There’s a reason why words from Socrates, Plato and Aristotle have stood the test of time. Ideas cause ideas – nourish yours with an inspirational quote.

Why are inspirational quotes so powerful? We know that since the beginning of recorded history, words have significant power. There’s a reason why sayings from Socrates, Plato and Aristotle have stood the test of time, just to name a few. Some experts believe there is a biological draw to motivational quotes. Psychology and Communications expert Scott Sobel says that, “Humans are aspirational. We want to look up to role models and leaders and follow what they ask. Leaders and their words – inspirational quotes – affect us on a primal level.” Other experts argue that “ideas cause ideas” and that being exposed to an idea can unleash a new understanding, or provide further support for something you are already thinking or doing. 

I personally have a few go-to quotes and inspiring thinkers like Rumi, that I turn to when I want to spark creativity, feel motivated or change my mindset. Specific words or sayings have helped to keep me focused, push away all of the extra ‘mental clutter’ and nurture my wellbeing. I have also used quotes to help communicate a complex idea or approach and to help others understand my world view. Quotes and sayings carry so much potential in them, which is why I believe that everyone should have a go-to inspirational quote or two.

Below I’ve curated some of my favourite inspirational quotes on different topics. Take a look at the list and if any resonate with you, you can print them out, keep them on your phone (I like using notes on my phone) or include them in your digital brand presence (LinkedIn, blogging, social media, etc.)

On building confidence

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

On influencing others

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” – Rumi

On being productive

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

On self motivation

“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” – Simone de Beauvoir

On risk taking

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” — Goethe

On being creative

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” – Pablo Picasso

On self worth

When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.” – Oprah

On goal setting

“We aim above the mark to hit the mark.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

On empowering women

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.” – Maya Angelou

On living your best life

“Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretence.” – Marcus Aurelius


Do you have a favourite quote or saying? Share yours with me in the comments below.