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50+ Inspirational Quotes to Live By

Look no further than these inspirational quotes for wise lessons on life, happiness and everything in between.

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The quest for truth

“Truth is a seed planted deep. If you want to get it, you have to dig.” —Katherena Vermette, poet

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On finding your voice

“As you experiment with your voice—a high note, a low note—it’s a dance between your heart, your mind, your voice, and your experiences.” —Shania Twain, singer and songwriter

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On the new season

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” —Albert Camus, author

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Looking on the bright side

“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.” —Gilbert K. Chesterton, writer

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Approaching life like a scientist

“Everybody’s a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We’re all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.” —David Cronenberg, director

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Making time for nothing

“I can’t play bridge. I don’t play tennis. All those things that people learn, and I admire, there hasn’t seemed time for. But what there is time for is looking out the window.” —Alice Munro, writer

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Reaching your potential

“I am not a person who reaches for the moon as long as I have the stars.” —Gertrude Ederle, first woman to swim across English Channel

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Being fearless

“Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. Nothing could vanquish me.” —Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

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On keeping hope

“Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden.” —Cormac McCarthy, author of The Road

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On dreaming big

“It may be those who do most, dream most.” —Stephen Leacock, humourist

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Building a community

“We have to inspire people and give them a sense of hope. We have to bring people along, not ridicule and tear them down.” —Masai Ujiri, president of the Toronto Raptors

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Living in the moment

“If you have wonderful moments, don’t second guess them. Just enjoy them.” —Martin Short, actor and comedian

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Finding the funny side

“There’s no life without humour. It can make the wonderful moments of life truly glorious, and the tragic moments bearable.” —Rufus Wainwright, singer

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Moments of beauty

“Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder—no matter how old you became and how much you’d seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.” —Candace Bushnell, author of Lipstick Jungle

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Rising to the occasion

“In any new situation, you will be viewed in one of three ways. As a minus one: actively harmful, someone who creates problems. As a zero: your impact is neutral and doesn’t tip the balance one way or the other. Or as a plus one: someone who actively adds value.” —Chris Hadfield, astronaut

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Protecting the environment

“The environment and the economy are really both two sides of the same coin. If we cannot sustain the environment, we cannot sustain ourselves.” —Wangari Maathai, environmental and political activist, and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize

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On self-confidence

“It’s really important not to be so judgmental and not to be so fearful. Try to have confidence in yourself. Don’t depend on so much on what others say about you or want you to be.” —Deepa Mehta, director and screenwriter

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Future potential

“The web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future is still so much bigger than the past.” —Tim Berners-Lee, computer scientist and inventor of the World Wide Web

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The power of conversation

“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” —Anne Morrow Lindbergh, author and aviator

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On being human

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable.” —Fred Rogers, television host and author

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On trying your best

“Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” —Eddy Merckx, five-time Tour de France winner

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On life lessons in the game

“Chess is life in miniature. Trust is struggle. Chess is battles.” —Garry Kasparov, chess grandmaster

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On planning

“Even a poor plan is better than no plan at all.” —Mikhail Chigorin, Russian chess master

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Tactics vs. strategy

“Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do. Strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do.” —Savielly Tartakower, chess grandmaster

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Going with the breeze

“A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed. It feels an impulsion—this is the place to go now.” —Richard Bach, writer

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On mixing it up

“Life would be dull if we had to look up at cloudless monotony day after day.” —Gavin Pretor-Pinney, author

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Love wins

“’Love wins’ isn’t some fairytale saying; it’s instructions for life.” —Arlene Dickinson, businesswoman and investor

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Adding colour to life

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky.” —Rabindranath Tagore, poet

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Living life to the fullest

“Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest.” —Haruki Murakami, author

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Finding the courage to have hope

“History has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own.” —Michelle Obama, attorney and former First Lady of the United States

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Finding happiness

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” —Steve Kloves, screenwriter

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The secret to happiness

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” —Dalai Lama

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On finding joy

“You have to sniff out joy. Keep your nose to the joy trail.” —Buffy Sainte-Marie, singer and songwriter

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On having a sense of humour

“If you can choose one characteristic to get you through life, Choose a sense of humour.” —Jennifer Jones, actress

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On never settling

“I’m not content to be content.” —Neil Young, singer and songwriter

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The secret to success

“Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.” —Bernard Baruch, financier

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On perseverance

“It’s what we do when we don’t succeed that determines whether we will succeed.” —Dave Williams, astronaut

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The joy of learning

“The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it.” —Bill Nye, mechanical engineer and television presenter

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In a good mood

“A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.” —William Arthur Ward, writer

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The magic of aging

“Aging is the extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.” —David Bowie, singer and actor

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On searching for the good

“Seeing the bad in the world and people isn’t difficult. It’s lazy.” —Chip Gaines, tv host

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Creating a legacy

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree long ago.” —Warren Buffet, businessman and philanthropist

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On looking forward

“Always focus on the front windshield and not the rearview mirror.” —Colin Powell, politician and diplomat

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Beyond success

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” —Bill Gates, software developer and philanthropist

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Keeping the focus on today

“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” —Babe Ruth, baseball player

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On never giving up

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” —Thomas Edison, inventor

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The hidden meaning of advice

“Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.” —Erica Jong, novelist

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The ultimate goal is kindness

“I would rather be kind than anything else.” —Jann Arden, singer and songwriter

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On the creative process

“An addiction to distraction is the death of your creative production.” —Robin Sharma, writer

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Overcoming obstacles

“Unless you come up against obstacles, you’re not going to learn something new. ‘What did you learn today?’ is a better line than ‘What did you do today?’” —Farhan Thawar, VP of Engineering at Shopify

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On empathy

“We all fight a fight nobody knows about.” —Jordin Tootoo, former professional hockey player

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