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I’ve learned

 

Lessons Learned

 

 

Lessons learned in Life

 

There are many lesson we learn as we experience our lives. Below is a list of insightful lessons learned by someone.

 

 

 

I’ve Learned….

 

I’ve learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.

 

I’ve learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back.

 

I’ve learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.

 

I’ve learned that it’s not what you have in your life but who you have in your life that counts.

 

I’ve learned that you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes. After that, you’d better know something.

 

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t compare yourself to the best others can do but to the best you can do.

 

I’ve learned that it’s not what happens to people that’s important. It’s what they do about it.

 

I’ve learned that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

 

I’ve learned that no matter how thin you slice it, there are always two sides.

 

I’ve learned that it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

 

I’ve learned that it’s a lot easier to react than it is to think.

 

I’ve learned that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

 

I’ve learned that you can keep going long after you think you can’t.

 

I’ve learned that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

 

I’ve learned that either you control your attitude or it controls you.

 

I’ve learned that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.

 

I’ve learned that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

 

I’ve learned that learning to forgive takes practice.

 

I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly, but just don’t know how to show it.

 

I’ve learned that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

 

I’ve learned that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.

 

I’ve learned that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down will be the ones to help you get back up.

 

I’ve learned that sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.

 

I’ve learned that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

 

I’ve learned that just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.

 

I’ve learned that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.

 

I’ve learned that you should never tell a child their dreams are unlikely or outlandish. Few things are more humiliating, and what a tragedy it would be if they believed it.

 

I’ve learned that your family won’t always be there for you. It may seem funny, but people you aren’t related to can take care of you and love you and teach you to trust people again. Families aren’t biological.

 

I’ve learned that no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

 

I’ve learned that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

 

I’ve learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

 

I’ve learned that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

 

I’ve learned that sometimes when my friends fight, I’m forced to choose sides even when I don’t want to.

 

I’ve learned that just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do.

 

I’ve learned that sometimes you have to put the individual ahead of their actions.

 

I’ve learned that we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

 

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.

 

I’ve learned that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

 

I’ve learned that no matter how you try to protect your children, they will eventually get hurt and you will hurt in the process.

 

I’ve learned that there are many ways of falling and staying in love.

 

I’ve learned that no matter the consequences, those who are honest with themselves get farther in life.

 

I’ve learned that no matter how many friends you have, if you are their pillar you will feel lonely and lost at the times you need them most.

 

I’ve learned that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don’t even know you.

 

I’ve learned that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.

 

I’ve learned that writing, as well as talking, can ease emotional pains.

 

I’ve learned that the paradigm we live in is not all that is offered to us.

 

I’ve learned that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

 

I’ve learned that the people you care most about in life are taken from you too soon.

 

I’ve learned that although the word “love” can have many different meaning, it loses value when overly used.

 

I’ve learned that it’s hard to determine where to draw the line between being nice and not hurting people’s feelings and standing up for what you believe.

 

 – Unknown author

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Inspirational Sports Quotes

 

 

Below is our collection of inspiring quotes directed at athletes, coaches, and others who are looking for inspiration, motivation, or encouragement. They are about achieving goals, building teams, finding passion, revealing character, and finding the true lessons of sports. Take a few moments to read some and reflect on how it may apply to you or your team.

 

 

“Sportsmanship is not just about being nice. It is much more important than that. It’s about realizing that you could not compete without an opponent and that she has the same goals as you.” —Stephanie Deibler

 

 

“To achieve in sports you first have to have a dream, and then you must act on that dream. The best athletes are those who truly enjoy what they are doing and display a tremendous amount of work ethic. They continue to persevere in spite of setbacks and never lose sight of their ultimate goal.” —Dianne Holum

 

 

“On a good team there are no superstars. There are great players who show they are great players by being able to play with others as a team. They have the ability to be superstars, but if they fit into a good team, they make sacrifices, they do things necessary to help the team win. What the numbers are in salaries or statistics don’t matter; how they play together does.” —Red Holzman

 

 

“Play like you’re in first, but train like you’re in second.” —Unknown

 

 

