A Dose of Inspiration: 25 Powerful Quotes to Remember and Live By

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We all have a favorite quote – a saying from a role model or leader that we turn to for a bit of inspiration. When we fail, Alexander Graham Bell consoles us with “When one door of happiness closes, another opens.” To live in the moment, Mae West encourages us to YOLO with “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

These quotes resonate for many reasons. Perhaps you’re going through tough times and these quotes serve as an inspirational nudge to keep pushing forward. It may also be because these quotes illuminate your values and virtues in life.

Like supplements, inspirational quotes are life truths distilled and condensed into bite-size pieces. Similarly, quotes are packed with powerful messages about life that help us focus on things that really matter. Here’s a collection of 25 quotes that are worth remembering:

Inspirational Quotes About Success

  1. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford

  2. “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries and predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” – William Faulkner

  3. “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” – William Shakespeare

  4. “You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan

  5. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs


Inspirational Quotes About Unlocking One’s Potentials

  1. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

  2. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi

  3. “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” – George Bernhard Shaw

  4. “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius

  5. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Inspirational Quotes About Love and Compassion

  1. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King

  2. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

  3. “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.” – Mother Theresa

  4. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa

  5. “Love does not dominate; it cultivates.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Inspirational Quotes About Wisdom

  1. “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle

  2. “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” – Sigmund Freud

  3. “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates

  4. “Don’t gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver or gold.” – Bob Marley

  5. “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


Inspirational Quotes About Gratitude

  1. “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

  2. “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  3. “The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” – Dalai Lama

  4. “None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” – Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

  5. “Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” – Amy Collette


Inspirational quotes were usually printed on shirts or cards, framed and mounted on walls. Nowadays, social media platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook abound with them. But while the medium may change, inspirational quotes will continue to motivate, encourage, and deliver powerful messages about life. Go ahead, pop a quote a day for a richer life.

About the Author

Imee Rabang is a blogger/writer and bilingual poet from Manila, Philippines. She is an advocate of Philippine culture and supports causes that promote language and national identity. She juggles her time between work, parenthood, and community outreach programs. She also dabbles in photography and graphic arts in her free time.
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