Inspirational quotes of a general nature, to encourage a positive outlook, for students to not give up, and to keep trying.



“Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth” - N.Eldon Tanner




"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will."

Vince Lombardi




"If you don't know where you are going,

you'll end up someplace else."

Yogi Berra




"Failures do what is tension relieving,

while winners do what is goal achieving."

Dennis Waitley




"A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds."

Francis Bacon




"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them". - (William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act II, Scene V).




"The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business--or almost anywhere else for that matter."

Lee Iacocca




"If he has strained his efforts to the practice of reading books, and labours only at ths, and has traveled for this, I tell him to return home immediately, and not to neglect his affairs there; for this for which he has traveled is

nothing. But the other thing is something, to study how a man can rid his life of lamentation and groaning, and saying, "Woe to me," and "wretched that I am," and to rid it also of misfortune and disappointment...[so that he may have the stoicism of a Socrates, facing death]."

- Epictetus: The Discourses, Book One, Chapter 4 Of progress or improvement






Your hopes and dreams are far too valuable to be written off from fear or failure to act. Instead of allowing your problems to gain control, why not show the courage to go nose to nose with your problems right from the get go? When you persistently stand up for what you believe in by standing up to your problems, pretty soon you'll stand for something truly special.




“Remember tonight.. for it is the beginning of always.”

Dante Alighieri quotes (Italian Author and Poet. Considered one of the greatest poets in all literature, 1265-1321)



"Never give up."

Jim Valvano, North Carolina State University basketball coach




"It's always too early to quit."

Norman Vincent Peale, a Protestant preacher and author of The Power of Positive Thinking




"Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never."

Winston Churchill




"A quitter never wins and a winner never quits."

Napoleon Hill, American author of Think and Grow Rich





I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson





Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. -Albert Einstein




Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain




Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right. - Henry Ford




"The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare." -Dale Carnegie




"Success doesn't come to you; you go to it." -Marva Collins




"Success is a journey, not a destination." -Ben Sweetland




"Success is not permanent. The same is also true of failure." -Dell Crossword




"If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin". - Will Rogers




"Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity." - Lady Nancy Astor




"Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do." - Dr. Benjamin Spock




"Don't spend your precious time asking 'Why isn't the world a better place?' It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is 'How can I make it better?' To that there is an answer." - Leo F. Buscaglia




"If everyone gives a thread, the poor man will have a shirt." - Russian Proverb




"He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God." Proverbs 14:31




"You must make your own life amongst the living and, whether you meet fair winds or foul, find your own way to harbor in the end." - Phillip Dunne, screenwriter for 1947 version of The Ghost & Mrs. Muir






How do determined people manage to deal with various situations while others simply fall into despair when confronted with problems? Here are three recommended ways to strengthen your perseverance :

1. Concentrate on your successful final achievement


When you fall apart and none of your friends comes to help, then whom you can count on to support you? The answer is : your own thinking.

Yes, it is your mind, not your friends, that can take you out from the pit of disappointment. They might motivate you to rise again but somehow in the end it will be your own thinking that will actually help you at that crucial moment.

Let your mind concentrate or look at your successful final achievement and it will keep your spirit and courage to struggle on. It also will prevent you from feeling so desperate and completely defeated.

When they fail, most people tend to sink into a deep despair, a great sense of losing materially and psychologically. This is where the danger lies.

Most people usually let their present low scoring achievements worry and haunt their mind. Say that up to this moment your achievement so far is “not good”. Naturally you would then let this fact serve as a basic upon which reason your further thinking goes. It would result in some “not good consciousness” in your mind. If this “not good consciousness” or “failure consciousness” is repeatedly introduced into your mind, eventually it would sink into your sub consciousness and remain trapped there with all harmful consequences it may inflict.


Here is a relevant expression :

“Control your mind for you can do a lot of things with it.”


2. Surround yourself with positive things


Having positive things around you will greatly stimulate you in building up your perseverance or resolution :


Positive things may vary :

- Praying

- Listening to motivating narrations from cassettes

- Putting positive pictorial posters around your place

- Reading books of positive material

- Decorate your room with positive atmosphere

- Making friends with positive thinking people


3. Keep away from unlikely worries


Just accept and admit whenever something fails. You let yourself be burdened with things like : what people would say about you, how their judgments against you would be, what your neighbour would say, what your parent would say, what your parent would ask you and tell you, and so on.

But by deeper thinking, you would generally find no real disturbing things there. One recent study states that 93% of the things we worry about, do not actually exist, only 7% do. And of the existing real problems, some are beyond our capabilities to deal with. Thus why should you worry about things you can do nothing about?


By:Arswino Sonata




Relieving Stress & Happy quotes

suggestions for relieving stress, relaxing, and quotes that direct you to a more positive outlook





Do your best & share what you have learned.

