10 Positive Quotes with Positive Words to Inspire You

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We all need some words of wisdom sometimes, encouraging quotes or inspirational words to lift us up up and push us on. There’s no shame in that, even marketers sometimes require a little inspiration.

So here are 10 inspiring quotes to shine some positivity on your day. And because at Content Nation we believe in the positivity of truth, every quote is fact checked, cross referenced, Pinterest filtered, and genuinely authentic and verified. How’s that for positivity?

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs needs no introduction, a man worshipped with an almost disconcerting zeal by Apple-lovers and tech-heads around the world. These inspiring words formed part of his Commencement address at Stanford University in 2005. Be inspired to do great things, by committing yourself to doing things that you love. Certainly a philosophy we follow here at CN.

“Each of us has the potential to contribute … You have a great opportunity to make a new shape of the world.” – Dalai Lama

The totem of spirituality that is the Dalai Lama is never short of inspiring sentiments. The words of wisdom above were spoken during a talk to students in the US city of Portland in 2001. Our actions have the power to change things. That’s just as true in what we do in the world as what we do in our work.

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“The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

This widely circulated proverb attributed to Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu is no less true for its clichéd proliferation. Great things begin with the smallest journey. Even the most intimidating project begins with the first step towards success.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” – Nelson Mandala

In Long Walk to Freedom, the respected freedom fighter and once leader of the free South Africa revealed the true face of courage in his quest for liberty and equality. Success comes not from ignoring our fears, but in facing them.

“All that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed—only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle.” – Nikola Tesla

These words were sparked from the voice of a man on the edge of defeat, at the time that Tesla was suffering intense frustration at the failure of support from those around him. But even in the face of such challenges, Tesla was able to vocalise his continued belief that commitment to success would eventually reap rewards.

“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Inspiring civil rights activist Gandhi was a man driven by conscience. The quote lifted from his work Ethical Religion show Gandhi’s belief that we have the power to become what we want, if only we have the will to follow it.

“Do or do not, there is no try.” – Master Yoda

Fictional characters can have wisdom too folks! Sure, his grammar was terrible, which isn’t all that encouraging given how long he had to correct it, but there’s no doubt the little green man knew what it took to get things done. Positivity is about believing you can achieve. Also it’s about having a thousand year old little green man poking you with a walking stick. Positivity is very complex.

“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments flit away and a sunny spirit takes their place.” – Mark Twain

The quote lifted from What Paul Bourget Thinks of Us demonstrates the mirth at the heart of many of Mark Twain’s words. A romantic, a cynic, and an author of astonishing quality, there’s no doubt his support of humour in the face of adversity is exactly the kind of attitude that Yoda we can all agree with. Next time you’re stuck on that late night project? Have a laugh. Heck, just read a list of Mark Twain quotes.

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein

In these words of wisdom, taken from a letter to his son Eduard, Einstein reveals the spirit of positive motivation that drove much of his work. Of course metaphorically he’s on a bike, so I’m not sure it’s really driving. It doesn’t sound quite right saying that he was cycling his genius forward though. Anyway, the point is, keep going and you can achieve.

“When the wind of change blows, some build walls, while others build windmills.” – Chinese Proverb

Let us draw our positive quotes to a close with an authentic Chinese proverb that poses the question of how we respond to change. Where others might dig in, the positive will move to adapt.

The question is – are you the kind of brand that builds windmills?

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