The 10 Quotes That Inspire Me Most

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sonofgroucho/2642233705/in/photolist-4ygMXx-mf7Rk-bRCak-52u92x-ddnrYE-f2fFhT-5mayyK-oA3EDs-Sqt2t-5MEVKV-eNr9C5-dwAEeD-4Xud7f-aByc4F-e2Qv55-azfAv7-7CnGTM-azfyw9-azcW2e-8kSBcZ-azfzTj-cjVPxY-cjWkxq-7mvsLG-dwGdas-ehQDHX-eNYeWa-6FSULS-ePnnbX-ePdewy-ePJkCo-ePAQAu-eNuXjV-eP5rnB-ePBCMm-ePCStJ-ePvFiH-eNLuhA-eNtPmS-ePGEPY-eP2Z2F-eNMnwo-ePCXAE-ePuDVn-eNypY4-ePaF9J-ePDvAf-ePt8eX-ePxbNv-ePE3GJ/lightbox/I love quotes but the one that I return to time and again is from the American author and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau who said: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined.” I have a postcard of this quote placed on a kitchen cabinet so that I am lifted up, whenever I need a dose of inspiration or motivation. My current all-time top 10 hit parade would also include the following quotes:

  1. “There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” - Nelson Mandela
  1. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” - George Elliot
  1. “Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” - Louisa May Alcott
  1. The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” - Michelangelo
  1. “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” - Jim Rohn 
  1. “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better.” - Jim Rohn
  1. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” - Robert Collier
  1. “To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.” - Bessie Anderson Stanley
  1. “Life is short. Do not forget about the most important things in life, living for other people and doing good for them.” – Leo Tolstoy
  1. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Question:

If you could pick one quote that inspires you most, which would it be and why?