Inspirational Quotes that if Taken to Heart, are Truly Life-Changing

Some people just have a way with words. And those words can be powerful. Let these quotes assist you in this rollercoaster we call life.

A Wonderful Stroke of Luck

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

The Dalai Lama, whose name is Lhamo Thondup, was born on July 6, 1935, in Taktser, China, northeast of Tibet, to a peasant family. He is the head of state and spiritual leader of the Tibetan government. He is in-exile based in Dharamshala, India.


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Tibetans believe him to be the reincarnation of his predecessors. He is the 14th Dalai Lama. He is a spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and has many quotes. This one might just be the best. This quote should be remembered every time you find yourself struggling or not “getting what you want”.

Said the Lovely Marilyn Monroe

Don’t stop when you’re tired; stop when you’re done.” – Marilyn Monroe

It would be a shame if you didn’t know who Marilyn Monroe was. But just to remind you, she was an American actress, model, and singer.


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And her real name was Norma Jeane Mortenson. She was famous for playing comic “blonde bombshell” characters and quickly became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s. Her films grossed $200 million by the time of her unexpected death in 1962. She continues to be a major popular culture icon.

The Life in Your Years

It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” –Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the USA. And he is most famous for leading the country during the American Civil War.


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He also pushed for the freedom of all slaves throughout the nation. Fun fact: Lincoln established Thanksgiving as a national holiday. And he also hated being called Abe. He preferred to be called Lincoln.

As If You Were to…

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Mahatma Gandhi was an Indian lawyer, politician, social activist, and writer who became the leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule of India.


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As part of his nonviolent non-cooperation campaign for home rule, Gandhi stressed the importance of economic independence for India. He was assassinated in 1948 by Nathuram Vinayak Godse, who was a right-wing advocate of Hindu nationalism.

Winning and Learning

Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.” — John Maxwell

John Calvin Maxwell is an internationally recognized American leadership expert, speaker, coach, and author who has sold over 19 million books.



His books are written mostly about on leadership. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and the John Maxwell Company, organizations that have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide.

People Will Never Forget

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

Maya Angelou was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and has been in plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years.


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She passed away in 2014, but her legacy lives on. And her quote is something to remember how we make others feel can have a lasting impact.

Oh, the Possibilities

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

Audrey Hepburn was a British actress, model, dancer and humanitarian. She died in 1993. She was a talented woman who actually spoke five languages: English, Spanish, French, Dutch, and Italian.


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She’s also one of 14 people in the world to win: an Emmy (Gardens of the World), a Grammy (Enchanted Tales), an Oscar (best actress in Roman Holiday), and a Tony (best actress in Ondine).

The next quote is one for your dreams…

Dreaming and Achieving

If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” –Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar died at the age 86 in 2012. He was a World War II veteran and became the top sales person in several organizations before striking out on his own as a motivational speaker and trainer.


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Ziglar wrote over two dozen books and inspired millions of people who were encouraged by his lessons for success.

The 99%

Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.” — Thomas Edison

Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America’s greatest inventor.


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His major inventions included the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb, which had a widespread impact on the modern industrialized world. And judging by his quote, he put 99% of hard work into it all.

As for the next quote, it’s unknown who said it…

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.” — Author Unknown

Remember this when you’re feeling too comfy. Stepping out of your comfort zone is the first step to positive change.


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So if you’re doing something new and it feels awkward or strange or just plain uncomfortable, you know you’re getting somewhere.

Build Your Dreams

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

Farrah Gray is an American businessman, investor, author, columnist, and motivational speaker. Gray was raised on Chicago’s Southside and began his entrepreneurial career at the age of six, selling homemade lotion and hand-painted rocks door-to-door. He has written six books so far.



The next quote is one to remember when you’re struggling with something…

Do What You Can

Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” –Teddy Roosevelt

Roosevelt was the 19th president of the United States, but before that, he was governor of New York at the turn of the 20th century. At age 42, Teddy Roosevelt became the youngest man to assume the U.S. presidency after President William McKinley was assassinated in 1901.


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Fun fact: Teddy Roosevelt was responsible for putting a name to the teddy bear phenomenon after a newspaper cartoon depicted him refusing to shoot an injured bear on a hunting trip.

Her Wise Words

Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American political figure, diplomat and activist. She served as the First Lady of the United States from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s term, making her the longest serving First Lady of the United States.


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Eleanor dramatically changed the role of the first lady. She created her own newspaper column, “My Day.” She focused on helping the country’s poor, stood against racial discrimination and, during World War II, traveled abroad to visit U.S. troops.

The next quote will change the way you see failure.

You Can’t Avoid Failure

“Avoiding failure is to avoid progress.” — Author Unknown

Failure, and the way we perceive failure is a popular topic. That alone shows how human it is to fail. It’s also very natural to consider failure to be a negative thing. But that’s what’s so important about these quotes – they’re inspirational. They give you a new way of perceiving the world to better your time in it.


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The bottom line: failure doesn’t mean losing. It means you’re progressing. Like Maxwell’s previous quote, you win and you learn. You learn and you progress.

The next should help you to stop dwelling on the past.

Forget the Past

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

Will Rogers was an American stage and motion picture actor, vaudeville performer, American cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator from Oklahoma. Known as “Oklahoma’s Favorite Son, he was a Cherokee citizen born in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory.


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He was known for his folksy wit and common sense attitude which made him one of the most famous actors and authors in the world in the 1920s and ’30s. Tragically, Rogers died in a plane crash in Point Barrow, Alaska, on August 15, 1935.

