101 Inspirational Quotes and "My Top 7" Most Inspiring and Motivational Videos on The Web (part 1)


The immense power of inspirational words can move even the weakest of people in difficult circumstances, to overcome the greatest of odds and achieve what many would say is impossible.

In difficult times when everything seems stacked up against us, when we feel defeated and almost ready to give-up, inspirational quotes from those who have gone before us, who have suffered, endured, and overcome the odds... can lift our spirits and motivate us to carry on... to achieve our dreams.

One of my favorite quotes of all time is by Calvin Coolidge, a hard working lawyer from Vermont who worked his way up the political ladder to become the 30th President of the United States - it is also the longest quote in our list of 101.

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not;
Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men 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.
The slogan "Press On!"
Has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

Below, and on the following two pages, I have listed some of the most popular inspirational and motivational quotes that span the centuries. For easy reference they are listed in date of birth order. I hope you enjoy them, and find them thought provoking, inspiring and motivating.

Nick Vujicic was born without arms and legs, but that didn't stop him from taking on life's challenges. His life isn't easy, but he's learned to overcome his disabilities and conquer his fears. "If I fail, I try again, and again, and again..." If YOU fail, are you going to try again?

"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it." - Chinese Proverb

"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps." - Confucius 551 BC - 479 BC (Chinese teacher, politician and philosopher)

"Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for." - Socrates 470 BC - 399 BC (Classical Greek philosopher, founded much of western philosophy)

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the truth." - Plato 427 BC - 347 BC (Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, student of Socrates)

"There is only one way to avoid criticism; do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing." - Aristotle 384 BC - 322 BC (Ancient Greek philosopher and scientist, a student of Plato)

"We will either find a way or make one" - Hannibal 247 BC 182 BC (Carthaginian, considered one of the greatest military commanders in history)

"Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - St. Francis of Assisi 1182 - 1226 (Italian Catholic friar and preacher, founded the Franciscan order)

"You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore." - Christopher Columbus 1451 - 1506 (Italian explorer, navigator and colonizer)

"Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt." - William Shakespeare 1564 - 1616 (England's greatest playwright and poet)

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams 1767 - 1848 (6th President of the United States)

Barbara Guerra is a truly remarkable woman and an inspiration to all women. Although she lost her arms in an accident at the age of two she lives a very normal life today and does not consider herself as disabled or handicapped. She's a mother with one young child, drives a normal car and teaches aerobics in four health clubs.

"I shall pass through this life but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness I can show, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it. For I shall never pass this way again." - Etienne de Grellet 1773 - 1855 (Prominent French Quaker missionary)

"To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is that which says: Leave no stone unturned." - Edward Bulwer Lytton 1803 - 1873 (English politician, poet, playwright and novelist)

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 - 1882 (American essayist, lecturer and poet)

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." - Henry David Thoreau 1817 - 1862 (American author, poet, philosopher and historian)

"Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live." - Henry David Thoreau 1817 - 1862 (American author, poet, philosopher and historian)

"It's never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot 1819 - 1880 (English novelist, journalist and translator)

"The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity." - Ulysses S. Grant 1822 - 1885 (American civil war general and 18th President of the US)

"A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed." - Henrilk Ibsen 1828 - 1906 (Norwegian playwright, theater director and poet)

"We lost because we told ourselves we lost." - Leo Tolstoy 1828 - 1910 (Russian novelist, author of War and Peace & Anna Karenina)

"Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead." - Louisa May Alcott 1832 - 1888 (American novelist best known as author of the novel 'Little Women')

For 15 years doctors told Arthur that he would never walk again unassisted. He was a 47 year old disabled war veteran injured as a paratrooper in the gulf war. Too many parachute jumps had taken their toll on his back and knees and he had to wear knee braces and a back brace, and could only walk with the help of crutches... but he just wouldn't give up!

"Genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration." - Thomas Edison 1847 - 1931 (American, Inventor of the phonograph and electric light bulb)

"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint', then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." - Vincent Van Gogh 1853 - 1890 (Dutch post-Impressionist painter)

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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 1835 - 1910 (Celebrated American author and humorist)

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." - Oscar Wilde 1854 - 1900 (Irish writer, poet and playwright)

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." - Oscar Wilde 1854 - 1900 (Irish writer, poet and playwright)

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." - George Bernard Shaw 1856 - 1950 (Irish playwright, awarded Nobel Prize in literature)

"The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything." - Theodore Roosevelt 1858 - 1919 (26th President of the United States)

"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right." - Henry Ford 1863 - 1947 (American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company)

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal." - Henry Ford 1863 - 1947 (American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company)

"The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart - this you will build your life by, and this you will become." - James Allen 1864 - 1912 (English philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry)

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