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100 Best Inspirational Quotes and Sayings of All Time

Written by QuotesLyfe | Updated on: December 20, 2020

         

100 Best Inspirational Quotes and Sayings of All Time

In this article, we will find a list of Inspirational Quotes about life, for women, students and work with meaning.

We all need inspiration at some point in our lives. Reading about other's stories of success and the lessons they learnt can be very inspiring. It can help us get through the most difficult times and reinforce our passion. Following are some of the best inspirational quotes by the most successful people in the world. 

All men are created equal. Some work harder in preseason.- Emmitt Smith

We are all born with more or less same abilities and faculties. We are all born to feel similar emotions of fear and joy and given just one life. How we use all these things to live a successful life depends entirely on us. The champion football player, Smith, is trying to convey the importance of practice in the above quote. All the players will be almost of the same built, with the same skills and technique, but what causes the difference in their performance is the amount of practice each one of them puts in. 

Life is about making an impact, not making an income. -Kevin Kruse

Most of us work hard so that they can have a decent earning and live comfortably. It makes sense since money is pivotal for surviving in this world. But we shouldn't limit our ambitions to monetary gains. The true meaning of life can only be achieved if we create something that can help society, make lives better and bring happiness to others. It's about creating an impact in this world, making it a better place.

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill

There is no limit to what people are capable of. If we put our head and heart to it, we can bring life to any idea we conceive. So, think big, have great visions and then work hard. If your mind can create it in your head, your body is capable of creating it in real life.

The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.— John Burroughs

An intention is certainly the beginning of all the actions, but not the end. No matter how lofty your ideas are, how great your vision is, it won't do much good to anyone unless acted upon. Take your first step towards that vision, no matter how small it may be. Even the smallest act can set great things into motion. 

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost

One of the most famous lines of a poem ever written. Even the ones who don't have any literary streak, know and cherish this poem by Robert Frost. It may be because the theme of these lines or the entire poem, for that matter is something that rings true with all of us. We all face dilemmas of some kind and what we choose can have a far-reaching impact on our future. We can either choose what society tells us or accept the alternative, which might be more difficult. Frost says he didn't comply with the popular choice and against it did what his instincts directed. And in the end, even if non-conforming doesn't reap favourable results at least he will have a different experience- a novel story to tell.

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The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. –Amelia Earhart

Taking forward the above idea, Earheart-the pioneer aviator, says arriving at a decision is the most difficult part of a journey (No pun intended). The process of choosing something, the tussle between pros and cons can be nerve-racking. But once it's done and you have made up the mind, all you have to do is stick to your decision strongly. 

One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.— Jack Penn

The quote conveys the same meaning as the proverbial phrase about making lemonade when thrown at with lemons. Our life is not always going to be easy, our journey to ambitions will be beset with difficulties. But when you hit that don't lose hope. Stay optimistic and try to make the best of the situation. When you face some obstruction, become resourceful and come with a plan of using the obstruction to your advantage. 

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. –Florence Nightingale

Be brutally honest with yourself. You don't have to confess the reasons for your failures to others. But don't lie about it to yourself. Don't give excuses for your shortcomings. Own your failures as you would your success. It makes you responsible and can drive you to do better next time.

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. –Wayne Gretzky

Don't miss an opportunity. They might not come in the most attractive forms, so you need to be vigilant and proactive. Take risks and don't shy away from taking chances, even if there are high chances of failures. Because even if odds of succeeding are one in hundred, take it. If you don't, you have failed by all odds. 

Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.— Washington Irving

Wishing is universal and mostly very passive. What separates the greatest minds from ordinary ones is their actions that turn their wishful thinking into solid realistic goals. They transform their wishes into achievable purposes and then work hard for it.

Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. –W. Clement Stone

The only way to not be distracted by various options around us is to have a clear, definite goal. Definiteness of purpose is extremely important to succeed. Unless you know precisely what you want, you can't make accurate plans and follow them. 

The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you'll make one.— Elbert Hubbard

The fear of making a mistake can be greater than making the actual mistake. We keep on procrastinating about our work, putting it off because we are too afraid that we are not able enough to pull it off. Our fear can be the root cause of all your futility. You need to understand that all the fears are mere thoughts and not real.

