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! 

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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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Top 10 Inspirational Quotes - Inspirational Life Quotes

"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 a wonderful night to remember. Our world needs your special brand of love.

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William M. Thackeray

Here are 10 beautifully written, inspirational quotes from William Makepeace Thackeray

  • "It is best to love wisely, no doubt; but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all."
  • "To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best."
  • "What love, what truth, what beauty, what happiness, for all, what generous kindness for you and me, are here spread out!"
  • "If there is no love more in yonder heart, it is but a corpse unburied."
  • "Love is master of the wisest... It is only fools who defy him."
  • "True love is better than glory."
  • "Love is immeasurably above all ambition, more precious than wealth, more noble than name."
  • "Happiest time of youth and life, when love is first spoken and returned, when the dearest eyes are daily shining welcome, when the fondest lips never tire of whispering their sweet secrets."
  • "When you look at me, when you think of me, I am in paradise."
  • "Love makes fools of us all, big and little."

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Top 10 Inspirational Quotes to Live By...Beautifully

Top 10 Inspirational
Maya Angelou

Get inspired by these 10 thought-provoking, inspirational quotes from Maya Angelou:

  • "Nothing will work unless you do."
  • "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."
  • "If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love."
  • "If someone shows you who they really are, believe them."
  • "Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud."
  • "Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant."
  • "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
  • "Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."
  • "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
  • "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away."

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Top 10 Inspirational Quotes for the Life You Truly Want

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Oscar Wilde 

These 10 inspirational quotes from Oscar Wilde will give you a quick dose of inspiration:

  • “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”
  • “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”
  • “The optimist sees the donut. The pessimist sees the hole.”
  • “What fire does not destroy, it hardens.” 
  • “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” 
  •  “Everything is going to be fine in the end. If it's not fine, it's not the end.” 
  • "Ordinary riches can be stolen. Real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you."
  • “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
  • “A good friend will always stab you in the front.”
  • "To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance."

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What do I like the most about the inspirational quotes below? First off, I wrote them, so I'm slightly biased.

Seriously, though, every quote not only sprung from a series of random thoughts I've had over the years, but each one also encapsulates the hope and passion I've learned to nurture my entire adult life.

And these thoughts continue to inspire me to this day...every day. Like I said, I'm biased.

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"No matter how far I've come or how far I have yet to go, I'm never too far away from home."

Kevin Nishmas

"Wherever I go, it's where I want to be, even when it isn't."

- Kevin Nishmas

"Understand life backwards. Live life forward."

- Kevin Nishmas

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"It's not all about a lucky roll of the dice. A losing roll may just be the beginning of your next winning streak."

Kevin Nishmas

"Failure is just another signpost that keeps you centered on whatever road you choose."

- Kevin Nishmas

"Every once and awhile, you have to take a thought risk to think boldly and act decisively through all the noise."

- Kevin Nishmas

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"Everybody should have a happy place all their own. Mine is John, Paul, George and Ringo. Yours too could just be a Beatles song away."

Kevin Nishmas

"From the moment I met my son and daughter, they've embodied every part of me, all my greatest joys for now and all my greatest hopes from now on."

- Kevin Nishmas

"Love, in its purest form, is more than an affair of the heart. It's unconditional joy and beauty rolled up into a mother's ever-forgiving hug."

- Kevin Nishmas

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"The only constant in the world is not change. It's love."

Kevin Nishmas

"The only regret I have is that it took me so long to turn my own regrets into the pivotal, life-affirming plot twists they've ultimately become."

- Kevin Nishmas

"Seeking your bliss is not a quest you take alone. You take your whole world with you. We're all fellow seekers."

- Kevin Nishmas

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"If it's passion that drives you, let the open road take you where you need to be."

Kevin Nishmas

"Keeping every ball in the air has never brought me any real peace. Bouncing them off my back like a still summer Sunday always has."

- Kevin Nishmas

"We tell ourselves dreadful tales over and over again, skimming through the best chapters of our lives. Maybe it's time to turn the page and get off with a lighter sentence."

- Kevin Nishmas

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"If love is staring you in the face, don't look away or blink. You might miss it."

Kevin Nishmas

"You don't need a map to get home if you trust your inner compass to lead the way."

- Kevin Nishmas

"In the school of life, joy often comes at a premium, but it's well worth the price of admission."

- Kevin Nishmas

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"The shortest path to heaven can only be forged through the fiery depths of hell."

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"You need to swallow your pride before you can stomach your pain and taste joy."

- Kevin Nishmas

"If there's a song in your heart aching to get out, sing as loud as you can, even if your voice is barely above a whisper. It's the only way you'll ever reach the high notes."

