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Inspirational Quotes

Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.
Albert Einstein

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau

The best changes often start as a single, simple thought. Think big, and discover the ways to make your dreams real.

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
       - Albert Einstein

Let's not just transform those in need, we can also find ways to help transform those in power.

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.
No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
       - Elbert Hubbard

The best leader brings out the best in those he has stewardship over.
       - J. Richard Clarke

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.
       - Benjamin Disraeli 

Don't call me a saint - I don't want to be dismissed that easily.
       - Dorothy Day

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
       - Matthew 5:15 (see also v.14- 16)

The test we must set for ourselves is not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us.
       - Hubert Humphrey, U.S. vice president, senator

He that would be a leader must be a bridge.
       - Welsh Proverb

The best leaders of all, the people know not they exist. They turn to each other and say, We did it ourselves.
       - Zen Proverb

Inspiration and genius--one and the same.
Victor Hugo

To find what you seek in the road of life,
the best proverb of all is that which says:
"Leave no stone unturned."
Edward Bulwer Lytton

Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration?
George Eliot

Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.
       - Holocaust Museum, Washington, DC

To live for results would be to sentence myself to continuous frustration. My only sure reward is in my actions and not from them.
       - Hugh Prather

If you would create something,
you must be something.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every artist was first an amateur.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be.
Horace Bushnell

No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men do less than they ought,
unless they do all they can.
Thomas Carlyle

Let thy words be few.
Ecclesiastes 5:2 from Words of Wisdom

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
Leon J. Suenes

There is no beauty but the beauty of action.
      - Proverb

I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
       - Edward Everett Hale

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
       - Benjamin Disraeli

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
       - Edmund Burke

The power of imagination makes us infinite.
John Muir

First say to yourself what you would be;
and then do what you have to do.


You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.
       - Shira Tehrani

Well done is better than well said.
       - Benjamin Franklin

If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.
       - Lucy Larcom

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings.
       - Helen Keller

To catch lots of fish, you must first go to the water

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
       - Danny Kaye

Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it.
       - Ella Williams

Each time someone stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.
       - Robert F. Kennedy

Every time we open our mouths, men look into our minds.
       - Anonymous

Everyone's life is an object lesson to others.
       - Karl G. Maeser

Example sheds a genial ray which men are apt to borrow,
so first improve yourself today, and then your friends tomorrow.

You really can change the world if you care enough.
       - Marion Wright Edelman

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man adapts the world to himself. All progress depends upon the unreasonable man.
       - George Bernard Shaw

Tell me and I forget; show me and I remember; involve me and I understand.
       - Anonymous

I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I'd rather have one walk beside me than merely point the way.
       - David O. McKay

A gentle hand may lead even an elephant by a single hair.
       - Iranian Proverb

The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.
       - John Maxwell

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
       - Ralph Nader


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