“Luck is not something that happens by chance. Luck is earned through dedication, work and determination.” —Katie Mickley

 

 

“Trust. Without it, there is no team. Of the teams I’ve coached that have been successful, all have had an unbelievable amount of trust in each other.” —John Cook

 

 

“To win the game, you don’t have to be the most athletic or talented. To win, you must have passion for the game, determination and complete faith in yourself and your team.” —Unknown

 

 

“The values learned on the playing field–how to set goals, endure, take criticism and risks, become team players, use our beliefs, stay healthy and deal with stress–prepare us for life.” —Donna de Varona

 

 

“The trophies mean nothing. The glory will fade. In the end all that is important is your happiness.” —Unknown

 

 

 

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jimmy V

 

 

“I am the person you’ll see everyday training when everyone else has gone home. I live for the one moment of glory when I save that goal or sink that 3-point shot and score the winning basket. I am the sport, I am the glory, nothing can change that. I am an athlete, no one can forget that.” —Alexa Wilkinson

 

 

“Almost all of our limitations are self-imposed. Those that are not can be overcome by cooperation with others whose strengths compliment our weakness.” —Bill Koch

 

 

“Sports for me is when a guy walks off the court, and you really can’t tell whether he won or lost, when he carries himself with pride either way.” —Jim Courier

 

 

“Champions separate the important from the unimportant. They know that good press, playing time or individual honors aren’t as important as knowing that you and your teammates have responded to the challenge together.” —Don Shaw

 

 

“High school sports: where lessons of life are still being learned, and where athletes still compete for the love of the game and their teammates.” —Michael Powers

 

 

“Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work.” –Vince Lombardi

 

 

“Sports can do so much. They’ve given me a framework: meeting new people, confidence, self-esteem, discipline, motivation. All these things I learned, whether I knew I was learning them or not, through sports.” —Mia Hamm

 

 

“In life, as in sports, you will try, and you will sometimes fail. There will be no apparent reward except to know that you did your best.” —Charles Lawrie

 

 

“I don’t need to be the Number 1 on the team. This is what I train for day in and day out. I am the support player. If I need to hit, pitch, run, whatever, I will do it. If everything was going to be about me, I think I’d quit.” –Michele Smith

 

 

“The values learned on the playing field–how to set goals, endure, take criticism and risks, become team players, use our bodies, stay healthy and deal with stress–prepare us for life.” —Donna de Varona

 

 

 

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. – George Bernard Shaw

 

 

“The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.”   -Harold Taylor

 

 

“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” –Vince Lombardi

 

 

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams

 

 

“Every team requires unity. A team has to move as one unit, one force, with each person understanding and assisting the roles of his teammates. If the team doesn’t do this, whatever the reason, it goes down in defeat. You win or lose as a team, as a family.” —Jack Kemp

 

 

“Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” –Sam Walton

 

 

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. – Vince Lombardi

 

 

We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible. – Vince Lombardi

 

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

 

 

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.” – Vince Lombardi

 

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Inspirational Quotes

 

 

Below is our collection of inspiring quotes to provide motivation, inspiration, and encouragement to you. They are about life, self-discovery, personal growth, and relationships. These quotes are uplifting to the heart, soul, and mind. Take a few moments to read some and slowly savor the valuable wisdom they offer. Reflect on the deep meaning and how it may apply to your life. Lastly, share your favorites with family and friends.

 

 

“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

 

 

“Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!” — Tony Robbins

 

 

“One reason so few of us achieves what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” — Tony Robbins

 

 

“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.” — Albert Schweitzer

 

 

“To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Thomas Carlyle

 

 

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” – T.S. Eliot

 

 

“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by what you bring to life.” – John Homer Miller

 

 

“Time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted time.” – T.S. Eliot
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

 

 

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” –

John Wooden

 

 

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

“The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

 

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” – Pericles

 

 

“We must not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time.” – T.S. Eliot

 

 

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson

 

 

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” – Louisa May Alcott

 

 

You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. – John Wooden

 

 

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” – E. E. Cummings

 

 

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates

 

 

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

 

 

“Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile.” – Mark Twain

 

 

“If you haven’t the strength to impose your own terms upon life, you must accept the terms it offers you.” – T.S. Eliot

 

 

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 

 

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Inspirational Quotes

 

 

Below is our collection of inspiring quotes to provide motivation, inspiration, and encouragement to you. They are about life, self-discovery, personal growth, and relationships. These quotes are uplifting to the heart, soul, and mind. Take a few moments to read some and slowly savor the valuable wisdom they offer. Reflect on the deep meaning and how it may apply to your life. Lastly, share your favorites with family and friends.