You are not your test score.


Vacation is almost here!







The process of stress can be interrupted by a few techniques, effectively "nipping in the bud" what could become a serious problem if left unchecked. The following will help:


A) Take a deep breath. Taking two or three very deep breaths about 40 seconds apart actually "kills" the panic attack. A really deep breath floods the brain with fresh oxygen, enabling it to function at full capacity. The blood is filled with oxygen and the heart can pump a little slower. Overall, it enables your whole body to relax slightly, and gives one a tangible calm.


B) Put on a smile for 90 seconds! Well, you may feel ridiculous doing this for so long, but that's the point - it helps you to take life a little less seriously. If you can laugh at yourself, and your situation, it helps to lighten that heavy feeling that stress often introduces.


C) Relax parts of your body. We tend to tighten up muscles when stressed, without realising it. Consciously say to your body "Jaw, relax." Then consciously and purposely relax the jaw. Then tackle the next part of the body. "Neck, relax." Then shoulder, back, and so on. It works like a charm, and actually changes your appearance, so you LOOK better!


D) Sit back and enjoy a few minutes of slow time.



E) Read "happy" quotes.







"Happiness is not a goal; it is a by - product." (Eleanor Roosevelt)



"Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it." (Fyodor Dostoevsky)




"Don't rely on someone else for your happiness and self worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can't love and respect yourself - no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are - completely; the good and the bad - and make changes as YOU see fit - not because you think someone else wants you to be different." (Stacey Charter)




"If you want to be happy, be." (Leo Tolstoy)




"Nothing can bring you happiness but yourself." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)




"Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." (Nathaniel Hawthorne)




"Happiness is a Swedish sunset; it is there for all, but most of us look the other way and lose it." (Mark Twain)



"The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment." (Doug Larson)






They say that you can always find someone worse off than you are. Find someone to help and you will be amazed at how quickly you forget your own troubles.



"The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up." (Mark Twain)



"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." (Dalai Lama)



"Divide your bread with the hungry, bring the homeless into the house, when you see the naked cover him, and do not divert your eyes from your own flesh." - Isaiah 58:7




His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish Farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death. The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.

'I want to repay you,' said the nobleman. 'You saved my son's life.'

'No, I can't accept payment for what I did,' the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.

'Is that your son?' the nobleman asked.

'Yes,' the farmer replied proudly.

'I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of.' And that he did.

Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia.

What saved his life this time? Penicillin.

The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill .. His son's name? Sir Winston Churchill.






The optimist says the glass is half full.

The pessimist says the glass is half empty.

The rationalist says the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.


The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds.

The pessimist fears that the optimist is right.





Positive Attitude Tip #1--Affirmations


Put relevant affirmations in strategic places you'll see throughout your day (computer screen, bathroom mirror, steering wheel, fridge). Often it takes a bit of time to allow affirmations to be absorbed-that's OK. Most of us have pretty tough walls up in some areas and have a hard time opening the gate for such strong and positive statements aimed at ourselves. With practice, affirmation statements can be a one of the cheapest, easiest, and most effective ways to boost your attitude and self concept!


Positive Attitude Tip #2--Pre-Meditated Acts of Kindness


Random Acts of Kindness are wonderful-but sometimes we need to plan our generosity so we can ensure it doesn't get overlooked on a busy day. And doing for others is one of the best ways to improve your immediate attitude and your overall mindset. So plan to be a bighearted driver (allowing others to merge), a considerate friend (sending a quick email of appreciation), or a thoughtful citizen (pay for the coffee of the person behind you at Starbucks). I guarantee that planning your acts of kindness, no matter how small, will give you a boost like nothing else!


Positive Attitude Tip #3--Special Indulgence


Do something special for yourself. A lunch-hour walk, a movie with family, window shopping through your favorite stores-something that's a little special and a little out of the ordinary. The change of pace and the sense that you're getting a little something extra will send the endorphins your way.


Positive Attitude Tip #4--Appreciate your Bounty


Identify something you really appreciate- a healthy family, a good education, thoughtful friends, a winning sports team, upcoming vacation days, food in the fridge, a clean living room, winning a raffle-write it down and display it. It's easy to forget how many wonderful things we have in our lives so take time to name and appreciate your blessings and feel positively thankful.


Positive Attitude Tip #5--Recognize and Reflect on Your Strengths


You've got some amazing qualities that probably get lost in the shuffle sometimes. Think about the traits you embody that have gotten you this far. The traits that have helped you through challenges. The traits that your family appreciates. The traits that make you successful. The traits that you, and others, love and like. Give yourself credit for the positive characteristics that make you a unique and radiant woman and celebrate them!!


Corinna Bowers, life coach




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