Inspiration can be drawn from many things; we can be inspired by something as simple as waking up to sunshine on a winter’s morning.

But sometimes we need a little more in the way of motivation to remind us to keep going.

Here are some of our favourite inspirational and motivational quotes from over the years to give you that little extra push when you’re doubting your capabilities.

1. Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. – Carol Burnett

Despite a traumatic childhood, Burnett went on to become a star of US stage and screen for more than five decades.

2. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius

Confucius was a well respected Chinese philosopher and political figure whose ideology heavily influenced East Asian culture.

3. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. – Mark Twain

America’s most famous literary icon, Twain wrote internationally acclaimed novels as well as being a lecturer, publisher and entrepreneur.

4. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas A Edison

The American businessman, who is considered their greatest inventor, was a huge influence in the industrial revolution.

5. The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty – Winston Churchill

The British Prime Minister throughout WW2 and then again during the 1950s.

Churchill is often described as one of the greatest Britons to have ever lived.

6. You learn more from failure than from success. Don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character. – Unknown

Many motivational quotes cannot be attributed to the author, but nonetheless are still as effective.

7. If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you. – Steve Jobs

Entrepreneur and Founder of the iconic brand of Apple; Jobs was considered a genius of creativity and vision.

8. Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. – Helen Keller

Despite being both deaf and blind, Keller overcame adversity to become a political activist and author.

9. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say thank you to everyone you meet for everything they do for you. – Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy is an internationally renowned life coach.

10. I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time. – Michael Phelps

The most decorated Olympian of all time, Phelps has won no less than 28 medals in his swimming career.

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