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Inspirational quotes on living your life to the fullest

Living life to the fullest isn't something that "happens" to you. It takes some effort, at least at first. Then, the snowball effect takes over, making you happier and healthier than you ever imagined.

It's not easy but it's so worth the time you put into it. In other words, it's up to you. Here are three key steps based on the article "How to Live Life to the Fullest" that can bring you closer than ever to living purposefully and beautifully:

  1. Finding yourself
  2. Following your bliss
  3. Connecting with others

Are you ready? Below are amazing inspirational quotes that can truly help you take these important steps toward living a much fuller life.

1. On finding yourself...

Inspirational Quotes on Finding Yourself

Inspirational Quotes on Finding Yourself

 "Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom."

- Aristotle

“A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.”

- Jean de La Fontaine

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

- Carl Jung

“It is the individual who knows how little they know about themselves who stands the most reasonable chance of finding out something about themselves before they die.”

- S. I. Hayakawa

Inspirational Quotes on Finding Yourself

Inspirational Quotes on Finding Yourself

“The longer I love, the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it.”

- Frank Lloyd Wright

“You cannot dream yourself into a character. You must hammer and forge yourself one.”

- James A. Froude

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”

- George Moore

"The only journey is the journey within."

- Rainer Maria Rilke

Inspirational Quotes on Finding Yourself

Inspirational Quotes on Finding Yourself

“The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.”

- Oscar Wilde

“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at twenty has wasted 30 years of his life.”

- Muhammad Ali

"Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves."    

- Henry David Thoreau

"All the wonders you seek are within yourself."

- Thomas Browne

Inspirational Quotes on Finding Yourself

Inspirational Quotes on Finding Yourself

“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”

- Buddha

“A man who finds no satisfaction in himself will seek for it in vain elsewhere.”

- La Rochefoucauld

"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate."

- Carl Jung

"To find yourself, think for yourself."    

- Socrates

Inspirational Quotes on Finding Yourself

Inspirational Quotes on Finding Yourself

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."

- Mahatma Gandhi 

“All serious daring starts from within.” 

- Eudora Welty

"The self is not something one finds. It is something one creates."

- Thomas Szasz

"You've got to find yourself first. Everything else'll follow."

- Charles De Lint

Inspirational Quotes on Finding Yourself

"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself."

- Alan Alda

"Never mind searching for who you are. Search for the person you aspire to be."

- Robert Brault

"Don't worry about finding your soul mate. Find yourself."

- Jason Evert

"Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor."

 - Dr. Alexis Carrel

Inspirational Quotes on Finding Yourself

"Whatever it takes to find the real you, don't be daunted if the rest of the world looks on in shock."

- Stephen Richards

"I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself."

-James Baldwin

"All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why."

- James Thurber

"Sometimes we must lose ourselves to find ourselves."     

- Sonny Long

Inspirational Quotes on Finding Yourself

"You've got to know yourself, so you can at last be yourself."

- D. H. Lawrence

"A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born."

- Antoine de

"Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly."  

- Epictetus

"You will never find yourself until you face the truth."  

- Pearl Bailey

Inspirational Quotes on Finding Yourself

"In search of my mother's garden, I found my own."

- Alice Walker

"We lose ourselves in things we love. We find ourselves there, too."    

- Kristin Martz

"Sometimes when you lose your way, you find YOURSELF."

- Mandy Hale

"Find what makes your heart sing and create your own music."

- Mac Anderson

Inspirational Quotes on Finding Yourself

"To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet"

- Charles Caleb Colton

"No one remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself."

- Thomas Mann

"He who knows others is learned. He who knows himself is wise."

- Lao-tzu

"Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it's dark."

- Zen Proverb

Inspirational Quotes on Finding Yourself

"The degree to which a person can grow is directly proportional to the amount of truth he can accept about himself without running away."

 - Leland Val Van de Wall

"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself."

- Anna Quindlen

"There is a great deal of unmapped country within us, which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms."

- George Eliot

"We are the products of editing, rather than authorship."

- George Wald

Inspirational Quotes on Finding Yourself

"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."

- Nelson Mandela

"Better to start up a thousand wrong roads than to spend your life going nowhere because you know the way."

- Robert Brault

"Truth hurts — not the searching after; the running from!"

- John Eyberg

"When your heart speaks, take good notes."

- Judith Campbell

Inspirational Quotes on Finding Yourself

"What a gloomy thing, not to know the address of one's soul."

- Victor Hugo

"That's the way things come clear. All of a sudden. And then you realize how obvious they've been all along."

- Madeleine L'Engle

"Decorate yourself from the inside out."