We become what we think about. –Earl Nightingale

Our thoughts are a precursor to our actions. We do what we constantly think about. If you want to change your life, change your actions and for that, start with becoming aware of your thoughts. Once you become aware, you will be able to clear out your thinking. 

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. –Charles Swindoll

Most of the things in our life may not be in our control. Our body, our mind, the events, people – all these things more or less cannot be chosen by us. Our body will get afflicted, or age and we can't do much about it. Our mind too- we can't stop thoughts and emotions. Problems will come in our way without any notice. So, all we can do is handle them in the best way possible. 

Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.— Bruce Lee

Don't miss out on a chance to learn something useful from others. But also be careful what you are learning- while there is good around us, the world is also riddled with damaging and harmful people that can have a bad influence on you. And to whatever you learn, add your original ideas and enhance your knowledge.

Eighty per cent of success is showing up. –Woody Allen

The idea of working for success might be more grandeur than the actual work. You won't always be driven by passion, motivated to work. Every day won't be dramatically productive or pathetic. It might be a very drab and lonely journey of small, seemingly inconsequential steps. And that's the reason we fail to appreciate the importance of each day work, the constant practice. It is important to show up for work every day, you might not be able to see right now how it will benefit you, but it will. 

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. –Steve Jobs

Our life is too short to live according to the whims and wishes of others, to be what society expects us to be. We are born with unique talents and it will be a shame if not put to use to create something good. You were born alone and will die the same; you don't owe anyone anything, live your life how you want it. This will set others around you free to live their lives according to their wants.

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.— Aldous Huxley

You cannot control what happens in this world. You cannot even control the people in your own life- friends and family. The only thing you have any control over is your own self. That's the only thing you can work upon and actually improve. And more often than not, that is enough to change the world around you.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. –Pablo Picasso

When we are young, we are without fear and in complete touch with our feelings and curiosity. We explore boldly whatever interests us. We are always creating new things and learning a new craft. But when we grow up, we get burdened with responsibilities and pressure to blend in. This makes us lose our originality. Picasso says that we all have it within us to be artists, all we have to do is be courageous and accept it. 

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –Christopher Columbus

If you want to become a better version of yourself, you need to let go of some of the old parts of your personality. Similarly, if you want to reach a better place, you need to let go where you are right now. If you don't, you will be stuck here and can never grow in your life. Letting go is definitely hard but also a necessity for progress.

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I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou

It is easier to forget about people whom we didn't share any kind of emotional bond – good or bad. Feelings are subtle manifestations of thoughts, which helps in processing them. Feelings also solidify or strengthen our thoughts. We are more likely to remember the people who made us feel appreciated, excited, happy, angry or guilty. Even if we can't recall their words or actions, we will always remember our reaction to them.

You cannot wait for someone to save you, to help you, to complete you. No one can complete you. You complete yourself.— Oprah Winfrey

Most of us yearn for love because our lives are generally boring or tough or unfulfilling. We think that a relationship can break all the monotony of our life, induce some excitement and even purpose. And when you get into a relationship- it will definitely be exciting and joyous but there will always be a need for deeper satisfaction. This can only be filled, when we are happy with ourselves completely. You will not be completely content unless you are satisfied with your own achievements. 

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

Don't let your friends, family or society influence your life decisions. Do whatever you are happy with. If you ignore your interests and talents, you are wasting them. We are all born with unique qualities and skills, and accordingly, we also grow up with some kind of dream and vision for our life. Don't forgo them so that you can satisfy others. 

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

Confidence, bravery and boldness are important to make things happen, to bring change in your life. Whatever you want to do, you need to have confidence in your abilities. Confidence comes from practice. But even to start practising, you need to have little confidence and faith. Once you start affirming your abilities and potential boldly, things start falling in place eventually.

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain

We cannot live an ideal life without a purpose. That purpose can be as extraordinary as bringing a revolutionary change into the world or as simple as living each day to the fullest. Either way, it matters. Your purpose should be what keeps you motivated each day, which gets you through the hardest times, working for which makes a fulfilled life. And the day you find your purpose is as important as the day you came to this world. 

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. –Anais Nin

To have a big life- one with lots of personal and professional achievements, one with lots of good friends and strong family bonds, one where you contribute to society and helps in the betterment of humanity, you need to be brave. You need the courage to stick to your goals even things get hard. More courage you muster, the more you can achieve. 

