Useful inspirational quotes

Posted by The Essence of You - Holistic Therapy and Coaching on Saturday, July 2, 2022 Under: Inspiration

  • "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so" - William Shakespeare from "Hamlet"
  • "Speak what you feel, not what you ought to say"- William Shakespeare from "King Lear"
  • "Man is what he believes." - Anton Chekhov
  • "I am a good woman. I know it." - Arthur Miller from "The Crucible" (Elizabeth Proctor's response to unfounded accusations of witchcraft.)
  • "It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen." - Mohammed Ali
  • "The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen."- Frank Lloyd Wright
  • "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." - Proverbs 23:7
  • "Faith is to believe what you cannot see; the reward is to see what you believe" - Saint Augustine
  • "All we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think... we become." - Buddha (563-483 BC)
  • "When you really want to do something, in your heart of hearts, you will find a way, but if you don’t want to do something, you will find an excuse." Pat Farmer - Australian Ultra Marathon runner
  • "Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • "Day by day in every way I am getting better and better." - Emile Coué
  • "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein
  • "Your Belief is Your Reality" - Daryl Wilkinson


  • "To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom." - Bertrand Russell
  • "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 .... I can take the next thing that comes along'.... You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • "There is nothing to fear but fear itself"- Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • "There are no fears out there. There is nothing we cannot handle. It is just how we prepare ourselves mentaly and physically.." - Mahela Jayawardene
  • "Our doubts are traitors,
  • And make us lose the good we oft might win,
  • By fearing to attempt." -William Shakespeare in "Measure for Measure"

  • "It is not the strongest of the species that survive , nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." - Charles Darwin
  • "Change is constant, the signal for rebirth. - Christina Baldwin
  • "Time does not change us. It just unfolds us." - Max Frisch
  • "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." - -Wayne Dyer
  • "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." - James A. Baldwin
  • “Change is the law of life and those that look only at the past or present are certain to miss the future." - John F. Kennedy
  • "When we can no longer change a situation, we are challanged to change ourselves" - Viktor Frankl
  • "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein
  • "They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." - Andy Warhol
  • “To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.” - Gail Sheehy
  • "I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use being anything else." - Sir Winston Churchill
  • “While there's life, there's hope" - Cicero
  • Approaching adversity with a positive attitude at least gives you a chance for success. Approaching it with a defeatist attitude predestines the outcome: defeat. - Edward "Ted" Kennedy
  • “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”  — Calvin Coolidge
  • " Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." - Dale Carnegie
  • "If you're going through hell, keep going." - Winston Churchill
  • "I never ran 1000 miles. I could never have done that. I ran one mile 1000 times."- Stu Mittleman, World Record Holder for Ultra-Distance running.
  • "Energy and persistence conquer all things.”  - Benjamin Franklin
  • “Passion not pedigree, will win in the end.” - Jon Bon Jovi
  • "Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."  - Margaret Mead
  • "Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind." - Leonardo da Vinci
  • "Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others" - Buddha
  • "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." - Mohandas K. Gandhi
  • "Three grand essentials to happiness in life are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." - Joseph Addison
  • "Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony," - Thomas Merton
  • "Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be" - Abraham Lincoln


  • Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on." - Bob Newhart
  •  "Humour is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.” - Mary Hirsch
  • "You are only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” - Robin Williams


  • Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses" - Confucius
  •  "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong" - Mahatma Gandhi
  • "Holding on to anger is like holding on to a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."  - Buddha
  • "We can learn lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it." - Lyndon B. Johnson
  • "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent"- Eleanor Roosevelt
  •  “The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness" - Abraham H. Maslow
  • "Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength." - Frances de Sales
  •  “An eye for an eye only leads to more blindness.” - Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye
  • "You can't stop the waves but you can learn to surf." - Prof. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • "No one can ride your back unless it's bent." - Martin Luther King Jr
  • “Plan for the future, because that is where you are going to spend the rest of your life." Mark Twain


  • "Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will." - George Bernard Shaw
  •  "Imagination is more important than knowledge" - Albert Einstein
  • "Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.' - Edward de Bono
  • "Only when you are relaxed can you see what's going on." - Jane Campion, Film Director
  • "By giving up 'the need' and 'the want', things begin to happen for you" - Anthony Hopkins
  •  "Cherish forever what makes you unique, 'cuz you're really a yawn if it goes." - Bette Midler.
  • "If you hear a voice within you saying "You are not a painter," then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced." - Vincent Van Gogh
  •  “While intelligent people can often simplify the complex, a fool is more likely to complicate the simple.”- Dr Gerald Grumet in Readings
  • "If you are to succeed in anything, you must first be able to imagine it." - Emile Coué
  •  “One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important." - Bertrand Russell
  • "Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting." - Edward de Bono
  •  WISDOM:
  • "Wisdom begins in wonder" - Socrates
  • "The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly." - Buddha
  • "We doctors do nothing. We only help and encourage the doctor within“. - Albert Schweitzer, M.D.
  • “Plan for the future, because that is where you are going to spend the rest of your life." Mark Twain

  • "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." - Marcel Proust.
  • "We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." - Thornton Wilder
  • "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy
  • "At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." Albert Schweitzer.
  • "The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated" - William James.
  • "Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." - Oprah Winfrey.
  • "He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." - Epictetus.
  • "Saying thank you is more than good manners.  It is good spirituality." - Alfred Painter.
  • "God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say "thank you?"  - William A. Ward  
  • "Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone." - G.B. Stern
  • "If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, thank you, that would suffice." - Meister Eckhart.
  • "The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you."  - John E. Southard
  • "Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency." - Natalie Goldberg - Wild Mind

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