Inspirational Quotes

Listen now to the gentle whispers of hope.

— Charles D. Brodhead

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

— Albert Schweitzer

When the world says, “Give up,”
Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”

— Author Unknown

Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.

— William Arthur Ward

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

— Henry Brooks Adams

Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.

— Author Unknown

Just living is not enough, said the butterfly. One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.

— Hans Christian Anderson

In the face of unjust criticism we can become bitter or better; upset or understanding; hostile or humble; furious or forgiving.

– William Arthur Ward

It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot, irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.

— J. Bronowski, The Ascent of Man

A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.

— Mary Sarton

If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.

– Mister (Fred) Rogers

When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.

– William Arthur Ward

We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress.

— Will Rogers

The truth is always exciting. Speak it, then. Life is dull without it.

–Pearl S. Buck

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

— William Arthur Ward

For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people’s love and concern for each other.

– Millard Fuller

Life is short, but there is always time enough for courtesy.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you hear the splash of the water drops that fall into the stone bowl,

You will feel that all the dust of your mind is washed away.

– Sen-No-Rikyu

Avoid showing disrespect or contempt for others, even those with whom you adamantly disagree. Respect for others is inseparable from respect for self, and civility is part of the foundation of a democratic society.

— Author Unknown

Life is the flower for which love is the honey.

— Victor Hugo

Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

– Author Unknown

We will surely get to our destination if we hold hands.

— Aung San Suu Kyi (Nobel Prize Winner)

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.

– Winston Churchill

If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain.

If I can ease one life the aching,

Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin.

Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.

— Emily Dickinson

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.

– Kurt Vonnegurt, Jr.