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

Whenever we start something new, there is always a voice inside us that resists us. It will tell us a hundred different reasons why you are not going to succeed, why you shouldn't waste your time on it. Don't get discouraged by it. It is not some oracular voice trying to warn you of impending failure. It is just your old self trying to remain in a comfortable position, afraid of anything new. Do it anyway. The voice will get smaller as you learn more about the work.

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. –Aristotle

Criticism is a constant part of your life. Whenever you do something, especially something new, people will have opinions. They will try to dissuade you – either because they are jealous or lack the vision that you have. Don't quit. However, don't underestimate them. Some might have some accurate criticism which you can use to improve yourself. So, healthily treat criticism. See if what they are saying is true and can help you in any way. If not, don't waste your time on it.

Believe you can and you're halfway there. –Theodore Roosevelt

Belief is the most important accessory in our journey to success. You will take your first step because you believe it could work out. And in every step that follows you will cling to your belief to give strength. Without belief, the negativity of failures and criticism will get to you. Your success boils down to the extent of your belief. 

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Few people might reject the concept of fate or destiny and believe in free will, but few things are predestined and cannot be chosen like your upbringing, your talents and interests. However, you always have the power to decide what to do with what you have got. No matter what destiny throws at you, it's up to you how to handle it. 

The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled. –Les Brown

It is a shame to waste our capabilities and talents and never to express them. Les Brown, famous motivational speaker and author, warns us against wasting our life not exploring our potential completely. Most of us die without making the best of our abilities, without reaching out for our dreams. 

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

By entrusting a person with things of importance can make them worthy. By giving them responsibilities, you make them feel they can be trusted. This can really help those who have seen too many failures and are struggling with self-esteem. It can make them feel that failures and mistakes is not the end of the world and they still possess some qualities that can contribute something good to the world. 

Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb

The proverb is all about giving more importance to qualities and values than just skin-deep beauty. It is natural to be drawn to attractive people, products and even ideas. But before getting too attached to it, first, dig a little deeper and try to understand if all these things contain any actual value that can help you in any way.

If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on. –Sheryl Sandberg

Sandberg, the COO of Facebook suggests that if someone is proposing an adventure, one should readily accept it. Don't let second thoughts prevent you from accepting once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity.

Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear. –George Addair

You might be aware of what you want, but fear might stop you from going after it. Humans are plagued by all kinds of fears- fear of failure, fear of humiliation, fear of illness or death, fear of financial loss, fear of losing loved ones. All these fears can be very massively crippling and become a hindrance in our journey towards our goals. Only when you overcome them, can you get closer to whatever it is you desire.

Teach thy tongue to say, I do not know, and thous shalt progress. –Maimonides

Being ignorant and accepting it can be the first step towards learning something. Ignorant doesn't mean rejecting knowledge; rather it means accepting all that is being taught and also opening your mind to more that can be learnt. Always maintain the mindset that there are innumerable things that can be learnt, this is being ignorant. As long as you are ignorant, you will find a way to learn and increase your knowledge. 

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. –Arthur Ashe

We all have this bad habit of postponing our dreams for the right time. We think that at the moment we are not prepared to take up the task. We believe someday in future we will be qualified enough, will have all the resources and all the time to start working for your dream. But the truth is that never happens, and these thoughts are nothing more than our apprehensive thinking. Start with whatever you have. Use whatever resources you have right now rest all you will gain as you move forward. 

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

All of us crib about the evils that are present in this world. We complain about ill administration, corrupt government, greedy capitalists and much more. But we never take any actions to make it better because we think it's not our duty. But if we explore, we will find many things that can be done by us this very moment that can contribute towards the welfare of the world. 

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. –Lao Tzu

If we let go of all the insecurities and doubts then we might have a chance to be a better person. You need to let go of many things about your personality and mindset only then can you become strong enough to succeed. 

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. –Maya Angelou

We might live a long life, but if there was no joy, love and fun in it, it is not the best of lives. It doesn't matter how long a life you live. What matters is how good it was – if you enjoyed it, if you were satisfied with whatever you did. A life filled with fascinating experiences and adventures is an ideal life, no matter how short it is.

