Inspirational Quotes

By Alan Reiner – July 4, 2024

‘The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.’ – Helen Keller

‘Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.’ – Walt Whitman

‘The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.’ – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

‘Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.’ – Vince Lombardi

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

‘I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.’ – Jimmy Dean

‘Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!’ – Audrey Hepburn

‘Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?’ – Robert Browning

‘Believe you can and you’re halfway there.’ – Theodore Roosevelt

‘I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali

‘No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.’ – Robin Williams

‘What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.’ – Francis of Assisi

‘Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.’ – Hosea Ballou

‘Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.’ – Maya Angelou

‘It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.’ – Aristotle Onassis

‘We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.’ – Joseph Campbell

‘If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.’ – Henry David Thoreau

‘If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.’ – Isaac Newton

‘Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.’ – Bill Copeland

‘To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.’ – Lao Tzu

‘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

‘Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.’ – Warren Buffett

‘If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.’ – Bear Bryant

‘If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.’ – Milton Berle

‘Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.’ – Steve Jobs

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

‘Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.’ – Ronald Reagan

‘Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.’ – Robert Louis Stevenson

‘No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.’ – Aesop

‘As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.’ – John F. Kennedy

‘Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.’ – Martin Luther

‘The only journey is the one within.’ – Rainer Maria Rilke

‘Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.’ – Swami Sivananda

‘Change your thoughts and you change your world.’ – Norman Vincent Peale

‘Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.’ – Rabindranath Tagore

‘Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.’ – Nido Qubein

‘There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.’ – Edith Wharton

‘Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.’ – Robert Frost

‘Faith is love taking the form of aspiration.’ – William Ellery Channing

‘Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.’ – Kevyn Aucoin

‘Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.’ – Malala Yousafzai

‘Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.’ – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

‘If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.’ – Bruce Lee

‘Whoever is happy will make others happy too.’ – Anne Frank

‘The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.’ – Ben Okri

‘We know what we are, but know not what we may be.’ – William Shakespeare

‘Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.’ – Desmond Tutu

‘The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.’ – Arthur C. Clarke

‘Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.’ – Nathaniel Hawthorne

‘I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.’ – Gustave Flaubert

‘The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.’ – Thomas Jefferson

‘It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.’ – Tony Robbins

‘Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.’ – Les Brown

‘In a gentle way, you can shake the world.’ – Mahatma Gandhi

‘If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.’ – Thomas A. Edison

‘When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.’ – Carol Burnett

‘You must do the things you think you cannot do.’ – Eleanor Roosevelt

‘All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.’ – Earl Nightingale

‘Let every dawn be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close.’ – John Ruskin

‘Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.’ – Ella Fitzgerald

‘Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon… must inevitably come to pass!’ – Paul J. Meyer

‘When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.’ – William Arthur Ward

‘Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.’ – John Wayne

‘Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.’ – Alan Alda

‘Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance.’ – Morgan Freeman

‘Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.’ – Jim Rohn

‘Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul, and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation.’ – Michael Jackson

‘I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.’ – Georgia O’Keeffe

‘I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.’ – Og Mandino

‘Out of difficulties grow miracles.’ – Jean de la Bruyere

‘Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.’ – Rosa Parks

‘God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him.’ – Jim Elliot

‘The power of imagination makes us infinite.’ – John Muir

‘Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.’ – Mary Kay Ash

‘Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.’ – Democritus

‘A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.’ – Jack Dempsey

‘I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine.’ – Neil Armstrong

‘If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.’ – Michael Jordan

‘Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.’ – Unknown

‘Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment.’ – Arthur Helps

‘Give light and people will find the way.’ – Ella Baker

‘Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.’ – Napoleon Hill

‘If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.’ – William Blake

‘The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.’ – Bertrand Russell

‘I dwell in possibility.’ – Emily Dickinson

‘What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.’ – Plutarch

‘Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.’ – Henry Ward Beecher

‘And above all things, never think that you’re not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning.’ – Isaac Asimov

‘What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?’ – Robert H. Schuller

‘Light tomorrow with today!’ – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

‘A place for everything, everything in its place.’ – Benjamin Franklin

‘Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.’ – Anais Nin

‘I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today!’ – William Allen White

‘Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.’ – Desiderius Erasmus

‘Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.’ – Jules Renard

‘From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.’ – Aeschylus

‘You don’t look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.’ – Alan Watts

‘Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.’ – Mother Teresa

‘When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.’ – Wilma Rudolph

‘Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.’ – C. S. Lewis

‘Today is the only day. Yesterday is gone.’ – John Wooden

‘Of all things visible, the highest is the heaven of the fixed stars.’ – Nicolaus Copernicus

‘When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.’ – Harriet Beecher Stowe

‘The things that we love tell us what we are.’ – Thomas Aquinas

‘Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.’ – Plato

‘If there were no night, we would not appreciate the day, nor could we see the stars and the vastness of the heavens. We must partake of the bitter with the sweet. There is a divine purpose in the adversities we encounter every day. They prepare, they purge, they purify, and thus they bless.’ – James E. Faust

‘In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.’ – Jiddu Krishnamurti

‘Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.’ – e. e. cummings

‘The books that help you most are those which make you think that most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.’ – Pablo Neruda

‘I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.’ – Hermann Hesse

‘What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.’ – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

‘I believe there’s an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts.’ – Sylvester Stallone

‘A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.’ – Victor Hugo

‘Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.’ – Dale Carnegie

‘From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.’ – Arthur Ashe

‘Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.’ – Johannes Brahms

‘Be not entangled in this world of days and nights; Thou hast another time and space as well.’ – Muhammad Iqbal

‘Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.’ – F. Scott Fitzgerald

‘Love the moment and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.’ – Corita Kent

‘Every man’s life is a fairy tale written by God’s fingers.’ – Hans Christian Andersen

‘Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.’ – Sharon Begley

‘The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.’ – Leo Buscaglia

‘A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.’ – Joyce Meyer

‘We have it in our power to begin the world over again.’ – Thomas Paine

‘The authentic self is the soul made visible.’ – Sarah Ban Breathnach

‘Nothing is worth more than this day.’ – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.’ – Wallace Stevens

‘It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.’ – Amelia Barr

‘Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.’ – Michelangelo

‘You change your life by changing your heart.’ – Max Lucado

‘Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.’ – Andre Gide

‘Every story I create, creates me. I write to create myself.’ – Octavia E. Butler

‘Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come.’ – Ellen DeGeneres

‘Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.’ – Khalil Gibran

‘Courage, my friends; ’tis not too late to build a better world.’ – Tommy Douglas

‘I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.’ – Henry Rollins

‘Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.’ – Thomas Merton

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

‘Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.’ – Bernard Williams

‘Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.’ – Albert Camus

‘Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.’ – Augustus Hare

‘Keep all special thoughts and memories for lifetimes to come. Share these keepsakes with others to inspire hope and build from the past, which can bridge to the future.’ – Mattie Stepanek

‘Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.’ – Abraham Joshua Heschel

