Quotations of Inspiration and Motivation

Quotations of Inspiration and Motivation: A collection which can help inspire and motivate the soul - whether for business, leadership, success or for everyday life. We would like to share with you this selection which has given us much inspiration and motivation.

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Achievement / Effectiveness / Success / Time Management / Productivity

“It is the busiest man who has time to spare.” - Cyril Parkinson

“It’s not enough to be busy. The question is: what are you busy about?” - Henry Thoreau

“Do all your work as though you had a thousand years to live, and as if you know you must die tomorrow” - Mother Ann Lee

“Tomorrow never comes when it suits a crowded calendar. Tomorrow comes precisely and inevitably - tomorrow.” - Anon

“Come what come may, Time and the hour runs through the roughest day.” - William Shakespeare

“We cannot change the march of time, but to compensate, we have been given the almost immeasurable privilege of being able to largely decide how to spend it.” - Anon

“I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.” - William Shakespeare

“I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.” - Albert Einstein

“The future comes unaided. But we have to create progress.” - Poul Henningsen

“Winning starts with beginning.” - Anon

“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” - Anthony Robbins

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.” - Lao Tzu

“Each and every change has to move us closer to our ultimate goal... Every detail must have a purpose.” - Anon

“A difference which makes no difference is no difference.” - William James

“[Innovative thinkers] have a rare sense of the moment. They know how vital it is to keep in touch with the many different impulses of the modern world. Impulses waiting to be interpreted - but all too often ignored because they disturb a fixed image of how the world should be.” - Anon

“The tyranny of things starts with people themselves.” - Anon

“Becoming used to certain standards can colour our judgement, leading us to set restrictive parameters on new experience. Yet, watching children brought up on a diet of electronic entertainment, reacting with spontaneous delight to their first live pantomime performance reminds us of the joy to be had if we open our minds fully to new experiences. Appreciating the realities of each new experience, without reservation, can provide enormous pleasure.” - Anon

“People learn to take things for granted with amazing speed... We have seen everything - or so we think. But most people have only seen the beginning, because they are looking the wrong way... The view from the top is both wider and better.” - Anon

“Every single day, we are able to shape the content of our own future. And our own progress.” - Anon

“Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” - Matthew 7:7

“Success depends on execution; on the ability to turn good intentions into action.” - Anon

“Everything always comes right on the night. When the curtain rises even the most difficult acts are made to seem like child’s play. But as everyone knows, behind every successful performance lies a mountain of hard work. In fact, much more goes on behind the scenes than the audience would ever guess.” - Anon

“Fundamentals are the key to success.” - Anthony Robbins

“Success requires expertise and timely objective information.” - Peter Gerstmann

“Knowledge is the quickest and safest path to success in any area of life... Success can be learned...” - Charles Givens

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” - Bill Cosby

“Success is a great deodorant. It takes away all your past smells.” - Elizabeth Taylor

“Understanding your customers and your staff is critical to success whether you are running a business or providing services to the community.” - Peter Gerstmann

“The global marketplace has changed everything. You cannot produce quality without having people who are empowered to be customer focused, fast, friendly, flexible.” - Rosabeth Moss Kanter


Character / Personal Development

“Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.” - Goethe

“True ugliness comprises only ugly thoughts and deeds.” - Peter Gerstmann

“It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.” - Anon

“There is no real excellence in all this world which can be separated from right living.” - David Jordan

“[Achievement] involves us in taking what is given, what is basic, and elevating it by talent and discipline onto a higher plane. Talent combines inspiration, which is a gift, with interpretation, executing and perfecting every last detail. Discipline provides continuous effort to ensure that talent is constantly directed towards the same goal.” - Anon

“It is true of all great experiences: Their reputation precedes them.” - Anon

“Great stage personalities always have one thing in common: A special character which can be difficult to define. For just what is it that singles someone out from the crowd?” - Anon

“Great actors, musicians and singers all have a magnetic presence on stage which is hard to define. In part it comes from the years spent perfecting their art which gives them unshakable confidence in their talents.” - Anon

“There is an old saying that clothes make the man. Props by themselves cannot turn actors into kings.” - Anon

“When the influential play the leading role, they call on subtlety as well as raw power.” - Peter Gerstmann

“The role of the expert is not to be right more often than others but to be wrong for more sophisticated reasons.” - Anon

“Man is the measure of all things.” - Protagoras

“Doubt occurs when we leave the world of absolutes and enter the world of comparisons.” - Anon

“Strength is not always measured in size.” - Anon

“To get into the theatre, you have to have a ticket.” - Anon

“Even the most fiercely independent person sometimes allows himself to be spellbound by another’s magic. Magic is universal and each century gives birth to a few talented people who create magic in everything they do and say. They are a living, creative provocation. A challenge to the predictable. They show us things that we have trouble believing and which we cannot always comprehend. And fascination increases with wonder.” - Anon



“I Am Me.” - Peter Gerstmann

You may be interested in this article on this site from which this quote comes and in which identity and self are discussed: Self and Inner Self: Existence, Identity and Being - “I Am Me”.


