Inspiring Quotes - Sayings that Inspire
If not now, then
If not me, then who?
If your actions inspire others to
dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a
A man's greatest strength develops at the point where he overcomes his greatest weakness.
(Elmer G. Letterman)
Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.
"A life without cause is a life without effect"
Don't count the days, make the days count. (Muhammad
If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.
- Destitutus ventis, remos adhibe)
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we
Wolfgang von Goethe
When you feel like quitting, just remember why you started.
Man has responsibility
A wise man will make more
opportunities than he finds. (Francis
If you don't know where you are
going, you'll end up someplace else. (Yogi
The virtue lies in the struggle,
not in the prize. (Richard
Your life is your message to the
world. Make it inspiring. (Lorrin L. Lee)
When you set
yourself free you inspire others to be free.
Where there's a will
Start doing what is necessary,
then do what is possible, and before you know it, you're doing
what was thought to be impossible.
Give me a place to stand and with a lever I will move the whole
"I am" is reportedly the shortest
sentence in the English language. Could it be that "I do" is the
I hope I shall possess firmness
and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable
of all titles, the character of an honest man. (George
It ain't what they call you, it's
what you answer to. (W.
It's not how much we give but how
much love we put into giving. (Mother
It’s not so much how moved you are in your life but how much you move others in theirs.
"Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn.
Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try."
I will love the light for it shows me the way,
yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars. (Og
God grant me the serenity to
accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the
things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. (Reinhold
"Life is not the amount of breaths you take, it's the moments that take your breath away."
If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. (Joan
The best way
to predict the future is to create it. (Peter
Take your life in
your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to
Discouragement is simply the despair of wounded self-love. (Francois
We will discover the
nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform
to our own or to other peoples' models, learn to be ourselves,
and allow our natural channel to open.
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter
and those who matter don't mind. (Dr.
You have to know how
to accept rejection and reject acceptance. (Ray
Running from your problems is not "moving forward." (Bill Purdin)
Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version
of someone else. (Judy
Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices. (Benjamin
Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should
Take pride in how far you have come, have faith in how far you can go.
You grow up the day you have your first real laugh - at
We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. (Anais
He that respects himself is safe from others; He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of
Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
Not everything in life will come to you. There are something's in life that you
have to go after and make it happen. You have to travel and move
towards what you seek. You just can't wait for it, sometimes you
just have to go for it.
is the state of excelling or surpassing
or going beyond usual limits. A state of being or existence above and
beyond the limits of material experience.Possibility:
A future prospect or potential. Capability of existing or happening or
being true. A tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is
not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or
phenomena. A possible alternative
"If you do not go after what you want, you’ll never have it."
"If you do not ask, the answer will most likely be no."
"If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same
Opportunity knocks only once, but
are you sure that it was opportunity knocking, it could have
been a bad idea that was knocking on your door, so it might be
better not to answer that knock, unless you're positively sure
who's knocking on your door.
When someone says "Opportunity knocks only once", you must say,
"Prove that it is an opportunity, and I will answer the door".
Just because you're knocking, doesn't mean someone is going to
answer. Identify yourself, and don't pretend to be something
that you're not.
Make your Baton Count..
Where are we going? Into the future…pass the baton, life goes on….
No one finishes this race, but everyone gets to pass a
, and a good hand off means that you will not slow
anyone down during the hand off, especially
anyone of the
who will live after you. Everyone today is an
accumulation of the
batons that have been
passed forward for thousands of years
. So make your baton count.
Making a Difference
"A hundred times a day I remind
myself that my life depends on the labors of other people,
living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give,
in the measure I have received, and I am still receiving."
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
truth by building on previous discoveries.
inventions are born from other peoples inventions
Why Copyright Laws need to be more
Passing on Information
"Most of us have benefited from the
efforts and ideas of millions of other people over the last two
thousand years. So to return the favor for their work and
sacrifices, I will examine all the tools, knowledge and
technologies that have been created and choose the most
valuable, the most effective and the most sustainable tools that we have, and then
take this knowledge to the next level."
"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of
the continent." (John Donne)
"No man is wise enough by himself."
"None of us is as smart as all of us." (Ken Blanchard)
My advice to you is to please remember that
when learning about yourself and the world around you, there are
no easy answers and there's no short cuts. Here's what we have
learned so far, and here's all the things that we still don't
know. So there's a lot more to learn, and your parents don't
know everything. Every person on this planet is part of this
journey. And one of the things that we did learn so far is that
the more you know and understand the better your life will be.
