Inspirational Quotes From Successful People And Authors

Inspirational Quotes

In life, there are always occasions when a person feels downtrodden and disheartened. The need is to find some reasons to continue with his mundane existence. Inspirational quotes at that time help a man or woman get the strength to overcome any obstacles.

The Internet has loads of websites like Pinterest and Tumblr where you get loads of such inspirational quotes to boost your morale. However, they are all over the place and hence we decided to compile and bring some of the amazing ones for you.

These words of inspiration are some of the best known and from people who just loved penning down their thoughts down. You would have already read some of them while others would be a totally new experience.

If you are also feeling under the sun these interesting sonnets of life are going to help you get the vigor back in your life. Read with us these amazing words of wisdom and let go of all the misery that is holding you back.

Abraham  Lincoln

Abraham  Lincoln

As we all know Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the USA and was fairly praised about the way in which he led his countrymen during the depressing civil war.

Born in poverty in Indiana he slogged hard to achieve success and that led him to first becoming a statesman and then the president.

The speeches he gave were inspirational and a large population followed what he said religiously.

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” – Abraham Lincoln


 “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln


“And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln


“That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” – Abraham Lincoln


“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln


“It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.” – Abraham Lincoln


“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln


“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln


“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln


“Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.” – Abraham Lincoln


“The best way to predict your future is to create it” – Abraham Lincoln


“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln


“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” – Abraham Lincoln


“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Abraham Lincoln


“You can tell the greatness of someone by what makes them angry” – Abraham Lincoln


“All I have learned, I learned from books.” – Abraham Lincoln


“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” – Abraham Lincoln


“I am not concerned that you have fallen — I am concerned that you arise.” – Abraham Lincoln


“I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” – Abraham Lincoln


“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”-Abraham Lincoln


“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”-Abraham Lincoln


“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”-Abraham Lincoln


“You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.” ”-Abraham Lincoln


“The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.”-Abraham Lincoln


“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.”-Abraham Lincoln


“What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.”-Abraham Lincoln


“Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.”-Abraham Lincoln


“No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.”-Abraham Lincoln

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

A German Physicist he is considered to be one of the pillars of the Physics as we study it today.

Known for his theory of relativity he bagged the 1921 noble prize for Physics for his discovery of the law of photoelectric effect.

Born in a poor family his school refused to accept his brilliance and even in a career he had to wait before people gave him his dues.

“The only source of knowledge is the experience.”-Albert Einstein


“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”-Albert Einstein


“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”-Albert Einstein


“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”-Albert Einstein


“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”-Albert Einstein


“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”-Albert Einstein


“The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”-Albert Einstein


“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”-Albert Einstein


“No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.”-Albert Einstein


“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”-Albert Einstein


“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”


“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”-Albert Einstein


“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”-Albert Einstein


“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”-Albert Einstein


“I would teach peace rather than war. I would inculcate love rather than hate.”-Albert Einstein


“I believe in intuitions and inspirations. I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am.”-Albert Einstein


“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”-Albert Einstein


“A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.”-Albert Einstein


“The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it”-Albert Einstein


“All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.”-Albert Einstein


“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence.”-Albert Einstein


“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulate the creative mind.”-Albert Einstein


“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”-Albert Einstein


“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.””-Albert Einstein


“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”-Albert Einstein


“Invention is not the product of logical thought, even though the final product is tied to a logical structure.”-Albert Einstein


“The great moral teachers of humanity were, in a way, artistic geniuses in the art of living.”-Albert Einstein


“Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down in the mind before you reach eighteen.” – Albert Einstein


“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.” – Albert Einstein


“The only source of knowledge is experience.” – Albert Einstein


“Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” – Albert Einstein


“There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.” – Albert Einstein


“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein


“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein


“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” – Albert Einstein


“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein


“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” – Albert Einstein


“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein


“The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.” – Albert Einstein


“Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.” – Albert Einstein


“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”– Albert Einstein


“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein


“No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.” – Albert Einstein

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson

A British Poet Alfred Tennyson was the Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during Queen Victoria’s reign. One of his pieces ‘Timbuktu’ fetched him the Chancellors’ Gold medal at Cambridge. Some of the phrases he wrote are now used in normal daily conversations by people. Though some of his critics said that he was overly sentimental eventually his efforts were recognized and he became immensely popular. 

“Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.”-Alfred Lord Tennyson


“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.”-Alfred Lord Tennyson


“I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.”-Alfred Lord Tennyson


“To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”-Alfred Lord Tennyson


“The same words conceal and declare the thoughts of men. ”-Alfred Lord Tennyson


“Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?”-Alfred Lord Tennyson


“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.”-Alfred Lord Tennyson


“Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.”-Alfred Lord Tennyson


“There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds.”-Alfred Lord Tennyson


“My purpose holds to sail beyond the sunset and the baths of all the Western stars until I die.”-Alfred Lord Tennyson


“If you don’t concentrate on what you are doing then the thing that you are doing is not what you are thinking.


“And this gray spirit yearning in desire To follow knowledge like a sinking star, Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.”-Alfred Lord Tennyson


“In words, like weeds, I’ll wrap me o’er, Like coarsest clothes against the cold.”-Alfred Lord Tennyson


“Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.”-Alfred Lord Tennyson



A disciple of Plato, Aristotle was a Greek philosopher during the classical period of Ancient Greece.  His writings explored various subjects like maths, biology, philosophy, metaphysics, zoology, and others. In fact, his philosophy had a direct influence on the thinking process of the west and is included even today in all important discussions. He wrote many dialogues and treaties for publication but only a third of them have survived. 