 

 

 

“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

 

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by every moment that takes your breath away.” – Anonymous

 

 

Rabbi Zusya said that on the Day of Judgment, God would ask him, not why he had not been Moses, but why he had not been Zusya.  – Walter Kaufmann

 

 
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”  ~e.e. cummings
“Life is a long lesson in humility.” — James M. Barrie

 

 

“Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

 

 

“No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” — Don Swartz

 

 

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln

 

 

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

 

 

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.” – William James

 

“Everyone who achieves success in a great venture, solves each problem as they came to it. They helped themselves. And they were helped through powers known and unknown to them at the time they set out on their voyage. They keep going regardless of the obstacles they met.” W. Clement Stone

 

 

 

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

“Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain applause which he cannot keep.” – Samuel Johnson,

 

 

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

 

 

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” — John Lennon

 

 

 

“I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.” — Tony Robbins

 

 

“I have a simple philosophy: Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches.” — Alice Roosevelt Longworth

 

 

“I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.” — Oscar Wilde

 

 

“Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

“A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.” — James Allen

 

 

“Live simply so others may simply live.” — Mother Teresa

 

 

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” — Henry David Thoreau

 

 

“In my beginning is my end.” – T.S. Eliot
“Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.” — Dr. Seuss

 

 

“To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of mankind – this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for.” Henry Van Dyke

 

 

“A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.” — The Wizard of Oz

 

 

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Inspirational Quotes

 

 

 

Quotes motivate, inspire, encourage, and allow you to reflect on different perspectives of life. Quotes can inspire your heart, motivate your mind, and enrich your soul.   Reading a quote may encourage you to pursue your dreams, empower you to achieve your goals, or help you overcome your fears. Also, by reflecting on quotes, you may be inspired to examine your life, deepen your faith, and focus on the positives in your life. The great thing about quotes is that they can be those brief but powerful daily inspirations that give you the encouragement to control the direction and destiny of your life.

 

Below is our collection of inspiring quotes to provide motivation, inspiration, and encouragement to you. They are about life, self-discovery, personal growth, and relationships. These quotes are uplifting to the heart, soul, and mind. Take a few moments to read some and slowly savor the valuable wisdom they offer. Reflect on the deep meaning and how it may apply to your life. Lastly, share your favorites with family and friends.

 

 
“There are chapters in every life which are seldom read and certainly not aloud.” – Carol Shields
 

 

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” – T.S. Eliot

 

  
“You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny.  The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.” – Irene C. Kassorla
 

 

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jimmy V

 

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” — John W. Gardner

 

 

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” — George Bernard Shaw

 

 

“Where you end up isn’t the most important thing. It’s the road you take to get there. The road you take is what you’ll look back on and call your life.” – Tim Wiley

 

 

“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” — Emily Dickinson

 

 

“The most important things in life aren’t things.” — Anthony J. D’Angelo

 

 

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” -Louisa May Alcott

 

 

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” Buddha

 

 

“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” George A. Sheehan

 

 

“In the end, we are all separate: our stories, no matter how similar, come to a fork and diverge. We are drawn to each other because of our similarities, but it is our differences we must learn to respect.”

 

 

“If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.” – Jimmy V

 

 

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” Buddha

 

 

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson

 

 

“You can gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.” – Nelson Mandela

 

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

 

 

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” — Henry David Thoreau

 

 

“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” — Kalu Kalu

 

 
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”  – Confucius

 

 

“All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.”  – Johann von Goethe
 

“The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.” — Oscar Wilde

 

 

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
– George Eliot

 

 

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” Pericles

 

 

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

 

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Inspiration is the action or power of stimulating the mind or emotions of someone to a high level of feeling or activity in order to make them want to do something. You can become inspired by people, places, situations, poems, quotes, music, or in various other ways. Also, you can inspire others by your actions, words, music, art, and in others ways you express yourself.