Either you run the day, or the day runs you. –Jim Rohn

There are only ways of spending a day. We either do whatever is told to us or expected of us, or we can live the day as we want. If we live a normal healthy life and able to celebrate at least 79 birthdays, we have around seven hundred thousand hours approximately. Out of this if you waste 24 of them into doing something that doesn't make you happy or satisfied in any way, you are wasting your life.

Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. –Jamie Paolinetti

Our restrictions are mostly just fears that reside in our mind. They are not real. Whatever is stopping us might be an abstract idea that has little to do with reality and facts. So, don't let it stop you. Use your imagination and creativity to solve whatever problem you are facing. Our imagination can open the doors to infinite possibilities.

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. –Latin Proverb

If the wind is not strong enough or in the right direction to sail your boat, you need to start rowing using oars. The quote is trying to teach us always to be ready to up your game. Don't rely on other people or other factors like destiny to help you achieve your dreams. Even if they help, they will do so only to some extent, and after that, you are on your own. Hence, always be prepared to work independently when time demands. 

We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. –Marie Curie

We must always believe that we are special and meant for greatness. Not to be narcissistic but have a healthy dose of self-esteem and a sense of purpose. We must trust our abilities and our purpose. We must believe that our dreams are worth working for and that our works can bring positive changes to other's life.

What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. –Bob Dylan

Money is essential to buy necessities, but it's not a determiner to happiness and success. A person is truly happy if he is healthy and gets a good night sleep and spends his day doing what he loves. That is a successful life.

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. –Les Brown

Most of us have created our lives around fear and not love. We complete our education and join a secure job because we are afraid to end up broke. For this reason, we don't go for a career that is not stable even if we have aptitude and interest in it.

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. –Booker T. Washington

By helping others fix their lives, we can help ourselves too. By being able to help others in difficult times, we feel a sense of power and control. We start feeling that if we can help someone improve their lives, we have it in us to do the same for our own lives. 

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I didn't fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. –Benjamin Franklin

We need to develop a strong tolerance for failures. Failures are an inescapable part of our lives, the sooner we get acquainted and used to them, better for us. Without failures, we cannot improve. We need to develop a positive attitude towards failure. We should not see it as a testament of our shortcomings but proof that we tried for something greater than our current abilities. It should be a testament to our courage and progress.

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. –Leonardo da Vinci

There should be a sense of urgency in us. We shouldn't be able to sit idle when we are burning with passion and purpose. Planning is not enough; knowing your work won't suffice too. Without any wastage of time, we should put our knowledge to test. We should act, only then we are effective.

There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. –Roger Staubach

Most of the people won't be willing to go the extra mile- won't do more than they are expected to complete. This is something that you can use to your advantage. Put in extra effort, work harder than others, only then can you stand out among the crowd. Only then can you achieve more than others.

It is never too late to be what you might have been. –George Eliot

You can always choose to be what you want. Yes, the later you decide harder it gets but still, it is worth working for. The satisfaction and pleasure of working for your dreams are a thousand times better than being stuck in a work that you don't enjoy at all. So, it is never too late to start, all you need is courage.

A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty- Ziad K. Abdelnour

Richness cannot be determined simply by the money one possesses. True happiness comes from people who love us. And that is our true richness too. If a man loses all his materialistic gains and still has his family- especially his children beside him, he is still a rich man. He has people who truly love and care for him. 

It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings. –Ann Landers

Of course, we need to support our children not just financially but in every other way until they are mature enough to be independent. But what we should also teach kids how to be independent, how to take care of oneself, how to make a career, how to be a responsible person and how to be a good human being. All these things are important to lead a happy life.

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. –Farrah Gray

If you don't follow your dreams and work to realise the vision you have for your life, you will have to work for others. You will end up expending all your years and potential working to make someone else's dreams come true. 

The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself--the invisible battles inside all of us--that's where it's at. –Jesse Owens

The hardest fights are the ones which we have with our thoughts and feelings. They are the toughest ones because no matter which side wins, you will always lose something. But these are also the fight which has most at stake, which holds the greatest prize. These are the ones that improve us as a person and make us stronger. 

Education costs money. But then so does ignorance. –Sir Claus Moser

It is surely expensive to educate oneself, to spend on books and schools and teachers and training. But by not getting educated, you are robbing yourself of an opportunity to land a good job, to build a career. Which in turn means you are limiting your sources of income, thus, losing money which could have been yours.

