101 Most Inspiring Quotes of All Time, Volume 2

This is volume 2 of 101 Most Inspiring Quotes of All Time Series.

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

Following the popularity of the previous article 101 Most Inspiring Quotes of All Time (#1 visited article in 2009 that hit Frontpage of StumbleUpon and brought in over 101k unique hits), I thought it’s time to have another quotes collation . All these quotes have been specially handpicked and have inspired me in one way or another, so I hope you will enjoy them as I have. :)

101 Most Inspiring Quotes, Part 2

Inspirational Quotes on Confidence & Personal Power

Confidence and Personal Power

  1. “Why compare yourself with others? No one in the entire world can do a better job of being you than you.” ~Unknown
  2. “When you are totally at peace with yourself, nothing can shake you.” ~ Deepam Chaterjee
  3. “If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.” – Anonymous
  4. “Confidence comes not from always being right but not fearing to be wrong.” – Anonymous
  5. Confidence is not a guarantee of success, but a pattern of thinking that will improve your likelihood of success, a tenacious search for ways to make things work.” – Dr. John Eliot from Overachievement
  6. “To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.” ~ Unknown
  7. “In order to be walked over, you have to be lying down.” – Anonymous
  8. “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne
  9. Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else. ” – Judy Garland
  10. “Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.” – Thomas Edison
  11. “Others can stop you temporarily – you are the only one who can do it permanently.” – Zig Ziglar
  12. “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” ~J.K. Rowling
  13. “The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it.” – Chinese proverb

    Choice

  14. “Life is about choice. You can choose to be a victim or anything else you like to be.”  - Celestine Chua
  15. “Many answers to what you seek don’t lie “out there”. If you look inwards, you’ll find the answer has been in you all along.”  - Celestine Chua
  16. “We can have more than we’ve got because we can become more than we are.” – Jim Rohn
  17. If you believe you can, you can. If you believe you can’t, then, well you can’t.”  - Celestine Chua
  18. “Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they’re yours.” – Richard Bach
  19. “Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.” – Les Brown
  20. “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
  21. “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
  22. “We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” —Aristotle
  23. “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein
  24. “We are all functioning at a small fraction of our capacity to live fully in its total meaning of loving, caring, creating and adventuring. Consequently, the actual­izing of our potential can become the most exciting adventure of our lifetime.” – Herbert Ottto

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Inspirational Quotes on Courage & Fear

Liberation

  1. “When you move beyond your fear, you feel free.” – Spencer Johnson, Who Moved My Cheese?
  2. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  3. “The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find new cheese.” – Spencer Johnson, Who Moved My Cheese?
  4. “Fear, uncertainty and discomfort are your compasses toward growth.” – Celestine Chua
  5. “Fear is nothing more than a mental monster you have created, a negative stream of consciousness” – Robin Sharma, The Monk who sold his Ferrari
  6. “If you try, you might get exactly what you want. If you don’t, you don’t.” – Unknown
  7. “If you’re not willing to risk, you cannot grow. If you cannot grow, you cannot be your best. If you cannot be your best, you cannot be happy. If you cannot be happy, what else is there?” – Les Brown
  8. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard
  9. “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~Winston Churchill
  10. “Confidence comes not from always being right but not fearing to be wrong.” – Anonymous
  11. “A warrior is not about perfection. Or victory. Or invulnerability. He is about absolute vulnerability. That is the only true courage.” – Peaceful Warrior
  12. “Don’t be timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson”
  13. “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.” – Helen Keller

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Inspirational Quotes on Obstacles, Failure & Success

  1. “Life is either a daring adventure, or it is nothing.” ~ Helen Keller
  2. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” ~ David Brinkley
  3. “You already have every characteristic necessary for success if you recognize, claim, develop and use them” – Zig Ziglar
  4. “The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
  5. “History, though, shows us that the people who end up changing the world- the great political, social, scientific, technological, artistic, even sports revolutionaries- are always nuts, until they’re right, and then they’re geniuses.” ~ Dr. John Eliot
  6. “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
  7. “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.” – Sydney Smith
  8. “There is no one giant step that does it. It’s a lot of little steps.” – Peter A. Cohen
  9. “Problems remain as problems because people are busy defending them rather than finding solutions. Stop wasting time defending your problems and work on addressing them instead.”  - Celestine Chua
  10. “As soon as you truly commit to making something happen, the “how” will reveal itself.” – Tony Robbins
  11. “Athletes visualize winning 1000s of times before they step on the track. They’ve already won. Other people just don’t know it yet.” – Anonymous
  12. “Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  13. “There is no failure except in no longer trying” – Elbert Hubbard

