Here’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.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
The searching-out and thorough investigation of truth ought to be the primary study of man.
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.
Know thyself means this, that you get acquainted with what you know, and what you can do.
Yes, know thyself: in great concerns or small,
Be this thy care, for this, my friend, is all.
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?
Collect as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous.
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.
Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.
Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.
“Beware of missing chances;
otherwise it may be altogether too late some day.”
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.
If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old.
If you have an hour, will you not improve that hour, instead of idling it away?
Follow your honest convictions, and stay strong.
The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.
He that will not reflect is a ruined man.
Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.
Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
God ever works with those who work with will.
Insist on yourself. Never imitate.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Heaven never helps the man who will not act.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
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
In 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.
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.
We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.
Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.
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.
If we all did the things we are capable of,
we would astound ourselves.
A man who finds no satisfaction in himself will seek for it in vain elsewhere.
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.
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.
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
3 thoughts on “Inspirational Quotes”
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
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE INSPIRATIONAL MATERIAL. GOD BLESS!
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.