‘Happiness is the natural flower of duty.’ – Phillips Brooks

‘Ideas shape the course of history.’ – John Maynard Keynes

‘Reach for it. Push yourself as far as you can.’ – Christa McAuliffe

‘Prayer is man’s greatest power!’ – W. Clement Stone

‘God sleeps in the minerals, awakens in plants, walks in animals, and thinks in man.’ – Arthur Young

‘We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too.’ – Helen Hayes

‘Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout.’ – Morihei Ueshiba

‘From its brilliancy everything is illuminated.’ – Guru Nanak

‘As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears.’ – John Locke

‘Enthusiasm moves the world.’ – Arthur Balfour

‘I believe in living today. Not in yesterday, nor in tomorrow.’ – Loretta Young

‘I said to the almond tree, ‘Friend, speak to me of God,’ and the almond tree blossomed.’ – Nikos Kazantzakis

‘What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.’ – Theodore Roethke

‘I know why I am here and my only real focused goal is to live each day to the fullest and to try and honor God and be an encouragement to others. What the future holds is firmly in God’s hands, and I am very happy about that!’ – Ken Hensley

‘Too low they build, who build beneath the stars.’ – Edward Young

‘I believe it is in my nature to dance by virtue of the beat of my heart, the pulse of my blood and the music in my mind.’ – Robert Fulghum

‘Belief creates the actual fact.’ – William James

‘Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them.’ – Vincent McNabb

‘A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.’ – James Allen

‘Show me your hands. Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet. Are they wounded in service? Show me your heart. Have you left a place for divine love?’ – Fulton J. Sheen

‘The handicap of deafness is not in the ear; it is in the mind.’ – Marlee Matlin

‘There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.’ – Henry Van Dyke

‘On the recollection of so many and great favours and blessings, I now, with a high sense of gratitude, presume to offer up my sincere thanks to the Almighty, the Creator and Preserver.’ – William Bartram

‘The only thing that ultimately matters is to eat an ice-cream cone, play a slide trombone, plant a small tree, good God, now you’re free.’ – Ray Manzarek

‘Joy descends gently upon us like the evening dew, and does not patter down like a hailstorm.’ – Jean Paul

‘A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don’t know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox’s or bear’s, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there.’ – Meister Eckhart

‘I arise full of eagerness and energy, knowing well what achievement lies ahead of me.’ – Zane Grey

‘Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.’ – Blaise Pascal

‘And when I breathed, my breath was lightning.’ – Black Elk

‘Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.’ – Friedrich Schiller

‘Great hopes make great men.’ – Thomas Fuller

‘For a gallant spirit there can never be defeat.’ – Wallis Simpson

‘I am so fresh in soul and spirit that life gushes and bubbles around me in a thousand springs.’ – Robert Schumann

‘It’s a moment that I’m after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment.’ – Andrew Wyeth

‘It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.’ – Anatole France

‘You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past.’ – Richard Bach

‘Let each man exercise the art he knows.’ – Aristophanes

‘Not on one strand are all life’s jewels strung.’ – William Morris

‘Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.’ – Benjamin Disraeli

‘My mind’s my kingdom.’ – Francis Quarles

‘Think with your whole body.’ – Taisen Deshimaru

‘When deeds speak, words are nothing.’ – Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

‘The Wright brothers flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility.’ – Charles Kettering

‘I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.’ – Audre Lorde

‘Countless as the sands of the sea are human passions.’ – Nikolai Gogol

‘Hope is but the dream of those who wake.’ – Matthew Prior

‘And now, this is the sweetest and most glorious day that ever my eyes did see.’ – Donald Cargill

‘Nothing makes one feel so strong as a call for help.’ – Pope Paul VI

‘The truth is on the march and nothing will stop it.’ – Emile Zola

‘There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.’ – Han Suyin

‘Act like you expect to get into the end zone.’ – Christopher Morley

‘The undertaking of a new action brings new strength.’ – Richard L. Evans

‘People tell you the world looks a certain way. Parents tell you how to think. Schools tell you how to think. TV. Religion. And then at a certain point, if you’re lucky, you realize you can make up your own mind. Nobody sets the rules but you. You can design your own life.’ – Carrie-Anne Moss

‘We are here to make another world.’ – W. Edwards Deming

‘As knowledge increases, wonder deepens.’ – Charles Morgan

‘The essential elements of giving are power and love – activity and affection – and the consciousness of the race testifies that in the high and appropriate exercise of these is a blessedness greater than any other.’ – Mark Hopkins

‘Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.’ – Malala Yousafzai

‘There are glimpses of heaven to us in every act, or thought, or word, that raises us above ourselves.’ – Robert Quillen

‘I have looked into your eyes with my eyes. I have put my heart near your heart.’ – Pope John XXIII

‘Whatever ought to be, can be.’ – James Rouse

‘Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.’ – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘It is not ignorance but knowledge which is the mother of wonder.’ – Joseph Wood Krutch

‘Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.’ – Joseph Campbell

‘Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.’ – Buddha

‘Our ideals are our better selves.’ – Amos Bronson Alcott

‘Each day provides its own gifts.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.’ – Tony Robbins

‘We convince by our presence.’ – Walt Whitman

‘Plant thy foot firmly in the prints which His foot has made before thee.’ – Joseph Barber Lightfoot

‘If you could only love enough, you could be the most powerful person in the world.’ – Emmet Fox

‘My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.’ – Maya Angelou

‘I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.’ – Audrey Hepburn

‘Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.’ – Rabindranath Tagore

‘The best way out is always through.’ – Robert Frost

‘The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation.’ – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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

‘With self-discipline most anything is possible.’ – Theodore Roosevelt

‘Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.’ – Lao Tzu

‘The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.’ – Vince Lombardi

‘A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.’ – Francis of Assisi

‘Once I knew only darkness and stillness… my life was without past or future… but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.’ – Helen Keller

‘Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value.’ – Desmond Tutu

‘Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.’ – Henry David Thoreau

‘Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.’ – Napoleon Hill

‘I pray God may preserve your health and life many years.’ – Junipero Serra

‘I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.’ – e. e. cummings

‘One today is worth two tomorrows.’ – Benjamin Franklin

‘The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.’ – Arthur C. Clarke

‘How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!’ – John Muir

‘Reach for the stars.’ – Christa McAuliffe

‘Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.’ – Steve Jobs

‘It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.’ – Amelia Barr

‘Our time here is magic! It’s the only space you have to realize whatever it is that is beautiful, whatever is true, whatever is great, whatever is potential, whatever is rare, whatever is unique, in. It’s the only space.’ – Ben Okri

‘Silence is the last thing the world will ever hear from me.’ – Marlee Matlin

‘God loves to help him who strives to help himself.’ – Aeschylus

‘The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.’ – Richard Bach

‘Every heart that has beat strongly and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind.’ – Robert Louis Stevenson

