Some of my favorite quotes to go along with my morning oats:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”


“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.”


“If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”


“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of  their dreams.”


“Anything worth doing is worth doing to the absolute maximum.”


“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it’s the little voice that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”


“You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you, you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.”


“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”


“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

“The steeper the mountain the harder the climb the better the view from the finishing line.”


“What you see depends on what you’re looking for.”


“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”


“I laugh, I love, I hope, I try, I hurt, I need, I fear, I cry. And I know you do the same things too, So we’re really not that different, me and you.”


“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”


“Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.”


“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude.”

“Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds.”

“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”


“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”


“A lot of people want a shortcut. I find the best shortcut is the long way, which is basically two words: work hard.”

“The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have.“


“Your critics are the ones telling you they still love you and care. Worry when you do something badly and nobody bothers to tell you.”


“Why always ‘not yet’?  Do flowers in spring say ‘not yet’?“

“We ourselves feel what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”


“Failure is only a fact when you give up. Everyone gets knocked down, the question is: Will you get back up?”


“Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won’t taste good.”


“The things you want are always possible; it is just that the way to get them is not always apparent. The only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life is you, and that can be a considerable obstacle because you carry the baggage of insecurities and past experience.”


“We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams.”


“One thing that makes it possible to be an optimist is if you have a contingency plan for when all hell breaks loose.”

“Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not.”

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Kristina July 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm
oh! these are all fabulous, moving, MEANINGFUL quotes. My favorite, that I say all the time: Whatever you focus on gets bigger. :)
Robin July 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm
Wow, love these!! Added a few to the word doc i keep of quotes i like (dork much? :p) Thanks! A few others I like: "The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare." "Whether you believe you can or believe you can't, you're probably right" - Henry Ford "No one ever drowned in sweat." "Nothing in this world that's worth having comes easy" – Dr Kelso on Scrubs (haha) “Good enough never is.” - on the back of a running store tshirt
Melissa September 17, 2010 at 6:49 pm
I think I am a quote junkie. I always end my posts with a quote! Love the ones above :)
Mary @ Travel Sized Living March 19, 2011 at 9:52 pm
Love the quotes! I printed them out, cut them apart, & now I'll add them to my "inspiration jar" for when I need some motivation!

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