50+ Motivational and Inspirational Quotes to Change Lives and Living

6 min readJan 31, 2024

1.We do not sing because we are happy, we are happy because we sing

William James, American Philosopher

2. A difficult time can be readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose- a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve

American Leadership Expert

3. If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you are old

4. Listen to your mentors, and carefully choose them. Stay in their presence, watch their tapes, and absorb their books; one sentence can be the golden door to the next season of your life. Great men have great habits. They carefully select their companies and their companies enhance their destinies

5. In every battle of life. Your survival and your consumption by the battle is a function of courage”.

6. En(courage) is boldness, unusual boldness that when others are failing you don’t fail!

7. When you are in the past, then your present is in danger and your future is tarnished”.

Pastor T.B Joshua Sat. June 10, 2006, Comet Page 9

8. The past doesn’t equal the future. All great leaders, all people who have achieved in any area of life, know the power of continuously pursuing their vision, even if all the details of how to achieve it aren’t yet available

9. A major stimulant of creative thinking is focused questions. There is something about a well-worded question that often penetrates the heart of the matter and triggers new ideas and insight.

10. An attitude of gratitude creates blessings. Help yourself by helping others. You have the most powerful weapons on earth…love and prayers.

11. It is better wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than to trust

12. Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

13. The reason that worries kill more people than work is because there more people who worry than work.

14. To reach a port we must sail. Sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.

15. If you want something done right, do it yourself. Seizing up the moment.

16. To build a global community we must stretch the horizons of knowledge understanding and goodwill and develop habits of consultation and cooperation that transcend the limit of race, region, or economic level

17. Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person said Quincy Jones; both young and old shared a little of what he is good at doing”

18. Nothing is impossible for the man who is willing to work

19. There are two days I don’t worry about; yesterday which is gone and tomorrow which may not even arrive. I realize today is mine.

20. Without ambition nothing gets started, and without hard work, nothing gets finished.

21. One must change one tactic every ten years if one wishes to maintain one’s superiority.

22. If you have knowledge let others light their candles with it.

23. Never place a limit on yourself just be free at all costs.

24. The ultimate measures of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy

25. To realize a dream, you must have a dream to realize

26. If you are knocked down, you can’t lose your guts. You need to play with supreme confidence or else you’ll lose again, and then losing become a habit

27. Do what you love, love what you do, and then deliver more than your service.

matter how short a person is, he too can see the sky.

29. A person without the knowledge of their history, origin, and culture is like a tree without a root.

30. The depth of a man’s vision and conviction drives the height a man can achieve whether as an entrepreneur or a career-driven person.

31. A man who is content with the status quo begins to atrophy because man is a growth organism and when we stop searching and digging, we start decaying.

32. It is the application of what we read and the use to which we out the experiences we garner in life that make or unmake us.

33. Satisfaction depends on choosing the right partner.

34. Violence solves no social problem; it merely creates new and more complicated ones…if one is in search of a better job, it does not help to burn down the factory. If one needs more adequate education. Shooting the principal will not help, or if housing is the goal, only building and construction will produce that end. To destroy anything. A person or property, can’t bring us closer to the goal that we seek.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

35. The Apostle of non-violent protests who ended segregation through non-violent protests

36. The secret (wisdom) to happiness is not in doing what one likes to do, but in liking what one has to do.

37. We must have a theme, a goal, a purpose in our lives, if you don’t know where you’re aiming, you don’t have a goal. My goal is to live my life in such a way that when I die, someone can say, she cared.

38. Never give in. Never, never, never, never in nothing great or small, large or pretty, never give in except to convictions of humor and good sense, never yield to force…never yield to the overwhelming of the enemy.

39. Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Holds this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture.

40. If you think the world is wrong, remember that it contains people like you.

41. Many personas have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

42. True happiness is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose

43. When you were born the world rejoiced and you cried. You must endeavor to live your life in such a way that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.

44. I never seriously considered the possibility that I would not emerge from prison one day. I never thought that a life sentence truly meant life and that I would die behind bars. Perhaps I was denying this prospect because it was too unpleasant to contemplate. But I always knew that someday I would once again feel the grass under my feet and walk in the sunshine as a freeman. I am fundamentally an optimist. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, and one’s feet moving forward.

Autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. Nelson Mandela

45. A man must visualize ahead of time…life his eyes and chart the course ahead.

46. A go-getter is an ambitious and aggressive person. Real go-getters are result-oriented individuals because of the two qualities that are used to describe them; ambition and positive aggression, which always result in progress and success. If you are not ambitious you cannot be positively aggressive and without aspiring for growth you will remain where you are.

47. Winners have simply formed the habit of doing things, losers don’t like to do.

48. Men of imagination and enthusiasm rule the world

49. Many of the greatest accomplishments in history have been done against impossible odds because someone had a dream.

50. There are a lot of books on hiring and firing.

50. If Japan can…why can’t we? It is the company that gets a customer to come back and bring a friend that will stay.

51. Education is good. Please don’t compromise it…

52. Imagination is the only source of value. Change is pitiless. But it is good.

52. We are like a tea bag. We won’t know our worth until we have been thrown into the water.

53. Crazy time call for crazy people.

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