Favorite inspirational, motivational, uplifting, and simply thought-provoking quotes

Favorite inspirational, motivational, uplifting, and simply thought-provoking quotes

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A gun gives you the body, not the bird.  — Henry David Thoreau

 

A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure.  — Lee Segall

 

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?” ― Albert Einstein

 

A stumble may prevent a fall.  — English Proverb,thought-provoking quotes

 

A thing, until it is everything, is noise, and once it is everything it is silence.  — Antonio Porchia

 

A thousand men can't undress a naked man.  — Greek Proverb,thought-provoking quotes

 


A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top.  — Author Unknown

 

Admiration and familiarity are strangers.  — George Sand,thought-provoking quotes

 

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.  — Santayana

 

Among creatures born into chaos, a majority will imagine an order, a minority will question the order, and the rest will be pronounced insane.  — Robert Brault

 

And what greater might do we possess as human beings than our capacity to question and to learn?” ― Ann Druyan,thought-provoking quotes

 

And yet, now that years have passed, I recall it and wonder that it could distress me so much. It will be the same thing, too, with this trouble. Time will go by and I shall not mind about this either.”  —  Leo Tolstoy

 

Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.”  —  Arnold Bennett

 

Anyone who says failure is not an option has also ruled out innovation. — Seth Godin,thought-provoking quotes

 

As long as there's life, there's hope.” ― Tamora Pierce,thought-provoking quotes

 

Ask not the grass to give you green, and later walk all over it.  — Anthony Liccione

 

At school, new ideas are thrust at you every day. Out in the world, you'll have to find your inner motivation to seek for new ideas on your own.” ― Bill Watterson

 

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”  —  Cecil Beaton

 

Because they know the name of what I am looking for, they think they know what I am looking for!  — Antonio Porchia

 

Before enlightenment — chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment — chop wood, carry water.  — Zen Buddhist Proverb

 

Before I travelled my road I was my road.  — Antonio Porchia,thought-provoking quotes

 

Begin at the beginning… and go on till you come to the end: then stop.  — Lewis Carroll

 

Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.”  —  Liz Smith

 

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.  — Andre Gide,thought-provoking quotes

 

Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.  — Aesop,thought-provoking quotes

 

But I've strayed so far from normal now, I'll never find my way back. And the truth is, I no longer want to.” ― Alyson Noel

 

By daily dying I have come to be.  — Theodore Roethke,thought-provoking quotes

 

Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.” ― Aldous Huxley

 

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss in life is what dies inside us while we live.”  —  Norma Cousin

 

Do not dwell on the past. Your history cannot be erased, but your future has yet to be written, so make the most of what is going to happen instead of worrying about what you cannot change.”

 

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.  — Matsuo Basho,thought-provoking quotes

 

Don’t ever let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want.”  —  10 Things I Hate About You

 

Don't miss the donut by looking through the hole.  — Author Unknown

 

Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats. — Howard Aiken

 

Dreamers are mocked as impractical. The truth is they are the most practical, as their innovations lead to progress and a better way of life for all of us. — Robin S. Sharma

 

Each forward step we take we leave some phantom of ourselves behind.  — John Lancaster Spalding

 

Eggs cannot be unscrambled.  — American Proverb,thought-provoking quotes

 

Even a clock that does not work is right twice a day.  — Polish Proverb,thought-provoking quotes

 

Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.” ― Sun Tzu,thought-provoking quotes

 

Every villain is a hero in his own mind.” ― Tom Hiddleston,thought-provoking quotes

 

Extreme remedies are very appropriate for extreme diseases.  — Hippocrates, Aphorisms

 

Failure isn't something to be embarrassed about; it's just proof that you're pushing your limits, trying new things, daring to innovate. — Gavin Newsom

 

Following the rules of your industry will only get you so far. — Max McKeown

 

He who has seen present things has seen all, both everything which has taken place from all eternity and everything which will be for time without end; for all things are of one kin and of one form.  — Marcus Aurelius

 

Healthy curiosity is a great key in innovation. — Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha,thought-provoking quotes

 

I am a part of all that I have met.  — Alfred Lord Tennyson

 

I am not certain of the hereafter. Frankly, I'm not all that certain of the here.  — Robert Brault

 

I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.”  —  Oscar Wilde,thought-provoking quotes

 

