Let your obstacles be the stepping stones to a better future and not the rocks you stumble upon • Dominique Allmon

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Life, like the wind, is often fickle to our desires. That doesn’t mean we can’t get to the destination we have chosen. It simply means we must remain vigilant to change and adjust to the circumstances. If it takes us into the lee of the island versus windward, so be it. We still arrive. Besides, the scenery may be better and the fishing more bountiful on an unplanned route • James W. Allmon

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be • Patanjali

It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There’s almost no such thing as ready. There’s only now. And you may as well do it now. I mean, I say that confidently as if I’m about to go bungee jumping or something – I’m not. I’m not a crazed risk taker. But I do think that, generally speaking, now is as good a time as any • Hugh Laurie

Listen to your inner voice… for it is a deep and powerful source of wisdom, beauty and truth, ever flowing through you… Learn to trust it, trust your intuition, and in good time, answers to all you seek to know will come, and the path will open before you • Caroline Joy Adams

When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering • Don Miguel Ruiz

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

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle • Albert Einstein

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible • T. E. Lawrence, also known as the Lawrence of Arabia

The journey between who you once were, and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place • Barbara De Angelis

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today • Dale Carnegie

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it • Roald Dahl

If we are ever to enjoy life, now is the time – not tomorrow, nor next year, nor in some future life after we have died. The best preparation for a better life next year is a full, complete, harmonious, joyous life this year. Our beliefs in a rich future life are of little importance unless we coin them into a rich present life. Today should always be our most wonderful day • Thomas Dreier, American Author, Editor and Philosopher

If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move • Anthony Bourdain

No person ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock dawn his competitors. The sensible worker does not knock dawn those who work with him. Don’t knock dawn your friends. Don’t knock dawn your enemies. Don’t knock dawn yourself • Lord Alfred Tennyson, 1809-1892, English Poet

We have magnificent brains, but we use a great deal of our brilliance to keep ourselves stuck and ignorant, to keep ourselves from shining. We are so afraid of our beauty and radiance and brilliance because it scared the adults around us when we were children • Patricia Sun

What if you could be anything, or anybody, you chose to be? Think about it. What would you choose to be? • Nido Qubein

Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently • Henry Ford

It is always the simple things that change our lives. And these things never happen when you are looking for them to happen. Life will reveal answers at the pace life wishes to do so. You feel like running, but life is on a stroll • Donald Miller

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

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death • Robert Fulghum in “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”

I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time •  Jack London

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today • Dale Carnegie

There are two kinds of people. One kind, you can just tell by looking at them at what point they congealed into their final selves. It might be a very nice self, but you know you can expect no more surprises from it. Whereas, the other kind keep moving, changing… They are fluid. They keep moving forward and making new trysts with life, and the motion of it keeps them young. In my opinion, they are the only people who are still alive. You must be constantly on your guard against congealing • Gail Godwin

Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth • Pema Chodron

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us • Albert Schweitzer

Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow • Denis Waitley

It is being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one • George Harrison

By understanding your personal blueprint, how you can create meaning and emotion and what causes you to think, feel and behave the way you do, you can not only get into action, but learn how to create lasting change and fulfillment • Tony Robbin

The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation. You are not discovering yourself but creating yourself anew. Seek, therefore, not to find out who you are, seek to determine what you want to be • Neale Donald Walsch

We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life waiting for us • Joseph Campbell

If you have learned only how to be a success, your life has probably been wasted • Thomas Merton

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements • Napoleon Hill

You never change things by fighting the existing model. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete • Buckminster Fuller, an American engineer, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor, and futurist.

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great • Mark Twain

Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go. They merely determine where you start • Nido Qubein, American businessman and motivational speaker

To see who you truly are, you must first see through the many illusions of who you are not • Liza Juliette DeCamp

One way to find food for thought is to use the fork in the road, the bifurcation that marks the place of emergence in which a new line of development begins to branch off • William Irwin Thompson

There’s no such thing as not being a creative person. All human beings are. If you can build a world of your own, with all those expectations, ideals, fantasies, dreams, goals, plans, regrets, memories, opinions, values, visions, questions and answers, then you can also build anything else. You just haven’t decided to bring it to the physical world yet • Lydia.K.

 

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  1. For me there is nothing better than to start a day with a smart and uplifting quote. I have been collecting quotes for more than twenty years. Some of them will be published here, some appear on my other blogs and many of them inspired articles I wrote and published or stashed away…

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