- Terri Guillemets

"Living is being born slowly. It would be a little too easy if we could borrow ready-made souls."

- Antoine de

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2. On following your bliss...

"Our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it.” 

- Richard Dawkins

“If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.” 

- Katharine Hepburn

"Life is a pilgrimage. The wise man does not rest by the roadside inns. He marches direct to the illimitable domain of eternal bliss, his ultimate destination."

- Swami Sivananda

"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance. The wise grows it under his feet."

- James Openheim

Inspirational Quotes on Following Your Bliss

"Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow."

- Helen Keller

"Rules for happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for."   

- Immanuel Kant

"Ignorance might be bliss. But self-forgetfulness is pure ecstasy."

- Kamand Kojouri

"Let your past go, and follow your bliss just for the health of it.”

- Dr. Christiane Northrup

Inspirational Quotes on Following Your Bliss

"Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.”

- Joseph Campbell

“If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you."

- Joseph Campbell

"There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way."

- Thich Nhat Hanh

"Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot."


Inspirational Quotes on Following Your Bliss

"Bliss is not a feeling but a state of being. In the state of bliss, everything is loved."

- Deepak Chopra

"It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness."

- Charles H. Spurgeon

"Bliss can only come through gratitude, only through enlarging your heart with gratitude. Bliss is the reward of gratitude, the gratitude which is not just worldly or just spoken lip service, but is from the heart, the gratitude of the heart."

- Nirmala Srivastava

"Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss."

- Alexandre Dumas

Inspirational Quotes on Following Your Bliss

"Only love has the ability to put you in that state of bliss."

- Miguel Angel Ruiz

"Happiness without reason is bliss."

- Tapan Ghosh

"Happiness is not in things. It is in you."

- Robert Holden

"Bliss is the ocean, a towel on the sand, the sun out, the chance to swim in waves or walk dragging a stick behind you."

- Deb Caletti

Inspirational Quotes on Following Your Bliss

"The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature."

- Joseph Campbell

"The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved-loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves."

- Victor Hugo

"Sometimes bliss can only be found in the serenity of darkness."

- Saim A. Cheeda

"Happiness is a choice, a repetitive one."

- Akilnathan Logeswaran

Inspirational Quotes on Following Your Bliss

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree."

- Emily Bronte

"Once bliss becomes normal, it's no longer bliss, it's just peace."

- Eckhart Tolle

"Now a soft kiss. Aye, by that kiss, I vow an endless bliss."

- John Keats

"If you want to reach a state of bliss,  make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved and the need to judge."

- Deepak Chopra

Inspirational Quotes on Following Your Bliss

"Creation is a sustained period of bliss."

- Alice Walker

"At the darkest moment comes the light."

- Joseph Campbell

"In life's work, bliss and sacrifice are two sides of the same coin, complementary opposites."

- Laurence Boldt

"It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss. Volatile spirits prefer unhappiness."

- George Santayana

Inspirational Quotes on Following Your Bliss

"Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are."

- Marianne Williamson

"Bliss is that deep, fulfilling, sustainable, driving need you have. That thing that is the true "you." Your bliss is your life's purpose. Your bliss gives your otherwise meaningless life meaning. When you are following your bliss you are powerful and empowered. You are focused and the universe is waiting to help you."

- Angie Karan

"Truth brings bliss, truth brings celebration."

- Rajneesh

"Happiness cannot be far behind a grateful mind, heart and a peaceful mind."

- Anonymous

Inspirational Quotes on Following Your Bliss

"Happiness is there when you express kindness, compassion, and unconditional love and fill yourself with bliss and joy."   

- Debasish Mridha

"Just think of any negativity that comes to you as a raindrop falling into the ocean of your bliss."

- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” 

- Joseph Campbell

"Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It’s the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps."

- Sharon Draper

Inspirational Quotes on Following Your Bliss

"It's ever so much more satisfying to get into a blissful place and attract a blissful person and live blissfully hereafter than to be in a negative place and attract a negative partner and then try to get happy from that negative place."

- Esther Hicks

“You can’t expect to move forward if your emergency break is on.” 

- Angela Cecilia

“Paradise is open to all kind hearts.”

- Pierre Jean de Beranger

“Never forget the importance of living with unbridled exhilaration.”

- Robin Sharma

Inspirational Quotes on Following Your Bliss

“Never forget the importance of living with unbridled exhilaration.”

- Robin Sharma

"Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real."

- Deepak Chopra

"Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss."

- Alexandre Dumas

"Ignorance is not bliss. It is oblivion."

