Forward Steps List Of... 100 Top Inspiring Quotes

Scroll down this free list of personal development quotes, to read a few of my favorite positive, motivational quotes. This is only a snippet of my full inspiring collections of 100’s more.

I select these quotes based on how true they feel to me personally. They are selected from a foundation of my own values and beliefs, as I see life from my current perspective.

Likely, you might have chosen a range of very different quotes. I am also certain that I have left out many quotes which might have expressed particular truths about our human experience, in a more direct way. I may replace particular quotations whenever I find others, that better express messages of self growth or positive motivational encouragement.

These thought provoking sayings and quotes are listed in random order, so there is no preference value attributed to the number with which they appear. That is done purely for easy referencing. You will spot the most poignant quotation for you, at just the right time for you to need to see it!

happy-faces-heal1. View On Life
“The way you talk about yourself and your life - your story - has a great deal to do with what shows up in your day-to-day experience. Your thoughts create filters through which you view your life. If you think of yourself as a victim, you filter all that happens to you through the lens of DDT (Dreaded Drama Triangle), and you find plenty of evidence to support that viewpoint. That’s why the orientation you adopt is so important: it exerts a powerful influence on your life direction.” David Emerald
 

Triumph Of Achievement2. Triumph Of Achievement
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly... Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy 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 have never known neither victory nor defeat.” Ted Roosevelt
 

questions about essential matters3. Grown Ups
“Grown-ups love figures. When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you, "What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?" Instead, they demand: "How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?" Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

belief4. What You Believe
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” Mahatma Gandhi
 

quitting5. Two Tigers
“An old man said to his grandson, “Boy, I have two tigers caged within me. One is love and compassion. The other is fear and anger”. The young boy asked, “Which one will win, grandfather?” The old man replied, “The one I feed”.” Indian tale

winners6. Winners
“The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.” Denis Waitley

self esteem and self worth7. Self Worth
“The story goes that Picasso was sitting at a cafe enjoying the summer morning sun, when a lady came up to him and asked him to sketch a portrait of her. “Oui Madam”, he replied, reaching for his drawing book. Within a matter of minutes he had finished the rendition of his subject, and turning the page to show her, scribbled his price for the portrait on a napkin. She exploded! “You must be crazy, asking that much! It took you 3 minutes to draw my portrait!” “Yes Madam” Picasso replied in a slow drawl, “but it took me 40 years to learn how”.”

personal mind power8. Clarity Of Mind
“What this power is, I cannot say. All I know is that it exists ...and it becomes available only when you are in that state of mind in which you know exactly what you want ...and are fully determined not to quit until you get it.” Alexander Graham Bell

boldness has magic9. Begin It Now!
“Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffective. Concerning all acts of initiative there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and endless plans. That the moment one definitely commits oneself then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings, and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius power and magic in it. Begin it now.” Goethe

life experiences10. Context Of Life
“View life as a series of movie frames, the ending and meaning may not be apparent until the very end of the movie, and yet, each of the hundreds of individual frames has meaning within the context of the whole movie. View your life from your funeral, looking back at your life experiences, what have you accomplished? What would you have wanted to accomplish but didn’t? What were the happy moments? What were the sad? What would you do again, and what you wouldn’t?” Victor Frankl

Thoughts, Words, Actions, Habits, Values, Destiny11. Thoughts Become Destiny
“Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions. Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits. Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become your values. Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny.” Mahatma Gandhi

Set a context and let life unfold12. Universe Of Possibility
“You are more likely to be successful, overall, if you participate joyfully with projects and goals and do not think your life depends on achieving the mark because then you will be better able to connect to people all around you. On the whole, resources are likely to come to you in greater abundance when you are generous and inclusive and engage people in your passion for life. There aren’t any guarantees of course. When you are oriented to abundance, you care less about being in control, and you take more risks. You may give away short term profits in pursuit of a bigger dream; you may take a long view without being able to predict the outcome. In a measurement world, you set a goal and strive for it. In the universe of possibility, you set a context and let life unfold.” Rosamond Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander

Emotional, Mental, Physical energies13. Cause & Effect
“A new psychology needs to facilitate people in understanding that emotions, whether love and appreciation, or anger and anxiety, are all energies that have to be accounted for in the human system. Accounted for means they come under the laws of physics and the law of cause and effect. Each of us personally is accountable for the effects of our emotions and attitudes. Negative emotional energies stack up in the human system, then translate into mental, emotional and physical ailments if not brought into balance.” Doc Childre

Important And Urgent Unique Contribution14. Urgent vs. Important
“Keep in mind that you are always saying “no” to something. If it isn’t to the apparent, urgent things in your life, it is probably to the most fundamental, highly important things. Even when the urgent is good, the good can keep you from your best, keep you from your unique contribution, if you let it.” Stephen Covey

Let our light shine15. Shine A Light
“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 and fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of god. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are born to make manifest the glory of god that is within us. It is not just in some of us. It is in everyone. And as we let our light shine, we give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

Energy of your passion fuels your intention16. Recognize Your True Dream
“Life is a bunch of accidents that happen to you and somehow you survive them by taking advantage of them and then something magical happens and violá - you have the beginning of your dream. But the accidents are the result of an intention - an intention created from a dream you are passionate about. So passionate, so strong is your passion that the energy of it fuels your intention. And when it becomes so strong that not even the Universe can deny it, that’s when the “accidents” take place. The double-edged sword, the element that makes it all happen - that binds it all together - you have to be okay if it doesn’t happen! It’s the excitment of the possibility of the adventure of the nothingness. You must be willing to trade what you have, that may look great but feels wrong for this nothing that could be something. It’s the excitement of having the courage to leave behind what you have for the possibility of what could be. You must be able to let go of what you have. You must not need it or let it define who you are. You must be okay without it and you must be okay if the nothing turns into that - just nothing. You become okay with the decision simply because you made the decision! It’s the act of leaving what isn’t supporting you for the possibility of something better that makes you like yourself more for simply making this decision. What’s my dream? How do you recognize your true dream from all the other wants and desires in your life? If you enjoy the process, it’s your dream! If you are enduring the process, desperate for the result, it’s somebody else’s dream!” Salma Hayek

Persist17. Persistence
“Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” Jacob A. Riis

Have a little relaxation18. Harmony & Proportion
“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer; since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose your power of judgment. Go some distance away because the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance, and a lack of harmony or proportion is more readily seen.” Leonardo Da Vinci

Not Enough Time19. Not Enough Time
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

You Are Creating20. You Are Creating
“Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating. You are creating your next moment based on what you are feeling and thinking. That is what’s real. We can let go of the unconscious belief that being anxious about the past or the future will somehow protect us and instead reprogram our cells with new ways of responding.” Doc Childre

Flowing At Ease Like Water21. Flowing At Ease
“Don’t be hard like a rock, be soft like water. Ultimately the soft wins over the hard. Be like water, soft, flowing, at ease. The hardness inside will eventually be reduced to sand, and the rock will completely disappear.” Lao Tzu

Life Is A daring Adventure22. Daring Adventure
“Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller

Free Up Your Spirit23. Free Spirit
“What is the most important thing that you should do right now? It’s easy to figure out the answer - the most important thing is usually the item you least want to do. So jump on it. Get it out of the way. Then go on to the next thing you don’t want to do and get rid of that item by completing it. You’ll be amazed at how it frees your spirit not to have them hanging over you.” Tom Hopkins

Values remain strong yet resilient24. Life Values
“When building a main mast, shipbuilders choose the tallest, strongest tree they can find. Then they cut away the surrounding trees, leaving their selection exposed to the elements so it becomes even stronger and more flexible. In life, your main mast is made up of your most cherished values, the ones that won’t fail you when the going gets rough. When your sails are set and the fierce winds of life begin to buffet you, your most cherished values remain strong yet resilient. They sustain and give you strength during difficult times.” Thomas L. Hardin

Accept the things I cannot change25. Serenity
“God, grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” Reinhold Niebuhr

There are problems26. Problems
“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.” Theodore Rubin

Undivided attention27. Focused Mind Power
“Do not scatter your powers. Engage in one kind of business only, and stick to it faithfully until you succeed, or until your experience shows that you should abandon it. A constant hammering on one nail will generally drive it home at last, so that it can be clinched. When a man’s undivided attention is centered on one object, his mind will constantly be suggesting improvements of value, which would escape him if his brain was occupied by a dozen different subjects at once.” Barnum & Bailey

Last day of your life28. Make A Change
“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something...almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” Steve Jobs

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