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I believe that I was lucky to have suffered. Some people don’t realize that in suffering there is great potential, because if you are deprived for any reason.. politically, financially, socially or otherwise.. and if you set your mind in the right direction, you will find that the only way to survive is for you to excel, by being better so you can be treated better.
Talal Abu-Ghazaleh - Belief - Luck - Inspirational
- Politics - Finance - Social - Best - Pain - Challenges

I wanted to be the exception to the other kids, but in the right way. We have a lot of suffering in our part of the world, but that suffering is, in a way, a blessing. Obviously, I could not afford to go to school without a scholarship, so that meant I had to excel in order to get one.
Talal Abu-Ghazaleh - Inspirational - Pain - Challenges
- Ambition - School

The most important thing is God's blessing and if you believe in God and you believe in yourself, you have nothing to worry about.
Mohamed Al-Fayed - God - Belief - Inspirational

We call it infectious impatience. That's his hallmark and we are trying to inculcate it in the entire organization. Infectious impatience. So that things not only get done but get done in double quick time.
Mukesh Ambani - Action - Inspirational - Business Growth


We do not consider our principles as dogmas contained in books said to come from heaven. We derive our inspiration, not from heaven, or the unseen world, but directly from life.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk - Knowledge - Life - Inspirational


At a certain point, I just felt, you know, God is not looking for alms, God is looking for action.
Bono -
Action - God - Inspirational

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.
Gautama Buddha - Thinking - Life - Motivational - Inspirational - Optimistic

If you have a task to perform and are vitally interested in it, excited and challenged by it, then you will exert maximum energy. But in the excitement, the pain of fatigue dissipates, and the exuberance of what you hope to achieve overcomes the weariness.
Jimmy Carter - Challenges
- Achievement - Inspirational

Miracles happen every day. Not just in remote country villages or at holy sites halfway across the globe, but here, in our own lives.
Deepak Chopra - Life
- Inspirational - Optimistic

I like to build things, I like to do things. I am having a lot of fun.
Walter Chrysler - Inspirational - Fun - Ambition - Action


To me every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.
Walter Chrysler - Inspirational -
Miracles - Optimistic

Part of our essential humanity is paying respect to what God gave us and what will be here a long time after we're gone.
Bill Clinton - Responsibility - Encouragement - Inspirational


I've been busy for years, buying land, often under pseudonyms, and planting trees on it. All the money is going into it when I die.. and in the end I'd like to think that it will be 20 to 30,000 acres.
Felix Dennis - Philanthropy - Busy
- Environment - Charity - Inspirational - Generous

The bottom line is that if I did it, you can do it. I got rich without the benefit of a college education or a penny of capital but making many errors along the way. I went from being a pauper.. a hippie dropout on the dole, living in a crummy room without the proverbial pot to piss in, without even the money to pay the rent, without a clue as to what to do next.. to being rich..
Felix Dennis - Rich - Money
- Inspirational - Encouragement - Education - Mistakes - Poverty

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Accordingly a genius is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework.
Thomas Edison - Work - Commitment - Success - Inspirational


Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.
Albert Einstein - Imagination - Important - Knowledge - Inspirational - World

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
Albert Einstein - Important - Inspirational - Curiosity - Questions

I think that only daring speculation can lead us further and not accumulation of facts.
Albert Einstein - Inspirational - Ideas - Knowledge - Risk

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Mahatma Gandhi - Life - Learning - Death
- Inspirational

There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.
Mahatma Gandhi - Death
- Inspirational

If I'd had some set idea of a finish line, don't you think I would have crossed it years ago?
Bill Gates - Ideas - Inspirational - Goals

The entrepreneur is our visionary, the creator in each of us. We're born with that quality and it defines our lives as we respond to what we see, hear, feel, and experience. It is developed, nurtured, and given space to flourish or is squelched, thwarted, without air or stimulation, and dies.
Michael Gerber - Entrepreneurs - Inspirational


Miracles never cease to amaze me. I expect them, but their consistent arrival is always delightful to experience.
Mark Victor Hansen - Inspirational - Optimistic


