February, 28
by Rana Tarakji

30 Life Altering Quotes from 15 of the Most Inspiring People

One of the best ways that we can improve our lives is by learning from the wisdom of those who have walked the path before us. Studying the great minds who have changed and touched the souls of millions can grant us the insight we need to evaluate ourselves and our own impact on the world. The words of the great minds listed here need no explanation or embellishment and are more than good enough to stand alone. I encourage you to reflect upon the following messages and decide for yourself what they mean to you and your life. Without further ado, here are thirty life altering quotes from 15 of the most inspiring, revolutionary, and wise men and women of all time.

30 Life Altering Quotes from 15 of the Most Inspiring People


  • Maya Angelou – author, poet, and civil rights activist: 

“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.”

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.”

 

  • Rumi – 13th century poet and mystic:

“We are born of love; love is our mother.”

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”

 

  • Michael Jordan – former professional basketball player and businessman:

“I’ve missed more than 900 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed.”

 

  • Lao Tzu – ancient Chinese philosopher and writer: 

“Be wise and help all beings impartially, abandoning none.”

“A tree that fills a man’s embrace grows from a seedling. A tower nine stories high starts with one brick. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

“If you realize that all things change, there is nothing to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.”

 

  • J.R.R Tolkien – writer, poet, and professor:

“Still round the corner there may wait, a new road or secret gate.”

 

  • Deepak Chopra – author and physician:

“The highest levels of performance come to people who are centered, intuitive, creative, and reflective – people who know to see a problem as an opportunity.”

“I’ve worked all my life on the subject of awareness, whether it’s awareness of the body, awareness of the mind, awareness of your emotions, awareness of your relationships, or awareness of your environment. I think the key to transforming your life is to become aware of who you are.”

“Meditation makes the entire nervous system go into a field of coherence.”

 

  • Mother Teresa – Roman Catholic sister and missionary:

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

 

  • Napoleon Hill – author and presidential advisor:

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

 

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. – Baptist minister, activist, and leader of civil rights movement:

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

 

  • Guatama Buddha – ancient sage and founder of Buddhism:

“What we think, we become.”

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”

 

  • Oprah Winfrey – entrepreneur, talk show host, actress, and producer:

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”

 

  • Bruce Lipton, PhD – developmental biologist and lecturer:

“Positive thoughts are a biological mandate for a happy, healthy life.”

“While proper use of consciousness can bring health to an ailing body, inappropriate unconscious control of emotions can easily make a healthy body diseased.”

“Here is my challenge to you. Let go of unfounded fears and take care not to implant unnecessary fears and limiting beliefs in your children’s subconscious minds. Most of all, do not accept the fatalistic message of genetic determinism. You can help your children reach their potential and you can change your personal life. You are not ‘stuck’ with your genes.”

 

  • Mahatma Gandhi – leader of the Indian independence movement:

“To believe in something and not to live it is dishonest.”

“Peace is its own reward.”

 

  • Louise L. Hay – author and speaker:

“No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for ‘we’ are the only thinkers in our mind. When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives.”

“I find that when we really love and accept and approve of ourselves exactly as we are, then everything in life works.”

 

  • Tirumalai Krishnamacharya – Indian yoga teacher, healer, and scholar:

“Rid your body of its impurities, let your speech be true and sweet, feel friendship for the world, and with humility seek wealth and knowledge.”

 

Whether you are looking for fashion inspiration or to get promoted at your job, these are the messages of some of the most brilliant minds the human race has ever witnessed. All of these people have one thing in common: they caused change through their massive influence, and the change that they started was positive. Each of them used their full potentials to do what they were born to do and to share their gifts with the world. They continue to inspire others to do the same, (even those who passed on centuries ago). Use these teachers and leaders as models for your own life and see what new adventures and rewards life will bring to you and to the people around you.

 

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