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”-Aristotle


“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.”-Aristotle


“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.”-Aristotle


“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”-Aristotle


“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.”-Aristotle


“Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.”-Aristotle


“The whole is more than the sum of its parts.”-Aristotle


“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”-Aristotle


“Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.”-Aristotle


“Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.”-Aristotle


“Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.”-Aristotle


“Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.”-Aristotle


“Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.”-Aristotle


“Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.”-Aristotle


“Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.”-Aristotle


“What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.”-Aristotle


“The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.”-Aristotle

Arthur Schopenhauer

A German philosopher Arthur received acclaim for his work “ The world as will and representation” which he wrote in 1818. He was also one of the first western philosophers who acknowledged the importance of Eastern influence. In fact, people describe his work as a manifestation of philosophical pessimism. However, this man did not get much recognition during his lifetime 19th and 20th centuries praised his thinking.

“We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people.”-Arthur Schopenhauer


“It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain.”-Arthur Schopenhauer


“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.”-Arthur Schopenhauer


“Every truth passes through 3 stages before it is recognized 1)ridicule 2) opposition 3) accepted as self-evident.”-Arthur Schopenhauer


“Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.”-Arthur Schopenhauer


“Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.”-Arthur Schopenhauer


“Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.”-Arthur Schopenhauer


“Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability.”-Arthur Schopenhauer


“Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.”-Arthur Schopenhauer


“To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them.”-Arthur Schopenhauer


“It’s the niceties that make the difference fate gives us the hand, and we play the cards.”-Arthur Schopenhauer


“The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.”-Arthur Schopenhauer


“It is in the treatment of trifles that a person shows what they are.”-Arthur Schopenhauer


“The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust.”-Arthur Schopenhauer

Benjamin Franklin

His name needs no recognition and Benjamin Franklin was known as a polymath and the founding fathers of the USA. Benjamin was a scientist too and his discoveries regarding electricity were well appreciated. He also invented items like the lightning rod, bifocals, and the franklin stove as well. Also, his campaigning for colonial unity led him to be known as “The First American.”

“Well done is better than well said.”-Benjamin Franklin


“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”-Benjamin Franklin


“Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.”-Benjamin Franklin


“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”-Benjamin Franklin


“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.”-Benjamin Franklin


“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”-Benjamin Franklin


“Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.”-Benjamin Franklin


“Make yourself sheep and the wolves will eat you.”-Benjamin Franklin


“Words may show a man’s wit, actions his meaning.”-Benjamin Franklin


“Joy is not in things, it is in us.”-Benjamin Franklin


“He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.”-Benjamin Franklin


“Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.”-Benjamin Franklin


“He that can have patience can have what he will.”-Benjamin Franklin


“To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.” -Benjamin Franklin


“Never leave till tomorrow which you can do today.”-Benjamin Franklin


“Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”-Benjamin Franklin


“Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.”-Benjamin Franklin


“Those who would give up essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”-Benjamin Franklin


“Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”-Benjamin Franklin


“The Sun never repents of the good he does, nor does he ever demand a recompence.”-Benjamin Franklin


“A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.”-Benjamin Franklin


“Proclaim not all thou knowest, all thou owest, all thou hast, nor all thou canst.”-Benjamin Franklin


“Genius without education is like silver in the mine.”-Benjamin Franklin

Bertrand Russell

A British philosopher Bertrand was a writer, mathematician, historian, and a Nobel laureate. Though born in one of the most aristocratic families he led the “revolt against idealism.” He was also considered as being the founder of analytical philosophy. Russell was also a prominent war activist and also supported the cause of anti-imperialism. 

“There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.”-Bertrand Russell


“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”-Bertrand Russell


“In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”-Bertrand Russell


“Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd”-Bertrand Russell.


“The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution”-Bertrand Russell.


“Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise.”-Bertrand Russell


“Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don’t know.”-Bertrand Russell


“Indignation is a submission of our thoughts, but not of our desires.”-Bertrand Russell


“To be able to concentrate for a considerable time is essential to difficult achievement.”-Bertrand Russell


“A great many worries can be diminished by realizing the unimportance of the matter which is causing anxiety.”-Bertrand Russell


“Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good.”-Bertrand Russell


“It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won’t go.”-Bertrand Russell

Bible Quotes

Bible for many has been the journey that leads to attaining self-satisfaction. In fact, many broken souls were able to achieve salvation thanks to the meaningful quotes mentioned in the holy book. So much so that when it comes to inspiring yourself people turn to it for some path-breaking ideas. For those who have admitted defeat in life Bible quotes give the energy and enthusiasm to start their fight all over again.

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”


“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”


“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”


What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?


Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!


Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.


And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Bob Dylan

Born in 1941 Bob Dylan is an American songwriter, author, and visual artist. He attained success in the 1960s and some of his songs became superhits. In fact, songs like Blowing in the wind and the times they are changing became the anthems of anti-war and civil rights movements. For many songs, he modified the tunes and terminology of ancient folk thus adding to his popularity. 

“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”-Bob Dylan 


“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.”-Bob Dylan 


“The future for me is already a thing of the past –You were my first love and you will be my last.”-Bob Dylan 


“People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.”-Bob Dylan 


“Gonna change my way of thinking, make myself a different set of rules. Gonna put my good foot forward and stop being influenced by fools.


“When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose.”-Bob Dylan 


“When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it – don’t back down and don’t give up – then you’re going to mystify a lot of folks.”-Bob Dylan 


“You’re gonna have to serve somebody; well, it may be the devil, or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody…”-Bob Dylan 


“The only thing I knew how to do was to keep on keeping on.”-Bob Dylan 


There is no equality. The only thing people all have in common is that they are all going to die.”-Bob Dylan 


“Sometimes it’s not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don’t mean.”-Bob Dylan 


“Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it’s like they didn’t fade away at all.”-Bob Dylan 

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American, actor, director, and martial arts, instructor. He was considered by the commentators, critics, and media as the person responsible for bringing martial arts to the forefront. The attitude that people now maintain towards Asian American actors is all a credit to the efforts of Bruce Lee. Though he died young at the age of 32 he is still considered as the father of martial arts depiction in films.