    Skills Development

  14. “Unless you’re willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won’t happen.” Phillip Adams
  15. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie
  16. “Some give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.” – Herodotus
  17. “If you run you stand a chance of losing, but if you don’t run you’ve already lost.” – Barack Obama
  18. “Greatest success comes just one step beyond the point at which defeat overtakes you.” – Anonymous
  19. “Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.” – Napoleon Hill
  20. “The greatest achievement was, at first, and for a time, but a dream.” – Napoleon Hill
  21. “No one ever is defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.”- Napoleon Hill
  22. A Quitter never wins – and – a Winner never quits.” – Napoleon Hill
  23. “Cultivate your desire for success to be greater than the fear of failure; Failure is merely a pitstop between where you stand and success. Failure allows you to learn the fastest; Failure inspires winners and defeats losers.” – Anonymous
  24. “Winning means being unafraid to lose.” – Fran Tarkenton
  25. “To be successful you don’t need to do extraordinary things, you just need to do ordinary things extraordinarily well.” – Jim Rohn
  26. “Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes it’s built on catastrophe.” – Sumner Redstone Chairman

    Forked Paths

  27. “For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.” -Mary Kay Ash founder
  28. “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  29. “Success is 99% attitude and 1% aptitude.”  - Celestine Chua
  30. “It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar
  31. “Success in life is the result of good judgment. Good judgment is usually the result of experience. Experience is usually the result of bad judgment.” – Anthony Robbins
  32. “Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things.” – Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture (Book)
  33. “You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals.” – Booker T. Washington
  34. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan (Nike ‘Failure’ Commercial15 Amazing Commercials To Inspire the Greatness in You)
  35. “In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo
  36. “As soon as anyone starts telling you to be “realistic,” cross that person off your invitation list.” – John Eliot
  37. “I haven’t failed. I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” — Thomas Edison, when inventing the first commercial light bulb.
  38. “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan
  39. “I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.” – Michael Jordan
  40. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan
  41. “Men are born to succeed, not fail.” – Henry David Thoreau

    Sun in the desert

  42. “One’s best success comes after their greatest disappointments.” – Henry Ward Beecher
  43. “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill
  44. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert Francis Kennedy
  45. “Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person we become.” – Jim Rohn
  46. “The secret to success is to start from scratch and keep on scratching.” – Dennis Green
  47. “But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” – Rocky Balboa
  48. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius
  49. Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. ~G. Woodberry
  50. “Success is what you attract by the person you become.” – Jim Rohn
  51. “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.” ~Robert Kiyosaki
  52. “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” -Theodore Rosevelt
  53. “Failure is not falling down, but refusing to get back up.” – Deamsian Wisdom
  54. “That some achieve great success is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” Abraham Lincoln
  55. “I am always doing things I can’t do. That is how I get to do them.” -Pable Picasso
  56. “A diamond is a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.” – Unknown
  57. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.”~ Colin Powell
  58. “It is our experiences that mold us into who we are….during times of adversity our true character will show.” – Anonymous
  59. “You become stronger with every problem you face and every obstacle you overcome.” - Celestine Chua
  60. Winners don’t Quit. That’s why they Win.” – Anonymous
  61. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard
  62. “(Tool+Training+Experience) x Mindset = Goal/Success —- BUT if your mindset is zero then equation is (100 + 100 +100) x 0 = Failure.” – Anonymous
  63. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer
  64. “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” – Teddy Roosevelt
  65. “Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.” ~ Woody Allen
  66. “The only time you run out of chances is when you stop taking them.” ~Unknown
  67. “Everyone faces challenges in life. It’s a matter of how you learn to overcome them and using them to your advantage.” - Celestine Chua
  68. “Nothing is impossible.” – Celestine Chua
  69. “Impossible, when spelled out, stands for ‘I’m possible’.” – Anonymous
  70. “Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” ~ Marilyn Monroe

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Inspirational Quotes

This is volume 2 of 101 Most Inspiring Quotes of All Time Series.

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