101 Most Inspiring Quotes of All Time, Volume 4

This is volume 4 of 101 Most Inspiring Quotes of All Time Series.


  • Volume 1 Quotes: Quotes on Life, Purpose, Past/Present/Future, Dreams & Passion, Goals, Hard Work, Change, Truth & Honesty, Imagination & Creativity
  • Volume 2 Quotes: Quotes on Confidence & Personal Power, Courage & Fear, Obstacles, Failure & Success
  • Volume 3 Quotes: Quotes on Taking Action, Planning, Persistence, Time Management & Productivity, Wealth, Money & Finance, Happiness & Emotional Mastery, Love
  • Volume 4 Quotes: Quotes on Learning & Growth, Attitudes & Mindsets, Responsibility, Gratitude & Kindness, Friendship, Leadership, Helping Others, People & The World

Having shared over 300 of my top inspiring quotes in the first 3 volumes, today I’d like to bring the fourth installment of “101 Most Inspiring Quotes of All Time”.

I’ve added many new quotes to the existing sections, as well as added new sections featuring quotes on ‘Learning & Growth”, “Responsibility”, “Gratitude & Kindness”, ‘Friendship”, “Leadership”, and “Helping Others”. Enjoy! 😀

101 Most Inspiring Quotes, Part 4

Inspirational Quotes on Learning and Growth

  1. “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” ~ Mark Twain
  2. “The key to wisdom is knowing all the right questions.” – John Simone

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  3. “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  4. “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” ~ Confucious
  5. “Beyond getting inspired after reading a self-help post, the more important question is – what do you intend to do now with that information?” – Article: Are You a Self-Help Junkie?
  6. “The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.” ~ Unknown
  7. “The final mystery is oneself.” ~ Oscar Wilde
  8. “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung
  9. “The first step toward getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” ~ Unknown
  10. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tze
  11. “Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you.” – J. Gitomer
  12. “We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” —Aristotle
  13. “The only limits in your life are those that you set yourself.” – Celestine Chua

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Inspirational Quotes on Attitudes and Mindsets


  1. “A belief is only a thought you continue to think. A belief is nothing more than a chronic pattern of thought, and you have the ability -if you try even a little bit- to begin a new pattern, to tell a new story, to achieve a different vibration, to change your point of attraction.” ~ Abraham-Hicks
  2. “If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas A. Edison
  3. “How you think is as important as as what you think” – Unknown
  4. “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” —Lao-Tze
  5. “The only limits in your life are those that you set yourself.” – Celestine Chua
  6. “Every second you spend thinking about someone else’s dreams you take time away from your own.” – Yogi Ramen
  7. “The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts.” – Unknown
  8. “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” – Viktor Frankl
  9. “Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” – William James
  10. Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right.” – Henry Ford
  11. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
  12. “The degree of responsibility you take for your life determines how much change you can create in it.” – Celestine Chua
  13. “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.” – Seneca
  14. “The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.” – UnknownWalk on Water
  15. “A man can do all things if he will.” – Leon Battista Alberti (1404–72)
  16. “You can’t get to a place that you don’t believe exists.” – Unknown
  17. “There is always room in your life for thinking bigger, pushing limits and imagining the impossible.” – Tony Robbins
  18. “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.” – Albert Ellis
  19. “(Tool+Training+Experience) x Mindset = Goal/Success. BUT if your mindset is zero then equation is (100 + 100 +100) x 0 = Failure.” – Unknown
  20. “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  21. “Sometimes you have to lose your mind before you can come to your senses.” – Peaceful Warrior
  22. “When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails.” ~ H. Jackson Brown
  23. If you believe you can, you can. If you believe you can’t, then, well you can’t.” – Celestine Chua
  24. “Our life experiences often create a limited worldview of what is and what is not possible. Thus to maximize your experience of life, base your dreams outside of your life experiences.”  – Celestine Chua
  25. “To create more positive results in your life, replace “if only” with “next time”.” ~ Celestine Chua
  26. “Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.” – Sir James Dewar
  27. “Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” ~Ernest Holmes
  28. “When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty small package.” – John Ruskin
  29. “There is no teacher who can teach anything new. He can just help us to remember the things we always knew.” – Odyssey of the Mind, Enigma
  30. “You have to ‘Be’ before you can ‘Do’ and ‘Do’ before you can ‘Have’.” – Zig Ziglar
  31. “We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.” -Vince Lombarde
  32. “Instead of thinking outside the box, get rid of the box.” ~ Deepak Chopra
  33. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” ~Winston Churchill
  34. “You see things and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were and I say ‘Why not?’” ~ George Bernard Shaw
  35. “Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities” – Terry Josephson
  36. “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn
  37. “If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself.” -Norman Vincent Peale