I believe that men are generally still a little afraid of the dark, though the witches are all hung, and Christianity and candles have been introduced.  — Henry David Thoreau

 

I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning.  — Aleister Crowley, Book of Lies

 

I stop wanting what I am looking for, looking for it.  — Antonio Porchia,thought-provoking quotes

 

I tell you everything that is really nothing, and nothing of what is everything, do not be fooled by what I am saying. Please listen carefully and try to hear what I am not saying.  — Charles C. Finn

 

I was once a skeptic but was converted by the two missionaries on either side of my nose.  — Robert Brault

 

If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky?  — Stanislaw J. Lec,thought-provoking quotes

 

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.  — Francis Bacon

 

If at first the idea is not absurd, then there will be no hope for it. — A. Einstein,thought-provoking quotes

 

If I am not pleased with myself, but should wish to be other than I am, why should I think highly of the influences which have made me what I am?  — John Lancaster Spalding

 

If love is blind, then maybe a blind person that loves has a greater understanding of it.” ― Criss Jami

 

If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.”  —  Jim Rohn,thought-provoking quotes

 

If you bring forth what is within you, what is within you will save you. If you don’t bring forth what is within you, what is within you will destroy you.”  —  Jodi Picoult

 

If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.  — Russian Proverb,thought-provoking quotes

 

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”  —  Nora Roberts

 

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”  —  Maya Angelou

 

If you think you're free, there's no escape possible.  — Ram Dass,thought-provoking quotes

 

If you understand compound interest, you basically understand the universe.  — Robert Brault

 

If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old. — Peter F. Drucker,thought-provoking quotes

 

Implementing best practice is copying yesterday; innovation is inventing tomorrow. — Paul Sloane

 

In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists. — Eric Hoffer

 

In this, the late afternoon of my life, I wonder: am I casting a longer shadow or is my shadow casting a shorter me?  — Robert Brault

 

Innovation is an evolutionary process, so it's not necessary to be radical all the time. — Marc Jacobs,thought-provoking quotes

 

Innovative solutions to new challenges seldom come from familiar places. — Gyan Nagpal

 

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.  — James Thurber,thought-provoking quotes

 

It is easy to stand a pain, but difficult to stand an itch.  — Chang Ch'ao

 

It isn't all over; everything has not been invented; the human adventure is just beginning. — Gene Roddenberry

 

It requires a great deal of faith for a man to be cured by his own placebos.  — John L. McClenahan

 

It's just a feeling I have. What you see with your eyes is not necessarily real. My enemy is, among other things, the me inside me.” ― Haruki Murakami

 

It's just like John Mayer says in Slow Dancing in a Burning Room. When it's this bad, you have to get out or you'll get burned.” ― Susane Colasanti

 

It's very strange when the life you never had flashes before your eyes.  — Terri Minsky,thought-provoking quotes

 

I've observed that there are more lines formed than things worth waiting for.  — Robert Brault

 

Just as there is no loss of basic energy in the universe, so no thought or action is without its effects, present or ultimate, seen or unseen, felt or unfelt.  — Norman Cousins

 

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

 

Keep in mind that imagination is at the heart of all innovation. Crush or constrain it and the fun will vanish. — Albert-Lszl Barabsi

 

Knock on the sky and listen to the sound.  — Zen Saying,thought-provoking quotes

 

Life goes by fast. Enjoy it. Calm down. It’s all funny.”  —  Joan Rivers

 

Life has the name of life, but in reality it is death.  — Heraclitus,thought-provoking quotes

 

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.  — Ludwig Borne,thought-provoking quotes

 

Man is the only animal who enjoys the consolation of believing in a next life; all other animals enjoy the consolation of not worrying about it.  — Robert Brault

 

May your passion be the kernel of corn stuck between your molars, always reminding you there's something to tend to.  — Jeb Dickerson

 

Men are probably nearer the central truth in their superstitions than in their science.  — Henry David Thoreau,thought-provoking quotes

 

Mistakes are a great educator when one is honest enough to admit them and willing to learn from them.”  —  Alexander Solzhenitsyn

 

Never innovate to compete; innovate to change the rules of the game. — David O. Adeife,thought-provoking quotes

 

Never let anyone disturb your composure, deter your accomplishment, or destroy your happiness.”  —  Anonymous

 

No matter where you go or what you do, you live your entire life within the confines of your head.  — Terry Josephson,thought-provoking quotes