The road of knowledge has no exit, you may pull over and take a
break anytime you want, but you will never see an exit. So
everyone must stay on this road of knowledge for as long as we
can. We are playing a
game of tag
life and death
, and now you're it,
Keep Learning my Friends
We inherited an incredible fortune
, but no one educated us about the responsibilities
I didn't make the clothes I wear, I didn't make the soap I use to clean myself, I didn't make the
toilet I poop in, I didn't make the dishes or utensils I use to
feed myself, I didn't grow the food I eat, I didn't make the
house I live in, I didn't make the windows, I didn't make the tools that built my house, I didn't make the
furniture, I didn't make the wires that bring me the energy I
use, I didn't make the electrical energy that powers my refrigerator,
I didn't make the pipes that bring me the water that I need,
I didn't make the electronics I use, I didn't make the car I
drive, I didn't make the paper I write on, I didn't make the
computer I use to educate myself, I didn't make the computer
software that makes my computer do all kinds of amazing things,
I never created a new word that was good enough to be added to a
dictionary, I didn't create the English language that I need to
communicate with others and myself, I didn't create the math
that I use to measure and predict, I didn't create the science
that helps me understand my world better. So there's no
doubt that we need each other
. And there's no doubt in
knowing that there is not one person who can do it alone. All
these advancements has made Human life more comfortable and has
given people more time to explore their world and themselves. We should not let all this
hard work go to waste, So now it's time that we use all these
technological benefits to our advantage. So you were wondering,
how do I contribute to the human betterment like others have before me?
How do I use the time that other people have saved me? First educate
yourself, learn about cause and effect, learn problem solving, learn how
to analyze information. Then make the most logical choices that would
produce the most positive results and produce the least negative effects.
Then Communicate this information and knowledge to others. There's a great
benefit to a species that can multiply and reproduce. It seems to be a
prerequisite for life, especially if life is to survive and be
sustainable. So there's no doubt that we need each other. But just
multiplying and reproducing will not sustain human life or make us
stronger. So this is where the human brain can save us. Our choices and
our ability to communicate are our biggest strengths, It's time that we
put our heads together.
I can hardly take any of the credit
for what I have been able to accomplish in my life because millions of
people have contributed to my accomplishments, all I did was
listen and learn. Listening and learning seemed natural and it
felt like something that I was supposed to be doing? And I also
thought that everyone else was doing the same thing, listening
and learning. But I was wrong. Everyone doesn't have access to
information and knowledge
so we are not able to learn the same things or
information and knowledge in
the same way.
A lot of people have contributed to
the comforts in your life. You have a responsibility towards
them, to make the best of what has been giving to you by the
efforts of others. Millions have died for the comforts that I
have received, so please make good use of these gifts, and don't
waste the extra energy and potential that people have given you.
If your going to stand on the shoulders of giants, you better
stand, don't sit and don't fall off.
No one is self made
. To say that someone is
self made millionaire is just a lie. No one did anything all on their own.
Not even isolated tribes in the jungles are self made. Everyone human when
born needs other humans to
. Then you
need other people to teach you language and other skills. By the time you
even make an independent move all on your own, you did it because you have
been given the potential from other people.
I'm doing what every normal person
should be doing, documenting and sharing knowledge with as many
people as possible.
After all, every benefit and every luxury in your life came to
you from other people who shared their knowledge. So it makes
sense that I continue to provide this service to humanity, so
that billions of people in the future will benefit as I have
benefited from the billions who lived before me.
Did you ever ask yourself how much did
your life cost the world? How many people did it take to provide
you with all those products and services that you had the
privilege of using? How much time did people have to spend
providing you with all those products and services? And how many
resources from the earth were used in providing you with all
those products and services? What was the cost to the
environment for using all those products and services? And with
all that work, time, people and resources, how many people died
serving you and providing for you? And What did you give in
return? Were you a good investment or a poor investment? Don't
worry that you don't know the answers to any of these questions,
because most people don't. What's hard to understand is why
don't people know the cost and the effects of their life? It's
like we're asleep, or in some kind of self induced coma,
unknowingly and unaware. Could this be just another side effect
of ignorance? It has to be, what else could it be? Another
reason why improving education is so extremely important.