‘It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.’ – George Eliot

‘Love and desire are the spirit’s wings to great deeds.’ – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘Just what future the Designer of the universe has provided for the souls of men I do not know, I cannot prove. But I find that the whole order of Nature confirms my confidence that, if it is not like our noblest hopes and dreams, it will transcend them.’ – Henry Norris Russell

‘The ideal life is in our blood and never will be still.’ – Phillips Brooks

‘Create each day anew.’ – Morihei Ueshiba

‘Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven.’ – Henry Ward Beecher

‘I want to make this world perfect.’ – Malala Yousafzai

‘A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.’ – Joseph Campbell

‘Of all human activities, man’s listening to God is the supreme act of his reasoning and will.’ – Pope Paul VI

‘What we think, we become.’ – Buddha

‘Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Mankind is made great or little by its own will.’ – Friedrich Schiller

‘We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.’ – Tony Robbins

‘I celebrate myself, and sing myself.’ – Walt Whitman

‘I love those who yearn for the impossible.’ – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘Space is an inspirational concept that allows you to dream big.’ – Peter Diamandis

‘A concerted effort to preserve our heritage is a vital link to our cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, and economic legacies – all of the things that quite literally make us who we are.’ – Steve Berry

‘Traveling around the country, meeting fans and hearing their stories in person and on my radio show has reenergized my commitment to creating honest and inspirational content that not only serves my own creative purposes but can help and touch others as well.’ – Nikki Sixx

‘It was incredible being on tour with Taylor Swift: she was the epitome of a professional, and she works so hard. For someone as successful as her to work that hard every night – truly inspirational.’ – Shawn Mendes

‘I don’t dislike rappers or hip-hop or people who like it. I went to the Def Jam tour in Manchester in the ’80s when rap was inspirational. Public Enemy were awesome. But it’s all about status and bling now, and it doesn’t say anything to me.’ – Noel Gallagher

‘Sport is something that is very inspirational for young people.’ – Pele

‘To me, the Seventies were very inspirational and very influential… With my whole persona as Snoop Dogg, as a person, as a rapper. I just love the Seventies style, the way all the players dressed nice, you know, kept their hair looking good, drove sharp cars and they talked real slick.’ – Snoop Dogg

‘I love people who Instagram story themselves running and they’ll tag me or they’ll send me a message and they’ll be like, ‘Wow this is so motivational and so inspirational.” – Andi Dorfman

‘Architecture is not an inspirational business, it’s a rational procedure to do sensible and hopefully beautiful things; that’s all.’ – Harry Seidler

‘I want to be motivational and inspirational for everybody: my big aim is more women on bicycles.’ – Marianne Vos

”Get along, go along’ is not an inspirational philosophy, and only God knows how much moral cowardice it has covered up over the years. Serve your time, collect your chits, and cash ’em in for your home state? No, I’d say we could ask for more than that from our senators.’ – Molly Ivins

‘Craig Sager’s amazing attitude was truly inspirational. He was a champion during his battle, fighting every day with grace and humor.’ – Monty Williams

‘Better to be called something positive and inspirational than something negative.’ – Donnie Yen

‘I’ve lost count of the number of times that I’ve been approached by strangers wanting to tell me that they think I’m brave or inspirational, and this was long before my work had any kind of public profile.’ – Stella Young

‘Inspirational leaders need to have a winning mentality in order to inspire respect. It is hard to trust in the leadership of someone who is half-hearted about their purpose, or only sporadic in focus or enthusiasm.’ – Sebastian Coe

‘A lot of straight and transgender boys get in touch with me through my website and social media. They tell me I’m inspirational and beautiful. It boosts my self-esteem.’ – Jazz Jennings

‘I look up to a strong woman; maybe that’s why I fell for Gaga. She works incredibly hard and is very strong and inspirational like Mom, with a great work ethic.’ – Taylor Kinney

‘When Bill Clinton ran in ’92, and I listened to him, and I had of course known of his record from Arkansas, I found him extraordinarily inspirational, and I voted Democratic.’ – Wesley Clark

‘For years, I’ve worn my dainty gold bracelets with inspirational sayings and encouraging one-liners to motivate me in my career. I liked to look down at my wrist and be reminded of my goals.’ – Rachel Hollis

‘The upper middle class here still has options for entertainment. We have Internet, Hollywood and books. But for the majority and the masses, there is only TV. A lot of them sit at home and watch TV as they can’t afford other forms of entertainment. So, we try to do shows which have inspirational value.’ – Sanam Saeed

‘I’m not an inspirational quote kind of person.’ – Chrissy Teigen

‘I know that my life story is an inspirational one and one that can, hopefully, help others achieve goals in their own lives.’ – Montel Vontavious Porter

‘Just as you wouldn’t leave the house without taking a shower, you shouldn’t start the day without at least 10 minutes of sacred practice: prayer, meditation, inspirational reading.’ – Marianne Williamson

‘I’d like to one day be featured on a list of inspirational people who have made a difference in the world, whether it be helping underprivileged people or putting an end to the poaching of wildlife in Africa.’ – Candice Swanepoel

‘One of the things that I did before I ran for president is I was a professional speaker. Not a motivational speaker – an inspirational speaker. Motivation comes from within. You have to be inspired. That’s what I do. I inspire people, I inspire the public, I inspire my staff. I inspired the organizations I took over to want to succeed.’ – Herman Cain

‘I think that the reason for my success is that I am really not aspirational. I am inspirational in that the people at home feel like they can really relate to me.’ – Rosie O’Donnell

‘I have amazing friends who have led inspirational lives.’ – Andrew Shue

‘I may not have got the Nobel Prize, but I’ve won countless other awards, including ‘Most Inspirational Living Woman Scientist.” – Jocelyn Bell Burnell

‘It is such a luxury to open a new book that’s highly recommended by friends – either an inspirational yet humorously self-deprecating memoir, or a page-turning piece of fiction.’ – Kelli O’Hara

‘Watching my family work so hard has been so inspirational, and I think I really got their work ethic.’ – Chloe Kim

‘If you want to know why the coast is such an inspirational place, ask Herman Melville, Jack London, Nordhoff and Hall, Robert Louis Stevenson or Joseph Conrad. It’s a glimpse of eternity. It invites rumination, the relentless whisper of the tide against the shore.’ – John Cooper Clarke

‘Had I not come out with an inspirational CD, you perhaps would have never known that I feel like I feel, that all songs, all the music I’ve ever done is a gift from God.’ – Smokey Robinson

‘People like the feeling of access that is very raw, unedited, and inspirational.’ – Justin Kan

‘I have a 1969 Grammer Johnny Cash acoustic guitar, and it’s so inspirational.’ – Joe Bonamassa

‘I used to think I was a gay man with this idea of a muse in my head, like a woman that I thought was inspirational or aspirational. But the woman was actually me.’ – Hari Nef