 

No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.  — Zen Proverb,thought-provoking quotes

 

Normal people can become very annoying if put in annoying situations.” ― Jessica Park

 

One day, someone showed me a glass of water that was half full. And he said, Is it half full or half empty? So I drank the water. No more problem.  — Alexander Jodorowsky

 

One does what one is; one becomes what one does.  — Robert von Musil,thought-provoking quotes

 

Only in the early morning light of day, and of life, can we see the world without its shadows. Truth requires new beginnings.  — Jeb Dickerson

 

Only that in you which is me can hear what I'm saying.  — Baba Ram Dass,thought-provoking quotes

 

Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.  — Eric Hoffer

 

Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road. — Voltaire

 

People are divided into two parts: some of them look for and cannot find anything, others find but are not satisfied.  — Mihai Eminescu

 

Proverbs often contradict one another, as any reader soon discovers. The sagacity that advises us to look before we leap promptly warns us that if we hesitate we are lost; that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but out of sight, out of mind.  — Leo Rosten

 

Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn't work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach. — Roger Von Oech

 

Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.”  —  Mark Twain,thought-provoking quotes

 

See without looking,hear without listening,breathe without asking. — W.H. Auden,thought-provoking quotes

 

Sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whisky and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind but falling in love and not getting arrested.”  —  Hunter S. Thompson

 

Sometimes an answer not yet blowin' in the wind is stirring in the breeze.  — Robert Brault,thought-provoking quotes

 

Sometimes it's necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly.  — Edward Albee

 

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.  — Dr Seuss,thought-provoking quotes

 

The best way to get a good idea is to have a lot of ideas. — Linus Pauling

 

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. — Alan Kay,thought-provoking quotes

 

The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.  — Aldous Huxley

 

The fly that doesn't want to be swatted is most secure when it lights on the fly-swatter.  — G.C. Lichtenberg

 

The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.  — Buddha,thought-provoking quotes

 

The future influences the present just as much as the past.  — Friedrich Nietzsche

 

The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything but they make the most of everything.”  —  Sam Cawthorn

 

The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a Heaven that it shows itself cloddish.  — Evelyn Waugh

 

The innovator's motto is this: I succeed or I learn but I never fail. — Paul Sloane,thought-provoking quotes

 

The map is not the territory.  — Alfred Korzybski

 

The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.  — Eric Berne

 

The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.  — Edward R. Murrow,thought-provoking quotes

 

The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself.  — Bertrand Russell 

 

The obstacle is the path.  — Zen Proverb,thought-provoking quotes

 

The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes. Change is the one quality we can predicate of it.”  —  Oscar Wilde

 

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible. — A. Clarke

 

The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.  — Robert M. Pirsig

 

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.  — Niels Bohr

 

The road was new to me, as roads always are going back.  — Sarah Orne Jewett,thought-provoking quotes

 

The silkworm spins out his life, and, wrapping himself in his labor, dies.  — Phineas Parkhurst Quimby

 

The temptation of the age is to look good without being good.” ― Brennan Manning

 

The tighter you squeeze, the less you have.  — Zen Saying,thought-provoking quotes

 

The unreal is more powerful than the real…. Because it's only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die.  — Chuck Palahniuk

 

The willingness to be a champion for stupid ideas is the key to greater creativity, innovation, fulfillment, inspiration, motivation, and success. — Richie Norton

 

There are no old roads to new directions. — The Boston Consulting Group,thought-provoking quotes

 

There are things I have wanted so long that I would only consent to have them if I could keep wanting them.  — Robert Brault

 

There is no tomorrow. There is only a planet turning on its axis, and a creature given to optimistic fancies.  — Robert Brault

 

There was never a wise saying that couldn't be made wiser by adding the words, and vice-versa.  — Robert Brault

 

There's more to the truth than just the facts.  — Author Unknown,thought-provoking quotes

 

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.  — Henri Louis Bergson

 

This above all: To thine own self, be true.”  —  Shakespeare,thought-provoking quotes

 

Throughout history, people with new ideas — who think differently and try to change things — have always been called troublemakers. — Richelle Mead

 

To believe with certainty we must begin with doubting.  — Stanislaus I of Poland,thought-provoking quotes

 

To learn something new, take the path that you took yesterday.  — John Burroughs

 

To teach that a comparatively few men are responsible for the greatest forward steps of mankind is the worst sort of nonsense. — Henry Ford

 

Tomorrow always comes, and today is never yesterday.  — S.A. Sachs,thought-provoking quotes

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  —  Mark Twain

 

Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change. — Bren Brown

 

Waiting around for someone else to make you happy is the best way to be sad.”

