Inspirational Quotes

Inspirational quotes are wonderful motivational tools. Quotes can be a powerful part of your leadership development plan. 

Select quotations that are insightful, positive and memorable will help to highlight the strength and persistence of the human spirit.

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We've taken time here to hand pick some of the most inspirational quotes we could find. Many key inspirations come from famous philosophers of the past as well as by a few great thinkers of today.

These special insights can assist you to feel more encouraged and empowered as a leader. As a result, you will be more apt to share these life lessons with your team members - thereby helping you to be perceived by your staff as a more thoughtful, caring and effective leader.

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- Geneane M. Bazan

Go into your next meeting with a very clear vision for what you want to accomplish.  Define your outcome in advance.  That's the only way to accurately measure whether or not you were successful.  

As part of your preparation, research a couple well chosen inspirational quotes.  Consider introducing one at the beginning of your presentation, and use the second inspirational quote at the end.

Quotations can be powerful tools to help the presenter drive home that one key point that you want your listeners to walk away with, and we've done our own research in an effort to assist you in your efforts.

Inspirational Quotes For Action

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"The greatest use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it."

- William James

"The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie."

- Ann Landers

"The Internet is an audience of one, a million times over."

- Peter Guber

"Ignorance is not bliss – it’s oblivion."

- Philip Wilie

"If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities."

-Maya Angelou

"We learn something every day, and lots of times it’s that what we learned the day before was wrong."

- Bill Vaughn

"Why wait to be memorable?"

- Anthony Robbins

"The impossible is often the untried."

- Jim Goodwin

"Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave."

- Henry Peter Brougham

"The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as in playing a poor hand well."

- H.T. Leslie

"There is nothing like a dream to create the future."

- Victor Hugo

"Do not think of your faults, still less of others’ faults; look for what is good and strong, and try to imitate it."

- John Ruskin

"There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self."

- Aldous Huxley

"A sacred thing is timely silence, and better than any speech."

- Plutarch

"Be bold. If you’re going to make an error, make a doozy, and don’t be afraid to hit the ball."

- Billie Jean King

"Take what you learn and make a difference with it."

- Unknown

"Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish."

- Michelangelo

"Affluence, unboundedness, and abundance are our natural states. We need only to restore the memory of what we already know."

- Deepak Chopra

"One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things."

- Henry Miller

"Only the inquiring mind solves problems."

- Edward Hodnett

"There is nothing like a dream to create the future."

- Victor Hugo

"Do not think of your faults, still less of others’ faults; look for what is good and strong, and try to imitate it."

- John Ruskin

"Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well."

- Buddha

"The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart."

- Robert G. Ingersoll

"Follow the grain in your own wood."

- Howard Thurman

"Anything can happen, child. Anything can be."

- Shel Silverstein

"I’ll not listen to reason… Reason always means what someone else has got to say."

- Elizabeth Gaskell

"Out of intense complexities, intense implicities emerge."

- Winston Churchill

"It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere."

- Agnes Repplier

"Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility."

- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

"They sicken of the calm, those who knew the storm."

- Dorothy Parker

"Strive for perfection in everything you do… Accept nothing as nearly right or good enough."

- Sir Frederick Henry Royce

"Second only to freedom, learning is the most precious option on earth."

- Norman Cousins

"Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn’t spend half our time wishing."

- Alexander Woollcott

"We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are."

- Anais Nin

"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity."

- Horace Mann

"The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible."

- Arthur C. Clarke

"Our greatest glory is not never failing, but in rising every time we fail."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces."

- Will Rodgers

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."

- Mother Teresa

"The unexamined life is not worth living."

- Plato

"What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other."

- George Eliot

"We know what a person things not when they tell us what they are thinking, but by their actions."

- Isaac Bashevis Singer

"The greatest gift we can give one another is rapt attention to one another’s existence."

- Sue Atchley Ebaugh

"The universe if full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."

- Eden Philpotts

"Nobody can dim the light which shines from within."

- Maya Angelo

"A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success."

- Cullen Hightower

Inspirational quotes are powerful tools that you now have readily available in your success-library of tools and resources.

When preparing for your next staff meeting or presentation, use one or two select inspirational quotes to help support your main message.

Research the origin of the quote and you may be able to share an insightful story with your team will will make your meeting more interesting.

For additional inspirational quotes, we invite you to review our page on Pinterest.

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