56 Quotes To Live By

A few weeks ago, in our first Hub Book Club blog post, we discussed a book called “Soul Survivor: How Thirteen Unlikely Mentors Helped My Faith Survive the Church” by Philip Yancey. Through telling his story, Yancey discusses his “Soul Models”, also known as his role models in life. He quotes many of them and gives them plenty of credit for the impact that they have had on his life. So today we want to help you find some of your soul models. Here we have compiled a list of 56 inspirational quotes from well known, and not so well known people around the world, in the hope that at least one of them calls out to you. 

  1. “First, think. Second, dream. Third, believe. And finally, dare.” – Walt Disney

2. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

3. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth

6. “If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore” – Michele Ruiz

7. “Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE” – Joss Whedon

8. “Everything you can imagine is real” – Pablo Picasso

9. “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, sing like there’s nobody listening, and live like it’s heaven on earth” – William W. Purkey

10. “Do one thing every day that scares you” – Eleanor Roosevelt

11. “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then” – Lewis Carroll

12. “Whatever you are, be a good one” – Abraham Lincoln

13. “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions” – Dalai Lama XIV

14. “If we have the attitude that it’s going to be a great day, it usually is” – Catherine Pulsifier

15. “Impossible is just an opinion” – Paulo Coelho

16. “If something is important enough, even if the odds are stacked against you, you should still do it” – Elon Musk

17. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great” – John D. Rockefeller

18. “When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day” – Ella Woodword

21. “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be” – Abraham Lincoln

22. “No one is to blame for your future situation but yourself. If you want to be successful, then become successful” – Jaymin Shah

23. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” – Aristotle

24. “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat?! Just get on” – Sheryl Sandberg

25. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen” – Michael Jordan

26. “Very often, a change of self is needed more than a change of scene” – A.C. Benson

27. “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it” – Lou Holtz

28. “If you believe it’ll work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you don’t believe it’ll work out, you’ll see obstacles” – Dr. Wayne D. Dyer

29. “You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them” – Shonda Rhimes

30. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” – Kurt Cobain

33. “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart” – Roy T. Bennett

34. “Work hard in silence, let your success be the noise” – Frank Ocean

35. “The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one” – Oscar Wilde

36. “Unsuccessful people make their decisions based on their current situations. Successful people make their decisions based on where they want to be” – Benjamin Hardy

37. “Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit” – Kamari aka Lyrikal

38. “If you work on something a little bit every day, you end up with something that is massive” – Kenneth Goldsmith

39. “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way” – Napoleon Hill

40. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway” – Earl Nightingale

41. “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward” – C.S. Lewis

42. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can” – Arthur Ashe

43. “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity” – Albert Einstein

44. “Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded there” – Dr. Wayne D. Dyer

45. “Turn your wounds into wisdom” – Oprah Winfrey

46. “Begin anywhere” – John Cage

47. “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun” – Katharine Hepburn

48. “Never regret anything that made you smile” – Mark Twain

49. “If you want to fly, give up everything that weighs you down” – Buddha

50. “Doubts kill more dreams than failure ever will” – Suzy Kassem

51. “If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission” – Grace hopper

52. “I never lose. Either I win or learn” – Nelson Mandela

53. “You don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step” – Martin Luther King Jr.

54. “Be so good they can’t ignore you” – Steve Martin

Now it is possible that not all of these quotes will speak to you, in fact, it is likely that they won’t. But even if just one speaks to your soul, do something with it! Plaster it all over your bedroom walls, research the author/speaker, write it in your journal, make it the background on your phone. Finding inspiration in a quote or person can help give you motivation to complete your goals and live life the way you dream. So don’t be afraid to take someone else’s words and use them as your encouragement to bring happiness and success into your life!

Already have a great quote that you live by? Or have a good one that you think we missed? Let us know in the comments below, we want to hear them!!

Martins, N.F. (2019, Nov. 12). 300+ motivational quotes to reach your potential each day.   Oberlo. https://www.oberlo.com/blog/motivational-quotes

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