Inspirational quotes can be the best little boosts when you’re running out of steam, feeling like you’ve hit a wall, or battling boredom. As much as we’d like to accumulate a laundry list of achievements with ease, it takes a lot of failing and stumbling before we can be victorious. It can be all too easy to get sucked up into our own gloom and doom and we’ve all been there.
So to me, one of the keys to success is being able to refuel your mind when it’s hit empty and having the courage and determination to break through all kinds of obstacles when they get in your way.
Here are five inspirational quotes to start your week off right plus a few tidbits about the known authors. Get ready to lift your spirits and get back onto your exciting path to success and happiness!
“Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.” Author unknown
There are always going to be little things that get in the way and try to distract us from our end game. If you can learn to focus on the big picture, it will get easier to keep moving forward and brush all those little pebbles aside.
“Cowardice is a serious vice. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than one’s fear. The timid presume it is lack of fear that allows the brave to act when the timid do not. But to take action when one is not afraid is easy. To refrain when afraid is also easy. To take action regardless of fear is brave.” Ambrose Redmoon (James Neil Hollingworth)
This quote was written by Hollingworth under his pen name Ambrose Redmoon. He was a man of many paths who lived in NY, Chicago, and San Francisco. Redmoon was as a serious writer, father, and even a band manager to the group Quicksilver Messenger Service. An unfortunate car accident left him in a wheelchair for the last thirty years of his life but that didn’t stop him from expressing himself through his writing and fighting for what he believed in.
I like this passage because it’s all too true that fear can be a paralyzing roadblock that turns many people away before they even give themselves a fair shot. Once we can acknowledge and push our fears aside, we are set free.
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Don’t go through life, grow through life.” Eric Butterworth
Butterworth was a minister of the Unity Movement who wrote 16 books on metaphysical spirituality. He believed in teaching others how to help themselves and often gave lectures and radio broadcasts saying, “You can change your life by altering your thoughts.” One of his famous admirers is Dr. Maya Angelou.
I firmly believe we should continually learn and better ourselves throughout our lives. There is no specific age when we should stop growing. We can always find ways to do more and we need to be able to adapt because our environments are constantly changing.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” James Arthur Baldwin
Baldwin was an African-American poet, playwright, and author who grew up in Harlem in the late 1920’s. Fed up with the amount of racial and sexual discrimination in the US, he moved to France in 1948 to take his writing to the next level. He wrote numerous essays, plays, short stories, and novels in his lifetime.
I like this quote because it reminds us that it takes action to get results. We may not be successful every time, but we won’t get anywhere if we don’t try.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore! Dream!! Discover!!!” Mark Twain
Twain as you know is a legendary author who also had a lot of success as a public speaker. He traveled around the world in 1895 to many places incluing Sri Lanka, India, Mauritius, and South Africa. Did you know he had to propose to his wife twice before she accepted? Besides his love of writing, he also had avid interests in technology and science.
Even though Twain lived in such a different world than we do now, his words are timeless. Don’t be afraid to try something new. It’s so much better to have given something your best shot and failed vs having to your life looking back with a list of “what ifs.” Want more inspirational quotes? Check out my post on the Top 10 Quotes from the Wear Sunscreen Speech and Steve Job’s Commencement Speech, “Find What You Love.”
Untemplaters, what is your favorite inspirational quote from this post? Do you have a particular quote or two that you like to reference when you need a boost?
Photo Credit: Sydney
Jeriea Smith says
I love the Quotes. Especially “Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.” I feel positive today. Thanks 🙂
101 Centavos says
Nice quote work, Sydney. Mark Twain was one of my favorite authors in school, and to this day.
Nice quotes, this was a good read! My favorite was the one on courage vs. cowardice. So true!
Some nice ones here. I especially like: “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Don’t go through life, grow through life.”
It feels great always striving to improve and set new goals. We are never too old to grow!
Robert @ The College Investor says
That Mark Twain quote is good! I’m a big believer in trying new things and just going for it!
It’s one of favorites too especially since I like to think about how different things were yet still very much the same when he wrote it. Trying new things can be scary at first but really exciting at the same time!
I love Mark Twain’s quote. Though I often don’t succeed, I try to default toward action and adventure, so this is always a good reminder (and an excuse to go ahead and do it!)
I think life would be too boring without adventures! That’s why I love to save money so I can travel. I’m glad you’re a go getter and like taking action to try new things. Sail on!
Financial Samurai says
Great quotes Sydney! I’ve only heard of the last one and Maya Angelou’s quote. The impactful quotes seem to be one or two lines to me. Probably because they are easiest to remember.
Butterworth also said “You can change your life by altering your thoughts” not Angelou. Sorry if I made that confusing. I was trying to explain that she a big fan of hiw work. She has many great quotes of her own though!
Redmoon’s passage on courage is normally only quoted as the second setence by itself which is more punchy. I like the entire passage though so I quoted more of the text. 🙂
My favorite is: “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
Me too! We have contol over our destiny even though it doesn’t always feel that way. Ignoring problems doesn’t make them go away!