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Top 25 Quotes That Inspire Change

I love quotes.

They have a lovely tendency of balancing the fine line of infinite wisdom and cliche.

After a discussion on quotes and favorite authors a few days ago, I felt compelled to list the ones that have had a real impact on me.

There is a very clear theme here; they are quotes on authentic living, creative expression and thoughts on contributing to our world. Quotes that are meant to inspire change.

Do you credit any quotes for nudging you in a new direction?

Here are 25 of my favorite quotes.


#1: ”You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar

#2: ”Your vocation lies in the intersection of the world’s deep need and your deep joy.” – Frederick Buechner

#3: ”Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” – Marianne Williamson

#4: ”If you’re creating anything at all, it’s really dangerous to care about what people think.” – Kristen Wiig

#5: “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” – Bill Gates

#6: “Forgiveness is the choice to see people as they are now.” – Marianne Williamsson

#7: ”Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – Jack Canfield

#8: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

#9: “You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame.” – Erica Jong

#10: “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

#11: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin

#12: ”Accept that we’re all an awesome mess. There is no end to your compassion if you are willing to accept that.” – Erin Moon

#13: ”It’s a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.” – Winston Churchill

#14: ”It always seems impossible. Until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

#15: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi


#16: ”What other people think of me is none of my business.” – Wayne Dyer

#17: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

#18: “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” –Albert Einstein

#19: “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” – Charles Swindoll

#20: “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau

#21: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

#22: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

#23: “There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” – Aristotle

#24: “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

#25: “Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.” – Booker T. Washington

What is your favorite quote that inspires change?