60 Popular Quotes and Sayings to Inspire Change

I follow four dictates: face it, accept it, deal with it, then let it go. - Sheng Yen

We often forget that some of the greatest leaders and teachers lived in the past. To honor their massive contribution to the self help movement – I’ve put together a collection of 60 Popular Quotes and Sayings to honor these amazing visionaries and leaders.

60 Popular Quotes and Sayings to Inspire Change

1. The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going. – Napoleon Hill

2. Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself. – James Allen

3. The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. – Michelangelo

4. Your life is in your hands, to make of it what you choose. – John Kehoe

5. Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you. – Jim Rohn

6. I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk. – Anthony Robbins

7. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. – Mark Twain

8. For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now? – James Allen

9. Issue a blanket pardon. Forgive everyone who has ever hurt you in any way. Forgiveness is a perfectly selfish act. It sets you free from the past. – Brian Tracy

10. Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

11. At least three times every day take a moment and ask yourself what is really important. Have the wisdom and the courage to build your life around your answer. – Lee Jampolsky

12. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

13. It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. – Unknown

14. Simplicity is the key to brilliance. – Bruce Lee

15. There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life. – Federico Fellini

16. Work as though you would live forever, and live as though you would die today. – Og Mandino

17. What the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind of man can achieve. – Napoleon Hill

18. Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising up every time we fail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

19. Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. – Earl Nightingale

20. Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though chequered by failure, than to take rank with those poor souls who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt

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

22. All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose. – Brian Tracy

23. The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. – Mark Twain

24. There are no accidents… there is only some purpose that we haven’t yet understood. – Deepak Chopra

25. They can because they think they can. – Virgil

26. There are those who dream and wish and there are those who dream and work. – Jeune.E. McIntyre.

27. No man is a failure who is enjoying life. – William Feather

28. Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive — the risk to be alive and express what we really are. – Don Miguel Ruiz

29. Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice. – Wayne Dyer

30. You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices. – Deepak Chopra

31. Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools. – Napoleon Bonaparte

32. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

33. The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. – Arthur C. Clarke

34. It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. – Theodore Roosevelt

35. Fortune favours the brave. – Publius Terence

36. Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for? – Robert Browning

37. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar
38. Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire, which transcends everything. – Napoleon Hill
39. People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success. – Norman Vincent Peale

40. Men are born to succeed, not fail. – Henry David Thoreau

No critic ever changed the world. - Robin Sharma

41. What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are. – Anthony Robbins

42. Every human has four endowments – self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change. – Stephen Covey

43. All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination, Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth. – Napoleon Hill

44. There is just one life for each of us: our own. – Euripides

45. If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. – Dale Carnegie

46. There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day. – Alexander Woollcott

47. You can have anything you want, if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose. – Abraham Lincoln

48. If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life. – Abraham H. Maslow

49. Remember, happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think. – Dale Carnegie

50. The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything. – Theodore Roosevelt

51. Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world — making the most of one’s best. – Harry Emerson Fosdick

52. Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

53. The nearest way to glory is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be. – Socrates

54. The man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away. – Charles Schwab

55. Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no delay, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. – Earl of Chesterfield

56. Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

57. Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do. – Pope John XXIII

58. Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing, it’s when you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it. – Margaret Thatcher

59. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

60. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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