100 Inspiring & Beautiful Quotes To Brighten The Day


“To live with purpose. To say the courageous thing. To celebrate the simple gift. To follow your dreams. This is the happy life.” – Wayward Henry

“Run to your canvas everyday and mark it up.” – Tammy Hodge

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Never let your soul be silenced. Live life out loud. Every day tell your truth not with words but with actions from your heart.” – Cory Booker

“You will live out whatever it is you believe about yourself.” – Christa Black

“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.” – Buddha

“Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost

“To love is to be vulnerable.” – C.S. Lewis

“He who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” -Henry Ford

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach


“Never let your feelings dictate your bravery. Live braver than you feel.” – Jon Acuff

“Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.” – Sigmund Freud

“The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today’s work superbly well.” – Sir William Osler

“Procrastination will prevent your purpose.  Today, stop talking about it and start taking steps of action.” – Bryan Carter

“The most unbearable thing about many successful people is not – as we flatteringly think – how lazy they are, but how hard they work.” – Alain de Botton

“I challenge you to eat a meal with someone you disagree with on an impassionate issue.It may not change you but it will make you more human.” – Eugene Cho

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ― Rumi

“We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” – John Lennon

“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” — Tori Amos

“Easy roads make sleepy travellers.” – Charles Spurgeon


“Your dream is less about who you are than who you need to become .” – Ben Arment

“The older I get the more I realize all my plans never work out. And the older I get the more I learn that’s okay.” – Coleen York

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”  ― Seth Godin

“Our success in influencing or elevating others is in proportion to their belief in our belief in them.” -H. Drummond

“The story of your life has many chapters. One bad chapter doesn’t mean it’s the end of the book.” — Unknown

“I have found that it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folks that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness & love.” ~ Gandalf

“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” - Virginia Woolf

“An idea is never given to you without you being given the power to make it reality. You must, nevertheless, suffer for it.” -Richard Bach

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life.” – Miles Davis


“Lack of direction, not lack of time is the problem. We all have 24 hour days.”- Zig Ziglar

“No man was ever wise by chance.” – Seneca

“Your graciousness is what carries you… it is what comes out of your heart. If you are gracious, you have won the game.” – Stevie Nicks

“There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.” -Alexander Woolcott

“My time and my attention are my most valuable resources. They are not renewable.” – Jason Santa Maria

“Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.” - Madeleine L’Engle

“Taking pictures is savouring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” -Mark Riboud

“You reveal your own character most clearly when you describe someone else’s.” – Nicky Gumbel

“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” — Albert Einstein

“Often inspiration comes from the most unpredictable places. To see beauty we need to open our eyes in unlikely moments to see new.” – Jeff Shinabarger


“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” James Michener

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it… what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – H. Thurman

“The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.” – William James

“Do not save things for a special occasion. Everyday of your life is a special occasion.” – Thomas S. Monson

“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” – John Wooden

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill

“Your life will be a great and continuous unfolding.” – Cheryl Strayed

“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” – Mary Oliver

“You don’t change the world out of obligation, but you will out of glorious obsession.” – Brian Houston

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road…unless you fail to make the turn.” – Unknown


“To change one’s life: 1. Start immediately. 2. Do it flamboyantly. 3. No exceptions.” – William James

“All of us are better when we’re loved.” – Alistair Macleod

“We spread ourselves out, do thing after thing, because we’re scared of failing. Pick something. Do it fully.” – Jeff Goins

“If you don’t feel free and be yourself, you can’t connect. Find people who accept your quirks. They’ll heal your soul.” – Donald Miller

“Define yourself radically as the one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.” – Brennan Manning

“You have to go whole heartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy. The pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic, and a terrible waste of time.” – Edwin Bliss

“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” – William Shakespeare


“Say yes, and you’ll figure it out afterwards.” – Tina Fey

“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.” – J.R.R Tolkien

“It’s not about what you love. It’s about how you love it.” – Wil Wheaton

“Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on.” – Chuck Palahnuik

“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead. The grand and the simple. They are equally wonderful.” – Marjorie Pay Hinckley

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

“People inspire you, or they drain you. Pick them wisely.” – Hans F. Hansen

“Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds.” – Buddha

“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.” – Iris Murdoch


“Every moment has its pleasures and its hope.” – Jane Austen

“There’s power in looking silly and not caring that you do.” – Amy Poehler

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie

“Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people.” – The Breakfast Club

“Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Brea the habit. Talk about your joys.” – Rita Schiano

“Read books. Care about things. Get excited. Try not to be too down on yourself. Enjoy the ever present game of knowing.” – Hank Green

“Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” – Steve Jobs

“Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” – Jon Acuff

“We are what we think about all day long.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” – C.S. Lewis

“Be brave. No one remembers a coward.” – Christopher M. Hurley

“You teach people how to treat you by what you allow, what you stop, and what you reinforce.” – Tony Gaskins

“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” – Virigina Woolf

“The best things in life are unexpected because there were no expectations.” – Eli Khamarov

“Forget about likes and dislikes. They are of no consequence. Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness but it is greatness.” – George Bernard Shaw

“When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel

“The purpose of life, after all, is it live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


“In the end I want my heart to be covered in stretch marks.” – Andrea Gibson

“Your soul craves truth, beauty, wonder, love. Your soul craves to dream, to imagine, and even simply to understand. Your soul craves to connect, to commune, to create.” – Erin McManus

“Greatness is helping others realize they are great, beautiful and capable. Genius is seeing the wonder and possibility in those others ignore.” – Cory Booker

“Lets choose to do something really difficult, something that saves lives, and let’s do that thing with people we love.” – Donald Miller

“My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.” – Charles Kettering

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go, they merely determine where you start.” – Nido Qubein

“This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterday’s.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We are not on this earth to accumulate victories, things and experiences, but to be whittled and sandpapered until what’s left is who we truly are.” – Arianna Huffington

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.” – John Keats

“Above all, try something.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Compilation of Quotes [Vol. 2]: Purpose

:: a collection of quotes on ‘purpose’ to inspire + propel :: 

pur·pose ::
1. the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used,etc.
2. an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal.
3. determination; resoluteness.
4. the subject in hand; the point at issue.
5. practical result, effect, or advantage: to act to good purpose.

