I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who doesn’t appreciate a good quote. They can inspire us, they can motivate us, they can change our mood in an instant. That’s the beautiful thing about a good quote, the right one at the right time can literally change the trajectory of your life. There have been so many amazing people who have gone through the adversities of life, that have done the work and overcome the obstacles. When these people speak, we not only listen, but we also become inspired. I wanted to share, with all of you, some of my favorite quotes that have helped change my life. I hope they inspire you as much as they’ve inspired me:

“When the virus of restlessness begins to take possession of a wayward man, and the road away from here seems broad and straight and sweet, the victim must first find in himself a good and sufficient reason for going. This to the practical bum is not difficult. He has a built-in garden of reasons to choose from.. once a journey is designed, equipped, and put into process; a new factor enters and takes over. A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; the trip takes us.”
– John Steinbeck “Travels with Charley”

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and seat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, throughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a ride!”
– Hunter S Thompson

“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in my pillow or stretch myself taut or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.”
– Mary Jean Iron

“Ill make you a promise: on your deathbed, in the twilight of your life, it will not be all the risks you took that you will regret the most. Rather, what will fill your heart with greatest amount of regret and sadness will be all those risks that you did not take, all those opportunities you did not seize and all those fears you did not face. On the other side of fear lies freedom.”
– Unknown

“Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy.”
– Unknown

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”
– Muhammad Ali

“Success, like happiness, cannot be pursued. It must ensue. And it only does so as the unintended side effect of ones personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself.”
– Victor Frankl

“Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your finest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environments; of these, if you remain true to them, your worlds will at last be built.”
– James Allen, “As You Think”

“How can you hesitate? Risk! Risk everything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.”
– Katherine Mansfield

“The tragedy of life is not death. But what we let die inside us while we live”
– Norman Cousins

“…have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present, you need to live the question. Perhaps you will, gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke

“I know of no more encouraging fact than the ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. It is something to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so make a few objects beautiful. It is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look. This morally we can do.”
– Henry David Thoreau

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of confidence but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“Do not wait for life. Do not long for it. Be aware, always and at every moment, that the miracle is in the here and now.”
-Marcel Proust

“You are so afraid to live, so afraid of life itself, that you’ve given up the very nature of your being in trade for security.”
-Neale Donald Walsh

“I cursed the fact I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet.”
-Persian Proverb

“Some people are more talented than others. Some people are more educationally privileged than others. But we all have the capacity to be great. Greatness comes by recognizing that your potential is limited only by how you choose, how you use your freedom, how resolute you are, how persistent you are – in short, by your attitude. And we are all free to choose our attitude.”
– Peter Koestenbaum

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.. boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”
– Goethe

“Gratitude is not a feeling but an ongoing vision of thankfulness that recognizes the gifts constantly being received. A feeling is fleeting, an emotion for the moment; Gratitude is a mind-set, a way of seeing and thinking that is rooted in a remembrance – the remembrance of being without the gift.”
– Unknown

“Live with less, experience more.”
– Joe Hawley “MVDB”