Winning-Spirit Inspirational Quotes and Sayings

Here are some of my favorite winning-spirit inspirational quotes and sayings.

“Most of the shadows in this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” — Mark Twain

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” — St. Francis of Assisi

“I never lost a game. I just ran out of time.” — Bobby Layne, pro football player

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“It is not he who has little but he who always wants more who is poor.” — Seneca

“Wealth does not consist of having great possessions, but having few desires.” — Epicurus, Fragments

“I never saw a U-Haul behind a hearse.” — Reverend Billy Graham

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.” — Henry David Thoreau

“The kingdom of God is within you.” — Jesus, Luke 17:21

“There is a guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening we shall hear the right word … Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which flows into your life. Then, without effort, you are impelled to truth and to perfect contentment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To improve the golden moment of opportunity and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life.” – Samuel Johnson

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” – Oscar Wilde

“Some very wonderful things happen when a person succeeds in knowing what is basic and essential …” – The Great Religions by Which Men Live (Hinduism)

“Begin where you are. It would be unscientific to begin anywhere else.” – Ernest Holmes, Science of Mind

“… the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” — Bertrand Russell

“Only the organized can loaf with peace of mind.” — Peter Turla

On immortality: “The average man does not know what to do with his life, yet wants another one which will last forever.” — Anatole France

“Happiness is not having what you want, it’s wanting what you have.” — Author Unknown

“… Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds can change the outer aspects of their lives.” —William James

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” — Chinese proverb

“When you are identified with the One, all things will be complete to you.” — Chuang Tzu, The Record

“The whole contains nothing that is not for its advantage. By remembering that I am part of such a whole, I shall be content with everything that happens.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“Astonishing! Everything is intelligent!” — Pythagoras

“There is a power for good in the universe and you can use it.” — Ernest Holmes

“God enters by a private door into every individual.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You are what you love.” — St. Augustine

“For the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body.” — The Bible

“You know Me in you, and from this knowledge you will derive all that is necessary.” — St. Catherine of Siena, Dialogue

“The world is missing what can be found in you.” — James Miller

“The whole Universe is on your side. Life is forever biased on the side of healing, on the side of overcoming, on the side of success. When you get yourself centered in the Universal flow you become synchronized with this divine bias for good.” — Eric Butterworth, Spiritual Economics: The Prosperity Process

“May you live all the days of your life.” — Jonathan Swift

“The Universe is a friendly place.” — Albert Einstein.

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” — James Allen

“Think of your career as your ministry. Make your work an expression of love in service to mankind.” — Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

“Anyone who has a why to live can bear almost any what.” — Nietzsche

“Nothing is either good or bad. It’s thinking that makes it so.” — William Shakespeare

“It’s important to run not on the fast track, but on your track. Pretend that you have only six months to live, and make three lists: the things you have to do, want to do, and neither have to do nor want to do. Then, for the rest of your life, forget everything on the third list.” — Robert Eliot, Professor of Cardiology, University of Nebraska

“Only those who develop their minds and spirits to the utmost can serve Heaven and fulfill their own destinies.” — Mencius

“To be spiritual means seeking wisdom from the essence of things, not from their surface or appearance.” — John McMurphy, Secrets from Great Minds

“I exist as I am—that is enough. If no other in the world be aware, I sit content. And if each and all be aware, I sit content.” — Walt Whitman

“If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.” — Zen proverb

“The trivialities of every day, the disappoint­ments and the petty annoyances and the hurts you allow yourselves to receive from daily life, are all very small; but you yourselves allow them to seem very big. Let them recede, con­centrate your whole being upon the love of God.” — The Quiet Mind

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” — Hans Hoffmann

“We are not victims of the world, but victims of the way we perceive the world.” — Carol Record, Unity minister

“Don’t sweat the small stuff; and remember, it’s all small stuff.” — Author Unknown

“When one is natural he is relaxed within and able to accept what life offers.” — The Great Religions of the World (Taoism)

“Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.” — George Bernard Shaw

“What we love we shall grow to resemble.” — Bernard of Clairvaux

“Every good thought you think is contributing its share to the ultimate result of your life.” — Grenville Kleiser

