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Inspiring Quotes to Make Your Days Better and Brighter


I don’t really know how and why I started collecting quotes . It just kind of happened and then soon enough I was carrying around a beaten up notebook with my everywhere in case I read of heard something inspiring. And when the notebook was almost full, I typed up all the quotes and made a nice categorized, color-coded word document to house them all.

The quote-collecting started when I was 14 and over a decade later it continues. My quote collection has helped me get through the bad and learn to really see and appreciate the good- breakups, breakdowns, identity questions, regrets, triumphs, tragedies, you name it and I have a quote that will help you get a better grip on it, some with laughter and others with immense wisdom.

Winter is here, the temperature is frigid, darkness comes way too early and a whopping case of seasonal affective disorder is all but inevitable. To help make these sad days a little shinier, I’ve decided to share some of my all time favorite quotes. Enjoy!

On Love:

“Unless it’s mad, passionate, extraordinary love, it’s a waste of your time. There are too many mediocre things in life–love shouldn’t be one of them”- Movie: Dream for an Insomniac

“To offer a man friendship when love is in his heart is like giving a loaf of bread to one who is dying of thirst. –Frank Frankfort Moore

“Relationships are like glass.  Sometimes it’s better to leave them broken than try to hurt yourself putting it back together”- Author unknown

“Hearts will never be practical until they are made unbreakable”- The Wizard of Oz

“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves”- Victor Hugo

On Life:

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself” George Bernard Shaw

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take” Wayne Gretzky

“If you don’t get everything you want, think of the things you don’t get that you don’t want” Unknown

“Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you area vegetarian” Dennis Wholey

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow” – Mary Anne Radmacher

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be” Marcel Pagnol

“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was” -Richard L. Evans

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not”- Unknown

On Enemies and Forgiveness

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you” –African Proverb

“One thing you will probably remember well is any time you forgive and forget”  ~Franklin P. Jones

“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: Those who are afraid to try themselves and Those who are afraid that you will succeed”- Ray Goforth

Forgive your enemies but never forget their names” JFK

“Take care that no one hates you justly”- Pubilius Syrus

“To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it” ~Confucius

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned”- Buddha

On Experience

“In times like these, it is helpful to remember that there have always been times like these” Paul Harvey

“No one can go back and make a brand new start, my friend, but anyone can start from here and make a brand new end” –Dan Zadra

“The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter”- Unknown

“Happiness is beneficial for the body but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind” ~Marcel Proust

“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him”- Aldous Huxley

“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable”- Sydney J. Harris

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better” — Samuel Beckett

“It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere”- Agnes Repplier

“There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self” Hindu proverb

Advice:

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got” Janis Joplin

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret” Ambrose Bierce

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.  ~Dr. Seuss

“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” John R. Wooden

“You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated”– Maya Angelou

Never tell your problems to anyone…20% don’t care and the other 80% are glad you have them. -Lou Holtz
When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the fire department generally uses water. -Unknown

Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience -Victoria Holt

On Friendship

“A true friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out” Walter Winchell

“I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar”- Unknown

“It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew” – Henry Rollins

“Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer”-Ed Cunningham

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

“A friend is a person before whom I may think aloud” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do you have a favorite quote? Leave it in comments!

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Maria

“Love isn’t something someone gives you , love is something you give yourself”

What I have learnt over the past few months that made me think about the man I was with and wether he was worthy of giving myself love over …. He isn’t lol

Reply December 7, 2014, 1:57 am

chili

First love is one that grows you. Last love is one that completes you.

Reply December 2, 2014, 1:38 pm

Ashley

When you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. ~”Revenge”

Reply November 24, 2014, 3:03 pm

Kyla Ann Bellaire

One on love- “they say love as if you’ve never been hurt, but I have been hurt and loving like before is like asking for the pain all over again” -Unkow
One on loss- “if ever there comes a time when we can’t be together put me in your heart and I’ll stay there forever” -piglet (Winnie the Pooh)

Reply November 24, 2014, 9:34 am

Bridget

I just came across this one from Lena Dunham, which I loved:

“When we embark on intimate relationships, we make a basic human promise to be decent, to hold a flattering mirror up to each other, to be respectful as we explore each other.”