 

Inspiration is an essential piece to all of our lives. We not only need inspiration to help set us on our way to reaching our goals, but also in our daily lives. Daily inspiration gives us that emotional boost that makes us feel good and motivates us to achieve more.  

 

Our Inspiration section has inspirational poems, quotes, music, messages, and stories to encourage and inspire you to do more or become more. We also offer tips on finding inspiration in other activities such as taking a walk in nature, taking photographs of scenes that look beautiful to you, writing a bucket list, or playing with young children. There are numerous possibilities in finding inspiration through the resources on this site and the web, as well as out in the world. We encourage you to look for as many possibilities as you can find, and when you do find them share them with others. Inspiration can go a long way.

 

 

 

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Inspirational Poems

 

 

 

The Man Who Thinks He Can
by Walter D. Wintle

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t;
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,
For out in the word we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will,
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outcasted, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.

 

 

 

 

Solitude

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;

Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all,—
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life’s gall.

Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a large and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.

 

 

 

Still I Rise

by Maya Angelou

 

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

 

 

 

Invictus

By William Ernest Henley

 

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

 

 

 

 

Start Where You Stand

by Berton Brailey

 

Start where you stand and never mind the past,

The past won’t help you in beginning new,
If you have left it all behind at last
Why, that’s enough, you’re done with it, you’re through;
This is another chapter in the book,
This is another race that you have planned,
Don’t give the vanished days a backward look,
Start where you stand.

The world won’t care about your old defeats
If you can start anew and win success,
The future is your time, and time is fleet
And there is much of work and strain and stress;
Forget the buried woes and dead despairs,
Here is a brand new trial right at hand,
The future is for him who does and dares

Start where you stand.

Old failures will not halt, old triumphs aid,
To-day’s the thing, to-morrow soon will be;
Get in the fight and face it unafraid,
And leave the past to ancient history;
What has been, has been; yesterday is dead
And by it you are neither blessed nor banned,
Take courage, man, be brave and drive ahead,
Start where you stand.

 

 

 

It Couldn’t be Done

By Edgar Guest

 

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But, he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.

 

So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, as he did it.

 

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one we know has done it”;
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.

 

With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

 

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.

 

But just buckle right in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That cannot be done, and you’ll do it

 

 

 

What I Want
By Unknown

I Am Powerful!
Whatever I set my mind on having, I will have.
Whatever I decide to be, I will be.
The evidence is all around me.
The power of my Will has brought me precisely to where
I am right now.

I have made the choices. I have held the thoughts.
I have taken the actions to create my current reality.
And I have the power to change it into whatever I want it to be.
With the choices I make, I am constantly fulfilling the vision I have for my life.
If that does not seem to be the case –
Then I am deceiving myself about what I really want.
Because what I really, truly want, I will get!

What I truly wanted in the past, I already have.

If I want to build a billion-dollar business, I will take the actions necessary to do it.
If I want to sit comfortably watching TV night after night –
I will take the actions necessary for that.
Don’t be disappointed in my results –
they’re just the outward manifestation of my priorities.
I will be sure of what I truly want,
because I am sure to get it!

 

 

 

The Art of Start

by Charles Ghigna

 

Don’t search for inspiration when
You have a task to do;
Just start your work and you will see
That it will soon find you.

 

 

 

A Smile

Author Unknown

 

A smile costs nothing, but gives much-
It takes but a moment, but the memory of it usually lasts forever.
None are so rich that can get along without it-
And none are so poor but that can be made rich by it.

 

It enriches those who receive, without making poor those who give-
It creates sunshine in the home,
Fosters good will in business,
And is the best antidote for trouble-
And yet it cannot be begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is of no value
Unless it is given away.

 

Some people are too busy to give you a smile-
Give them one of yours-
For the good Lord knows that no one needs a smile so badly
As he or she who has no more smiles left to give.

