110 Inspirational Quotes for When You Need an Uplifting Boost

From awe-inspiring one-liners to eloquent musings, these positive sayings work wonders.

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Finding motivation and inspiration in the middle of a busy schedule is tough — let alone if adversity or a tragic hurdle is blocking an optimistic outlook. The stress in your career, amid relationships and in life at large can take a mental toll without the right help. It's why taking time to look to other inspiring leaders for motivation can help keep the flame of positivity burning bright in your life, at any age. That's where our list of the very best inspirational quotes comes in! These short, powerful and (often!) funny snippets of speech, written excerpts and celebrated metaphors provide a spark of inspiration to get you through anything coming your way in 2022.

Below, you'll find a list of words of wisdom from beloved figures — powerhouse actors, musicians, authors and more — who have experienced a lot of ups and downs, but still managed to derive some insight through it all. From Michelle Obama to Marilyn Monroe, C.S Lewis to Franklin Roosevelt, these positive affirmations from your favorite celebrities and thought leaders will uplift you, empower you and get you ready for the next chapter in your life.

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Amanda Gorman
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There is always light. If only we're brave enough to see it. If only we're brave enough to be it.

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Booker T. Washington
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If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.

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Cicely Tyson
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I have learned not to allow rejection to move me.

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A.A. Milne
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You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

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Lupita Nyong'o
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You can't rely on how you look to sustain you, what sustains us, what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion; for yourself and your those around you.

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Winston Churchill
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Attitude is the 'little' thing that makes a big difference.

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Rosa Parks
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We will fail when we fail to try.

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Walt Disney
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All our dreams can come true — if we have the courage to pursue them.

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Thomas Edison
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Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

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Madam C.J Walker
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Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.

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Steve Jobs
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The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.

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Esteé Lauder
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I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.

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Billie Jean King
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Champions keep playing until they get it right.

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Albert Einstein
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A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

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Ronald Reagan
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We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

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Gabrielle Union
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Don't save your best for when you think the material calls for it. Always bring your full potential to every take, and be on top of your job, or they will replace you.

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Michelle Obama
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One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.

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Simone Biles
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Always work hard and have fun in what you do because I think that's when you're more successful. You have to choose to do it.

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The Dalai Lama
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Happiness is not something readymade; it comes from your own actions.

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Taraji P. Henson
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I don't harp on the negative because if you do, then there's no progression. There's no forward movement. You got to always look on the bright side of things, and we are in control. Like, you have control over the choices you make.

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Viola Davis
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All dreams are within reach. All you have to do is keep moving towards them.

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Robert H. Schuller
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Tough times never last, but tough people do.

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Elaine Welteroth
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When your dreams are bigger than the places you find yourself in, sometimes you need to seek out your own reminders that there is more. And there is always more waiting for you on the other side of fear.

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Henry David Thoreau
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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

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William James
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Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

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Alexander the Great
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There is nothing impossible to they who will try.

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Charles Dickens
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The Sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.

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Winston Churchill
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Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

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Amelia Earhart
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The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity.

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Helen Keller
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Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.

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Zig Ziglar
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What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

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Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
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Where there's hope, there's life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.

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Theodore Roosevelt
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Believe you can and you're halfway there.

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Aristotle
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It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.

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Willie Nelson
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Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.

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Marie Curie
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We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.

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Carol Burnett
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When you have a dream, you've got to grab it and never let go.

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Jimmy Dean
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I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

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Demi Lovato
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No matter what you're going through, there's a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Eleanor Roosevelt
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Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.

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William James
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It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.

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Albert Einstein
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Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

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Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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It’s no use going back to yesterday because I was a different person then.

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Ella Fitzgerald
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Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.

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Frank Sinatra
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The best revenge is massive success.

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Grace Kelly
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For one to have complete satisfaction from flowers, you must have time to spend with them.

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Truman Capote
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Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.

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Henry Ford
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Remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

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Herman Melville
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I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing.

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Amy Poehler​​
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Limit your "always" and your "nevers."

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Audrey Hepburn
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Nothing is impossible. The word itself says "I'm possible!"

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C.S. Lewis
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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

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Maya Angelou
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Try to be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.

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Bob Dylan
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What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.

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Norman Vincent Peale
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Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.

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Lily Tomlin
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I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.

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Camilla Eyring Kimball
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You do not find the happy life. You make it.

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Deep Roy
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Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you're positive, good things happen.

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Dr. Seuss
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Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.

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Malala Yousafzai
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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

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E. E. Cummings
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The most wasted of days is one without laughter.

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Eleanor Roosevelt
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You must do the things you think you cannot do.

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Ella Fitzgerald
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It isn't where you came from. It's where you're going that counts.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
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You make a choice: continue living your life feeling muddled in this abyss of self-misunderstanding, or you find your identity independent of it. You draw your own box.

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George Eliot
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It is never too late to be what you might have been.

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Hafez
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Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.

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Walt Whitman
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Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.

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Mary Lou Retton
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Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.

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Jennifer Lopez
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You get what you give.

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Hazrat Inayat Khan
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Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful.

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John Barrymore
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Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open.

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Joseph Campbell
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We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

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Jim Rohn
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Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.

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Mother Teresa
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The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.

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Lindsey Vonn
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Life changes very quickly, in a very positive way, if you let it.

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Helen Keller
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Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

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Muhammad Ali
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If my mind can conceive it, if my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.

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Mae Jemison
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Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.

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Naomi Osaka
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Dreams don’t have to just be dreams. You can make it a reality; if you just keep pushing and keep trying, then eventually you’ll reach your goal.

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Mahatma Gandhi
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Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

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Nicole Kidman
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Life has got all those twists and turns. You’ve got to hold on tight and off you go.

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Malala Yousafzai
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Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality.

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Mandy Hale
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You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens.

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Oprah Winfrey
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You define your own life. Don’t let other people write your script.

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Martin Luther King Jr.
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If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.

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Maya Angelou
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My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.

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Meghan Markle
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You are enough just as you are.

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Oprah Winfrey
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Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don't fight them. Just find a new way to stand.

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Michael Altshuler
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The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot.

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Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa
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It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.

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Mother Teresa​
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Spread love everywhere you go.

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Walt Whitman
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Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.

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Walt Disney
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The best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

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Rob Siltanen
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People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

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Pablo Picasso
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Everything you can imagine is real.

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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Light tomorrow with today!

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Jack Canfield
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For every reason it’s not possible, there are hundreds of people who have faced the same circumstances and succeeded.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.

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Dr. Henry Link
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We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt
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The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.

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Edith Wharton
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There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

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Rosa Parks
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Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.

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Warren Buffett
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Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

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Robert H. Schuller
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Today’s accomplishments were yesterday’s impossibilities.

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Steve Jobs
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If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.

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Marilyn Monroe
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A wise girl knows her limits; a smart girl knows that she has none.

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Diane Von Furstenberg
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The most important relationship in your life is with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be yourself.

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Lilly Pulitzer
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Style isn't just about what you wear, it's about how you live.

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Alice Walker
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The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.

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