What words inspire you?

inspiration through words that connect to the heart

When I was in secondary school, I was in a production called Joan of Arc. If I recall it was a cantata written by our music teacher, Mr Wilson (or was it Williams) and as I’m pretty sure he didn’t go on to achieve Andrew Lloyd Webber fame you’ve probably never heard of it. I had they supporting role as an evil spirit who follows the bad guy. We wore black leotards and tights and had to do this strange evil looking dance – mainly improvised on the spot. Anyway the reason I’m telling you this is because the words of one of the songs really struck home and has stayed in my head to this day. It went “words are my weapons, words are my tools, words can injure and words can fool” I can’t recall the rest of it, but it made me realise just how powerful words can be.
Words, strung together in the right way can be powerful motivators. I love finding great quotes to cheer people up and inspire them. I send out quotes on my social media platform each day. I know some people may find them a bit cliché, but I get lots of comments from people who genuinely enjoy them. So I’m convinced it’s worth doing. If you are struggling to find motivation within yourself, you could always look for it in the words of the wise. To help you along I’ve put together 124 quotes which are funny, inspiring and for you to enjoy. As this is the Tycoon Women website, naturally the 1st and last quotes are from two awesome women – Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama. I hope you both enjoy them and find them empowering. If you do, please share them with the social media share buttons. And let me know if you find your personal favourite in my list. Or you can post your favourites in the comments for all to share.

Do you find motivational quotes helpful? What are your favourite quotes?


