7 inspirational quotes about life and success

If you want to be successful, observe successful people and do what they do. If it worked for them then it will probably work for you.

In life, if you’re determined and you’re prepared to work hard you can achieve almost anything. However success means different things to different people. What does it mean for you?

Perhaps you’d be happy with a steady job and a decent wage?

Alternatively success to you might be becoming a Hollywood movie star?

Well it doesn’t really matter how you define success. Just decide what it is you want and then go for it.

Here are seven inspirational quotes about life and success to help you reflect on what it all means to you.

Quotes about life and success:

  1. I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature. ~John D. Rockefeller
  2. Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine. ~Chris Hadfield
  3. Like success, failure is many things to many people. With Positive Mental Attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again. ~W. Clement Stone
  4. We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect. ~Michelle Obama
  5. Grit is that ‘extra something’ that separates the most successful people from the rest. It’s the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality. ~Travis Bradberry
  6. 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
  7. Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do. ~Napoleon Hill

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7 quotes about technology and why we must control it

Technology is a wonderful thing, wouldn’t you agree? It can make our lives easier in so many ways, doesn’t it? Well, yes. However, it’s worth reflecting on some thoughtful quotes about technology.

I must say, I love gadgets and I’m a big fan of technology generally.

However, if we’re not careful, technology intended to make our lives more efficient can have the opposite effect.

Dear reader, how often are you about to do something but you then think, “Oh, before I do that I’ll just check Facebook?

Half an hour later and you’ve forgotten what it was you were about to do in the first place. Now be honest, can you relate to that experience?

Harness technology by all means and use all the benefits it offers.

However, we shouldn’t let it control our lives. We shouldn’t allow it to be a substitute for real-life either.

And of course, the use of technology can never replace intelligent thought.

Technology can help us achieve our aims but it can also prevent us from achieving our aims too, if we’re not careful. So my underlying message to you today dear reader is, enjoy technology in all its forms but stay in control.

Here are seven quotes about technology and why we must control it.

Quotes about technology:

  1. The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before and so in a sense, it is all about potential. ~Steve Ballmer
  2. Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, allowing us to do things more quickly and efficiently but too often it seems to make things harder, leaving us with fifty-button remote controls, digital cameras with hundreds of mysterious features and book-length manuals, and cars with dashboard systems worthy of the space shuttle. ~James Surowiecki
  3. Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important. ~Bill Gates
  4. The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. ~Bill Gates
  5. The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men [and women] do. ~BF Skinner
  6. Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone. ~Steven Spielberg
  7. Technology is so much fun but we can drown in our technology. The fog of information can drive out knowledge. ~Daniel J Boorstin

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15 Quotes by Helen Keller

Helen Adams Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was an inspiration to us all. So, surely it’s worth considering some quotes by Helen Keller?

Helen Keller was in fact, 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.

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’s a role model not only for deaf people but for everyone who struggles to deal with the disadvantages life has bestowed upon them.

So, today let us reflect on 15 excellent quotes by Helen Keller which I hope will inspire you, dear reader.

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

Quotes by Helen Keller:

  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 Quotes by Lao Tzu

Quotes by Lao TzuLao Tzu was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer, or at least we believe he was.

Apparently born in 604 BC it’s hard to be sure whether he ever even existed as that was clearly a long time before records began.

Nevertheless, the philosophy for which he is credited is wise indeed and provides us with great insight into life and its meaning.

So today I offer you 15 quotes by Lao Tzu which should provide you with greater insight into the human condition. I hope so anyway.

Consider these quotes carefully and think about their meaning.

As a result, you might just improve your understanding of people and why we do the things we do.

Furthermore one of these quotes might just provide you with the spark that will propel you down the road to success. If that’s the result then it will have been well worth a few minutes of your time, surely?

So here is the wisdom of Lao Tzu in 15 quotes.