I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear. –Rosa Parks

The surest way to take care of fear is to be determined of your dream. When you have made a promise to yourself that no matter what happens, no matter how afraid you get, you will keep on moving forward. The fear takes a backseat and you move forward despite it. 

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. –Martin Luther King Jr.

When we become comfortable in our lives and stop fighting to uphold our values and beliefs, we start dying spiritually. When we are accepting unfair treatment and not fighting against it, when we stop reaching for things that we want, it means we have lost our passion for life. It means we are living without any zeal, we are living purposeless. 

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. –Dalai Lama

Many times things won't turn out the way we wanted and expected. But when that happens, don't lose heart. Always remember, maybe destiny or God or whatever you believe in, has better plans for you. Look for opportunities in these situations; you will definitely find something better waiting for you.

Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. –Gloria Steinem

Dreaming is sometimes dealt with prejudice. A dreamer is equated to a lazy, unrealistic person who is too scared or naïve to venture into the real world. However, when we talk about planning, that is looked upon. If you break down both the processes- they are fundamentally same. It is thinking about future events thoroughly. The only difference is- dreaming is more of a larger view of the vision, which generates positive feelings and creates a passion that drives us. Planning is more about mind; all the nitty-gritty that will give our vision the physical shape. And both are important equally to bring your vision to life. 

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the aeroplane takes off against the wind, not with it. –Henry Ford

We grow in the face of problems, just like a plane can only take off when against the wind. When we are facing difficulties, when the situation is tough to get through, that's when we increase our efforts. This is when growth happens.

You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. –Maya Angelou

Creativity, just like any other talent seems like its limited. But that's not true. Angelou, the acclaimed poet and storyteller, says that more you exercise your creativity, the more it grows. Creativity is just like our body muscles; more workout leads to stronger muscles. When you start expressing your creativity, your mind becomes perceptible to more ideas. 

We Generate Fears While We Sit. We Overcome Them By Action. – Dr Henry Link

If we stay idle and not work, it is only going to add our fears. The only way to overcome them is through actions.

Dream big and dare to fail. –Norman Vaughan

Dream as big as you can, because only when you dream big can you achieve it. Worst case scenario, you fail. That is not going to change your life. On the other hand, if you don't try at all, you lose your shot at success.

Don't Let Yesterday Take Up Too Much Of Today. – Will Rogers

Don't waste your time, dwelling on your past. Thinking about your past actions and mistakes isn't going to change anything. All you can do is take your lessons from past experiences, try to make amends and move on. You cannot waste your today worrying and regretting over the things you did earlier. The only way to move forward is to let go of your baggage of past mistakes.

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. –Steve Jobs

Without love, you cannot do great work. Great work means when you are exceptional at something and know how to use your skills and knowledge to make a difference. You cannot be exceptionally good at something without relentless practice. Which means you have to work even during tougher times, even when it seems impossible to work. And at these times, your love for your work is what will prevent you from quitting. 

The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity In Every Difficulty. – Winston Churchill

An optimist will see only positive aspects of people, of situations. They will even find something good in adversity. They know how to make an opportunity out of problems. While pessimists can only see everything negatively. Their mindset has grown to notice only the negative aspects of everything they observe.

Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world usually do.– Steve Jobs

If you are brave enough to take up the feat of bringing revolutionary changes to the world. If you are bold enough to affirm that you can change the world. You certainly can. 

Imagine Your Life Is Perfect In Every Respect; What Would It Look Like? – Brian Tracy

Visualisation is very helpful in constructing the life of your dreams. Imagine whatever you want in your life. Imagine in great detail. Now, believe that everything you imagined is possible. And start your journey. Sooner or later, you will achieve everything you ever imagined.

The Man Who Has Confidence In Himself Gains The Confidence Of Others. – Hasidic Proverb

To make others perceive you as a confident person, first, you need to start perceiving the same. Only when you believe in your abilities and are confident about your potential, will others believe in you. If you are only second-guessing about what you can achieve, you cannot expect others to trust you. 

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney

All our dreams have the possibility of being true someday. All they need from you is to have more trust. If you have more trust in your dreams, you will be more bold and courageous. You will work day in and day out and fiercely hold your ground. 

