The Top 23 Inspirational Quotes


I admit there is no reason these are the top 23 inspirational quotes. They are just 23 that I pulled from a file of quotes that I collected over the years. And it’s 23 because I did not want to cut anymore out.

These are mostly business-related, but like all wisdom, they transfer to anything else. I think you will find they are unusual quotes from the usual suspects.

So, why the quotes? Because one of the August InsuranceNewsNet Magazine’s main features is Get Inspired. We focused on what or who inspired people. I had my own story in the Letter from the Editor.

But I also get a quick, bracing shot of inspiration whenever I revisit my collection of quotes. So, I thought I’d share some. I’ll make it an even two dozen by adding a particularly important one here from Napoleon Hill: “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”

  • You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.” Henry Ford
  • “Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing off of even the greatest business triumph would be dull, routine and eminently unsatisfying.” J. Paul Getty
  • “I would rather earn 1% off a 100 people’s efforts than 100% of my own efforts.” John D. Rockefeller
  • “He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.” Leonardo da Vinci
  • “We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.” Aesop
  • “Be careful what you set your heart upon — for it will surely be yours.“James A. Baldwin
  • “The truly free individual is free only to the extent of his own self-mastery, while those who will not govern themselves are condemned to find masters to govern over them.” Steven Pressfield
  • “Personality is to a man what perfume is to a flower.” Charles M. Schwab
  • “Regardless of what you are or what you have been, you can still become what you may want to be.” W. Clement Stone
  • “In this very real world, good doesn’t drive out evil. Evil doesn’t drive out good. But the energetic displaces the passive.” Bill Bernbach
  • Repeat anything often enough and it will start to become you.” Tom Hopkins
  • “Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.“Earl Nightingale
  • “I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.” Brian Tracy
  • Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.” Rene Descartes
  • “Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest.” Epicurus
  • “It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.” Epictetus
  • “Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.” Heraclitus
  • “Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one in adversity.” Plutarch
  • “Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour.” Arthur Schopenhauer
  • “You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.” Lou Holtz
  • “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.” Eric Hoffer
  • “Industry need not wish.” Benjamin Franklin

Do you have a favorite? Share it!





Steven A. Morelli is editor-in-chief for InsuranceNewsNet. He has more than 25 years of experience as a reporter and editor for newspapers, magazines and insurance periodicals. Connect with Steve →

  • Rachel Roderick

    These are excellent — but aren’t there any inspirational women to quote?

    • Steve Morelli

      Well, that is a good point. And I am a little chagrined for not even realizing that. I had collected the quotes just for the content of their character, rather than the sex of the originator. I would welcome feminine wisdom. Do you have any quotes to share?

  • Norman Quesnel

    Here you are, Rachel

    Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.
    –Elizabeth Gilbert, American author

    How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
    –Annie Dillard, American author

    One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. … When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else.
    –Eleanor Roosevelt, Former U.S. first lady

    We don’t know who we are until we see what we can do.
    –Martha Grimes, American writer

    You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.
    –Beverly Sills, American opera singer and opera manager

    We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.

    –Jane Austen, British author

  • Emily wilson

    I don’t care what you think unless it is about me. ~ Kurt Cobain

Ad will close in 15 seconds or Skip this ad