Reply October 7, 2014, 7:01 am

Liz

Loved these two:
“No one can go back and make a brand new start, my friend, but anyone can start from here and make a brand new end”–Dan Zadra

“Relationships are like glass. Sometimes it’s better to leave them broken than try to hurt yourself putting it back together” ~Unknown

Reply October 2, 2014, 3:07 pm

tacobrell

typical quotes that all white basic bitches love. this website for 16 year olds?

Reply September 28, 2014, 7:53 pm

C

“But as in ethics, evil is a consequence of good, so in fact, out of joy is sorrow born. Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of today, or the agonies which are have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been.” – Edgar Allan Poe

Best quote on love I’ve ever found:

“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.” – Louis de Bernieres

Reply August 6, 2014, 8:00 am

Maria

I’ve learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn’t stop for your grief.
I’ve learned that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said; people will forget what you did, but people will never forget the way you made them feel.
I’ve learned that money is a lousy way of keeping score.
I’ve learned that making other people look bad doesn’t make me look good.
I’ve learned that we are like teabags; we don’t know our own strength until we’re in hot water.
I’ve learned that a problem is only a tough decision waiting to be made.
I’ve learned that three words can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: IT GOES ON.
I’ve learned that humility does not mean you think less of yourself; it means you think of yourself less.
I’ve learned that if you are waiting for true happiness in your relationship, then you are in the wrong relationship.
I’ve learned (from Elizabeth Edwards (1949-2010) that there will certainly be times when we aren’t able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like; it’s called being human.
I’ve learned that when you’re hurting too much, you should let go; when love isn’t enough, you have to give up and when things are not like before, you have to move.
*****from my collections of The Lessons I’ve Learned…..one for everyday of the year.

Reply July 25, 2014, 12:05 pm

Kathryn

“A smile can open a heart quicker than a key can open a door” – Javan

Reply July 15, 2014, 9:53 pm

Lisa

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly for what is essential is invisible to the eye.
The little prince

Reply July 6, 2014, 12:33 pm

zena

never make a permanent decision based on a temporary situation

Reply June 27, 2014, 3:52 am

John

A friend when in need is a friend indeed.

Reply June 17, 2014, 4:29 pm

Virginia

You don’t need someone to complete you, you only need someone to love you completely.

You can’t tell somebody how much you’re worth, you have to show them.

Reply June 17, 2014, 11:51 am

Ellen

One person does not define you, YOU define yourself. unknown.

Reply March 13, 2014, 11:26 am

Beverly G

If you try to hard to look for love, it doesn’t come as easily. If you leave it alone it comes to
you.

Reply November 6, 2013, 9:46 pm

JoAnne

“Don’t make someone your priority when they only make you an option.”

Reply September 26, 2013, 9:03 am

Jenny

You never know the true value of a moment… until it becomes a memory.

Reply April 30, 2013, 6:53 pm

Jenny

“Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” – Bob Marley

Reply April 30, 2013, 6:51 pm

Jenny

Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that takes your breath away.

Reply April 30, 2013, 6:47 pm

Angel

Love is a misunderstanding between two fools.
Mom

Reply March 1, 2013, 1:35 am

Al Asia

Don’t Fall In Love…Stand In Love! ~Stephen Marley (son of the late and great Bob Marley)

Reply January 31, 2013, 8:48 am

jay

“Only when you can see beyond a person’s Imperfection, will you find perfection”

Reply November 17, 2012, 5:29 pm

Layla

Happiness is a journey, not a destination…

Reply November 13, 2012, 10:12 am

Lilly

“Every storm runs out of rain”
_ Gary Allen

Reply November 1, 2012, 10:18 am

ro

life is too short for unnessasary nonsense and upon close inspection all nonsense is unnecessary

i dont ever allow anyone one to piss on my parade or f*ck up my picnic

Reply August 19, 2012, 11:17 am

Sherri

Don’t be with someone you can live with. Be with somebody that you cant live without.

