To say that Oprah Winfrey has inspired millions, would be to understate the matter. She was America’s daily voice of personal exploration, growth, life’s journey for decades.
Even now, she continues to inspire Hope, purpose, and the search for meaning in life on her multiple platforms.
I love this Oprah quote. It contains so many nuggets for us. It counsels trying new and hard things. It prepares you for the inevitable setbacks in such attempts. It encourages determination and patience, it promises reward for your efforts.
Its power to inspire is enhanced because the words come from someone who created and lived that journey before all our eyes.
In a nutshell, this quote is the very embodiment of our journey to personal growth. We are here to do great things or “small things in great ways.,” as Dr. Martin Luther King said.
We will fave adversity, but if we don’t give up and give in, we will prevail in some meaningful way.
Wherever you are on your journey today, know you can. More than that, know if you don’t give up, you will.
Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.
One of my favorite determination and resilience quotes is by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
I’ve always loved the self-reliance, even defiance against a challenging situation the quote embodies. It counsels courage in the face of hardship.
When Roosevelt assumed office on March 4, 1933, the nation and the world were squarely in the suffocating grip of the worst depression in modern times.
There was no TV, no Internet to deliver images and multimedia messages to a downtrodden and discouraged populace. Radio was the high tech of the day and FDR had only his words and his voice to reassure a nation that we would come through the challenges.
There were millions at the end of their economic and psychological ropes during the 30s. Roosevelt frequently took on the role of motivator-in-chief.
Like so many inspiring quotes, this one has has dubious origins. In addition to FDR, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson, among others, have been credited with the quote.
While FDR is most often given credit, if he actually said it, he was likely repeating something he’d heard or read elsewhere.
The saying has been cited in print since 1919. The first known credit to FDR for the quote came in 1958. It certainly fits with many of FDR’s other notable motivational quotes.
Regardless of the source of the quote, we can all appreciate power it has to inspire us in moments of difficulty.
Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!
By any measure, some of the greatest creatives in the world are composers of music. Perhaps not surprisingly some of these musical geniuses also have had a philosophical bent.
Here are 12 motivational quotes by great composers.
I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings. ~Wolfgang Amadeus MozartThis is the mark of a really admirable man: steadfastness in the face of trouble. ~Ludwig Van BeethovenI worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same results. ~J.S. BachTo send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist. ~Robert SchumannEven if I know I shall never change the masses, never transform anything permanent, all I ask is that the good things also have their place, their refuge. ~Richard WagnerFortunately, something always remains to be harvested. So let us not be idle. ~Gustav MahlerI am hitting my head against walls, but the walls are giving way. ~Gustav MahlerI chose and my world was shaken. So what? The choice may have been mistaken; the choosing was not. You have to move on. ~Stephen SondheimYou believe happiness to be derived from the place in which once you have been happy, but in truth it is centered in ourselves. ~Franz Schubert Life is a lot like jazz. It’s best when you improvise. ~George Gershwin Why get up in the morning unless you’re going to have an adventure? ~Hans Zimmer When a man is in despair, it means he still believes in something. ~Dmitri Shostakovich