135 Most Powerful Quotes You’ll Ever Read

Last Updated on September 23, 2021

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  1. “I start early and I stay late, day after day, year after year, it took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success.” – Lionel Messi
  2. “Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.” – Anonymous
  3. “May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.” – Anonymous
  4. “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”- William G.T. Shedd
  5. ”A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
  6. “The only way that we can live is if we grow. The only way we can grow is if we change. The only way we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we are exposed is if we throw ourselves into the open.” — C. Joybell
  7. “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said, ‘Faster horses’.” – Henry Ford.
  8. “A tiger doesn’t lose sleep over the opinion of sheep.” – Shahir Zag
  9. “Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain
  10. “The idea is to die young as late as possible.” – Ashley Montagu
  11. “Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win.” – Tom Fleming
  12. “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, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee
  13. “We choose to go to the moon and do these other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  14. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle
  15. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
  16. “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” — Henry van Dyke
  17. “There ain’t no problem that some other dude didn’t have 1,000 years ago.” – Will Smith
  18. “Some people think that if their opponent plays a beautiful game, it’s OK to lose. I don’t. You have to be merciless.” – Magnus Carlsen
  19. “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” – Gerard Way
  20. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – W.B. Yeats
  21. “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”- C.S. Lewis
  22. “People often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  23. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” – Muhammad Ali
  24. “I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.” — Corazon Aquino
  25. “Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.” – Antisthenes
  26. “Be like the flower that gives fragrance even to the hand that crushes it.” – Ali Ibn Abi Talib
  27. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
  28. “The greatest mistake you can ever make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one.” – Ellen Hubbard
  29. “Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity.” – Will Smith
  30. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling
  31. “Sometimes I want to ask God why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice when He could do something about it, but I’m afraid he might just ask me the same question.” – Abdu’l-Baha
  32. “Opportunity is missed by people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Alva Edison
  33. “It has been said that a person may have ten years of experience, or one year of experience repeated ten times.” – Yukiso Yamamoto
  34. “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs
  35. “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that, because what the world needs is people that have come alive.” – Howard Thurman
  36. “As men grow old enough to look back on their lives, any pain they have does not come from the things at which they failed, but the things they never tried.” – Antwan McLean
  37. “Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  38. “If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story.” – Terry Pratchett
  39. “When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” – Buddha
  40. “Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  41. “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” – Albert Einstein
  42. “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” – Robert Schuller
  43. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
  44. “Talent is luck. The important thing in life is courage.” – Woody Allen
  45. “Not until we are lost, do we begin to find ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau
  46. “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – John Wooden
  47. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
  48. “I don’t know what frightens me more, the power that crushes us, or our endless ability to endure it.” – Gregory David Roberts
  49. ”Today I do what others won’t, so that tomorrow I can accomplish what others don’t.” – Jerry Rice
  50. “The most important things are the hardest to say because words diminish them.” – Stephen King
  51. “Don’t confuse comfort with happiness.” – Dean Karnazes
  52. “Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” – Maori proverb
  53. “I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.” – Dudley Field Malone
  54. “If you want to shine like the sun, first burn like the sun.” – APJ Abdul Kalam
  55. “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin
  56. “Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.” – Ancient Indian Proverb
  57. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” — Joshua J. Marine
  58. “If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap. If you want happiness for a day — go fishing. If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a life time — help someone else.” — Chinese proverb
  59. “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” – William Faulkner
  60. “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” — Viktor Frankl
  61. “Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?” – Sun Tzu
  62. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  63. “One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
  64. “Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” – Dalai Lama
  65. “Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
  66. “Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” – Roy L. Goodman
  67. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” — Helen Keller
  68. “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” — Bil Keane
  69. “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” – Wilma Rudolph
  70. “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” – T.S Eliot
  71. “Normality is a paved road: it’s comfortable to walk but no flowers grow.” – Vincent van Gogh
  72. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey
  73. “People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” — Edmund Hillary
  74. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Gandhi
