Sometimes we need inspiration to help us move forward and reach our goals, or perhaps redefine them. These are 40 quotes from famous people about life, love and success that may reinvigorate your resolve to pursue your passions and chase your dreams.

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”  – Aristotle

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

“I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” – Albert Einstein

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” –  Winston Churchill

“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” –  Sheryl Sandberg

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T. S. Eliot

“If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.” – Dhirubhai Ambani

“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”  –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.– Robert Louis Stevenson

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

“Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.” – Chinese proverb

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

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

“Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it’s realistic or not.” – Deepak Chopra

“Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk and to act.” – Andre Malraux

“If things seem under control, you are just not going fast enough.” – Mario Andretti

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” — Charles Darwin

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something; your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” – Steve Jobs

“Every man dies, but not every man really lives.” – Braveheart

“Leap and the net will appear.” – Zen Proverb

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

“The universe has no restrictions. You place restrictions on the universe with your expectations.” – Deepak Chopra

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”
 – Dolly Parton

“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 safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” – Mark Twain

“it always seems impossible until it’s done.”  –  Nelson Mandela

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”  –  William Shakespeare

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”  –  Mother Teresa 

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”  –  Dalai Lama

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan

“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”  –  Albert Einstein

“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.”  –  Confucius

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”  –  Mahatma Gandhi

“A great man is always willing to be little.”  –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” –  Winston Churchill

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”  –  Oscar Wilde

“I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact.”  –  Elon Musk


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