Inspiration Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old inspiration quotes, inspiration sayings, and inspiration proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Inspiration is one thing and you can't control it, but hard work is what keeps the ship moving. Good luck means, work hard. Keep up the good work.     

Kevin Eubanks

My daughter is my greatest inspiration.     

Whitney Houston

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.     

Jack London

Inspiration comes from so many sources. Music, other fiction, the non-fiction I read, TV shows, films, news reports, people I know, stories I hear, misheard words or lyrics, dreams     

Trudi Canavan

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.     

Aristotle Onassis

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.     

Alan Kay

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.     

Henry David Thoreau

I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.     

Oprah Winfrey

Inspiration and genius--one and the same.     

Victor Hugo

Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.     

Bo Bennett

Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.     

Maya Angelou

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.     

Swami Sivananda

Believe you can and you're halfway there.     

Theodore Roosevelt

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.     

Maya Angelou

Whoever is happy will make others happy too.     

Anne Frank

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

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

Rabindranath Tagore

When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.     

Wilma Rudolph

Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.     

Walt Whitman

Out of difficulties grow miracles.     

Jean De La Bruyere

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.     

Martin Luther

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.     

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back.     

Babe Ruth

Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.     

Steve Jobs

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.     

Milton Berle

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.     

Charlotte Whitton

Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.     

Robert Frost

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.     

Joseph Campbell

I dwell in possibility.     

Emily Dickinson

From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.     

Aeschylus

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.     

Hermann Hesse

Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.     

Bernard Williams

It is never too late to be what you might have been.     

George Eliot

Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment.     

Arthur Helps

The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.     

Leo Buscaglia

A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.     

James Allen

Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.     

Johannes Brahms

I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.     

Georgia O'Keeffe

What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.     

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!     

John Muir

I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today!     

William Allen White

We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.     

Tony Robbins

Nothing is worth more than this day.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past.     

Richard Bach

Great hopes make great men.     

Thomas Fuller

Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon... must inevitably come to pass!     

Paul J. Meyer

Ideas shape the course of history.     

John Maynard Keynes

I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.     

Gustave Flaubert

The Wright brothers flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility.     

Charles Kettering