The world abounds with quotes, and it seems anyone who knows how to string words together has a quote attributed to him/her. However, the ones that have struck me, inspired me, and motivated me are a handful and I'd like to re-quote them here, in hopes that if there is someone out there in need of an inspirational pick-me-up, it could be found here. So here goes:
"I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be "happy". I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, above all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all." Leo C. Rosten
"It's never too late to be what you might have been."-George Eliot
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people that have come alive." — Harold Thurman Whitman
"Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn."-Miguel de Cervantes
“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, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?"
— Marianne Williamson, as quoted by Nelson Mandela in his inaugural speech
“Be the change you wish to see for the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi
"It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are"-e.e. cummings
"Do not try to deny or override your divine discontent. Heed its call; capture the wave and ride it home."
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."-Dr. Seuss