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Motivational Quotes - Part One
  If you're alive, there's a good chance you're dealing with change and the stress it produces. Life is full of upheaval--and sometimes it's disastrous--but change is nothing new.

In 500 B.C. the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, "Nothing is permanent but change." He also said, "You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are always flowing in."

Like everyone else, I find change difficult, even in small doses. I've found it reassuring and uplifting, especially in tough times, to hang on to the wise words of others--and to repeat their thoughts often. I find it's nearly impossible to get too much inspiration. And it's reassuring to learn that others who've walked the same path I'm walking have left their words to guide me. As a result, I collect positive words: motivational quotes to lean on for inspiration and guidance.

A lot of negative or sarcastic quotes are funny. As an example, Paul Newman said, "It's always darkest before it turns absolutely pitch black." That's a humorous quote--and I've sometimes used it in jest. But it's not uplifting or motivational, especially for someone already struggling with life's ups and downs.

Therefore, I only collect quotes that are positive, uplifting, and inspirational--and SHORT. I hope they'll help guide and brighten your days, nights, and quiet moments as they have mine. This is Part One of a six-part series. When you reach the end of this page, click the NEXT button.

Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.
--Sir Winston Churchill
Towering genius disdains a beaten path.
--Abraham Lincoln
You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence,
we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.
--Deepak Chopra
The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white.
Neither need you do anything but be yourself.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened,
vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
--Helen Keller
My mother said to me, "If you become a soldier, you'll be a general;
if you become a monk you'll end up as the pope."
Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.
--Pablo Picasso
We have a problem. "Congratulations."
But it's a tough problem. "Then double congratulations."
--W. Clement Stone
Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence,
is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
--Dale Carnegie
People who come up with "It may not work" or "What are we going to do if it fails?"
do not have the credentials to be businessmen. If there is only a 1 percent chance
of success, a true businessperson sees that 1 percent as the spark to light a fire.
--Kim Woo-Choong, Founder and Chairman, Dawwoo
    If I feel depressed I will sing.
    If I feel sad I will laugh.
    If I feel ill I will double my labor.
    If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
    If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
    If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
    If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
    If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
    If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
    Today I will be the master of my emotions.
--Og Mandino
I would never have amounted to anything were it not for adversity.
I was forced to come up the hard way.
--J.C. Penney
Opportunity is missed by most people
because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
--Thomas Edison
Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.
Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.
--Edmund Burke
Insist on yourself; never imitate.
Your own gift you can present every moment
with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation;
but of the adopted talent of another you have only
an extemporaneous half possession.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
To understand the heart and mind of a person,
look not at what s/he has already achieved, but at what s/he aspires to do.
--Kahlil Gibran
Do not consider painful what is good for you.
You can make more friends in two months by becoming more interested in other people
than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.
--Dale Carnegie
Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything,
and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means.
It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.
--de La Rochefoucauld
It is necessary to try to surpass oneself always;
this occupation ought to last as long as life.
--Christina, Queen of Sweden (1629-89)
Show me someone who has done something worthwhile,
and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity.
--Lou Holtz
The most intense conflicts, if overcome,
leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed.
It is just these intense conflicts and their conflagration
which are needed to produce valuable and lasting results.
--Carl Jung
No matter how full a reservoir of maxims one may possess,
and no matter how good one's sentiments may be,
if one has not taken advantage of every concrete opportunity to act,
one's character may remain entirely unaffected for the better.
--William James
Faith is an oasis in the heart
which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.
--Kahlil Gibran
Albert Einstein's Three Rules of Work
    Out of clutter, find simplicity
    From discord, find harmony
    In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
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