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"It is strange that we know so little about what good most people do. The most humbling thought ever is that someone is always thinking about you, whether you are here or have past on, someone is always thinking about you. This is the single most powerful understanding in life that I have come to know."
Written in 2014 by Matthew Price --- California

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No negative talk allowed

Submitted by Lauren Covington

"It is very important for everyone to have smiled at a stranger, to have helped somebody they will never see again, to have done something kind and/ or nice for somebody with no strings attached, and to have loved somebody unconditionally. There will always come a time, sooner or later, when each of us will feel that we have nothing left to give to this world, or that that this world has everything and does not need anything more from us. At that time, only if we have done the above, will we be able to believe that this world is still capable of smiling at us, helping us, being kind and nice to us, and above all, is capable of loving us."
Written in 2014 by D.M. --- India
This world is, to you, a mirror of your inner self.

"Life isn't about building walls and hiding behind them. It's about breaking them down and expanding beyond them!"
Written in 2010 by Lewis Tilley --- Utah
It has always struck a chord with me as something to live by!

"There comes a time when might must make right, the seeds of an evil foe. For when we stand before our maker face to face to be asked, Did you live to make the world a better place?"
Written in 2014 by Tony Muscato --- New York
Lessons learned from my Dad

"In the art of democracy, anyone can blame or fame the system but the mission / vision of any system shall be accomplished only if the state of two minds transformed each other with the positive approach."
Written in 2014 by Chinnappan Baskar --- India

"If you live in darkness and live by the light of the candle, then you must understand the language of the flames before they fade and before you light another."
Written in 2013 by Syed Amaan Ahmad --- India
It is about "opportunities" and how we generally ignore them while other people take risks.

"A blind man is not disabled; he is only unable to see with his eyes. Inability is not disability. A blind mind is worse for he cannot see a way out of his difficulties and he cannot see the opportunities around him, therefore, he suffers."
Written in 2014 by Sheye Hassan --- Nigeria

"Cherish every day. Yes, laugh, sing, play and remember to find time to pray. Enjoy the cool breeze or the rays of the sun. Smile and tell someone you love them. Yes, cherish every day before the days pass away."
Written in 2013 by Janice Harris --- Florida
Take time to live and enjoy your life. It is a gift not to be taken lightly. Cherish it and make good use of it.

"I always welcome obstacles and try to solve them in an awesome manner. Never treat obstacles as problems but treat them as a game and in the such game, play like a Winner because YOU DESERVE IT."
Written in 2014 by Amit Mane --- India
Keep in mind obstacles arises to test your confidence. Therefore your confidence must be strong enough to claim your success.

"One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity."
Albert Schweitzer --- Submitted by George Wachirah --- Kenya

"To reach your goals, you need to live for only three people: First, God. Second, Yourself. And finally, Nobody."
Written in 2014 by Albert Douglas Quayson --- Ghana
Do not try to impress everybody because you will end up impressing no one including yourself.

It is up to you - be the motivation

Submitted by Lauren Covington

"I keep remembering one of my Guru's teachings about happiness. She says that people universally tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will maybe descend upon you like fine weather if you're fortunate enough. But that's not how happiness works. Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it. If you don't you will eat away your innate contentment. It's easy enough to pray when you're in distress but continuing to pray even when your crisis has passed is like a sealing process, helping your soul hold tight to its good attainments."
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love --- Submitted by Lauren Covington

"Make conscious choices about where you'll give your time and attention."
Jeff Davidson --- Submitted by Frank Ellis --- Illinois

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"Be thankful for the sound of birds chirping in the morning, it means that you are alive."
Written in 2014 by Betty Oliver --- Barbados

"Seize the present opportunity; work with dedication and sincerity and enjoy it; this is the best present / the best reward that we can give to ourselves."
Written in 2014 by CV Varghese --- India
Expecting external rewards often lead to losing focus and affecting the output whereas, self-recognition of having a job well done is the best reward.

"Know yourself, deal with your problems, work on your weaknesses before you compete with others."
Written in 2014 by Albert Douglas Quayson ---Ghana
This is to encourage everyone to take his/her time and not to rush in life because life entails more than what we see in movies.