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”-Bruce Lee


“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”-Bruce Lee


“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”-Bruce Lee


“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”-Bruce Lee


“Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own.”-Bruce Lee


“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”-Bruce Lee


“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”-Bruce Lee


“The more we value things, the less we value ourselves.”-Bruce Lee


“Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later the man who wins, is the man who thinks he can.”-Bruce Lee

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”-Bruce Lee


“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”-Bruce Lee


“For it is easy to criticize and break down the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime.”-Bruce Lee


“Be happy, but never satisfied.”-Bruce Lee


“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”-Bruce Lee


“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”-Bruce Lee


“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”-Bruce Lee


“Obey the principles without being bound by them.”-Bruce Lee


“As you think, so shall you become.”-Bruce Lee


“If you truly love life, don’t waste time because time is what life is made of.” – Bruce Lee


“Don’t fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.” – Bruce Lee


“Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.” – Bruce Lee


“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” – Bruce Lee


“Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are the weeds that strangle confidence.” – Bruce Lee


“‎The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee


“In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.” – Bruce Lee


“Remember no man is really defeated unless he is discouraged.” – Bruce Lee


Buddha was a philosopher, mendicant, and religious leader who resided in Ancient India. His teachings of love for fellow beings and nonviolence are still being appreciated. Buddha was born in a family of kings and he left home when he could not understand the reason for the misery of humans. He attained Nirvana and post that kept preaching till 45 years. His followers even now stay sincere to his teachings and encourage others to do so.

“There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.”


“Imagine that every person in the world is enlightened but you. They are all your teachers, each doing just the right things to help you.”


“If you are facing in the right direction, all you need to do is keep on walking.” -Buddha


“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”” -Buddha


“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”” -Buddha


“Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.”” -Buddha


“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”” -Buddha


“If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart.”” -Buddha


“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.” -Buddha


“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.” -Buddha


“There is no fear for one whose mind is not filled with desires.”- Buddha


“Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.”- Buddha


“Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except your self.”- Buddha


“One who acts on truth is happy in this world and beyond. ”- Buddha


“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now. ”- Buddha


“When watching after yourself, you watch after others. When watching after others, you watch after yourself. ”- Buddha

Charles Dickens

An English writer and Social Critic Charles Dickens has created some of the most lovable fictional characters. In fact, he was considered one of the best novelists of the Victorian era. His books were anxiously awaited upon and even now his books and novels are widely acclaimed and read. Though not formally educated as such Dickens became famous and created innumerable novels that immortalized his name in the literary world.

“Family not only needs to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also of those whom we’d give blood.” -Charles Dickens


“I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.”-Charles Dickens


“A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.”-Charles Dickens


“We need never be ashamed of our tears.”-Charles Dickens


“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.”-Charles Dickens


“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” -Charles Dickens


“One always begins to forgive a place as soon as it’s left behind.” -Charles Dickens


“A very little key will open a very heavy door.”-Charles Dickens


“There is a wisdom of the head, and there is a wisdom of the heart.” -Charles Dickens


“Change begets change. Nothing propagates so fast.”-Charles Dickens


“A word in earnest is as good as a speech.”-Charles Dickens


“It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.” -Charles Dickens


“Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering.”-Charles Dickens


“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.”-Charles Dickens


“Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.”-Charles Dickens


Confucius was a world-famous Chinese philosopher and politician. His philosophies placed emphasis on personal and governmental morality. Initially, he and his followers were discouraged and defeated in debates pertaining to these topics. However, when the new government took over Confucius got his share of accolades and renamed neo-Confucianism. His works were published and still used for understanding how the ideal society values can be maintained. 

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”-Confucius 


“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”-Confucius 


“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”-Confucius 


“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”-Confucius 


“A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.”-Confucius 


“The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.”-Confucius 


“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.”-Confucius 


“If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.”-Confucius 


“The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.”-Confucius 


“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your-Confucius  life.”


“The journey with a 1000 miles begins with one step.”-Confucius 


“Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.”-Confucius 


“We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.”-Confucius 


“Worry not that no one knows you; seek to be worth knowing.”-Confucius 


“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”-Confucius 


“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”-Confucius 


“Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs.”-Confucius 


“When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.”-Confucius 


“Be strict with yourself but least reproachful of others and complaint is kept afar.”-Confucius 


“Learn as if you were not reaching your goal and as though you were scared of missing it.”-Confucius 

D H Lawrence

A writer and poet all his works were focused on showing the damaging effects of modernity and industrialization on the manner in which people behaved. His works talked about issues like sexuality, spontaneity, vitality, and emotional health. Unfortunately, his ideas invoked the ire of many and in the latter part of his life, he had to go into self-imposed exile to stay away from them. However, people realized his brilliance later and now his birth home has been converted into a museum for people to visit.

“The living moment is everything.”-D H Lawrence


“Every man has a mob self and an individual self, in varying proportions.”-D H Lawrence


“But better die than live mechanically a life that is a repetition of repetitions.”-D H Lawrence


“Towns oftener swamp one than carry one out onto the big ocean of life.”-D H Lawrence


“The human soul needs actual beauty more than bread.”-D H Lawrence

E M Forster

An English novelist and short story writer, E M Forster novels explored the disparity in classes. Some of them like the Room with a view and A passage to India was immensely loved and talked about. He got nominated for the Nobel prize in Literature 16 times. The novel Passage to India got him instant recognition and one novel Maurice was published after he died at the ripe age of 91 years.

