Updated: Motivational quotes

I am a sucker for motivational quotes! I added a few new ones which I found recently. Don’t forget to share some of your favorites in the Comment section below!

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I spent my lunch break today looking up some good quotes I could put on my blog. I’m still working on a header and debating about customizing the layout a little more. While looking for a quote, I ended up finding several I thought were especially moving and appropriate:

Unless we think of others and do something for them, we miss one of the greatest sources of happiness.
— Ray Lyman Wilbur

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
— Mohandas K. Gandhi

Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace.
— Mother Teresa

Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else’s life forever.
— Margaret Cho

He who allows his day to pass by without practicing generosity & enjoying life’s pleasures…breathes but does not live.
— Sanskrit Proverb

Apart from the ballot box, philanthropy presents the one opportunity the individual has to express his meaningful choice over the direction in which our society will progress.
— George G. Kirstein

Also, these are a few I’ve received via food (two from fortune cookies, and one from a Dove chocolate). I have them taped to my computer monitor at work so I am constantly reading them and thinking about them!

Your deeds speak so much louder than another’s words.

Your happy heart brings joy and peace where there is none.

You are exactly where you are supposed to be.


When I was in Ecuador (read about it here), we visited a museum of the famous painter Guayasamin. I was really moved by his artwork and bought a few posters that are now framed and hanging up in my condo. The quote in the museum I especially like translates to:

“I cried because I had no shoes until I saw a child who had no feet.”

Do you have any quotes you enjoy or that motivate you? Please share them in the comments section below!

  • http://www.agnesvishnevkin.com Agnes Vishnevkin

    Thanks for sharing the quote from the museum in Ecuador. It is so important to always be grateful for what we have and to remember that even when we face difficulties in our lives it could always be worse.

    Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

    “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale

    “Don’t say that you want to give, but go ahead and give!” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    “If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.” – Betty Reese

  • http://fundcomm.blogspot.com/ Megan Groves

    It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute… that gives meaning to our lives. – Tony Robbins

    Congrats on your new blog!