"Don't buy friends because after your money is finished they will end up being your enemy for free. Invest in real estate instead."
Michael Smith --- St Kitts

I will not limit myself

Submitted by Lauren Covington

"So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."
Morrie Schwartz --- Submitted by Lauren Covington --- New Jersey

"There is always more than one way of getting to the answer. The shortest route is not necessarily the best or indeed most expeditious. Sometimes, the journey is just as important as the outcome."
Paul Marks (Flinders Uni) --- Submitted by M.L. --- Australia
This was posted by a lecturer on the subject forums at uni. I don't know, it always just spoke to me...

"I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong."
Abraham Lincoln ---Submitted by Sher Muhammad --- Pakistan

"Acts of kindness should not be measured by how much is given to help others, but by how much care is put into thinking of others enough to give."
Written in 2014 by Jesse Marie Kavumpurath --- Connecticut

"It costs nothing to dream but are you willing to pay the price to make it reality?"
Written in 2014 by Robert Moore --- Massachusetts

"Never ever will there be a dearth of growth for a person whose mind is filled with godly thoughts."
Written in 2014 by Leandro Pasamba --- Philippines
Wisdom comes when one is fond of reading articles dealing with life's lessons. Hence, moral uprightness is developed once the lessons learned are put into action. Resolve to do this thing unfailingly and reap the handsome dividend that goes with it.

"We are all the same - we laugh, cry, love and die. We are brothers and sisters here - time to act like family to each other."
Written in 2014 by Marlene Blaszczyk --- Michigan
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"May today bring you the joy that escaped from your reach yesterday; the focus to strive for a better tomorrow; the motivation to live victoriously today."
Written in 2014 by Janice Harris --- Florida

"Just imagine for a day that you do not know anything, that what you believe could be completely false. Let go of your preconceptions and even your most cherished beliefs. Experiment. Force yourself to hold the opposite opinion or see the world through your enemy's eyes. Listen to the people around you with more attentiveness. See everything as a source for education; even the most banal encounters. Imagine that the world is still full of mystery."
Robert Green --- Submitted by Dan Smith --- California

"It's by one's own actions that we clearly define our existence, our reality and ultimately the outcome. Seek truth, build character, find happiness and most of all share and be grateful to those that encouraged you to never give up!"
Written in 2013 by Trey Eastwood --- Texas
Living by it!

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Submitted by Lauren Covington

"If a situation does not work then let it be. It is never okay to seek revenge. Inner peace and forgiveness are sources of strength."
Written in 2014 by Jesse Marie Kavumpurath --- Connecticut

"...Therefore, the quality of one's art is determined most by the interpretation of the art, rather than the thought of the artist himself, for the quality of one's art is determined only by the viewer's opinion."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by James Donalds --- New York

"What is not acknowledged cannot be addressed. Denial defeats elimination."
Written in 2014 by Janice Harris --- Florida
If you don't admit there is a problem, you will never overcome the problem. Deal with it.

"If there was no Yesterday, and Tomorrow were to never come, what would you do Today?"
Written in 2014 by Jason L. Addicott --- North Dakota
I am the one that has thought it and liked it to where I decided to share it with the world. Makes you think a little more of what you should do with each day that everyone is blessed with.

"I might not be the man you want to see, but I see in me the man I want to be."
Written in 2014 by Eniola Opeyemi --- Nigeria
My favourite

"Just like waves in the ocean come and go, no challenge is permanent. Problems will come and go too. We must enjoy the Challenges just like we enjoy the Waves."
Written in 2014 by RVM --- India

"Distance can separate you and me, but can never separate you from me."
Written in 2013 by Kevin Keenoo --- Mauritius
This is a quote that I came up with, based on my own love experience.