There’s 7 billion people in this world and are u going to let one person ruin your entire life?
My own quotes,
Dont cry when somebody leaves you, it’s rare that the trash can pick itself up and walk towards the bin without your help.

You shouldn’t cry when you’re being cheated on, lied to, or let down by the person you love, the parents that didnt teach them to know a good thing when they saw should be the ones crying.

Forget to free your mind to remember the good times to come but never forgive.

When Forgiveness is easy to get, the hurt is easy to give.

Being human is natural.. being humane is a aquired ability rarely persued.

Don’t love somebody for who they are. Love them instead for how they make you apart of who they are.

Love the person who wants you in their world. Not the person you need in yours.

The good times don’t come with a gurantee. Instead they come as the present. Grab it Tear it and enjoy it like its the only gift you’ll get.

Dont find someone to dump your troubles on. Find somebody who makes your troubles go away.

This world dreams about the perfect man and the perfect women. I wonder when they’d wake up from their dreams.

Love somebody who loves you. Not somebody who loves another.

Reply August 13, 2012, 3:08 pm

Kate

“You cannot choose but to remain a part of my character, part of the little good in me, part of the evil. But I associate you only with the good, for you must have done me far more good than harm.” – Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Reply July 6, 2012, 8:47 am

Siobhan

“Ladies, just find some good love. If it ain’t right, just walk away. Just say ‘NEXT!'” – John Mayer.

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” – Dorothea Lange.

“Human beings are like animals, but burdened with consciousness.” – John Mayer.

“Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.” – Eeyore.

“Simplicity is not stupidity.” – Steve Jordan.

“You need to stop thinking about what’s gonna happen. You need to focus on what is right in front of you. Now hit the ball!” – Owen Hunt.

“Don’t blame yourself when the world doesn’t live up to your high standards.” – Unknown.

“Take care to get what you like, or you will be forced to like what you get.” – George Bernard Shaw.

“Cause it’s life, and you get dirt on it, and it’s not how long you go without getting dirt on you, it’s how you deal with it when you do.” – John Mayer.

“I could stay with you forever and never realise the time.” – Bob Dylan.

“Five Rules To Remember In Life:
1. Money cannot buy happiness but it’s more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.
2. Forgive your enemy but remember the bastard’s name.
3. Help someone when they are in trouble and they will remember you when they’re in trouble again.
4. Many people are alive only because it’s illegal to shoot them.
5. Alcohol does not solve any problems, but then again, neither does milk.”

Reply July 2, 2012, 7:51 pm

pon aus,

“Forgiveness is the economy of the heart… Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.”

Reply June 13, 2012, 8:29 am

stessy

when you were born, you cried and the whole world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way that when you die, you rejoice and the whole world cries.

be kind to the people you find on your way up because on your way down, you will meet the same people.

if you love someone and they don’t love you back, rejoice that atleast love grew in your heart.

friendship is like wine, it gets better with time.

old friends are gold and new friends are copper.

Reply June 13, 2012, 7:38 am

nilia

My absolute favourite–
“why should i be bitter
about someone who was
a complete stranger
untill a certain moment
in a day that has passed”

Reply June 10, 2012, 1:56 am

pon aus,

“Remember, happiness doesn’t depend on who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think.”

Reply June 7, 2012, 12:43 am

pon aus,

I’ve learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.

I’ve learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back.
the thing i leaned.thanks you the all the post for sharing

Reply June 7, 2012, 12:00 am

Kaya

Find a guy who calls you beautiful instead of hot, who calls you back when you hang up on him, who will lie under the stars and listen to your heartbeat, or will stay awake just to watch you sleep… wait for the boy who kisses your forehead, who wants to show you off to the world when you are in sweats, who holds your hand in front of his friends, who thinks you’re just as pretty without makeup on. One who is constantly reminding you of how much he cares and how lucky his is to have you…. The one who turns to his friends and says, ‘that’s her.’

