At least from time to time, we’re all in need of some good, inspirational quotations to help lift our spirits and remind us that we really can accomplish the innermost desires of our hearts. Here’s a quick list of ten of the most inspiring thoughts ever uttered by man. Best wishes on living the life you’ve always wanted to live.
Those who stand at the threshold of life always waiting for the right time to change are like the man who stands at the bank of a river waiting for the water to pass so he can cross on dry land. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
We’ve got to take courage and take charge, putting forth the effort needed to rise up to the challenges before us. Let’s not play it safe and watch life pass before our eyes. Let’s step up today, making the changes we need to make in order to give us a better existence.
Our destiny is not determined by the number of times we stumble but by the number of times we rise up, dust ourselves off, and move forward. – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Failure, tribulation and setbacks are each an inevitable component of life, but none of that has to define us. We can keep moving forward, dusting off the remnants of weakness and continually gaining strength. Dieter Uchtdorf also profoundly said, “It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself, that determines how your life’s story will develop.”
There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle. – Robert Alden
There is much sadness in life, but we don’t have to let the grief consume us. I love this quote because no matter how challenging, rough and dark times get, we always have hope. Even when all of your faith only amounts to a small flicker of light, that’s enough motivation to push out the darkness. There is opposition in the world, but the good can always outshine the bad if we let it.
Happiness does not depend upon what happens outside of you, but on what happens inside of you. It is measured by the spirit with which you meet the problems of life. – Spencer W. Kimball
Often we get caught up in thinking that happiness is a result of our circumstances and is an emotion outside of our control, but happiness really is a choice. If you want to live a positive and meaningful life, you can. If you want to let outside influences dictate the way you feel, though, you can. Your attitude is yours, so choose wisely.
We must not let the things we can’t do keep us from doing the things we can do. – Richard L. Evans
Much of life is out of our control, but we don’t have to give up our agency just because we can’t determine every detail in life. You may not be able to overcome a chronic disease, but you can still try to eat healthy and properly exercise to make the most of what health you do have. You may have experienced a variety of setbacks that limit you in many ways, but you can still take advantage of the possibilities that are in front of you. David S. Baxter said, “The real tragedy in the whirlwinds of life comes only when we allow them to blow us off our true course.”
Perfection is an eternal trek. . . . The speed with which we head along the straight and narrow path isn’t as important as the direction in which we are traveling. That direction, if it is leading toward eternal goals, is the all-important factor. – Marvin J. Ashton
Sometimes we get discouraged because we are not reaching our goals as fast as we’d like to, but there’s comfort in knowing that we are on the path that leads to good. In the short run, we won’t be perfect in everything, but we can continue to find strength from knowing we are headed down the road we personally want to be on.
One who wants to do something, will find a way; One who doesn’t, will find an excuse. – Confucius
There may be a few exceptions, but in general, when we’re really motivated to accomplish something, we tend to put all of efforts toward reaching a goal. On the other hand, we’re so resourceful when it comes time to make excuses for why we weren’t able to perform X, Y or Z. If you really want to get something good done, don’t accept failure and justify why your shortcomings held you back. Find a way to achieve what you want to and proceed accordingly.
This is a wonderful time to be on earth. While there is much that is wrong in the world today, there are many things that are right and good. There are marriages that make it, parents who love their children and sacrifice for them, friends who care about us and help us, teachers who teach. Our lives are blessed in countless ways. – Thomas S. Monson
It’s easy to get depressed about all that is negative, but we can choose to stay positive and grateful, recognizing the good that is all around us. Dallin H. Oaks said, “When we give thanks in all things, we see hardships and adversities in the context of the purpose of life.” Even our setbacks can instruct and edify, molding us into the educated and empowered individuals we need to be in order to effectively combat the challenges of life.
If you want to forget all your other problems, wear a pair of shoes that are too tight! – African Proverb as Quoted by Paul Sherwen
Sometimes we get so caught up with our own problems that we forget to have perspective, understanding that things really could be worse and we are blessed as is. Try to see your setbacks as what they are: temporary stumbling blocks for you, as an eternal being, to pass through. Orson F. Whitney wrote, “No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude, and humility. All that we suffer… builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable . . . .” Learn from pain and move forward, realizing things could be worse.
You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good. – Jerry West
Life is about pressing on even when you don’t feel like it. Keep your back straight, shoulders square and chin up. Realize that reaching your dreams will take hard work, but you’re up to the challenge. Dedicate yourself to worthy goals and push through the pain.