July 2, 2008

A List of 40 Inspirational Quotes From People Who Had Better Thoughts

So often when we got stuck in our fear or unhappiness we feel so alone. It can sometimes look as if everyone else is doing “it” better than we are. It seems to us that only “we” are not doing as well as we should, that only “we” feel the fear that prevents us from going after what we want, that only “we” procrastinate when it comes to doing what should be done.

The truth of the matter is, we are not even close to being alone. The greatest creators and minds in history have gone through the same fears and doubts we do. The only difference is… they found the ways to get through it. The following is a list of 40 quotes from some of those great minds which helps gives us a blueprint of what thoughts they changed in their own minds to make them the successes that they became.

Hopefully one or two of them will really speak to you and remind you that you can in fact accomplish anything with the right thinking.


1. Fall seven times, stand up eight. Japanese proverb
2. If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it. William Arthur Ward
3. Every artist was first an amateur. Ralph Waldo Emerson
4. First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. Epictetus
5. No great man ever complains of want of opportunities. Ralph Waldo Emerson
6. Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. Leon J. Suenes
7. The power of imagination makes us infinite. John Muir
8. Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration? George Eliot

Fear of Failure:

9. Never let the fear of striking out get in your way. George Herman "Babe" Ruth
10. We learn wisdom from failure much more than success. We often discover what we will do, by finding out what we will not do. Samuel Smiles
11. I was never afraid of failure, for I would sooner fail than not be among the best. John Keats
12. One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again. Henry Ford
13. The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one. Elbert Hubbard
14. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them. Washington Irving
15. There is no failure except in no longer trying. Elbert Hubbard


16. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.Aristotle
17. The best way out is always through. Robert Frost
18. Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. William B. Sprague
19. Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. Samuel Johnson
20.Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.Confucius
21. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
22. Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Albert Einstein
23. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Ralph Waldo Emerson

On The Futility of Worring

24. Don't waste your life in doubts and fears: spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it. Ralph Waldo Emerson
25. No longer forward nor behind -- I look in hope and fear; -- But grateful take the good I find, -- The best of now and here.
John G. Whittier
26. My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened. Michel de Montaigne
27. Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. Benjamin Franklin
28. Present fears are less than horrible imaginings. William Shakespeare
29. How much pain have cost us the evils that have never happened. Thomas Jefferson
30. It is the trouble that never comes that causes the loss of sleep. Chas. Austin Bates
31. I never think of the future - it comes soon enough. Albert Einstein

On Being Happy

32. When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. Helen Keller
33. Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul. Democritus
34. In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet. Albert Schweitzer
35. Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities. Aldous Huxley
36. Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the mind. Alice Meynell
37. Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances. Benjamin Franklin
38. Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. Benjamin Disraeli
39. There is more to life than increasing its speed. Mahatma Ghandi
40. The only thing we are missing is the unconditional awareness that nothing is missing. Robert Holden

Remember. The people listed above are not smarter than you, more deserving than you or better than you. They are people just like you who simply had better thoughts.

Pick out the one or two of these quotes that “speaks” specifically to you, print or write them out and put it someplace you can see it everyday.

Tell yourself if so and so can do it -- so can I!

Happy Creating!