How To Gain Inspiration From Quotes

Thought of the day from Oval Station

Ever since I’ve been a fan of inspirational quotes I’ve discovered that they keep me focused. Quotes are used to encompass lessons that have actually changed people’s lives which are then written to inspire or lift us.

Where to find them

  • On postcards


  • On T-shirts


  • Tattooed on the body


  • On mugs


Quotes on London underground


London underground

  • On display boards on London underground


  • On the web


‘If you want to fly you have to give up the stuff that weighs you down’ – Toni Morrison

  • On posters


  • On table-mats

Why quotes might motivate us

They reinforce situations you might be experiencing, for example, the late Nelson Mandela wrote many quotes based on the experiences he went through during those challenging days in prison. 

Affirm what we already know.

Quotes are personally uplifting and satisfying.

My favourite quote is “Live in the moment”

This means living for today without worrying about tomorrow.

Perhaps you feel like accomplishing more or maybe execute certain goals. Reading inspirational quotes will hopefully lift you by living and breathing words.

If you often travel on the tube in London or where ever you are, you might have stumbled upon some eye-catching quotes or thoughts of the day. Some words stay with us, while some just go over our head. Here are a couple of quotes to aspire to and hopefully stay with you for a while. Here are some of the many words of wisdom were written by the late Nelson Mandela:

‘There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats its children.’ – Nelson Mandela

‘I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.’- Nelson Mandela

‘It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.’ – Nelson Mandela

‘There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desire.’ – Nelson Mandela

What’s your favourite quote? Be sure to share it in the comment box.

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12 Responses to “How To Gain Inspiration From Quotes”

  1. Carol Kubota August 23, 2017 at 11:44 pm #

    I love your ideas about quotes. I always try to start my blog entries with a quote.
    Thank you so much for sharing your ideas.

    • Bola Akande August 25, 2017 at 9:30 am #

      Starting your blog entries with a quote is a great idea.

  2. Doreen Pendgracs August 24, 2017 at 1:28 am #

    Hi Bola. Great selection of quotes. I think my fav life quote is “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.”

    • Bola Akande August 25, 2017 at 9:29 am #

      Thanks Doreen. I believe we must strive to live a fulfilled life and not waist it.

  3. Phoenicia August 25, 2017 at 12:21 am #

    Encouraging article Bola! A Facebook friend posts a quote for the day left outside her local station. It must be rather uplifting to read this first thing in the morning.

    I have come across so many wonderful quotes but the one that stuck with me was said by the great Nelson Mandela;
    “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 tat 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 is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not 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.”

    • Bola Akande August 25, 2017 at 9:27 am #

      Reading your quote this morning is quite uplifting and this is the beauty of them. I certainly believe that we mustn’t play small. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. RoseMary Griffith August 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm #

    Wondeful quotes–there are so many brilliant people saying inspirational things! My favorite is Anne Morrow Lindbergh–among my most favorite writers. “Surrender yourself to the moments as they pass and you more richly live those moments.” I read that decades ago, but in this day of everyone being face down into their phones, it means even more.

    • Bola Akande August 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

      We really should try to live in the moment and grab every opportunity. People being face down into their phones means they loose sight of things. Good quote.

  5. c August 27, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    The ones on the boards in the London Underground are quite interesting. Who writes them there?

    • Bola Akande August 30, 2017 at 3:43 pm #

      I discovered that a member of staff writes these quotes on behalf of their team.

  6. Donna Merrill October 17, 2017 at 8:03 am #

    Hey Bola,

    AN interesting read. I love getting motivational, I ma multiple apps that deliver quotes daily morning as I need motivation to rise up and work on daily basis, so I very much familiar with motivational quotes.

    ~ Donna

    • Bola Akande October 18, 2017 at 8:58 pm #

      Motivational quotes help us get by.

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