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Motivational Success Quotes: Living Out Our Inner Vision

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!  Live the life you've imagined.  Henry David Thoreau

Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.  Buddha

True morality consists not in following the beaten track but in finding out the true path for ourselves and fearlessly following it.  Mahatma Gandhi

Somewhere deep down in us is stored the secret, and when we are digging in the wrong place, we know it.  The secret wants to be discovered and will not let us go in peace a way that is not ours.  Elizabeth O'Conner

In order to seek one's own direction, one must simplify the mechanics of ordinary, everyday life.  Plato

If you do not yet know where you fit, I suggest you try seeking it in receptive silence.  I used to walk amid the beauties of nature, just receptive and silent, and wonderful insights would come to me.  Peace Pilgrim

All you need to do to receive guidance is to ask for it and then listen.  Sanaya Roman

But how do we connect to that passion? . . .we need to pay "exquisite attention" to our responses to things--noticing what makes our flame grow brighter.  If we pay attention to those things, we'll be able to catch the flame and feed it.  Nina Simons

If you observe well, your own heart will answer.  De Lubicz

If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track, which has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.  Joseph Campbell

Let the beauty we love be what we do.  Rumi

It is the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires.  It must abandon itself to its master passion.  Rebecca West

I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever inly rejoices me, and the heart appoints.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

We were not sent into this world to do anything into which we can not put our heart.  John Ruskin

This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.  William Shakespeare

Only when my vocation and my avocation 
Make two eyes as one in sight   
Is the work ever really done  
For heaven and the future's sake.   Robert Frost

What I do is me; for that I came.  Gerald Manley Hopkins

Let go the things in which you are in doubt for the things in which there is no doubt.  Mohammed

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.  John Wooden

Rebellion against your handicaps gets you nowhere.  Self-pity gets you nowhere.  One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world--making the most of one's best.   Harry Emerson Fosdick

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.  That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him....Where is the master who could have taught Shakespeare?  Ralph Waldo Emerson

...I shall cease to be useful as soon as I cease to be myself.  Mahatma Gandhi

Do not try to imitate the lark or the nightingale, if you can't do it.  If it's your destiny to croak like a toad, then go ahead!  And with all your might!  Make them hear you!  Louis-Ferdinand Céline

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  Marianne Williamson

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.  Samuel Johnson

Anybody can do just about anything with himself that he really wants to and makes up his mind to do. We are capable of greater things than we realize.  Norman Vincent Peale

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.  Ralph Waldo Emerson/Oliver Wendell Holmes

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.  Marianne Williamson

Every child is born a genius.  Richard Buckminster Fuller

You never know what you can do till you try.  William Cobbett/Frederick Marryat/English Proverb

If you had a different concept of yourself, everything would be different.  Neville

Watch my dust.  Babe Ruth

Self-trust is the first secret to success.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

As soon as you trust yourself you will know how to live.  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Trust in yourself.  Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe.  Claudia Black

What your heart thinks great is great.  The soul's emphasis is always right.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

No one can give you better advice than yourself.  Cicero

Men do not know themselves, and therefore they do not understand things of their inner world.  Each man has the essence of God and all the wisdom and power of the world in himself...  Paracelsus

Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.  Marva Collins

Everyone must act according to the dictates of his own reason.  Thomas Jefferson

There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself.  [It is] the only true guide you'll ever have.  Howard Thurman

I'll walk where my own nature would be leading--It vexes me to choose another guide...  Emily Brontë

Time and again in my life, contrary to all wise counsels, I have allowed myself to be guided by the inner voice - often with spectacular success.  Mahatma Gandi

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.  Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

If man act in accordance with what is dictated to him by his reason, his conscience, and his God, only the very best can result for himself as well as for the world.  Leo Tolstoy

Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute; What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.  John Anster in adaptation of Goethe's "Faust"

To have begun is to have done half the task...  Horace

Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more.  Robert Collier

Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.  Jack Canfield

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.  W. H. Murray

Leap, and the net will appear.  Julie Cameron

Start a huge, foolish project,     
like Noah. 

It makes absolutely no   
difference what people    
think of you.  Rumi

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.  Joseph Chilton Pearce

Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people.  It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life.  Anne Lamott

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.  Albert Einstein

I believe that the very essence of a worthwhile life is in the striving.  I do not fear the possibility of failure so much as the resigned acceptance of what is mediocre or wrong.  Jimmy Carter

It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something.  Ornette Coleman

...only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.  Robert F. Kennedy

I think and think for months and years, ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.  Albert Einstein

You learn from mistakes - no one was born a master.  Swiss Proverb

Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.  Robert C. Gallagher

Don't get hung up on a snag in the stream, my dear.  Snags alone are not so dangerous--it's the debris that clings to them that makes the trouble.  Pull yourself loose and go on.   Anne Shannon Monroe

Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.  Wally Amos

Often God has to shut a door in our face, so that He can subsequently open the door through which He wants us to go.  Catherine Marshall

And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.  Jerry Chin

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.  Thomas Paine

Make up your mind that you are not going to allow anything to discourage you.  Marian Wright Edelman

Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.  Mark Twain

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.  John Quincy Adams

Never give in; never give in; never, never, never, never, never--in nothing great or small, large or petty--never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.  Winston Churchill

We can do anything we want as long as we stick to it long enough.  Hellen Keller

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.  Calvin Coolidge

All of a sudden the progress will stop one day, and you will find yourself, as it were, stranded.  Persevere.  All progress proceeds by such rise and fall.  Vivekandanda

If at first you don't succeed,
Try, try again;
Then your courage should appear,
For, if you will persevere,
You will conquer, never fear;
Try, try again.  Anonymous

If you dream it, have faith in it, and struggle for it--as long as it takes.  Marian Wright Edelman

And don't pretend you know where you are going.  Because if you know where you are going, that means you've been there and you're going to end up exactly where you came from.  Naomi Newman

You have to set sail on another ocean   
without star or compass   
going where the argument leads   
Shattering the certainties of centuries.  Janet Kalven

I am one of those who never knows the direction of my journey until I have almost arrived.  Anna Louise Strong

If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark.  Saint John of the Cross

When you step into the unknown, you are on the right path--the road less traveled.  Enjoy every moment of the journey.  Joey Green

A man never rises so high as when he knows not whither he is going.  Oliver Cromwell

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