Get inspired to be a better, happier, more productive person with these short inspirational quotes from comedians, philosophers, authors, and celebrities.

1. “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
—The Dalai Lama

Perseverance is something the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet has been practicing since 1959 when he was forced to flee his country.

2. “We either make ourselves miserable or make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”
—Carlos Castenada

This American author was intrigued by mystical approaches to self-improvement.

3. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

Teacher, reformer, advisor, philosopher, and prophet: Confucius is considered one of the most influential individuals in human history.

4. “A positive attitude won’t solve all your problems—but it will annoy enough people to make it worth it.”
 —Herm Albright

An Army man, Albright became a Brigadier general in World War I.

5. “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
 ―Friedrich Nietzsche

Not bad advice from the philosopher known for his nihilism.

6. “You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.”
—Eleanor Roosevelt

The former First Lady went from a shy and awkward child to a diplomat, activist, role model, and United Nations spokeswoman.

7. “People who wonder if the glass is half empty or half full are missing the point. The point is that the glass is refillable!”
—Simon Sinek

Sinek is an entrepreneur, TED Talk phenomenon, and eternal optimist.

8. “Not every day is good but there is something good in every day.”
—Alice Morse Earl

This American historian nearly drowned in 1909 when the ship taking her to Egypt sank off Nantucket. If she was able to find something good in that day (surviving, perhaps?), then everyone can look for the positive.

9. “You’re only given a little spark of madness, you mustn’t lose it.”
—Robin Williams

By embracing his inner muse, Williams—an outstanding comic and actor—was able to bring joy and tears to millions.

10. “Whenever I hear somebody sigh ‘Life is hard’ I’m always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’”
—Sydney Harris

A syndicated columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and a best-selling book author, Harris was a philosophy major and good friends with novelist Saul Bellow; in other words, he had a deep understanding of the human condition.



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