"Be yourself. If you water yourself down to please people or to fit in or to not offend anyone, you lose the power, the passion, the freedom and the joy of being uniquely you. It's much easier to love yourself when you are being yourself."
Dan Coppersmith --- Submitted by Lauren Covington --- New Jersey

"Instinct is God-giving wisdom. Instinct is about survival. It's natural. It's simple but life-saving. Unlike education, instinct is free. Whenever you are in the deep waters in life, just trust your instinct with prayers."
Written in 2014 by Israel Ametepey --- Ghana
It came to me after I was robbed. Thank God for a site like motivateus.com

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Submitted by Lauren Covington

"People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, 'Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.' I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds."
Carl Rogers --- Submitted by Lauren Covington --- New Jersey

"Hardworking is a good attribute, but the pay off is determined by whether you are investing the great effort in the right place."
Written in 2014 by Wayne Chirisa --- Canada

"If we magnified our successes as much as we magnify our disappointments, we'd all be much happier."
Abraham Lincoln --- David Gussin --- New York

"One who doesn't need to look for happiness is the happy one. A bad person, who is at the same time knowledgeable, is more dangerous. A person cannot see in another something that is not existent in himself, at least as an embryo. Be yourself: then people who like you will find you and people who don't like you will stay away. Be a book; don't open up to everyone. Let only those who understand, read you."
Written in 2012 by Salahaddin Khalilov --- Azerbaijan

"Let's love not hate; protect not harm; give not take; help not hurt; encourage not hinder; live and let live."
Written in 2014 by Janice Harris --- Florida
Value life, yours and others. Stop taking.

"Trials and adversities do come our way, as they are part of our journey; face them with courage. They will not only strengthen us but also polish our character."
Chermed --- Submitted by Med Fadriquela ---Philippines

"Our own thoughts can play such a role in our lives. If we put in our mind that we can't do something, then you're already setting yourself up for failure or disappointment. If we tell ourselves that we can do it then we will have better results. The way your start your day, with positive or negative thoughts, is what your day is going to be. Always think good thoughts and try to keep a positive attitude and you will feel more joy in your life and in your heart. See the beauty that surrounds you."
Written in 2014 by Renee Scalfani --- Massachusetts

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"We've all been handed cards. I don't identify with people who have been handed cards from the same deck as me, but those who play with similar strategy."
Written in 2014 by Allyson Partridge-Rios --- Canada

"If you can buy, why hire? Don't waste time thinking of getting millions before you start a venture. Start with the little you have and it will multiply."
Written in 2014 by Francis Livingston Agyei --- Ghana
Some people really want to do business but they look at the sum of money they have and won't start. Therefore, I want us all to start with the little we have and some years to come, we will have enough to shape it the way we wanted it.

"Guess what drives the world like nothing else does? It's passion. And it will ever remain a driving force behind all careers/professions."
Written in 2014 by Emeasoba George --- Nigeria

"You are the makers of your own fortunes. You make yourselves suffer, you make good and evil, and it is you who put your hands before your eyes and say it is dark. Take your hands away and see the light."
Swami Vivekananda --- Submitted by Amit Mane --- India
This saying is outstanding and takes you to the right direction.

"Starting over is the hardest thing, but a quest to a new life is better when we start by letting go of all that hurts and breaks us. Quest to triumph will never be achieved when one embarks upon it broken, for the journey itself is challenging and being broken slows us down or hides our best. Without true strength of spirit that gives us the will to live, mountains will be very difficult to climb. If it is there you're about to head upon, remember it is never wise to live nor walk with regret or anything that burdens you."
Written in 2014 by Kiplimo Chemirmir - Kenyan Warrior

"The pessimist says opportunities are NO WHERE. The optimist says opportunities are NOW HERE. Both see the same words, but read it differently. That's Life!"
Written in 2014 by RVM --- India

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"To a friend: Life drop kicks us a lot more now it seems, then comes back for another hit when we are down and spitting blood. But like myself, most of my friends are tough and rough around the edges. We fight when life does, so hang in there. It is a tough fight and you got rough and tough friends to help, so hang in there."
Written in 2013 by Matthew Price --- California

"Whether you've known them a day or a lifetime, never underestimate people and what they might be able to teach you. An open mind stays open."
Written in 2014 by Kiplimo Chemirmir - Kenyan Warrior

"You might not be able to change the cards were dealt in life but that doesn't mean you can't go all in."
Written in 2014 by Eric Eisenberg and Chase Reynolds--- Missouri

"If you have faith and hope, you will remain positive and there will be no room to worry. Remember, life has more to offer you and you have the ability to be strong."
Written in 2014 by Jesse Marie Kavumpurath --- Connecticut
During very difficulty times, we tend to forget that life has its ups and downs, causing us to lose ourselves in the process. It is completely okay to feel upset, but during those times we have to remember to search for the voice inside that tells us that we can and will survive through anything.