Communicating Effectively

“Let thy speak be short, comprehending much in few words.” - Ecclesiasticus

“The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.” - Salvador Dali


Delegating Effectively

“You will never have so much authority as when you begin to give it away.” - Anon



“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things, because the innovator has for enemies, all those who would have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new.” - Machiavelli (from The Prince)

“As with all performing arts, it sometimes takes the genius of a Director to bring out the best in each individual’s performance.” - Anon


Meetings Management

“It is essential for the Cabinet to move on, leaving in its wake a trail of clear, crisp, uncompromising decisions. That is what government is about. And the challenge to democracy is to get it done quickly.” - Clement Atlee


Paperwork Management

“Do not on any account attempt to write on both sides of the paper at once.” - 1066 And All That



“Many things have to be seen to be believed. But, of course, no one should believe everything he sees.” - Anon

“Perception is reality to the perceiver.” - Anon

“People use appearances to make judgements about reality.” - Anon

You may be interested in this article on this site in which perception and reality are discussed: Self and Inner Self: Existence, Identity and Being - “I Am Me”.


Positive Thinking

“You don’t come into life inert and unarmed, you have millions of years of experience of life in you to help you confront anything that imperils your life.” - Sir Laurens van der Post

“I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” - Thomas Edison

“Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe.” - St. Augustine


Problem Solving

“All problems are difficult before they are easy.” - Proverb

“The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes.” - Proust

“Computers are useless, they only give you answers.” - Pablo Picasso

“Without paints in tubes there would have been no Cezanne, Monet, Sisley or Pissarro.” - Auguste Renoir



“In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words: people, product and profits. Unless you’ve got a good team, you can’t do much with the other two.” - Lee Iacocca

“The soloist stands alone on the stage with his talent and his repertoire. But reality is totally different for a musical ensemble. Here very different talents and temperaments must cooperate in their search for perfect unity. When they succeed, the result is wonderful. Synergetic.” - Anon

“When an orchestra performs, diverse talents and temperaments have to be carefully integrated to achieve a perfect performance. The results can be electrifying, the quality of the whole sound being infinitely greater than the sum of the parts.” - Anon


Reference Links - published and online quotations, reference and dictionary resources

Quotations and reference resource links

“The search for the mot juste is not a pedantic fad but a vital necessity. Words are our precision tools. Imprecision engenders ambiguity and hours are wasted in removing verbal misunderstandings before the argument of substance can begin.” - Anonymous Civil Servant

For a more extensive store of passages, phrases and proverbs, Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations: A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature, is unbeatable. See Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations at Amazon.com, or see Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations at Amazon.co.uk, or visit Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, and other reference works from Bartleby online.

A good, inexpensive and highly useful quotation reference work is The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. See The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations at Amazon.com, or see The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations at Amazon.co.uk.

For business quotations, The Forbes Book of Business Quotations provides weighty, and witty thoughts on the world of business from business leaders and mavericks, philosophers and pundits, poets and politicians, gathered across the centuries, from many corners of the world. See The Forbes Book of Business Quotations at Amazon.com, or see The Forbes Book of Business Quotations at Amazon.co.uk.

If you need an alternative word (or help with a crossword!) try Thesaurus.com. An excellent published thesaurus for U.S. English speakers is Webster’s New World Thesaurus - see Webster’s New World Thesaurus at Amazon.com. British English speakers are well catered for with The New Oxford Thesaurus of English - see The New Oxford Thesaurus of English at Amazon.co.uk.

You can access Webster’s Dictionary plus a collection of Internet-related words and a guide to writing style at Dictionary.com.

Of course, if you want the ultimate collectors’ dictionary of the English language, then The Oxford English Dictionary is ‘The One’ - for those with very deep pockets only! See The Oxford English Dictionary (20 Volume Set) (Vols 1-20) at Amazon.com or The Oxford English Dictionary : second edition (20 Volumes Set) at Amazon.co.uk.

For a substantial cost saving over the version of The Oxford English Dictionary above, see the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary - Deluxe Leather Bound Edition at Amazon.co.uk.

For the rest of us, more affordable English dictionaries are available. For U.S. English speakers, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary is a good choice - see Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition thumb-notched with Win/Mac CD-ROM and Online Subscription at Amazon.com. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary is an excellent resource too - see the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary: Sixth Edition at Amazon.com, or see the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary - Sixth Edition at Amazon.co.uk.

To help enure there are no international misunderstandings regarding your use of English, check out the definitive American-British and British-American Dictionaries at TravelFurther.net - fun, charming site by an American living in the UK - and refreshingly free of advertising on this site!

Find definitions and translations for more than 13 million words, including technical words used in business and other areas, including sport and medicine, free at OneLook. OneLook’s reverse dictionary lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept! Your description can be a few words, a sentence, a question, or even just a single word.

For a more comprehensive diagnosis on medical matters, consult MedWeb’s large searchable database of Internet health resources.