“One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.”-E M Forster


“One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life.”-E M Forster


“Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.”-E M Forster


“Let yourself go. Pull out from the depths those thoughts that you do not understand, and spread them out in the sunlight and know the meaning of them.”-E M Forster


“Most quarrels are inevitable at the time; incredible afterwards.”-E M Forster


“One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it.”-E M Forster

Edmund Burke

An Irish Statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke was born in Dublin. He served as a member of parliament between 1766 and 1794 and was appreciated for his efforts in mixing virtues with manners. A person with a strong opinion Burke criticized the Governments stand towards the American Colonies and raised his against the taxation policies. 

“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”-Edmund Burke


“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”-Edmund Burke


“Ambition can creep as well as soar.”-Edmund Burke


“Our patience will achieve more than our force.”-Edmund Burke


“No power so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.”-Edmund Burke


“If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.”-Edmund Burke


“It is a general popular error to imagine the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.”-Edmund Burke


“Kings will be tyrants by policy when subjects are rebels from principle.”-Edmund Burke


“There is a boundary to men’s passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.”-Edmund Burke


“The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.”-Edmund Burke


“No man had ever a point of pride that was not injurious to him.”-Edmund Burke


“It is generally, in the season of prosperity that men discover their real temper, principles and design.”-Edmund Burke


“No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.”-Edmund Burke


“Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.”-Edmund Burke

Elbert Hubbard

Elbert Hubbard was an American writer, publisher, philosopher, and artist. Brought up in Hudson, Illinois his first taste of success was as the salesman of the Larkin soap company. Later he gained acclaim as being the founder of the Roycroft artisan community in New York. Some of the campus buildings of Roycroft are still standing and have been opened for people to have an idea about his ideologies and thoughts.

“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. ”-Elbert Hubbard


“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.”-Elbert Hubbard


“There is no failure except in no longer trying.”-Elbert Hubbard


“It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do.”-Elbert Hubbard


“The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.”-Elbert Hubbard


“Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.”-Elbert Hubbard


“The line between failure and success is so fine. . . that we are often on the line and do not know it.”-Elbert Hubbard


“It’s a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.”-Elbert Hubbard


“A failure is a man who has blundered but is not able to cash in on the experience.”-Elbert Hubbard


“Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.”-Elbert Hubbard


“Cultivate only the habits that you are willing should master you.”-Elbert Hubbard


“The teacher is the one who gets the most out of the lessons, and the true teacher is the learner.”-Elbert Hubbard


“Opportunities for education should be within the reach of every individual, not for the lucky few.”-Elbert Hubbard


“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.”-Elbert Hubbard

Eleanor Roosevelt

An American diplomat and activist Eleanor Roosevelt served as the first lady of the United States during her husband Franklin Roosevelt’s Presidentship rule of four terms. This made her the longest tenure First Lady. From 1945 to 1952 she also served as the US delegate to UN general assembly. Her human rights achievements got her the title “First lady of the world” from Harry.S.Truman.

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously.-”Eleanor Roosevelt


“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.-”Eleanor Roosevelt


“Friendship with one’s self is all important, because without it one can not be friends with anyone else in the world.-”Eleanor Roosevelt


“Do what you feel in your heart to be right — for you’ll be criticized anyway.-”Eleanor Roosevelt


“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.-”Eleanor Roosevelt


“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.-”Eleanor Roosevelt


“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.-”Eleanor Roosevelt


“When you have decided what you believe, what you feel must be done, have the courage to stand alone and be counted.-”Eleanor Roosevelt


“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.-”Eleanor Roosevelt


“You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.-”Eleanor Roosevelt


“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.-”Eleanor Roosevelt


“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.-”Eleanor Roosevelt


“The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.-”Eleanor Roosevelt


“Never be bored, and you will never be boring.-”Eleanor Roosevelt


“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.-”Eleanor Roosevelt

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

An English poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning was pretty popular during the Victorian times. The eldest of 12 children she was born in County Durham and starting creating poetry at the age of 11 years. However, after four years, she developed severe illnesses which led to headaches, spinal pain, and tuberculosis. Her first collection of poems came out in 1838 and between 1841 and 1844 she wrote different types of poetry, translation, and prose.

“You’re something between a dream and a miracle.”-Elizabeth Barrett Browning


“With stammering lips and insufficient sound I strive and struggle to deliver right the music of my nature.”-Elizabeth Barrett Browning


“All actual heroes are essential men, And all men possible heroes.”-Elizabeth Barrett Browning


“My patience has dreadful chilblains from standing so long on a monument.”-Elizabeth Barrett Browning


“What I do, and what I dream include thee, as the wine must taste of its own grapes.”-Elizabeth Barrett Browning


“The wisest word man reaches is the humblest he can speak.”-Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Emily Dickinson

An American Poet Emily was born in Massachusetts. She was somewhat of a recluse and did not want to mix up much with people. After some years she developed a penchant for wearing white-colored clothes and not mixing up much with people. Though she wrote more than 1800 poems only about 10 were ever published. Many of them dealt with topics like death and immortality, topics not touched by other poets.

