The Basket of Dreams sculpture, at the top of Queenstown Hill. New Zealand. Taken June 2015. Quote close to the sculpture: “The Basket of steel follows you. Inward. to reflect. to draw inspiration from the mountains, lake, and from those who are with you. Outward. To dream. For the future. Time flies. Eternity awaits.”

A Collection of Favourite Quotes

I love quotes; there is an element of beauty in their ability to aptly capture a concept, lesson or idea in a handful of words.

I hope that one or more of these quotes will resonate with you. Please feel free to share other quotes that have moved you.


“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” ~ Maya Angelou

“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” ~ Bob Dylan

“I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all, to matter and to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.” ~ Louis D. Brandeis

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

‘Wealth is the ability to fully experience life’ ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.” ~ Jim Rohn

“Success in life does not mean the acquisition of wealth. Success in life is; a state of being when one can come home at the end of the day, satisfied with what one has done, being able to put your head on the pillow and have a sound sleep, and wake up the next day realising you are a happy idividual, not only because you have found happiness for yourself, but because you have given happiness in the process of one days work to your spouse, to your children, to your family, to your neighbors and to the world at large” ~ Prime minister of Bhutan

“One of the interesting things about success is that we think we know what it means. A lot of the time our ideas about what it would mean to live successfully are not our own. They’re sucked in from other people. And we also suck in messages from everything from the television to advertising to marketing, etcetera. These are hugely powerful forces that define what we want and how we view ourselves. What I want to argue for is not that we should give up on our ideas of success, but that we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas and make sure that we own them, that we’re truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough not getting what you want, but it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of the journey that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along.” ~ Alain De Botton


“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” ~ Buddha

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford

“I’ve learned — that either you control your attitude or it controls you.” ~ Omer B. Washington

“A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances” ~ James Allen

“We will always tend to fulfill our own expectation of ourselves.” ~ Brian Tracy

“The only person you are destined to become, is the person you decide to be” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” ~ John Lubbock

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dale Carnegie’s answer to the question: “What’s the biggest lesson you have ever learned?”:

“By far the most vital lesson I have ever learned is the importance of what we think. If I knew what you think, I would know what you are. Our thoughts make us what we are. Our mental attitude is the X factor that determines our fate. Emerson said: “A man is what he thinks about all day long.”… How could he possibly be anything else? Now, the only focus we should have is choosing the right thoughts. If we can do that, we will be on the highroad to solving all our problems.”

“Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later the man that wins is the one who thinks he can.” ~ Vince Lombardi


“It doesn’t matter how smart you are, how talented or how skilled. All that matters is the people you surround yourself with.” ~ Unknown

‘You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.’ ~ Jim Rohn

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that but the really great make you feel that you too can become great. When you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition it is important with whom you regularly associate. Hang out with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives. Similarly be that kind of a friend for your friends.” ~ Mark Twain


“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman

“The world belongs to passionate driven people.” ~ Jack Welch


“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” ~ Napoleon Hill

“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” ~ Zig Ziglar

“It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”
~ R.W.Emerson

“In the Joy of Others, Lies Our Own, In the Progress of Others, Lies Our Own…” ~ Renowned Hindu Guru Pramukh Swami Mahraj

“In the modern age where everything is connected to everything, the most important thing that you can do, is what you can do with others” ~ Paddy Ashdown

“When we dream alone, it is only a dream. When we dream together, it is no longer a dream but the beginning of reality.” ~ Brazilian Proverb

“The secret is to gang up on the problem, rather than each other.” ~ Thomas Stallkamp

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” — Henry Ford

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” ~ Andrew Carnegie

“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes

“No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.” — Althea Gibson

“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” ~ Vince Lombardi


“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” ~ Jane Howard

“Relationships are all there is. Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isoltation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone” ~ Margaret Wheatley

“The paradigm structure of our time, is the network” ~ Paddy Ashdown

“The most important bit about your structure, whether you’re a government, whether you’re an army regiment, whether you’re a business, is your docking points. Your inter-connectors. Your capacity to network with others.” ~ Paddy Ashdown


“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.” ~ Orison Swett Marden

“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway: we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use” ~ Earl Nightingale