The Encyclopædia Britannica is available online to subscribers only - you may get a free trial before deciding to buy. Alternatively, you might like the luxury of owning the print edition, which could be a collector’s item - see the Encyclopedia Britannica at Amazon.com or see the Encyclopedia Britannica at Amazon.co.uk. Like the luxury Oxford English Dictionary (above), the print edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica could be an investment for those who are very serious or truly passionate about knowledge.

For freely available and extensive stuff, My Virtual Reference Desk is a whopper of a reference site: encyclopaedias, newspapers and other news sources around the world, thesauruses, phone books, people-finder, history, genealogy, world religions, law, libraries, government..., the lot. Family friendly web site that indexes and reviews quality, credible, and current web-based reference resources.

With more than millions of articles in dozens of languages, contributed collaboratively by volunteers around the world, Wikipedia is a great and innovative free online encyclopedia.

Internet search resources are among the most used applications on the web. Ask.com is a powerful natural-language search engine which deals with web-related questions. For excellent Internet search, Google provides fast, highly relevant results. Yahoo and Bing provide alternative, high quality Internet search resources of note.

Finally, for finding something obscure (got a quiz to set?), or just for fun and fascination, have a look at the Encyclopedia Mythica, an “On-line encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, and legend, containing definitions of deities, fabulous creatures and places, as well as images and stories.” For references on the occult, mysticism, and the paranormal try The Mystica encyclopedia.

“May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm on your face, may the rains fall soft upon your fields, and, until we meet again... may God hold you softly in the palm of His hand.” - Old Irish Blessing


Quotation reference links for quotation authors and people quoted on this page

Marlene Dietrich at Wikipedia | Marlene Dietrich at Amazon.com | Marlene Dietrich at Amazon.co.uk

Cyril Parkinson at Wikipedia | Cyril Parkinson at Amazon.com | Cyril Parkinson at Amazon.co.uk

Henry Thoreau at Wikipedia | Henry Thoreau at Amazon.com | Henry Thoreau at Amazon.co.uk

Mother Ann Lee at Wikipedia | Mother Ann Lee at Amazon.com | Mother Ann Lee at Amazon.co.uk

William Shakespeare at Wikipedia | William Shakespeare at Amazon.com | William Shakespeare at Amazon.co.uk

Albert Einstein at Wikipedia | Albert Einstein at Amazon.com | Albert Einstein at Amazon.co.uk

Poul Henningsen at Wikipedia | Poul Henningsen at Amazon.com

Anthony Robbins at Wikipedia | Anthony Robbins at Amazon.com | Anthony Robbins at Amazon.co.uk

Lao Tzu at Wikipedia | Lao Tzu at Amazon.com | Lao Tzu at Amazon.co.uk

William James at Wikipedia | William James at Amazon.com | William James at Amazon.co.uk

Matthew the Evangelist at Wikipedia | Matthew the Evangelist at Amazon.com | Matthew the Evangelist at Amazon.co.uk

Peter Gerstmann here | Peter Gerstmann at Amazon.com | Peter Gerstmann at Amazon.co.uk

Charles Givens at Wikipedia | Charles Givens at Amazon.com | Charles Givens at Amazon.co.uk

Bill Cosby at Wikipedia | Bill Cosby at Amazon.com | Bill Cosby at Amazon.co.uk

Elizabeth Taylor at Wikipedia | Elizabeth Taylor at Amazon.com | Elizabeth Taylor at Amazon.co.uk

Rosabeth Moss Kanter at Wikipedia | Rosabeth Moss Kanter at Amazon.com | Rosabeth Moss Kanter at Amazon.co.uk

Goethe at Wikipedia | Goethe at Amazon.com | Goethe at Amazon.co.uk

Protagoras at Wikipedia | Protagoras at Amazon.com | Protagoras at Amazon.co.uk

Ecclesiasticus at Wikipedia | Ecclesiasticus at Amazon.com | Ecclesiasticus at Amazon.co.uk

Salvador Dali at Wikipedia | Salvador Dali at Amazon.com | Salvador Dali at Amazon.co.uk

Machiavelli at Wikipedia | Machiavelli at Amazon.com | Machiavelli at Amazon.co.uk

Clement Atlee at Wikipedia | Clement Atlee at Amazon.com | Clement Atlee at Amazon.co.uk

1066 And All That at Wikipedia | 1066 And All That at Amazon.com | 1066 And All That at Amazon.co.uk

Sir Laurens van der Post at Wikipedia | Sir Laurens van der Post at Amazon.com | Sir Laurens van der Post at Amazon.co.uk

Thomas Edison at Wikipedia | Thomas Edison at Amazon.com | Thomas Edison at Amazon.co.uk

St. Augustine at Wikipedia | St. Augustine at Amazon.com | St. Augustine at Amazon.co.uk

Proust at Wikipedia | Proust at Amazon.com | Proust at Amazon.co.uk

Pablo Picasso at Wikipedia | Pablo Picasso at Amazon.com | Pablo Picasso at Amazon.co.uk

Auguste Renoir at Wikipedia | Auguste Renoir at Amazon.com | Auguste Renoir at Amazon.co.uk

Lee Iacocca at Wikipedia | Lee Iacocca at Amazon.com | Lee Iacocca at Amazon.co.uk


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