11 Famous Inspirational Quotes with Explanation

11 Famous Inspirational Quotes with Explanation

Success and hard work go hand in hand; one cannot exist without the other. Everyone needs a little encouragement to take that first step in the right direction. And if you’re going through a rough patch, here are famous inspirational quotes to keep in mind and take to heart:

11 of the Most Famous Inspirational Quotes with Explanation

“It is our darkest moments that we must focus on the light.” –Aristotle Onassis

Life is full of challenges and these challenges turn into lessons learned. Maybe you just lost a dear friend or you’re going through life-changing transitions, whatever it is, it’s important to stay strong and focus on the good things. Always think of what lies ahead when going through a difficult time. In the end, all these challenges will help you become a better person.

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” –Joshua J. Marine

Life has a way of turning out differently from what you envisioned and that’s okay! The beauty of living is that you’re always learning something along the way. Challenges make life worth living.  These precious lessons will help you weather the storms.

"You cannot achieve success without overcoming roadblocks along the way."
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“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” –Bill Cosby

If you’re like most people, you’re probably petrified at the idea of failing. The fact is, you cannot achieve success without overcoming roadblocks along the way. These roadblocks serve as your stepping stone towards achieving your life goals. Do not let your fear of failure keep you from becoming the strong, resilient person that you could be.

 “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” –Steve Jobs

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Most people settle for something other than things that they are truly passionate about and in the end, they remain unhappy and dissatisfied with their personal or professional life. The secret to a fulfilling life is to pursue your passions. When you love what you do, work doesn’t feel like work. Going after what you want in life will lead to a rich, rewarding future.

 “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” –Maya Angelou

Some things in life are resistant to change and complaining about these will only cause discord in your own life. If there are aspects in your life that need changing, by all means, do something about it. But if you cannot change something that bothers you, complaining about it will only affect your life.  Instead of complaining, look at the situation from a different perspective. If things did not go your way, find creative ways of getting around the problem, you might learn a thing or two!

"Throw caution to the wind and get out there, discover what lies ahead."

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“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

Each one of us is given many opportunities to reach out fullest potentials. Do not let regret, disappointments, and grief keep you from being the person you’ve always dreamed of being! Throw caution to the wind and get out there, discover what lies ahead. Aim high, work hard, and always keep an eye out for opportunities to do great.

 “Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.” –Eddie Rickenbacker

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Courage is not the absence of fear. Rather, it’s about overcoming one’s own fears that makes a person courageous. Do not let your own fears keep you from achieving your goals in life. Failing is just a part of process of achieving greatness, do not run from it. Learn from it.

“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” –Napoleon Hill

Dreaming big is great but inaction won’t turn these dreams into reality. Do not wait for things to happen, go out there and live life. Make the most out of every opportunity, reach your fullest potentials. Turn dreams into desires and spring to action to make all your hopes a reality.

“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” –Bruce Lee

The human brain is a powerful tool. Use it right and you can achieve unbelievable feats. Let your fears take over and it could keep you from reaching your fullest potentials. If you firmly believe that nothing in this world could stop you from making your dreams come true, nothing ever will. Because nothing is impossible when you set your mind to it.

Do not let the opinions of others keep you from achieving success.

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“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” –David Brinkley

Do not let the opinions of others keep you from achieving success. The fact is, words are only hurtful if you let these words get to you. Instead of letting naysayers get to you, use their discouragements as a stepping-stone towards achieving your goals. Instead of focusing on negativity, thrive in positivity!

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“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” –Jim Rohn

Most of us grow dissatisfied with our lives because certain things did not turn out the way we want to. But instead of wasting time fretting about what could’ve been, do something about it. It’s never too late to make a change in your life. Change can be scary but it can be wonderful too! Embracing change opens the door to better opportunities!

About the Author: Tina Lee-Almazar

Tina Lee-Almazar is a beauty and lifestyle writer based in the Philippines. She started out as a production associate at ABS-CBN Broadcasting Network in 2004 before transitioning to creative writing in 2006. When she’s not surrounding herself with pretty things or discussing herself in the third person, Tina watches funny cat videos all day.

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