Quotes by Lao Tzu:

  1. An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox. ~Lao Tzu
  2. He who knows himself is enlightened. ~Lao Tzu
  3. At the centre of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. ~Lao Tzu
  4. When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. ~Lao Tzu
  5. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. ~Lao Tzu
  6. Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment. ~Lao Tzu
  7. The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days. ~Lao Tzu
  8. If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve. ~Lao Tzu
  9. I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. ~Lao Tzu
  10. If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. ~Lao Tzu
  11. For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions. ~Lao Tzu
  12. Great acts are made up of small deeds. ~Lao Tzu
  13. Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. ~Lao Tzu
  14. He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty. ~Lao Tzu
  15. Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself. ~Lao Tzu

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7 inspirational quotes about courage

Quotes about courageHave you ever been faced with a challenging situation dear reader? One which requires courage. One with which you think you may not be able to cope? And maybe you tell yourself you lack courage?

Well, don’t be too hard on yourself.

Everyone feels fear in challenging situations, that’s just human nature. It’s our ‘fight or flight’ response to danger.

Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the mastery of fear.

Fear is just a natural instinct which serves to protect us. It makes us tread carefully in circumstances which otherwise could be a danger to us.

Courage is the strength to rise above that which we fear and to remain in control of our natural instincts.

Courage is having the mental strength to feel the fear and then do it anyway.

Courage is not allowing our natural instincts to prevent us from doing what is right.

With every experience, we grow stronger and our confidence increases. If we can overcome one challenge then we can overcome another. So believe in your own ability and have courage dear reader.

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

Quotes about courage:

  1. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. ~Muhammad Ali
  2. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. ~Steve Jobs
  3. I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ~Nelson Mandela
  4. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. ~Winston Churchill
  5. Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. ~TS Eliot
  6. Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway. ~John Wayne
  7. All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney

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15 exceptional quotes to get you thinking

  1. Exceptional QuotesIf passion drives you, let reason hold the reins. ~Benjamin Franklin
  2. The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. So remember: great achievements take time, there is no overnight success. ~Leo Tolstoy
  3. If you are going to succeed then you have to do what you do exceptionally well. In other words, better than anyone else. ~Roy Sutton
  4. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. ~Albert Einstein
  5. The bad news is that time flies. The good news is that you are the pilot. ~Michael Althsuler
  6. You would not worry over what people think about you, did you but realise how rarely they do. ~Augustine Teasdale
  7. What will matter in the end is not what you bought but what you built; not what you got but what you gave; not what you learned but what you taught. What will matter is not your competence but your character. ~Michael Josephson
  8. You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. ~R. Tagore
  9. You are afraid to die, and you’re afraid to live. What a way to exist. ~Neale Donald Walsch
  10. The capacity to care is what gives life its most deepest significance. ~Pablo Casals
  11. Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work. ~William Arthur Ward
  12. When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. ~Paulo Coelho
  13. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. ~Thomas Edison
  14. We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. ~Albert Einstein
  15. Knowing what you want will make you happy. But knowing what you are good at will make you successful. ~Rob Yeung

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15 Quotes by Rumi

Quotes by RumiJalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, known simply as Rumi, was a 13th-century poet.

Rumi is believed to have been a man of immense talent.

His work highlights literature’s power to transcend time, language and geography.

Incredibly Rumi covered many topics, in few words. And his work inspires us to this day. In fact, his legacy is likely to inspire future generations for years to come.

Today I offer you 15 quotes by Rumi which showcase his wisdom.

I hope they inspire you to harness the power of positive thinking. Reflect on them and use the lessons they offer in your everyday life.

Quotes by Rumi:

  1. What you seek is seeking you. ~Rumi
  2. Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. ~Rumi
  3. Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. ~Rumi
  4. Where there is ruin there is hope for a treasure. ~Rumi
  5. You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life? ~Rumi
  6. There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen. ~Rumi
  7. Raise your words, not your voice. It’s rain that grows flowers, not thunder. ~Rumi
  8. Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life. ~Rumi
  9. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth. ~Rumi
  10. Yesterday is gone and its tale told. Today new seeds are growing. ~Rumi
  11. Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. ~Rumi
  12. Before death takes away what you are given, give away what there is to give. ~Rumi
  13. Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. ~Rumi
  14. Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. ~Rumi
  15. It may be that the satisfaction I need depends on my going away, so that when I’ve gone and come back, I’ll find it at home. ~Rumi

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What is failure? Here are 10 quotes to put it into perspective

What is failureWhat is failure? We hear this word frequently but what does it actually mean?