 

 

 

If I Knew You & You Knew Me

By Nixon Waterman

 

If I knew you and you knew me,
If both of us could clearly see,
And with an inner sight divine,
The meaning of your heart and mine,
I’m sure that we would differ less,
And clasp our hands in friendliness;
Our thoughts would pleasantly agree,
If I knew you and you knew me.

 

 

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If

by Rudyard Kipling

 

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

 

 

 

If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking

by Emily Dickinson

 

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.

 

 

 

Hope Is The Thing With Feathers

by Emily Dickinson

 

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune–without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

 

 

 

Barter

by Sara Teasdale

 

Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children’s faces looking up
Holding wonder like a cup.

Life has loveliness to sell,
Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit’s still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.

Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.

 

 

Allow Yourself

by Catherine Pulsifer



Allow yourself to dream,
And when you do dream big

Allow yourself to learn
And when you do learn all you can

Allow yourself to laugh
And when you do share your laughter

Allow yourself to set goals
And when you do reward yourself as you move forward

Allow yourself to be determined
And when you do you will find you will succeed

Allow yourself to believe in yourself
And when you do you will find self confidence

Allow yourself to lend a helping hand
And when you do a hand will help you.

Allow yourself relaxation
And when you do you will find new ideas.

Allow yourself love
And when you do you will find love in return

Allow yourself to be happy
And when you do you will influence others around you.

Allow yourself to be positive
And when you do life will get easier.

 

 

What Might Have Been

By Hazel Lee



I held a moment in my hand,
Brilliant as a star,
Fragile as a flower,
A shiny silver out of one hour.
I dropped it carelessly.
Oh God! I knew not
I held opportunity.

 

 

Daffodils

by William Wordsworth

 

I wandered lonely as a cloud
   That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
   A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
   And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
   Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
   Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A Poet could not but be gay,
   In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
   In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
   Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

 

 

 

Footprints

Frothy waves stretch to kiss toes

Hikers plodding sandy coasts

Leaving imprints on the shore

 

Who journeyed here, perhaps this morn

As the orange orb created dawn

Summoning sun worshipers

 

Footprints far too large to fill

Descended down the shell-strewn hill

Then hugged the waves’ low tide

 

The retirement community

Sends scouts here daily just to see

If the sands of time still wait

 

Alas, they do, imprints remain

Sacrificed to sea when evening tide returns again

 

 

Their legacies erased each day

Another scout, another age

Will surely cast its prints anew

 

 

Ode to Googlebot

By Will Edwards

 

Oh Googlebot though art quick !
The invisible spider
that crawls in the night,
through the howling scorn,

 

Hath (finally) found my bed
of blue and orange joy.
And his dark secrets found
doth now life bestow.

 

 

 

Dreams

by Langston Hughes

 

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

 

 

 

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The Road Not Taken

by Robert Frost 

 

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference

 

The Invitation

By Oriah Mountain Dreamer

 

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for,
And if you dare to dream of meeting
Your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
For love, for your dream,
For the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon.
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow,
If you have been opened by life’s betrayals,
Or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain,
Mine or your own,
Without moving
To hide it or fade it or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy,
Mine or your own,
If you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
Without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic,
or to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself,
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.
I want to know if you can be faithless and therefore be trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty
Even when it is not pretty every day,
And if you can source your life
From its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure,
Yours and mine,
And still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes!”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair,
Weary and bruised to the bone,
And do what needs to be done for the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you are, how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
In the center of the fire with me
And not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
From the inside
When all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
With yourself,
And if you truly like the company you keep
In the empty moments.

 

 

 

The Serenity Prayer

By Reinhold Neibuhr

God grant that I might have

The courage to change the things I can,

The serenity to accept the things I cannot,

And the wisdom to know the difference

 

 

 

 

Look Well to This Day

Anonymous, 50 B.C.

