Inspiring quotes and books of quotes

“If you want to live an inspired life, an excellent way to begin is to take time each day to fill your mind with ‘inspirational input’ - what I like to think of as 'caffeine for the soul’.”

Michael Neill

I use a lot of quotes in my Inspire newsletter and in the training material that I write and people often ask me where I get my quotes. I have built up a file of quotes that I have categorised that is over 120 pages long!!

There are many sites on the internet where you can look up quotes. I receive a daily quote from Sign up if you would like to get a daily fix of inspiration or to build up your own database of quotes.

Here are a few books of daily quotes that I would recommend:

First Things First Every Day: because where you are headed is more important that how fast you you’re going.
Stephen R Covey. Fireside 1997.
This is based on his book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ and has page references back to this book.

“It is easy to say ‘no’ when there’s a deeper ‘yes’ burning inside.”

“Consult the wisdom of your heart, as well as your mind.”

A Book of Your Own.
Anne Dickson. Quartet Books 1994.
If you have enjoyed her books on assertiveness, you will like these daily reminders to value yourself.

“Learn to distinguish between straining and stretching yourself - the former leads to injury, the latter to development.”

“When the whole situation makes you unhappy and confused, choose one thing, however small, that you would like to change.”

Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much.
Anne Wilson Schaef. Harper San Francisco 1990.
This has a daily quote and a couple of paragraphs based on it and an affirmation for each day.

Alone time: “So you see, imagination needs moodling, - long inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.”

Brenda Ueland.

Juggling projects: “We are traditionally rather proud of ourselves for having slipped creative work in there between the domestic chores and obligations. I’m not sure we deserve such a big A-pluses for all that.”

Toni Morrison.

Meditations for Men Who Do Too Much.
Jonathon Lazear. The Aquarian Press 1993. Harper SanFrancisco 1990.
This has the same format as the book above.

“I’m a study of a man in chaos in search of frenzy”

Oscar Levant.

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”

E B White

Staying on the Path.
Wayne W Dyer. Hay House 2004.
This is not a book of daily quotes but is jam packed with quotes from Wayne that are thought provoking and inspiring.

“The only antidote to anger is to eliminate the internal sentences. ‘if only you were more like I am’ and ‘if only the world were not the way it is.”

“The secret of gratitude is to stop focusing on what you do not have, and shift your consciousness to an appreciation for all that you are and all that you do have.”

When I Loved Myself Enough.
Kim McMillen with Alison McMillen. Pan Macmillan Australia.
When I first read the introduction a chill ran through my body, read it and you will know what I mean. This is a wonderful legacy to be passed onto us, and a great book for anyone with an inner critic!

“When I loved myself enough…..I learned to meet my own needs and not call it selfish.”

“When I loved myself enough…..I quit rehashing the past and worrying about the future which keeps me in the present where aliveness lives.”

More quotes will be added to this page on a quarterly basis.