We May Encounter Many Defeats But We Must Not Be Defeated. – Maya Angelou

We will see failures many times. We will be defeated by people, by situations and even by destiny. But all that shouldn't stop us in our journey towards success. They haven't defeated you until you back down. You are only fully defeated when after a failure you don't get back to your work, to your pursuit for your goal.

Only the paranoid survive. – Andy Grove

It is a book by Grove on business strategies. He suggests how to deal with a sudden business catastrophe that he refers to as, Strategic Inflection Point. He says when such a situation hits, all the general business rules can be rendered useless. But if we deal smartly, this can be a huge opportunity. The meaning of the title is about not getting comfortable in a business. Always look out for such a disruptive situation. Here, paranoid doesn't refer to a mental condition when one is unnecessarily suspicious. 

It's hard to beat a person who never gives up. – Babe Ruth

You cannot defeat someone who never quits. He doesn't back down easy and will always stay put on his journey, which makes him quite strong and impregnable.

If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can't hear them anymore. – Michele Ruiz

You will always have to face criticism. People's criticism should be used as an incentive to work harder instead of believing the opinion of other people. One must believe in oneself. Only when you acknowledge your worth, then you can find yourself far ahead from this ill-opinionated society.

The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It's what you're made of. Not the circumstances. – Unknown

Circumstances doe not decide your future. Its how you react to them decides how far you going to go. Potato softens in boiling water while an egg hardens. You need to decide if you going to get disheartened in the face adversity or use it to develop your resistance to such situations and grow stronger.

We need to accept that we won't always make the right decisions, that we'll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success. – Arianna Huffington

First thing you need to know about success is that you are going to fail, a lot. You need to accept the importance of failure and not treat it with disdain. It is not the opposite of success but a milestone, a step closer to success.

Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE. – Joss Whedon

It's all about being creative. Don't waste time and start working on whatever you want to create. Be it a book or a dish, just make it.

It's no use going back to yesterday because I was a different person then.― Lewis Carroll

Don't blame yourself for your past mistakes because you were a different person then. You have grown now; you are a better man. Cut yourself some slack. We should not ruin our today with the regrets of or past.

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.― Neil Gaiman

Even though fairy tales are about unrealistic magical creatures and characters. But they do contain a grain of truth, i.e., evil can be defeated. Instead of getting intimidated by the evils surrounding us, we should try to fight them. 

Do one thing every day that scares you.― Eleanor Roosevelt

The path to fearlessness is all about overcoming little obstacles. We should take baby steps by trying to overcome our fears daily.

Smart people learn from everything and everyone, average people from their experiences, stupid people already have all the answers. – Socrates

Smartest kind of men will be ones whose areas of efforts are not limited, i.e., he would try to gain knowledge from the experiences of others. Other kinds of men will only restrict to their own experiences. This comes with a downside, as you have to go through a lot and see all kinds of multiple failures to understand the lesson. There is a third kind of men who believe they know everything and hence never try to learn at all.

Sometimes when you're in a dark place you think you've been buried but you've actually been planted. – Christine Caine

Finding yourself at the bottom of an abyss does not necessarily mean an end to a journey. A person can grow even when he hits rock bottom. The darkness can help you grow.

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Whatever you are, be a good one. ― Abraham Lincoln

Instead of striving for the best, one must try to pursue goodness. Being human should be the end of all the efforts. In this journey of life, one must not forget to be humble and kind to others. Being successful without being good does not fulfil the purpose of life.

If we have the attitude that it's going to be a great day it usually is. – Catherine Pulsifier

The most essential tool for a person to have is optimism. More often than not, if we believe in good things to happen, it does. Even if it doesn't turn out as we expected at least, we will have peace of mind and be able to enjoy our day without worrying. Maintaining a positive attitude towards life all the times can be hard, but you need it to remain sane.

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. – John D. Rockefeller

One must always aim higher in his life. He must not compromise into staying in the present state if he has the potential to achieve greater things. You should always be ready to sacrifice what you have today for a better tomorrow. Only with courage can you take up this herculean task and let go of your current comforts.

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.― Abraham Lincoln

Success needs patience and is a gradual process. But you can't just sit idle and not do anything. You have to keep on working to make success happen. Else, you will receive only what fate permits and what others deem fit for you to have. 

You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction. – George Lorimer

To go to bed every night with total satisfaction that you used that day to the fullest, that you did everything you could have, everything you wanted- is a treasure, is true happiness. But it is not easy. To have such peace and joy, you need to wake up every day with energy and determination. You should be determined not to waste even a single minute of your day and use it in the best way possible. 

