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Quotations about inspiration

Mark TwainTwenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.

 - Mark Twain

Albert EinsteinEverything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.

 - Albert Einstein

Michael CrichtonWorking inspires inspiration. Keep working. If you succeed, keep working. If you fail, keep working. If you are interested, keep working. If you are bored, keep working.

 - Michael Crichton

Susan CainSpend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you're supposed to. Stay home on New Year's Eve if that's what makes you happy. Skip the committee meeting. Cross the street to avoid making aimless chitchat with random acquaintances. Read. Cook. Run. Write a story.

 - Susan Cain

Robert FrostThere are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can't move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.

 - Robert Frost

Pearl BuckThe person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.

 - Pearl S. Buck

Jim RohnThe ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them.

 - Jim Rohn

Neil deGrasse TysonThe best educators are the ones that inspire their students. That inspiration comes from a passion that teachers have for the subject they're teaching. Most commonly, that person spent their lives studying that subject, and they bring an infectious enthusiasm to the audience. I think many people have that enthusiasm, but they are prevented from being teachers because they didn't go through the teacher mill. Now you have teachers who have been through the teacher mill, yet they have no capacity to inspire anyone at all. It's the inspired student that continues to learn on their own. That's what separates the real achievers in the world from those who pedal along, finishing assignments.

 - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse TysonWhether or not you can never become great at something, you can always become better at it. Don't ever forget that! And don't say “I'll never be good”. You can become better! and one day you'll wake up and you'll find out how good you actually became.

 - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Louisa May AlcottFar away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead.

 - Louisa May Alcott

Ayn RandDo not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.

 - Ayn Rand

Martin Luther KingOur lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

 - Martin Luther King

Martin Luther KingIf you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

 - Martin Luther King

Martin Luther KingIf a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.

 - Martin Luther King

ConfuciusOur greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

 - Confucius

Vincent van GoghIt is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.

 - Vincent van Gogh

Helen KellerKeep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.

 - Helen Keller

Jame MattisAmerica has two fundamental powers. One is the power of intimidation. I was part of it and America will defend herself and our idea, this experiment that we call America. And that's all it is, is an experiment in democracy. But the other power I think that perhaps we have used less in recent years, last 20 years maybe, is the power of inspiration. And I think that the power of inspiration of America at times has got to be employed just as strongly.

 - Jame Mattis