Inspirational Quotes

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What chance gathers she easily scatters. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him.General Douglas MacArthur

The real leader has no need to lead–he is content to point the way.Henry Miller

A leader is a dealer in hope.Napoleon Bonaparte

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

He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.Aristotle

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.

Where there is no vision, the people perish.Proverbs 29:18

Misfortunes, untoward events, lay open, disclose the skill of a general, while success conceals his weakness, his weak points.Horace

In this world a man must either be an anvil or hammer.Henry W. Longfellow

I light my candle from their torches.Robert Burton

Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.Woodrow Wilson

The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to excel them in virtue. None ought to govern who is not better than the governed.Publius Syrus

A bold onset is half the battle.Giuseppe Garibaldi

The power is detested, and miserable the life, of him who wishes to be feared rather than to be loved.Cornelius Nepos

To be a great leader and so always master of the situation, one must of necessity have been a great thinker in action. An eagle was never yet hatched from a goose’s egg.James Thomas

Ill can he rule the great that cannot reach the small.Edmund Spenser

He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.Solon

When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out.Napoleon Bonaparte

No man can stand on top because he is put there.H. H. Vreeland

A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward.Ovid

It is impossible to imagine anything which better becomes a ruler than mercy.Seneca

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.Abraham Lincoln

What you cannot enforce, do not command.Sophocles

No general can fight his battles alone. He must depend upon his lieutenants, and his success depends upon his ability to select the right man for the right place.Philip Armour

To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.Friedrich Nietzsche

It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself. (Absurdum est ut alios regat, qui seipsum regere nescit.) – Latin Proverb

Let him who would be moved to convince others, be first moved to convince himself.Thomas Carlyle

A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when victory is impossible.Polybius

Any one can hold the helm when the sea is calm.Publilius Syrus

A leader is a dealer in hope. Napoleon Bonaparte

I am only one, But still I am one. I cannot do everything, But still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.Edward Everett Hale

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.Benjamin Disraeli

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.Edmund Burke

You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.Shira Tehrani

Well done is better than well said.Benjamin Franklin

If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.Lucy Larcom

Quotations help us remember the simple yet profound truths that give life perspective and meaning. When it comes to life’s most important lessons, we can all use gentle reminders.Chriswell Freeman

Quotation is the highest compliment you can pay to an author.Samuel Johnson

I quote others only to better express myself.Michel Montaigne

A book of quotations, can never be complete.  – Robert M. Hamilton

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation. –  George Bernard Shaw

By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.Douglas Jerrold

I pick my favourite quotations and store them in my mind as ready armour, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence.  – Robert Burns

Life itself is a quotation.  – Jorge Luis Borges

One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.  – Amos Bronson Alcott

A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool.  – Joseph Roux

The next thing to saying a good thing yourself, is to quote one.Ralph Waldo Emerson

A quote can change the way you think about challenges you face.Catherine Pulsifer

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.Danny Kaye

Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it.Ella Williams

To live for results would be to sentence myself to continuous frustration. My only sure reward is in my actions and not from them.Hugh Prather

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.Henry Ford

You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?’George Bernard Shaw

Within each of us lies the power of our consent to health and sickness, to riches and poverty, to freedom and to slavery. It is we who control these, and not another.Richard Bach (Illusions)

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.Jesse Jackson

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.Ralph Waldo Emerson

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.Maya Angelou

There is no use trying, said Alice; one can’t believe impossible things. I dare say you haven’t had much practice, said the Queen. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. – Lewis Carroll

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.George Bernard Shaw

The journey is the reward.Chinese Proverb

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.Elizabeth Kubler Ross

If you can’t make a mistake, you can’t make anything.Marva Collins

What the world really needs is more love and less paper work.Pearl Bailey

I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should appear like a fool but be wise.Charles de Montesquieu

When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people.Abraham Joshua Heschel

The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth and sing. What a mistake that would be.Pete Seeger

It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes.Lajos Kossuth

Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.Tyron Edwards

Minds are like parachutes – they only function when open.Thomas Dewar

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.Ralph Waldo Emerson

I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.Leo Rosten

Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.Gucci Slogan

You will never find time for anything. If you want the time, you must make it.Charles Buxton

If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.Ivan Turgenev

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.Ursula Le Guin

All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.Brian Tracy

One of the best uses of your time is to increase your competence in your key result areas.Brian Tracy

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.Henry David Thoreau

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be.Horace Bushnell

Three rules of work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.Albert Einstein

There are no elevators in the house of success.H. H. Vreeland

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength, but through persistence.Buddha

Have your heart in your life’s work, and be stout-hearted. Do something, act always, and do it now. Don’t be afraid. Many a man has been defeated by his doubts—lack of confidence. Take your risks—you cannot eliminate them, you cannot escape them. You can diminish them by dominating them.Batten’s Wedge

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.

Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.Mark Twain

There is no security in this life. There is only opportunity.Douglas MacAurthur

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

When one door of happiness closes, another opens: but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.Helen Keller

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.William Feather

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.Les Brown

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. – Henry Ford

From Inspiring Adages, Maxims Opportunities multiply as they are seized. – Sun Tzu

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it. bearing with him the image of a cathedral. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude. – William James

There is nothing impossible to him who will try. – Alexander the Great

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein

What we think, we become. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world. – The Buddha

If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars. – Rabindranath Tagore

Try not to become a man of success but a man of value. – Albert Einstein

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them. – Henry David Thoreau

Inspiration and genius–one and the same. – Victor Hugo

To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is that which says: “Leave no stone unturned.” – Edward Bulwer Lytton

If you would create something, you must be something. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every artist was first an amateur. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself. – W. C. Doane

Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action. – Benjamin Disraeli

Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration? – George Eliot

No great man ever complains of want of opportunities. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can. – Thomas Carlyle

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. – Leon J. Suenes

The power of imagination makes us infinite. – John Muir

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. – Epictetus

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. – Anonymous

When I quote others I do so in order to express my own ideas more clearly. – Michel de Montaigne

One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well. – Amos Bronson Alcott

The maxims of men disclose their hearts. – French Proverb

To select well among old things, is almost equal to inventing new ones. – Nicholas Charles Trublet