‘I used to make up stuff in my bio all the time, that I used to be a professional ice-skater and stuff like that. I found it so inspirational. Why not make myself cooler than I am? – Stephen Colbert’ – Stephen Colbert

‘I had an inspirational teacher at my junior school: Peter Nixon. He was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and slightly scary – a good combination for a teacher.’ – Stephen Mangan

‘Can a person be inspirational? Does a person have global sensibility? That’s the hardest thing to find.’ – Anand Mahindra

‘Lee’s great gifts are teaching and inspirational guidance, not administration and management.’ – Cheryl Crawford

‘I think if there’s something one needs to change with oneself, it doesn’t have to happen in the New Year. You can do that any time you please – not that it’s not a good inspirational tactic for the people that it works for.’ – Brittany Murphy

‘I grew up in a bookless house – my parents didn’t read poetry, so if I hadn’t had the chance to experience it at school I’d never have experienced it. But I loved English, and I was very lucky in that I had inspirational English teachers, Miss Scriven and Mr. Walker, and they liked us to learn poems by heart, which I found I loved doing.’ – Carol Ann Duffy

‘What they have done in Japan, which I find so inspirational, is they’ve brought the toilet out from behind the locked door. They’ve made it conversational. People go out and upgrade their toilet. They talk about it. They’ve sanitized it.’ – Rose George

‘I would say I’m an inspirational guidelines book. You can take my life story or scenarios or songs and relate to them and apply them to your everyday life.’ – Chris Brown

‘I think ‘Heroes of Cosplay’ will show a lot of the positive things, like how much effort it takes to make a costume. These people on the show aren’t taking shortcuts. As long as that effort gets through to the viewers, we will be inspirational. Then there will be people who watch the show that want to get in and hands-on make outfits.’ – Yaya Han

‘The government will see that human spaceflight is useful – for science and the economy – and inspirational.’ – Helen Sharman

‘Every song you’re trying to find something that going to connect in different ways but for me the songs that I’m really drawn to are inspirational, songs that lift you and that everybody can relate to no matter where you’re from.’ – Rodney Atkins

‘I’m a vessel being used by God to do something, you know, that can be inspirational.’ – Rev. Run

‘Teachers need to be more inspirational. But it’s also up to engineering to make itself more interesting.’ – Bruce Dickinson

”Star Wars’ is fun, its exciting, its inspirational, and people respond to that. It’s what they want.’ – George Lucas

‘What were once only hopes for the future have now come to pass; it is almost exactly 13 years since the overwhelming majority of people in Ireland and Northern Ireland voted in favour of the agreement signed on Good Friday 1998, paving the way for Northern Ireland to become the exciting and inspirational place that it is today.’ – Queen Elizabeth II

‘You see countries like India really investing in their space program because they see it as inspirational and good for their economy.’ – Ellen Stofan

‘I think anyone who has a passion for what they love to do, and who pursue it, is inspirational for me.’ – Colin Morgan

‘I’m very fond of the British cinema. I’m a big fan of Martin Campbell and Daniel Craig. I actually find Daniel very inspirational, especially on the physical side of things. He really inspired me to get back into shape when I started to add on a few pounds. I think he’s a great role model.’ – Steven Bauer

‘When I am working out, I listen to inspirational speeches.’ – Julian Edelman

‘You never know when some small thing will lead to a big idea. Travel is very inspirational – but it’s in the ordinary that I find my themes of love and work and family.’ – Adriana Trigiani

‘Look at a football field. It looks like a big movie screen. This is theatre. Football combines the strategy of chess. It’s part ballet. It’s part battleground, part playground. We clarify, amplify and glorify the game with our footage, the narration and that music, and in the end create an inspirational piece of footage.’ – Steve Sabol

‘Deacon Jones has been the most inspirational person in my football career.’ – Jack Youngblood

‘I do a lot of inspirational talks for kids, to motivate them to change their lives and give them hope.’ – Adam Beach

‘Rap music’s been around for too long now to be inspirational. The words are, but the music isn’t.’ – Alexander McQueen

‘I’ve done a lot of albums and I kinda know when I’m onto something that was inspirational for me to record and create, and this was one of those projects where I really enjoyed making the album.’ – Lee Ritenour

‘Growing up, in church we had the homily; at home it’s what I call the ‘momily’ – the inspirational and instructive mom-isms that every family has.’ – Christine Pelosi

‘There have been many different artists that have been inspirational. I suppose the question is directed to what was the reason why I went into fantasy illustration.’ – Boris Vallejo

‘The best form of flattery is to be admired, imitated or respected. I’ve always felt proud our fans look up to us or feel we are inspirational.’ – Cheryl James

‘I thought ‘Moulin Rouge’ was inspirational, and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ I loved.’ – Pierce Brosnan

‘Brand is not a product, that’s for sure; it’s not one item. It’s an idea, it’s a theory, it’s a meaning, it’s how you carry yourself. It’s aspirational, it’s inspirational.’ – Kevin Plank

‘If my writing comes to a halt, I head to the shops: I find them very inspirational. And if I get into real trouble with my plot, I go out for a pizza with my husband.’ – Sophie Kinsella

‘I don’t really watch too many movies, but I try to watch inspirational pieces about other musicians. Musical documentaries truly inspire me.’ – Syd

‘It’s inspirational to see someone who is dying smile.’ – Arlen Specter

‘Lack of enthusiasm in the stands tends to be less inspirational on the field. It doesn’t send the chills down your spine. It’s not that magic moment that you dream about growing up.’ – Howie Long

‘Roosevelt’s declaration that Americans had ‘nothing to fear but fear itself’ was a glorious piece of inspirational rhetoric and just as gloriously wrong.’ – Russell Baker

‘Inspirational content really resonates, like how to raise venture capital.’ – Justin Kan

‘Benazir Bhutto was an inspirational leader and an inspirational woman.’ – Malala Yousafzai

‘You can’t go with the intention of writing something inspirational. You just have to go with the right heart.’ – Lights

‘Inside, I’ve got a real purist desire and dream about the music. I like the idea of being able to carve out a kind of magical, colourful, artistic, inspirational life. And the reality just turns out to be quite different, working with the business to bring this thing you have created into the world.’ – Damien Rice

‘Books are challenging and inspirational to me.’ – Amy Sedaris

‘When Maurice touched a keyboard, it was like something from a movie, magical. He would always give you something from a movie, and you’d go, what did you just play… immediately inspirational writings, amazing. That’s what we’re going to miss.’ – Robin Gibb

‘This CD became something of a personal journey for me. The tone of the whole CD is uplifting and inspirational. It’s an upper. We have enough downers in the world.’ – Roma Downey

‘I will always desire to play with Bruce Springsteen. He’s the most inspirational, most dedicated, most committed and most focused artist I’ve ever seen. I like to be around people like that.’ – Max Weinberg

‘In fact, I wouldn’t really call this a Gospel album, I call it more an inspirational album.’ – Smokey Robinson