 

Look well to this day,
For it and it alone is life.
In its brief course
Lie all the essence of your existence:

The Glory of Growth
The Satisfaction of Achievement
The Splendor of Beauty

For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is but a vision.
But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

 

 

 

Compassion

By WingMakers

 

Angels must be confused by war. Both sides praying for protection, yet someone always gets hurt. Someone dies. Someone cries so deep they lose their watery state. Angels must be confused by war. Who can they help? Who can they clarify? Whose mercy do they cast to the merciless? No modest scream can be heard. No stainless pain can be felt. All is clear to angels except in war.   When I awoke to this truth, it was from a dream I had last night. I saw two angels conversing in a field of children’s spirits rising like silver smoke. The angels were fighting among themselves about which side was right, and which was wrong. Who started the conflict?   Suddenly, the angels stilled themselves like a stalled pendulum, and they shed their compassion to the rising smoke of souls who bore the watermark of war. They turned to me with those eyes from God’s library, and all the pieces fallen were raised in unison, intertwined like the breath of flames in a holy furnace.   Nothing in war comes to destruction, but the illusion of separateness. I heard this spoken so clearly I could only write it down like a forged signature. I remember the compassion, mountainous, proportioned for the universe. I think a tiny fleck still sticks to me, like gossamer threads from a spider’s web.   And now, when I think of war, I flick these threads to all the universe, hoping they stick on others as they did me. Knitting angels and animals to the filamental grace of compassion. The reticulum of our skyward home.

 

 

Follow Your Dream

by: Amanda Bradley

Follow your dream.
Take one step at a time and don’t settle for less,
Just continue to climb.
Follow your dream.
If you stumble, don’t stop and lose sight of your goal
Press to the top.
For only on top can we see the whole view,
Can we see what we’ve done and what we can do;
Can we then have the vision to seek something new,
Press on.
Follow your dream.

 

 

 

 

Climb ‘Til Your Dream Comes True

by Helen Steiner Rice

 

Climb ‘Til Your Dream Comes True

Often your tasks will be many,
And more than you think you can do.
Often the road will be rugged
And the hills insurmountable, too.

But always remember, the hills ahead
Are never as steep as they seem,
And with Faith in your heart start upward
And climb ‘Til you reach your dream.

For nothing in life that is worthy
Is never too hard to achieve
If you have the courage to try it
And you have the Faith to believe.

For Faith is a force that is greater
Than knowledge or power or skill
And many defeats turn to triumph
If you trust in God’s wisdom and will.

For Faith is a mover of mountains.
There’s nothing that God cannot do,
So start out today with Faith in your heart
And “Climb ‘Til Your Dream Comes True” !

 

 

 

Don’t Quit

By Unknown Author

 

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit.
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns.
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out:
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems so far:
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

 

 

You Can Be Whatever You Want To Be!

by Donna Levine

 

There is inside you
All of the potential
To be whatever you want to be;
All of the energy
To do whatever you want to do.
Imagine yourself as you would like to be,
Doing what you want to do,
And each day, take one step
Towards your dream.
And though at times it may seem too
difficult to continue,
Hold on to your dream.
One morning you will awake to find
That you are the person you dreamed of,
Doing what you wanted to do,
Simply because you had the courage
To believe in your potential
And to hold on to your dream.

 

 

Psalm Of Life

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

 

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

 

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.

 

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

 

In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

 

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,— act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!

 

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

 

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing over life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

 

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

 

 

 

What I Want
By Unknown

I Am Powerful!
Whatever I set my mind on having, I will have.
Whatever I decide to be, I will be.
The evidence is all around me.
The power of my Will has brought me precisely to where
I am right now.

I have made the choices. I have held the thoughts.
I have taken the actions to create my current reality.
And I have the power to change it into whatever I want it to be.
With the choices I make, I am constantly fulfilling the vision I have for my life.
If that does not seem to be the case –
Then I am deceiving myself about what I really want.
Because what I really, truly want, I will get!

What I truly wanted in the past, I already have.

If I want to build a billion-dollar business, I will take the actions necessary to do it.
If I want to sit comfortably watching TV night after night –
I will take the actions necessary for that.
Don’t be disappointed in my results –
they’re just the outward manifestation of my priorities.
I will be sure of what I truly want,
because I am sure to get it!

