I really like quotes. I would almost go that far to describe reading and collecting them as one of my “positive flaws”. Some get me thinking. Some make me smile. Some even inspire and motivate me. So let me share some of my favorite quotes with you. Who knows, these 25 inspirational quotes might have some positive influence on you, too: 

 

1. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

– Theodore Roosevelt


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

– Howard Thurman


3. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

– Gandhi


4.“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

– Thomas Alva. Edison


 5. “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


 6. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”

– Babe Ruth


 7. “The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

Nolan Bushnel


 8. “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”

– Gandhi


 9. “One person can make a difference and everyone should try”

– John F. Kennedy


10. “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


 11. “You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.”

– Steve Jobs


 12. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead


 13. “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”

– Peter F. Drucker


14. “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.”

– Mary Kay Ash


 15. “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”

– Oprah Winfrey


 16. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.”

Richard Branson


 17. “You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

–A.A. Milne


 18. “One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you.”

– Jeff Bezos


 19. “Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists…it is real…it is possible…it’s yours.”

– Ayn Rand


 20. “I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.”

Jeff Bezos


 21. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great”

– Mark Twain


 22. “I cannot give you a formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: try to please everybody.”

– Herbert Bayard Swope


 23. “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”

– Oprah Winfrey


 24. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

–Winston S. Churchill


 25. “I think a great entrepreneur is learning every day. An entrepreneur is somebody that doesn’t take no for an answer – they’re going to figure something out. They also take responsibility. They don’t blame anybody else. And they’re dreamers in one sense but they’re also realistic and they take affordable steps when they can.”

– Damon John