‘So I wanted to sing inspirational music, and that’s exactly how I approached it – only the words have been changed to declare my relationship with God.’ – Smokey Robinson

‘My tastes and inspirational artists were always rather eclectic and diverse.’ – Taylor Dayne

‘The flow of Guiness into the studio was inspirational as well as nutritive.’ – Carter Burwell

‘I am very conscious of who I am as an artist and as an inspirational person.’ – R. Kelly

‘I hope that at the end of the seven years, people will say that I have been of some inspirational value to them at home in terms of inclusiveness and abroad, I look forward to representing Ireland.’ – Michael D. Higgins

‘Half a century ago, the amazing courage of Rosa Parks, the visionary leadership of Martin Luther King, and the inspirational actions of the civil rights movement led politicians to write equality into the law and make real the promise of America for all her citizens.’ – David Cameron

‘I view art as an inspirational tool.’ – Thomas Kinkade

‘Almost every college playwright or sketch or improv comedian was sort of aware of Christopher Durang – even kids in high school. His short plays were so accessible to younger people and I think that was inspirational to me.’ – Mindy Kaling

‘I try not to put anything political on the forefront of what I’m trying to do creatively. At the same time, I do think it’s wonderful when I hear people say that it’s inspirational that I’m an Indian woman on camera. My life is very diverse, and my friends are a diverse group of people.’ – Mindy Kaling

‘I wanted to do something inspirational for my children.’ – Harvey Weinstein

‘I do love to eavesdrop. It’s inspirational, not only for subject matter but for actual dialogue, the way people talk.’ – Lynda Barry

‘I love a lot of the New York bands, but Patti Smith stands out. I just read ‘Just Kids’ and it’s an inspirational, well-written account of an emerging New York artist in the late seventies.’ – James Iha

”Do What You Gotta Do’ is a positive, inspirational song that says no matter what it is; whether you’re up against challenges or trying to get your dreams and aspirations met, you should do what whatever you have to do shy of killing yourself or someone else.’ – Angie Stone

‘The single most important thing in a child’s performance is the quality of the teacher. Making sure a child spends the maximum amount of time with inspirational teachers is the most important thing.’ – Michael Gove

‘Since we launched the original ‘Pop Idol’ in England, I’ve remained close with Simon Fuller. Working as executive producer on ‘American idol’ for its first seven years not only was an inspirational journey into the heart of American pop culture, it opened my eyes to the untapped potential of the incredibly dynamic young people in this world.’ – Nigel Lythgoe

‘President Obama called for a ‘we’ nation in his Inauguration Address. Art convenes. It is not just inspirational. It is aspirational. It pricks the walls of our compartmentalized minds, opens our hearts and makes us brave. And that’s what we need most in our country today.’ – Anna Deavere Smith

‘I think the end goal, hopefully, is to take advantage of the attention I’ve gotten along the way and use it for good and build some communities, and as I get older I can continue to do things and be surrounded by things that are inspirational to me.’ – Reggie Watts

‘I love inspirational R&B, like Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson. I want to do that. That kind of music stays with you.’ – Ashthon Jones

‘I would probably work with Drake as he is massively inspirational to me as a writer as well as an artist. If not him, then Susan Boyle!’ – Conor Maynard

‘The leaders who we admire who have been able to bring great change in the past – Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela – they’re all inspirational religious leaders and smart tacticians. It would be nice to find the Muslim Gandhi, wouldn’t it?’ – Dennis C. Blair

‘You always draw inspiration from your family or your parents if they’ve proven to be inspirational. My mother is someone who’s always been inspirational to me.’ – Dustin Clare

‘We all obviously need others to look up to, and be inspirational to us. Ford did a great job as far as putting the presidency back where it belonged, getting the trust back after Nixon. And President Reagan has been one of the most influential presidents.’ – Steve Garvey

‘Barack Obama’s inspirational whoosh to the presidency in 2008 was unusual. Most campaigns are less exhilarating; indeed, they are downright disappointing – until someone wins.’ – Joe Klein

‘Your personal life, your professional life, and your creative life are all intertwined. I went through a few very difficult years where I felt like a failure. But it was actually really important for me to go through that. Struggle, for me, is the most inspirational thing in the world at the end of the day – as long as you treat it that way.’ – Skylar Grey

‘I believe in the city as a natural human environment, but we must humanize it. It’s art that will re-define public space in the 21st Century. We can make our cities diverse, inspirational places by putting art, dance and performance in all its forms into the matrix of street life.’ – Antony Gormley

‘Lady Gaga is the present and the future. She is the most revolutionary and inspirational artist. She is fearless and daring.’ – Donatella Versace

‘If you look at a building by Mies van der Rohe, it might look very simple, but up close, the sheer quality of construction, materials and thought are inspirational.’ – David Chipperfield

‘I think that’s a great opportunity, to pick a script where you can build up a good skill. I think the main thing I look for when I look at scripts is if it’s inspirational. If it’s something that teenagers can relate to. And is it something that the audience is going to get something out of. If not, then it’s really not worth doing.’ – Carly Schroeder

‘In sports teams, apart from talk of sporting prowess and the imparting of inspirational thought, an extraordinary amount of time is spent discussing, and flaunting, material possessions.’ – Harsha Bhogle

‘By now, you’ve probably caught on to something: my mother is always standing by with just the right Scripture or inspirational saying to get me through any tough situation.’ – Gabby Douglas

‘All my music is inspirational. You just gotta listen to the words and get what you can get out of it.’ – Young Jeezy

‘I think, aesthetically, car design is so interesting – the dashboards, the steering wheels, and the beauty of the mechanics. I don’t know how any of it works, I don’t want to know, but it’s inspirational.’ – Paloma Picasso

‘A lot of America is kind of done. People have been making films about it for 100 years. Everything to me feels used up. But Jo-Burg feels unbelievably inspirational to me.’ – Neill Blomkamp

‘Reading was very important to me as a kid. It was very inspirational to me. I went to a school where that wasn’t encouraged so much, but my parents encouraged that, and it has made me part of who I am.’ – Sasha Grey

‘I wrote ‘(‘Til) I Kissed You’ about a girl I met in Australia. Her name was Lilian, and she was very, very inspirational. I was married, but… I wrote the song about her on the way back home.’ – Don Everly

‘I want to be an inspirational model. I want people to look at me and say, ‘Wow, she looks healthy.’ – Ireland Baldwin’ – Ireland Baldwin

‘My father, Oliver Hynes, was an educator. He was originally just a teacher, a very good one, but then he was promoted to be in charge of education for the entire area. He was always an inspirational teacher. He was my big personal supporter, always coming here for the Tony Awards. My mother, Carmel, was a homemaker.’ – Garry Hynes

‘Silent pictures show us how we lived and what our attitudes were. And as an art form, they can be wonderfully entertaining and often inspirational.’ – Kevin Brownlow