“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.” ― Emily Dickinson


“Saying nothing sometimes says the most.” ― Emily Dickinson 


“I am nobody! Who are you? Are you a nobody, too?” ― Emily Dickinson 


“Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.” ― Emily Dickinson 


“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” ― Emily Dickinson


“Truth is so rare, it is delightful to tell it.” ― Emily Dickinson 


“Hold dear to your parents for it is a scary and confusing world without them.” ― Emily Dickinson 


“The heart wants what it wants — or else it does not care.” ― Emily Dickinson 


“I am out with lanterns, looking for myself.” ― Emily Dickinson 


“We turn not older with years but newer every day.” ― Emily Dickinson


“We outgrow love like other things and put it in a drawer, till it an antique fashion shows like costumes grandsires wore.” ― Emily Dickinson


“Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial of creation, and the exponent of breath.” – Emily Dickinson


“You cannot fold a flood and put it in a drawer, because the winds would find it out and tell your cedar floor.” ― Emily Dickinson


“Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.” ― Emily Dickinson


“Surgeons must be very careful when they take the knife! Underneath their fine incisions. Stirs the Culprit Life!” – Emily Dickinson


“Life is a spell so exquisite that everything conspires to break it.” – Emily Dickinson


“If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry… Is there any other way?” ― Emily Dickinson


“He soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” –    Emily Dickinson


“That Love is all there is, Is all we know of Love,It is enough, the freight should be proportioned to the groove.” ― Emily Dickinson


“The spreading wide my narrow hands to gather Paradise.” ― Emily Dickinson


“Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. Espousing the former is not defending the latter.” ― Emily Dickinson


“I work to drive the awe away, yet awe impels the work.” ― Emily Dickinson


“People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.” –  Emily Dickinson


“Who has not found the heaven below will fail of it above. God’s residence is next to min, His furniture is love.” ― Emily Dickinson

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was an American novelist, journalist, short story writer, and novelist. His style of writing shaped the thought process of many and was a turning point for 20th-century fiction. However, he also found acclaim for the adventurous life that he led. Most of his work was published between the 1920s and 1950s. He also bagged the Nobel Prize for literature in the year 1954. 

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”-Ernest Hemingway


“The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.”-Ernest Hemingway


“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”-Ernest Hemingway


“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.”-Ernest Hemingway


“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.”-Ernest Hemingway

Franklin D Roosevelt

Often referred to as FDR, Franklin D Roosevelt was an American politician who became the 32nd President of the USA. He managed to win 4 presidential elections and remained at the post until his death in 1945. Scholars rate him among one of the best US Presidents of the USA after Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. His last two terms of office were during the World war yet he managed to keep his policies implemented well.

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”-Franklin D Roosevelt


“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”-Franklin D Roosevelt


“Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.”-Franklin D Roosevelt


“Never underestimate a man who overestimates himself.”-Franklin D Roosevelt


“Do something. If it works, do more of it. If it doesn’t, do something else.”-Franklin D Roosevelt


“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”-Franklin D Roosevelt


“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy, forget in time that men have died to win them.”-Franklin D Roosevelt


“If you treat people right they will treat you right—ninety percent of the time.”-Franklin D Roosevelt


“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”-Franklin D Roosevelt


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.”-Franklin D Roosevelt


“Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.”-Franklin D Roosevelt


“Freedom to learn is the first necessity of guaranteeing that man himself shall be self-reliant enough to be free.”-Franklin D Roosevelt

Friedrich Nietzsche

A German Philosopher, poet, composer, and cultural critic. His work had a deep influence on modern history. Before turning to philosophy he started his career as a classic philologist. He resigned from his positions in 1879 as he was keeping unwell. The next decade saw him complete most of his literary works. However, at age 44 his mental health deteriorated and he became an invalid.

“The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.”-Friedrich Nietzsche


“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”-Friedrich Nietzsche


“The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”-Friedrich Nietzsche


“There are no beautiful surfaces without a terrible depth.”-Friedrich Nietzsche


“What does your conscience say? — ‘You should become the person you are’.”-Friedrich Nietzsche


“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”-Friedrich Nietzsche


“A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.”-Friedrich Nietzsche


“That which does not kill us makes us stronger”.-Friedrich Nietzsche


“The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.”-Friedrich Nietzsche


“No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.”-Friedrich Nietzsche


“The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.”-Friedrich Nietzsche

Henry David Thoreau

An American poet, philosopher, and Essayist, Henry David Thoreau is best popular for his book Walden. His books, journals, articles comprise of nearly 20 volumes. In fact, his writing style focused on environmental science, ecology, and observations of nature. Another aspect that he covered was that of survival in the face of hostile conditions and natural decay. He also preached about abandoning waste and illusion in order to preserve nature.

“The world is but a canvas for our imagination.”-Henry David Thoreau


“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”-Henry David Thoreau


“Our life is frittered away by detail…simplify, simplify.”-Henry David Thoreau


“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.”-Henry David Thoreau


“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”-Henry David Thoreau


“Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.” -Henry David Thoreau


“Not all who wander are lost.”-Henry David Thoreau


“Things do not change; we change.”-Henry David Thoreau


“Most of the luxuries and many so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.”-Henry David Thoreau


“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”-Henry David Thoreau


“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” -Henry David Thoreau


“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”-Henry David Thoreau


“Dreams are the touchstones of our character.”-Henry David Thoreau


“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”-Henry David Thoreau


“Be yourself, not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.”-Henry David Thoreau


“Life isn’t about finding yourself; it’s about creating yourself. So live the life you imagined.”-Henry David Thoreau


“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”-Henry David Thoreau


“For an impenetrable shield, stand inside yourself.”-Henry David Thoreau


“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”-Henry David Thoreau


“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you have imagined.”-Henry David Thoreau


“There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living.”-Henry David Thoreau


“It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are… than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.”-Henry David Thoreau


“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”-Henry David Thoreau


“Nothing goes by luck in composition. It allows of no tricks. The best you can write will be the best you are.”-Henry David Thoreau


“What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.”-Henry David Thoreau


“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.”-Henry David Thoreau


“Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.”-Henry David Thoreau


“Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.”-Henry David Thoreau


“Books are to be distinguished by the grandeur of their topics even more than by the manner in which they are treated.”-Henry David Thoreau


“There is always a present and extant life, be it better or worse, which all combine to uphold.”-Henry David Thoreau

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a famous American poet as well as an educator. His works comprised of The Song of Hiawatha and Evangeline. Other of his achievements include translating Dante’s Divine Comedy. The first major poetry collections he wrote were Voices of the Night and Ballads and other poems. In 1854 he resigned from his teaching position so as to pay more attention to writing poetry. After his second wife’s death, it took him a long time to become focussed on writing poetry once again and he died an obscure death in 1882.

“Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“As the turning of logs will make a dull fire burn, so change of studies will a dull brain.”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“Noble souls, through dust and heat, rise from disaster and defeat the stronger.”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“The greatest grace of a gift, perhaps, is that it anticipates and admits of no return.”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“The bravest are the tenderest. The loving are the daring.”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it.”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“Fame comes only when deserved, and then is as inevitable as destiny, for it is destiny.”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“However things may seem, no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure.”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

John Keats

British by birth John Keats was famous for his romantic poems. He comprised of the second generation of romantic poets along with Lord Byron and P.C. Shelley. However, his acclaim was short-lived as he passed away from tuberculosis at the age of 25 years. During his lifetime critics did not encourage his talent. After his death, though their thinking changed and his poetry became an epitome of romance. His most famous works include “Ode to a nightingale” and “Sleep and poetry.”

“The only means of strengthening one’s intellect is to make up one’s mind about nothing, to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts.”-Jhon keats


“If poetry does not come as naturally as leaves to a tree, then it better not come at all.”-Jhon keats


“O for a life of Sensations rather than of Thoughts!”-Jhon keats


“There is nothing stable in the world; uproar’s your only music.”-Jhon keats


“There is not a fiercer hell than the failure in a great object.”-Jhon keats


“The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate.”-Jhon keats


“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.”-Jhon keats


“What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth.”-Jhon keats

Mark Twain

Originally named Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Mark Twain was a pen name. He was an American writer, publisher, lecturer, and humourist. In fact, William Faulkner even gave him the title of being the father of American Literature. Some of his reputed works include the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The wit and satire he used in his prose caused people to notice his writing and he eventually became friends to Presidents, artists, and other reputed people.

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain


“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain


“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” – Mark Twain


“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear” – Mark Twain


“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain


“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain


“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” – Mark Twain


“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain


“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” – Mark Twain


“A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.” – Mark Twain


“Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.” – Mark Twain


“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well”. – Mark Twain


“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain


“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” – Mark Twain


“Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.”– Mark Twain


“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.”– Mark Twain


“The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”– Mark Twain


“Do something every day that you don’t want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.”– Mark Twain


“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”– Mark Twain


“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”– Mark Twain


“It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.”– Mark Twain

Muhammad Ali

Cassius Clay or Muhammad Ali was a professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist. Also nicknamed as the Greatest he is probably one of the most celebrated boxers of his time. Born and brought up in Louisville Kentucky, Ali began his training in boxing at a young age of 12 years. At age 18 success came in the form of his first medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics. Later next year he converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali.

“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”-Muhammad Ali


“Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.”-Muhammad Ali


“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”-Muhammad Ali


“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”-Muhammad Ali


“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”-Muhammad Ali


“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”-Muhammad Ali


“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”-Muhammad Ali


“Don’t count the days, make the days count.”-Muhammad Ali


“To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.”-Muhammad Ali


“There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.”-Muhammad Ali


“Success is not achieved by winning all the time. Real success comes when we rise after we fall.”-Muhammad Ali


“Whoever knocks persistently, ends by entering.”-Muhammad Ali


“No one starts out on top. You have to work your way up.”-Muhammad Ali


“There’s nothing wrong with getting knocked down, as long as you get right back up.”-Muhammad Ali


“True success is reaching our potential without compromising our values. ”-Muhammad Ali


“Once the choice is made, do not look back, do not second-guess your decisions. Muhammad Ali


“Even the greatest was once a beginner. Don’t be afraid to take that first step. Muhammad Ali


“I try to learn as much as I can because I know nothing compared to what I need to know. Muhammad Ali


“Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.”-Muhammad Ali

Oscar Wilde

An Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde was quite a popular name in literary circles in Britain. His epigrams and plays and his novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray” added more acclaim to his name. However, he passed away at a young age of 46. Oscar Wilde dabbled in multiple fields trying journalism, poem writing, and giving lectures in the USA and Canada. His wit and satire are still followed by many writers in the present time.

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”― Oscar Wilde


“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”― Oscar Wilde


“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”― Oscar Wilde


“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”― Oscar Wilde


“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”― Oscar Wilde


“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”― Oscar Wilde


“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”― Oscar Wilde



It takes great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it.”― Oscar Wilde


“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”– Oscar Wilde


“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”– Oscar Wilde


“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”– Oscar Wilde


“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.”– Oscar Wilde


“A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.”– Oscar Wilde


“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”– Oscar Wilde


“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”– Oscar Wilde


“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”– Oscar Wilde


“With freedom, flowers, books, and the moon, who could not be perfectly happy?”― Oscar Wilde, De Profundis


“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”― Oscar Wilde


“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”― Oscar Wilde

Rabindranath Tagore

A poet, musician, polymath, and artist Rabindranath Tagore was also known as Gurudeva. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Rabindranath Tagore modified the situation of Bengali literature, art, music and became the first non-European to bag the Nobel prize in Literature in 1913. Though his poems were spiritual and soul touching they remained confined in the Bengali circles with other states of India having no access to his style. 

“If no one responds to your call, then go your own way alone.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in another time.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“I have spent many days stringing and unstringing my instrument while the song I came to sing remains unsung.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“Let my thoughts come to you, when I am gone, like the afterglow of sunset at the margin of starry silence.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“YOU are the big drop of dew under the lotus leaf, I am the smaller one on its upper side,’ said the dewdrop to the lake.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“The stars are not afraid to appear like fireflies.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“When you came you cried and everybody smiled with joy; when you go smile and let the world cry for you.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“We cross infinity with every step; we meet eternity in every second.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“Once we dreamt that we were strangers. We wake up to find that we were dear to each other.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“The roots below the earth claim no rewards for making the branches fruitful.


