39 Life Changing Quotes

by Brenton Russell on

After writing a recent post about Vision Boards and how effective they can be in defining and inspiring your lifestyle design, I have put together this list of some great life changing quotes that could be used when creating a lifestyle design vision board.  These are some of the quotes that I am really identifying with at the moment and I will be including a few in my new lifestyle design vision board.

  1. “Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful” – Annette Funicello
  2. “I don’t want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me.” – Frank Costello, The Departed
  3. “It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, ‘Always do what you are afraid to do.'” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. “There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.” – Buddha
  5. “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  6. “Things not worth doing are not worth doing well.” – Ken Blanchard
  7. “The fears you don’t face imprison you.” – Robin Sharma
  8. “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” – Susan Jeffers
  9. “A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.” – General George S. Patton
  10. “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” –  Henry Ford
  11. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  12. “What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.” – Buddha
  13. “Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Charles F. Kettering
  14. “Seeing is not believing; believing is seeing! You see things, not as they are, but as you are.” – Eric Butterworth
  15. “Some things have to be believed to be seen”. – Ralph Hodgson
  16. “A man is what he thinks about all day long.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  17. “To begin to think with purpose is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment.” – James Allen
  18. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
  19. “Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” –  Ernest Holmes.
  20. “Excellence is not an exception, its a prevailing attitude.” – Colin Powell
  21. “Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.” – Jawaharal Nehru
  22. “After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.” Italian Proverb
  23. “There are no problems – only challenges and situations.” – Eckhart Tolle
  24. “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” – William Feather
  25. “As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to love it more and more.” – Jules Renard
  26. “We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  27. “If the wind will not serve, take to the oars (Destitutus ventis, remos adhibe).” – Latin Proverb
  28. “Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi
  29. “We will either find a way, or make one.”  – Hannibal
  30. “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein
  31. “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  32. “Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.” – Mary Shelley
  33. “Nature and wisdom never are at strife.” – Plutarch
  34. “The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.” – William James
  35. “The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.” – Solomon Ibn Gabriol
  36. “There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.” – Christopher Morley
  37. “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure–which is: Try to please everybody.” – Herbert Bayard Swope
  38. “The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” – Earl of Beaconsfield
  39. “Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration.” – Evan Esar

I would love to hear some of your favorite quotes so please write a comment with your inspiring quotes and help me develop my new lifestyle design vision board.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Ryan Renfrew November 22, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Hey Brenton,

I love #2, what a great movie!

Iv’e been diggin these two quotes recently

“When you fall down seven times, you must be able to get up eight times” – Japanese proverb


“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; the question is who’s going to stop me?” – Ayn Rand


Brenton Russell November 23, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Hi Ryan,

Thanks for sharing these quotes. I really like the Ayn Rand quote. I have one of her books on my bedside table that I have been meaning to read. I will have to get stuck into it to find other pearls of wisdom from her!


Sandy December 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Ryan, Can I say I find 34 out of 39 really speaks with me 😉

One of my favorite quote is:

“When you don’t know what to do, do the thing in front of you.” – Elisabeth Elliot


Brenton Russell December 7, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Hi Sandy,

Thanks for adding your quote. I agree and really think that often just by taking action and doing the thing in front of it, that this often leads to further inspiration, motivation and vision. I also stopped by and had a quick look at your website InspirationalQuoteDaily.com and really like the simplicity of your site and the motivation you express in your ‘about’ page. I will be stopping by again when I feel I need a dose of inspiration!


Tammy Matthews April 11, 2011 at 4:10 am

I love inspirational quotes. There are some here that I haven’t heard before!
They speak words that a person cannot. I don’t know how to explain it any better than that. They can give me a boost when all else seems to fail.
I look forward to reading more that you have written,
Tammy Matthews recently posted..What Do Your Words Say About You


Daniela de la Mora April 15, 2011 at 8:54 am

Recently I read this one:

“Most people think Fear means: F**k Everything And Run”.
-Marie Forleo-

I found it funny but clear and, in a sort of way, true.

Congratulation for the blog, it’s really cool!!



Amy June 7, 2011 at 5:15 am

Love the quotes! #2.

“I never wanted to be rich, I just wanted to be somebody.”
-P Diddy.

One of my fave. 😉


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