21 of the Most Inspirational Quotes


If you look closely, you’ll notice the energy of inspiration is all around. From the rising sun to a placid lake on a warm summer night; from our favorite books to our own reflections, the places and things from which we can draw inspiration are infinite. And the best part is that every day is a chance to capture this energy—to seek out all of life’s possibilities.

As you aspire to do great things, use these uplifting quotes for inspiration to be all you can be.

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1. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.” —Walt Whitman

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2. “It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.” —Amelia Barr

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3. “The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” —Bertrand Russell

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4. “Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.” —Malala Yousafzai

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5. “All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” —Earl Nightingale

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6. “The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.” —Thomas Jefferson

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7. “Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” —E. E. Cummings

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8. “The power of imagination makes us infinite.” —John Muir

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9. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” —Maya Angelou

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10. “I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.” —Gustave Flaubert

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11. “I dwell in possibility.” —Emily Dickinson

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12. “Light tomorrow with today.” —Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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13. “I arise full of eagerness and energy, knowing well what achievement lies ahead of me.” —Zane Grey

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14. “A No. 2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.” —Joyce Meyer

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15. “When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.” —Wilma Rudolph

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16. “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” —Jim Rohn

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17. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” —Mahatma Gandhi

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18. “Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf.” —Rabindranath Tagore

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19. “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” —Joseph Campbell

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20. “Each day provides its own gifts.” —Marcus Aurelius

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21. “Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” —Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Lydia Sweatt is a freelance writer, bookworm, and bass guitar enthusiast. When she goes outside, a bicycle goes with her.

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