“The greed for fruit misses the flower.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle. It is the extinguishing of the flame because day is come.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“Perhaps the crescent moon smiles in doubt at being told that it is a fragment awaiting perfection.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“If you shut your door to all errors truth will be shut out.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“Let me light my lamp”, says the star, “And never debate if it will help to remove the darkness”-Rabindranath Tagore


“Never be afraid of the moments–thus sings the voice of the everlasting.


“The echo mocks her origin to prove she is the original.”-Rabindranath Tagore


“To tyrannize for the country is to tyrannize over the country”-Rabindranath Tagore

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American lecturer, philosopher, poet, and essayist. He delivered nearly 1500 lectures across the country and his essays talked about the pressures that the society was imposing on the individuals.  Within a few years, he shifted base from the philosophies that his contemporaries practiced.  Most of his essays were first written as lectures and then improvised before they went for printing. He was a mentor and close friend to
Henry David Thoreau.

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson 


“Even in the mud and scum of things, something always, always sings.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“But genius looks forward. The eyes of men are set in his forehead, not in his hindhead. Man hopes. Genius creates”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Each man has his own vocation; his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“No facts are to me sacred; none are profane; I simply experiment, an endless seeker with no past at my back.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of chance.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.””-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson


“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson


“The greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“The ancestor of every action is a thought.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not b sent to you. You have to win it.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


 “Love is a perfume you cannot pour onto others without getting a few drops on yourself.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Men succeed when they realize that their failures are the preparation for their victories.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Robert Frost

Otherwise an American Poet Robert Frost’s first works were published in Britain before coming to America. He was famous for realism in depictions of the rural society and he used this information to explain complex societal details. In fact, Robert Frost was the only poet to manage to get 4 Pulitzer prizes of Poetry during his lifetime.  1960 saw him getting the Congressional Gold medal for his contribution to the literary society.

“The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.” -Robert Frost


“The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.” Robert Frost


“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” -Robert Frost


“Never cut what you can untie.” -Robert Frost


“How many things would you attempt if you knew you could not fail.” -Robert Frost


“Something we were withholding made us weak, until we found it was ourselves.” -Robert Frost


“If society fits you comfortably enough, you call it freedom.” -Robert Frost


“To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.” -Robert Frost


“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.” -Robert Frost


“By faithfully working eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.” -Robert Frost


“Education doesn’t change life much. It just lifts trouble to a higher plane of regard.” -Robert Frost


“You can be a rank insider as well as a rank outsider.” -Robert Frost


“Education is hanging around until you’ve caught on.” -Robert Frost

Rudyard Kipling

An English poet, author, journalist, and short-story writer Rudyard Kipling was born in India. Most of his work was inspired by India and included the famous classics Kim and the jungle book. He also wrote several short stories like the man who would be king apart from several poems. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Kipling was supposed to be one of the most influential writers of England. In 1907 Kipling became the first English Language writer to bag the noble prize in Literature. 

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.“-Rudyard Kipling


“He wrapped himself in quotations – as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.“-Rudyard Kipling


“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble“-Rudyard Kipling


“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.“-Rudyard Kipling


“A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty.“-Rudyard Kipling


“We’re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding.“-Rudyard Kipling


“Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.“-Rudyard Kipling


“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.“-Rudyard Kipling


“I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.“-Rudyard Kipling


“Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.“-Rudyard Kipling


“No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.“-Rudyard Kipling


“There is no sin so great as ignorance. Remember this.“-Rudyard Kipling


“This is a brief life, but in its brevity it offers us some splendid moments, some meaningful adventures.“-Rudyard Kipling


“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.“-Rudyard Kipling


“Now, don’t be angry after you’ve been afraid. That’s the worst kind of cowardice.“-Rudyard Kipling


“Of all said words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these it might have been.“-Rudyard Kipling


“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same.“-Rudyard Kipling


“How can you do anything until you have seen everything,or as much as you can?“-Rudyard Kipling


“The glory of the garden lies in more than meets the eye.“-Rudyard Kipling

Thomas Hardy

An English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy was inspired by the romanticism of the other authors. He was a big critic of Victorian society and the conditions in which the downtrodden had to live there. Though he wrote poetry all his life his first collection got published only in 1898. Later he garnered praise for his novels like Far from the madding crowd and the mayor of Casterbridge.

“There is a condition worse than blindness, and that is, seeing something that isn’t there.”-Thomas Hardy


“You can do anything with bayonets except sit on them.”-Thomas Hardy


“Give the enemy not only a road for flight, but also a means of defending it.”-Thomas Hardy


“No one can read with profit that which he cannot learn to read with pleasure.”-Thomas Hardy


“A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.”-Thomas Hardy


“Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.”-Thomas Hardy


“Aspect are within us, and who seems most kingly is king.”-Thomas Hardy


“The resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.”-Thomas Hardy

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman was an American essayist, journalist, and poet. He was one of the most influential poets of that time and was named as the Father of free verse. In fact, his work was quite controversial for its time especially the collection of poems named Leaves of grass which was called Obscene. After publishing his own life was scrutinized as he seems to be in favor of homosexuality and probably even practiced it.

