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Pivotal Inspirational Quotations



Quotations can have so many uses in our lives.

They can pick us up when we’re down; provide insight when we are lost. We can copy them onto sticky notes and place those where we will find them at times during the day when we might need to be reminded of their wisdom. 

They can add power to our speeches and presentations.  They can bring consolation and support to our friends and clients. 

You may choose to reformat this document so that you can print the quotes out onto cards. Then, when you are in need of inspiration, simply choose a card at random and take the advice it suggests.




Our ideas, like orange-plants, spread out in proportion to the size of the box which imprisons the roots.
-- Edward Bulwer Lytton


The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.


"There are those of us who are always about to live. We are waiting until things change, until there is more time, until we are less tired, until we get a promotion, until we settle down - until, until, until. It always seems as if there is some major event that must occur in our lives before we begin living." .

-- George Sheehan


Method is like packing things in a box; a good packer will get in half as much again as a bad one.
-- William Cecil


Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
--Leo F. Buscaglia


What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers.

--Martin Horner


Measure your mind's height by the shade it casts

--Robert Browning


Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.

--Benjamin Disraeli


The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.

--Abraham Lincoln


Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.

--Ernest Hemingway




The most splendid achievement of all is the constant striving to surpass yourself and to be worthy of your own approval.

--Denis Waitley


You can never plan the future by the past

--Edmund Burke


It is not where you serve, but how you serve.

--J. Rubin Clark


Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it
--Henry David Thoreau


Impatience never commanded success

--Edwin H. Chapin


Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius

--Benjamin Disraeli


The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.

--Cecil B. DeMille


In life, as in football, you won't go far unless

you know where the goalposts are.
--Arnold H. Glasgow


"A man's best friends are his ten fingers."

 -Robert Collye


Success is never final and Failure never fatal. It's courage that counts.

-George F. Tilton


Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is

more important than any one thing.

--Abraham Lincoln


Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.




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I don't want to achieve immortality through my work . . .

I want to achieve it through not dying.

--Woody Allen


The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.

--Leo Tolstoy


A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.

--Ralph Lauren


No task is so humble that it does not offer an outlet for individuality.

--William Feather


We are all cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.

--Ray Bradbury


Better do a little well, than a great deal badly.



When I give, I give myself

--Walt Whitman


Life is what happens to us when we are making other plans

--Thomas la Mance


Life is like playing the violin solo in public and learning the instrument as you went along.

--Samuel Butler


Capital is to the progress of society what gas is to a car.

--James Truslow Adams




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


If you would take, you must first give; this is the beginning of intelligence.



. Help others get ahead.  You will always stand taller with someone else on your shoulders.

--Bob Moawad 


A great leader never sets himself above his followers except in carrying responsibilities.
--Jules Ormont


The more you seek security, the less of it you have. But the more you seek opportunity, the more likely it is that you will achieve the security that you desire

-- Brian Tracy


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. 

Explore.  Dream. Discover.
--  Mark Twain


We all know art is not truth. Art is a lie to make us realize the truth.

Pablo Picasso


If your actions inspire others to learn more, dream more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

John Quincy Adams


Few things move as quietly as the future.

Bern Williams


As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves.

Mahatma Gandhi


If you open your heart, love opens your mind.
Charles John Quarto







A man who has reformed himself has contributed his full share towards the reformation of his neighbor.

--Norman Douglas


The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.

--James Oppenheim


Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson


The future is purchased by the present.

--Samuel Johnson


The idea of Utopia is mischievous as well as unrealistic. And dull, to boot. Man is born pushing and shoving as the sparks fly upward.

--D. Lilienthal


"The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them."

--Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her. .


"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."

--Thomas Jefferson


A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

--Herm Albright




One should count each day a separate life.



Good questions outrank easy answers.

Paul Samuelson


If you don't risk anything, you risk even more.

Erica Jong


The older I grow the more I listen to people who don't talk much.

Germain G. Glien


You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do.

Henry Ford


Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.

Winston Churchill


"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will really be
happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."
Albert Schweitzer


"Recognize that life is what you get when you're born . living is what you do with it."
Jim Allen

"It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between."

Diane Ackerman


The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.

--Norman Cousins


I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want, an adorable pancreas?

--Jean Kerr



"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe"

-- Anatole France


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