 

 
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Poetry is written to inspire, motivate, and encourage you. Poems can say for you the things you often think or feel. They give you a perspective on life and open your heart to that which you may have forgotten. They allow you to reflect on the things that are most important in life. With poems, you are able to contemplate and meditate on the personal meaning and connection to you and your life. Ultimately, they can give you the encouragement to control the direction and destiny of your life.

 

Below is a collection of powerful poems and verses to provide motivation, inspiration, and encouragement. They are inspirational poems about life and relationships. These inspiring poems are uplifting to the heart, soul, and mind. Take a few moments to leisurely read these short poems. Slowly savor and appreciate the valuable wisdom shared by the author. Reflect on the deep meaning and how it may apply to your life. And share the poems and verses with family and friends.

 

 

 

Our Deepest Fear
By Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

 

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

 

Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

 

We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.

 

It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.

 

And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

 

 

 

O Me! O Life!

by Walt Whitman

O Me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring;  

Of the endless trains of the faithless—of cities fill’d with the foolish;  

Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)  

Of eyes that vainly crave the light—of the objects mean—of the struggle ever renew’d;  

Of the poor results of all—of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me;

Of the empty and useless years of the rest—with the rest me intertwined;

The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?

 

Answer.

 

That you are here—that life exists, and identity;  

That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.

 

 

 

 

Hidden Mystery
By Fred Burks

In the deepest depths of you and me
In the deepest depths of we
Lies the most beautiful jewel
Shining forth eternally

Within that precious jewel
Within that priceless piece of we
Lies a time beyond all time
Lies a place beyond all space

Within that sacred source of radiance
Lies a love beyond all love
Waiting
          Waiting
                    Waiting
Ever so patiently

Waiting for you, waiting for me
Waiting patiently for all to see
The beauty that is you inside of me
The beauty that is me inside of thee

In the deepest depths of you and me
In the deepest depths of we
Lies the love and wisdom
Of all Eternity

 

 

 

Embracing All
Author Unknown

Light that lies deep inside of me
Come forth in all thy majesty
Show me thy gaze
Teach me thy ways
That I a better person may be

Darkness that lies deep inside of me
Come forth in all thy mystery
Show me thy gaze
Teach me thy ways
That I a better person may be

Love that lies deep inside of me
Come forth in all thy unity
Let me be thy gaze
Let me teach thy ways
That I a better person may be

 

 

 

Change Your World

by Brian Tracy

You cannot change the world,
But you can present the world with one improved person –
Yourself.
You can go to work on yourself to make yourself
Into the kind of person you admire and respect.
You can become a role model and set a standard for others.
You can control and discipline yourself to resist acting
Or speaking in a negative way
Toward anyone for any reason.
You can insist upon always doing things the loving way,
Rather than the hurtful way.
By doing these things each day,
You can continue on your journey
Toward becoming an exceptional human being.

 

 

Success

by: Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty,
To find the best in others,
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
A garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

 

 

Things Work Out

by Edgar A. Guest

Because it rains when we wish it wouldn’t,
Because men do what they often shouldn’t,
Because crops fail, and plans go wrong-
Some of us grumble all day long.
But somehow, in spite of the care and doubt,
It seems at last that things work out.

 

Because we lose where we hoped to gain,
Because we suffer a little pain,
Because we must work when we’d like to play-
Some of us whimper along life’s way.
But somehow, as day always follows the night,
Most of our troubles work out all right.

 

Because we cannot forever smile,
Because we must trudge in the dust awhile,
Because we think that the way is long-
Some of us whimper that life’s all wrong.
But somehow we live and our sky grows bright,
And everything seems to work out all right.

 

So bend to your trouble and meet your care,
For the clouds must break, and the sky grow fair.
Let the rain come down, as it must and will,
But keep on working and hoping still.
For in spite of the grumblers who stand about,
Somehow, it seems, all things work out.

 

 

 

Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May

by Robert Herrick

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.

 

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he’s to setting.

 

That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.

 

Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may, go marry:
For having lost but once your prime,
You may for ever tarry.

 

 

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