18 Quotes That Will Improve Your Day

Feeling uninspired? Here's some pick-me-ups from history's heroes

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With the world outside looking like a used ashtray, you'd be forgiven for feeling a little uninspired.

Luckily, history is littered with great men and women who transcended the drudgery of ashen autumn and winter months to offer up a little inspiring wisdom and advice.

Here's 17 of our favourites. Read them. Mull them over. Take them to heart. Then get out there and show 'em who's boss.


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"I want my kids to have a deep, inner feeling that it’s alright to be happy, that you don’t have to be constantly manufacturing problems that you don’t really have."
– Jack Nicholson

"I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse."
– Florence Nightingale

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so go explore, dream, discover."
– Mark Twain

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"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

“A kind of second childhood falls on so many men. And I have searched myself for this possibility with a kind of horror. For I have always lived violently, drunk hugely, eaten too much or not at all, slept around the clock or missed two nights of sleeping, worked too hard and too long in glory, or slobbed for a time in utter laziness. I've lifted, pulled, chopped, climbed, made love with joy and taken my hangovers as a consequence, not as a punishment. I did not want to surrender fierceness for a small gain in yardage. My wife married a man; I saw no reason why she should inherit a baby.”
– John Steinbeck

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."
– Benjamin Franklin

"It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings."
– Ann Landers

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."
– Henry Ford

“Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”
– Winston Churchill

"The best way out is always through.”
– Robert Frost

"The past is prologue."
– William Shakespeare


"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it."
– Groucho Marx

"I have an awful lot to learn. My dream is to get better and better as I get older."
– Tony Bennett, quoted at age 88

“There is one rule, above all others, for being a man. Whatever comes, face it on your feet.”
– Robert Jordan

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
– Steve Jobs


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