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14 Awesome Quotes for a Smile or Inspiration

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved quotes.

I love their power to help and inspire you when you are stuck in a deep black quagmire.

I love how a quote can contain no more than a few words, but still be so powerful that it remains unforgettable over a life time.

I love how a one sentence quote can be unforgettably humorous or inspirational, and in some cases even both.

woman's hands on a book

But why is it that we love quotes so much?

Ward Farnsworth, dean of the University of Texas School of Law and author of Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric states in a Fast Company article that people have an “appetite for well-expressed wisdom, motivational or otherwise.”  This makes good sense.

Farnsworth also discusses how powerful quotes are often very well structured and beautifully expressed.  He mentions how quotes can be effective when their two halves are “attractively balanced,” or when they use metaphor to caricature a subject or make it highly visible.  

Whatever the reason, quotes are such a beautiful example of the simple power of words.

Below are a few of my favourites. 

I hope you enjoy them.

female dog with lots of puppies feeding from her
There is no such thing as fun for the whole family.
Jerry Seinfeld
The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they’re okay, then it’s you.
Rita Mae Brown
Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level. It’s cheaper.
Quentin Crisp
construction worker in hole working with power tool
I don't think human beings learn anything without desperation. Desperation is a necessary ingredient to learning anything or creating anything. Period. If you ain't desperate at some point, you ain't interesting.
Jim Carrey
Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.
Helen Keller
small turtle on a sandy beach
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
It is better to risk starving to death than surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what's left?
Jim Carrey
one light globe lit up amongst many others unlit
I failed my way to success.
Thomas Edison
If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more. If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough.
Oprah Winfrey
small historic plane flying above clouds
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
Amelia Earhart
boat on the edge of a scenic river surrounded by mountains
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.
Mark Twain
So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach so we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m the proof that you can ask the universe for it.
Jim Carrey
golden buddha figures
You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.
All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.
Swami Vivekanada

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