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102 of the Greatest Quotes that will Immediately Alter Your Outlook on Life

Have you ever stopped for a quick second and analyzed your life?

There…buried beneath your many spinning thoughts, you have one thought that usually lurks around every so often and surfaces.

It’s a powerful thought. And it’s one that ignites your dreams, aspirations and fulfillments.

The question we all ask ourselves might vary in context, but it is universal enough that all walks of life think about it…

How do I better my life?

You desperately strive to find an answer, struggle to comprehend the riddles of life that you tirelessly try to piece together for the best possible answer.

But guess what?

Come tomorrow, you’ll stop striving, forget your dreams, and return to normality.

You’ll commute to work in the morning, work to get through the workday and look forward to the long-awaited weekend or time off.

How did that register in your mind?

The main thing that holds you back from getting the jolt of inspiration and motivation to change your mindset and have laser-focus on your dreams depends solely on how motivated you are.

Don’t settle for less, settle for best.

Use every quote below to ignite the fire that burns inside of you to finally change your mindset and outlook on life.

102 of the Greatest Quotes that will Immediately Alter Your Outlook on Life:

1. “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

2. “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” —Les Brown

3. “The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers But above all the world needs dreamers who do.” —Sarah Breathnach

4. “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

5. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” —Alice Walker

6. “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” —Buddha

7. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ―Mae West

8. “Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” —Roy Goodman

9. “You never fail until you stop trying.” —Albert Einstein

10. “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” —Mahatma Gandhi

11. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” —Babe Ruth

12. “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger–but recognize the opportunity.” —John F. Kennedy

13. “Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will.” —Unknown

14. “The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.” —Anthony Robbins

15. “I don’t regret the things I’ve done, I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance.” —Unknown

16. “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” —John Lennon

17. “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” —Albert Pike

18. “Its hard to wait around for something you know might never happen; but its harder to give up when you know its everything you want.” —Unknown

19. “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” —Ambrose Redmoon

20. “Live in the present, remember the past, and fear not the future, for it doesn’t exist and never shall. There is only now.” —Christopher Paolini

21. “Always do what you are afraid to do.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

22. “I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” —Robert Fulghum

23. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ―Mahatma Gandhi

24. “The best way out is always through.” —Robert Frost

25. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” —Goethe

26. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” —Goethe

27. “Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.” —Japanese Proverb

28. “In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.” —Theodore Roosevelt

29. “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 the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” —Mark Twain

30. “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

31. “If you worry about yesterday’s failures, then today’s successes will be few.” —Unknown

32. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” —Mahatma Gandhi

33. “Do first things first, and second things not at all.” —Peter Drucker.

34. “There is no education like adversity.” —Disraeli

35. “Peace begins with a smile..” —Mother Teresa

36. “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

37. “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.” —Nicholas Sparks

38. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” —Winston S. Churchill

39. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” —George Bernard Shaw

40. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” —George Eliot

41. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

42. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” —Mahatma Gandhi

43. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

44. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” —Mahatma Gandhi

45. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” —Oscar Wilde

46. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” —Maya Angelou

47. “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” —Lance Armstrong

48. “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” —Lou Holtz

49. “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” —J.K. Rowling

50. “Years teach us more than books.” —Berthold Auerbach

51. “The searching-out and thorough investigation of truth ought to be the primary study of man.” —Cicero

52. “A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own.” —Latin Proverb

53. “The only journey is the journey within.” —Rainer Maria Rilke

54. “If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old.”
—Lord Chesterfield

55. “If you have an hour, will you not improve that hour, instead of idling it away?” —Lord Chesterfield

56. “Follow your honest convictions, and stay strong.” —William Thackeray

57. “Insist on yourself. Never imitate.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

58. “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” —Aristotle

59. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” —Aristotle

60. “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

61. “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
—Benjamin Franklin

62. “If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.” —Thomas Edison

63. “Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don’t think of retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire.”
—Samuel Johnson

64. “Every artist was first an amateur.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

65. “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

66. “First say to yourself what you would be; then do what you have to do.” —Epictetus

67. “Reputation is for time; character is for eternity.” —J. B. Gough

68. “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in; their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” —Elizabeth Kubler Ross

69. “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” —Paulo Coelho

70. “None but ourselves can free our minds.” —Bob Marley

71. “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” —William G.T. Shedd

72. “Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.” —Siddhārtha Gautama

73. “Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

74. “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” —Mary Oliver

75. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” —T.S. Eliot

76. “Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.” —Suzanne Weyn

77. “With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” —Max Ehrmann

78. “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” —Friedrich Nietzsche

79. “Whatever you are, be a good one” —Abraham Lincoln

80. “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” —A. A. Milne

81. “We are repeatedly what we do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” —Aristotle

82. “Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” —Elizabeth Gilbert

83. “Anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.” —David Whyte

84. “Your life is not a problem to be solved but a gift to be opened.” —Wayne Muller

84. “Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.” —Albert Einstein.

85. “Remarkable is a choice.” —Seth Godin

86. “Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.” —Marianne Williamson

87. “If consensus is overrated, I think balance is, too. I have no interest in living a balanced life. I want a life of adventure.” —Chris Guillebeau

88. “All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.” —Benjamin Franklin.

89. “Nature and wisdom never are at strife.” —Plutarch

90. “The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” —Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

91. “The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.” —William James

92. “The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.” —Solomon Ibn Gabriol

93. “The journey is the reward.” —Chinese Proverb

94. “Life is 10{54c12dad2cc2b53ae830e39915b1a3e70288dbcbbeb8bbf8395437c5dc3c512c} what happens to us and 90{54c12dad2cc2b53ae830e39915b1a3e70288dbcbbeb8bbf8395437c5dc3c512c} how we react to it.” —Dennis P. Kimbro

95. “Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty.”William J. Bennett

96. “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”Vince Lombardi

97. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” —Walt Disney

98. “Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses… on your powers, instead of your problems.” Paul J. Meyer

99. “The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”Benjamin Mays

100. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

101. “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” —Albert Pike

102. “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” —Mahatma Gandhi

There are 0 Reasons Why you Should Stop

Look for your dreams.

You’re within grasp.

As far as it may seem to you, your the hardest step is the first one.

Every single person on the face of the earth has a reason for living and you, out of all have a drive to expect greatness and conquer it.

Don’t look behind you, look ahead.

P.S. Best of luck, I’ll be waiting for your greatness. Strive for the best!

Jesse helps you become a better version of yourself by simplifying your health and fitness goals using science-backed data. Check out his free ebook: The Minimalist Guide to Fitness Hacks.


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