"I hear what I need to hear when I take a moment to listen to silence within me."
Written in 2014 by Lou Rivera --- New Jersey

"Tranquility is a Choice. So is Anxiety. The entire world around us may be in Turmoil. But if we want to be Peaceful within, WE CAN."
Written in 2014 by RVM --- India

"One should prefer to suffer the scar of a broken heart than suffer the scar of regret."
Written in 2014 by Robert Moore --- Massachusetts

"It is not how CLEVER you are, what really matters is how CLEAR you are in expressing your thoughts and ideas."
Written in 2014 by Sandeep Kumar ---United Arab Emirates

"Your heart is your engine, literally and figuratively; it keeps you going in good times and bad. It is where love and hope spring from."
Written in 2014 by Lucky Angelidis --- Pennsylvania
I came up with this recently. I was born with Cerebral Palsy, and although I have limitations, I've never let them stop me. I used to run 10K's and I've been a Professional Wrestler for 13+ years (Cripple H). I try to be an inspiration for others to follow.

"Either chase your dreams or chase someone else's - the choice is yours!"
Written in 2014 by Johnnie Ivery --- Illinois

"Everything is possible under the sun if we just put our cares away and really start living. A lot of time will be saved by conscientiously doing things that make us productive in every way."
Written in 2014 by Leandro Pasamba --- Philippines
Be like a farmer who sweats it out at the crack of the dawn. Expecting a bountiful harvest for all his efforts, he heartily laughs in sheer contentment.

"There's no need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Maritoni Llorca --- Philippines

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Submitted by Lauren Covington

"Success in life is a function of your willingness to accept change."
Written in 2014 by David Williams --- Tennessee

"Yesterday has been washed away by the sea of time but today is pliable to our thoughts, today is moldable to our will, today will surely determine tomorrow."
Written in 2014 by Olateju Rahman --- Nigeria

"Choices, not Chances, are responsible for the quality of our Life. Spend time to Think, Reflect, Introspect and then Choose."
Written in 2014 by RVM --- India

"If our lives scream out, "love, kindness, joy, hope, forgiveness" they will definitely be echoed back. So, go ahead and live out loud and bring back a beautiful echo, echo, echo."
Written in 2014 by Caroline Naoroji --- Virginia

"Sometimes, it's not the pain that makes you suffer; it's your own negative thoughts that make things seem worse."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Warren Counts Jr. --- New Jersey

"As nature unfolds itself daily, suddenly it dawns upon me the valuable lessons it teaches us: that to a man looking for wisdom unlocks a lot of precious gems to be mined freely. Observe how a bamboo reacts under a tempest: pliant yet sturdy. Study how a rice stalk after an honest labor finds itself filled to the brim yet bows down quietly."
Written in 2014 by Leandro Pasamba --- Philippines
While reflecting on this, I found out that there is a whale of difference between two attributes: endearing character and trait unbecoming. Haughtiness by its very nature, spells insecurity while humility manifests strength. A humble person is unobtrusive in his ways. For unobstructed growth, associate with the latter.

Now Is Your Time - Go And Live A Great Life

Submitted by Lauren Covington

"Each choice we make causes a ripple effect in our lives. When things happen to us, it is the reaction we choose that can create the difference between the sorrow of our past and the joy in our future."
Bradly Whitford --- Submitted by George Wachirah --- Kenya

February 10, 2014
Forget the day that has been cut off from thy existence.
Disturb not thyself about tomorrow which has not yet come.
Rest not upon that which is no more.
Live happily one instant and throw not thy life to the wind.
Omar Khayyam --- Submitted by Jagdish Kaviraj --- India

"Don't set your eyes on the past. Don't focus your thoughts on past achievement; achieve more. Take your mind off the hurts and pain of the past. Whenever you want to look back, remember Lot's wife turned to a pillar of salt trying to do that. There are always blessings ahead of you. Forge ahead."
Written in 2013 by Smek Uwakina --- Nigeria

