25 Favourite Inspirational Quotes For You To Ponder & Chew On!

I love inspirational quotes, don't you? And over the last 15 years I have diligently collected well close to two thousand of them! There is so much wisdom in quotes - and being short and sweet they can be perfect reminders of what we're working towards and an encouragement that we're on the right path. And sometimes the right quote at the right time can give us an "Aha!" moment that stays with us for life.

In this week's post, I share 25 of my favourite inspirational quotes!

Here are 25 Favourite Inspirational Quotes for You to Ponder & Chew on:

  1. "There is no pleasure in having nothing to do. The fun is in having lots to do and not doing it." Mary Little
  2. "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." Buddha
  3. "It is our choices ... that show what we truly are far more than our abilities." Albus Dumbledore (J.K. Rowling)
  4. "Courage is the price that life exacts to grant you peace" Amelia Earhart
  5. "If you're having difficulty coming up with new ideas, then slow down. For me, slowing down has been a tremendous source of creativity. It has allowed me to open up - to know that there's life under the earth and that I have to let it come through me in a new way." Natalie Goldberg
  6. "Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties." Erich Fromm
  7. "It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, It is because we do not dare that they are difficult." Seneca
  8. "Children have more need of models than of critics." Carolyn Coats
  9. "All thinking begins with wondering." Socrates
  10. "Let me fall. Let me climb. There's a moment where fear and dream must collide." Lyrics from "Let Me Fall" - collaboration between Josh Groban and Cirque du Soleil   See Josh Groban singing it here on YouTube >>
  11. "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it" Michelangelo
  12. "Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom." Theodore Isaac Rubin
  13. "Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly to start." NLP Presupposition
    "People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges." Joseph F. Newton
  14. "If you do nothing unexpected, nothing unexpected happens." Fay Weldon
  15. "The heart has eyes that the brain knows nothing of." Charles H. Parkhurst
  16. "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." Dalai Lama
  17. "Being listened to is so close to being loved that most people cannot tell the difference."  David Oxberg
  18. "The desire of perfection is the worst disease that ever affected the human mind."  Louis de Fontanes
  19. "The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything" Edward J. Phelps
  20. "The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."  Winston Churchill
  21. "There is a time in the life of every problem when it is big enough to see, yet small enough to solve." Mike Leavitt
  22. "Catching a glimpse of your own greatness can be one of the most unsettling experiences imaginable" Steve Pavlina
  23. "The time to relax is when you don't have time for it." Jim Goodwin
  24. "It is not important to be successful at what you undertake, but rather to undertake what you'd like to succeed at." Wajdi Mouawad
  25. "It's important to be heroic, ambitious, productive, efficient, creative, and progressive, but these qualities don't necessarily nurture soul. The soul has different concerns, of equal value: downtime for reflection, conversation, and reverie; beauty that is captivating and pleasuring; relatedness to the environs and to people; and any animal's rhythm of rest and activity."  Thomas Moore

Use these inspirational quotes on Social Media, on your email sign-off, in your articles and more! Learn more about how and when to use coaching quotes in your practice here (plus 21 of the best quotes about coaching!)

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Emma-Louise Elsey has been coaching since 2003 and is the Founder of The Coaching Tools Company and Fierce Kindness.com. She's passionate about coaching and personal development. Originally a project and relationship manager for Fortune 500 companies she combined her love of coaching, creativity and systems to create over 100 brandable coaching tools, forms and exercises including 30+ completely free coaching tools. She now serves coaches and the coaching world through her exclusive newsletter for coaches, Coaches Helping Coaches Facebook Group and many other great tools for coaches, plus resources and ideas for your coaching toolbox. The Coaching Tools Company is an official ICF Business Solutions Partner.

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    • Emma-Louise

      Hi Lesley, thank-you! And thank-YOU for taking the time to comment. So glad 🙂 you love the list of quotes! Warmly, Emma-Louise

    • Emma-Louise

      Dear Joseph, thank-you for taking the time to comment 🙂 And you are MOST welcome! So glad you enjoyed these quotes 🙂 Warmly, Emma-Louise


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