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A Collection of the Most Inspirational Quotes You Haven’t Heard Before (My Faves)

A girl stands with a sparkler for motivation and inspirational quotes
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I didn’t have a blog idea planned for today, but I was having a difficult day and thought how better to brighten it than with some of my favourite motivational quotes? Quotes are one of my go-to uplifting sources of motivation when I’m facing a low mood or a lack of motivation. If you’re a frequent visitor (hello and thank you) you’ll have noticed that I always put a quote at the beginning of my blogs and YouTube videos as a thought-provoker and hopefully, to lift people’s spirits. If you’re here, I’ll assume you’re looking for some motivation too – I hope this collection of the most inspirational quotes will help you as much as it helps me.

I haven’t picked conventional quotes – many of their authors are well-known, but you probably haven’t heard many of these quotes before. Some are long and rambly, but they hold so much passion and purpose in their words, I feel taken away by them. The typical, well-known quotes are well-known for a reason, but sometimes I think we can be better inspired by something new – a new perspective, a new voice.


“We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in” – Ernest Hemmingway

“To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wildflower. Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour” – William Blake

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art – write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself” – Neil Gaiman

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it” – Roald Dahl

“When you sense a faint potentiality for happiness after such dark times you must grab onto the ankles of that happiness and not let go until it drags you face-first out of the dirt – this is not selfishness, but obligation. You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“I began to realise how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.” – Roald Dahl

“Fall in love. Maybe it doesn’t have to be with someone. Fall in love with music, art, dancing in the dark, car rides at 1am, the glistening of the stars, the colours of the sun as it rises, the smell of flowers, the feeling of adrenaline that takes over your whole body and suffocates your lungs with joy, good friends who bring out your best, silence, noise, fall in love with the little things that make you feel most alive and find purpose. Fall in love with life.” – a.s.b

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. He is rich who owns the day and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations to waste a moment on the yesterdays.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is quite simple. When it comes to anything in life – relationships, friendships, the work you do, the art you make – when it comes to anything, if it does not create an avalanche within your chest, if it does not move you, and inspire you, if it does not come from the deepest part of who you are, it is not for you. It is not for you.” – Biane Sparacino

“Recently, I’ve gotten to know myself in the most incredible way. I listen to my thoughts, I go on long walks and I buy myself coffee. I read books and I smile to my reflection in the mirror. I say what I fear out loud, and I focus on the things that make me happy. I spend more time doing what stirs my soul than what withers away, and that is why I can say that I truly understand myself now. I’ve realised that all I really want is good company – someone who listens to me, who shares my worldview and enjoys tranquil evenings spent alone. And I know now that the only person who can give me this is myself. I’ve managed to see the truth – that no one can understand me better than me. So, I continue to do things that make me happy, and in the process, I continue to peel off layers of my soul – getting to know the real me and loving myself for it more and more every single day” – Ruby Dhal

“But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?” – Mark Twain

“Your handwriting. The way you walk. Which china pattern you choose. It’s all giving you away. Everything you do shows your hand. Everything is a self-portrait. Everything is a diary” – Chuck Palahniuk

“We do not grow chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another, unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, future mingle and pull us backwards, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made of layers, cells, constellations” – Anaïs Nin

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better” – Maya Angelou

“Please, just let love in. Tell people how you feel, and do not worry about being too much. Be too much. Care too much. Let people show up for you. Let people remind you that there is goodness in this world. Be vulnerable, do not be afraid of what you feel. Try to find the beauty in each breakdown, try to move forward and let go; try to learn and believe in new beginnings despite what you have been through. Kiss the faces of your friends, hug their broken pieces back together, laugh loudly and hope loudly and live loudly and be gentle with yourself, be gentle with your healing. Connect, connect, connect with every ounce of who you are, with every inch of your patchwork heart… Beautiful things are vanishing each and every day. Do not let your heart become one of them” – Bianca Sparacino

“Suddenly you’re ripped into being alive. And life is pain, and life is suffering, and life is horror, but my god you’re alive and it’s spectacular” – Joseph Campbell

“Do it or don’t do it, you will regret both” – Soren Kierkegaard

“Be present. Make love. Make tea. Avoid small talk. Embrace conversation. Buy a plant, water it. Make your bed. Make someone else’s bed. Have a smart mouth and a quick wit. Run. Make art. Create. Swim in the ocean. Swim in the rain. Take chances. Ask questions. Make mistakes. Learn. Know your worth. Love fiercely. Forgive quickly. Let go of what doesn’t make you happy. Grow.” – Paul Coelho

“This moment has waited its whole life for you” – Sierra DeMulder

“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good” – John Steinbeck

“I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art.” – Helena Bonham Carter

“But we cannot simply sit and stare at our wounds forever” – Haruki Murakami

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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