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” ~ Zig Ziglar

“Control your destiny or someone else will” ~ Jack Welch

“There is only one you for all time. Fearlessly be yourself.” ~ Anthony Rapp

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me” ~ Ayn Rand

“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.” ~ Henry Ford

“A Year from now you will wish you had started today” ~ Karen Lamb

“Action expresses priorities.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” ~ JFK

“What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.” ~ Unknown

“Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.” ~ Robert Schuller

“Most people who fail in their dreams fail not from lack of ability but from lack of commitment.” ~ Zig Ziglar

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” ~ Thomas Edison

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Seize this very minute; whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” ~ Muhammad Ali


“All human beings are entrepreneurs. When we were in the caves, we were all self-employed … finding our food, feeding ourselves. That’s where human history began. As civilization came, we suppressed it. We became “labor” because they stamped us, “You are labor.” We forgot that we are entrepreneurs.” ~ Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner and micro finance pioneer

“To be an entrepreneur is more than having a job. It gives you the freedom to make your own mark, in the way in which you choose, and create your own path to success. It can be challenging, and exceptionally hard work, but the rewards are immeasurable.” ~ James Caan

“He emphasized that you should never start a company with the goal of getting rich. Your goal should be making something you believe in and making a company that will last.” — Walter Isaacson talking about Steve Jobs

“Write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use — do the work you want to see done.”

“Most people need to shake off the erronous notion that life is there, and you’re just there to live in it. As opposed to being there to embrace life, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it” ~ Steve jobs


“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” ~ Ralph Nader

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” ~ Peter Drucker


“The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake. You can’t learn anything from being perfect’.” ~ Adam Osborne

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” ~ Emerson

“When you lose, dont lose the lesson.”

“One who makes no mistakes makes nothing at all” ~ Giacomo Casanova

“I think failing is the best way to keep you grounded, curious, and humble. Success is dangerous because often you don’t understand why you succeeded. You almost always know why you’ve failed. You have a lot of time to think about it.” — Mark Pincus (CEO of Zynga)

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat” ~ Theodore Roosevelt


“Work harder on yourself than you do on your job” ~ Jim Rohn

“Pity the man who inherits a million dollars and who isn’t a millionaire. Here’s what would be pitiful: If your income grew and you didn’t.” ~ Jim Rohn

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals” ~ Zig Ziglar

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.”

“The acquisition of knowledge doesn’t mean you’re growing; growing happens when what you know changes how you live. A good education and a great idea without action are both worth nothing. People seldom do things to the best of their ability; they do things to the best of their willingness” —


“If you learn only methods you’ll be tied to your methods, but if you learn principles you can devise your own methods” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” ~ Jim Rohn

“Feedback is the breakfast of champions” ~ Ken Blanchard

“He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.” ~ Chinese Proverb


“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious” ~ Albert Einstein

“Every man I meet is my superior in someway. In that, I learn from him” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Never look down on someone unless you’re helping them up.” ~ Jesse Jackson

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” — Isaac Newton

“No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.” — Althea Gibson

“There is no such thing as a “self-made” man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and our thoughts, as well as our success” ~ George Burton Adams


“Fortune favours the audacious.” ~ Desiderius Erasmus

“Seize this very minute; whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream, with open eyes, to make it possible.” ~ T. E. Lawrence

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” — Michelangelo


“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live.” ~ Oliver Holmes

“The secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” ~ William Morris

“In life, the journey is the destination” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from” ~ Seth Godin

“Human beings are ambitious. We spend so much time wanting, pursuing, wishing. For the most part that’s OK. Ambition is good. Chasing things with integrity is good. Dreaming… as long as the chase doesnt diminish what we already have; the goodness we take for granted, the people we take for granted, the lives we take for granted” ~ One Tree Hill

“Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction. Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow, and the day after that. Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you’d be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. Don’t let life randomly kick you into the adult you don’t want to become.” ~ Chris Hadfield

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Life is as simple or as complicated as you make it’

‎”Life is too short to be busy”

“One Life. Live it”

If you liked some of these, please check out the quote-images I’ve put together on Pinterest.


Arete — Virtue; Excellence; “Living up to your full Potential”; “Being the Best you can be” ~ Aristotle

Sophrosyne — “A healthy state of mind, characterised by self control, moderation, and a deep awareness of one’s true self, resulting in true happiness”

Quixotic — “Preoccupied with an unrealistically optimistic or chivalrous approach to life”

Great Parables:

Jar of Stones (Priorities)

The Fisherman (True Success)