Almost every morning I start my day by reading something that will either help me grow spiritually, personally, or professionally—and totally kicked my nasty habit of watching the dreadful doom and gloom news. Ugh. And it’s not that I don’t want to know what’s going on, or pray for those who are in desperate need of it…I just couldn’t take the 1-sided viewpoints and constant drama, turmoil, chaos, and stress.
Yet I was actually pleasantly surprised to learn just how good of a choice that was for me. Wake up, get coffee, settle in for some daily inspiration and motivation—yes, please!
Throughout all my reading and researching, I’ve saved countless hundreds of quotes that seriously resonated with me, and have stuck with me to this day. A lot of my Instagram postings are usually paraphrased by a quote that really inspired me. Sometimes I’ve posted just so I could share a quote because it was just that good.
Here are some of my favorites and I’ve included a few of the pics that I used for the Insta post. I hope all—or some—of these inspired and motivate you the same way they do for me. 🙂
40 Inspirational Quotes To Motivate And Empower You
“The more I wander, the more I wonder.”
“If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.” ~Maya Angelou
“Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.” ~Robert Tew
“The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them.” ~ og mandino
“If you have knowledge let others light their candles in it.” M Fuller
“The only power that anything has over us is the power of belief that we give it.” ~Dr Hawkins
“Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.” ~Alan Watts
“The reward for being sensitive is that we’re held by the Universe, the way the ocean in its buoyancy holds up a raft.” ~Mark Nepo
“The particularity of our problems can be made bearable only through the recognition of our universal humanity. We suffer uniquely, but we survive the same way.”
“Go as far as you can see, and once you get there you’ll be able to see further.”
“The sun, without intent or will or plan or sense of principle, just shines, thoroughly and constantly. By being itself, the sun warms with its light, never withholding or warming only certain things of the Earth. Rather, the sun emanates in all directions all the time, and things grow. In the same way, when we are authentic, expressing our warmth and light in all directions, we cause things around us to grow. When our souls like little suns express the light of who we are, we emanate what Jesus called love and what Buddha called compassion, and the roots of community lengthen.” ~Book Of Awakening
“Eventually you will see that the real cause of problems is not life itself. It’s the commotion the mind makes about life that really causes problems.” ~The Untethered Soul
“Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.” ~Henry Ford
“Fitness – if it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body.” ~Cher
“With acceptance comes truth and a desire to grow. Rather than expecting to live in peace all the time, our job is to be at peace with the chaos.” ~gabbybernstein #miraclesnow
“To let knowledge produce troubles, and then use knowledge to prepare against them, is like stirring water in hopes of making it clear.” ~LAO-TZU
“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world ? our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” ~brenebrown
“The only thing you must give away if you want to get fit and live a healthier lifestyle is…Your Excuses.”
“Stop asking people who have never been where you’re going for directions.” ~Unknown
“A strong person and a waterfall channel their own path.” ~unknown
“Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” ~thelastlecture
“The greatest gift you can give someone you’re in a relationship with is a healthier, happier version of YOU.” ~gabbybernstein
“You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather.”
“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~William Faulkner
“Our days are happier when we give others a bit of our heart instead of a piece of our mind.”
“The past is over. It doesn’t matter where we came from, what mommy said, what daddy did, what mistakes we made, what disease we have, or how depressed we feel. The future can be reprogrammed in this moment. We don’t need another seminar, another degree, another lifetime, or anyone’s approval in order for this to happen. All we have to do is ask for a miracle and allow it to happen…not resist it. There can be a new beginning, a life better than the past. Our relationships, careers, bodies, and planet shall be made new. So shall the will of God be done. Not later but now. Not elsewhere but here. Not through pain but through peace. So be it. Amen.” ~Marianne Williamson
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” ~Ibn Battuta
“The appetite of the lazy craves, and gets nothing, while the appetite of the diligent is richly supplied.” ~Proverbs 13:4
“Only take advice from someone you’re willing to trade places with.”
“The glassblower knows: while in the heat of beginning, any shape is possible. Once hardened, the only way to change is to break.” ~Mark Nepo
“Resentment is like venom that continues to pour through your system, doing its poisonous damage long after being bitten by the snake. It’s not the bite that kills you–it’s the Venom. You can remove venom by making a decision to let go of resentments. Send love in some form to those you feel have wronged you and notice how much better you feel, how much more peace you have. Truly forgive and release this burden and strip away any control it holds over you.” ~Wayne Dyer
“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” ~Randy Pausch
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ~Albert Einstein
“If you’re trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down at you anyhow. And if you’re trying to show off for people at the bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. Status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone.” ~Morrie
“What we lost in the fire, we’ll find in the ashes.”
“By releasing our emotional pain, by letting go of our need to know why things have happened as they have, we reach a state of tranquillity. In order to achieve that inner peace, however, we have to embrace the healing energy of forgiveness and release our lesser need for human, self-determined justice.” ~carolynmyss #anatomyofthespirit
“When life feels far-off, remember that a flute is just something hard with holes until it’s played. So, to, the heart. As matches are just sticks until lit, as ice is not quenching until thawed, questions and problems remain obstacles until lived. In this way, the life of every soul waits like sheet music to be played. What good are we if never played?” ~Mark Nepo
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” ~Og Mandino
“Even after all this time the sun never tells the earth, “You owe me.” Just think what a love like that can do—it lights up the whole world.” ~Dr. Wayne Dyer (The Shift)
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.” ~Edith Wharton
“Food is the most abused anxiety drug. Exercise is the most underused antidepressant.”
So what are some of your favorite inspirational quotes? Or better yet, what books have really touched your heart and soul so deeply that you feel a renewed sense of energy and love and hope and wonder?
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