Inspirational Quotes for Living a Joyful and Fulfilling Life

by Michelle Salater on November 1, 2010

Do you ever find difficulty in overcoming life’s curve balls? I think we all do at some point, which is why the Sumèr team has comprised some of our favorite quotes to help us achieve our goals and rise above obstacles thrown our way.

See below for quotes that inspire us:

Michelle Salater’s Favorite Quotes

“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour—his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear—is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle—victorious.” Vince Lombardi

Why this quote inspires me: This quote comes from Vince Lombardi’s speech “What It Takes To Be #1,” which is one of the most powerful speeches I’ve ever heard. Coach Lombardi understood what it took to excel in life, and what was needed for someone to become a true leader and demand greatness of those around him. I want to win in life. I want to be victorious. And right before I die, I want to look back over everything I’ve done in my life and know that I did the best I could. And I want to end each day—right before I drift off to sleep—feeling that I’ve given everything I could that day, that I tried my best, that I did what needed to be done.

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”Vince Lombardi

Why this quote inspires me: I’ve learned that failure is really not failure at all. It’s only failure when you don’t learn from your mistakes. When I get knocked down, I get back up and try again. And when I get knocked down again, I get back up again. It’s not easy, and sometimes the fall really hurts, but this quote reminds me that my life won’t be measured by how many times I get knocked to the ground, but what I do with the lessons I’ve learned.

Michelle Lee’s Favorite Quote

“Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.”—Madeline Bridges

Why this quote inspires me: It’s always hard for me to pick one favorite of anything, but this quote has always stood out to me and is a great reminder to always put forth your best efforts, no matter what. It’s a lesson I teach my daughters as well, and is also an extension of the Golden Rule: Stay true to yourself, treat people with respect, and always do your best. In doing so, you will be blessed.

Britt’s Favorite Quote

“Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.”—Edith Wharton

Why this quote inspires me: This quote inspires me to challenge myself and reach for my goals and dreams, even if I might fall doing so. The person who casually strolls through life will never achieve anything greater than average. And the person who walks the tightrope will achieve victory and never settle for anything less than great. That’s how I want to live.

Penny’s Favorite Quotes

“God grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,

And wisdom to know the difference.”—The Serenity Prayer

“Let Go and Let God

Easy Does It

Live and Let Live

First Things First

One Day at a Time

Keep It Simple

Think

Listen and Learn”—The Slogans of Al-Anon

Why these quotes inspire me: These two reminder pieces enable me to enjoy each day with less stress. When I remember that there are some things in life that I cannot change, I can move on to handle the rest. Even smaller details seem to work out faster. Of course, the hard part is distinguishing the difference.

Melody’s Favorite Quote

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” –Author unknown

Why this quote inspires me: I enjoy this quote because it reminds me to get out, live, see, and do. Working from home makes it very easy to become a hermit. I make it a point to get out of the house and smell the roses. I live in the foothills near Denver, so I have a lot of options of places to go.

What is your favorite inspirational quote and why?

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