Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is one of the great American poets ever and among the greatest world poets of the 19th century. He wasn’t bad a coining motivational quotes in his poetry. This is one stirring example.
Mr. Longfellow is among those included in my growing Motivational Quotes library. You can read more of his quotes here.
I’ve always been a quotes person. I enjoy finding new quotes and using them to motivate me. I often coin new motivational quotes that come to me and have posted many of them on the web over the years with the hashtag #rayquote. For me, quotes like these often cut through cobwebs in my mind, shaking loose new ideas, perspectives, and paths forward. I hope at least one inspires you today!
Here are seven #rayquotes to provoke thought and inspire change.
- Stress is what you feel when you’ve lost sight of your WHY. When your WHY is strong, so are you.
- We are either doorways for fear in this world or doorways for love.
- It costs nothing to believe in yourself and everything not to.
- A well-studied loss is worth a dozen mindless victories.
- A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it. (This one has become quite famous showing up on t-shirts, in books, and on quotes sites.)
- Adversity is not failure. Adversity is fuel.
- When you unleash your best you can undo your worst.
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Today is George Washington’s birthday. You probably know he was the commanding general of the Continental Army that defeated the British in the Revolutionary War. You also know he was the first formally recognized President of The United States. He’s been called The Father of Our Country.
Washington was a surveyor and a farmer by trade. He was also a semi-professional soldier, having fought as a British solder in a number of campaigns prior to the Revolution.
You may not know he has two different birthdays. The one generally accepted today is February 22, 1732. This is his birthday in the Gregorian calendar. However, at the time of Washington’s birth, Great Britain and its colonies were still using the older and less accurate Julian calendar. On that calendar, Washington’s birthday was February 11, 1731.
Along with President Eisenhower’s “Military Industrial Complex” farewell address, Washington’s is probably the best known in history. He never actually gave an address. His farewell message was published in papers across the country. In it he warned against two things that remain very salient in today’s world – the dangers of political parties (he is the only American president who was not a member of a political party) and “foreign entanglements.” Looking at our politics today, both seem to have fallen on deaf ears.
Here are 10 of Washington’s most motivational quotes.
- Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.
- It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.
- Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.
- It is far better to be alone than to be in bad company.
- If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
- Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
- Worry is interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
- My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.
- Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.
- In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.
What I love about Will Smith is he has used his success to spread the word that the power to achieve, succeed, and thrive is right here within all of us. Success? He’s had his share. He starred in a successful TV show – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – having never acted before arriving on the set. He’s had success as recording artist, including two Grammy Awards. He really made his mark, though, as one of Hollywood’s most consistently marketable leading men, scoring blockbuster after blockbuster. That’s $7.5 billion in box office revenue worldwide.
Here are 16 of the best motivational Will Smith quotes I’ve come across.
- Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, god-like feature that only the special among us will ever taste, it’s something that truly exists in all of us.
- In my mind, I’ve always been an A-list Hollywood superstar. Y’all just didn’t know yet.
- I wake up every morning believing today is going to be better than yesterday.
- Life isn’t how many breaths you take, but it’s the moments that take your breath away.
- Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. Do not misunderstand me danger is very real, but fear is a choice.
- There’s no reason to have a plan B because it distracts from plan A.
- Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.
- Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions.
- If you’re absent during my struggle don’t expect to be present during my success.
- If you’re not making someone else’s life better, than you are wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other people’s lives better.
- Don’t chase people. Be yourself, do your own thing and work hard. The right people – the ones who really belong in your life – will come to you. and stay.
- I don’t know what my calling is, but I want to be here for a bigger reason. I strive to be like the greatest people who have ever lived.
- I never viewed myself as particularly talented. Where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. You know, while the other guy’s sleeping, I’m working.
- Greatness exists in all of us.
- Sometimes you have to forget what’s gone, appreciate what still remains, and look forward to what’s coming next.
- So if you stay ready, you ain’t gotta get ready, and that is how I run my life.
Day after day, our popular culture, our own conditioning, and the people around us pepper our minds with disempowering ideas and mindsets. Our minds are vacuums. If we don’t fill them with thoughts our choosing, someone else will. Yeah. That’s one of the daily thoughts.
The Power to Be You was my first eBook. Originally written in 2009 and updated in 2017, it’s packed with more than 400 original quotes, inspirations, affirmations, and paradigm-shifting ideas.
That’s a lot of mind-shifting for less than a Starbucks coffee.
Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot, author Anunnaki Awakening, and Co-founder at 6 Sense Media. He’s been practicing personal development for more than 30 years and has been writing on the topic for more than 20.