7 inspirational quotes about marriage

Marriage can be a thorny subject for some and the source of great pleasure for others. If a successful marriage is your aim then you will need to master the art of compromise, as well as choosing a life partner for whom you have the greatest respect.

Friendship is at the heart of any successful marriage and friendship is a relationship of equals. That means the power dynamic in your relationship must be balanced. Both parties must feel that their needs are being met. You’re a team and as with all teams, each of you has a role to play. One person cannot be expected to bear the burden of doing everything whilst the other person does nothing. That’s not fair, nor is it sustainable.

A successful marriage can be your greatest investment. Choose your partner wisely and a successful relationship can be yours; fail to choose carefully and it could prove to be painful for all concerned. Here are seven inspirational quotes about marriage to help you reflect on what is one of life’s greatest institutions.

Remember this; choose well and nurture your relationship and it can last a lifetime. Find the right partner and you’ll appreciate their presence in your life with each passing year.

Today’s quotes:

  1. By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher. ~Socrates
  2. Happy is the man who finds a true friend and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife. ~Franz Schubert
  3. It is not a lack of love but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  4. My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me. ~Winston Churchill
  5. Don’t marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can’t live without. ~James Dobson
  6. The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time. ~Julia Child
  7. Every good relationship, especially marriage, is based on respect. If it’s not based on respect, nothing that appears to be good will last very long. ~Amy Grant

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7 inspirational quotes about love

We need love and we feel love. As human beings, we are emotional and social creatures and we need other people. We need a sense that we matter to other people. And of course, other people matter to us too. We feel love for those who matter to us and our greatest love is for that person who matters most. Our greatest love is felt for that person in whose company we always feel a sense of contentment. If you’ve found that special person then get down on your knees and thank God for the privilege because you are lucky indeed. Not everyone is quite so lucky. Here are 7 inspirational quotes about love to help you reflect on this complex emotion.

However remember this; love alone won’t sustain a relationship. That requires hard work and a lot of compromise. Nevertheless without love, a relationship has no chance at all. If you truly love someone, you’ll want what’s best for them and you’ll be prepared to set aside your own needs occasionally to ensure that their needs are being satisfied. In a successful relationship all parties must feel their needs are respected and being met, at least most of the time. Love means you can’t have your own way all of the time.

Today’s quotes:

  1. Where there is love there is life. ~Mahatma Gandhi
  2. There’s only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. ~George Sand
  3. A flower cannot blossom without sunshine and man cannot live without love. ~Max Muller
  4. Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. ~H Jackson Brown, Jr
  5. Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. ~Oscar Wilde
  6. The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. ~Audrey Hepburn
  7. Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. ~Ann Landers

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7 inspirational quotes about life

Whether we like or not, life happens to us all. However we shouldn’t just let it happen. Ideally we should be in control. We only get one life, so we should make it the life we want. I firmly believe that life is what you make it. There will be times when we cannot be in control, for whatever reason, but being in control should be our aim always. Being in control and doing the things at which we excel and that we enjoy. Do the things you’re good at and you’ll have a real chance of success, particularly if you’re determined and you work hard. However you have to live your own life. Only you can know what is truly right for you. Here are 7 inspirational quotes about life to get you thinking.

And always remember this; your life now is not a dress rehearsal. It’s the only life you’re going to experience. So make sure you enjoy the experience. Yes there’ll be tough times but make sure there are good times too. You won’t live forever, so make sure you live now.

  1. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. ~Omar Khayyam
  2. Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. ~Lao Tzu
  3. Open your eyes and look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living? ~Bob Marley
  4. The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride and nothing is guaranteed. ~Eminem
  5. If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit. ~Bill Clinton
  6. The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. ~Joseph Campbell
  7. The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy. ~Helen Hayes

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21 thought-provoking quotes about overthinking

Few things can be more debilitating than the power of our own thoughts. In fact life’s hardest battle is often with the thoughts going on in our own heads. We overthink, we worry and we talk ourselves into believing that somehow we’re not as good as everyone else. We think everyone else is sailing through life without a care in the world, whilst we see our lives as less than satisfactory. We talk ourselves out of trying things because we worry about what others will think. And we allow our ambitions to be constrained by the limits other people perceive in us. Our lives would be a lot better if we did more doing and less thinking and pursued our dreams regardless of what others might think. Here are 21 thought-provoking quotes about overthinking to underline today’s message.

To overcome those negative thoughts you need a mantra and here is a great one you should repeat to yourself frequently. Repeat after me, “I’m as good as anyone and better than most.” Repeat this message to yourself daily, in fact several times a day.

And remember this; no one’s life is perfect. Everyone has problems, even wealthy people. No one sails through life without a few challenges on a regular basis.

So focus on what matters to you most and enjoy life as best you can. As they say in Northern England, “You’re a long time dead.” So stop thinking and start doing.

