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Life Coaching Inspirational Quotes

These quotes give a picture of how I conduct my life and my life coaching.  Inspirational quotes encourage us to think deeply and highly, and emotionally connect with the best parts of ourselves.  Enjoy!


The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.

Oliver Wendell Holmes


What would you be like if you were the only person in the world? If you want to be truly happy you must be that person.

Quentin Crisp


Donít ask yourself what the world needs;

ask yourself what makes you come alive.

And then go and do that.

Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

Harold Whitman


We are not held back by the love we didnít receive in the past, but by the love weíre not extending in the present.

Marianne Williamson

Inner freedom is not guided by our efforts; it comes from seeing what is true.
The Buddha

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
Leonardo Da Vinci

The very things we wish to avoid, neglect and flee from turn out to be the 'prima materia' from which all real growth comes.
Andrew Harvey a form of escape from the self.

Changing mass consciousness is an individual responsibility.
Dennis Weaver

Conflict is the beginning of consciousness.
M. Esther Harding

If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.
Les Brown

It's exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful.
Adrienne Rich

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
Albert Einstein

Only when your consciousness is totally focused on the moment you are in can you receive whatever gift, lesson, or delight that moment has to offer.
Barbara de Angelis

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
Lao Tzu

Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us.
Earl Nightingale


Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.
Brian Tracy


The secret of achievement is to hold a picture of a successful outcome in the mind.



Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
Art Linkletter

You never achieve real success unless you like what you are doing.
Dale Carnegie

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin itÖBoldness has genius, power, and magic in it.



No pressure, no diamonds.


I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost more than 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life... and that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan


That which you persist in doing becomes easier to do.

Not that the nature of the thing itself has changed, but that your ability to do it has increased!
Ralph Waldo Emerson


We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
Anais Nin


Put up in a place where itís easy to see.

The cryptic admonishment T. T. T.

When you feel sometimes how slowly you climb.

Itís well to remember that Things Take Time.
Piet Hein


Our doubts are traitors,
and make us lose the good
we oft might win,
by fearing to attempt.


All that we are is the result of
What we have thought.
The mind is everything.
What we think, we become.


Fear regret more than failure.
Taryn Rose


The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one
persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress
depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw


Happiness depends upon ourselves.


Life's failures are stepping stones to success.



If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right.

Mary Kay Ash


Leap and the net will appear.
Zen Saying

If you live your life afraid because you're afraid to live, then you live no life at all.


No one knows what he can do till he tries.
Publilius Syrus


Be not afraid of greatness
some men (people) are born great
some achieve greatness,
and some have greatness thrust upon them.
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night


The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt


Inspiration...Is remembering the future.
©John Cahill


You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi


I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his
dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a
success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau


Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

Albert Einstein

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can
change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead


The future depends on what we do in the present.
Mahatma Gandhi


Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Mahatma Gandhi


Until we extend the circle of our compassion to all living
things, we will not ourselves find peace.

Albert Schweitzer


The greatest thing about man is his ability to transcend himself, his ancestry and his environment

and to become what he dreams of being.

Tully C. Knoles

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he
could only do a little.

Edmund Burke


Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.

Abraham Lincoln

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions.

All life is an experiment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Whoever you are, there is some younger person who thinks you are perfect.

There is some work that will never be done if you don't do it.

There is someone who would miss you if you were gone.

There is a place that you alone can fill.

Jacob M. Braude


To laugh often and much:

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children,

to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others,

to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child,

a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;

to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived.

This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do or do not.  There is no try.



Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
George Herman "Babe" Ruth

Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. 

It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.
William Jennings Bryan


Donít judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson


Not to dream boldly may turn out to be simply irresponsible.
George Leonard


The first and most important step toward the feeling that we can succeed.

Nelson Boswell


It's not the days in your life, but the life in your days that counts.
Brian White


Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.

Mary Kay Ash

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.

The other is as though everything is a miracle.

Albert Einstein


The present moment is the only moment available to us,

and it is the door to all moments.
Thich Nhat Hanh


It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.
Chinese Proverb


How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world.
Anne Frank

If you have nothing else to do,

look about you and see if there isn't something close at hand that you can improve!

It may make you wealthy, thought it is more likely that it will make you happy.

George Matthew Adams

Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities
simply by being given the opportunity to do so.
Doris Lessing


Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands,

but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides,

and following them, you reach your destiny.

Carl Schurz

Progress always involves risk.

You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first.
Frederick B. Wilcox


What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Oliver Wendell Holmes


Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.

Hanna More


Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.

Johann Friedrich von Schiller

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare. 

It is because we do not dare they are difficult.


Anyone who has never made a mistake
has never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein


You never change things by fighting the existing reality.

To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
R. Buckminster Fuller


"I can't do it" never yet accomplished anything; "I will try" has performed wonders.

George P. Burnham

Nothing is so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
Victor Hugo


Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.


The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.
Franklin D. Roosevelt


The art of being yourself at your best is the art of unfolding your personality into the man you want to be.

Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others.

Wilfred Peterson

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true were really true,
there would be little hope of advance.
Orville Wright


Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.
Albert Einstein


The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke


People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.

Dale Carnegie

There are no classes in life for beginners:

right away you are always asked to deal with what is most difficult.
Rainer Maria Rilke


You may never know what results come from your action.

But if you do nothing, there will be no results.


Don't limit yourself.

Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do.

You can go as far as you mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.

Mary Kay Ash

Don't try to make me consistent. I am learning all the time.
R. Buckminster Fuller


If you can DREAM it, you can DO it.

Walt Disney


The thing always happens that you really believe in;

and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
Frank Lloyd Wright


Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal;

nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
W.W. Ziege

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
Robert F. Kennedy


To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.

Anatole France


If you don't know where you are going,
you'll end up some place else.

Yogi Berra


Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.

Jill McLemore


Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses

with a sure hope and trust in itself.



Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein


Things usually turn out better than you think.

Von R Atkinson


For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin- real life.

But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first,

some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid.

At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.

This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness.

Happiness is the way.

So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one.

Happiness is a journey, not a destination...



As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world...

as in being able to remake ourselves.

Mahatma Gandhi


Refuse to criticize, condemn, or complain.
Instead, think and talk only about the things you really want.
Brian Tracy


Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
Henry Ford


When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.


To believe in yourself and to follow your dreams, to have goals in life and a drive to succeed, and to surround yourself with the things and the people that make you happy - this is success!

Sasha Azevedo


Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.

Helen Keller


Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

Ralph Waldo Emerson



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