“Be found at one’s post, living each day as though it were our last, but planning as though our world might last 100-years.” – C.S. Lewis

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

“The greatest danger to our future is apathy.”  - [Jane Goodall]

“It doesn’t matter what you did or where you were…it matters where you are and what you’re doing. Get out there! Sing the song in your heart and never let anyone shut you up!!” ― Steve Maraboli

“Give yourself values, grace + strength. Forget about your yesterday + yesterday’s problem… Today is for tomorrow.” – Yogi Bhajan


“Nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new + difference sun.” – Christopher McCandless

“God’s will. Nothing more. Nothing less. Nothing else.” – Elisabeth Elliot

“Efforts + courage are not enough without purpose + direction.” - John F. Kennedy

“I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all..”  ― Leo Rosten

“It is the rarest delight to find a pursuit both meaningful + profitable.” – James Pearson

“We can either keep listening to people’s sad stories, or spend our lives creating happy stories for people.” – Biju Thampy

Do one thing that’s heroic for you today – big or small – and fear won’t define you anymore.” – Bob Goff

“Never give up on the dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it.

The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale


“I realized then that even though I was a tiny speck in an infinite cosmos, a blip on the timeline of eternity, I was not without purpose.” ― R.J. Anderson

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” - Cecil Beaton

“Our job is not the harvest, our job is the seed.” – Carl Lentz

“Direction, not intention, determines destination.” – Andy Stanley

“To the person who does not know where he wants to go there is no favorable wind.” ― Seneca

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you organise your life around your passion, you can turn your passion into your story + turn your story into something bigger – something that matters.” – Blake Canterbury

“All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.” - Brian Tracy

“It’s simple. We’re where we should be, doing what we should be doing. Otherwise, we would be somewhere else, doing something else.” – R. Stine


“Dedicate your life to a cause greater than yourself, + your life will become a glorious romance + adventure.” – Mark Douglas

“Make each day useful + cheerful + prove that you know the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be happy, old age without regret, + life a beautiful success.” – Louisa May Alcott

“If you don’t build up your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.” – Tony Gaskins

“You don’t need more time, you just need to decide!” – Seth Godin

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – Rabbi Hyman Schachter

“In every moment of your life you have a choice; to live your truth + light or diminish it. Be brilliant.” – Cory Booker

“When someone tells me ‘no’, it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.” – Karen E. Quinones Miller

The purpose of life is a life of purpose. - [Robert Byrne]

Compilation of Quotes [Vol. 1]

Quotes. There’s so much to learn, ponder, + glean from them.

With 3 notebooks full of quotes + the 4th quickly filling, I thought why not share some of my favourites when it comes to writing, creativity, + art?

Hope you enjoy, + note, the creator of each is linked to in case you want to find out more about them…


What you write is yours + nobody else’s. Writing well means believing in your writing + believing in yourself, taking risks, daring to be different, pushing yourself to excel. You will write only as well as you make yourself write. [William Zinsser]

The difference between the reader and the writer? The reader is hidden. The writer is laid bare. – Emily Freeman

Great writing comes from the heart, but sometimes that heart needs to be broken before the words can come out.Stephen Parolini

I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart. – Anne Frank

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. – Louis L’Amour

There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know ‘till he takes up a pen to write. – William Makepeace Thackeray

I don’t believe in writer’s block – just lulls in confidence. – Emily Power

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which one’s to keep. – Scott Adams

I want to thank everyone who spends part of their day creating. I don’t care if it’s a book, film, a painting, a dance, a piece of theatre, a piece of music. Anybody who spends part of their day sharing their experience with us. I think the world would be unlivable without art.Stephen Soderbergh

Procrastination isn’t the result of laziness, it is a result of fear – of self, failure + success. [Jeff Goins]

We’re better creatively when we create consistently.Stephen Brewster

Writing helps me understand the ideas that are swirling around in my head + gives them substance. [Jeremy Statton]

You must be prepared to work always without applause. – Ernest Hemingway

Write your book like it’s the last one you’ll ever get to write, because one day it will be. [Jon Acuff]

If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word. – Margaret Atwood

If our life is the canvas, maybe teachable moments are the ink for some pretty valuable stories. [Tim Abare]

Artists don’t get down to work until the pain of working is exceeded by the pain of not working. – Stephen De Staebler

If when you write you feel like you tap into a part of yourself that is most true, you are a writer. [Andrea Cumbo]

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. – Anais Nin

Good writers show rather than tell. Stories are told in action. Life stories are no different. – [Donald Miller]

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. – Rita Mae Brown

Serious writer’s write, inspired or not. Over time they discover that routine is a better friend to them than inspiration. – [Ralph Keyes]

The pen is the tongue of the mind. – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Words, once they’re printed, have a life of their own. [Carol Burnett]

Ink + paper are sometimes passionate lovers, oftentimes brother + sister, + occasionally mortal enemies. – Emme Woodhull-Bäche

Writer’s change the world one reader at a time. But you can’t change the world with a book that’s still on your hard drive or in a box under your bed.Joel Friedlander

To change the world you’ll need a pen. – Donald Miller

“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” – James A. Michener