What’s Your Favorite Inspirational Quote?

I want to do a little different for this blog post. Part of being an entrepreneur is to have an optimistic mentality.

One of the things I love to do on a daily basis to stay positive is to read inspirational quotes or better yet, keep it in front of you on your whiteboard or a piece of paper. It’s amazing how just a few words can be so powerful.

 

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So, I’d like you to contribute and share your most inspirational quote that has helped you.

Not only will it inspire me, but also everyone reading this post.

I’ll start first. Here’s one of my favorite quotes and one you’ve probably heard of. This quote has always inspired me since the beginning to just take the first step:

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” — Confucius

As simple as it sounds, for most of us the first step is always the hardest. Once you take that first step, the rest will follow. You’ll gain that momentum as you take more and more steps.

Now the big question is…

“What’s the most inspirational quote you had heard?”

I’d love for you to share it with us! Just post it in the comments box below…

Looking forward to be inspired and motivated!

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  • Rob Paris Cruisin April 7, 2011, 9:25 pm

    G’day Aurelius,

    My personal inspirational quote is and I live by it.

    “There Is No Horizon To far Cruisin Along”

    Regards

    Rob P. :)

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  • Eliot Proud April 7, 2011, 9:32 pm

    Hi Aurelius

    I’ve got quite a few inspirational quotes on my hard drive, but one that has had an effect just recently is only 3 words and comes from a man called Art Williams. I watched the video on youtube and now I just repeat the words when i need to do something.

    The 3 words – ‘Just Do It’

    Want to get some links – Just do it
    Want to build a website – Just do it

    It doesn’t matter if what you do isn’t perfect – Just do it

    Just my thoughts
    Eliot Proud

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    • Aurelius Tjin April 8, 2011, 9:10 am

      I love this one!

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  • Scott Allan April 7, 2011, 10:04 pm

    My favourite quote of all time is by Stephen Covey.

    We should listen with the intent to understand, not just reply.

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  • Nils April 7, 2011, 10:16 pm

    Hi Aurelius,

    When it comes to IM business this is my favorite.

    “If you’re lucky enough to do well, and rise to the top, then it’s
    your responsibility to send the elevator back down for someone
    else.”

    Regards
    Nils

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  • Health Womens Healthy Living Goals April 7, 2011, 11:11 pm

    I have too many favourite inspirational quotes to name just one. Each inspire me in different ways so I decided to use a quote on each page of my web site. My goal was to use a quote to convey the meaning behind each womens health and personal development article.

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  • Rob Witty April 7, 2011, 11:24 pm

    One of my favorites is:

    “You can succeed if nobody else believes it, but you will never succeed if you don’t believe in yourself.”

    - William J. H. Boetcker

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  • Liz April 7, 2011, 11:59 pm

    “How you think is how you feel ” Makes me stop and think again. when I feel negative.
    Liz

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  • Jean April 8, 2011, 12:02 am

    I love this –

    “All dreams seem impossible until someone makes them happen” – Barry Neil Kaufman

    It applies to everything but in this particular case, Barry’s son had autism and was written off by just about everyone as a child.

    Now, Raun teaches all about autism and inspires everyone NOT to give up hope.

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  • Michael J Ming April 8, 2011, 12:03 am

    My current inspiring quote is on my homepage. It is from Mary McKillop, us Aussies first Saint (1842-1909)
    “NEVER see a need and not take ACTION”
    That says it all.

    Mike

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  • Frank Rodriguez April 8, 2011, 12:34 am

    “Practice, practice, practice.”

    I have a tendency to study business and techniques but not implement them. That a fast road to “no where”!

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    • Aurelius Tjin April 8, 2011, 9:09 am

      Nice!

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  • Pierre April 8, 2011, 1:00 am

    Hey Aurelius,

    My favorite quote is by the late Jim Rhon

    For Every Discplined Efforts They Are Multiple Rewards!

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  • Sandra Wellington April 8, 2011, 1:16 am

    Hi Aurelius:

    Thank you for sharing your inspiration.
    I have many inspirational quotes that I love and have been collecting for many years.
    I just love quotations – Here are three of my favourites.
    “The Mind is a Powerful Thing to Waste”
    “Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life”
    This one is from Kennedy’s speech when he said “It is not what your Country can do for you – It is what you can do for your Country” to me that is so profound! I just love it.
    Sandra

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  • Dan Kelly April 8, 2011, 1:38 am

    I’ve got a few of them for ya…

    “There comes a time in every life when ‘quit’ looks good. There comes a time in every job… in every marriage when ‘quit’ looks good. When problems seem insurmountable, when the giants seem unbeatable, when the mountains seem unmovable, when defeat seems absolutely inescapable and retreat seems like your only logical option. I want you to remember the persistence principle which says, “It is ALWAYS too soon to quit!’”
    – John Hagee

    “Never, never, never give up.”
    – Winston Churchill

    “You don’t have to get it right; you just have to get it going.”
    – Unknown (I’ve heard it from many people, none of whom knew the original author.)

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
    – Theodore Roosevelt

    “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
    – Calvin Coolidge

    “Action is the foundational key to all success.”
    – Pablo Picasso

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    • Aurelius Tjin April 8, 2011, 9:07 am

      I like these Dan! Can’t go wrong with Churchill’s quote!

