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Kindness

  • Kindness is the new Black - unknown
  • Always be a little kinder than necessary. - James Barrie.
  • One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession. - Sophocles
  • Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. - Princess Diana
  • A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. - Saint Basil
  • You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force. - Publilius Syrus
  • "To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue. They are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness." -Confucius
  • "A friend is one to whom you can pour out the contents of your heart, chaff and grain alike. Knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away." -Unknown
  • "Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. (Psalms 143:8)." -Bible
  • "I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." -Stephan Grellet
  • "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." -Tennessee Williams
  • "Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love." -Lao Tzu
  • "Kindness is always fashionable." -Amelia E. Barr
  • "Live. Breathe. It is not fear that we need to live by, but joy, hope. Inside you, in your ocean, maybe it seems barren; maybe it feels as if there is no hope, no kindness, no reason for happiness. But deep within you, undeniably, something rumbles, cries out, wants to be born. Allow the joy to come forward. Allow the hope to exist." -Maharaji
  • "My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." -Dalai Lama
  • "Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty." -Anne Herbert
  • "Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind." -Henri-Frédéric Amiel

100 Motivational Quotes

  • Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill
  • Your time is limited, so donít waste it living someone elseís life. –Steve Jobs
  • Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein
  • Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost
  • The common question that gets asked in business is, Ďwhy?í Thatís a good question, but an equally valid question is, Ďwhy not?í -Jeffrey Bezos
  • You miss 100% of the shots you donít take. –Wayne Gretzky
  • Iíve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. Iíve lost almost 300 games. 26 times Iíve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. Iíve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. –Michael Jordan
  • Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. –Babe Ruth
  • Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. –W. Clement Stone
  • Life is what happens to you while youíre busy making other plans. –John Lennon
  • We become what we think about. –Earl Nightingale
  • Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didnít do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain
  • Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. –John Maxwell
  • If you do what youíve always done, youíll get what youíve always gotten. –Tony Robbins
  • The mind is everything. What you think you become. –Buddha
  • The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb
  • An unexamined life is not worth living. –Socrates
  • Eighty percent of success is showing up. –Woody Allen
  • Donít wait. The time will never be just right. –Napoleon Hill
  • Winning isnít everything, but wanting to win is. –Vince Lombardi
  • I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –Stephen Covey
  • Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. –Pablo Picasso
  • You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –Christopher Columbus
  • Iíve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou
  • Either you run the day, or the day runs you. –Jim Rohn
  • Whether you think you can or you think you canít, youíre right. –Henry Ford
  • The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain
  • Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The best revenge is massive success. –Frank Sinatra
  • People often say that motivation doesnít last. Well, neither does bathing. Thatís why we recommend it daily. –Zig Ziglar
  • Inspiration exists, but it must find you working. –Pablo Picasso
  • If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint,Ē then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh
  • There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. –Aristotle
  • Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. –Henry Ford
  • The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. –Henry David Thoreau
  • When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me. –Erma Bombeck
  • Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, "Whatís in it for me?Ē – Brian Tracy
  • Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb
  • Believe you can and youíre halfway there. –Theodore Roosevelt
  • Everything youíve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. –George Addair
  • We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. –Plato
  • Once you choose hope, anythingís possible. –Christopher Reeve
  • Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. –Arthur Ashe
  • When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down Ďhappyí. They told me I didnít understand the assignment, and I told them they didnít understand life. –John Lennon
  • Fall seven times and stand up eight. –Japanese Proverb
  • When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. –Helen Keller
  • Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. –Confucious
  • How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. –Anne Frank
  • When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. –Lao Tzu
  • The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength not a lack of knowledge but rather a lack of will. –Vince Lombardi
  • Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions. –Dalai Lama
  • The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. –Arthur C. Clarke
  • First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. –Aristotle
  • If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. –Latin Proverb
  • You canít fall if you donít climb. But thereís no joy in living your whole life on the ground. –Unknown
  • Whoever loves much, performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. –Vincent Van Gogh
  • Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. –Les Brown
  • Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. –Joshua J. Marine
  • The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. –Walt Disney
  • I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. –Leonardo da Vinci
  • Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. –Jamie Paolinetti
  • Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free. –Jim Morrison
  • Whatís 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
  • I didnít fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. –Benjamin Franklin
  • In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. –Bill Cosby
  • A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein
  • The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. –Chinese Proverb
  • There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. –Roger Staubach
  • It is never too late to be what you might have been. –George Eliot
  • You become what you believe. –Oprah Winfrey
  • I would rather die of passion than of boredom. –Vincent van Gogh
  • A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. –Unknown
  • It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings. –Ann Landers
  • If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. –Abigail Van Buren
  • Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. –Farrah Gray
  • Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. –Frank Zappa
  • Education costs money. But then so does ignorance. –Sir Claus Moser
  • Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. –H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. –Confucius
  • Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others. –H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. –Dalai Lama
  • You canít use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. –Maya Angelou
  • Dream big and dare to fail. –Norman Vaughan
  • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. –Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. –Teddy Roosevelt
  • The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they donít have any. –Alice Walker
  • Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. –Gloria Steinem
  • Itís your place in the world; itís your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. –Mae Jemison
  • You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you donít try. –Beverly Sills
  • Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. –Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. –Grandma Moses
  • The question isnít who is going to let me; itís who is going to stop me. –Ayn Rand
  • When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. –Henry Ford
  • Itís not the years in your life that count. Itís the life in your years. –Abraham Lincoln
  • Change your thoughts and you change your world. –Norman Vincent Peale
  • Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. –Benjamin Franklin
  • Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, "Iím possible!Ē –Audrey Hepburn
  • The only way to do great work is to love what you do. –Steve Jobs
  • If you can dream it, you can achieve it. –Zig Ziglar

