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25 Inspirational Quotes & Sayings You’ll Love

inspiring life quotesLife is amazing. Every single day is filled with sources of inspiration; but sometimes we need a little help tapping into that.  That’s the goal of Self Improvement Saga’s weekly inspirational thoughts segment- to help you start your week off fully tuned in, tapped in and turned on to the sheer beauty of your existence on this Earth.

This week’s inspirational thoughts include 25 awesome, inspirational self improvement quotes. You’ll find quotes on life in general, as well as, quotes about character, success, love, humanity and much more. I wish you a fabulous week filled with little miracles that don’t escape your awareness.

Inspirational Self Improvement Quotes

1.) “The colossal misunderstanding of our time is the assumption that insight will work with people who are unmotivated to change. Communication does not depend on syntax, or eloquence, or rhetoric, or articulation but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard. People can only hear you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them. Even the choicest words lose their power when they are used to overpower.”
~ Edwin H. Friedman

2.) “You’re wanting to allow your Well-being, not achieve it. It’s not something that you need to earn. All you have to do is decide what it is you would like to experience, and then allow it in order to achieve it. It isn’t something you have to struggle for or try for. You are all worthy beings. You are deserving of this Well-being.”
~ Abraham

3.) “Everything can be taken from a man but … the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
~ Victor Frankl

4.) “If we go into a darkened room and turn on the light, it doesn’t matter if the room has been dark for a day, a week, or ten thousand years — we turn on the light and it is illuminated. Once we control our capacity for love and happiness, the light has been turned on.”
~ Sharon Salzberg

5.) “Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence. It is hard to find. In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life. Silence is a place of great power and healing.”
~ Rachel Naomi Remen

6.) “Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”
~ Vincent van Gogh

7.) “The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.”
~ Henry Miller

8.) “Each of us literally chooses, by his way of attending to things, what sort of universe he shall appear to himself to inhabit.”
~ William James

9.) “Our fears are more numerous than our dangers, and we suffer more in our imagination than in reality.”
~ Seneca

10.) “The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy.”
~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

11.) “The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”
~ M. Scott Peck

12.) “Contrary to popular thinking, being worthy isn’t something you earn, it’s something you recognize.”
~ Mike Dooley

13.) “Whether one sees the world as God’s creation or as a secular mystery that science is on the way to figuring out, there is no denying the beauty and majesty of everything from mountain ranges, deserts, and rain forests to the exquisite details in the design of an ordinary mosquito.”
~ Robert C. Solomon

14.) “A thoroughly good relationship with ourselves results in being still, which doesn’t mean we don’t run and jump and dance about. It means there’s no compulsiveness. We don’t overwork, overeat, oversmoke, overseduce. In short, we begin to stop causing harm.”
~ Pema Chodron

15.) “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.”
~ Albert Einstein

16.) “The bottom line is that (a) people are never perfect, but love can be, (b) that is the one and only way that the mediocre and vile can be transformed, and (c) doing that makes it that. We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.”
~ Tom Robbins

17.) “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”
~ Richard Bach

18.) “Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world. Stand in your own dooryard and you have eight thousand miles of solid ground beneath you, and all the sidereal splendors overhead.”
~John Borroughs

19.) “Live your daily life in a way that you never lose yourself. When you are carried away with your worries, fears, cravings, anger, and desire, you run away from yourself and you lose yourself. The practice is always to go back to oneself.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

20.) “There is no such thing as a “self-made” man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.”
~ George Matthew Adams

21.) “Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.”
~ Dale Carnegie

22.) “People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

23.) “In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins- not through strength but by perseverance.”
~H. Jackson Brown

24.) “All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for
they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.”
~Thomas Edward Lawrence

25.) “Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used.”
~Richard E. Byrd

I hope you enjoyed this collection of inspirational quotes. If there is a favorite quote that you’d like to add, please feel free to do so in the comment section below.

Photo credit: Greg Marmai

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