Simple Truths Can Make a Difference
"The next best thing to being clever is being able to quote someone who is."
I love motivational quotes and passages. In fact, you might say that I have inordinate preoccupation with collecting inspirational quotes, passages and stories. I doubt seriously if a day has gone by in the last four decades that I didn't attempt to read a new inspiring narrative or passage or a motivational quotation. Reading and collecting motivational stories and books of quotations is one of my pursuits in life. For me they provide daily encouragement and inspiration. Whenever I'm feeling a little down or I am having trouble getting the best out of myself, I'll turn to my collection of positive affirmations for some inspiration and words of wisdom. Like I said, for me positive passages of condensed thought and striking anecdotes, of sound maxims and truthful apothegms, provide me with insight and determination to get through each and every day at a peak level. I am also sure if you have read my column with any consistency you are aware that I use such passages to express many of my thoughts and beliefs. Obviously, I am smart enough to know that stealing someone else's words frequently spares the embarrassment of eating my own. I think that was a quote by someone too, but I don't know who, so I will use it as if it were my own.
Anywho, what follows is a collection of my favorite quotes. I hope these quotes will inspire you to achieve your best through good sportsmanship, confidence, hard work, determination and faith. Don't just read through them. Take your time and really digest what message the authors are trying to convey to you. Irrespective of how inspiring or motivating an inspirational quote may be, it needs to be absorbed in order for it to be effective. So, when you read each quote spare a moment for contemplation of the quote's meaning. Really give them some serious thought. I am hoping, like me, you find these inspirational quotes a source of emotional strength and guidance.
"The only one who can tell you 'you can't ' is you. And you don't have to listen." -- Nike
"The will to win means nothing if you haven't the will to prepare." -- Juma Ikangaa
"I know what I have to do, and I'm going to do whatever it takes. If I do it, I'll come out a winner, and it doesn't matter what anyone else does." -- Florence Griffith Joyner
"It is the weak who are cruel; gentleness is to be expected only from the strong." -- Lynn Jennings
"The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground." -- Unknown
"It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself." -- Muhammed Ali
"If you win by cheating, that's no real victory." -- Babe Didrikson Zaharias
"When you win, say nothing, when you lose, say less." -- Paul Brown
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." -- Wayne Gretzky
If you hear a voice in your head that says don't paint. Then for God's sake paint and the voice will disappear. -- Picasso
"A free lunch is only found in mousetraps." -- John Capuzzi
"Imagination rules the world." -- Napoleon Bonaparte
"I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." -- Michael Jordan
"In the end, it's extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more than that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don't win, how can you lose?" -- Jesse Owens
"One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it." -- Knute Rockne
"Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong. He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so." -- Walter Lippmann
"I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all." -- Leo Rosten
"The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible."-- Arthur C. Clarke
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit." -- Aristotle
"You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind." -- Author Unknown
"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it." -- William Arthur Ward
"To win without risk is to triumph without glory." -- Corneille
"Happiness comes only when we push our hearts and souls to the furthest reaches of which we are capable."-- Leo Rosten
"If you can't accept losing, you can't win." -- Vince Lombardi
"If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else." -- Yogi Berra
"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.--Elbert Hubbard
"Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -- Oliver Goldsmith
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Any one can hold the helm when the sea is calm." -- Publilius Syrus
"In this world a man is either going to be an anvil or hammer." -- Henry W. Longfellow
"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life." -- Winston Churchill
"The dreams of today are the realities of tomorrow." -- Unknown author
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -- Mahatma Ghandi
"There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor political, nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right." -- Martin Luther
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." -- Albert Einstein
"A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own." -- Latin Proverb
"After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box." -- Italian Proverb
"The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live." -- Elbert Hubbard
"We think too small, like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view." -- Mao Tse-Tung
"Men give me some credit for genius. All the genius I have lies in this: When I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. I explore it in all its bearings. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort which I make is what the people call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought...not genius."-- Alexander Hamilton
"He knows the water best who has waded through it." -- Danish Proverb
"At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by 'I was hungry and you gave me food to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless and you took me in." -- Mother Teresa
"God's gift to you is life; your gift to God is how you life it." -- Author unknown
Zig Ziegler who is also a proponent of motivational passages was once told, "Zig, motivation doesn't last, so why get so excited about your daily quotes?" To which Zielger responded, "Bathing doesn't either; that is why I recommend it daily."
Words to live by!