‘Like the United Nations, there is something inspirational about New York as a great melting pot of different cultures and traditions. And if this is the city that never sleeps, the United Nations works tirelessly, around the clock around the world.’ – Ban Ki-moon

‘There are thousands of inspirational stories waiting to be told about young women who yearn for a great education. They are stories of struggle and stories of success, and they will inspire others to take action and work to change lives.’ – Soledad O’Brien

‘I had hoped when my life was chronicled, it would be an inspirational story.’ – Om Puri

‘Who would have thought that a tap-dancing penguin would outpoint James Bond at the box office? And deserve to? Not that there’s anything wrong with ‘Casino Royale.’ But ‘Happy Feet’ – written and directed by George Miller – is a complete charmer, even if, in the way of most family fare, it can’t resist straying into the Inspirational.’ – Robert Gottlieb

‘I really think that it’s disgusting that Paris is the only place where it is illegal for paps to follow you around. It actually took someone losing their life – Diana, an inspirational woman – and then it changed, but they still won’t change it in London! It’s horrible!’ – Cara Delevingne

‘I did an A Level in Theatre Studies and had a really inspirational teacher, and then I just went on to university.’ – Jessica Raine

‘Personally, I can’t see the appeal in trekking down to D.C. for a networking extravaganza, even if it is built around a special moment in American history. While I find the election of Barack Obama inspirational, I don’t have a desire to memorialize it with overly effusive celebration.’ – Jamie Johnson

‘It’s as if inside the White House the belief in Obama’s inspirational charisma is still such that every time the ugliness of brute politics intrudes, it’s a startling revelation.’ – Tina Brown

‘We sing inspirational songs, songs of praise and worship, and about how good and how big God is. We are magnifying the Lord.’ – Fred Hammond

‘If someone says ‘grunge’ or ‘punk,’ you know what the sound is, but if you say ‘No Wave,’ it’s kind of mysterious. That was the most interesting part and should have been the most inspirational thing about it… here’s this collective sonic insanity, and none of it sounds anything alike.’ – Lydia Lunch

‘Business gives you a massive high. Doing a great deal, coming up with an inspirational solution… It’s very addictive. But it doesn’t last long. In isolation, it’s a bit sterile. It doesn’t reward the soul.’ – John Caudwell

‘I pull a lot of the stuff that I play off the rhythm tracks – and Keith Richards has been one of the main contributors to my inspirational playing.’ – Bobby Keys

‘I think Spain will always remain inspirational, and I think French cuisine will continue to be very French and yet very relevant with its time and keep evolving. But the last thing you want for it is to become too trendy and confusing. It has too much history.’ – Daniel Boulud

‘This is just rap. I’m not trying to make people think I’m some sort of scientific wizard or inspirational poet.’ – Action Bronson

‘The power of pop culture stories should not be underestimated, and there is an enormous potential for inspirational stories that can have a positive, transformative effect on our lives.’ – Anita Sarkeesian

”All in With Laila Ali’ is educational, inspirational, compelling programming profiling individuals that have reached for the sky, pushed themselves to the limit and did things that you would think were impossible.’ – Laila Ali

‘When I was working at the Sprint store, I got laid off. I was bummed out, but I stayed positive. I used the money I had earned while working there to make my first album. Without that job, maybe ‘Corazon Sin Cara’ would never had been made. It’s a very inspirational story.’ – Prince Royce

‘I always like a woman in power in politics. I think they’re pretty inspirational in terms of looks to begin with. It’s very calculated.’ – Chris Benz

‘Coming to Nashville has been so motivating and inspirational. Just watching people live and breathe their music and create something that they can feel from start to finish.’ – Madi Diaz

‘Hopefully, when people see ‘Senna’, they will understand why this inspirational story needed to be told, why it had to be made as a movie for the big screen, and why it is a film for everyone.’ – Asif Kapadia

‘I am never without my lyric book. If anything inspirational happens, I have it there so nothing’s forgotten.’ – Gabrielle Aplin

‘I’ve been known to write 10 pages a day for 10 days running before I take a breath. I am not a disciplined writer. I’m one of those people who laughingly call themselves inspirational writers, which basically means someone who has no control over their own creative process.’ – Catherine Ryan Hyde

‘I grew up in a very spiritual home in a Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, FL. I was raised in the church, and my mother was a very inspirational person in my life.’ – Robert Battle

‘Every video I’ve made has an inspirational message behind it. Since day one, I thought, ‘Okay, I want my audience to be, like, Disney members.’ So if that’s the case, I have to keep everything rated G.’ – Michelle Phan

‘My initial goal for the 1984 opening ceremonies was a show that would be majestic, inspirational, and emotional – a 20 goosebump experience.’ – David L. Wolper

‘I’m a gay disabled man who has become very successful. I don’t get up in the morning and think I’m inspirational; I just get up thinking that I love horses.’ – Lee Pearson

‘Thelonious Monk was one of the musicians I most connected with early on. I’m a huge Betty Carter fan, and the way that Abbey Lincoln and Shirley Horn grew immensely from the time they were young is so inspirational.’ – Cecile McLorin Salvant

‘It is so inspirational, to see that in the world of Westeros, men are answering to women, and they are a force to be reckoned with. It’s empowering, and it’s inspirational as well, because you’re just like, ‘This is great!” – Rose Leslie

‘Although he’s no longer with us, Steve Jobs is still inspirational to me, as he managed to find the balance between right brain/left-brain thinking that is crucial to building a creative technology business.’ – Imran Amed

‘It really is an honor if I can be inspirational to a younger singer or person. It means I’ve done my job.’ – Aretha Franklin

‘I knew, regardless of anything else, singing in front of an orchestra was going to be inspirational. It would feed me.’ – George Michael

‘My goal in my career is to inspire people, is to get my music out there and have people enjoy it, and have people think of me as an inspirational artist.’ – Christina Grimmie

‘I think being directed and mentored by someone as inspirational as Paul Feig not only improves my performance but, as a whole, makes it what it is.’ – Nargis Fakhri

‘At the end of the day, the one commonality that both Hindi cinema and Hollywood share is that they are full of talented and inspirational people. Outside of this, there are many differences, from the scheduling and rehearsal to promotion and directing techniques.’ – Nargis Fakhri

‘I look forward to making tangible and inspirational contributions to the Houston Technology Center’s initiatives. HTC is an engine behind Houston’s and Texas’ continued growth.’ – Walter O’Brien

‘What’s on my playlist when I’m fighting is not so much hip-hop. Sometimes, it’s something more inspirational. I get a chance to think about what I’m fighting for, like, my family. It takes me to that state because a lot of times, it’s a spiritual warfare for me.’ – Tyron Woodley

‘I’m not here to impose Sharia law, and I’m not here to have a message about disability being inspirational – I’m here to make people laugh. But when I can layer things and make people not only laugh but question, make people not only laugh but be offended… I have to do that.’ – Maysoon Zayid

