Inspiring Quotes


The quote below is the most-requested. I have seen it attributed to Nelson Mandela's inaugural speech but others claim Marrianne Williamson was the original author. It's so powerful that rumpled copies are posted on many refrigerators and framed copies hang forever in places where people gather to be inspired: 
 
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesnít serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people wonít feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. Itís not just in some of us, itís in everyone. As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
  --  Marianne Williamson
 
Posting this quote is certainly recommended. But most of us don't need yet another piece of paper hanging in our already cluttered lives. It's your actions that will bring this quote to life in the most meaningful way. Since 1994 I have delivered more than 3000 coaching sessions in the spirit of the words of this quote. If you would like a partner to support you to be liberated from your fear and to make manifest your glory, you're invited to try an introductory coaching session today. Click here to if you would like get into action. I'll be happy to call you!
 
David Silberkleit 
Empowercoach.com

I believe in all that has never yet been spoken
I want to free what waits within me
So that what no one has dared to wish for
May for once spring clear without my contriving
If this is arrogant God forgive me,
But this is what I need to say
May what I do flow from me like a river
No forcing, no holding back
The way it is with children
Then in these swelling and ebbing currents
These deepening tides, moving out, returning
I will sing you as no one ever has
Streaming through widening channels
Into the open sea

Rilke

If you’re not playing a big enough game, you’ll screw up the game you are playing, just to give yourself something to do."

  --  Unknown

"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of human kind as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing at all."
 -- Helen Keller

"I guess I could be really pissed off about what happened to me, but it's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst. And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain. And I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life. You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry... you will someday."

-- Lester Burnham from the movie "American Beauty"

"Rain beats a leopard’s skin, but it does not wash out the spots."
  --  Ashanti Proverb
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."
  --  Theodore Roosevelt
Towards all that is unsolved in your heart
Be patient
Try to love the questions
Do not seek the answers
which cannot be given
you would not be able to live them
Live everything
Live the questions now
you will then gradually,
without noticing it,
Live into the answers
Some distant day.
  --  Rilke
 
What is success?
 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 have lived;
This is to have succeeded.
   --  Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trial."
  --  Confucius
  Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are a vexation to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
 
   Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. 
 
   You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.  With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams it is still a beautiful world. Be careful, strive to be happy.
  -- From "Desiderata" by Max Ehrmann
 
You can't be all things to all people.
You can't do all things at once.
You can't do all things equally well.
You can't do all things better than everyone else.
Your humanity is showing just like everyone else's.
 
So:
You have to find out who you are, and be that.
You have to decide what comes first, and do that.
You have to discover your strengths, and use them.
You have to learn not to compete with others,
Because no one else is in the contest of *being you*.
 
Then:
You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.
You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.
You will have learned to live with your limitations.
You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.
And you'll be a most vital mortal.
 
Dare To Believe:
That you are a wonderful, unique person.
That you are a once-in-all-history event.
That it's more than a right, it's your duty, to be who you are.
That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.
And you'll be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.
   -- author unknown
 
"You can gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."
  --  Eleanor Roosevelt
 
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."
  --  Thomas Paine
 
"I leaped headlong into the sea, and thereby have become better acquainted with the soundings, the quicksands, and the rocks, than if I had stayed upon the green shore, and piped a silly pipe, and took tea and comfortable advice."
  --  John Keats
 
"The unexamined life is not worth living and the unlived life is not worth examining."
  --  Socrates
 
"The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that the warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse."
  --  Don Juan in "Tales of Power"
 
"Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them—work, family, health, friends and spirit—and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls— family, health, friends and spirit—are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life."
  --  From a speech by the CEO of Coca Cola
 
"When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking."
  -  Arthur Conan Doyle, in an 1896 article for Scientific America
 
If you come to a fork in the road, take it."
  --  Yogi Bera

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