Inspiring Quotes

The world offers many powerful quotes. Mark Twain said: 

“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” I would add the day you develop the confidence to answer that call. 

Sit back and enjoy a few more of my favorites.

“We may only get one chance in a lifetime to break the spell and break the promise that we will not speak in our own voice.”  Poet David Whyte

“The greatest thing in the world is for a person to know how to be oneself.” Michel de Montaigne

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we had started
And know the place for the first time.
T. S. Elliot

“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.” ~Dr. Seuss

“Life, for all its agonies . . .is exciting and beautiful, amazing and artful and endearing . . . and whatever is to come after it–we shall not have this life again.”  Rose Macaulay

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

You can’t be a good egg all the time.  You either have to crack or go bad. Anonymous

Friends are the family you choose for yourself. Anonymous

Every person must go to the mill with their own sack. English proverb

“Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth.” C.S. Lewis, Irish writer

“Always bear in mind that your resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” Abraham Lincoln

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” Victor Hugo.

“Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.” Corrie ten Boom


“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.” Søren Kierkegaard,Danish philosopher and writer

Writing is the painting of the voice.” Voltaire

“The greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor; it is the one thing that cannot be learnt from others; and it is also a sign of genius, since a good metaphor implies an intuitive perception of the similarity in the dissimilar.”

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
~Ansel Adams

“Think left and think right. Think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try.” Dr. Seuss

“It is often laziness and timidity that keep us within our duty while virtue gets all the credit.” François de la Rochefoucauld, French writer

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.”― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

“The life that I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.” Frederick Buechner, The Hungering Dark

“Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man’s superiority to all that befalls him.” Romain Gary, French diplomat, novelist, film director and aviator.

People are generally persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the minds of others.  Blaise Pascal, mathematician, physicist, theologian

“The true measure of a man (or woman) is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. Samuel Johnson
“The creative urge is the demon that will not accept anything second rate.”
Agnes de Mille,American dancer and choreographer
“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.”
                   George Woodberry, American literary critic

“When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.”― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

“Never let your memories be greater than your dreams.”  Doug Ivester

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go. T.S. Eliot

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than the ones you did do.” Mark Twain

“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito!” Betty Reese

“Procrastination should be called procrastifear, since fear thrives on inaction. Action is fear’s Achilles’ heal. Slap fear in the face with action.” Grant Blackwood

“I have reached a point in my life where I understand the pain and the challenges; and my attitude is one of standing up with open arms to meet them all.”
Myrlie Evers

“Mustn’t ever do that—give up on things. That’s one thing the war taught me. As long as we’re still alive, there’s always hope.” Hank, a character  in my novella, Kiss Me Once Again.