Inspirational Quotes

inspirational quotesHere’s my personal collection of inspirational quotes that I particularly love. I keep them handy and reflect on them from time to time. It’s like poetry in that one can gain new insight nearly every time one of these little inspirational gems is read.

I actually have a larger collection of inspirational quotes, but like to keep the posts short and easy to read. I believe that some form of inspirational reading should be done every single morning and through out the day as necessary. For me, I wake up and commence reading. The readings should be some form of short and inspirational quotes or words of encouragement. Next, I pray for guidance and the ability to do God’s will for me throughout the day. Then, I meditate for a short while; focusing on breathing and God perfect love. This is my my method for having a wonderful day no matter what happens, and it usually works.

So, here are some inspirational quotes for this week:

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
Robert Cushing

Do one thing every day that scares you.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The searching-out and thorough investigation of truth ought to be the primary study of man.
Cicero


The only journey is the journey within.
Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Know thyself means this, that you get acquainted with what you know, and what you can do.
Menander

Yes, know thyself: in great concerns or small,
Be this thy care, for this, my friend, is all.
Juvenal

Men soon the faults of others learn
A few their virtues, too, find out;
But is there one—I have a doubt—
Who can his own defects discern?
Sanskrit Proverb

Collect as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous.
Abd-el-Kadar

Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.
Cadet Maxim


Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.
Billy Wilder

Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.
Ray Bradbury

“Beware of missing chances;
otherwise it may be altogether too late some day.”
Franz Liszt

I think you can have moderate success by copying something else, but if you really want to knock it out of the park, you have to do something different and take chances.
Lee Ann Womack Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
Dale Carnegie

If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old.
Lord Chesterfield

If you have an hour, will you not improve that hour, instead of idling it away?
Lord Chesterfield


Follow your honest convictions, and stay strong.
William Thackeray

The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.
Thales

He that will not reflect is a ruined man.
Asian Proverb

Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.
Doug Firebaugh

Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
Chinese Proverb

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
André Gide

God ever works with those who work with will.
Aeschylus

Insist on yourself. Never imitate.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Heaven never helps the man who will not act.
Sophocles

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
Aristotle


Our ideas, like orange-plants, spread out in proportion to the size of the box which imprisons the roots.
Edward Bulwer Lytton

We are sometimes as different from ourselves as we are from others.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

inspriational quotes on paperIn learning to know other things, and other minds, we become more intimately acquainted with ourselves, and are to ourselves better worth knowing.
Philip Gilbert Hamilton

What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself.
Hecato, Greek philosopher

We are either progressing or retrograding all the while; there is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.
James Freeman Clarke

To conquer oneself is the best and noblest victory; to be vanquished by one’s own nature is the worst and most ignoble defeat.
Plato

Everybody wants to be somebody;
nobody wants to grow.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The happiest life is that which constantly exercises and educates what is best in us.
Hamerton

We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.
Jean-Paul Sartre

Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.
Herbert Otto

Heed the still small voice that so seldom leads us wrong, and never into folly.
Marquise du Deffand

Your real influence is measured by your treatment of yourself.
A. Bronson Alcott

Energy and persistence conquer all things.
Benjamin Franklin

If we all did the things we are capable of,
we would astound ourselves.
Thomas Edison


A man who finds no satisfaction in himself will seek for it in vain elsewhere.
La Rochefoucauld

Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours.
Swedish Proverb

Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.
Miguel de Cervantes

The best rules to form a young man are: to talk little, to hear much, to reflect alone upon what has passed in company, to distrust one’s own opinions, and value others that deserve it.
Sir William Temple

Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don’t think of retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire.
Samuel Johnson

That’s it. I hope you enjoyed my selection of inspirational quotes for the week. You can use them as a form of meditation or to simply get inspired. Print them out and tack them on the wall.

Remember, you must inspire to love yourself before you can love others. You must realize how precious you are in God’s eyes and then resolve not to question the Creator as to the goodness of what He has created in you. May these inspirational quotes help you on your journey.

The mighty Oak was once just a nut that stayed grounded
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5 Comments

  1. God bless you, Father James, for being the good, godly priest whom you are and for the hope and encouragement you are to so many of us! You remain close in our prayers. In Christ, theresa

  2. God bless you too Theresa, but it’s just me, James – from OLPH. Father James only puts out a homily once a week now. It’s on a different site.

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