Today’s quotes:

  1. What we think, we become. ~Buddha
  2. Stop thinking and end your problems. ~Lao Tzu
  3. Overthinking is the biggest cause of unhappiness. ~Author Unknown
  4. Too much thinking leads to paralysis by analysis. ~Robert Herjavec
  5. Don’t overthink yourself out of something good. ~Akosua Dardaine Edwards
  6. Overthinking is the art of creating problems that weren’t even there. ~Author Unknown
  7. There is nothing in this world that can trouble you as much as your own thoughts. ~Author Unknown
  8. The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits. ~Bruce Lee
  9. I once tried thinking for an entire day but I found it less valuable than one moment of study. ~Xun Zi
  10. The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. ~Eckhart Tolle
  11. Thinking is what a great many people think they are doing when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~William James
  12. Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things. ~Ray Bradbury
  13. Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it. ~Niels Bohr
  14. It’s crazy how you can get yourself in a mess sometimes and not even be able to think about it with any sense and yet not be able to think about anything else. ~Stanley Kubrick
  15. I began to realize that thinking itself is nothing but the process of asking and answering questions. ~Tony Robbins
  16. If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don’t do it, and it won’t happen. ~Desiderius Erasmus
  17. You know, it is a little known fact that thinking is entirely overrated. The world would be a much better place if we all did a lot less of it. ~Laurie Viera Rigler
  18. Stop overthinking. You can’t control everything, so just let it be. ~Author Unknown
  19. Don’t overthink things. Sometimes you can convince your head not to listen to your heart. Those are the decisions you regret for the rest of your life. ~Leah Braemel
  20. Be where you are, stop overthinking and focus on what you are doing. ~Roy T. Bennett
  21. The more you overthink the less you will understand. ~ Habeeb Akande

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15 Quotes by Helen Keller

Helen Adams Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. In fact, she was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. With the help of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller broke through the isolation imposed on her by a near complete lack of language, allowing her to blossom as she learned to communicate. Keller proved to the world that deaf people could learn to communicate and that they could survive in the hearing world. She also taught that deaf people are capable of doing things that hearing people can do.

Helen Keller is a prime example of someone who despite considerable disadvantages was able to realise her full potential, through determination, hard work and a refusal to be defined by her disadvantages. She is a role model not only for deaf people but for every one who struggles to deal with the disadvantages life has bestowed upon them. Here are 15 excellent quotes by Helen Keller to inspire you.

Whenever you feel that life is being unfair to you I recommend that you think of Helen Keller and people like her and remember anything is possible if you just keep focused on your objectives.

  1. What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me. ~Helen Keller
  2. We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough. ~Helen Keller
  3. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ~Helen Keller
  4. The highest result of education is tolerance. ~Helen Keller
  5. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Keller
  6. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. ~Helen Keller
  7. What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. ~Helen Keller
  8. Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. ~Helen Keller
  9. Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained. ~Helen Keller
  10. Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others. ~Helen Keller
  11. Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. ~Helen Keller
  12. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved. ~Helen Keller
  13. Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye. ~Helen Keller
  14. We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world. ~Helen Keller
  15. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. ~Helen Keller

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15 Funny Quotes on Friendship

If you’re lucky enough to have one good friend then you are richer than you imagine and if you have two then you’re truly blessed. Friendship is a relationship of equals. Real friends are people with whom you have a lot in common, especially when it comes to things that make you laugh and those times when you enjoy getting silly. True friends are people who know all your faults but accept you as you are anyway. Not everyone with whom you have a friendly relationship is a true friend. Some people are just very good acquaintances. A real friend is someone you could phone at 3am, when you’re in trouble and know they’d be out to help you in a heartbeat. Such people are worth their weight in gold and you should never take them for granted. They are special and you should appreciate then being in your life because not everyone is quite so lucky. Here are 15 funny quotes on friendship that for me touch on the very essence of what it all means.

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  1. Friends are the chocolate chips in the cookie of life!
  2. Friends buy you food. Best friends eat your food.
  3. Friends come and go, but enemies remain and build up.
  4. When our phones fall, we panic. When our friends fall, we laugh.
  5. If you have crazy friends you have everything you’ll ever need.
  6. Never let your best friends get lonely. Keep disturbing them.
  7. You have a problem when your imaginary friend thinks he has a problem.
  8. There’s nothing better than a good friend, except for a good friend with chocolate.
  9. Friends come and go, like waves on the ocean, but the true friends stay like an octopus on your face.
  10. A best friend is like a four leaf clover, hard to find, but you’re lucky if you have one.
  11. Laughing is one of the best exercises. It’s like running inside your mind. You can do it almost anywhere and it’s even better with a friend.
  12. I’d walk through fire for my best friend. Well, not fire because that’s dangerous, but a super humid room. Well not too humid, because you know, my hair.
  13. I love making friends. I usually prefer to make them out of plaster and give them funny looking hats.
  14. Dear Diamond, we all know who is really a girl’s best friend. Sincerely yours, Chocolate Cake.
  15. I hope we’re good friends until we die, then I hope we can stay ghost friends, walk through walls and scare people.