At 55 in 2016, over a billion people have
died in my lifetime
, people that
didn't have to die
, because the
reasons why they died could have been avoided, if only they were
given the proper information and knowledge, millions would still
be here. Think about it, hardly any one dies from old age. That's just
crazy, and that's a wake up call, we have a lot of problems to solve.
"How can you have a life be so rich and so
full of experiences and yet not be enough? After all that I have
experienced after living 50 years from 1960 to 2010, one of the
most important things that I have discovered was that I still
was missing a lot of valuable information and knowledge, which
would have made my life a lot more productive and more a lot
meaningful. But I am not sad by
this discovery, I am exhilarated and liberated. I'm passing a
"Nothing on this planet
can be claimed
as yours. Yes we need
rules protecting our personal spaces, and we need rights to
protect us from unjustified aggression, but we cannot lay claim
to things that we did not create, things that could have never
happened without you first receiving things. A gift is not
ownership or possession, a gift is a
. The gift of life is an opportunity to create, life is
not something a human can lay claim to, or lay claim of
ownership to life's gifts, or, to use life to violate the rights
and freedoms of others."
Just think about how much human
potential has been given to you. What are you doing with this potential?
Everything you have is from somebody else. If no one ever learned how do
things in human history, you would not have anything today. The only way
you could have something, like a tool, is to figured it out yourself,
which is highly unlikely, because no one would be there to give you
language. So lets see how you would do in life with no words or language
to use. The results are not good
just look at the billion people living in poverty
"Starting something does not always mean
that you will have the chance to see that something being
. Starting certain things is like an investment in your
grandchildren's grandchildren's future. Something's take time,
but it doesn't necessarily have to be in your time. Some things
get better with age, and other times, things become more
valuable because we have learned to understand the information
and knowledge that is important to us. Pass the baton."
You should always be trying to
move in a positive direction. So knowing what positive direction
to take and when to take it is extremely important.
If every human succeeded in making positive choices, the world
would continually see improvements, instead of just having
isolated improvements while
continues to grow. This is why Information and
Knowledge is so extremely important to our
There's a difference between
and having an
To much drive may cause you to have
on and too little drive may make you vulnerable to
One of the
hardest things in life to learn is which bridge to cross and
which bridge to burn.
The way life treats you is a merciless mirror image of your
attitude toward life.
It is absurd
that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself.
est ut alios regat, qui seipsum regere nescit.)
The goal in life is to die young -- as late as possible. (Ashley
What is the
difference between being alive and truly living?
It felt like God was
holding my hand my whole life, and when it was time for me to
learn, God would let go of my hand and let me fall to the
ground. God did this to make sure that I was able to pick myself
up off the ground all by myself. And when I finally did pick
myself up off the ground, God was there to hold my hand again.
If you feel that your life has no purpose or meaning it means
that you have not yet asked all the right questions. And to know
what those questions are you have to keep learning in everyway
possible. Learn by doing, learn by seeing, learn by listening,
learn by feeling, learn by trying. Sometimes picking yourself up
off the ground takes a while, but when you finally do pick
yourself up, someone will be there to hold your hand again, but
maybe this time, someone else is holding your hand and looking
up at you, so
maybe the next time that God lets go of your hand you will not
fall down, but if you do, you will know the sooner you get up
the sooner you will be in Gods hands again,
and the sooner you will be there for others to hold your hand as
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
"Invictus" is Latin for "unconquered"
Poem by the English poet
William Ernest Henley
It was written in 1875 and first published in 1888
See it Through
When you're up against a trouble,
Meet it squarely, face to face;
Lift your chin and set your shoulders,
Plant your feet and take a brace.
When it's vain to try to dodge it,
Do the best that you can do;
You may fail, but you may conquer,
See it through!
Black may be the clouds about you
And your future may seem grim,
But don't let your nerve desert you;
Keep yourself in fighting trim.
If the worst is bound to happen,
Spite of all that you can do,
Running from it will not save you,
See it through!
Even hope may seem but futile,
When with troubles you're beset,
But remember you are facing
Just what other men have met.
You may fail, but fall still fighting;
Don't give up, whatever you do;
Eyes front, head high to the finish.
See it through!
You have to
Follow it Through
, which is not the same as
Project Follow Through
Gavin DeGraw - Follow Through