One of my goals is to inspire people to be all that they can be and, hopefully, be a good example and teach some useful, interesting principles. Perhaps I can be the key that turns on the engine in their life, and then they can take their car where they want.
Mark Victor Hansen - Life - Goals - Inspirational
- Encouragement

Do not wait; the time will never be "just right." Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
Napoleon Hill - Think and Grow Rich - Motivational - Action - Now - Inspirational - Work

Charity is a supreme virtue, and the great channel through which the mercy of God is passed on to mankind. It is the virtue that unites men and inspires their noblest efforts.
Conrad Hilton - Philanthropy - God - Inspirational


It's not where you start or where you finish. It is the distance between the two.
David Icke - Inspirational - Motivational - Success


I'm an optimist. I've always believed the future is going to be better than the past. And I also believe I have a role in that. The great thing about human beings, myself in particular, is that I can change. I can do better. If you can get up every day, stay optimistic, and believe the future is better than the past, those few things get you through a lot of tough times.
Jeffrey Immelt - Belief - Change - Optimist - Inspirational - Future - Past - Challenges

My family gave me values that have sustained me through situations that would challenge any person. My personal relationship with the Lord inspires me in all I do.
Kathy Ireland - Family - Values
- Challenges - Inspirational - God

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King Jr - Dreams - America - Children - Judgment - Racism - Inspirational

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you.
Martin Luther King Jr - Death
- Life - God - Inspirational

A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.
Ralph Lauren - Dreams - Leadership - Vision - Achievement - Inspirational - Power - Energy - Motivational - Conviction

There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.
Bruce Lee - Limitations - Inspirational - Improvement

Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal.
Bruce Lee - Inspirational - Goals - Action - Encouragement

Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.
Vince Lombardi - Leadership - Power - Inspirational - Spiritual

I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-victorious.
Vince Lombardi - Hard Work - Success - Inspirational - Belief

Friends, Comrades and fellow South Africans. I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all. I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.
Nelson Mandela - Freedom - Peace -
Democracy - Commitment - Inspirational

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Nelson Mandela -
Challenges - Inspirational - Learning - Courage - Fear - Brave

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Nelson Mandela - Inspirational - Great - Challenges - Determination

Let it never be said by future generations that indifference, cynicism or selfishness made us fail to live up to the ideals of humanism which the Nobel Peace Prize encapsulates. Let the strivings of us all, prove Martin Luther King Jr. to have been correct, when he said that humanity can no longer be tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war.
Nelson Mandela - Peace - Inspirational - Human Rights - Selfish - Failure - Ideals
- War

I think that when you look at the great politicians, the two greatest in my view were George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, they certainly had character traits. You also know Abraham Lincoln overcame severe depression problems that he had when he was younger, which gave him the strength and the character later on.
John McCain - Strength
- Problems - Politician - Inspiration

An act of heroism, of extraordinary courage, the grandeur of it, won't easily inspire us to act in imitation, but it can inspire us to emulate its author. For that, we should learn what we can of the whole experience of the subject, the hero's life, as it was before and after, and believe that trying to emulate the character it reveals is one tried way to prepare for the tests that might await us and gain hope that our courage will not be wanting in the moment.
John McCain - Action
- Inspiration - Politician - Courage

Everybody should have the opportunity to do and be everything they can be.
Dr Phil - Opportunity
- Inspirational

It seems to me that the fact that I am a woman is a bigger issue than the fact that I'm from the East. For me it isn't really important. I've only ever known myself as a woman.
Angela Merkel - Woman - Inspirational

Imagine if we succeed in inspiring our audiences to reduce their own impacts on climate change by just one percent. That would be like turning the State of California off for almost two months.
Rupert Murdoch - Climate Change - Media - Influential - Imagination - Inspirational - Success

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself.. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.
Barack Obama - Focus - Ambition - Money - Poverty - Encouragement - Life - Inspirational


My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or blessed, believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success. They imagined me going to the best schools in the land, even though they weren't rich, because in a generous America you don't have to be rich to achieve your potential.
Barack Obama - Encouragement - Inspirational - America - Belief - Hope
- Family - Love - Success - School - Rich - Generous

