101 Powerful Quotes To Inspire You To Better Yourself

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Following on from my post about 101 Important Life Lessons You Need To Know, I decided to create on in a similar vein related to quotes.

It feels like quotes are everywhere these days. I often see them flooding Instagram at various times. There is a reason for this.

If you read the right quotes, they can offer a wealth of knowledge. Quotes made by successful entrepreneurs and writers, can offer useful insights in how to improve yourself.

I used to be sceptical about quotes, feeling that if you needed to read quotes to be inspired you were doing something wrong.

Then it dawned on me that they are bitesize chunks of knowledge. You can read the quote ponder it for a while, and put it use in good time.

I’ve decided to put together this list of quotes relating to different categories.

These are quotes that have helped me throughout my life when I have struggling and looking for inspiration.

Having them in one place will help me whenever I need to look for inspiration or bring me back down to earth from time to time.

Hopefully, they will do the same for you too.


1. “Many people die at 25, but aren’t buried until they are 75.” — Benjamin Franklin

2. “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” — Søren Kierkegaard

3. “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” — Seth Godin

4. “If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” — Lao Tzu

5. “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” — Marcus Aurelius

6. “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” — Pablo Picasso

7. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” — Steve Jobs

8. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” — Neale Donald Walsch

9. “If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.” — Tony Gaskins

10. “Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” — Emily Dickinson


11. “All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.” – Calvin Coolidge

12. “Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

13. “A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell

14. “The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!”– Marvin Phillips

15. “Dreams don’t work unless you do.” – John C. Maxwell

16. “The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires things he isn’t prepared to work for.” — Habeeb Akande

17. “The best way to learn is by doing. The only way to build a strong work ethic is getting your hands dirty.” — Alex Spanos

18. “Enjoy life, study hard, play hard, be kind to other people, set high standards, and don’t be afraid to say ‘No.’– Nia Long

19. “If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.” – Malcolm Gladwell

20. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” — Abraham Lincoln


21. Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” — Benjamin Franklin

22. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” — Hippocrates

23. “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” — John F. Kennedy

24. “Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.” — Josh Billings

25. “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” — Jim Rohn

26. “Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one.” — Astrid Alauda

27. “A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.” — Spanish Proverb

28. “Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food. There are a great many food-like items in the supermarket your ancestors wouldn’t recognise as food.. stay away from these” — Michael Pollan

29. “To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.” — Gene Tunney

30. It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. — Mahatma Gandhi


31. “The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” — Victor Hugo

32. “The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” — Helen Keller

33. “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

34. “Pleasure of love lasts but a moment. Pain of love lasts a lifetime.” — Bette Davis

35. “Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.” ― Paulo Coelho

36. “You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.” — Oscar Wilde

37. “Better to have lost and loved than never to have loved at all.” — Ernest Hemingway

38. Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out. — Jenn Proske

39. Love os when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

40. Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself . When you love yourself , that’s when your most beautiful. — Zoe Kravitz


41. “It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” — Epictetus

42. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” — Aristotle

43. “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” — Henry B. Adams

44. “A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

45. “Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.” — John W. Gardner

46. “The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.” — Gloria Steinem

47. “Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” — Will Durant

48. “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” — Andy McIntyre

49. “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” — Chinese Proverb

50. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. — Nelson Mandela


51. “Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.” — Arnold Bennett

52.”The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” — Socrates

53. “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” — Jim Rohn

54. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” — Walter Isaacson

55. “Life is about change. Sometimes it’s painful. Sometimes it’s beautiful. But most of the time, it’s both.” — Lana Lang

56. “Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later.” — Bob Goff

57. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” — Leo Tolstoy

58. “We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.” — Max Depree

59. “The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

60. “Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” ― Eckhart Tolle


61. “All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that.” — Baltasar Gracian

62. “No use thinking of the past for its gone, don’t think of the future because it has to come, think of the present because thats where you are.” — Kazi Shams

63. “Time is what we want most, but… what we use worst.” — William Penn

64. “Lost time is never found again.” — Benjamin Franklin

65. “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” — Bil Keane

66. “Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.” — Theophrastus

67. “Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.” — Jean De La Bruyere

68. “Time is the wisest counsellor of all.” — Pericles

69. “Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not.” — Stephen King

70. “The common man is not concerned about the passage of time, the man of talent is driven by it.” — Shoppenhauer


71. “Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be” — John Wooden

72. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” — Robert F. Kennedy

73. “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” — Ken Robinson

74. “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” — Denis Waitley

75. “There is no failure except in no longer trying.” — Chris Bradford

76. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” — Thomas A. Edison

77. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill

78. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” — Paulo Coelho

79. “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” — Henry Ford

80. “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” — C.S. Lewis


81. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”— Henry David Thoreau

82. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”— Thomas Jefferson

83. Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” — Jim Rohn

84. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”— Winston Churchill

85. “People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”— Tony Robbins

86. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” — Helen Keller

87. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”— Conrad Hilton

88. “Fall seven times and stand up eight.”— Japanese Proverb

89. “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.”— Nikos Kazantzakis

90. “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.”— Estee Lauder


91. Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” — Albert Schweitzer

92. “The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are.” — Goldie Hawn

93. “The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” — Henry Ward Beecher

94. “Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not.” — Valerie Bertinelli

95. “Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.” — Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

96. “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” — Buddha

97. “Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.” — Dale Carnegie

98. “A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.” — Thomas Jefferson

99. “The belief that youth is the happiest time of life is founded on a fallacy. The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts, and we grow happier as we grow older.” — William Phelps

100. “The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.” — Thucydides

101. “The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.”— James Openheim

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