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  • Chris April 8, 2011, 6:51 am

    Practice is the mother of skill.
    – Tony Robbins

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  • Liz April 8, 2011, 7:09 am

    A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd

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  • Aurelius Tjin April 8, 2011, 9:06 am

    Thank you all for sharing your most inspirational quote! it’s surely kicked start my morning. Looking forward to reading more!

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  • Brian Baulchb April 9, 2011, 12:39 am

    Plough deep while sluggards sleep, and you shall have corn to sell and to keep. –Benjamin Franklin

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  • Steve April 12, 2011, 9:24 pm

    There’s too many to list, but here’s a couple persistance motivational sayings I’ve always liked. I calmly tell them to my kids whenever they get furstrated about something not working out exactly as planned…

    One definiton of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over while expecting to get different results. If you don’t like the results you’re getting… let’s try doing something differently.

    A loser is someone who gets it wrong and gives up (they end on a failure), a winner is someone who gets it wrong… learns from it… and tries something a little different the next time (eventually you will succeed)

    IF YOU DON’T GIVE UP… YOU WILL SUCCEED!

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    • Aurelius Tjin April 12, 2011, 9:27 pm

      Thanks for your input Steve! These are great!

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  • Matt Rhys-Davies April 14, 2011, 5:05 am

    Hi Aurelius,

    My favourite quote – well when working off the top of my head – is:

    “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan

    Always keeps me thirsting to know everything about everything. Will I achieve this? Never, will I ever stop trying? Never.

    Nice idea for a post by the way.

    Cheers,
    Matt

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  • Jon Sollie April 15, 2011, 11:13 am

    From Abraham Lincoln:

    “My great concern is not that you have failed, but that
    you are content with failure.”

    All the best,

    Jon

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  • Jon Sollie April 15, 2011, 11:18 am

    More food for thought :-)…

    “Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat,
    and taking the tartar sauce with you.”

    Zig Ziglar

    All the best,

    Jon

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    • James Savage September 1, 2011, 3:41 am

      That is funny Jon….Also inspirational.
      James

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  • Randy Seet May 2, 2011, 1:54 pm

    Currently, I can’t recall any quotes. What in me is faith and belief and take action now.

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  • Raul Garcia May 21, 2011, 12:26 pm

    Your success: It’s up to others to believe it’s possible. It’s up to you to make it happen.
    Brent Dmitruk

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  • Jon Poland June 4, 2011, 4:49 pm

    “If you want more you must become more.” — Jim Rohn.

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  • darren June 8, 2011, 6:06 am

    When it comes to the most inspirational quote I have ever heard, the first thing comes to my mind is the quote from Zig Ziglar, which says:

    “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”

    By helping and influencing others positively everyday will actually empower one to create a better future and to achieve things he never knew he could actually do it.
    It’s just so true =)

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  • ritusoni July 31, 2011, 11:52 pm

    Thats my Favorite , and i like all ur post keep sharing

    There is only love; there is nothing else. —Dena Botbyl

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  • Zoe @ Website Traffic Overload August 27, 2011, 10:06 pm

    If life throws you lemons, make lemonade; if life throws you scraps make quilts.

    Meaning, you need to make the most out of everything! :)

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  • cynch September 3, 2011, 7:36 pm

    my favorite one at this time is from jacob riis:

    “When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”

    that quote helps me to keep on going even though i’m seeing just little results, i know that someday i’ll achieve my goal and i know it was not achieved in one day or with just one effort… i’ll achieve my ultimate goal with all the efforts that i put on today.

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  • cynch September 3, 2011, 7:38 pm

    **with all the efforts i put on starting today until the day comes that my goal becomes a reality

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  • alex September 4, 2011, 7:03 am

    the first step is allways the hardest

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  • Doug September 7, 2011, 3:31 am

    Hi Aurelius,

    Thank you for sharing this post. While I too have many quotes I consider favorite, the best is one coming from my wife… for even the smallest of things I do making her day a little easier;

    She will simply say, “I appreciate you,”

    Just that little acknowledgement lifts my spirit, it’s amazing how appreciation from a loved one boosts your entire day.

    Best,
    Doug

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  • Neil Morris October 20, 2011, 1:17 am

    “Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative”, Oscar Wilde

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  • Richard Wing October 30, 2011, 1:37 pm

    Nice thread. I have two favorites…

    The golden rule which I live by…

    “Do unto others as you have them do unto you”

    and

    “We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust our sails”

    - Bertha Calloway

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  • David Taylor November 5, 2011, 10:33 am

    “If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing badly at first”

    Thanks for a great thread.

    David

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  • James Vang November 12, 2011, 3:39 am

    “Every adversity brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage” – Napoleon Hill

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  • Tom Parker November 22, 2011, 12:51 pm

    “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine

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  • Pete Miller January 24, 2012, 11:31 pm

    Hi Aurelius

    Inspirational quotes have been a passion of mine since I joined a business club many years ago where we had to each supply a THOUGHT OF THE DAY.

    I collected the best of them here:
    http://petemiller.com/Pete_Miller____SpeakersCoach_+_MC_training/Quotes_Favourite.html

    But my current favourite is an old Chinese wise mans advice:

    “If You Chase Two Rabbits, Both Will Escape”

    Best wishes to you and your readers from Pete Miller

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