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Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.

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In the posts below, you’ll find hundreds of inspirational and motivational quotes organized by theme (e.g., growth mindset, time).

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  6. Productivity & Performance - Do more, better;
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  8. Wealth & Lifestyle - Free yourself.

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My TOP 40 Inspirational Quotes

These inspirational quotes come from The Art of Living's growing central library of thoughts, anecdotes, notes, and inspirational quotes.

Here are my top 40 inspirational quotes of all time...

1. "Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible!”" - Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn: Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible!”

Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian, recognised as both a film and fashion icon.

This quote reminds us that "impossible" is just a label for things we just don't know how to do yet.

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2. "Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality." - Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai: Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. She is also the world's youngest Nobel Prize laureate, and second Pakistani to ever receive a Nobel Prize.

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3. "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." - Mae West

Mae West: You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

Mae West was an American stage and film actress, playwright, screenwriter, singer, and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned over seven decades.

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4. "If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way." - Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.: If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesman and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968.

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5. "Believe you can and you’re halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt: Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

Theodore Roosevelt overcame was a sickly childhood to embrace a famously active lifestyle and the 26th presidency of the United States.

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6. "For every reason it’s not possible, there are hundreds of people who have faced the same circumstances and succeeded." - Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield: For every reason it’s not possible, there are hundreds of people who have faced the same circumstances and succeeded.

Jack Canfield is an American author, motivational speaker,[3] corporate trainer, and entrepreneur.  He is the co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which has more than 250 titles and 500 million copies in print in over 40 languages.

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7. "It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up." - Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi: It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.

Vince Lombardi was an American football coach best known for leading the Green Pay Packers to three straight and five total NFL Championships in seven years, in addition to winning the first two Super Bowls at the conclusion of the 1966 and 1967 NFL seasons.

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8. "Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions." - Dalai Lama XIV

Dalai Lama XIV: Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions.

Dalai Lama XIV is the 14th incarnation of the Dalai Lama, a practicing member of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism and is influential as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the world's most famous Buddhist monk, and the leader of the exiled Tibetan government in India.

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9. "The best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." - Walt Disney

Walt Disney: The best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

Walt Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, writer, voice actor, and film producer who holds the record for most Academy Awards earned and nominations by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations.

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10. "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." - C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis: You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

C. S. Lewis was a British writer and lay theologian. He held academic positions in English literature at both Oxford University (Magdalen College, 1925–1954) and Cambridge University (Magdalene College, 1954–1963).

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11. "The “Success-type” personality is composed of: S-ense of direction U-nderstanding C-ourage C-harity E-steem S-elf-Confidence S-elf-Acceptance." - Maxwell Maltz

Maxwell Maltz was an American cosmetic surgeon and author of the best-selling and highly influential Psycho-Cybernetics (1960).

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12. "Self-control is strength; Right Thought is mastery; Calmness is power. Say unto your heart, “Peace, be still!”" - James Allen

James Allen: Self-control is strength; Right Thought is mastery; Calmness is power. Say unto your heart, “Peace, be still!”

James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement.

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13. "You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill: You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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14. "Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill: Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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15. "A quitter never wins and a winner never quits." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill: A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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16. "Every adversity, every failure, every heartbreak, carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill: Every adversity, every failure, every heartbreak, carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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17. "Action cures fear." - David J. Schwartz

David J. Schwartz: Action cures fear.

David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959.

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18. "Where there is a will, there is a way." - David J. Schwartz

David J. Schwartz: Where there is a will, there is a way.

David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959.

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19. "Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can't, cannot." - David J. Schwartz

David J. Schwartz: Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can't, cannot.

David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959.

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20. "The best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today's work superbly today. That is the only possible way you can prepare for the future." - Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie was an American writer and lecturer and a developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.

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21. "No matter what happens, always be yourself... Nothing can bring you peace but yourself." - Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie was an American writer and lecturer and a developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.

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22. "Two men looked out from prison bars, One saw the mud, the other saw stars." - Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie: Two men looked out from prison bars,
One saw the mud, the other saw stars.

Dale Carnegie was an American writer and lecturer and a developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.

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23. "If you don't give anything don't expect anything. Success is not coming to you. You must come to it." - Marva Collins

Marva Collins: If you don't give anything don't expect anything. Success is not coming to you. You must come to it.

Marva Collins was an American educator best known for founding Westside Preparatory School.

This quote is a reminder that the only person responsible for your life is you. If you want to succeed, apply yourself.

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24. "Do all the work you can do, every day, and do each piece of work in a perfectly successful manner; put the power of success, and the purpose to get rich, into everything that you do." - Wallace D. Wattles

Wallace D. Wattles was an American New Thought writer whose writing has been widely quoted and remains in print in the New Thought and self-help movements.

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25. "Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your own backyard, if you but dig for them." - Russell H. Conwell

Russell H. Conwell was an American Baptist minister, lawyer, and writer best known for founding Temple University and his inspirational lecture, Acres of Diamonds.

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26. "The Four Agreements are: 1. Be impeccable with your word; 2. Don’t take anything personally; 3. Don’t make assumptions; and 4. Always do your best." - Miguel Ruiz

Miguel Ruiz is a Mexican author of Toltec spiritualist and neoshamanistic texts.

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27. "God is life. God is life in action. The best way to say, "I love you, God," is to live your life doing your best. The best way to say, "Thank you, God," is by letting go of the past and living in the present moment, right here and now. Whatever life takes away from you, let it go. When you surrender and let go of the past, you allow yourself to be fully alive in the moment. Letting go of the past means you can enjoy the dream that is happening right now." - Miguel Ruiz

Miguel Ruiz is a Mexican author of Toltec spiritualist and neoshamanistic texts.

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28. "Creativity is intelligence having fun." -

: Creativity is intelligence having fun.
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29. "We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated." - Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou: We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist whose writing career spanned over 50 years.

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30. "Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!" - Viktor E. Frankl

Viktor E. Frankl (26 March 1905 – 2 September 1997) was an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor best known for his book Man's Search for Meaning.

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31. "It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting." - Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist whose novel, The Alchemist, has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide and is the all-time best-selling book by a Brazilian writer.

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32. "There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure." - Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist whose novel, The Alchemist, has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide and is the all-time best-selling book by a Brazilian writer.

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33. "The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times." - Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist whose novel, The Alchemist, has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide and is the all-time best-selling book by a Brazilian writer.

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34. "Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity." - Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist whose novel, The Alchemist, has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide and is the all-time best-selling book by a Brazilian writer.

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35. "For love, we will climb mountains, cross seas, traverse desert sands, and endure untold hardships. Without love, mountains become unclimbable, seas uncrossable, deserts unbearable, and hardships our lot in life." - Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman (born January 10, 1938) is an American author and radio talk show host best known for his best selling book, The 5 Love Languages, and its follow up series.

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36. "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesman and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968.

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37. "In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity." - Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu was a Chinese general, military strategist, writer, and philosopher who lived in the Eastern Zhou period of ancient China and is credited as the author of the highly influential The Art of War.

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38. "I don't stop when I'm tired. I stop when I'm done." - David Goggins

David Goggins is an American ultramarathon runner, ultra-distance cyclist, triathlete, public speaker, and author - best known for his memoir Can't Hurt Me.

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39. "Your "I CAN" is more important than your IQ." - Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma is a Canadian writer, best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series.

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40. "The purpose of life is a life of purpose." - Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma is a Canadian writer, best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series.

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