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Philip E. Humbert, PhD
Author - Speaker
Personal Success Coach!

Coaching to Achieve Your Goals and 
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101 of the World's Most
Inspirational Quotes


Here are 101 quotes my personal collection to inspire and encourage you. Some of them will motivate, trouble or challenge you, but my hope is that each of them will touch your heart, and give you a boost through your day.

I’m always adding to my collection, and your suggestions are appreciated. If you have a quote you’d like to share with me, please email it to:

1. "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world." – Anne Frank

2. "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." – Mother Teresa

3. "Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values." – Ayn Rand

4. "Imagine." – John Lennon

5. "Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, only with what you are expected to give... Which is everything." – Katherine Hepburn

6. "Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning." – Mahatma Gandhi

7. "No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave." 
– Calvin Coolidge

8. "The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind!" – William James

9. "Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow!" – Norman Vincent Peale

10. "Try not to become a man (person) of success but rather try to become a man of value." – Albert Einstein

11. "We are what we imagine. Our very existence consists in our imagination of ourselves.  The greatest tragedy that can befall us is to go unimagined." – N. Scott Momaday

12. "What a pity that so many people rather believe their doubts and doubt their beliefs.… Why don't we just decide to have no doubts, and believe our beliefs! Fear and worry is just the misuse of the creative powers we originally got to dream." – Jannie Putter

13. "When the light has sharply faded and you have lost your way, let another's love guide you. It can turn blackest night into day." – Kevin Meyers

14. "As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." – Marianne Williamson

15. "Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born." – Dale E. Turner

16. "I like thinking of possibilities. At any time, an entirely new possibility is liable to come along and spin you off in an entirely new direction. The trick, I've learned, is to be awake to the moment." – Doug Hall

17. "Inspiration grows into full-scale creation through persistence and imagination." – Carol Lloyd

18. "Life's up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine... [your] values and goals...Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want." – Marsha Sinetar

19. "Nothing happens unless first a dream." – Carl Sandburg

20. "Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance." – Bruce Barton

21. "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." – T. S. Eliot

22. "Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not." – George Bernard Shaw

23. "To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom." – Bertrand Russell

24. "We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility." – Albert Einstein

25. "When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." – Audre Lorde

26. "Work and play are the same. When you're following your energy and doing what you want all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves." – Shakti Gawain

27. "Our prayers are answered not when we are given what we ask, but when we are challenged to be what we can be." – Morris Adler

28. "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." – Eleanor Roosevelt

29. "The man who has no imagination has no wings." – Muhammad Ali

30. "Always know in your heart that you are far bigger than anything that can happen to you." – Dan Zadra

31. "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

32. "Never underestimate the power of passion." – Eve Sawyer

33. "Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash." – Harriet Rubin

34. "One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar." – Helen Keller

35. "How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but (instead) someone." – Coco Chanel

36. "Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in this life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from." – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

37. "Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly." – Lauren Bacall

38. "Accept the pain, cherish the joys, resolve the regrets; then can come the best of benedictions - ‘If I had my life to live over, I’d do it all the same.’" – Joan McIntosh

39. "I have made a great discovery. What I love belongs to me. It is only a question of loving them enough." – Elizabeth Asquith Bibesco

40. "Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right. Decide on what you think is right, and stick to it."
– George Eliot

41. "Parents can only give good advice or put one on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands." – Anne Frank

42. "Only on the surface of things have I ever trod the beaten path. So long as I could keep from hurting anyone else, I have lived, as completely as it was possible, the life of my choice." – Ellen Glasgow

43. "Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content." – Helen Keller

44. "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face... You must do the thing which you think you cannot do." – Eleanor Roosevelt

45. "Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees." – Karle Wilson

46. "Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads." – Erica Jong

47. "I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart." – Anne Frank

48. "I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy." – Louise Bogan

49. "There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer dissatisfaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others." – Martha Graham

50. "Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character." – Anthony Robbins

51. "I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks, as if they were great and noble." – Helen Keller

52. "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." – Eleanor Roosevelt

53. "Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame." – Erica Jong

54. "Don't be prisoner of your past, but the archetect of your future." – Unknown

55. "Everything's in the mind. That's where it all starts. Knowing what you want is the first step toward getting it." – Mae West

56. "I want to do it because I want to do it." – Amelia Earhart

57. "You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now." – Joan Baez

58. "You can gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do." – Eleanor Roosevelt

59. "Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal." – Pamela Vaull Starr

60. "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

61. "Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use." – Ruth Gordon

62. "If you don't quit, and don't cheat, and don't run home when trouble arrives, you can only win." – Shelley Long

63. "When a woman falls in love with the magnificent possibilities within herself, the forces that would limit those possibilities hold less and less sway over her." – Marianne Williamson

64. "We are all pencils in the hand of a writing God, who is sending love letters to the world." –  Mother Teresa

65. "What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others." – Pericles

66. "Everything can be taken away from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." – Viktor Frankl

67. "The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives." – Louise Hay

68. "What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly." – Richard Bach

69. "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

70. "Pleasure is not the purpose of man's existence. Joy is." – David O. McKay

71. "Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." – Stephen Covey

72. "The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for." – Dostoyevsky

73. "Our greatest fear is not that we are powerless. Our greatest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." – Marianne Williamson

74. "Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens." – Carl Jung

75. "I'm never sure until I've begun putting words on the page, and they suddenly start pulling me along, where before I'd been pushing them, that it's going to work this time, that it's going to catch fire..." – Joan Bolker

76. "Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or anything else is . . . impossible." – Richard Bach

77. "Associate reverently, as much as you can, with your loftiest thoughts." – Henry David Thoreau

78. "Dreams come a size too big so that we can grow into them. " – Josie Bisset

79. "For me, security is not knowing what's going to happen. Because if I don't know, it could be terrific." – Gloria Steinem

80. "Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination." – John Dewey

81. "You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with." – Wayne Dyer

82. "There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning." – Louis L'Amour

83. "Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!" – Anne Frank

84. "If you are never scared, embarrassed, or hurt, it means you never take chances." – Julia Soul

85. "The soul enters thru the wound of defeat." – K. Bly

86. "The more you seek security, the less of it you have. But the more you seek opportunity, the more likely it is that you will achieve the security that you desire." – Brian Tracy

87. "The only limits are, as always, those of vision." – James Broughton

88. "The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little." – Thomas Merton

89. "The strongest single factor in prosperity consiousness is self-esteem: believing you can do it, believing you deserve it, believing you will get it." – Jerry Gillies

90. "Change your thoughts and you change your world." – Norman Vincent Peale

91. "Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark." – Rabindranath Tagore

92. "The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning." – Ivy Baker Priest

93. " One thing that comes out in myths is that at the bottom of the abyss comes the voice of salvation. The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light." – Joseph Campbell

94. "Maintaining a complicated life is a great way to avoid changing it." – Elaine St. James

95. "Everything is so dangerous that nothing is really very frightening." – Gertrude Stein

96. "It only takes one person to change your life -- you." – Ruth Casey

97. "Tears are like rain. They loosen up our soil so we can grow in different directions." – Virginia Casey

98. "Don't worry about whether or not I am now happy. Today is only chapter 1. We have yet to write the book." – Lois Wyse

99. "God does not ask your ability or your inability. He asks only your availability." – Mary Kay Ash

100. "Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God." – Mary Manin Morrissey

101. "If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down." – Ray Bradbury

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