Reply May 8, 2012, 4:14 pm

Lovetta

I love this and it is so true

Reply May 28, 2014, 9:50 am

Emily

“I don’t care 4 one Who Doesn’t Care 4 Me..”
“I Was NOT put on the Earth 2 PLEASE everyone”

Reply May 4, 2012, 12:49 am

Nozy

Life is unpredictable,life changes as you still enjoy the moment but one thing for sure is dont live because of anyone,if they let you down they have killed you. Live because you have dreams,live because tomorrow may never be yours. Live for yourself.

Reply April 28, 2012, 7:15 am

Emily

Just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them too, doesn’t mean they dont love you with all that they have.

The beginning of love is to let those we love be themselves and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.

Everything will be alright in the end, and if it isn’t alright, it isn’t the end.

Reply April 4, 2012, 7:36 pm

Laura

“If you would be loved, then love and be lovable”

Reply March 29, 2012, 12:56 am

marla

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened”~Dr. Suess

Reply February 22, 2012, 12:19 pm

Poviosis

Thanks for sharing your collection of quotes with us Sabrina. These are so inspiring – God bless

Reply February 22, 2012, 2:15 am

Joy

One person is not suppose to have absolute power, a relationship should be a democracy, not a dictatorship

Reply February 16, 2012, 12:00 pm

Karla

Men use love to get sex and women use sex to get love.

Reply February 8, 2012, 5:29 am

Inspiring Quotes

Vey inspiring quotes indeed! Thanks for the share~ :)

Reply January 1, 2012, 6:00 pm

windyrain

“I am thankful to all those who said NO to me, its because of them i did it MYSELF ”

“i had no shoes and complained, until i met a man who had no feet” :)

“it is difficult to know at what moment love begin; it is less difficult to know that is has begun”

Reply November 22, 2011, 11:06 pm

Ebi

words of wisdom about life: 
1. No one can ruin your day without YOUR permission.
2. Most people will be about as happy, as they decide to be.
3. Others can stop you temporarily, but only you can do it permanently.
4. Whatever you are willing to put up with, is exactly what you will have.
5. Success stops when you do.
6. When your ship comes in make sure you are willing to unload it.
7. You will never “have it all together”.
8. Life is a journey, not a destination. Enjoy the trip!
9. The biggest lie on the planet: “When I get what I want I will be happy”.
10. The best way to escape your problem is to solve it.
11. I’ve learned that ultimately , ‘takers’ lose and ‘givers’ win.
12. Life’s precious moments don’t have value, unless they are shared.
13. If you don’t start, it’s certain you won’t arrive.
14. We often fear the thing we want the most.
15. He or she who laughs……lasts.
16. Yesterday was the deadline for all complaints.
17. Look for opportunities, not guarantees.
18. Life is what’s coming, not what was.
19. Success is getting up one more time.
20. Now is the most interesting time of all.
21. When things go wrong, don’t go with them.

Reply November 13, 2011, 6:25 pm

kui

There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience

Reply November 13, 2011, 8:29 am

RICA FRITZ

i am also a collector of qoutes.. thanks for these,,,… now, i can write them and add more qoutes to my collections…

Reply July 16, 2011, 4:07 am

RICA FRITZ

yeah…. youre right.. i don’t even remember and knew why and how i collected qoutes.. it just so happened that when i have read them, i got interested and that was the time i started cpying qoutes….

Reply July 16, 2011, 4:06 am

Lynsey

You were born an original, don’t die a copy.

Reply June 11, 2011, 7:31 pm

Dulce

love it

Reply May 17, 2011, 8:52 am

Sneaky

Life’s going to kill you anyways, so attack it head on and put up a good fight.

Reply May 2, 2011, 11:32 pm

Shelby

These are fantastic :) i’m writing a book and am a collector of quotes as well … we have a few of the same.

Reply May 1, 2011, 12:51 pm

Lily

You may feel like a person to the world, but you may also be the whole world to a person.

Reply April 27, 2011, 11:12 am

Danithza

loved these :D

Reply February 14, 2011, 2:53 pm

Mari

Thats so nice! Thanks for sharing :)

Reply January 30, 2011, 6:02 pm

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