Inspirational Quotes

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but inspirational quotes are definitely mother's helpers. Whenever I think it's necessary to add a little more inspiration to my day, inspirational sayings are what I need to rise above it all and live in my happy place.  

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Great inspirational quotes that give you the courage to do anything, in the best of times, can be a swift kick in the seat of your pants — a healthy reminder to reinvent yourself and make your life more fulfilling, even when all's sunny and bright.

In the worst of times, when everything's dark and it's only getting darker, inspirational quotes with the power to keep you afloat in the stormiest of seas, can even lift you out of the darkness, bestowing hope where there was once none.

That's what the inspirational quotes on this site have done for me.

Without fail, during the sunniest and stormiest days of my life, inspirational quotes have been a steady lifeboat in what sometimes seems a sea of either uncertainty or overconfidence. I hope you also find a lifetime of inspiration from the stirring words of wisdom you read here.

To make your search for inspirational quotes easier, I've divided my handpicked collection of inspiring sayings into six major categories: life, love, family, friend, spiritual and work. To get you started on the path to inspiration, begin with my Top 10 Inspirational Quotes of All Time right below! 

Top 10 Inspirational Quotes of All Time
(Well, in my opinion)

These 10 inspirational quotes may give you, like each one of them gives me, what few other words of wisdom can provide: the inspiration, even the mindset, to "go for it" and happily succeed at almost anything. 


Top 10 Inspirational Quotes: Inspirational Life Quotes

"Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you will die today."
-James Dean

Category: Inspirational Life Quotes

What this quote could mean to you

Not all dreamers are hopeless romantics, and not all hopeless romantics are dreamers. Somewhere in between are the dreamers with their eyes wide open to life's blessings in disguise. Count yourself blessed and start living life the way you want. 

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Top 10 Inspirational Quotes - Inspirational Love Quotes

"Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life."
Leo Buscaglia

Category: Inspirational Love Quotes

What this quote could mean to you

To the uninitiated, reckless or discarded, the road to love is fraught with risk. Love is actually as natural as riding a bike, once you get the hang of it. Sure, you might get hurt along the way, but you're more likely to take the ride of your life. Hop on! You'll never feel more alive.

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Top 10 Inspirational Quotes - Inspirational Work Quotes

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

Category: Inspirational Work Quotes

What this quote could mean to you

Ever since I was a kid, work was work and play was fun, and never the twain shall meet. Anyway, that's what I had always been told. It's not what I believe now. Neither should you. Work, play — these are just words. Aside from the dictionary, there's really nothing compelling you to make a clear and absolute distinction between the two, except yourself. Follow your bliss and, before you know it, you'll end up on the path to true happiness, and well-earned prosperity more than ever within your reach. 

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Top 10 Inspirational Quotes - Inspirational Family Quotes

"Family is not an important thing. It's everything."
Michael J. Fox

Category: Inspirational Family Quotes

What this quote could mean to you

Most of us—if we care to admit it—tend to hurt the ones we love and allow them to hurt us. But this fact, as I've come to realize, is only one side of the "dysfunctional family" coin. The other side is unconditional love, the kind that can heal even the gravest of wounds the world can inflict on us. I call that a bargain. I call that everything.

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"You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take."
Wayne Gretzky

Category: Inspirational Life Quotes

What this quote could mean to you

Out of all the quotes in the "nothing ventured, nothing gained" vein, this one scored big time with me.  Wayne Gretzky, although he may seem like a hockey deity to the world, is just a boy from the small town of Brantford, Ontario, where he honed his incredible hockey skills on a backyard rink. He (and the world) would have never gotten to know him as "the greatest hockey player ever" if he had stayed in his backyard.  But he ventured beyond it. He took his shot...and then some. Take yours.

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Top 10 Inspirational Quotes - Inspirational Spiritual Quotes

"Join the company of lions rather than assume the lead among foxes."
-The Talmud

Category: Inspirational Spiritual Quotes

What this quote could mean to you

You don't need to be from a particular religious background or, for that matter, be religious at all to rise to the stature of a lion. You need to be a leader of character in spirit, ready to set a good example every chance you get—if not for others, for yourself. Now let me hear you roar.

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Top 10 Inspirational Quotes - Inspirational Friendship Quotes

"The only way to have a friend is to be one."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Category: Inspirational Friendship Quotes

What this quote could mean to you

As Paul McCartney once wrote, "the love you take Is equal to the love you make." In other words, making a friend is as easy as following the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. So, do unto others and let them do unto you!

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Top 10 Inspirational Quotes - Inspirational Love Quotes

"To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best."
William M. Thackeray

Category: Inspirational Love Quotes

What this quote could mean to you

Love is like oxygen. It's vital to your life, whatever form it takes. Fortunately for us, like oxygen, it's everywhere.  Unfortunately, it's just as invisible to the naked eye. If you have any chance of coming face to face with it, you'll need to check your excess baggage at love's door and let your heart be your compass. It's time to breathe in love's splendor and kiss away those lonely nights.

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Top 10 Inspirational Quotes - Inspirational Life Quotes

"People will forget what you said.
People will forget what you did.
But people will never forget how you made them feel."
Maya Angelou

Category: Inspirational Life Quotes

What this quote could mean to you

Kindness is a currency you can afford to exchange wholeheartedly with the ones closest to you and those yet to be. Smile. Laugh. Listen. Appreciate. Give. Share. Love. That's all it takes to bequeath the joy you feel to your loved ones. What a wonderful legacy to leave behind when you've left the room or this world. 

