs) but that doesn't mean we shouldn't attempt to live as great a life as possible until that fateful day arises.

Just try and stay clear of righteousness (self- or otherwise); try and remember how great you truly are, instead. Oh, and make sure you always keep in mind these words from Robert Frost, just in case you find yourself having a really, really bad day...

Inspirational quote by Robert Frost

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