- Philip Wylie

Inspirational Quotes on Following Your Bliss

"What is beautiful? Whatever is perceived joyfully is beautiful. Bliss is the essence of beauty."

- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

"The weak have remedies, the wise have joys. Superior wisdom is superior bliss."

- Edward Young

"When you are aligned with the truth of who you truly are, then you experience bliss."

- Vivian Amis

"Life in itself is an empty canvas. It becomes whatsoever you paint on it. You can paint misery, you can paint bliss. This freedom is your glory."

- Rajneesh

"Just as a mountain of snow is nothing but water, so also the whole universe is nothing but bliss."

- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

"Follow your bliss and let the magic of life happen."

- Janelle Jalbert

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life."

- Omar Khayyam

"Nobody else knows your reason for being. You do. Your bliss guides you to it. When you follow your bliss, when you follow your path to joy, your conversation is of joy, your feelings are of joy — you're right on the path of that which you intended when you came forth into this physical body."

- Esther Hicks

"You don't know what you're going to get into when you follow your bliss."

- James Hillman

“I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” 

- Anne Frank

"Bliss cannot be found by remembering the past or anticipating the future."

- Deepak Chopra

"There's no magic bullet. There's no pill that you take that makes everything great and makes you happy all the time. I'm letting go of those expectations, and that's opening me up to moments of transcendent bliss."

- Anne Hathaway

Inspirational Quotes on Following Your Bliss

"Always remember to judge everything by your inner feeling of bliss."

- Rajneesh

"Life can be dangerous — just let it be! When we shake off what we perceive as boundaries, that is where the bliss really is."

- Ann Wilson

"Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived. Follow the path that is no path, follow your bliss."

- Joseph Campbell

"Music is a lot more like solving an intricate puzzle with moments of pure, random creative bliss... whereas painting is much more purely random creative bliss with moments of problem solving."

- Brandon Boyd

"Find your bliss. Find out what it is that touches you most deeply. Pursue it, learn about it, explore it, expand on it. Live with it and nurture it."

- Leonard Nimoy

"Every moment is an eternity in itself. Bliss is the present moment and each and everyone of us needs to understand this."

- Wayne Dyer

"Decorum, that bug-bear which deters so many from bliss until the opportunity for bliss has forever gone by."

- Edgar Allan Poe

"When we follow our bliss, we are met by a thousand unseen helping hands."

- Joseph Campbell

"Self-nurturance, or learning to bask in bliss, is an acquired art form."

- Sarah Ban Breathnach

"Meanwhile, followers of Eastern religions are sitting in the middle of their minds, experiencing a bliss and a level of consciousness that Western man can't begin to approach."

- George Carlin

"There is always a risk to follow your bliss, a price to pursue your passion."

- James Arthur Ray

"If you want to be happy, be."

- Leo Tolstoy

Inspirational Quotes on Following Your Bliss

"When all is lost, when all is let go of, when all is abandoned, what you are left with is an ocean of bliss."

- Robert Thurman

"Achieving your heart’s desires is the key to living a life of bliss."

- Steven Redhead

"Sometimes we forget to be grateful until we survive a trauma. For example, after having the flu when you ache all over, throw up for hours, and have little people pounding in your head with hammers, it is sheer bliss just to eat a piece of toast, walk outside without getting dizzy, and breathe fresh air. Part of the journey toward joy involves not waiting around for trouble, but being continuously aware of our blessings."

- Charlotte Sophia Kasl

"To live in infinite bliss, practice mindfulness and live in the moment."

- Debasish Mridha

"One has to go beyond the mind to experience the spiritual bliss of desirelessness."

- Meher Baba

“Where you stumble and fall, there you will find gold.”

- Joseph Campbell

“Follow your passions, follow your heart, and the things you need will come.”

- Elizabeth Taylor

"Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God."

- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

"Bliss needs to be shared. It exists only in sharing."

- Rajneesh

"Happiness that comes and never leaves; it is called the bliss of the soul."

- Dada Bhagwan

"Only laughter makes a man rich, but the laughter has to be blissful."

- Osho

"Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted."

- Deepak Chopra

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On connecting with others

“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.” 

- John Lennon

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” 

- Herman Melville

“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.” 

- John Joseph Powell

“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone — we find it with another.” 

- Thomas Merton

“Love is not the perfect match. Love is the connection between two people.” 

- Unarine Ramaru

"We get upset at other people because they don’t meet our ideals of how they should act. Instead, try accepting them for who they are, and recognizing that, like you, they’re imperfect and seeking happiness and struggling with finding happiness. They’re doing their best. Accept them, smile, and enjoy your time with this person.”

- Leo Babauta

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” 

- Herman Melville

“Healing yourself is connected with healing others.”

