My Five All Time Favorite Inspirational Quotes

Reasons Why I Love Quotes

I always have a quotation for everything. ” Dorothy Sayers

Inspirational quotes have always grabbed my attention. Whenever I see great quotes about life, friendship, art, love, and humor, I find myself jotting them down for the sole reason that they make me smile. Somehow it reminds me of what is truly important about my existence. I love how quotes articulate our inner thoughts with just the right words. There is always an appropriate inspirational quote for almost every experience.

The habit of writing down my favorite quotes has helped me get through some of my most challenging tasks in the past. I used to write them on post-its and cardboards and hang them on top of my desk or on my bedroom walls. By doing this, I am constantly reminded to focus on the task at hand. When the blues kick in, I also turn to my collection of funny quotes to cheer me up. Here are my all time favorite quotes and the reasons why I love them.

Top Five Favorite Inspirational Quotes

1. Quote on Life

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 harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

This quote by Mark Twain summarizes the courageous outlook that we should all imbibe. A particular instance that I usually turn to this quote is when I need to face life changing decisions. The quote reminds us that its better to do something than to have not done it at all.

2. Quote on Passion

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww! -Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac’s quote is an all time favorite because of its insistence that people should go after their passion. It is such an inspiring quote to live by. The image of a passionate person is that who is constantly burning with desire. I love the thought that we should never settle for anything less than the things that make us feel alive.

3. Quote on Confidence

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

This quote on confidence reminds us to never be afraid to just be ourselves. We all have moments in our lives when we feel doubtful or incompetent about our strengths and abilities. A professor once told me how people don’t necessarily think about others because most of the time they only think about themselves. This applies to the fear of being judged and that is exactly what this quotation tells us. I always keep this quote in mind whenever I need an immediate boost of confidence.

4. Quote on Fear

Some people are afraid of what they might find if they try to analyze themselves too much, but you have to crawl into your wounds to discover where your fears are. Once the bleeding starts, the cleansing can begin. – Tori Amos

I am in awe of how a truly gifted artist can articulate the inner desires and longings of man in the most lyrical words. This inspirational quote by Tori Amos poetically captures the idea of how facing our deepest fears can ultimately help us towards truthfully discovering ourselves. This is the perfect example of how a great quote uses the most inspiring metaphors.

5. Quote on Work Ethics

I’ve learned that if you work hard and stay focused, you’ll see results. – Debra Lee

Finally, this is the ultimate work quote that has stayed on my desk for the longest time. It is by far the clearest and most direct of all my favorite motivational quotations. The precision of the quote’s meaning is applicable to many of our life endeavors.

I hope you enjoyed this list as much as I did. There are a lot more inspirational quotes out there. Nowadays, you can find quotes not only from books and magazines but also online. Try to look for the quotes that inspire you the most and use them to improve your life.

Joanne Aika Castillo is a Comparative Literature graduate from the University of the Philippines. She is a literary enthusiast who has been a freelance writer since college. As the editor of Quote Summit, she has compiled an excellent collection of famous motivational quotes that you can read by visiting the website. Start reading new and inspiring quotes now!

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