Great Change is Only a Thought Away:  61 Inspirational Quotes To Help You Seize 2016


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Inspirational quotes can do wonders in only a matter of seconds and inspirational quotes are some of the best motivational advice you can get to alter your daily routine and reset your mindset.  Such words of wisdom help you embrace the spontaneity of ideas, which in turn fall from our fingertips into the form of words and – with the help of some guiding force – spell out action coupled with real results.  But it’s that last monumental step “action” that sometimes seems to evade us, leaving our best ideas and true potential shrouded in mystery, insecurity, worry, doubt and fear itself.   Well, 2016 is here and it’s time to purge “fear” from your daily thinking, so here are 61 inspirational quotes from actors and filmmakers to Fortune 500 executives and motivational speakers to keep you moving forward, because after all…”goals are dreams with deadlines.”

1)  “This is your time and it feels normal to you, but really, there is no normal. There’s only change and resistance to it and then more change.” –Meryl Streep

2)  “Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality.” Ralph Marston, Writer & Publisher of “The Daily Motivator”

3)  “Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.”Oprah

4)  “Stop letting people who do so little for you, control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions.” –Will Smith

5)  “I think ‘The Force’ is in you. Force yourself.” –Harrison Ford

6)  “You don’t need to be a genius or a visionary, or even a college graduate for that matter, to be successful. You just need framework and a dream.” Michael Dell

7)  “If you don’t have a mountain, build one and then climb it. And after you climb it, build another one; otherwise you start to flat-line in your life.” –Sylvester Stallone

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8)  “So many of dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve

9)  “An ounce of practice it worth more than tons of preaching.”Gandhi

10)  “If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus…” –Bruce Lee

11)  “When things aren’t adding up in your life, start subtracting.” –Anonymous

12)  “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.”   Tupac Shakur

13)  “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” –Frank Zappa

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14)  “In 1995 I had $7 bucks in my pocket and knew two things: I’m broke as hell and one day I won’t be. You Can Achieve Anything!” –Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

15)  “No pressure, no diamonds.” Thomas Carlyle, Scottish Philosopher & Essayist

16)  “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 …There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine…” –Marianne Williamson, International Speaker & Spiritual Teacher

17)  “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” –Jim Rohn, Entrepreneur & Motivational Speaker

18)  “Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark.” –Jay Danzie, Writer

19)  “There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” Booker T. Washington, Author & Former Presidential Adviser 

20)  “Risk takers are history makers.” Dani Johnson, Entrepreneur & Motivational Speaker

21)  “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” –John C. Maxwell, Author & Pastor

22)  “Sometimes you can have the smallest role in the smallest production and still have a big impact.” –Neil Patrick Harris

23)  “Control your own destiny or someone else will.”Jack Welch, Former CEO of General Electric

24)  “All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” Victor Hugo, French Poet & Novelist

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25)  “You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That’s a part of it. I’d be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I’d been given. I’d be more frightened by procrastination and laziness.” –Denzel Washington

26)  “It’s not about how you get started, it’s how about you get noticed.” Steve Case, Co-Founder “America Online”

27)  “Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.” –Clint Eastwood

28)  “What if I fall?” Oh but my darling, What if you fly?” Erin Hanson, Poet

29)  “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” A.A. Milne, Author “Winnie-the-Pooh”

30)  “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.” –Walt Disney

31)  “You are ready and able to do beautiful things in this world, and as you walk through those doors today, you will only have two choices: love or fear. Choose love, and don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart.” – Jim Carrey

32)  “To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.” –William Shakespeare

33)  “I was set free, because my greatest fear had already been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”   –J.K. Rowling

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34)  “You can’t set a clock for yourself. If you do, you are not a writer. You should want it so badly that you don’t have a choice. You have to commit for the long haul. There’s no shame in being a starving artist. Get a day job, but don’t get too good at it. It will take you away from your writing.” Matthew Weiner, Creator “Mad Men”

35)  “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Maya Angelou

36)  “Ditch the dream and be a doer, not a dreamer. Maybe you know exactly what it is you dream of being, or maybe you’re paralyzed because you have no idea what your passion is. The truth is, it doesn’t matter. You don’t have to know. You just have to keep moving forward. You just have to keep doing something, seizing the next opportunity, staying open to trying something new.” Shonda Rhimes, Creator “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Scandal”, “How to Get Away With Murder”

37)  “You just don’t just accidentally show up in the World Series.” Derek Jeter

38)  “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” Robert H. Schuller, Pastor & Motivational Speaker

39)  “A lot of the time the experts, the people who are supposed to be able to tell you what to do, will tell you that you can’t do something even when you know you can. And a lot of the time it’s your friends … who tell you, you can do it.” —Mark Zuckerberg

40)  “Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids.” Eric SchmidtExecutive Chairman of Google

41)  “Busy is a choice. Stress is a choice. Joy is a choice. Choose well.” Ann Voskamp, American Author

42)  “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt

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43)  “When you innovate, you must prepare yourself for everybody to tell you that you’re nuts.” Larry Ellison, Executive Chairman of Oracle Corporation

44)  “Artists frequently hide the steps that lead to their masterpieces. They want their work and their career to be shrouded in the mystery that it all came out at once. It’s called hiding the brushstrokes, and those who do it are doing a disservice to people who admire their work and seek to emulate them … People who are young, or still struggling, can get easily discouraged … I always swore to myself that I would not hide my brushstrokes.” David Chase, Creator “The Sopranos”

45)  “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life…have the courage to follow your own heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” –Steve Jobs

46)  “Take the 1st job you can in the industry you want to get into. The job doesn’t matter, getting your foot in the door does.” –Wes Craven

47)  “Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.”   –Roger Ebert

48)  “Writing a tune is like sculpting. You get four or five notes, you take one out and move one around, and you do a bit more and eventually, as the sculptor says, “In that rock there is a statue, we have to go find it.” John Williams, Film Composer

49)  “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” André Gide, French Author

50)  “Never build your emotional life on the weaknesses of others.” George Santayana, Poet & Novelist

51)  “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” –Michael Jordan

52)  “Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man’s faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements.” Giacomo Puccini, Italian Composer

53)  “Storms make trees take deeper roots.” –Dolly Parton

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54)  “Don’t look at all at what other people are doing. Think of what you’re doing as completely fresh because if you imitate you’re dead.” Robert Rodriguez

55)  “Success is how you collect your minutes.” Norman Lear, Creator “All in the Family”, “Good Times”, “One Day at a Time”

56)  “If you want to be certain, you should never get married. You should never change jobs. In fact, you might as well just stay home. Because I don’t know anybody who is certain. That need to be certain is just procrastination. Mark Burnett, Creator “Survivor”, “Shark Tank”, “The Voice”

57)  “Confidence is preparation in action.” –Ron Howard

58)  “Be nice to people on the way up, because you may meet them on the way down.” –Wilson Mizner, American Playwrighter

59)  “There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go.” Tennesse Williams

60)  “Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful…” – Steven Spielberg 

And finally, no list would be complete without GRRM…that’s George R.R. Martin, the best-selling author of the epic saga “A Game of Thrones” book series.  He’s taken his fans to new, fantastical heights with his unbridled creativity and imagination with slivers of brutal reality masterfully interwoven.  His tales of Westeros inspired the HBO series of the same name.  But George R.R. Martin is no stranger to Hollywood; he actually left it all behind nearly 20 years ago… and after reading his beautiful, passionate and compelling prose below, you’ll see the magic of a man with a dream that has now amassed one of the largest followings ever…

61)  “Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true? … We read fantasy to find the colors again…There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La…” George R.R. Martin

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