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Famous Quotes to Inspire and Motivate

"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character."
- A quote from Albert Einstein.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) gave us inspirational quotes, as well as a scientific understanding of our universe. His 10 famous mathematical equations, including the inspired E=mc2, became the foundation for much of the progress in theoretical physics in the 75 years following his work. But just as significant were Einstein’s efforts to inspire and motivate the world to achieve greater harmony and cooperation.

"All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable,
those that are movable, and those that move."

- Quoted from Benjamin Franklin.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) is responsible for many inspiring quotes that helped move two entire countries to action, and changed human history. His more than 20 famous inventions are still in use, including the lightening rod. However, it was his ability to motivate and inspire that created the idea of the American Nation.

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
- The words of Albert Pike

Albert Pike (1706-1790) was a motivator of men in battle and literature. 7 of his books were published along with over 24 poems and articles. His inspiration is honored with a statue in Judiciary Square in Washington DC.

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 “Nature and wisdom never are at strife.”
Inspirational Quote by Plutarch (46 AD - 120 AD)

“It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.”

Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) quote

“A man who finds no satisfaction in himself will seek for it in vain elsewhere.”

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“The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.”
Inspirational Quote by William James (January 11, 1842 - August 26, 1910)

“The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.”

Solomon Ibn Gabriol (1021-1058) quote

“Years teach us more than books.”
Berthold Auerbach (February 28, 1812 - February 8, 1882)     quotation

“The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs,
which are brief and pithy.”

 William Penn (October 14, 1644 - July 30, 1718) Inspirational Quote

“The middle course it the best.”
Inspirational Quote by Cleobulus

“The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all the other woes of mankind, is wisdom.”
Quote by Thomas Huxley 4 May 1825 Ealing – 29 June 1895

A wise man learns by the mistakes of others,
a fool by his own.

Inspirational Latin Proverb

“The seat of knowledge is in the head, of wisdom, in the heart.”

William Hazlitt (April 1778 - September 1830) Inspirational Quote

“The more a man knows, the more he forgives.”
Inspirational Quote by Catherine the Great (May 1729 - November 1796)

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”
Inspirational Quote by Charles Dickens (1786 - 1851),

“One who understands much displays a greater simplicity of character than one who understands little.”
Alexander Chase Inspirational Quote

“How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!”

Inspirational Quote by Homer (1825 -1905)

“The man of wisdom is never of two minds; the man of benevolence never worries; the man of courage is never afraid. The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.”

Inspirational Quote by Robert Cushing

“The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.”
Inspirational Quote by Socrates (470 BC - 399 BC)

“The searching-out and thorough investigation of truth ought to be the primary study of man.”
Cicero (January 3, 106 BC - December 7, 43 BC) Inspirational Quote

“The only journey is the journey within.”

Inspirational Quote by Rainer Maria Rilke (December 1875 - December 1926)

“If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old.”
Lord Chesterfield (September 1694 - March 1773) Quote

“Be your character what it will, it will be known, and nobody will take it upon your word.”

Inspirational Quote by Lord Chesterfield

“If you have an hour, will you not improve that hour, instead of idling it away?”
Lord Chesterfield Inspirational Quote

“Follow your honest convictions, and stay strong.”
William Thackeray (July 18, 1811 - December 24, 1863) quote

“He that will not reflect is a ruined man.”
Inspirational Asian Proverb

“God ever works with those who work with will.”
Inspirational Quote by Aeschylus (525 BC - 456 BC)

“Insist on yourself. Never imitate.”
Inspirational Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 1803 - April 1882)

“Heaven never helps the man who will not act.”
Sophocles (496-406 B.C.) Inspirational

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
Aristotle (384 BCE - 322 BCE) quotation

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”
Inspirational Quote by Aristotle

“Our ideas, like orange-plants, spread out in proportion to the size of the box which imprisons the roots.”

Edward Bulwer Lytton (May 25, 1803 - January 18, 1873) quote

“In learning to know other things, and other minds, we become more intimately acquainted with ourselves, and are to ourselves better worth knowing.”

Inspirational Quote by Philip Gilbert Hamerton (1834_1894)

“What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself.”

 Quote by Hecato (100BC)

“Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (August 1749 - March 1832) quote

“Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.”

Inspirational Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Inspirational Quote

“We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.”

Inspirational Quote by Jean-Paul Sartre (June 21, 1905 - April 15, 1980)

“Heed the still small voice that so seldom leads us wrong, and never into folly.”
Marquise du Deffand (1697 - 1780) Inspirational Quote

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
Inspirational Quote by Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 - April 17, 1790)

“If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.”
Thomas Edison (February 11, 1847 - October 18, 1931) Inspirational Quote

“Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.”

Inspirational Quote by Miguel de Cervantes (September 29, 1547 - April 23, 1616)

“The best rules to form a young man are: to talk little, to hear much, to reflect alone upon what has passed in company, to distrust one's own opinions, and value others that deserve it.”

