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A Few Inspirational Quotes That I Really Like

winston churchill quoteI have a love hate relationship with inspirational quotes. This is because I’m a self-motivated person and if I feel the ned to go looking for something inspiring, I’m really down. But it does happen and, trite as it sounds, sometimes hearing a good old quote from someone who went through a lot helps me.

My personal favorite quote is from Winston Churchill: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” In a nutshell, that is at he heart of everything that I find inspiring in the world. The idea that no matter how difficult something is, it will pass sooner or later, in one way or another. Even in the worst case scenarios where the end is death, no suffering lasts forever. Winston Churchill quotes are easy to like.

But that already sounds gloomier than I wanted this to be. So I’m going to cut that out and start a list of inspiring quotes here that I’ll add to every time I find something worthwhile. Please feel free to suggest more in the comments and I’ll add them to the post.

  • It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, “Always do what you are afraid to do.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • He who hesitates is lost – unknown proverb
  • Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right – Henry Ford (I actually saw this quote in a continuing education course catalog here in Salt Lake–for a spoon bending class, of all things)
  • Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart – Confucius (this reminds me of a passage CS Lewis wrote in which he said he didn’t want to be “merely” anything)
  • Talent is luck. The important thing in life is courage – Woody Allen (If you have never read his prose, I highly recommend it)
  • It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up – Babe Ruth

Everything here makes me smile just about every time I see the words. I’m not above a little instant inspiration now and then, although I do wish that I could just maintain constant drive and courage without ever needing anything external to bolster it.


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  • Blaine Moore January 21, 2011, 9:07 am

    I’ve track a lot of quotes I find relevant or inspirational; my current database is up to 764 quotes since I started collecting about 2 and a half years ago (well, started collecting for this database…if I dig through an old hard drive I’ll find some older ones that are much bigger but much less focused.)

    So far, 612 of them have been used as quotes of the day, only 1 of which I’ve used more than once. (I generally throw one out on twitter/facebook every weekday around noon eastern.)

  • Chris B January 21, 2011, 9:34 am

    From Seth Godin –
    “Getting your ducks in a row is not nearly as powerful as actually doing something with your duck.”

    (And Blaine, I don’t care much about the running thing, but I followed you on Twitter for the QOTD stuff.)

  • Blaine Moore January 21, 2011, 9:42 am

    Thanks, Chris, and that’s a great quote! Make my above number 765…heheh. (Well, probably closer to 775…now that I think about it I’ve got 10 or 12 quotes in my notebook that haven’t gotten onto my spreadsheet yet from my trip to the Ghost Town 38.5 last week.)

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