“Let one therefore keep the mind pure, for what a man thinks, that he becomes.” — The Upanishads

“Sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness … until it flowers again from within.” — Galway Kinnell

“Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.” — Liberian proverb

“The mind grows by what it feeds on.” — Josiah G. Holland

“I have learned that when your inner helper is in charge, do not try to think consciously. Drift—wait—and obey.” — Rudyard Kipling

“Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” — Author Unknown

“When it gets dark enough, you can see the stars.” — Charles A. Beard

“The best way to knock a chip off someone’s shoulder is to give him or her a pat on the back.” — Author Unknown

“One who loves God finds the object of his love everywhere.” — Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine

“A man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him and carry an image around of him in their mind.” — William James

“Patience is the key to paradise.” — Turkish Proverb

“One way to avoid criticism is to do nothing and to be a nobody. The world will then not bother you.” — Napoleon Hill

“In things spiritual, there is no partition, no number, no individuals. How sweet is the oneness—unearth the treasure of Unity.” — Rumi, Masnavi

“Forgiving is not forgetting, it’s letting go of the hurt.” — Mary McLeod Bethune

“If someone throws salt at you, you will receive no harm unless you have sore places.” — Latin proverb

“The highest form of wisdom is kindness.” — The Talmud

“Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.” — Joseph Fort Newton

“Lord, when we are wrong, make us willing to change. And when we are right, make us easy to live with.” — Peter Marshall

“The saying, ‘Don’t worry,’ can be improved immeasura­bly if you add the word ‘others.’” — Author Unknown

“My true relationship is with myself — all others are simply mirrors of it.” — Shakti Gawain

“When you know better, you do better.” — Maya Angelou

“It’s a luxury to be understood.” — Emerson

“He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.” — Francis Bradley

“Separate reeds are weak and easily broken; but bound together they are strong and hard to tear apart.” — The Midrash

“Our business in life is not to get ahead of other people, but to get ahead of ourselves.” — Maltbie D. Babcock

“Each object in the world is not merely itself but involves every other object, and in fact is every other object.” — Hindu Sutra

“Life isn’t a race. It’s a relay.” — Dick Gregory

“You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.” — Booker T. Washington

“Anyone who has never been disappointed has set his sights too low.” — Robert Schuller

“Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.” — Kahlil Gibran

“As far as mind extends, so far extends heaven.” — The Upanishads

“If there is a good and wise God, then there also exists a progress of humanity toward perfection.” — Plato

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face.” —Paul, I Corinthians 13:12

“Since each soul is some part of the Whole, it is impossible that any soul can be lost.” — Ernest Holmes, Science of Mind

“After the final ‘no,’ there comes a ‘yes,’ and on that ‘yes’ the future world depends.” — Wallace Stevens

“Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.” —John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961

“The highest revelation is that God is in everyone.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals

“At that point in your life where your talent meets the needs of the world, that is where God wants you to be.” — Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know is that the only ones among you who will be truly happy will be those who have sought and found how to serve.” — Albert Schwitzer

“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.” —Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“The thing to try when all else fails is: again.” — Author Unknown

“It’s not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes us happy.” — Author Unknown

“We begin each of our stockholders’ meetings with a prayer. But we certainly don’t pray that the investments we made yesterday will go up today … we pray for wisdom, for understanding, and for an open mind to God’s will. We pray that our direction will benefit all parties involved.” — Sir John Marks Templeton, founder of The Templeton Growth Fund

“Half an hour’s meditation is essential, except when you are very busy. Then a full hour is needed.” — Francis de Sales

“We shall be remembered more for our kindnesses than for our accomplishments, for our generosity than for our riches, and for our service than for our success.”— Bill Ward

“You make a living with what you get, but you make a life with what you give.” — Winston Churchill

“Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present.” — Albert Camus

“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.” — Emily Dickinson, “Life”

“Everything flows out and in; everything has its tides …” — The Kybalion

Today, well lived, makes yesterday a dream of happiness and tomorrow a vision of hope. — Sanskrit saying


These quotes are from my winning-spirit book, Spirit Incorporated: How to follow Your Spiritual Path from 9 to 5

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