‘I worked at The Old Globe Theater under the great baton of Craig Noel. One of the great theater heroes that we have. He was so great and so inspirational. I think I did ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ and ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. I lived in Ocean Beach, and my rent was $140 a month.’ – Jeffrey Tambor

‘We’re in a situation where talented, motivated school leavers and graduates can send off a hundred CVs and not get a reply, and where a trip to the Job Centre is depressing rather than inspirational. And you know what, that just feels wrong.’ – Jameela Jamil

‘It’s music. It’s supposed to be fun and inspirational. You have to be inspired. If I did it because it was my ‘job,’ and I only did it to make money, I don’t think I’d still be doing it.’ – Max Martin

‘We work to create a new wave of feminism that is more inclusive. I want others to feel equal. It’s so great to see women in positions of power, which is why other artists, such as Marilyn Minter, are so inspirational to me.’ – Petra Collins

‘I’ve never been a die-hard Beyonce fan. I always thought she was inspirational and beautiful.’ – Winnie Harlow

‘When I see a friend play Hamlet or see an inspirational performance, I absolutely get excited by the idea of changing things up.’ – Andrew Lincoln

‘Kunta Kinte is the closest thing I’ve ever seen… to a superhero. He’s amazing. He’s inspirational.’ – Malachi Kirby

‘The hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ is so inspirational – I wish I’d written it.’ – Neil Sedaka

‘I wanted to write a book about what it’s like to be 50 and trying to reinvent yourself – that struggle. There are all these books and inspirational speakers talking about being a lifelong learner, and it’s so great to reinvent yourself, the brand of you. And I wanted to say, you know, it’s not like that. It’s actually really painful.’ – Daniel Lyons

‘Northeastern folk music influenced me from a very young age. Sachin Dev Burman is one of the inspirational musicians in Indian film music. The way he fused folk music with his signature style is amazing. So, I am aware of the beauty of northeast folk music.’ – Adnan Sami

”Can You See’ is a beautiful song that follows a story of the star. It’s a very inspirational song.’ – Ally Brooke

”Ebony’ is very inspirational and aspirational to its readers.’ – Linda Johnson Rice

‘I am shocked and deeply saddened by McQueen’s death. He was a genius, and his talent was second to none. Like many others, I always cited him as a hugely inspirational leader of world fashion. He will be greatly missed.’ – Matthew Williamson

‘I think women think I’m inspirational because I’m unapologetic. I have cellulite. I have back fat. I’ve got a thick stomach. But I work my body like I don’t because I don’t know any other body. I don’t know how to feel thin. I just know how to feel like Ashley.’ – Ashley Graham

‘Being appointed as the next Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester is a completely overwhelming honour. This extraordinary orchestra and its wonderful musicians are unique in so many respects, and particularly in their creation of an exceptional sound world based on outstanding tradition that is, at its heart, inspirational.’ – Andris Nelsons

‘I think it’s great that you have inspirational female roles, that it’s not just the pretty girl on the arm of a man.’ – Hannah John-Kamen

‘The way my father worked altruistically and the manner in which he used to go behind bars and come back home smilingly was inspirational.’ – Asma Jahangir

‘When I started my career, I never looked at myself as one to be inspirational, but as I continued to grow, I’ve met so many different people who ask, ‘How do you do it? You make it look easy.’ But it’s not easy. I have certain tricks and tips I use every day that have been working for me.’ – Karen Civil

‘The MTC is known for singing music by great master composers, hymns, American music, Broadway numbers, popular songs, and inspirational music. If the audience doesn’t like one genre, they need only wait for the next number.’ – Mack Wilberg

‘Far too often, we have limited the definition of the Church. While not in all cases, in many cases, ‘Church’ has become an informational, inspirational weekly gathering rather than the group of people that God has ordained from Heaven to operate on his behalf on Earth in order to bring Heaven’s viewpoint into history.’ – Tony Evans

‘In my experience, I have learned that there is rarely the perfect man for the perfect job, but Reagan was born to play the role of president. He was an inspirational leader when the country really needed it.’ – Tim Matheson

‘I feel like music itself is inspirational enough. Especially with the Internet. Not to sound like a shut-in.’ – Thundercat

‘As women and men, we’re not primed and taught to feel that women are as inspirational as men.’ – Jennifer Hyman

‘We learn about MLK’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. Take that same speech and put it in the voice of a woman. Would it be as inspirational? Would it have as much gravitas to it?’ – Jennifer Hyman

‘My father was very strict, a very militant parent, because he wanted us to be very focused kids. He sold the televisions, so we didn’t watch TV. And he didn’t want any music playing that wasn’t gospel or inspirational music. In fact, he didn’t even like a lot of gospel because he thought it was too bluesy.’ – Lizz Wright

‘The ‘Dezeen’s of this world are extremely inspirational but have no realistic dimension any more.’ – Marcel Wanders

‘I often wonder if I should adopt a cause to call my own or start tweeting inspirational messages. And when tragedy strikes and the world takes to social media, is it now my responsibility to respond with #RIPs and #prayfors?’ – Max Joseph

‘I do kind of marvel at my journey. But at the same time, I look back at a lot of the steps, and maybe not every step, but a lot of the steps, and since I was 12 or 13, I look at the people who helped me and the moments that were inspirational to me, and you can recall what my mindset and what my make-up was at that time to try and be the best.’ – Chris Bosh

‘I feel that music is such an inspirational form of energy, as baseball is. And especially with Metallica, believe it or not, our shows are very physical. Sports is a very physical thing, too.’ – Robert Trujillo

‘In Spain, they show many Premier League games on TV, and it is an inspirational league. Maybe I would like to play in the Premier League.’ – Juan Mata

‘The most inspirational person in my life has been my mother.’ – Nicole Maines

‘Don’t say I was an inspirational teacher – my former pupils would laugh their heads off. I was grossly incompetent, but I hope I didn’t do the children a disservice.’ – Greg Davies

‘If you’re funny and working in education, I think the perception is that you’re either inspirational or awful. So which was I? I suppose that depends on who you talk to.’ – Greg Davies

‘Peter Stoger is very, very inspirational, communicating a lot, being open and approachable for the players.’ – Mario Gotze

‘A film like ‘Dangal’ is universal; though it narrates a story that happened in Punjab/Haryana, we like its inspirational story and its idea of celebrating the girl child.’ – Karthi

‘Whenever I would go to Hrithik’s vanity van to chat or rehearse lines, I’d see him working out or watching inspirational videos. One thing that I’ve learnt from him is that, as an actor, you have to worship your body.’ – Mrunal Thakur

‘You are thinking about the music, about the mathematics of it. It’s time-consuming and energy-consuming at the same time. That’s why I take my time off, my family time, as inspirational. I cool off.’ – Atif Aslam