Don’t Stop

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” –Confucius

Confucius (551 B.C. to 479 B.C.) was a Chinese philosopher, teacher, and political figure. His teachings focused on creating ethical models of family and public interaction and setting educational standards.


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The philosophy of Confucius, also known as Confucianism, emphasized personal and governmental morality, the correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity.

Have things been hard lately? See the next quote…

A Little Harsh, Perhaps. But True

Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn was an American entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker who passed away in 2009. For more than 40 years, Jim Rohn helped people across the world carve out life strategies that have expanded their imagination of what is possible.



Jim wrote numerous books and audio and video programs and helped motivate and shape an entire generation of personal-development trainers, hundreds of executives from America’s top corporations and millions of achievers worldwide.

Time Flies

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”- Michael Altshuler

You may not have heard about Michael Altshuler, but he’s an American Author and Speaker about Business leadership often related to Sales. When he was 22 years old, he founded his first company that turned into a $6 million business which he sold before the age of 30. This led him to share his expertise throughout the country.



He has been featured in numerous books and has won a lot of awards for his contribution in business.

Don’t Get Run Over

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”– Will Rogers

Remember Will Rogers? Here’s another quote by “Oklahoma’s Favorite Son.” And this quote really does show us that humor was part of his character. So what’s the point here? Don’t stand still – keep going. Even if you’re in the right direction, you need to keep moving.


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Speaking of not standing still, the next quote has something to add…

Don’t Wait

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” -Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is known best for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937) which is among the ten bestselling self-help books of all time.



Hill established a foundation under his name as a nonprofit educational institution whose mission is to perpetuate his philosophy of leadership, self-motivation, and individual achievement.

No Shortcuts

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” -Beverly Sills

Beverly Sills was a Grammy award-winning coloratura soprano, and probably the best-known American opera singer in the 1960s and 1970s. She died in 2007. She was born in 1929, in Brooklyn, New York.


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At the age of three, she won a radio contest and soon began singing on the radio regularly under the name Bubbles Silverman. Her given name was Belle Miriam Silverman.

Next, the late great Gandhi has something important to say…

Well said, Einstein

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” –Albert Einstein

Sure, you’ve heard of Albert Einstein. But just to refresh your memory, he was a physicist and had many discoveries. But he’s best known for his theory of relativity and the equation E=MC2, which foreshadowed the development of atomic power and the atomic bomb.


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Did you know that he didn’t start speaking until the age of three? He took his time. Stanford economist Dr. Thomas Sowell even coined the controversial term “Einstein Syndrome” to describe exceptionally bright people whose speech is delayed.

You’ve probably heard of Wayne Gretzky. He also had some wise words…

Take Risks!

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

Hockey Hall of Famer, Wayne Gretzky, was an excellent hockey player who started skating at the age of two. And he hit the nail on the head with this quote. Sometimes it takes a perfectly worded sentence to hit you. And you can’t argue with his words.


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Literally, if you don’t take a shot, how could you possibly win? Bottom line: take risks.

Socrates Had a Point

An unexamined life is not worth living.” –Socrates

Socrates was a classical Greek philosopher who is known for laying the fundamentals of modern Western philosophy. He is known for creating Socratic irony and the Socratic Method.



This is a widely famous quote that Socrates apparently uttered at his trial for impiety and corrupting youth. He was then sentenced to death, as described in Plato’s Apology.

Now, let’s talk about feelings for a moment…

The Avenger

The best revenge is a massive success.” –Frank Sinatra

We all know Frank Sinatra, right? He was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century.


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He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time and sold more than 150 million records worldwide. The point he makes here is true: if you want to get revenge, be successful. It will be the last thing the one who you’re avenging against will want to see.

Whatever You Decide

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.



He was called “The Sage of Concord.” His biggest pieces of work are this essays “Self-Reliance” and “Nature”. In 1833, Emerson turned his love of writing into a career as a frequent lecturer. He gave more than 1500 lectures, which ended up making him rich.

Next, the Japanese have a proverb worth internalizing…

A Japanese Proverb

Fall seven times and stand up eight.” –Japanese Proverb

If you’re curious as to how it sounds in Japanese: “Nana korobi ya oki”. Which literally means seven falls, eight getting up.


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This speaks to the Japanese concept of resilience. No matter how many times you get knocked down, you get up again. It’s similar to another quote of the same essence: “If you don’t succeed, try try again” by William Edward Hickson.

An Altruistic Method

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

Booker Taliaferro Washington was an American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Originally born a slave, Washington’s hard work and determination eventually led to his success.


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Between the years 1890 and 1915, he was the dominant leader in the African-American community. In 1881, he founded the Tuskegee Institute, a black school in Alabama devoted to training teachers.

It’s Never Too Late, Friends

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

George Eliot is actually a pen name for her Mary Anne Evans who was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator, and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She wrote seven novels which are mostly set in England and known for their realism and psychological insight.



The reason for her male pen name is because she wanted to escape the stereotype of women’s writing being limited to carefree romances. She also wanted to have her fiction judged separately from her widely known work as an editor and critic. Another reason may have been her desire to shield her private life from public scrutiny.

Keep Your Eye on the Prize

“Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” -Robert Kiyosaki

Robert Kiyosaki is an American businessman and author.



He wrote more than 26 books, including the international self-published personal finance Rich Dad Poor Dad series of books which has been translated into 51 languages and sold over 27 million copies worldwide.