I had this math teacher in my middle school that wrote a new quote at the top of the chalkboard every week. One quote that stuck with me was the one by Les Brown:

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.

Ever since that math class, I fell in love with quotes.

Over the years I noted down quotes that inspired me and caught my attention. Recently, I reviewed them and decided to curate them into a nice collection I can share. It feels kind of like building playlists from music you collected over time.

As I reviewed my quotes, I found a few common threads among them. One of them was a group of words that inspires us start, to take action, and move forward and toward the goal.

Here are the ones that really struck a chord with me and I hope they will inspire you too:

  1. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. – Anne Frank
  2. What good shall I do this day? – Benjamin Franklin
  3. My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. – Dalai Lama
  4. Don’t ask yourself 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
  5. There are only 3 colors, 10 digits, and 7 notes; it’s what we do with them that’s important. – Jim Rohn
  6. If not us, who? If not now, when? – John F. Kennedy
  7. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. – Lao Tzu
  8. Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. And you can be that servant. – Martin Luther King Jr.
  9. Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway. – Mary Kay Ash
  10. I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. – Mother Teresa
  11. Let your light shine. Shine within you so that it can shine on someone else. Let your light shine. – Oprah Winfrey
  12. We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. – Ronald Reagan
  13. If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today? – Steve Jobs
  14. What is my purpose in life? I was struggling with a lot of things both professionally and personally at that time. And it began to dawn on me then that the purpose of life wasn’t to love your job. It was to serve humanity in a broad way. The outcome of doing that would mean that you would love your job. – Tim Cook
  15. When you’re pushing to do something, you only got so much willpower. But when you’re pulled, when there’s something larger than yourself that you’re here to serve and that you believe you’re made for, that brings energy. – Tony Robbins
  16. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky


Bookmarks for you to print and cut out
Once I bought a magazine that came with bookmarks with quotes on them. To this day I still use them. It’s such a great idea, so I’ve decided to made the quote I collected above into bookmarks to share with you. You can find them here at this link. Print on thick paper, cut, and, voila, you have nice bookmarks.

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