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We all have come across a quote that has greatly inspired us at some point in our life. We looked at those few simple words, but they seemed different- strung together in a beautiful manner, they seemed to be emanating a powerful vitality that helped us to pull ourselves together when days had started gaining a distinct monotony, and our motivation level had plummeted to the lowest reaches.

Quotes have the power of evoking inspiration and motivation within us when we are going through the dullest of days. They create powerful ripples in our otherwise calm sea of mind. They fan the dying flames of our determination so that we never lose our spirit to succeed, and keep moving forward undaunted. These collections of powerful words strike a chord on an emotional level and spike up our heart rate as we feel the warmth of inspiration engulfing us. The world suddenly seems to be filled with beauty and the day starts appearing like a sea of opportunities- such powers are possessed by these seemingly ordinary sets of words.

There are certain people who leave their mark on this world. They contribute to the society with their immeasurable talent. They possess extraordinary abilities which they used to give gifts to the population and its posterity. The wise words of these people are priceless.Their sayings can reignite the flame of enthusiasm and motivation when the embers are burning low.

Carefully handpicked from the depths of various sources, the following are some quotes by such talented people, which you most probably have not heard, but which you really need to know, for they will be able to give you a fresh burst of inspiration, and at the same time, if understood rightly, will change the direction of your life and lead you to the road of positivity and fulfillment:

1. While there’s life, there is hope. 

 – Stephen Hawking

These powerful words uttered by Stephen Hawking gives the dynamic message of never giving up. Hawking, who battled Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) for fifty-five years and yet was able to make such wonderful contributions to the world of science, teaches all of us to never give up. No matter how difficult the circumstances become, as long as we are alive, we have the ability to undo them and achieve success.

2. Life is never complete without its challenges.

-Stan Lee

These are words that should resonate through the chambers of our mind every moment of each day. A life is worth living only when it is filled with challenges to overcome. Our hunger for a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment can only be satiated by overcoming challenges. Challenges create small bursts of adventure in our otherwise monotonous life, and no matter the amount of frustration and fear they put us through, when we overcome them, we are wiser and stronger than our previous self.

3. Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it?

– Caroline Myss

These words have the power of stirring something deep within us if they are understood to their fullest potential.They can change the course of our life. They make us realize that following our passion is above every other aspect of life. After all, when we are taking our last breaths, we will not remember all the hours we spent in an office, but all the time we spent doing an activity for which we had great avidity, and which restored our zeal for life.

4. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

Mahatma Gandhi

These sacred words uttered by one of the most influential figures in the history of India encourage us to re-establish the blessed habit of forgiveness which we are losing at a very fast pace in a world that is becoming more and more unemotional every day. Above all are those who are strong enough to give someone a second chance, instead of taking advantage of a person’s shortcomings, because great minds want to uplift others, instead of discouraging their progress for selfish reasons.

5.The trouble is, you think you have time.

– Buddha

This message by the enlightened Gautam Buddha teaches us about the fleeting nature of time. It reminds us how short a lifetime can be, and the value of living it on our own terms. Work as if it is the last day to achieve your goals, make memories with your friends and family,pursue hobbies that you had once abandoned in the hope of ‘someday’ when you will be free of worldly duties and follow your heart, because a life full of regrets is much worse than any struggle that a person may have to face because of living on their own terms.

6. When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.

-Dalai Lama

These lines teach us how to gain knowledge and learn. Life is conquered and lived to the fullest potential by those who understand its essence, and the essence of life can only be fathomed by those who spend time to collect the precious rubies of wisdom and experiences from a wide range of people without any hesitation or pride getting in the way.

7. To swear off making mistakes is very easy. All you have to do is swear off having ideas.

-Leo Burnett

This is a lesson that all must learn by heart. Treat every failure as the discovery of a new route that may not lead to the destination you want to reach, but definitely to a new location that may enlighten your life in a different way. Failure is an inevitable obstacle on our road to success, and only those who possess the courage to overcome it are able to feel the satisfaction of achieving all, and probably more than, what they had hoped for.

8.  Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.

-Paulo Coelho

These are very true words that show the wonderful effects travelling has on our minds. Wandering and discovering the fascinating mysteries of the world exposes us to so many different people and experiences, that our mind is gradually filled with the positive thoughts of brotherhood and oneness, and all prejudices and bigotries die gradually. As we meet a greater number of people from different countries and cultures, who despite living so far away share so many fundamental habits in common with us,we understand how we all belong to the same human race, regardless of the colour of our skin, the language we speak, the religion we follow, or any other differences.

9. Before you become a leader, success is all about growing yourself. After you become a leader, success is about growing others.

-Jack Welch

This quote gives a very rational meaning of success. Achieving success means much more than simply meeting the society’s predetermined notions of what constitutes as success. True success is achieved only when we grow ourselves and our abilities. When we expand our knowledge, we get the sense of satisfaction that merely following the societal definition of success will never be able to provide. And once all our hard work pays off in the form of respect and admiration from everyone, it is our duty to help the people who look up to us to grow and achieve their dreams and aspirations.

10. If you are depressed, you are living in the past. Ifyou are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.

-Lao Tzu

These sagacious sentences teach us the importance of living in the present. We need to let go of the mistakes we made in the past, and work hard in the present. We need to stop fearing all the possible outcomes of the future, so that our focus on the present is not hindered.Reminding ourselves of this critical piece of knowledge will not only increase our productivity, but also dissolve all the depression, stress and anxiety in our lives.

Embed these pearls of wisdom deep within your heart and keep reminding yourself everyday about the powerful knowledge they give you. Use them as a shield against all the thoughts that are gradually crumbling your determination. Keep nurturing the sapling of motivation in your mind with the cognizance captured in these words, and soon it will grow into a colossal tree of undaunted determination that will enlighten your life.

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Sambhavi Mishra

Sambhavi Mishra

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