Resources for Life


”Life is not a problem to be solved, it’s a mystery to be experienced.”
– Søren Kierkegaard

”It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the very best you will very often get it.”
– W. Somerset Maugham

”I’m not trying to dance better than anybody else. I just try to dance better than myself.”
– Mikhail Baryshnikov

”Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones tend to take care of themselves.”
– Dale Carnegie

”Minds are like parachutes, they only function when they are open.”
– Sir James Dewar

”Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”
– Winston Churchill

”A positive attitude won’t let you do anything. But it will let you do everything better than a negative attitude will.”
– Zig Ziglar

”A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”
– Sir Winston Churchill

”You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
– Dale Carnegie

”No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.”
– Helen Keller

”You cannot succeed by yourself. It’s hard to find a rich hermit.”
– Jim Rohn

”He who asks a question is a fool for a minute; he who does not remains a fool forever.”
– Chinese Proverb

”No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

”Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.”
– Dale Carnegie

”The most influential person you are going to talk to today is you, so please be a little careful about what you say to yourself.”
– Anders Haglund

”If you don’t invest very much, then defeat doesn’t hurt very much and winning is not very exciting.”
– Dick Vermeil

”The fact is that there is nothing wrong with most of us that a good, clean change of attitude and some new skills wouldn’t fix.”
– Richard Bandler

”There is a better way to do it – Find it!”
– Thomas Edison (From a handmade sign that he had hanging in his office.)

”Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
– Konfucius

”You should be careful about who you pretend to be, because who you pretend to be – is actually who you are!”
– Kurt Vonnegut

”The truth is that the past is over and can never hurt you. What hurts is thinking about it and believing that it’s ”real” because YOU are thinking about it.”
– Anders Haglund

”Some men see things; and say, ’Why?’ But I dream of things that never were; and say ’Why not?'”
– George Bernard Shaw

”The future interests me – I’m going to spend the rest of my life there.”
– Mark Twain

”People with goals succeed because they know where they are going…It’s as simple as that.”
– Earl Nightingale

”Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
– Abraham Lincoln

”Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!”
– Mae West

”You have never made another person feel good in vain.”
– Anders Haglund

”Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
– Albert Einstein

”Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.”
– Jim Rohn

”Winning is not a sometime thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”
– Vince Lombardi

”I am a big believer in the ’mirror test.’ All that matters is if you can look in the mirror and honestly tell the person you see there, that you’ve done your best”
– John McKay

”You are what you think about all day long.”
– Dr. Robert Schuller

”Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

”One of the best places to start to turn your life around is by doing whatever appears on your mental ’I should’ list.”
– Jim Rohn

”You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this worlds happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.”
– Dale Carnegie

”The only certain means is to render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.”
– Og Mandino

”You give your best not because you need to impress people. You give your best because that’s the only way to enjoy your work.”
– Andrew Matthews

”You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”
– James Allen

”Don’t wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel, stride down there and light the bloody thing yourself.”
– Sara Henderson

”Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.”
– Carl Jung

”One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

”The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”
– General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

”We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.”
– Buddha

”The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self.”
– Whitney Young, Civil Rights Leader

”Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.”
– George Bernard Shaw

”If you didn’t take your low mood thoughts seriously 95% of your problems would disappear in an imaginary puff of smoke.”
– Anders Haglund

”If you were offered the opportunity to be TOTALLY happy tomorrow, would you take it? If yes, (and I suspect most of us would say yes) what are you doing TODAY to make tomorrow be a happier day than today?”
– Brian Tracy

”We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – you can blame anyone but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change, you’re the one who has got to change. It’s as simple as that, isn’t it?”
– Katherine Hepburn

”Play the ’Reverse Gossip’ Game. See how many nice things you can say ’behind someone’s back’.”
– Bob Burg

”Some people seem to collect ideas only to display them in their academical trophy case. They don’t understand that knowledge that isn’t acted upon is worthless. Make sure that you use what you learn!”
– Anders Haglund

”Getting an idea should be like sitting down on a pin; it should make you jump up and do something.”
– E.L. Simpson

”There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”
– John F Kennedy

”The greatest gift you can give to somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, ’If you will take care of me, I will take care of you.’ Now I say, ’I will take care of me for you if you will take care of you for me.'”
– Jim Rohn

”There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.”
– Logan Pearsall Smith

”Everyday do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.”
– Doug Firebaugh

”Every evening, write down the six most important things that you must do the next day. Then while you sleep your subconscious will work on the best ways for you to accomplish them. Your next day will go much more smoothly.”
– Tom Hopkins

”Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.”
– Japanese Proverb

”There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.”
– Indira Gandhi

”I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they plan their lives. Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change.”
– Jim Rohn

”The more I practice, the luckier I get.”
– Gary Player

”Life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be.”
– Grandma Moses

”Who are the twelve most loving people you know? Why? What can you learn and duplicate from them?”
– Mark Victor Hansen

”Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need is just one more good idea.”
– Jim Rohn

”Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.”
– Nolan Bushnell

”Dreams come a size too big so that we can grow into them.”
– Josie Bisset

”There are only two truly infinite things, the universe and stupidity. And I am unsure about the universe.”
– Albert Einstein

”You are in an ongoing process of becoming, growing, and developing in the direction of your dominant thoughts. What are they?”
– Brian Tracy

”The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year.”
– John Foster Dulles

”People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing that’s why we recommend it daily.”
– Zig Ziglar

”Only when your memories are more important to you than your goals are you old.”
– Nido Qubein

”If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

”We all have a tendency to credit/blame our circumstances for how we feel.Here’s the truth though: If you’re feeling it- it’s coming from you.”
– Anders Haglund

”The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.”
– James Oppenheim

”A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn’t particularly feel like it.”
– Alistair Cooke

”Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.”
– Jim Rohn

”You can have whatever you want in life, if you only help enough other people get what they want.”Du kan få vad du än vill ha så länge du bara hjälper tillräckligt många andra att få vad de vill ha.”
– Zig Ziglar

”You must get good at one of two things: sowing in the spring or begging in the fall.”
– Jim Rohn

”The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.”
– Richard M. DeVos

The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better off than those who try to do nothing and succeed.”
– Lloyd Jones

”All the flowers of all of the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.”
– Kinesiskt ordspråk

”When it comes to happiness freedom of thought is more important than freedom of speech; and nobody can stop you from exercising the right to choose which of your thoughts you take seriously.”
– Anders Haglund

”You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.”

– Lou Holtz

“The question is not if we are going to die or not, but how are we going to live.”

– Joan Borysenko

”Anyone can keep a good attitude and a high motivational level when everything is going well and things just ”flow”. It’s not until things get really tough that you get a chance to show who you really are and what you have learned up until now.”
– Anders Haglund

”Plan for the future as if you were going to live forever, but live today as if you were going to die tomorrow.”
– Unknown

”The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.”
– Abraham Lincoln

”Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.”
– Stephen Covey

”The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.”
– William James

”For many people, change is more threatening than challenging. They see it as the destroyer of what is familiar and comfortable rather than the creator of what is new and exciting.”
– Nido Quebein

”Spend most of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow instead of yesterday’s problems. If you try to drive into the future with your eyes nailed to the rear-view mirror you are surely going to crash.”
– Anders Haglund

”Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot; others transform a yellow spot into the sun.”
– Pablo Picasso

”People with goals succeed because they know where they are going…It’s as simple as that.”
– Earl Nightingale

”You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great.”
– Lou Holtz

”Always do what is right. This will surprise some people and astonish the rest.”
– Mark Twain

”The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in which direction we are moving.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

”Our plans miscarry if they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.”
– Seneca

”Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of being.”
– Johan von Goethe

”Always start by expecting good things to happen.”
– Nido Quebein

”Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.”
– Oscar Wilde

”My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”
– Henry Ford

”How do you know so much about everything” was asked of a very wise and intelligent man; and the answer was ”By never being afraid or ashamed to ask questions as to anything of which I was ignorant.”
– John Abbot

“’Failing forward’ is the ability to get back up after you’ve been knocked down, learn from your mistake, and move forward in a better direction.”
– John Maxwell

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.”
– William Durant

”What do you do best that you enjoy the most? The key to success in life lies not in that specific action but in that generic state of mind…”
– Anders Haglund

”Do not be afraid to use what talents you possess, for how silent the woods would be if no birds sang except those which sang best.”
– Henry Van Dyke

”You should do everything as if it’s the last time you might ever do it. Because, you know, it may be.”
– Brendan Frasier

”In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

”If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.”
– Kinesiskt ordspråk

”The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”
– Dorothy Nevill

”If you did not care at all about what anyone else thought about you, what would you do differently, or change in your life?”
– Brian Tracy

”He who laughs last thinks the slowest!”
– Anders Haglund

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

”If you don’t have time to invest in a goals program is it possible that you don’t have time because you don’t have a goals program?”
– Zig Ziglar

”If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they may have planned for you? Not much.”
– Jim Rohn

”Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your heart.”
– Ecclesiastes 9:10

”If we don’t change the direction we’re going, we’re likely to end up where we’re headed.”
– Chinese Proverb

”If you’re in business and not selling as much as you would like, let me suggest that the problem is not with your customers but with you…”
– Anders Haglund

”Winners compare their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements with those of other people.”
– Nido Qubein

”Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
– Stephen King

”People may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Carl W. Buechner

”Darkness cannot drive away darkness. Only light can do that. Hatred cannot drive away hatred. Only love can do that.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King

”You do not need to be different form who you are. You only need to be more of the person you already are.”
– Brian Tracy

”Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.”
– George W. Crane

”It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see…”
– Henry David Thoreau

”Most people work harder at making their lives look good than to actually make sure that it is good.”
– Anders Haglund

”The ability to ask the right question is more than half the battle of finding the answer.”
– Thomas J. Watson

”You only need one person to change your life – You!”
– Ruth Casey

”Don’t concentrate on making a lot of money, but rather on becoming the type of person people want to do business with.”
– Patricia Fripp

”Pity the man who has a favorite restaurant, but not a favorite author. He’s picked out a favorite place to feed his body, but he doesn’t have a favorite place to feed his mind”
– Jim Rohn

Good habits are as addictive as bad habits, and a lot more rewarding.”
– Harvey Mackay

”We must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit.”
– Robert H. Shaffer

”When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: there will be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.”
– Barbara J. Winter

”Begin somewhere. You can’t build a reputation on what you intend to do.”
– Liz Smith

”Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.”
– Malcolm Forbes

”All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man had taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

”Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.”
– Thomas H. Huxley

”Important question in any relationship: Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy? Amazing how many people that choose to be right”
– Anders Haglund

Food for thought

We have all been in the situation where we are searching for the right words without findinig them. Naturally, it would be great to come up with some timeless wisdom of our own, but sometimes it is just as good to not have to reinvent the wheel to get there.  So why not borrow the words from some of the greatest thinkers in history who has already said it as well as it can be said?

So, the idea with this page is to provide you with a collection of inspiring quotes in one easily accessible place. Hopefully, it will be resource that you will come back to time and time again whenever you need that something extra for a presentation, a letter och when you simply need some inspirational nourishment for the mind.

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