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Top 10 Inspirational Quotes - Inspirational Life Quotes

"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance."
Oscar Wilde

Category: Inspirational Life Quotes

What this quote could mean to you

It's so obvious, yet so elusive: loving yourself can only lead to true happiness. To coin the title of one of my favorite songs by the Beatles, all you need is self-love, truly an endless source of inspiration all on its own I've discovered. It's not the easiest thing to give yourself, but your inner child depends on it. Your heart and soul need it. With a little self-love to start your day, everything starts to look a little rosier and a lot nicer. Start small. Take yourself out on a date. If it feels right to you, really go to town and give yourself to remember. Our world needs your special brand of love.

Kevin Nishmas
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What do I like the most about the following three inspirational quotes? Each one not only inspires me to have hope for the future, but also motivates me to take 

"Don’t just slay your demons. Dissect them and find out what they’ve been feeding on."

Andres Fernandez

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm."

- Winston Churchill

"Understand life backwards. Live life forward."

- Kevin Nishmas

Ever wonder why inspirational quotes, well, inspire us?
Here's the science behind what makes them so powerful

Ever wondered what makes us love inspirational quotes so much? I have. I know I like them but, truth be told, that's it. I have no idea why I like them.

Luckily, I don't have to figure out the science behind my love of inspirational quotes. The team at has done it for me...with a very interesting article that looks at why we adore inspirational quotes: Mantras Matter: Why We Love Inspirational Quotes So Much!

Take a moment to check out this article. It's a great read. It may even inspire you to love even more. Read the article right here.

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An Inspirational Story (Mine)
How I learned to love rolling in the deep

Sometimes, you just have to take the plunge! I did! Now I love the deep!

By Kevin Nishmas 
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You've got nothing to lose! How many times have you heard those words of wisdom and thought to yourself: well, I can still lose my pride, I can lose my way, I can lose my mind, I can lose so many things, come to think of it.

That's not the kind of lose-lose-lose-lose situation you want to be in at the tender age of 10, but that's exactly where I found myself in the summer of 1972.

​I lacked courage
I was at summer camp at the time. All the boys in my bunk had passed the Four-Five swimming test — four Olympic-sized laps of swimming and five minutes of treading water — a prerequisite for a three-night canoe trip everyone wanted to take. I did too, but I had not passed this test.

I did not lack the stamina to do it. I just lacked the courage. I was terrified of deep water. I could swim in shallow water, as long as it did not go over my neck, a big problem for me since the Four-Five test had to be taken in water that was at least eight feet deep.

I came by my fear honestly
I came by this fear of water honestly. Four years earlier, when I was 6 years old and on vacation with my family in Banff (a resort town in Alberta, Canada) , I unknowingly joined a group of boys and girls two to three years older than me taking swimming lessons.

When the swimming instructor asked us to jump into the deep end of the pool and start swimming, I jumped with the rest of the kids. They swam to the surface — I didn't. I didn't know how to swim. I remained at the bottom of the pool, gasping for breath.

Looking up at everyone looking down at me, I saw my father's panic-stricken face break through the water's surface. Within a few seconds, he grabbed me by both arms and pulled me straight up to the surface. I was saved!

I was left with a sinking feeling
This incident left me with a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that lasted all day and all night. Fortunately, by the next morning, I had forgotten all about this experience, like any six year old would.

Yet, every summer for the next four years, I managed to avoid deep water of any kind. That was until I was the only boy in my bunk who would not even try to pass the Four-Five swimming test, the boy who would force everyone else to forgo a canoe trip they desperately — in the way 10-year-old boys are desperate — wanted to take.

Inspirational Quotes - Welcome to Your Happy PlaceIn the summer of 1972, when I was 10 years old, I overcame my fear of deep water at a summer camp (pictured above), with the help of a kind swimming instructor...and an inspirational quote.

I decided to take the plunge
My bunkmates had no intention of letting me sabotage their beloved canoe trip. Nor did my camp counselor. I had to at least try to pass the test. I could have told them about my fear of deep water but I wasn't about to give my bunkmates any ammunition to tease me the rest of the month at camp.

So I decided to take the plunge. That old sinking feeling came rushing back the moment I made my decision — and stayed with me until the day of the test.

I swam like a fish in water
Luckily, the head of waterfront saw right through me. On the morning of the test, before anyone was awake in my bunk, my counselor brought me to the camp's waterfront to take the test. Amidst the chilly, early-morning dew and fog, I took off my jean jacket and t-shirt, made my way from the beach to the dock, past the shallow first area of the waterfront, to the second (and deeper) area, shaking more from nerves than the cold.

The head of waterfront, a 20-year-old girl, looked at me and knew my little secret. "Hey, blue eyes," she said, referring to my petrified eyes, adding "nothing ventured, nothing gained, so you have nothing to lose." This nugget of wisdom, which adds up to one of this world's most overused inspirational quotes, was wonderfully new to my ears.

"Besides, I'm going to be right beside you every step of the way," she said. And that's exactly what she did, from start to finish. She walked along the dock only a foot away from me as I swam my laps and even got into the lake with me as I tread the water.

Now I've got nothing to lose
"Well, blue eyes, you've officially passed the Four-Five," my water angel said to me when I finished treading. "Why don't you go for your Twelve-Seven?" (As in 12 laps of swimming and seven minutes of treading.) "You're still in the water, so you have nothing to lose."

And everything to gain, I found out, because I ended up being the only 10-year-old in camp who had passed the Twelve-Seven and, better yet, I discovered just how deep inspirational quotes can go.

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