Have you ever had one of those days where you just need a little extra inspiration? If that day is today, then read on for a few famous quotes from some of the world’s most inspirational people. And don’t forget to bookmark this page to come back to the next time you need a little encouragement.
Campaigned for justice and freedom in South Africa and spent 20 years in jail for his opposition to apartheid. After his release, he became the first President of democratic South Africa and helped heal the wounds of apartheid by his magnanimous attitude to his former political enemies.
“A good head and a good heart are a formidable combination.”
His theories of relativity were a very significant scientific breakthrough. Along with being a genius scientist, Einstein was also a champion of human rights and campaigned for a more peaceful world.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
Abraham Lincoln overcame many setbacks to become the most influential American President. In his famous Gettysburg speech, he inspired the nation with his noble words and helped to bring about the abolishment of slavery.
“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”
Gandhi was the principle figurehead of the Indian independence movement. He taught a philosophy of non-violence and peaceful protest
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Anne Frank was just an ordinary teenage girl, but she became a symbol of how ordinary people can get caught up in man’s inhumanity. Despite the most testing of conditions, Anne retained an optimistic spirit and faith.
“Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”
Shakespeare remains the king of English literature. His plays and poetry captured the richness and diversity of human existence in the most powerful and poetic way
“Some are born great, some achieve great, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
Among her many accomplishments, Eleanor helped draft the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She strived to improve civil rights in the United States and inspired many people because of her positivity, compassion and self-giving.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
He was the successful CEO of Apple and known for his remarkable innovations that have shaped technology. He was incredibly inspirational and had a great mind that led him to several achievements.
“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. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
In the worst moments of 1940, the Nazi war machine looked invincible as it swept through Europe. Churchill inspired the free nations to keep alive the fight against the tyranny of Hitler’s Germany.
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
He was a prominent leader of the non-violent civil rights movement. MLK inspired millions of people, black and white, to aspire for a more equal and just society.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed; ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’.”