- Yoko Ono

Inspirational Quotes on Connecting with Others

“There are two questions that we have to ask ourselves. The first is ‘Where am I going?’ and the second is ‘Who will go with me?’”

-  Howard Thurman

“In everybody’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner fire.”

- Albert Schweitzer

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” 

- John Lennon

“Maybe we are not here to see each other but to see each other through.”

- Anonymous

Inspirational Quotes on Connecting with Others

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.”

-  Margaret J. Wheatley

“I was lying to myself when I thought I was lost, I have never been lost — I just wasn't ready to be found.” 

- Nikki Rowe

“It's not about having things figured out, or about communicating with other people, trying to make them understand what you understand. It's about a chicken dinner at a drive-in. A soft pillow. Things that don't need explaining.” 

- Ann Beattie

“Our souls yearn for connection with all souls. There are people we think we prefer and others we don’t, but half the time that’s a lie: We tell ourselves the fairy tale of our hatreds out of fear, but we revisit that tale as it suits us. Deep down, we’d love to love and be loved by all.” 

- Alexandra Katehakis

Inspirational Quotes on Connecting with Others

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”

- John Muir

“In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.”

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“All things are connected like the blood that unites us. We do not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.”

- Chief Seattle

“The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers. It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow. I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.”

- Rabindranath Tagore

“When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” 

- Albert Camus

“This time when we kiss, I feel it in the pit of my stomach, I feel it in my heart. And I realize love isn't about sex. It's about connection.” 

- Ellen Hopkins

“The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.” 

- Goethe

“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” 

- William James

Inspirational Quotes on Connecting with Others

“We are all wonderful, beautiful wrecks. That's what connects us--that we're all broken, all beautifully imperfect.” 

- Emilio Estevez

“Intimacy is not purely physical. It's the act of connecting with someone so deeply, you feel like you can see into their soul.” 

- Reshall Varsos

“Our ability to connect with others is innate, wired into our nervous systems, and we need connection as much as we need physical nourishment.” 

- Sharon Salzberg

“Build me up and I with you. For we are more one than two.” 

- Deborah Day

Inspirational Quotes on Connecting with Others

“Connecting our hearts through love yields a nectar so sweet we are forever full.” 

- Amy Leigh Mercree

"I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”

- Brené Brown

"Creative people have no barriers. Ultimately, it's connecting with human beings. There's just one planet. I don't see it as different countries."

- Aamir Khan

“Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone's hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.” 

- Vera Nazarian

Inspirational Quotes on Connecting with Others

“The purpose of life is not to win. The purpose of life is to grow and to share. When you come to look back on all that you have done in life, you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you brought to other people’s lives that you will from the times that you outdid and defeated them.”

- Harold Kushner

“Your connections to all the things around you literally define who you are.”

- Aaron D. O'Connell

"I see a world in the future in which we understand that all life is related to us and we treat that life with great humility and respect.”

- David Suzuki

“All is connected. No one thing can change by itself.”

- Paul Hawken

“I am a part of all that I have met.”

- Lord Tennyson 

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Connection doesn't care about the laws of the land. Your soul will be pulled to the place it belongs."

- Anonymous

"My heart is not captured easily. I am disinterested in small talk, disillusioned with love, and too focused on my dreams and aspirations to lend anybody my attention for long."

- Beau Taplin

Inspirational Quotes on Connecting with Others

“Communication is merely an exchange of information, but connection is an exchange of our humanity.”

- Sean Stephenson

“Think back to the most important experiences of your life, the highest highs, the greatest victories, the most daunting obstacles overcome. How many happened to you alone? I bet there are very few. When you understand that being connected to others is one of life’s greatest joys, you realize that life’s best comes when you initiate and invest in solid relationships.”

- John C. Maxwell

“Carve your name on hearts and not on marble.”

- Charles Spurgeon

"Start hanging out with people who see limitless possibility as the reality.  Surround yourself with people who act on their big ideas, who take action on making positive change in the world and who see nothing as out of their reach.”

- Jen Sincero

“Perhaps the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.”

- Rachel Naomi Remen

"Happiness is only real when shared.”

- Chris McCandless

"It takes a village to raise a child."

- African Proverb

"Grief, no matter where it comes from, can only be resolved by connecting to other people."

- Thomas Horn

Inspirational Quotes on Connecting with Others

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Here's why we find inspirational sayings 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.

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An Inspirational "Facing Your Fears" Story
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 
Creator of

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 wanted to go too, but I had not passed this test, which would force my camp counselor (and, by default, my bunkmates) to stay in camp with me during the trip.

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 baby blues, 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 still 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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