25 Inspirational Quotes For Great Living

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011 in Personal Development | 23 comments

A really good quote can put a smile on my face, inspire me to greatness, and eloquently state my beliefs in a memorable sentence or two.

It’s coming up on Labor Day weekend and I’ll be taking vacation so I’m going to keep it simple this week and share some of my favorite inspiring quotes with you! Enjoy the joy and wisdom!


“Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.” -John N. Mitchell

“I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” -Martha Washington

“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” -Mary Engelbreit

“Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.” -John Wooden

“It isn’t what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.” -Unknown

Self Care

“Stretch every day. Stretch your smile. Stretch your mind. Stretch your heart. Stretch your body.” -Chrysta Bairre

“Have a good night’s rest and wake up with a smile.” -Norma Rosa

“Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners.” –William Shakespeare

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” –Aristotle

“Your breathing is your greatest friend. Return to it in all your troubles and you will find comfort and guidance.” –The Teaching of Buddhist Master

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Letting go.

“Think about any attachments that are depleting your emotional reserves. Consider letting them go.” -Oprah Winfrey

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

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.” -Joseph Campbell

“You can only lose what you cling to.”-Buddha

“Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not.
Add what is uniquely your own.” -Bruce Lee

“You won’t be happy with more until you’re happy with what you’ve got.” -Viki King

“People who live the most fulfilling lives are the ones who are always rejoicing at what they have.” -Richard Carlson

“Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.” —The Hausa of Nigeria

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” —William Arthur Ward

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” —Buddha


“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” -Denis Waitley

“Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.” -Helen Keller

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” -Marianne Williamson

“Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.” -Hafiz of Persia

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” -Abraham Lincoln

I love your comments! Do you enjoy quotes? What’s your favorite quote?

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  1. Without going into details your post really resonates with me. I love this one – “If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” -Mary Engelbreit
    I’m wishing you the best of luck and happiness. The times passes either way.

  2. so beautifull collections i love it & likeit………………….

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Monica! I love collecting great quotes, too.

      Have a grateful day!


  3. Wonderful. Thanks for brightening my day and reminding me to live in Acceptance. It is a very high energy

    • Thanks for your awesome comment!

      Living in acceptance is really the only way I know how to be truly at peace with myself and my world. I’m happy to hear it works for you, too!

      Have a grateful day!


  4. I love the positive energy! I like to collect quotes that inspire me to be a better me! Thanks for sharing.

    • Great to hear from you, Melissa! I’m glad you found some inspiration in quotes I find inspiring, too.

      Have a grateful day!


  5. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” –Aristotle

    This is one of my favorite quotes! It’s so true. Business is learned. Leadership is learned. Respect is learned. Everything is learned. When we surround ourselves with what we would like to become, we become it. It’s habitual.

    Thanks for the reminder :).

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Brock!

      This is absolutely one of my favorite quotes, too, and I have it hanging on the wall in my office for that very reason. It’s easy to think of success as something we achieve by way of a job title, salary or company car. I think real success comes little by little, day by day, and it is a life practice. I love being reminded to be my best every day.

      Thanks again for your comment! I’m sorry it took me so long to reply, for some reason your comment was caught in the spam filter. Have a grateful day!


  6. I’m printing these out and posting them on my wall!

    • Thanks for your comment! I’m happy these quotes inspired you and hope they continue to do so! I rotate quotes hanging up in my office, as well as having some quotes on my digital picture frame so I feel inspired every day. When I feel frustrated or stuck, all I have to do is glance at my quotes and I feel a bit more centered again.

      Have a grateful day!


  7. Love these quotes as I have my self a website with quotes about life. Thought it would be wise to share my favorite quote: “It’s the choices that make us who we are, and we can always choose to do what’s right.” – Peter Parker

    • Thanks for the comment, Francene. I love that quote and will check out your site.

      Have a grateful day!


  8. Great collection Chrysta. I read them all and I see that they are very good ad useful.

    My fav
    We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” –Aristotle

    I think this sums up the things that we do. If we do them well, they ultimately add up and become habits which lead to excellence.

    There is one more person I am fond of “Ralph Waldo Emerson” . He has said some great things as well. Maybe you would like to check out his quotes as well.

    Thanks for the awesome compilation .

    • I am grateful for your comment, and that Aristotle quote is one of my absolute favorites. I have it hanging in my office and it reminds me to do my best every day and not worry about the end result. I can’t control or predict the future, but I can decide to have the best day possible today and let the future come as it will.

      I also have a few Emerson quotes that I rotate displaying in my office for a daily dose of inspiration. Thanks for the recommendation!

      Have a grateful day!


  9. Chrysta, aloha. We are so in sync that it is amazing. Moments before heading over to your blog, I posted my post and guess what it’s about? Quotes–13 Great Quotes on Social Media. Amazing.

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Reading quotes and discovering ones as I have with this post of yours is one of my very favorite things.

    Since I can’t pick just one, here are 5 of my favorites, in no particular order:

    The only way to predict the future is to create it.~ Peter Drucker

    If you want to be happy, be.–Leo Tolstoy

    Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.–Joseph Addison

    You don’t get to choose how you are going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live. Now.~ Joan Baez

    To love what you do and to feel that it matters–how could anything be more fun?~Katharine Graham

    Best wishes, Chrysta for a Spectacular September. Aloha. Janet

    P.S. enjoy a terrific holiday tomorrow.

    • Janet,

      I am pleased and amused how often our writing is in sync with each other! It’s lovely to get a slightly different view about a topic upon which I’ve been ruminating.

      I love the quotes you posted and of those, my favorite is Tolsty.

      I’m looking forward to reading your post! Have a grateful day!


  10. What a great resource, Chrysta! I have a white board that I cleared up about a month ago that I wanted to fill with quotes but never had the time to go quote hunting. This post has been a really good start!

    My favorites are your quote (!! =D) and almost all of those quotes on letting go. Sounds like a message that that’s what I need to be working on these days. =P

    I think I might include one or two on my vision board too! =)

    Hope you thoroughly enjoy your vacation!! =)

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Sam! I go searching for quotes regularly to Tweet and post to FB, so I had a nice list going already. I ended up searching for even more quotes to round out this post nicely. I’m happy I gave you a starting point in your own inspirational list.

      Thanks for the RT, too!

      My vacation is going great! Limited internet access, and an all around good time. :)


  11. These really made my day! Thank you for sharing… Positive thinking has changed my world and I live for quotes like these 😀

    • So thrilled you were inspired! I love hanging my favorite quotes where I can read them every day and get a little inspiration myself.

      Have a grateful day!


      • You have so much energy and such a positive attitude! So enjoyed visiting this portion of your website. Have a great “white” day! Carolyn Worden CPS/CAP
        Mountain View Chapter

        • Oh dear Carolyn, thanks for your comment! I’m thrilled you enjoyed this post and surely I have been inspired by your sunshine!


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