Sir William Temple (April 25, 1628 - January 27, 1699) Inspirational Quote

“Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don't think of retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire.”

Inspirational Quote by Samuel Johnson (September1709 - December 1784)

“Every artist was first an amateur.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 1803 - April 1882) quotation

“No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.”
Inspirational Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson Inspirational Quote

“We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.”
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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Motivational Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson quote

“Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can.”
Thomas Carlyle (December 1795 - 5 February 1881) quote

“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

Inspirational Quote by Leon J. Suenes

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.”
Inspirational Quote by John Muir (April 21, 1838 - December 24, 1914)

“First say to yourself what you would be; then do what you have to do.”

Epictetus (AD 55– 135) quote

“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.”

Henry David Thoreau (July 1817 - May 1862) Inspirational Quote

“Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.”
Inspirational Quote by Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809)

“The essential thing is not knowledge, but character.”
Joseph Le Conte (February 26, 1823 - July 6, 1901) quote

“It requires less character to discover the faults of others, than to tolerate them.”
Inspirational Quote by J. Petit Senn

A good name will shine forever.
Inspirational Proverb

“A fair reputation is a plant, delicate in its nature, and by no means rapid in its growth. It will not shoot up in a night like the gourd of the prophet; but, like that gourd, it may perish in a night.”

Inspirational Quote by Jeremy Taylor (1613 - 1667)

“Sow an act, and you reap a habit; sow a habit, and you reap a character; sow a character, and you reap a destiny.”
George Dana Boardman (February 8, 1801- February 11, 1831) quote

“Our character is but the stamp on our souls of the free choices of good and evil we have made through life.”
Inspirational Quote by John C. Geikie

“Reputation is for time; character is for eternity.”

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“Character is a diamond that scratches every other stone.”
Motivational quote by Cyrus A. Bartol

“Men best show their character in trifles, where they are not on their guard. It is in the simplest habits, that we often see the boundless egotism which pays no regard to the feelings of others and denies nothing to itself.”
Arthur Schopenhauer (February 22, 1788 - September 21, 1860) quote

“Every man, as to character, is the creature of the age in which he lives. Very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of their times.”
François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) (November 1694 - May 1778) quote

“Character is, for the most part, simply habit become fixed.”

Inspirational Quote by C. H. Parkhurst (April 1842 - September 8, 1933)

“Let us not say, Every man is the architect of his own fortune; but let us say, Every man is the architect of his own character.”
George Dana Boardman (February 8, 1801 - February 11, 1831) quote

“Such as are thy habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of thy mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.”
Marcus Aurelius (April 26, 121 - March 17, 180) Inspirational Quote

“Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.”
George S. Patton (November 11, 1885 - December 21, 1945) quote

“Constant dripping hollows out a stone.”
Inspirational Quote by Lucretius (ca. 99 BC - ca. 55 BC)

“Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose--
a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.”

Inspirational Quote by Mary Shelley (August 1797 - February 1851)

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

Inspirational Quote by Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 - April 18, 1955)

“We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.”

Winston Churchill (November 1874 - January 1965) Inspirational Quote

Fortune favors the brave.
Inspirational Quote by Publius Terence

He who hesitates is lost.
Inspirational Proverb

“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.”

Samuel Johnson (September 18, 1709 - December 1784) Inspirational Quote

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.”
Inspirational Quote by Confucius (551 BCE - 479 BCE)

“The best way out is always through.”
Robert Frost (March 26, 1874 - January 29, 1963) quote

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”

Inspirational Quote by William B. Sprague

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."

Inspirational Quote by Confucius

“Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.”

Benjamin Disraeli (December 1804 - April 1881) quote

“The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.”
Arthur C. Clarke (December 1917 - March 2008) quote

“Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.”

Inspirational Quote by Thornton Wilder (April 17, 1897 - December 7, 1975)

“If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.”

St. Clement of Alexandra (c.150 - 216) quote

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."

Walt Disney (December 5, 1901 - December 15, 1966) Inspirational Quote

“Within each of us lies the power of our consent to health and sickness, to riches and poverty, to freedom and to slavery. It is we who control these, and not another.”
Inspirational Quote by Richard Bach (born June 23, 1936)

“Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.”
Inspirational Quote by Jesse Jackson (born October 8, 1941)

“A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

Maya Angelou (born April, 4 1928) Inspirational Quote

“There is no use trying, said Alice; one can't believe impossible things. I dare say you haven't had much practice, said the Queen. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Inspirational Quote by Lewis Carroll (January 1832 - January 1898)

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
George Bernard Shaw (July 1856 - November 1950) Inspirational Quote

The journey is the reward.
Inspirational Chinese Proverb

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in; their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
Elizabeth Kubler Ross (July 8, 1926 - August 24, 2004) Inspirational Quote

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