“The future is no more uncertain than the present.”-Walt Whitman


“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.”-Walt Whitman


“Be curious, not judgmental.-Walt Whitman.”-Walt Whitman


“Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.”-Walt Whitman


“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”-Walt Whitman


“The whole theory of the universe is directed unerringly to one single individual.”-Walt Whitman


“Re-examine all that you have been told… dismiss that which insults your soul.”-Walt Whitman


“Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”-Walt Whitman


“The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.”-Walt Whitman


“And there is no trade or employment but the young man following it may become a hero.”-Walt Whitman


“What is that you express in your eyes? It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life.”-Walt Whitman


“Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch.”-Walt Whitman


“Battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.”-Walt Whitman


“There is no God any more divine than Yourself.”-Walt Whitman

William Blake

William Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker and did not receive much appreciation during his lifetime. However, later people took inspiration from his style of poetry, and critics proclaimed him as the best artist England has ever produced. In a survey of 100 greatest Britons, William Blake found himself at position no 38. His paintings were quite unique and wonderful and considered a part of the romantic movement.

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.”-William Blake


“A truth that’s told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent.”-William Blake


“Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.”-William Blake


“The imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself.”-William Blake


“The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.”-William Blake


“The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.”-William Blake


“In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.”-William Blake


“You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.”-William Blake


“Truth can never be told so as to be understood and not be believed.”-William Blake


“Every Night and every Morn Some to Misery are born. Every Morn and every Night Some are born to Sweet Delight, Some are born to Endless Night.”-William Blake


“He who kisses joy as it flies by will live in eternity’s sunrise.”-William Blake


“He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.”-William Blake


“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is – infinite.”-William Blake


“A man can’t soar too high, when he flies with his own wings.”-William Blake


“Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius.”-William Blake


“Great things are done when men and mountains meet.”-William Blake


“Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.


“The most sublime act is to set another before you.”-William Blake


“A good local pub has much in common with a church, except that a pub is warmer, and there’s more conversation.”-William Blake


“Some are born to sweet delight, Some are born to endless night.”-William Blake


“Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow.”-William Blake


“Those who control their passions do so because their passions are weak enough to be controlled.”-William Blake


“Everything to be imagined is an image of truth.”-William Blake


“The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn of the crow.”-William Blake


“He who replies to words of doubt doth put the light of knowledge out.”-William Blake


“What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.”-William Blake


“The fool who persists in his folly will become wise.”-William Blake


“Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow.” -William Blake


“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.”-William Blake


“Execution is the chariot of genius” -William Blake


“What is now proved was once only imagined.“-William Blake


“The imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself.” -William Blake


“Better to shun the bait than struggle in the snare.”-William Blake


“Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.”-William Blake

William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and considered as a formidable figure of British literary circles. He found the Abbey Theatre and served as the senator of the Irish state for two terms. His childhood was spent understanding poetry, occult, and Irish Legends. The first collection of poems came out in 1889 and after 1900 his poems adopted a more physical approach. He was awarded the Nobel prize for Literature in 1923.

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”-William Butler Yeats


“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”-William Butler Yeats


“Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.”-William Butler Yeats


“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”-William Butler Yeats


“Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.”-William Butler Yeats


“There are no strangers, only friends you have not met yet.”-William Butler Yeats


“To long a sacrifice can make a stone of a heart.”-William Butler Yeats


“All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions.”-William Butler Yeats


“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”-William Butler Yeats


“We taste and feel and see the truth. We do not reason ourselves into it.”-William Butler Yeats


“The mystical life is at the centre of all that I do and all that I think and all that I write.”-William Butler Yeats


“Things fall apart; the center cannot hold…”-William Butler Yeats


“When one gets quiet, then something wakes up inside one, something happy and quiet like the stars.”-William Butler Yeats


“For the winds that awakened the stars are blowing through my blood.”-William Butler Yeats


“The blessed spirits must be sought within the self which is common to all.”-William Butler Yeats

William Shakespeare

An English poet, writer, and actor William Shakespeare is considered the best author that has ever been born. People often call him the poet of England or Bard of Avon. His works include 39 plays, 154 sonnets, two narrative poems, and multiple works that were never recognized. Most of his works were created between 1589 and 1613 and the early works were primarily comedies and histories. 

“Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.”-William Shakespeare


“Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.”-William Shakespeare


“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”-William Shakespeare


“Men of few words are the best men.”-William Shakespeare


“Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue.”-William Shakespeare


“Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.”-William Shakespeare


“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.”-William Shakespeare


“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”-William Shakespeare


“Give every man thy ear but few thy voice.” -William Shakespeare


“To do a great right do a little wrong.” -William Shakespeare


“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”-William Shakespeare


“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.”-William Shakespeare


“Have more than you show, speak less than you know.”-William Shakespeare


“Always the wrong person gives you the right lesson in life.”-William Shakespeare


“Knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.”-William Shakespeare


“Time is very slow for those who wait. Very fast for those who are scared. Very long for those who celebrate. But for those who love, time is eternal.”-William Shakespeare


“No legacy is so rich as honesty.”-William Shakespeare


“If money go before, all ways do lie open.”-William Shakespeare


“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”-William Shakespeare 


“If to do were as easy to know what were good to do.”-William Shakespeare


“The eyes are the window to your soul.”-William Shakespeare


“Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.”-William Shakespeare


“Expectation is the root of all heartache.”-William Shakespeare


“Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.”-William Shakespeare


“Be great in act, as you have been in thought.”-William Shakespeare


Inspirational Word

Inspirational Is ADJECTIVE

Inspirational Meaning :

  • Providing or showing creative or spiritual inspiration.

Inspirational Synonyms : 

  • Exciting, Stirring, Action-Packed, Rip-Roaring, Gripping, Riveting, Fascinating, Dramatic, Hair-Raising, Rousing, Lively, Animated, Spirited, Stimulating, Moving, Inspiring, Inspirational, Electrifying, Passionate, Impassioned, Emotive, Emotional, Emotion-Charged, Heady, Soul-Stirring


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