‘Honestly, the All In women’s locker room was such an inspirational group of women. What I love about all the women involved – Chelsea, Britt, Madison, Jordynne Grace, Brandi Rhodes, Tenille Dashwood, Penelope Ford, Mandy Leon – is we all bring something so different to the table for a common vision.’ – Tessa Blanchard

‘We weren’t the Temptations, but when we came out onstage, the people always gave us a special respect because our songs were of an inspirational quality.’ – Curtis Mayfield

‘We work very closely with HSN’s buying team, to ensure that our products and demonstrations are as exciting, educational and as inspirational as possible.’ – Sara Davies

‘I’m not doing what I do to prove what a woman is capable of. I’m not doing what I do to make Formula E more diverse. I’m doing what I do to be successful. If that’s inspirational, then great.’ – Susie Wolff

‘Before the music and before the fame, I loved Apl for Allan Pineda, for being a brother that he is and for the inspiration – for him to actually come to the States from the Philippines and make something of his life. That’s inspirational.’ – Taboo

‘My allegiance to the GOP was cemented during the 1980s, when I was in high school and college and Ronald Reagan was in the White House. For me, Reagan was what John F. Kennedy had been to an earlier generation: an inspirational figure who shaped my worldview.’ – Max Boot

‘Late in my career, I was asked to do an inspirational record and a duets album and I didn’t want to do either.’ – Anne Murray

‘Seeing RuPaul go out there and not only create music, but TV and film roles, and continue to go down so many creative avenues – that is inspirational. For a person of color like myself, I see RuPaul and I say, ‘Oh, honey, I can do it too.” – Shangela

‘To be an Instagram model, you absolutely cannot just post pictures of yourself in a bikini for the sake of people seeing you in a bikini – even if that is exactly what you are doing. No, you need to caption these photos with an inspirational quote so that people will know that you are not just a butt, you’re a gosh dang philosopher.’ – Kat Timpf

‘I have a Children’s Charity in Cuckfield, West Sussex, which helps young children affected by cerebral palsy and associated disorders. The perseverance these young people display every day is inspirational.’ – Vera Lynn

‘Jesu’s walls of distortion are uplifting in comparison to those of its doom-driven contemporaries. The band’s 2009 album ‘Infinity’ has its bleak moments, but that album’s single 49-minute song resolves into something inspirational and grandiose by the time it’s over.’ – Anthony Fantano

‘As far as me being inspirational to other combat-wounded guys, I would say that it’s the opposite. To see guys at Walter Reed that I recovered with every day and they were missing every single one of their limbs – that is what I would say is inspiring.’ – Kyle Carpenter

‘PUMA has been an iconic name in the fashion world for decades, their ability to remain at the top of the game in not only sportswear, but in culture and fashion is inspirational.’ – Yo Gotti

‘Anytime you have the opportunity to do any kind of story that is based on a true story, I think those are the most inspirational.’ – James Haven

‘MasterChef’s’ about real people and for real people. It’s aspirational and inspirational. There’s nothing snobbish about it.’ – John Torode

‘We have outstanding schools, world-class teaching and inspirational leadership across the country.’ – Nicky Morgan

‘Our country is one of the youngest in the world. Our youngsters need to be told inspirational stories.’ – Sudha Kongara

‘When I first got involved in the underground metal scene in ’82, ’83, there were only about five or six major Death or Black Metal bands around. There were so many other bands that were inspirational, that really helped.’ – Chuck Schuldiner

‘It was sad to leave ‘Pippin’ because it was a kind of inspirational turning point in my life. But it was time to move on.’ – Ann Reinking

‘Apart from being motivation for themselves, I think big givers should also talk about their philanthropy so that their work and their success stories prove inspirational enough for many others to follow.’ – Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

‘I feel like when you call me inspirational, it takes away from the success that I’ve actually had. Would you say that to any other comic that just ripped the mic for an hour?’ – Josh Blue

‘I have to deal with people in weird ways. I was walking down the street and this woman walks up to me and she goes, ‘You know, I think it’s so inspirational that you’re out.’ I was like, ‘I’m on my way to the liquor store. Are you inspired?” – Josh Blue

‘The core of what we do is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and my music is a reflection of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s not as much inspirational as it is spreading the Gospel.’ – Kirk Franklin

‘In fact, Mario Parisi and my father are probably the two most inspirational figures when it comes to my growth as a company leader.’ – Jared Isaacman

‘If we get out there trying to be inspirational, then we probably won’t be.’ – Brendan Hunt

‘Like inspirational quotes, which have been huge on Pinterest. Or looking at dog photos! We didn’t know how to take those uses for Pinterest seriously until we realized, sometimes even I look at Pinterest to feel better, not just do something but feel happier, to feel connection, to feel humor, to know everyone goes through difficult times.’ – Evan Sharp

‘We will all agree that the role of a home-maker is not an easy one, and seeing all these ladies do it with such finesse is really inspirational! All of these strong women have inspired me a lot to get into the character as ‘Anupamaa’ truly resonates with their lives.’ – Rupali Ganguly

‘I always start my day with two things that really ground me. One is a book of daily inspirational readings called ‘The Book of Awakening.’ Basically, it talks about having the life you want and being present in the life you have. I also write three things I’m grateful for in a gratitude journal.’ – Cynthia Germanotta

‘I just like being able to voice my opinion. That’s all comedy is. Comedy is just a different perspective. Perspective of what you think opposed to what other people think. I try to uphold it and make it educational as well as inspirational, as well as funny. All around, I think it’s very important.’ – Deon Cole

‘The only thing that stops me doing the teaching is that there’s so much stress involved. And there shouldn’t be. It’s the most wonderful, inspirational job on the planet from what I saw. I loved it. Teachers, we should be molly-coddling them. Looking after them. Nurturing them.’ – Rhod Gilbert

‘If I feel a little lost or disgruntled or upset, I Google ‘inspirational quotes’ and I feel better. There is one for every eventuality and, although they’re cheesy and I sometimes feel I’m turning into Oprah, they give me something I need in that moment.’ – Angela Scanlon

‘Well, you know, I listen to a lot of Eminem, and he has a lot of songs that can very inspirational.’ – Jon Rahm

‘Never meet your heroes’ is too much. Sometimes meeting your heroes can be inspirational. Sometimes.’ – Tim Key

‘The people that are inspirational to me are those who are truly struggling.’ – Melody Gardot

‘People who don’t like inspirational quotes are the people who read them, but don’t actually comprehend them or take them to heart.’ – T. J. Watt

‘I’ve got loads of inspirational people I’ve always looked up to, really strong women, who don’t necessarily play football. I didn’t want to be them, and I didn’t want to do what they did. But they still inspired me to be me.’ – Leah Williamson

‘In Poland, I’ve met inspirational soldiers – not simply supporting and leading Nato missions in Eastern Europe but underpinning our security at home.’ – Gavin Williamson