Life Quotes

Quotations: Dare To Be Great!

Understand that the people who care about you are not trying to discourage you — they’re trying to protect you from disappointment. You must appreciate them, and, of course, ignore them. ~Robert Brault,

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. ~Les Brown

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. ~Henry Ford

Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. ~Arnold H. Glasow

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher. ~Thomas Henry Huxley, Life and Letters of Thomas Huxley

If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up. ~J.M. Power

We start becoming the person we’re intended to be on the day we start intending it. ~Robert Brault,

You may not know where you’re going, but so long as you spread your wings the winds will carry you. ~C. JoyBell C.

Dare to be honest and fear no labor. ~Robert Burns

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~Henry Stanley Haskins, “Metapsychics,” Meditations in Wall Street, 1940

Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings. ~C.D. Jackson

Life’s problems wouldn’t be called “hurdles” if there wasn’t a way to get over them. ~Author Unknown

You can’t go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending. ~James R. Sherman

God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow in them. ~Author Unknown

Eighty percent of success is showing up. ~Woody Allen

The wings of Will take us to places unknown to Heart, further than Imagination. ~Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros, May 2011 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on

Often, what seems an impossible climb is just a staircase without the steps drawn in. ~Robert Brault,

The best angle from which to approach any problem is the try-angle. ~Author Unknown

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do. ~Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, 1996

When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book

You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures. ~Charles C. Noble

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book

Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable. ~Wendy Wasserstein

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out. ~Author unknown

Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. ~Ralph Marston

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. ~e.e. cummings, 1955

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. ~Judy Garland

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. ~Kongzi

You’ve got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice. ~Steven D. Woodhull (b.1976, U.S. geologist), 1999

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind! ~Author unknown  [First part is unknown author, circa 2000; second part is unknown author circa 1930s. 

Put your future in good hands — your own. ~Author Unknown

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. ~Edmund Hillary

Love every color of the rainbow in your soul and every note of the tune in your heart. ~Terri Guillemets, “Suffer, shimmer, adjust,” 2008

The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one’s self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course. ~Michelangelo

The man who has done his best has done everything. ~Charles M. Schwab

There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them. ~Charles D. Gill

I will annihilate the narrow margin that lies between me and my unused potency. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), “Songs of Longing: XXVIII,” At the Roots of Grasses, 1923

What a fool, quoth he, am I, thus to lie in a stinking dungeon, when I may as well walk at liberty! I have a key in my bosom, called Promise, that will, I am persuaded, open any lock in Doubting Castle. ~John Bunyan

The best helping hand that you will ever receive is the one at the end of your own arm. ~Fred Dehner

Each one of us should lead a life stirring enough to start a movement. ~Max Lucado

Nature decrees that we do not exceed the speed of light. All other impossibilities are optional. ~Robert Brault,

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
~Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, 1990

Promise yourself to live your life as a revolution and not just a process of evolution. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. ~Karl Geurs and Carter Crocker, Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin, 1997  [Disney movie –tg]

Put on your dream hat and dance all the way to success! ~Terri Guillemets

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. ~Pablo Picasso

What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God. ~Eleanor Powell

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. ~Nelson Henderson

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her. ~David Brinkley

It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. ~Attributed to Hanoch McCarty

The secret to wellness is being your own guardian angel. ~Terri Guillemets, “Gratitude going forward,” 1995

Spread joy. Chase your wildest dreams. ~Patch Adams

The shell must break before the bird can fly. ~Alfred Tennyson

There is no need to reach high for the stars. They are already within you — just reach deep inside yourself! ~Terri Guillemets

Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right. ~Virgil, et al. See:

[Y]ou can do it, even if you can’t. Just keep can’ting until eventually you can. ~Jarod Kintz, Goodreads bio

I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn’t fall down. ~Allen H. Neuharth

In response to those who say to stop dreaming and face reality, I say keep dreaming and make reality. ~Kristian Kan, Rich By 25

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within. ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Success comes in cans, not cant’s. ~Author Unknown

be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!
~Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, 1990

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them. ~Michael Jordan

Share your sparkle wherever you are. ~Dodinsky

May you always remember that you are a sacred and beautiful rainbow. You are here to love and to share your special gifts. ~Rachel Rose Zoller, My Body Is a Rainbow: A Book about Our Chakras, 2016,

Don’t be sad
You have fairytales waiting for you
Wild and beautiful and fun
Don’t think of the past
Love the dream
Work some magic in your life
~Terri Guillemets, “The magic in your soul,” 2018, blackout poetry created from Danielle Steel, Fairy Tale, 2017, pages 237–239

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. ~Thomas Alva Edison

Life is not about discovering our talents; it is about pushing our talents to the limit and discovering our genius. ~Robert Brault,

Always hold your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level. ~Max L. Forman

Dreams are free, so free your dreams. ~Terri Guillemets

Don’t let anyone steal your dream. It’s your dream, not theirs. ~Dan Zadra

Keep shining, beautiful one. The world needs your light. ~Author Unknown

[S]o you plant your own garden and nourish your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers…. ~Veronica Shoffstall, “After a While,” as posted in Dear Abby

Have we not all, amid life’s petty strife,
Some pure ideal of a noble life
That once seemed possible? Did we not hear
The flutter of its wings, and feel it near,
And just within our reach? It was. And yet
We lost it in this daily jar and fret,
And now live idle in a vague regret;
But still our place is kept, and it will wait,
Ready for us to fill it, soon or late.
No star is ever lost we once have seen,
We always may be what we might have been.
~Adelaide Anne Procter, A Legend of Provence

The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do. ~Author Unknown

I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end. ~Larry Bird

Eye contact is the best accessory. ~Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo video game) written by Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka, and Toshihiro Kawabata

The difference between try and triumph is a little umph. ~Author Unknown

The reason most people do not recognize an opportunity when they meet it is because it usually goes around wearing overalls and looking like Hard Work. ~Author Unknown

Don’t let the alarm clock of life wake you from the dream of your ideals. ~Terri Guillemets

Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat. ~Ann Landers

When the world says, “Give up,”
Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”
~Author Unknown

Climb from the depths of your soul to the heights of your future. ~Terri Guillemets

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again. ~Flavia Weedn, Flavia and the Dream Maker, ©

There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream. ~Author Unknown

dragon heads and fairie tales
dreams afire with billowing sails
~Terri Guillemets, “Later reverie,” 2003

Our greatest glory is, not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. ~Oliver Goldsmith, c.1760  [Thanks,

Don’t find fault. Find a remedy. ~Henry Ford

To the question of your life, you are the only answer. To the problems of your life, you are the only solution. ~Jo Coudert, Advice From A Failure (Thanks, Elizabeth!)

Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it. ~Buddha

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