The Best Inspirational Quotes of all Time

Why in the world do we look for inspiration? Do we “need” it or do we “want” it?

Most likely you want inspiration to help you achieve your greatest desires.

What better way to learn than from those who have had the luxury of experiencing life and overcoming their greatest adversities and sharing how they have gotten through it with us.

This certainly puts our lives’ challenges into perspective.

So I want to personally share with you some of the best inspirational quotes of all time which not only helped me on my journey, but many others as well.

What a blessing!

The Best Inspirational Quotes of all Time

1. “All misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

2. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” ~ Zig Ziglar

3. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~ Albert Einstein

4. “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” ~ Ghandi

5. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~ Albert Einstein

6. “In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away.” ~ Shing Xiong

7. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” ~ Henry Ford

8. “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

9. “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~ Winston Churchill

10. “The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.” ~ Socrates

11. “Lack of money is the root of all evil.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

12. “Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us.” ~ Earl Nightingale

13. “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” ~ Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

14. “A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.” ~ Coach John Wooden

15. “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” ~ John C. Maxwell

16. “Would you like me to give you a formula for… success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You’re thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all… you can be discouraged by failure / or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember that’s where you’ll find success. On the far side.” ~ Thomas J. Watson

17. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” ~ Wayne Gretzky

18. “Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.” ~ Les Brown

19. “The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” ~ Lily Tomlin

20. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

21. “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” ~ Vince Lombardi

22. “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” ~ Thomas Edison

23. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” ~ Napoleon Hill

24. “People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.” ~ Andrew Carnegie

25. “Give every person more in use value than you take from him in cash value. Then you are adding to the life of the world with every business transaction.” ~ Wallace D. Wattles

26. “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” Edgar Allan Poe

27. “When you reach the top, keep climbing.” ~ Proverbs quote

28. “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

29. “If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants.” ~ Isaac Newton

30. “Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” ~ Dwight Eisenhower

31. “Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

32. “Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

33. “If you only do what you know you can do- you never do very much.” ~ Tom Krause

34. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs

35. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~ John Quincy Adams

36. “Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” ~ W. Clement Stone

37. “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” ~ Confucius

38. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~ Walt Disney

39. “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” ~ Dr. Seuss

40. “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” ~ Chinese Proverbs

41. “Give me a lever long enough, and a prop strong enough, I can single-handed move the world.” ~ Archimedes

42. “It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute… that gives meaning to our lives.” ~ Anthony Robbins

43. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

44. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” ~ Helen Keller

45. “You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

46. “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” ~ Alexander Graham Bell

47. “Do or do not. There is no try.” ~ Yoda

48. “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~ Viktor Frankl

49. “Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.” ~ Henry Ford

50. “If what you’re doing is not your passion, you have nothing to lose.” ~ Unknown

There you have it, 50 of the best inspirational quotes of all time.

Which one or ones were your favorite?

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Much success to you,
Jerome Ratliff

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23 comments to The Best Inspirational Quotes of all Time

  • Definitely a good saying to start the day and feed your mind with great thoughts to fuel your system and face the day right.

    • Jerome Ratliff

      Hi Jack,
      That’s exactly what we like to hear around here. :) Thank you my friend.

      Have an amazing day…
      Jerome

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  • Hi Jerome,

    Wanted to stop by today and just say Hi. I love inspirational quotes and I saw several on this list that I just love. Too many to refer to but I post motivational and inspirational quotes every day on Facebook. Just a great way to keep people’s spirits up and let them know that they can achieve anything they put their mind to you know.

    I appreciate you sharing these with us. I love them all.

    Enjoy your week.

    ~Adrienne

    • Jerome Ratliff

      Hi Adrienne,
      How are you? Glad to see you stopped by.

      I too love inspirational quotes. They help inspire us to what is possible.
      It was really great to hear from you. Hope you have an amazing day.

      Talk to you soon,
      Jerome

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  • Great quotes and a perfect pick me up for a down day. I like the quotes by Henry Ford and Alexander Graham Bell

  • Very inspiring and encouraging. I hope I can also post my quotes here. Thanks

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