  1. What I know for sure is that if you want to have success, you can’t make success your goal. The key is not to worry about being successful, but to instead work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow… If you do work that you love, and work that fulfils you, the rest will come. And, I truly believe, that the reason I’ve been able to be so financially successful is because my focus has never, ever for one minute been money. Would you do your job and not be paid for it? I would do this job, and take on a second job just to make ends meet if nobody paid me. That’s how you know you are doing the right thing. Oprah Winfrey
  2. Many of the things you can count don’t count. Many of the things you can’t count, really count. Albert Einstein
  3. Falling down is how we grow. Staying down is how we die. Brian Vaszily
  4. It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich. Henry Ward Beecher
  5. It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are. E.E. Cummings
  6. In order to be effective truth must penetrate like an arrow and that is likely to hurt. Wei Wu Wei
  7. It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. Harry Truman
  8. The longer you stay in one place, the greater your chance of disillusionment. Art Spander
  9. The dreamers are the saviours of the world. James Allen
  10. Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. Howard Thurman
  11. It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot
  12. Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something. H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  13. What may be done at any time will be done at no time. Scottish Proverb
  14. The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. John E. Southard
  15. How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar. Trina Paulus
  16. In times like these it helps to recall there have always been times like these. Paul Harvey
  17. Say what you want to say when you have the feeling and the chance. My greatest regrets are the things I did not do, the opportunities missed and the things unsaid. Jim Keller
  18. We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us. Rabindranth Tagore
  19. You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it. Robert Anthony
  20. If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be too cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down. Annie Dillard
  21. The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good. Ann Landers
  22. Pain is inevitable, but misery is optional. We cannot avoid pain, but we can avoid joy. Tim Hansel
  23. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  24. The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. Henry David Thoreau
  25. Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t. Richard Bach
  26. In life, as in football, you won’t go far unless you know where the goalposts are. Arnold H. Glasgow
  27. When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life. Greg Anderson
  28. The most important thing about goals is having one. Geoffry F. Abert
  29. The only reason we don’t have what we want in life is the reasons we create why we can’t have them. Tony Robbins
  30. The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score. Bill Copeland
  31. If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. Jim Rohn
  32. All things are created twice. There’s a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things Stephen Covey
  33. You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal. Zig Ziglar
  34. The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach. Benjamin Mays
  35. People with clear, written goals accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them can ever imagine. Anonymous
  36. A goal is a dream with a deadline. Napolean Hill
  37. I don’t believe in luck. Luck = Leaving things to chance and outside world. I believe in being harbingers of our fate, taking action and creating our own path and destiny in life. Your life is yours to create. Don’t let others do it for you. Celestine Chua
  38. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Colin Powell
  39. The harder I work, the luckier I get. Gary Player
  40. Success is 99% attitude and 1% aptitude. Celestine Chua
  41. It is your attitude, not your aptitude that determines your altitude. Zig Ziglar
  42. It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. Aristotle Onassis
  43. Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson
  44. The best way out is always through. Robert Frost
  45. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt
  46. Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale
  47. Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems. Rene Descartes
  48. It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. Harry Emerson Fosdick
  49. Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. Jim Rohn
  50. Mankind is made great or little by its own will. Friedrich Schiller
  51. Nothing is impossible; the word itself says ‘I’m possible’! Audrey Hepburn
  52. Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. Swami Sivananda
  53. Give light and people will find the way. Ella Baker
  54. Ideas shape the course of history. John Maynard Keynes
  55. There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharto
  56. An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out? Rene Descartes
  57. Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have. Rene Descartes
  58. Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it. Rene Descartes
  59. The questions you ask determine the quality of your life. Mr. Self Development
  60. It’s not about time, it’s about choices. How are you spending your choices? Beverly Adamo
  61. Every great story on the planet happened when someone decided not to give up, but kept going no matter what. Spryte Loriano
  62. My main goal in life is to be the person my dog thinks I am.  Unknown
  63. Are you being the best you can be, or the worst that has happened to you? Brian Vaszily
  64. People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child our own two eyes. All is a miracle. Thich Nhat Hanh
  65. Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. Malcolm Forbes
  66. Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought. Napoleon Hill
  67. When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So, what the hell, leap. Cynthia Heimel
  68. No seed ever sees the flower. Zen Saying
  69. Happiness? ?It is an illusion to think that more comfort means more happiness.? Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. Storm Jameson
  70. The best way to predict the future is to create it. Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee
  71. Hindsight is an exact science.Words, strung together in the right way can be powerful motivators. I love finding great quotes to cheer people up and inspire them. I send out quotes on my social media platform each day
  72. Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. Carl Jung
  73. We are where we should be, doing what we should be doing, otherwise we would be somewhere else doing something else. Richard Stine
  74. The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven. John Milton
  75. We are disturbed not by what happens to us, but by our thoughts about what happens to us. Epictetus
  76. A great many people think they are thinking, when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. David Bohm
  77. A light heart lives long. William Shakespeare
  78. You are your own scriptwriter and the play is never finished, no matter what your age or position in life. Dennis Waitley
  79. When you get to the end of all the light you know, and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: Either you will be given something solid to stand on or you will be taught how to fly. Edward Teller
  80. I always win. Because I come out of every situation still whole, still new, and still capable of moving forward. Every experience of my life moves me on to my next experience. All my experiences teach me wisdom, give me courage, and set me free to go on living. Kenny Shultz
  81. Some days you’re the dog, some days you’re the lamp post. Unknown
  82. The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. Frank Lloyd Wright
  83. How people treat you is their Karma. How you respond is yours. Wayne Dyer
  84. Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together. Napoleon Hill
  85. Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. Henry Ford
  86. The opposite of trying is dying. Brian Vaszily
  87. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle
  88. If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all? Joe Namath
  89. To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee. William Walton
  90. Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us. Stephen Covey
  91. Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do. Napoleon Hill
  92. All sin lies in harming others unnecessarily; all other “sin” is invented nonsense. Robert Heinlein
  93. It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into the doing that matters. Mother Teresa
  94. Discovery consists in seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought. Albert Szent Gyorgi
  95. As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world that is the myth of the atomic age as in being able to remake ourselves. Mahatma Gandhi
  96. When someone tells me something is impossible, all I hear is that he or she in particular cannot do it. If it can be thought, it can be done. Brian Vaszily
  97. You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses. Ziggy comic strip
  98. Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. Charles Schulz
  99. Opportunity is always knocking. The problem is that most people have the self-doubt station in their head turned up way too loud to hear it. Brian Vaszily
  100. Some people develop a wishbone where their back bone should be. Anonymous
  101. You grow up the day you have your first real laugh – at yourself. Ethel Barrymore
  102. Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor. Jackson Brown
  103. I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early.- Yogi Berra
  104. I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying. Oscar Wilde
  105. I’ve got all the money I’ll ever need, if I die by four o’clock. Henny Youngman
  106. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. Zig Ziglar
  107. Burn your computer. Blow up your TV. Bludgeon your cell phone. Breathe deeply. This, my friends, is the secret to inner-peace. – Brian Vaszily
  108. A clear conscience is a sure sign of a bad memory. – Unknown
  109. Life is not about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce. Unknown
  110. I’ve developed a new philosophy… I only dread one day at a time. Charles Schulz
  111. None of us is as dumb as all of us. – Unknown
  112. Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn’t spend half our time wishing. Alexander Woollcott
  113. If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into committees. That’ll do them in. Unknown
  114. I feel like a fugitive from the law of averages. William Mauldin
  115. If I had a dollar for every time someone came to me with not only a problem but also a possible solution to that problem, I’d have six dollars. Brian Vaszily
  116. Always remember that you are unique. Just like everybody else.  Unknown
  117. Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. Dale Carnegie
  118. To do is to be. -Descartes To be is to do. – Voltaire Do be do be do. Frank Sinatra
  119. Everyone is entitled to their own incorrect opinion. Brian Vaszily
  120. Action is the real measure of intelligence. Napoleon Hill
  121. All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea. Napoleon Hill
  122. All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination, Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth. Napoleon Hill
  123. Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. Napoleon Hill
  124. One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.Michelle Obama








About Ola Agbaimoni

Known as "The Business Detective" due to her "Sherlock Holmes" like problem solving abilities, Ola works in partnership with her sister Carole Pyke, The Business Bard. Together they run Eélan Media, a new type of Business growth agency offering a forensic approach to business and a creative approach to marketing. As well as being an expert in business planning, training and development, Ola is also a certified coach, NLP practitioner; an accomplished author, speaker and presenter.

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