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  38. “The sky has never been the limit. We are our own limits. It’s then about breaking our personal limits and outgrowing ourselves to live our best lives.” – Celestine Chua
  39. “If the grass is greener on the other side, maybe that’s because you’re not taking good care of your grass.” – Unknown
  40. “One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.” – John Stuart Mill
  41. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle
  42. “Most of the shadows of life are caused by standing in our own sunshine.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  43. “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what then, is an empty desk?” — Albert Einstein
  44. “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” ~ Sri Ram

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Inspirational Quotes on Responsibility

  1. “You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say” Martin Luther
  2. “The degree of responsibility you take for your life determines how much change you can create in it.” – Celestine Chua
  3. “The more you take responsibility for your past and present, the more you are able to create the future you seek.” – Celestine Chua

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Inspirational Quotes on Gratitude & Kindness

I Love You

  1. “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” — Cynthia Ozick (Day 14 of Live a Better Life in 30 Days Program: A Day of Gratitude)
  2. “God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?” — William A. Ward
  3. “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” – Seneca
  4. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia
  5. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” – Plato (Day 14 of Be a Better Me in 30 Days Program: Acts of Kindness)
  6. “The more you extend kindness to yourself, the more it will become your automatic response to others.” – Wayne Dyer
  7. “A generous heart, kind speech, & a life of service & compassion are the things which renew humanity.”-Buddha

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Inspirational Quotes on Friendship

Kids on a flower field

  1. A friend is a gift you give yourself.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” – Unknown
  3. “You may be one person in this world, but to one person you may mean the world.”  – Unknown
  4. “I just do not hang around anybody that I don’t want to be with. Period. For me, that’s been a blessing, and I can stay positive. I hang around people who are happy, who are growing, who want to learn, who don’t mind saying sorry or thank you… and [are] having a fun time.” – John Assaraf
  5. “Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.” ~ Unknown
  6. “When it hurts to look back, and you’re scared to look ahead, you can look beside you and your best friend will be there.” – Unknown

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Inspirational Quotes on Leadership & People Management


  1. “Example isn’t another way to teach, it is the only way to teach” – Albert Einstein
  2. “Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”  – Unknown
  3. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter F. Drucker
  4. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – Unknown
  5. “To move people toward excellence, begin to expect excellence and then communicate that.”  – Ron Clark
  6. “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” -Wayne Dyer
  7. “Trust is the glue in relationships and organizations.” – Stephen Covey
  8. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~ John Quincy Adams
  9. “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. ” – Mother Teresa
  10. “After you plant a seed in the ground, you don’t dig it up every week to see how it is doing” – William Coyne, 3M on limiting inferences to his team’s work

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Inspirational Quotes on Helping Others

  1. “If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path.” ~Buddha
  2. “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.” ~  Buddha
  3. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~ John Quincy Adams
  4. “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. ” – Mother Teresa
  5. “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” – Ann Landers

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Inspirational Quotes on People and The World

Save the World

  1. “All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you” ~ Wayne Dyer
  2. “Never argue with ignorance. It only leads to frustration.” – Unknown
  3. “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” – Golden Rule
  4. Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. “Do not do to others as you would not have others do to you.” – Silver Rule
  6. “You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb.” – Andrew Carnegie
  7. “Hate is like acid. It can damage the vessel in which it is stored & destroy the object on which it is poured.”~Ann Landers
  8. You are the average of the five people you spend most time with.” – Jim Rohn
  9. “Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.” – Rene Descartes
  10. “Speak to people according to the development of their consciousness, for if you speak all things to all people, some cannot understand you and so fall into errors!” – Prophet Muhammad
  11. “The people who are the hardest to love are the ones who need it the most.” – Peaceful Warrior
  12. “Problems can become opportunities when the right people come together.” – Robert Redford
  13. “If you find you are not valued and appreciated, then shift your attention to places where you will be valued and appreciated.” – Celestine Chua

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  14. “To raise your consciousness, surround yourself with people of higher consciousness.” – Celestine Chua (15 Ways To Raise Your Consciousness – Exclusive article in Personal Excellence Book)
  15. “Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your inner voice.” – Steve Jobs
  16. “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  17. “Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you.” -J. Gitomer
  18. Never waste a minute of your precious life thinking about people you don’t like.” – Celestine Chua
  19. “Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.” – Goethe
  20. So you have some enemies…good, that means you stood up for something!” – Winston Churchill
  21. “You cannot teach a man anything; You can only help him find it within himself” – Galileo Galilei
  22. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Unknown
  23. “What most people need to learn in life is how to love people and use things instead of using people and loving things.” – Unknown
  24. “The world doesn’t owe you anything. It was here first.” ~ Mark Twain
  25. “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung

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