Powerful Quotes


I have always enjoyed a good quote, sometimes a message can find us at a particular time when we need those words the most. They can lift us, direct our focus or give us a new perspective on things. I hope this list of quotes can help you, perhaps only briefly, see the world and your own struggles in a different light.

I hope to be able to update this list regularly so it grows and grows, after all, language is how we communicate our heart and soul to the world!

ENJOY!

​Zane :) 
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"Good athletes perform well when they are thinking and feeling good, Great athletes perform well no matter what they are thinking and feeling"
​- Unknown

"It's not the critic who counts; not the man who points our how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds' who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worth cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." 
-Theodore Roosevelt

"I've failed over and over again in my life. That is why, I succeed." 
-Michael Jordan

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take"
-Wayne Gretsky

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive and then do that. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive." 
-Howard Thurman

"If we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life."
-Greg Anderson

"No matter how many headaches you have in life, all that sort of goes away as soon as you stand up on a wave, you are solely, intently focused on what is two feet in front of you and processing what is going to be coming after that."
-Ian Walsh

"Know yourself and you will win all battles"
-Lao Tzu

"A champion is someone who gets up when he cant"
-Jack Dempsey

"If you have everything under control, you're not moving fast enough"
Mario Andretti


" The greatest glory lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
- Nelson Mandela

"If the only tool you have is a hammer, you'll see every problem as a nail"  
Unknown

"If you're not failing regularly, then you are living so far from your comfort zone you're failing anyway!"
Unknown
 
"Then I spoke of the many opportunities of giving life a meaning. I told my comrades...that human life, under any circumstances has meaning... I said that someone looks down on each of us in difficult hours - a friend, a wife, somebody dead or alive, or a God - and he would expect us to disappoint him...I saw the miserable figures of my friends limping toward me to thank me with tears in their eyes." 
Viktor Frankl

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”
T. E. Lawrence

"There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so"
William Shakespeare


We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses. 
Carl Jung


The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. 
Zen Saying


If you don't know where you are going, you might not get there. 
Yogi Berra


Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. 
John Lennon


Right now a moment of time is passing by!... We must become that moment.
Paul Cezanne


Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. 
Helen Keller


The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
 Albert Einstein


The only way out is through.
Robert Frost


If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.
Orville Wright


It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.
e. e. cummings


Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Gandhi


Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.
Confucius


Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
The Wizard of Oz


When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.
Chinua Achebe


I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this.  
Emo Phillips

Our one true home is in the present moment.
Thich Nhat Hanh


You can observe a lot just by watching.
Yogi Berra


When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less important whether I am afraid.
Audre Lorde


It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow. — Ralph Ellison

When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it's bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.
Pema Chodron


When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
Wayne Dyer


It's like you're surfing… The same wave that can be a source of pain can be a beautiful flowing grace and source of power. It's all a matter of how you respond to it.
Trey Anastasio


It is only by practicing through a continual succession of agreeable and disagreeable situations that we acquire true strengths. To accept that pain is inherent and to live our lives from this understanding is to create the causes and conditions for happiness. — Suzuki Roshi

Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. — Woody Allen

In the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
Jim Elliot

Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary
Mark Twain


Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. 
Ferris Bueller


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


All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Experience is the teacher of all things
Julius Caesar


In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present. 
Sir Francis Bacon


If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
Mother Teresa


If there is no struggle, there is no progress. 
Frederick Douglass


Humour is mankind's greatest blessing.
  Mark Twain


Make each day your masterpiece. 
John Wooden


Never despair; but if you do, work on in despair.
 Edmund Burke


When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
Yogi Berra


You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, this is something you are free to do and is in accordance with your nature, but perhaps precisely this holding back is the only suffering that you might be able to avoid. 
Franz Kafka


Uncertainty is not a pleasant condition; but certainty is absurd.
Voltaire


Fear doesn't go away but you walk toward fear naked and the gate opens.
Starhawk


When a great ship is in harbour and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.
 Clarissa Pinkola Estes


You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
Joseph Goldstein


Do not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around in awareness.
James Thurber


Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
 Guillaume Apollinaire


The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.
Thomas Merton


The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet.
 Ralph Waldo Emerson


It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default. 
J.K. Rowling


You can close your eyes to the things you don't want to see, but you can't close your heart to the things you don't want to feel.
Unknown


It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.
 Lena Horne


Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
Anonymous


I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do. 
Georgia O'Keeffe


Life is not tried, it is merely survived if you're standing outside the fire.
Garth Brooks


The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.
Abraham Lincoln


Do one thing every day that scares you.
Eleanor Roosevelt


In the beginning the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.
Douglas Adams


Humans think they are smarter than dolphins because we build cars and buildings and start wars etc… and all that dolphins do is swim in the water, eat fish and play around. Dolphins believe that they are smarter for exactly the same reasons.
 Douglas Adams


Wisdom and compassion flow from simplicity and clarity; from having nothing to prove and nothing to defend. 
 Barry Magid