Motivational Quotes

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.

Andre Gide 1869—1951


One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth.  Growth must be chosen again and again, fear must be overcome again and again.  Abraham Maslow


You learn more quickly under the guidance of experienced teachers. You waste a lot of time going down alleys if you have no one to lead you.  - W. Somerset Maugham  1874—1965


The truth that many people never understand, until it is to late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more your suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.   Thomas Merton  1915—1968


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.  As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.  Henry David Thoreau  1817—1862


Look not mournfully into the past.  It does not come back again.  Wisely improve the present.  It is thine.  Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear.   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  1807—1882


There is only one success—to be able to spend your life in your own way.  Christopher Morley  1890—1957


And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.  Anais Nin  1903—1977


Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity.  They seem more afraid of life than death. 

James F. Byrnes  1879—1972


Look at the stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.  Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.  Jacob Riis


Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.  Goethe


What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.  Ralph Waldo Emerson


Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.  Small people do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can somehow become great.  Mark Twain




Follow your dreams and listen to your heart for in its wisdom lies a destiny unique only to you.


Look forward to tomorrow as if it were to visit a dear friend.  The smile you bring will make a world of difference.


Everyone in this world wants to make a difference, wants to accomplish something, to shine: let them.


Every time I see a butterfly I wonder who it is that wishes to visit me and let me know they care.


Losses in my life cannot compare to losing me.  When I define myself only by what I do, or what others think, I cease to exist.


I’ve dipped in to the well too often because I had to survive, or because I’ve felt I had to for others to survive.  Once this resource is depleted we learn -by necessity - to guard it with our life.


When I can’t go any further, I take one more step.


I couldn’t help but wonder what tomorrow would bring, but then I couldn’t help but wonder what Christmas would bring either.  I’ve learned it’s what I bring that will count.


Others can not possibly know us, nor we them, acceptance then.


Look back only to gauge distance.                                            


Christine Sarno-Doyle                   






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, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?


You are a child of the universe.

Your playing small does not serve the world. 

There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking

so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.


We were born to make manifest the glory that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us it’s in everyone. 


And, as we let out own 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