101 Inspiring Quotes of All Time, Part 3

This is part 3 of the 101 Inspiring Quotes of All Time series.

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

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With the popularity of 101 Inspiring Quotes of All Time and 101 Inspiring Quotes of All Time, Vol 2, here’s another set of 101 quotes for you. :D This part showcases quotes on action, persistence, time management, finance, love, happiness, and people and the world.

Quotes on Taking Action

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  1. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” — Pablo Picasso
  2. “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” — Jim Rohn
  3. “Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.” — Doug Firebaugh
  4. “By changing nothing, nothing changes.” — Celestine Chua
  5. “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
  6. “It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.” — Vaclav Havel
  7. “The secret of life isn’t what happens to you, but what you do with what happens to you.” — Norman Vincent Peale
  8. “We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.” — Stevie Wonder
  9. “As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say, I just watch what they do.” — Andrew Carnegie
  10. “Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.” — Walter Anderson
  11. “It’s not what you’ve got; it’s what you do that makes the difference.” — Celestine Chua
  12. “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” — Nora Roberts
  13. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” — Tony Robbins
  14. “Don’t get bogged down with all the details of how it’s going to come together. Just do the dishes. And watch the momentum build.” — Brian J
  15. “The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today’s work extremely well!.” — Unknown
  16. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” — Mark Twain
  17. “The person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” — Albert Einstein
  18. “When nothing you do matters, the only thing that matters is what you do.” — Angel (from the TV series Angel)

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  19. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” — Abraham Lincoln
  20. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” — Will Rogers
  21. “There is no starting or stopping. Only doing.” — Peaceful Warrior
  22. “If you try, you might get exactly what you want. If you don’t, you don’t.” — Unknown
  23. You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it. – Paulo Coelho
  24. Unless you choose to take action on what you want, nothing is ever going to come out of it.” — Esther & Jerry Hicks
  25. “If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.” — Anthony J. D’Angelo
  26. “Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dream closer.” — Marcia Wieder
  27. “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  28. “Do or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda
  29. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” — Lao Tze
  30. “I don’t believe in luck. Luck = Leaving things to chance and the outside world. I believe in being harbingers of our fate, determining our path, taking action, and creating our own destiny in life. Your life is yours to create. Don’t ever let others do it for you.” — Celestine Chua

Quotes on Planning


  1. “He who fails to plan, plans to fail.” — Unknown
  2. “Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” — A. A. Milne
  3. “You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal.” — Zig Ziglar
  4. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” — Jim Rohn
  5. “Make no small plans for they have no power to stir the soul.” — Niccolo Machiavelli

Quotes on Persistence

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  1. “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time.” — Joe Girard
  2. “The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” — Mark Twain
  3. “The greater danger lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” — Michelangelo
  4. “The major difference between the big shot and the little shot is the big shot is just a little shot who kept on shooting.” — Zig Ziglar
  5. “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt
  6. “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!.” — Rocky Balboa
  7. “We are made to persist. That’s how we find out who we are.” — Tobias Wolff
  8. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” — Confucius
  9. “Most of the important things in the world have been accompanied by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” — Dale Carnegie
  10. “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” — Calvin Coolidge
  11. “If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through.” — Chinese Proverb

Quotes on Time Management & Productivity


  1. “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” — Harvey MacKay
  2. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” — Life’s Little Instruction Book, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  3. “I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.” — Henry David Thoreau
  4. “You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.” — Jim Rohn
  5. “Efficiency, which is doing things right, is irrelevant until you work on the right things.” — Peter Drucker
  6. “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” — Stephen Covey
  7. “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” — Dale Carnegie
  8. “Ask yourself this question: ‘Will this matter a year from now?'” — Richard Carlson
  9. “It’s been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.” — Henry Ford

Quotes on Wealth, Money & Finance

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  1. “The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.” — Unknown
  2. “Do what you love and the money will follow.” — Marsha Sinetar
  3. “Everything you want should be yours: the type of work you want; the relationships you need; the social, mental, and aesthetic stimulation that will make you happy and fulfilled; the money you require for the lifestyle that is appropriate to you; and any requirement that you may (or may not) have for achievement or service to others. If you don’t aim for it all, you’ll never get it all. To aim for it requires that you know what you want.” — Richard Koch
  4. The rich invest in time, the poor invest in money.” — Warren Buffett

Quotes on Happiness & Emotional Mastery

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  1. “Dance as though no one is watching you. Love as though you have never been hurt before. Sing as though no one can hear you. Live as though heaven is on earth.” — Souza
  2. “Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” — Benjamin Franklin
  3. “I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.” — Oprah Winfrey
  4. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” — Buddha
  5. “Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a method of traveling.” — Margaret Runbeck
  6. “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
  7. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  8. Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.” — Mildred Barthel
  9. “If things depress you, it’s because you allow yourself to be affected by it. Results are results; our emotions are our emotions. People draw attachment to outcomes and situations which affect their emotional state. Every situation there is always something to be learned, and if we are able to take away the important lessons, we will eventually achieve what we set out to do.” — Celestine Chua
  10. “People think about what they don’t want and attract more of the same.” — Unknown
  11. “Worrying is the same thing as banging your head against the wall. It only feels good when you stop.” — John Powers
  12. “Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  13. “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


  14. “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  15. “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” — Lewis Smedes
  16. “Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.” — Buddha
  17. “Angels can fly because they take themselves so lightly.” — G.K. Chesterton
  18. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” — Lao Tzu
  19. “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” — Thomas A. Edison
  20. “You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.” — Michael Pritchard
  21. “Whenever you see something you dislike, it represents something you are repelling inside of you.” — Celestine Chua
  22. “To create more positive results in your life, replace ‘if only’ with ‘next time’.” — Celestine Chua
  23. No one can hurt you without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  24. “Rather than waste time and energy worrying, use that time and energy to constructively deal with whatever is causing the worry.” — Celestine Chua
  25. “When you are totally at peace with yourself, nothing can shake you.” — Deepam Chaterjee
  26. “The best vitamin to be a happy person is B1.” — Unknown
  27. “Happiness is an effect of doing what you love, not an end goal to be achieved.” — Celestine Chua
  28. “The more you extend kindness to yourself, the more it will become your automatic response to others.” — Wayne Dyer
  29. “Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it gets you nowhere.” — Glenn Turner
  30. “Some of the greater things in life are unseen; that’s why you close your eyes when you kiss, cry, or dream.” — Unknown
  31. “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” — Unknown

Quotes on Love

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  1. “Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.” — Albert Einstein.
  2. “To say I love you’ one must first be able to say the ‘I.’.” — Ayn Rand (Day 16 of Be a Better Me in 30 Days, Appreciate Yourself)
  3. “You, as much as anyone in the universe, deserve your love and respect.” — Buddha
  4. “One does not fall ‘in’ or ‘out’ of love. One grows in love.” — Leo Buscaglia
  5. “If one wishes to know love, one must live love, in action.” — Leo Buscaglia
  6. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” — Helen Keller
  7. “There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.” — Martin Luther King, Jr
  8. “Your task is not to seek for love but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” — Rumi
  9. “The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough of is love.” — Henry Miller
  10. “It’s the little things done consistently over time, straight from your heart, that have the greatest impact.” — Unknown
  11. “What most people need to learn in life is how to love people and use things instead of using people and loving things.” — Unknown

Inspirational Quotes Series

This is part 3 of the 101 Inspiring Quotes of All Time series.

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

This is part of the Inspiration & Motivation series. Check out the other articles in the series:

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