We need to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation. We have lost our way. And it begins with inspiration. It begins with leadership.
Michelle Obama - USA - Change - Soul - Inspirational - Leadership

When you’re really trying to make serious change, you don’t want people to get caught up in emotion because change isn’t emotion. Because change isn't emotion. Its real work and organization and strategy.. that’s just the truth of it. I mean, you pull people in with inspiration, but then you have to roll up your sleeves and you’ve got to make sacrifices and you have got to have structure.
Michelle Obama - Change - Inspirational - Emotional - Hard Work - Strategy - Truth - Sacrifice

A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.
Ralph Nader - Leadership - Inspirational
- Achievement

If a working class Englishman saw a bloke drive past in a Rolls-Royce, he'd say to himself "Come the social revolution and we'll take that away from you, mate". Whereas if his American counterpart saw a bloke drive past in a Cadillac he'd say "One day I'm going to own one of those". To my way of thinking the first attitude is wrong. The latter is right.
Kerry Packer - Inspirational - Encouragement


I grew up in a working class family where there was no health insurance. I saw first hand the fracturing of the American dream and the bitterness that comes when there is no hope and a lot of despair. So I wanted to build the company, in a sense, that my father never got a chance to work for.
Howard Schultz - Employee - Family - America - Inspirational - Poverty - Companies - Hope


Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.
Albert Schweitzer - Life - Inspirational

I believe in giving everything my best shot. I do not believe in holding back. I am very driven by the fact that we are destined with these opportunities.
Shailendra Singh - Belief - Best - Opportunity - Inspirational

People ask what gives me the authority to give advice? I say, First of all, I don't give advice. Dr Phil gives advice. Mr T helps people. I motivate them, I inspire them, I give them hope, and I plant the seed so they can feel good about themselves
Mr T - Help
- Motivational - Inspirational - Encouragement

You're going through college, and you're going to be faced with a lot of things. You're going to face adversity, the main thing is don't quit. For many people it's easy to quit, but don't. That's what separates the winners from the losers, what separates the all-stars from the also-rans.
Mr T - Winning
- America - Inspirational - Encouragement - Education - Losing

One hundred years from now, I expect the Tatas to be much bigger than it is now. More importantly, I hope the Group comes to be regarded as being the best in India.. best in the manner in which we operate, best in the products we deliver, and best in our value systems and ethics. Having said that, I hope that a hundred years from now we will spread our wings far beyond India.
Ratan Tata - India - Best - Products - Ethics - Growth - Inspirational

The country is now universally recognised as a nation on the move and takes its place amongst the successful economies in the region. The future potential is enormous but the country's destiny is in our hands. The time has come to move from small increments to bold, large initiatives. The time has come to stretch the envelope and set goals which were earlier not seen to be possible. The time has come for performance to be measured and for allocated funds of the government to reach the people for whom they were intended.
Ratan Tata - India - Growth - Inspirational - Wealth - Success
- Economy - Goals - Potential - Government

If we become increasingly humble about how little we know, we may be more eager to search.
John Templeton - Knowledge - Inspirational

I don't claim anything of the work. It is his work. I am like a little pencil in his hand. That is all. He does the thinking. He does the writing. The pencil has nothing to do with it.
Mother Teresa - Work - God - Inspirational - Thinking

Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.
Mother Teresa - Inspirational - Love - Philanthropy - Money


I see God in every human being. When I wash the leper's wounds, I feel I am nursing the Lord himself. Is it not a beautiful experience?
Mother Teresa -
God - Inspirational - People

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau - Confidence - Dreams - Success - Life -
Inspirational

Bad Gardens copy, good gardens create, great gardens transcend.
Ken Wilber - Inspirational - Motivational


Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
Oscar Wilde - Life - Inspirational

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Oscar Wilde - Inspirational - Ambition

When you set goals, something inside of you starts saying, "Let's go, let's go," and ceilings start to move up.
Zig Ziglar - Motivational - Goals - Inspirational


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