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7 inspirational quotes about success

If you’re looking for inspirational quotes about success then first think about what success really means to you. For your definition of success will not necessarily be the same as someone else’s. Success to you might be nothing more than being happy and content. That’s admirable and there’s nothing wrong with that as a goal. However someone else might be looking for more. For them success might be an Olympic gold medal or winning the Super Bowl. Before you pursue success you would do well to reflect on what it means to you and why you want it. Knowing your why is half the battle when it comes to achieving success.

Success is something that is desired by many people but which only the few truly achieve. To be successful, you have to want it so bad that it hurts. That’s why it’s important to know your why. If you know your ‘why?’ you will be able to bear any ‘how’.

You must be focused on your goals; you must be disciplined; you must be determined; you must be prepared to make sacrifices; you must be prepared to work very, very hard; and you must possess self-belief too. Nothing worth having ever came easy.

If you want success then you must be prepared to pay the price in blood, sweat and tears. And the price must be paid first. You’ll get nothing before you’ve paid the price. You’ll find that even ‘overnight successes’ have spent years honing their skills before favourable circumstances provided them with an opportunity to shine like a star.

Nothing happens overnight you’ve got to work at and keep working at it. And remember this; you will experience failure from time to time and you will question whether you’re good enough over and over again. The temptation to quit will be overwhelming at times; you’ll be constantly tempted to settle for an easier life. Don’t! Success can be achieved if you stick at it and just keep going. Focus on the prize.

In the words of the late, great Muhammad Ali, I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’

Success can be yours if you work hard and hang on in there until you achieve what it is that you want to achieve. So go for it, but not before you’ve read these seven inspirational quotes about success.

And remember this too; it’s better to try and fail than never having tried at all. At least you’ll know whether it was meant to be.

Inspirational quotes about success:-

  1. Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. ~Norman Vincent Peale
  2. Commitment is a big part of what I am and what I believe. How committed are you to winning? How committed are you to being a good friend? To being trustworthy? To being successful? How committed are you to being a good father, a good teammate, a good role model? There’s that moment every morning when you look in the mirror: Are you committed, or are you not? ~LeBron James
  3. Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfilment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them. ~Jack Canfield
  4. The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. ~Vince Lombardi
  5. At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure. ~Erin Cummings
  6. Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together. ~Paul Ryan
  7. Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success. ~Thomas J. Watson

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7 inspirational quotes about change

Before I offer you some inspirational quotes about change, let’s consider why it really matters.

One of the most fundamental human needs is the need for certainty. We need certainty because we need to feel secure. As a species, human beings are programmed to ensure we survive. If we don’t feel secure then we are constantly on our guard, which drains our energy. That’s why change can be an uncomfortable experience because it makes us feel insecure and feeling insecure means we can’t relax. Most of us can feel uncomfortable with change, at least to some degree, and that’s perfectly natural when you think about it.

However change is important. Through change comes opportunity and if we can embrace change then opportunity can be ours for the taking. Most people tend to be slow in their response to change because it’s such an uncomfortable experience. However if we respond quickly we can grasp those opportunities just waiting for the fleet footed.

Think about this; everything we take for granted today once didn’t exist. An example of this would be computers. Today most households have several of them in the form of Desktops, Laptops and Tablets, as well as Smartphones. Certainly that is the case within the household in which I live and I’m sure that would be true for you home too dear reader.

However as recently as 1943 Thomas Watson, then Chairman of IBM said, “I think there’s a world market for maybe five computers.” Between me and my family, we have more than five now in our home alone.

As recently as 1977 Ken Olson then President, Chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), the leading supplier of mini-computers at the time, said, “There’s no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.

We’re lucky that neither Bill Gates nor Steve Jobs listened to those gentlemen. However in business terms these examples are even more significant. Failure to recognize the changing nature of the computer market almost had catastrophic consequences for IBM.

They did manage to adapt eventually but not before their business went through a major wobble and at one point looked like it might fold completely.

And where is DEC now? It’s nothing more than a footnote in the history of digital technology.

So the message today is this; you ignore change at your peril. It’s better to embrace it, however uncomfortable it may feel, and be ready to grab those opportunities as they come along.

The most successful people in business are adept at exploiting opportunities brought about by change. Change is synonymous with opportunity. It is that simple.

Here are 7 inspirational quotes about change to help you reflect on what it means and why it’s important. 

Quotes about change:

  1. Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. ~Stephen Hawking
  2. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. ~John F. Kennedy
  3. To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. ~Winston Churchill
  4. The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. ~Alan Watts
  5. The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. ~Nathaniel Branden
  6. If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. ~Lao Tzu
  7. It is change, continuing change, inevitable change that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account, not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. ~Isaac Asimov

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7 inspirational quotes about happiness

In my experience quotes about happiness have always been popular with readers. That’s unsurprising given that most people just want to be happy, or so they say. However wanting to be happy and actually being happy are quite different things. I’m fairly sure that if I conducted a survey of readers then most would say that whilst they want to be happy, they have yet to achieve that state of mind consistently.

Why is that do you think? I think it’s because we’re always chasing what we haven’t got. Being happy requires us to be content with what we’ve got. If we’re always chasing more then by definition we can’t be content with what we’ve got, can we?

So if you want to be happy, then the trick is to learn to enjoy whatever it is that you’ve actually got, rather than fretting about things that you’d like to possess but don’t right now.

Learn to take pleasure in the moment and always look for the positive in any situation. Happiness is a state of mind. You can choose to be happy or not. It’s all down to the way you choose to look at the world.

Here are 7 inspirational quotes about happiness to help you think about what it all means.

Quotes about happiness:

  1. I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition. ~Martha Washington
  2. It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. ~Agnes Repplier
  3. Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions. ~Dalai Lama
  4. Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness. ~William E. Gladstone
  5. Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. ~Denis Waitley
  6. There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. ~Epictetus
  7. Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. ~Jim Rohn

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21 thought-provoking quotes about losing a loved one

When you lose a loved one, it’s one of the toughest things to deal with in life. Suddenly you have someone so dear wrenched from your life and you know you will never see or speak to them again. It’s very hard. What you’d give to sit with them one more time and tell them how much they meant to you. If only you could have a laugh with them once again and share a drink or a meal. How you’d love to talk with them about happy times and the absurd things in life that drive you nuts. To share your troubles with that special person who was always there with a supportive ear.

If you’ve yet to lose a loved one you cannot appreciate how it feels. However readers who’ve experienced such loss will know exactly what I mean. And one day, every reader will know how it feels. For loss touches us all at some point in our lives. Here are 21 thought-provoking quotes about losing a loved one to help you reflect on life’s greatest challenge.

If you’ve lost a loved one then remember this; if you close your eyes and think of them then they’ll always be there in your mind’s eye. Their physical presence may not be with you anymore but their spirit will live on and their memory will be forever in your heart. For as long as you remember them they’re never truly gone.

So here are today’s quotes:

  1. A man is not dead while his name is still spoken. ~Terry Pratchett
  2. Come back. Even as a shadow, even as a dream. ~Euripides
  3. Death is never easy when you know the people doing the dying. ~Oliver North
  4. If you have ever lost a loved one, then you know exactly how it feels. And if you have not, then you cannot possibly imagine it. ~Lemony Snicket
  5. Say not in grief he is no more, but live in thankfulness that he was. ~Hebrew Proverb
  6. Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life. ~Anne Roiphe
  7. My feet will want to walk to where you are sleeping
    but I shall go on living. ~
    Pablo Neruda
  8. Lucky is the spouse who dies first, who never has to know what survivors endure. ~Sue Grafton
  9. You don’t know how easy death is. It’s like a door. A person simply walks through it, and she’s lost to you forever. ~Eloisa James
  10. It takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, and a day to love them, but it takes an entire lifetime to forget them. ~Author Unknown
  11. The song has ended but the melody lingers on. ~Irving Berlin
  12. If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again. ~Author Unknown
  13. But she wasn’t around, and that’s the thing when your parents die, you feel like instead of going in to every fight with backup, you are going into every fight alone. ~Mitch Albom
  14. Losing people you love affects you. It is buried inside of you and becomes this big, deep hole of ache. It doesn’t magically go away, even when you stop officially mourning. ~Carrie Jones
  15. The weird, weird thing about devastating loss is that life actually goes on. When you’re faced with a tragedy, a loss so huge that you have no idea how you can live through it, somehow, the world keeps turning, the seconds keep ticking. ~James Patterson
  16. We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world; the company of those who have known suffering. ~Helen Keller
  17. It is the capacity to feel consuming grief and pain and despair that also allows me to embrace love and joy and beauty with my whole heart. I must let it all in. ~Anna White
  18. The few certainties in our existences are pain, death and bereavement. ~Jane Wilson-Howarth
  19. I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss. ~Rita Mae Brown
  20. We can endure much more than we think we can; all human experience testifies to that. All we need to do is learn not to be afraid of pain. Grit your teeth and let it hurt. Don’t deny it, don’t be overwhelmed by it. It will not last forever. One day, the pain will be gone and you will still be there. ~Harold Kushner
  21. I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. ~Leo Buscaglia

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