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21 quotes to inspire you to make a difference

Looking for some inspiration?

21 quotes to inspire you to make a difference


Whether you’re looking for a dose of inspiration, a nudge to help you move on or something to spark your thinking, the words of others can usually help.


Continuing to celebrate our 21st birthday and our 21 theme for the year, we’ve compiled 21 quotes, linked to the Go MAD® Results Framework.

You don’t have to agree with every quote, just see where your thinking takes you.


Here’s a bonus quote to get us started:

"Create the highest, greatest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe."

Oprah Winfrey


Reason why

"Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks."

Johann Gottfried Von Herder


"If you get the why and the what sorted, the how is easy." 

Go MAD Thinking


"A person can bear any what, if they have a big enough reason why. He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how." 

Frederick Nietsche


Define Goal


"If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one."

Dolly Parton


"We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better."

J.K. Rowling 


"Goals give you a compass in order to direct your path through life. Goals focus your thoughts and actions on areas that have precise purpose and meaning."

Catherine Pulsifer


Possibilities and Priorities


"It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all."

Edward de Bono



"Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have."

Emile Chartier


"Our goals can only be reached through the vehicle of a plan in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success."

Pablo Picasso




"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

Eleanor Roosevelt


"The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice." 

Peggy O'Mara


"Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is! "

Anne Frank.


Involve others

"Intelligence is not the ability to store information, but to know where to find it."

Albert Einstein


"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." 

Helen Keller


"Get around people who have something of value to share with you. Their impact will continue to have a significant effect on your life long after they have departed." 

Jim Rohn


Personal responsibility

"When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful." 

Malala Yousafzai



"One’s philosophy is not the best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility." 

Eleanor Roosevelt


"You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame." 

Erica Jong.


Take Action & Measure Results

"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."

Abraham Lincoln


"You’ll never discover new oceans unless you have the courage to leave the shore."

André Gide


"I used to want the words ‘She tried’ on my tombstone. Now I want ‘She did it’."

Katherine Dunham


To help you with your thinking about things you might want to achieve, take a look at these questions

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