Encouragement & Strength

  • "Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens." ~ Jimi Hendrix
  • "Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • "There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them." ~ Phyllis Battome
  • "No one can make you feel inferior without your permission." ~ Eleanore Roosevelt
  • "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do." ~ Confucius
  • "Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you." ~ Aldous Huxley
  • "When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place." ~ Unknown
  • "If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down." ~ Mary Pickford
  • "Fall seven times, stand up eight." ~ Japanese Proverb
  • "Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can." - Author Unknown
  • "People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do." - Lewis Cass
  • "Everything will be OK in the end, if it's not OK, it's not the end.'' - Author Unknown
  • "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." - Albert Einstein
  • "Don't be discouraged. It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock." - Author Unknown
  • "When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • "Every great achievement was once considered impossible." - Author Unknown
  • ''If you learn only methods, you'll be tied to your methods, but if you learn principles you can devise your own methods.'' - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us." - Alexander Graham Bell
  • "Between you and every goal that you wish to achieve, there is a series of obstacles, and the bigger the goal, the bigger the obstacles. Your decision to be, have and do something out of the ordinary entails facing difficulties and challenges that are out of the ordinary as well. Sometimes your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else." - Brian Tracy
  • "When the world says, "Give up," Hope whispers, 'Try it one more time.' " - Author Unknown
  • Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces.~ Judith Viorst
  • Some of us think holding on makes us strong but sometimes it is letting go.~ Hermann Hesse
  • Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon.~ Paul Brandt
  • Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do--then do it with all your strength.~ George Washington
  • When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God. ~ Charles L. Allen
  • That which does not kill us makes us stronger. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
  • It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. ~ Frederick Douglass
  • Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge. ~ Leonardo da Vinci
  • The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke
  • Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces. ~ Judith Viorst

Mixed Inspirational Quotes

  • Every flower must grow through dirt. -- Anonymous
  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.-- Aristotle
  • Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.-- James Baldwin

  • Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere. -- Anonymous
  • Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.-- Aristotle
  • "Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed." -Booker T. Washington
  • Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.-- Norman R. Augustine
  • Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.-- Lauren Bacall
  • I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else; hard work and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't.-- Lucille Ball
  • The great advantage of being in a rut is that when one is in a rut, one knows exactly where one is.-- Arnold Bennett
  • Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.-- Thomas Arnold Bennett
  • Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.-- Josh Billings
  • He who kisses the joy is it flies lives in eternity's sunrise-- William Blake
  • Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.-- Phillip Brooks
  • Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars-- Les Brown
  • We got to roll with the punches, play all of our hunches, make the best of whatever comes your way. Forget that blind ambition, learn to trust your intuition -- plowing straight ahead, come what may.-- Jimmy Buffett, Cowboy in the Jungle (song)
  • Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.- Emily Dickinson
  • Genius is 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration.-- Thomas Edison
  • Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labour in freedom.-- Albert Einstein
  • In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.-- Albert Einstein
  • It is never too late to be what you might have been.-- George Eliot
  • A problem is a chance for you to do your best.-- Buke Ellington
  • Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Nothing is beneath you if it is in the direction of your life.-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.-- F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward.-- Henry Ford
  • Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.-- Henry Ford
  • One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.-- Henry Ford
  • You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.-- Henry Ford
  • He that would have the fruit must climb the tree.-- Thomas Fuller, M.D.
  • We must become the change we want to see.-- Gandhi
  • Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.-- Gandhi
  • Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • What does not kill me makes me stronger.-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Every calling is great when greatly pursued.-- Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one.-- Ellen Hubbard
  • May the road rise to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.-- Irish Blessing
  • Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.-- Helen Keller
  • When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.-- Helen Keller
  • There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?-- Robert Francis Kennedy
  • He who limps is still walking.-- Stanislaw J. Lec
  • Whatever you are, be a good one.-- Abraham Lincoln
  • It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get back up.-- Vince Lombardi
  • Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.-- Orison Swett Marden
  • We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings.-- Abraham Maslow
  • Victory belongs to the most persevering.- Napoleon Bonaparte
  • As for courage and will - we cannot measure how much of each lies within us, we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry through trials which may lie ahead.-- Andre Norton
  • Chance is always powerful. - Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish. - Ovid
  • Remember your dreams.-- Maryanne Radmacher-Herhey
  • To achieve the impossible, it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought.-- Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume
  • Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.-- George Santayana
  • Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.-- Semisonic, Closing Time
  • It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. -- Seneca
  • .".. then the world 's mine oyster"-- William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.-- James Stephens
  • If you want to sing out, sing out, and if you want to be free, be free, 'cause there's a million ways to be, you know that there are... -- Cat Stevens, from a song lyric
  • Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.- Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can? -- The Artist Formerly Known As Prince
  • Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible.-- Mao Tse-tung
  • Opportunities multiply as they are seized.-- Sun Tzu
  • The mind has exactly the same power as the hands: not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.-- Colin Wilson
  • Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. - John R. Wooden, Practical Modern Basketball
  • Do or do not. There is no try. -- Yoda, character in the movie The Empire Strikes Back
  • Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind. -- Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks