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350 Inspirational Quotes To Spark Creativity & Lift You Up

Finding motivation can be hard sometimes. It is often the times when we really need inspiration that we find ourselves struggling to stay afloat. Setting up and running your own business can be especially challenging. Such a large achievement is not without its drawbacks. It can leave you wondering, where do we go from here?

Feeling uninspired? We have 350 inspirational quotes to get the creative juices going. So push aside that self-doubt, and have a read through of our selection of inspirational quotes. This is a time to reflect on all your achievements and remind yourself just how capable you are. You have come so far, and there is so much more room to grow. Here are some words of wisdom to get back your glow.

Inspirational Quotes From Iconic Creatives

  1. “There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who, with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.”– Pablo Picasso
  2. “I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.” – Frida Kahlo
  3. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” –John Lennon
  4. “Painting is a blind man’s profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.” – Pablo Picasso
  5. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” -Walt Disney
  6. “Creativity is discontent translated into arts.”– Eric Hoffer
  7. “Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” – Plutarch
  8. “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” – Bob Ross
  9. “I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.”- Frida Kahlo
  10. “The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” – Auguste Rodin
  11. “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.” -Bob Marley
  12. “Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite – getting something down”– Julia Cameron
  13. “Art is a line around your thoughts.” – Gustav Klimt
  14. “If it doesn’t matter, get rid of it. If you can’t get rid of it, it matters.”- Banksy
  15. “Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.”  – Neil Gaiman
  16. “Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse
  17. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” -Dr. Seuss
  18. Don’t think about making art, just get it done.  Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it.  While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol
  19. “I am that clumsy human, always loving, loving, loving. And loving. And never leaving.”- Frida Kahlo
  20. “I couldn’t give you something mediocre even if that’s all you asked for.”– Michelangelo
  21. “Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” –Pablo Picasso
  22. “Ideas come from daydreaming. They come from drifting. They come from that moment where you’re just sitting there going, ‘well, everybody knows if a werewolf bites you, you turn into a wolf when the moon is full. What happens if a werewolf bites a goldfish?’ The trouble with these days is it’s really hard to get bored…there’s all sorts of wonderful TV at your fingertips and it’s really hard to get bored…put [your] phone away, go for long boring walks, actually try to find the space to get bored in. That’s what I’ve started telling people who are like, ‘I want to be a writer!’, good. Get bored.”– Neil Gaiman
  23. “Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  24. “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”– William Shakespeare
  25. “I just wanna make the world a better-looking place. If you don’t like it, you can paint over it.”- Banksy
  26. “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” –Vincent van Gogh
  27. “There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.” – Helen Frankenthaler
  28. “I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.” – Frida Kahlo
  29. “Once I knew that I wanted to be an artist, I had made myself into one. I did not understand that wanting doesn’t always lead to action. Many of the women had been raised without the sense that they could mould and shape their own lives, and so, wanting to be an artist (but without the ability to realize their wants) was, for some of them, only an idle fantasy, like wanting to go to the moon.” – Judy Chicago
  30. “Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.” — Stephen King
  31. “The beautiful, which is perhaps inseparable from art, is not after all tied to the subject, but to the pictorial representation. In this way and in no other does art overcome the ugly without avoiding it.” – Paul Klee
  32. “Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.” – Edgar Degas
  33. “Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.” – Anni Albers
  34. “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 ‘happy’.  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” –John Lennon
  35. “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” – Frida Kahlo
  36. “Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.” – René Magritte
  37. “The creation of a painting takes as much trickery and premeditation as the commitment of a crime.” – Edgar Degas
  38. “What keeps my heart awake is colourful silence.” – Claude Monet
  39. “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” –Farrah Gray
  40. “It is only when we are no longer fearful that we begin to create.” – J. M. W. Turner
  41. “Look at life with the eyes of a child.” – Henri Matisse
  42. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” — J.K. Rowling
  43. “Before I start carving the idea must be almost complete. I say ‘almost’ because the really important thing seems to be the sculptor’s ability to let his intuition guide him over the gap between conception and realization without compromising the integrity of the original idea.”- Barbara Hepworth
  44. “Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done”– Austin Kleon
  45. “I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” – Claude Monet
  46. “No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” – Oscar Wilde
  47. “The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.” – Lucian Freud
  48. “What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious, the mystery of the instinctive in the human race.” – Amadeo Modigliani
  49. “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
  50. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” –George Eliot
  51. “The best revenge is massive success.” –Frank Sinatra
  52. “While drawing I discover what I really want to say.” – Dario Fo
  53. “I started painting as a hobby when I was little. I didn’t know I had any talent. I believe talent is just a pursued interest. Anybody can do what I do.” – Bob Ross
  54. “When it is working, you completely go into another place, you’re tapping into things that are totally universal, completely beyond your ego and your own self. That’s what it’s all about.”– Keith Haring
  55. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!'” –Audrey Hepburn
  56. “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
  57. “The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.” – Joan Miró
  58. If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.” – Marc Chagall
  59. “There is no must in art because art is free.” – Wassily Kandinsky
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Words Of Wisdom From Public Figures

  1. “If You Are Working On Something That You Really Care About, You Don’t Have To Be Pushed. The Vision Pulls You.” – Steve Jobs
  2. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” –Woody Allen
  3. “Inspiration comes and goes, creativity is the result of practice”– Phil Cousineau
  4. “If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavour.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. “One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.”- Michelle Obama
  6. “The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at.” –Jesse Owens
  7. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” –Maya Angelou
  8. “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”- Maya Angelou
  9. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” –Albert Einstein
  10. “The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” -Barack Obama
  11. “Whether You Think You Can Or Think You Can’t, You’re Right.” – Henry Ford
  12. “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston S. Churchill
  13. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein
  14. “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after awhile. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.”– Steve Jobs
  15. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” -Oprah Winfrey
  16. “To try and fail is at least to learn. To fail to try is to suffer the loss of what might have been”– Benjamin Franklin
  17. “Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, God-like, feature that only the special among us will ever taste. It’s something that truly exists in all of us. It’s very simple. This is what I believe, and I’m willing to die for it.”- Will Smith
  18. “Creativity is contagious – Pass it on” – Albert Einstein
  19. “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” -Steve Jobs
  20. “You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame.” –Erica Jong
  21. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” –Amelia Earhart
  22. “I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try.”- Nikki Giovanni
  23. “I failed my way to success.” -Thomas Edison
  24. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” -Mother Teresa
  25. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” –Jim Rohn
  1. “Start where you are. Use what you have.  Do what you can.” –Arthur Ashe
  2. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” –Stephen Covey
  3. “You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.”- Diana Ross
  4. “Knowing Is Not Enough; We Must Apply. Wishing Is Not Enough; We Must Do.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  5. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” –Henry Ford
  6. “It’s all about the work, … Nothing is going to fall into your lap. If you want to be a lawyer, see yourself as a lawyer, go to the library and start learning the law. If you want to be a rapper, start rapping and get out there. Live your life as if you already are where you want to be.”- Russell Simmons
  7. “If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” -James Cameron
  8. “You become what you believe.” –Oprah Winfrey
  9. “Whenever I feel bad, I use that feeling to motivate me to work harder. I only allow myself one day to feel sorry for myself. When I’m not feeling my best I ask myself, ‘What are you gonna do about it?’ I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me.”- Beyonce
  10. “What You Lack In Talent Can Be Made Up With Desire, Hustle And Giving 110% All The Time.” – Don Zimmer
  11. “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” –Dalai Lama
  12. “If I was going to be successful, I had to be successful with myself. I couldn’t be successful doing what other people were doing…The worst thing to be is as successful as someone else. That’s a very difficult thing to upkeep and very tiring”- Jay-Z
  13. “People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” -Tony Robbins
  14. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” -Mother Teresa
  15. “One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness to stop and look at things that no one else has bothered to look at. This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity.”– Edward de Bono
  16. “We May Encounter Many Defeats But We Must Not Be Defeated.” – Maya Angelou
  17. “A great figure or physique is nice, but it’s self-confidence that makes someone really sexy.”- Vivica A Fox
  18. “The difficultly lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones”– John Maynard Keynes
  19. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  20. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” -Aristotle
  21. “Women need to celebrate their God-given beauty instead of always trying to be something else.”- Iman
  22. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t 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
  23. “Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” –Gloria Steinem
  24. “The important thing is to realize that no matter what people’s opinions may be, they’re only just that – people’s opinions. You have to believe in your heart what you know to be true about yourself. And let that be that.”- Mary J Blige
  25. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.” –Henry David Thoreau
  26. “There Are No Limits To What You Can Accomplish, Except The Limits You Place On Your Own Thinking.” – Brian Tracy
  27. “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” -Charles Swindoll
  28. “Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.”- Barack Obama
  29. “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success” – Henry Ford
  30. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
  31. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” –Steve Jobs
  32. “I’ve 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
  33. “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainty” – Erich Fromm
  34. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” –Tony Robbins
  35. “Limitations live only in our minds.  But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” –Jamie Paolinetti
  36. “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” –Beverly Sills
  37. “What’s 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
  38. “We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.”- Beyonce
  39. “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
  40. “Whoever is happy will make others happy too.” -Anne Frank
  41. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” -Thomas A. Edison
  42. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” –Les Brown
  43. “You Are Never Too Old To Set Another Goal Or To Dream A New Dream.” – C.S. Lewis
  44. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” –Joshua J. Marine
  45. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” –Booker T. Washington
  46. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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On screen Thought Provokers

  1. “Do, or do not. There is no “try”.” – Yoda, from Star Wars
  2. “Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?” – from What a Girl Wants
  3. “It ain’t about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” – Rocky, from Rocky Balboa
  4. “Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.”- from Rapunzel
  5. “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.” – Rafiki, from The Lion King
  6. “It’s what you do right now that makes a difference.” – from Black Hawk Down
  7.  “It would just make my heart soar if someone out there saw this and she said to herself: be strong, trust yourself, love yourself. Conquer your fears. Just go after what you want and act fast, because life just isn’t that long.”- from The Office
  8. “You control your destiny — you don’t need magic to do it. And there are no magical shortcuts to solving your problems.”- from Brave
  9. “We are who we choose to be.” – Green Goblin, from Spider-Man
  10.  “It is important to draw wisdom from many different places. If you only draw wisdom from one place, it becomes rigid and stale. Understanding others, the other elements and the other nations, will help you become whole.” —Uncle Iroh, Avatar, from Last Airbender
  11. “You cannot live your life to please others. The choice must be yours.” – White Queen, from Alice in Wonderland
  12.  “Worrying means you suffer twice.”- from Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
  13. “There’s no place like home.” – from The Wizard of Oz
  14. “No matter how the wind howls, the mountain cannot bow to it.”- from Mulan
  15. “Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Do not be so quick to deal out death in judgment.” —Gandalf, from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  16. “My momma always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”” – from Forrest Gump
  17. “Have courage and be kind.”- from Cinderella
  18.  “Don’t be sorry, be fierce.”- from Rupaul’s Drag Race
  19.  “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.” —Joker,  from The Dark Knight
  20. “All it takes is faith and trust.”- from Peter Pan 
  21. “I don’t want to survive, I want to live!”- from Wall-E
  22. “Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.” —Ron Swanson, from Parks and Recreation
  23.  “Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.”- from It’s a Wonderful Life
  24. “Don’t just fly, soar.”- from Dumbo
  25. “Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.” – from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  26. “The stuff that dreams are made of.” – from The Maltese Falcon
  27. “Snap out of it!” – from Moonstruck
  28.  “Treat yo’self.”- from Parks and Recreation
  29. “We’re all stories in the end, we just have to make it a good one.” —The Doctor, from Doctor Who
  30. “I care. I care a lot. It’s kinda my thing.”- from Parks and Recreation
  31. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris, from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  32. “Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” – from The Pride of the Yankees
  33. “How many times do I have to teach you: just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.”—Shuri, from Black Panther
  34. “Every time someone steps up and says who they are, the world becomes a better, more interesting place.” —Captain Raymond Holt,  from Brooklyn-99
  35. “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.”- from Mary Poppins
  36. “Some people can’t believe in themselves until someone else believes in them first.” – Sean Maguire, from Good Will Hunting
  37. “In your place, if there is pain, nurse it. And if there is a flame, don’t snuff it out. Don’t be brutal with it. We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster, that we go bankrupt by the age of thirty and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to make yourself feel nothing so as not to feel anything…what a waste.”- from Call Me By Your Name
  38. “The things that make me different are the things that make me ME.”- from Winnie the Pooh
  39. “Life is not the amount of breaths you take. It’s the moments that take your breath away.”- from Hitch
  40.  “Don’t run. Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV.”- from Rick & Morty
  41. “If we didn’t do what we loved, we wouldn’t exist.” – Adonis, from Creed II
  42. “Of course it’s happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?”- from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  43. “We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another, as if we were one single tribe.”- from Black Panther
  44. “Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one.”- from Pocahontas
  45. “If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs. And maybe your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery, isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance. Of how much you really want to do it. And you’ll do it, despite rejection in the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine.” – from Factotum
  46. “Nobody’s perfect.” – from Some Like It Hot
  47. “The only thing predictable about life is its unpredictability.”- from Ratatouille
  48. “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are… it is our choices.” – Dumbledore, from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  49. “You can’t live your life for other people. You’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.” – from The Notebook
  50. “Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want.” – Heath Ledger, from 10 Things I Hate About You
  51. “Just keep swimming” – from Finding Nemo
  52. “Great men are not born great, they grow great.” – Mario Puzo, from The Godfather
  53. “There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.”- from The Theory of Everything
  54. “I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you…to make each day count.”- from Titanic
  55. “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” – from Dead Poets Society
  56. “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” – from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  57. “After a while, you learn to ignore the names people call you and just trust who you are.” – from Shrek
  58. “Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try. Do good.”- from Boy Meets World
  59. “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” – from Moulin Rouge
  60. “Now, think of the happiest things. It’s the same as having wings.”- from Peter Pan
  61. “I know what I have to do now, I’ve got to keep breathing because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?” – from Cast Away
  62.  “You’re gonna make it after all.”- from The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  63. “Remember those posters that said, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life”? Well, that’s true of every day but one…the day you die.” – from American Beauty
  64. “Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is fine, as long as it’s contained.” – President Snow, from The Hunger Games
  65. Every man dies, not every man really lives.” – from Braveheart
  66. “Luck favours the prepared, darling.” —Edna Mode, from The Incredibles
  67. When you decide to be something, you can be it.” – Frank Costello, from The Departed
  68. “I love you, but I love me more.”- from Sex and the City
  69. “Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something, not even me. Alright? You dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.” – Chris Gardner, from The Pursuit of Happiness
  70. “If you want me, earn me.”- from Scandal

Chinese Proverbs To Put Life Into A New Perspective

  1. “A smile will gain you ten more years of life”
  2. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
  3. “The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.”
  4. “A fall into a ditch makes you wiser.”
  5. “A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood.”
  6. “Patience is a bitter plant, but its fruit is sweet.”
  7. “He who cheats the earth will be cheated by the earth.”
  8. “One beam, no matter how big, cannot support an entire house on its own.”
  9. “The more acquaintances you have, the less you know them.”
  10. “Distant water does not put out a nearby fire.”
  11. “He who thinks too much about every step he takes will always stay on one leg.”
  12. “Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.”
  13. “If you want to find out about the road ahead, then ask about it from those coming back.”
  14. “A little impatience will spoil great plans.”
  15. “A hundred no’s are less agonizing than one insincere yes.”
  16. “Habits are cobwebs at first; cables at last.”
  17. “A needle is not sharp at both ends.”
  18. “He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.”
  19. “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.”
  20. “Behave toward everyone as if receiving a guest.”
  21. “A man who cannot tolerate small misfortunes can never accomplish great things.”
  22. “A filthy mouth will not utter decent language.”
  23. “Talk does not cook rice.”
  24. “Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself.”
  25. “A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”
  26. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
  27. “If you bow at all, bow low.”
  28. “There are two kinds of perfect people: those who are dead, and those who have not been born yet.”
  29. “Genius can be recognized by its childish simplicity.”
  30. “All things change, and we change with them.”
  31. “A wise man makes his own decisions; an ignorant man follows the public opinion.”
  32. “A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.”
  33. “Vicious as a tigress can be, she never eats her own cubs.”
  34. “To believe in one’s dreams is to spend all of one’s life asleep.”
  35. “If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.”
  36. “Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.”
  37. “If your strength is small, don’t carry heavy burdens. If your words are worthless, don’t give advice.”
  38. “If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.”
  39. “The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
  40. “If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.”
  41. “Man’s schemes are inferior to those made by heaven.”
  42. “A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers.”
  43. “A book holds a house of gold.”
  44. “A fool judges people by the presents they give him.”
  45. “Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.”
  46. “A man should choose a friend who is better than himself. There are plenty of acquaintances in the world; but very few real friends.”
  47. “If you want happiness for an hour – take a nap. If you want happiness for a day – go fishing. If you want happiness for a month – get married. If you want happiness for a year – inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime – help someone else.”
  48. “Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.”

Comforting Wisdom From Literature

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  1.  “A hug is always the right size.”- A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
  2. “You do not look for healing at the feet of those who broke you.” -Rupi Kaur
  3. “We accept the love we think we deserve.”- Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  4. “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”- Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
  5. “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  6. “It was all very well to be ambitious, but ambition should not kill the nice qualities in you.”- Noel Streatfield, Ballet Shoes
  7. “Life is the thing you bring with you inside of your own head.”- Sally Rooney, Normal People
  8. “The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Diary
  9. “Maybe it’s better to have gotten it right and been happy for one day instead of living a lifetime of wrongs.”- Adam Silvera, They Both Die at the End
  10. “The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you.”- Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
  11. “I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”- Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
  12. “A grown child is a dangerous thing.”- Alice Walker, The Color Purple
  13. “Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. It means you go on even though you’re scared.”- Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
  14. “We do not remember days, we remember moments.”- Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places
  15. “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
  16. “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”- Neil Gaiman, Coraline
  17. “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”- Kathryn Stockett, The Help
  18. “You are all the colours in one, at full brightness.”-Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places
  19. “Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.” – Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird sings
  20.  “I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.”- Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
  21. “Because it’s not a lie if it’s how you feel.”-Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places
  22. “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”- John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
  23. “I embrace the label of bad feminist because I am human. I am messy. I’m not trying to be an example. I am not trying to be perfect.”- Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist
  24. “‘What day is it?’, asked Winnie the Pooh.
    ‘It’s today,’ squeaked Piglet.
    ‘My favourite day,’ said Pooh.”
    – A. A. Milne, The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  25. “When you can’t find someone to follow, you have to find a way to lead by example.”- Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist
  26. “To heal you have to get to the root of the wound and kiss it all the way up”-Rupi Kaur
  27. “To choose to love is to take a risk”- Dolly Alderton, Everything I know About Love
  28. “I think I can live without you, but it won’t be any kind of life.”- Rainbow Rowell, Landline
  29. “You are your best thing.”- Toni Morrison, Beloved
  30. “Love is a quiet, reassuring, relaxing, pottering, pedantic, harmonious hum of a thing; something you can easily forget is there, even though its palms are outstretched beneath you in case you fall.”- Dolly Alderton, Everything I know About Love
  31.  “Be good, be young, be true! Evil is nothing but vanity, let us have the pride of good, and above all let us never despair.” – Alexandre Dumas, The Lady of the Camellias
  32. “So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.” – Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
  33. “You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.”—David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
  34. “People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
  35. “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
  36. “Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”- Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
  37.  “Greeting cards routinely tell us everybody deserves love. No. Everybody deserves clean water. Not everybody deserves love all the time.”- Zadie Smith, White Teeth
  38. “Nobody’s lives just fit together. Fitting together is something you work at. It’s something you make happen – because you love each other.”- Rainbow Rowell, Landline
  39. “You live through certain things before you understand them. You can’t always take the analytical position.”- Sally Rooney, Conversations with Friends
  40. “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”- Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
  41. “Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar.”- Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing
  42. “I had the epiphany that laughter was light, and light was laughter, and that this was the secret of the universe.”- Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
  43.  “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”- Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
  44. “I love you more than I hate everything else.”- Rainbow Rowell, Landline
  45.  “‘Are you ready?’ Klaus asked finally. ‘No,’ Sunny answered. ‘Me neither,’ Violet said, ‘but if we wait until we’re ready we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives, Let’s go.'”- Daniel Handler, The Ersatz Elevator
  46. “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”-John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
  47. “‘Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.'”- E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web
  48. “At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.”- My Antonia, Willa Cather

Comical Quotes That You Can’t Help But Agree With

  1. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Eddison
  2. “Even a stopped clock is right twice every day. After some years, it can boast of a long series of successes.” Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach
  3.  “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” – Dalai Lama
  4. “Some people are like clouds: when they disappear, it’s a beautiful day.” – Lisa Lieberman-Wang
  5. “A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure.” Unknown
  6. “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs, one step at a time.” Joe Girard
  7. “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”- Douglas Adams
  8. “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” Marilyn Monroe
  9.  “I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” Benjamin Franklin
  10. “Hating people is like burning down your own home to get rid of a rat.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick
  11. “When life puts you in a tough situation, don’t say ‘Why me?’, say ‘Try me’.” – Lisa Lieberman-Wang
  12. “I am an early bird and a night owl… so I am wise and I have worms” Michael Scott
  13. “What a slut time is. She screws everybody.”- John Green
  14. “You can fail at what you don’t want—so you might as well take a chance at doing what you love.” —Jim Carrey.
  15. “Age is of no importance unless you’re a cheese.” – Billie Burke
  16.  “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.” – Charles Schulz
  17. “A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” – Steve Martin
  18. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London
  19. “I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realise I should have been more specific.” – Lily Tomlin
  20.  “Tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up.”- Ann Bradford
  21. “If you let your head get too big, it’ll break your neck.”- Elvis Presley
  22. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
  23. “Whoever established the high road and how high it should be should be fired.” – Sandra Bullock 
  24. Be happy – it drives people crazy.” – Unknown
  25. “Bad decisions make good stories.” – Ellis Vidler
  26. “Instant gratification takes too long.” – Carrie Fisher 
  27. “Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.”- Elbert Hubbard
  28. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”- Albert Einstein
  29. “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.”- Margaret Mead
  30. “The lion shall lie down with the calf, but the calf won’t get much sleep.”- Woody Allen 
  31. “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.”- Stephen Hawking
  32. “Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television.”- Woody Allen
  33. “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” – A.A. Milne
  34. “Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.” – Erica Jong
  35. “The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.” – Will Rogers
  36. “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road’ll take you there”- George Harrison
  37. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”- Robert Frost
  38. “Aspire to inspire before we expire.” – Lisa Lieberman-Wang
  39. “Laugh it off. There’s always another night.” – Steve Carell 
  40. “Friendship is like peeing on yourself: everyone can see it, but only you get the warm feeling that it brings.” – Robert Bloch
  41. “Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.”- Terry Pratchett
  42. “It’s okay to look at the past and the future. Just don’t stare.” – Lisa Lieberman-Wang
  43. “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”- Albert Einstein
  44. “Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.”- Charles Bukowski
  45. “I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”- Oscar Wilde
  46. “My father always said, ‘Never trust anyone whose TV is bigger than their bookshelf.’” – Emilia Clarke 
  47. “Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever you were gonna do anyway.”- Robert Downey Jr
  48. “I admit that I live in the past, but only because housing is so much cheaper.” – Matt Wohlfarth 
  49. “Live each day like it’s your second to the last. That way you can fall asleep at night.”- Jason Love
  50. “Sometimes you lie in bed at night and you don’t have a single thing to worry about. That always worries me!” – Charlie Brown 
  51. “My parents said marrying was an optimistic thing to do in pessimistic times.” – Olivia Wilde 
  52. “Kill them with success and bury them with a smile.” – Lisa Lieberman-Wang
  53. “Think like a proton. Always positive.” – Unknown
  54. “If you are not yelling at your kids, you are not spending enough time with them.” – Reese Witherspoon 

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