It is so easy to be crushed by a sense of failure and yet actually there is no such thing as failure in my opinion. There are only outcomes that we didn’t want and lessons to be learned.

It’s not about how many times you get knocked down dear reader; it’s how many times you can get back up again and have another go until you get it right.

You cannot truly enjoy the victory when it comes, if you have not first known defeat.

You cannot achieve anything without the experience of at least the occasional failure along the way. Every master of their craft started out as a beginner.

Yes, that is true. Before anyone was a success, they started out as a complete beginner. And the road from beginner to achiever and master of your craft is inevitably littered with mistakes and failures. These are significant only for the lessons they teach us.

If you’re determined, persistent and hungry for success, you’ll just keep trying until you get where you want to go. If you really want to succeed, you’ll learn the lessons and then find a way to achieve your goal and realize your dream. If not you’ll just make excuses.

Never allow yourself to be overwhelmed by a sense of failure. It’s never fatal, at most it’s just a minor setback from which you can recover. Above all, never, ever give up until you get to where you were trying to go.

Success can be yours if you want it badly enough. And remember this; it is better to try and fail than never to have tried at all.

Here are 10 quotes to help you put the idea of failure into perspective.

What is failure?

  1. I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. ~Michael Jordan
  2. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~Winston Churchill 
  3. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ~Thomas A. Edison
  4. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. ~Colin Powell
  5. Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure. ~Paulo Coelho
  6. You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. ~Johnny Cash
  7. Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. ~Theodore Roosevelt
  8. Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. ~Steve Jobs
  9. It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. ~JK Rowling
  10. Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday. ~Wilma Rudolph

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15 Quotes by Isaac Newton

Quotes by Isaac NewtonSir Isaac Newton was an English mathematician, astronomer, physicist and theologian.

He’s widely recognized as a great thinker and few people have made a greater contribution in their life as he did.

In fact, he was one of the most influential scientists of all time. His contribution to scientific theory is enormous and he was a key figure in the scientific revolution.

Today I offer you 15 quotes by Isaac Newton that provide us with considerable insight into the way the great man was able to succeed in the way he did.

Sir Isaac Newton was a giant on whose shoulders we can all stand to see further along the road to success.

Quotes by Isaac Newton:

  1. You have to make the rules, not follow them. ~Isaac Newton
  2. My powers are ordinary. Only my application brings me success. ~Isaac Newton
  3. What goes up must come down. ~Isaac Newton
  4. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. ~Isaac Newton
  5. What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean. ~Isaac Newton
  6. If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. ~Isaac Newton
  7. Live your life as an exclamation rather than an explanation. ~Isaac Newton
  8. Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy. ~Isaac Newton
  9. We build too many walls and not enough bridges. ~Isaac Newton
  10. No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess. ~Isaac Newton
  11. Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy. ~Isaac Newton
  12. Gravity explains the motions of the planets but it cannot explain who sets the planets in motion. ~Isaac Newton
  13. If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been due more to patient attention than to any other talent. ~Isaac Newton
  14. Tis much better to do a little with certainty and leave the rest for others that come after than to explain all things by conjecture without making sure of anything. ~Isaac Newton
  15. If others would think as hard as I did, then they would get similar results. ~Isaac Newton

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7 inspirational quotes about age

Today I offer you some quotes about age.

Many of us spend far too much of our time fretting about our advancing years. However, should we really? Age is just a number surely? Well, maybe! Then again, each birthday reminds us that time is passing.

On the other hand, as we get older we gradually become more comfortable being the people we are. We worry less about what others think and we concentrate more on simply being ourselves and enjoying life as best we can.

For me, the most important thing is that we make the most of our lives. I regard age as simply being a state of mind. Only when I lose interest in everything new will I truly regard myself as old.

As long as I am still keen to learn, experience new things, set myself new goals and rise to new challenges then I will never be old.

However, think old and you are old. So choose to think young, constantly learn and test yourself. That will keep you young at heart. And forget the number, just focus on enjoying the moment.

Here are seven inspirational quotes about age to help you put it all in perspective.

Quotes about age:

  1. Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. ~Mark Twain
  2. Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light. ~Dylan Thomas
  3. Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. ~Henry Ford
  4. Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. ~Sophia Loren
  6. Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art. ~Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
  7. You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old. ~George Burns

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