Don't be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart. – Roy T. Bennett

One must not let fear rule his life but should rather be guided by the hopeful dreams of the future. Coerced by the fears of the mind, one is generally led to wrong choices, thus to ultimate failure. It is thought of a brighter future that should drive you to work hard every day.

Work like there is someone working twenty-four hours a day to take it away from you. – Mark Cuban

Life is a competition even if you cannot see your competitors. Each strategy should be formulated keeping in mind this competition. One should always be on top of their game and not get comfortable with their position. Because there are always competitors who are trying to topple you. Always keep in mind the moral of the story where a turtle wins a race just because the hare was too comfortable and arrogant and decided to relax his efforts.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle

Excellence is not a streak of luck but an intentional series of efforts. One cannot succeed without working for it every day in a dedicated manner. The successful men are those who worked for their goals every day habitually without fail. Even when the things seemed boring or tough, they didn't give up. Hence, being excellent at something is not a one-time thing but a continuous planned effort, a habit.

Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn't give you credit. – Kamari aka Lyrikal

One must not be disheartened by the lack of acknowledgement for one's efforts. Especially since we live in an age where popularity is not hard to achieve. It's true that when we are recognised for our works, we get more motivated. But praise shouldn't be our motive. Our goal should be to do good work. Credit will follow eventually.

You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them. – Shonda Rhimes

You can waste your life-defining who you are. Defining ourselves seems innocuous and necessary for a social being, but when we define ourselves, we define our personalities- which includes our qualities as well as flaws, what we like and what we don't, what we enjoy doing and what we don't, what we can do and what we can't. Hence, subtly we have drawn lines and boundaries of what we can achieve. Make boundaries, but don't be afraid to break them when required. Only then will one grow and become better. 

If everything seems to be under control, you're not going fast enough. – Mario Andretti

Success many times can bear out of chaos. Many times we don't even know what we are doing or where it is all going. Events happen in rapid succession. Don't let this flurry make you lose confidence. Andretti, one of the most successful racing drivers, says that speed should not be something to be scared of. Losing control does not always have to be a bad thing. 

If you work on something a little bit every day, you end up with something that is massive. – Kenneth Goldsmith

A man's wisdom is the cumulative result of his efforts. And so is his success. Our small efforts carried out each day gets added up and one day creates massive success. While these little efforts in isolation may not seem a great achievement in itself. You may feel like that you are wasting your time and efforts, but when you look at the bigger picture, these little acts become small pieces of the puzzle of success.

The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one. – Oscar Wilde

We all feel tired and depressed because of jobs more than once. We also feel that giving it up will be a better option. At this moment of weakness, one must realise that its better to have something than nothing.

Unsuccessful people make their decisions based on their current situations. Successful people make their decisions based on where they want to be. – Benjamin Hardy

The focal point for successful people is always their future, their purpose. They remain unaffected by the circumstances around them as they focus all their time and energy in the future. In contrast, to this, an unsuccessful person finds himself always tangled into the present situation and events of his life. He fails to see how his inability to let go of his presence is affecting his future.

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. – Earl Nightingale

Never get intimidated by the time it will take to achieve a goal. Even if you don't try to reach for your goal, you are going to lose that time in something that you don't even like. 

Amateur sit around and wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work. – Stephen King

The biggest problem that plagues our somewhat hedonistic, quick-to-gratification generation is that we don't value anything that doesn't stimulate their mind. We don't want to work for anything that doesn't give us any pleasure or satisfaction. Even if they want to achieve something, they won't start working until they feel inspired. Truth is most of the daily practise that gets into success is dull. It is not going to be stimulating in any way until we keep in mind the future success. So, even to get inspired, most of the times, you need to start doing what seems boring.

The big secret in life is that there is no secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work. – Oprah Winfrey

The biggest secret of life Oprah says is simple. Whatever we want to achieve is possible, the only thing is you should be willing to put in the effort.


Co-author:  Shreya Arya

A digital marketing enthusiast with experience in HR and hospital management, Shreya has wide interests ranging from philosophy, psychology to latest trends in automation. She is also a freelance content writer and loves lending beautiful words to ideas and feelings.


         

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