  75. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” — Albert Einstein
  76. “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” — George Bernhard Shaw
  77. “He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because he fears.” — Michel De Montaigne
  78. “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.” — Sigmund Freud
  79. “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.” — Mother Theresa
  80. “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” — Stephen Covey
  81. “Love is a verb. Love — the feeling — is a fruit of love, the verb.” — Stephen Covey
  82. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” — Confucius
  83. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” — Mary Engelbreit
  84. “In seeking happiness for others, you will find it in yourself.” — Unknown
  85. “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” — Reinhold Niebuhr
  86. “Silence is the most powerful scream.” – Anonymous
  87. “Many people are trying hard to be invincible, and most of the time they fail invisible, while few find their spotlight. But the remarkable person is one, who can be both invincible and invisible at the same time.” – Anthony Liccione
  88. “Any system that values profit over human life is a very dangerous one indeed.” – Suzy Kassem
  89. “You don’t need luck. You are powerful, clever, and fearless.” – Shannon Hale
  90. “We all have the power within us, to make something of ourselves, the thing is very few believe it.” – Nikki Rowe
  91. “You have a powerful army, Kublai, but the best force is one you do not have to use.” – Conn Iggulden
  92. “The most powerful creative state to bring your desires into reality is by bringing the conscious and subconscious into unison then keeping your heart and mind in perfect sync.” – Steven Redhead
  93. “I ran then, following the power, ran with joy and a wild, winging certainty, right into the hearth of everything I loved.” – Sherryl Jordan
  94. “A pure heart is a powerful heart.” – Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
  95. “It’s the ability to love anyone and anything that’s the most powerful force in the universe.” – Brownell Landrum
  96. “Some people get what they want because they grab the power and swing it, and some people don’t.” – Dan Groat
  97. “You can never be a giant if you do not challenge the powers much more powerful than you!” – Mehmet Murat ildan
  98. “The future will be better tomorrow.” – Dan Quayle
  99. “…the powerful are always lied to since the weak are always driven to panic.” – Louise Glück
  100. “A moment in time is the strangest and most powerful object in the known universe.” – Khalid Masood
  101. “The greatest force is the divine power within you.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
  102. “…Alexis de Tocqueville, the French writer, said that the powerful and the happy never go into exile. He was right.” – Jorge Ramos
  103. “I lost all I had known and gained a life I was yet to know.” – Nikki Rowe
  104. “Even though she was powerful enough to kill, she could also grow flowers.” – Becky Allen
  105. “Knowledge is strength. Ignorance is the kiss of death.” – Suzy Kassem
  106. “The power of a thing is not based on the power it actually possesses. Rather, it is much more about the power that we permit it to possess.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough
  107. “Your words are very powerful and what you say matters; keep them positive and powerful.” – Farshad Asl
  108. “Some women walk towards a better future. Others have chauffeurs.” – Ljupka Cvetanova
  109. “You will be influential and powerful in the field of your gift and talent.” – Sunday Adelaja
  110. “We rise by lifting others.” – Germany Kent
  111. “What is fear but that ‘thing’ that we believed to be as powerful as it pretended to be.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough
  112. “…the more things you know, or pretend to know, the more powerful you are. It doesn’t matter if things are true. What counts, remember, is to possess a secret.” – Umberto Eco
  113. “The most powerful power, you can possess is grace of prayer.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
  114. “We are powerful beyond measure, and we must stand powerfully in the face of injustice and hate. United.” – Scott Stabile
  115. “The illumination of a great star is potent and powerful enough to make other stars around it great.” – Ikechukwu Izuakor
  116. “Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted by reality.” – Bruce Lee
  117. “Never underestimate the power of weapons. A novice with a powerful weapon is deadlier than a warrior with a stick.” – Shon Mehta
  118. “’Being scared’ and ‘not being able to do it’ are two completely different things. Be clear on your choice of allowing fear to take control.” – Jennifer Ho
  119. “This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  120. “You may kill me with your hatefulness, but like air I’ll rise.” – Maya Angelou
  121. “Our world needs more adults who question and challenge and hold the powerful accountable.” – L.R. Knost
  122. “True confidence stems from the knowledge that you are safe.” – Anonymous
  123. “I learned to love myself in order to love others…” – Michelle Knight
  124. “If you are powerful enough, you can bang a nail only at one stroke!” – Mehmet Murat ildan
  125. “You bear it by working hard to get ready. You bear it by having good people by your side. You bear it by not just hoping but knowing you can handle a lot, because you already have.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton
  126. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Its that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?” – Marianne Williamson
  127. “You are as powerful as you trust yourself.” – Meir Ezra
  128. “In darkness, you only need to see just as far as you headlights extend. As long as you keep going, it is enough.” – Alexandra Bracken
  129. “To find your perfect relationship you have to first learn to love your own company.” – Steven Aitchison
  130. “Maybe the greatest power of all is the power of restraint.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough
  131. “The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself. It is in this relationship that you set the standard for all others.” – Steve Maraboli
  132. “Don’t underestimate the power of a mind that is made up.” – Miya Yamanouchi
  133. “I have spoken; you have heard; you have the facts; judge.” – Aristotle
  134. “It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.” – Helen Keller
  135. “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” – Audre Lorde
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