We've collected some favorite quotes over the years, here for your inspiration and enjoyment.


Inspirational Quotes

Marilyn Monroe

If I'd observed all the rules, I'd never have got anywhere.

Bill Damon

We are not always aware of the forces that ultimately move us. While focusing on the “how” questions—how to survive, how to get ahead, how to make a name for ourselves—often we forget the “why” questions that are more essential for finding and staying on the best course: Why pursue this objective? Why behave in this manner? Why aspire to this kind of life? Why become this type of person?

Napoleon Hill

Edison failed 10, 000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.

Steve Jobs

‎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.

Todd Q. Clarke

You owe it to yourself to be excellent at every opportunity. The extra effort it takes to move from adequate to excellent is surprisingly inconsequential.

Winston Churchill

One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half.

Herbert Ratner, MD

Love is the cement of society and the prime function of the family is to raise children who know how to receive love — who know how to give love, who develop the kind of self-respect and love for themselves they must have if they are going to love anybody else. We have to do everything possible to give the newborn infant a sense of worth. The function of the family is to turn the newborn individual into an adult who is emotionally secure and capable of loving because love is what keeps us together.

Jaime Lerner, former mayor of Curitiba, Brazil, on his perspective on making great cities

Creativity starts when you cut a zero from your budget.

Isabel Allende, author

Women are 51% of humankind, empowering them will change everything… I can promise you that women working together linked, informed, and educated can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken panet.

Mevlana Rumi, philosopher

In generosity and helping others be like a river.
In compassion and grace be like sun.
In concealing others' faults be like night.
In anger and fury be like dead.
In modesty and humility be like earth.
In tolerance be like a sea.
Either exist as you are or be as you look.

Mother Teresa

"If you can't feed a hundred people, feed just one."

Barbara Cook

If you're able to be yourself, then you have no competition. All you have to do is get closer and closer to that essence.


Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Roseanne Barr

Nobody gives you power.  You just take it.

Eleanor Roosevelt

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Tao Te Ching

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."


Appreciate the little things, for one day you may look back and find they were the big things.

marie curie

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.

Mahatma Gandhi

“Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."

Nelson Mandela

"If you make one gift this year, make it the gift of knowledge."

Edward James Olmos

That's you -

drops of water, and you're on top of the mountain, a success

but one day you start sliding down the mountain

and you think, wait a minute,

I'm a mountain top water drop

I don't belong in

this valley

this river

this low dark ocean

with all these drops of water

but one day it gets hot

and you slowly evaporate in the air

way up

higher than any mountaintop

all the way to the heavens

then you understand

that it was at your lowest when you were closest to God

life's a journey that goes round and round

and the end is closest to the beginning

so let's change your need:

relish the journey.

Donald Gardner

"Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing!"

Jane Sellman

"The phrase 'working mother' is redundant."

Mother Teresa

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."

Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great."

Helen Keller

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."

President Theodore Roosevelt

"The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us."

Diane Sawyer

"Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it."

Jennifer Lopez

"Beauty is only skin deep. I think what's really important is finding a balance of mind, body and spirit."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"Only in growth, reform and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found."

Janis Joplin

"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got."

Eleanor Roosevelt

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face."

Abraham Maslow

"You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety."