Sometimes, you just need a good quote to give you a push of inspiration or motivation. Of the thousands of one-liners out there in the world, I have rounded up six of my favorites, along with the reasoning behind my admiration. I hope these can inspire you in your own way, as well. Let me know if you share my sentiment for these particular phrases, or if you have other favorite quotes of your own.
A quote for uplifting your faith
I have found a desire within myself that no experience in this world can satisfy; the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
- C. S. Lewis
This is a classic quote you’ve probably seen quite a few times in various forms across the Internet. As widely-used as it is, this saying by C.S. Lewis perfectly outlines the indescribable feeling of knowing in your heart that there must be so much more to life than the world around us.
A quote for thinking twice about complaining
What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.
- Maya Angelou
It’s easy to get caught up in a spiral of complaining when things don’t go our way. However, this quote reinforces the difficult truth that it is much more mature and graceful to realize that complaining produces no solutions; it simply allows negativity to fester while preventing the creation of any positive alternatives. Bluntly speaking, we can all benefit from the old Southern adage, “Put up or shut up.”
A quote for the importance of expressing yourself
In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Keeping feelings bottled inside can be more exhausting than running laps. This does not only apply to feelings of love, but can be used with any situation in which we feel we cannot properly express ourselves. Find the method that best suits you – saying it out loud, writing it down, drawing about it or even singing about it. Finding ways in which to express yourself and let your feelings out makes for a much easier go of life.
A quote for inspiring a life well lived
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Everyone knows our days on this Earth are numbered, but do we always live like we really believe that? Our time has been allotted by our creator – so do as much good with it as you can. Spend more time focusing on living in the fruits of the spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control).
A quote for the idea that feeling something is much better than feeling nothing at all
Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.
- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Have you ever had someone dislike you? Of course; that is one thing I’m sure every person has in common. Now, have you ever had someone simply not care about you at all? I believe most every person would rather have the former than the latter. It is important for us to allow ourselves to feel everything, even dislike and discomfort, so that we can actively move past those emotions, rather than blocking it all out.
A quote for tenacious commitment
When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.
- Walt Disney
What I take from this quote is – don’t live a half life. Live in absolute commitment and passion for the things and the people you love. There’s not much more to it than that.