15 Inspirational Quotes to Live By

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The most inspiring quotes come from people who have achieved greatness. It doesn’t matter if this is a financial success, spiritual enlightenment or sporting excellence.

Learning from these achievers helps us understand what motivates them. It puts us on track to learn from their attitudes and beliefs and strive to become all that we can be.

Here’s a small sample of quotes to live by from some inspirational people and how you can apply them to life’s challenges.

Inspiration for Innovation

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American intellectual, best known for his essays on self-reliance. He’s famous for stepping away from conventional thought and encouraging people to carve their own way in the world.

His mantra for trailblazers? “Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Bad Luck

The next time you feel like Lady Luck has walked out on you, consider this.

“Luck is the residue of design,” says John Milton, one of England’s greatest poets.

Milton endured several divorces, imprisonment, alienation from his peers and civil war. Maybe it was his realization that you make your own luck that saw him through these troubled times.

Problem Solving

You can imagine that most of Albert Einstein’s peers laughed at his far-fetched theories. Today, his name has become synonymous with genius.

Yet, it’s likely that Einstein was referring to problems outside of his personal life when he wrote, “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”

Truth is, without problems to solve, scientists would be out of a job. Likewise, without our own set of challenges to deal with, we wouldn’t learn anything.


Today Mark Zuckerberg is a household name and one of the 100 wealthiest and most influential people on Earth. Less than 20 years ago, he was a struggling student with an idea.

One of Zuckerberg’s best-known quotations is:

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”

Goodbye Self-Pity

It’s difficult to think that that one of the USA’s most prominent First Ladies knows anything about hardship. Yet, Eleanor Roosevelt became an orphan at a young age. Her married life was fraught with infidelity and marred by her husband’s disability.

Perhaps she took the following expression to heart for managing self-pity and doing her bit to change the way people see each other.

“To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt.

Unexpected Obstacles

“I cannot change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

These are the words of country music Hall of Famer, Jimmy Dean who dropped out of high school in 1946 to work and help earn money to support his family.

Not only did Dean enjoy a successful music and acting career, he also started a sausage factory which was later sold to Sara Lee for a tidy profit.

Another quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes, former Chief Justice of the USA, has the same message:

“The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Getting Going

According to Walt Disney, “The Way Get Started Is To Quit Talking And Begin Doing.” – Walt Disney.

Wise words from someone who built a multi-billion dollar industry out of 1 mouse. Perhaps that’s out of your reach, but it may be enough to get you off the couch and reaching for your fitness goals.

Failure Happens

Motivational speaker Bishop T.D. Jakes warns against being too hard on yourself as follows, “Don’t allow your past or present condition to control you. It’s just a process that you’re going through to get you to the next level.”

It’s not surprising that he is one of America’s most influential people and the author of several sermons, books, and plays.


Famous pro-football coach Vince Lombardi has the following to say about losing – “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”

Take it from someone who knows. Lombardi failed at football, as a debt collector, and at university, before getting into his stride at the age of 41.


In a world where dishonesty sometimes rules the day, it pays to remember these words from Mark Twain, “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

Even after he filed for bankruptcy and had no legal obligation to do so, Twain paid back his creditors. Karma kept him in mind and when he died his estate was worth what would be $ 12 million today.

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on the straight and narrow, but it pays off in the end.


We all have those days where everything seems against you. Here’s a pick-me-up courtesy of Grant Cardone, “Just remember: The people that say, ‘your dreams are impossible’ have already quit on theirs.”

Grant Cardone is a New York Times best-selling author and esteemed expert on sales training.

Overcoming Adversity

If Booker T. Washington could climb from slavery to becoming the US Presidential advisor, you can also overcome whatever is holding you back.

His secret, “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”

More Quotes to Live By

These last 3 quips hail from unknown sources but are still great inspirational quotes to live by:

“You Learn More From Failure Than From Success. Don’t Let It Stop You. Failure Builds Character.”

“Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence.”

“If you cannot help worrying, remember that worrying cannot help you either.”

Why not make them your own?

Live Your Best Life

Hopefully, these motivational quotes to live by have helped change your mindset and given you the inspiration to get out there and be great.

Remember to keep checking back on our blog for more ways to improve your life and fill up on food for thought.