"Love never ends and if it ends, it's not love. In a true love, there is no rejection and if there is, it's not love...it's a big lie. Be big enough not to believe such lies and please don't sacrifice a real love for a false lie."
Written in 2014 by Neda Smaeeli Far --- Iran

"No task or mountain is insurmountable. Yes you heard me right, it takes just courage/faith/patience/persistence/perseverance to surmount any of the above."
Written in 2014 by Emeasoba George --- Nigeria

"Love is just a word until you put it into action. Then it's the Healer of the world, the clue that holds us together."
Written in 2014 by Janice Harris --- Florida

"Criticism promotes debate, debate creates understanding, and understanding inspires solutions. Do not be afraid to stick your head above the parapet as someone might recognize your intent as noble rather than blinkered mischief making."
Written in 2014 by Gary Stewart --- Scotland

"Procrastination is a killer of dreams, you keep saying I will do, I will do, but you never start. Take the step and start. You are the author of your life and only you can change your situation."
Written in 2013 by Bridget Benya --- South Africa

"The heights of your achievements are determined by the depth of your self-belief, the strength of your resolve and the intensity of your efforts."
Written in 2014 by Dr. Roopleen --- India

"As intelligent as a person may be, lacking humility can make them imbecilic. Growth requires patience, reflection, accountability and quite often SILENCE as we need to LISTEN to those who came before us, to learn from their wisdom as well as their mistakes."
Written in 2014 by Erica Brown --- Michigan
Sometimes people get so wrapped up in titles that they forget that someone held the position before they did. We need to be humble and take guidance from others not only for a better outcome, but out of respect for the person who opened the door for you to walk through.

"If you don't control what goes on within your mind, your life will be a total wreck; even when in reality, it's not."
Written in 2013 by Pete C. Zafra --- California
The quality of our life purely depends on the type of thoughts we entertain in our minds. Our inner thoughts create our outer world.

"Be in Moment and you will not miss encountering real life."
Written in 2013 by Dinesh Ramkrishna --- India

"Mental anguish is only that of which I allow it to be. I refuse to stand immersed in darkness; instead I fearlessly stand taller than my own shadow savoring the elegant light that I emit."
Written in 2014 by Joseph Torres --- Pennsylvania
You don't always have to feel like you need to push through difficulties, when instead you can stop being hard on yourself and allow your mind to be free.

"Today, I will look around and enjoy all the beautiful things that are around me rather than yearn for things that are beyond my control and become miserable."
Written in 2013 by RVM --- India

"Instead of putting up fences, build bridges. Build bridges to each other with no physical obstacles. One must build a human structure that will connect us with our fellow man to span across all boundaries and help all mankind. This is what we must do."
Written in 2013 by Miles Patrick Yohnke --- Canada

Train you mind to do more

" People start training and it's hard. They want to know if it will get easier. The easy answer is - Yes! But a true competitor has a different answer: Not if you train your mind to allow your body to endure more."
Written in 2013 by Eric Eisenberg

I am the New Year ...
I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.
I am your next chance at the art of living.

I am your opportunity to practice
what you have learned about life
during the last twelve months.

All that you sought
and didn't find is hidden in me,
waiting for you to search it out
with more determination.

All the good that you tried for
and didn't achieve is mine to grant
when you have fewer conflicting desires.

All that you dreamed but didn't dare to do,
all that you hoped but did not will,
all the faith that you claimed but did not have -
these slumber lightly,
waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose.

I am your opportunity to make all things new.

I am the New Year!
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Lauren Covington --- New Jersey

"Learned that you can't change mistakes made with people in the past, but you can change the outcome of those mistakes at any time by taking responsibility for them. Do what is right to best correct them and accept them so that you can be forgiven and forgive yourself. Most people usually have already forgiven you; they are just waiting for you to forgive yourself so that you can both move on."
Written in 2013 by Matt Price --- California

"Life is like a puzzle. Everything that happens to us is just a piece of it. We may not seem to understand where to put it, but one thing is sure, it will make us whole."
Written in 2008 by Julius Lagcao ---Philippines

"If there is no one who is perfect than there is no one better than you."
Written in 2013 Mohammed Sekouty --- Egypt

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