Inspiring quotations


There is a fashion for people to put inspiring quotations at the bottom of emails and on blogs and web sites. The idea is a positive one but whether you like a particular quotation or not is a very personal thing. I love some quotes. Others I find irritating or prissy or sanctimonious. So, rather than sprinkling quotations around on the pages of this site, I have put a little selection below in case you might spot one that you like.

The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
-Amelia Earhart

If you don’t like being a doormat, then get off the floor.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
-? (Not Mark Twain or Sally Berger.)

It’s not your job to like me, it’s mine.
-Byron Katie

The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
-Ayn Rand

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
-Alice Walker

Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.
-Elizabeth Gilbert

I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me that trouble of liking them a great deal.
-Jane Austen

The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.
-Gloria Steinem

………..We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? ………Your playing small does not serve the world.

-Marianne Williamson

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
-Harriet Beecher Stowe, writer

You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
-Maya Angelou, poet, educator

The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.
-Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf offering advice to the 2011 graduates of Harvard University, when she was principal commencement speaker