 

Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run. The daily work — that goes on, it adds up.  — Barbara Kingsolver

 

We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” ― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

 

We are each a dozen people who were all the same child.  — Robert Brault,thought-provoking quotes

 

We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation.  — Francois VI de la Rochefoucault

 

We are spirits clad in veils.  — Christopher P. Cranch,thought-provoking quotes

 

We become aware of the void as we fill it.  — Antonio Porchia,thought-provoking quotes

 

We choose our next world through what we learn in this one. Learn nothing, and the next world is the same as this one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcome.” ― Richard Bach

 

We come to this work because the alternative, being consumed by the effort to ignore the mystery of being, is no longer acceptable.  — Ken McLeod

 

We do not remember days, we remember moments.” ― Cesare Pavese,thought-provoking quotes

 

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”  —  E.M. Forster

 

We must remember that nothing in this world really belongs to us. At best, we are merely borrowers.  — Christopher Isherwood

 

We often repent the good we have done as well as the ill.  — William Hazlitt,thought-provoking quotes

 

We used to think that if we knew one, we knew two, because one and one are two. We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about and.  — Arthur Stanley Eddington

 

We waste a lot of time running after people we could have caught by just standing still.  — Mignon McLaughlin

 

Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.  — Thomas Carlyle

 

What deep wounds ever closed without a scar?  — George Gordon,thought-provoking quotes

 

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”  —  Oscar Wilde

 

What you discover in a democracy is that it is difficult to build a house when each nail has an opinion.  — Robert Brault

 

What you see, yet can not see over, is as good as infinite.  — Thomas Carlyle,thought-provoking quotes

 

Whatever I take, I take too much or too little; I do not take the exact amount. The exact amount is no use to me.  — Antonio Porchia

 

When I break any of the chains that bind me I feel that I make myself smaller.  — Antonio Porchia

 

When I die, I will not see myself die, for the first time.  — Antonio Porchia

 

When the pain is great enough, we will let anyone be doctor.  — Mignon McLaughlin

 

When the student is ready, the master appears.  — Buddhist Proverb,thought-provoking quotes

 

When they go fishing, it is not really fish they are after. It is a philosophic meditation.  — E.T. Brown

 

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.  — John Muir

 

When you get there, there isn't any there there.  — Zen Proverb,thought-provoking quotes

 

When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.  — Friedrich Nietzsche

 

When you're climbing the ladder, don't forget the rungs.  — Author Unknown,thought-provoking quotes

 

Where all think alike there is little danger of innovation. — Edward Abbey,thought-provoking quotes

 

Who depends on another man's table often dines late.  — John Ray

 

Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?  — Maurice Freehill

 

Words are like people, I think. Put too many of them too close together and they cause trouble.” ― Carolee Dean

 

Would there be this eternal seeking if the found existed?  — Antonio Porchia,thought-provoking quotes

 

Yearning for sun and starlight, roses and winter, together.  — Dr. SunWolf

 

You are fastened to them and cannot understand how, because they are not fastened to you.  — Antonio Porchia

 

You are in the perfect position to get there from here.  — Abraham — Hicks,thought-provoking quotes

 

You can only try your best. And if they can’t appreciate that, it’s their fault, not yours.”  —  Anonymous

 

You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. — Andre Gide

 

You cannot step into the same river twice.  — Heraclitus, in Diogenes Laertius, Lives

 

You can't fall off the floor.  — Author Unknown

 

You can't reason someone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into.  — Author Unknown

 

You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.  — Navajo Proverb,thought-provoking quotes

 

You exist in time, but you belong to eternity.  — Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh,thought-provoking quotes

 

You have to do it by yourself,And you can't do it alone. — Martin Rutte,thought-provoking quotes

 

You must never behave as if your life belongs to a man. Your life belongs to you and you alone.”  —  Chimamanda Adichie

 

You never know what is enough, until you know what is more than enough.  — William Blake,thought-provoking quotes

 

You're stressing too much about what might be. Do something to take your mind off thinking about what might never happen.” ― Simone Elkeles

 

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