Reading or hearing a few well-placed words of encouragement can change the course of your day and, sometimes, even your entire life. There’s special power in a quality quote, and the best ones will endure throughout the decades, allowing you to be inspired, moved or motivated in some way. They might be about love, life, friendship, self-improvement, or just intended to make you laugh so hard you spit out your coffee, but so often these words really strike a chord.
"I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become."
- Carl Jung, psychologist
"If you want to fly, give up everything that weighs you down."
- Toni Morrison, author
"Sometimes it’s ok to take a step back and admit you’re being completely ridiculous."
"I’d rather have a life of 'oh wells' than 'what ifs'."
"Your beliefs don’t make you a better person. Your behaviour does."
- Dr Sukhraj Dhillon, author
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
- Anaïs Nin, author
"Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy."
- Benjamin Franklin
"I haven’t had my coffee yet. Don’t make me kill you."
"Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly of you, no one would believe it."
"Oh, I offended you with my opinion? You should hear the ones I keep to myself!"
"Sometimes, the people around you won’t understand your journey. It’s ok, they don’t have to.
It’s not for them."
"It’s vital when educating our children’s brains that we don’t neglect to educate their hearts." - The Dalai Lama
"Don’t promise when you’re happy. Don’t reply when you’re angry. Don’t decide when you’re sad."
- Ziad K. Abdelnour, financier and author
"On particularly rough days when I’m sure I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100 per cent, and that’s pretty good."
- Rich Bluni, author
"She turned her can’ts into cans and her dreams into plans."
- Kobi Yamada, author
"Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness. I am kind to everyone but when someone is unkind to me, weak is not what you are going to remember about me."
- Al Capone, super bad guy
"Here’s my hunch: nobody’s secure and nobody feels like she completely belongs. Those insecurities are just job hazards of being human. But some people dance anyway, and those people have more fun."
- Glennon Melton, author and founder of momastery.com
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
- Ian MacLaren, author
"Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special."
- Regina Brett, author
"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And, most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
- Steve Jobs, entrepreneur
"Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are."
- Marilyn Monroe