Thoughts are like organisms.
They have distinct characteristics that can effect our mood, influence our behavior, and multiply to take on a life of their own.
The more potent a thought is, the more it seems to repeat itself in our mind throughout the day.1
The microorganisms that govern our mood and behavior require a certain balance in order to maintain health, otherwise, we get sick. We may even take probiotic supplements, and eat certain foods, to ensure that we have the right balance of bacteria in our system.
Similarly, we want to try and have the right types of thoughts in our mind to ensure a healthy psyche. By reading positive quotes and ideas, we can bring a more positive and expansive mindset into our lives.
What follows are ideas from some of the greatest minds of all time, about truth, kindness, altruism, and chasing your dreams.
Here are 32 inspirational thoughts for the day…
Inspirational Thoughts About Altruism
We would all love to be more selfless. There are obvious benefits in helping others, from reciprocity to being aligned with our values to simply feeling good. Unfortunately, in the midst of day to day life, stress and competition can make it easy to forget how important it is to be altruistic. The following inspirational quotes can serve to remind us as to why altruism is so important.
“When you are able to shift your inner awareness to how you can serve others, and when you make this the central focus of your life, you will then be in a position to know true miracles in your progress toward prosperity.”
– Wayne Dyer
“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”3
– Kahlil Gibran
“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.”
– Brian Tracy
“A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.”
– Charles Dickens
“Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish. Let us understand what our own selfish genes are up to, because we may then at least have the chance to upset their designs, something that no other species has ever aspired to do.”
– Richard Dawkins
Inspirational Thoughts About Kindness
From stoicism to Buddhism to Christianity, all the world’s great religions and philosophies have emphasized the importance of kindness. These thoughts, by some of the greatest teachers of compassion and kindness in the world, can inspire us to extend that attitude to our work and personal lives.
“One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.”
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
– Dalai Lama XIV
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
– Lao Tzu
“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”
– Og Mandingo
“When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people.”
– Abraham Joshua Heschel
Inspirational Thoughts About Chasing your Dreams
We don’t always have people in our lives who can inspire us to follow our dreams. Fortunately, we can reflect on the wise words of others, and these ideas can serve as teachers that motivate us to chase after our goals and desires.
“I found that every single successful person I’ve ever spoken to had a turning point and the turning point was where they made a clear, specific, unequivocal decision that they were not going to live like this anymore. Some people make that decision at 15 and some people make it at 50 and most never make it at all.”
– Brian Tracy
“You get older and you learn there is one sentence, just four words long, and if you can say it to yourself it offers more comfort than almost any other. It goes like this: At least I tried.”
– Ann Brashares
“You have to chase your dreams, no matter what. The impossible just takes a little longer. One stroke at a time, one step at a time, the impossible is easy to achieve.”
– Tori Murden
“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”
– Lao Tzu
“Don’t keep your dreams in your eyes, they may fall as tears. Keep them in your heart so that every heartbeat may remind you to convert them into reality.”
– Nishan Panway
Inspirational Thoughts About Taking Control
Everybody wants to feel in control. As humans, it’s natural that we want to move toward a feeling of autonomy. However, there are certain times in our life, when we don’t get to choose what happens. It’s tough to know when to accept your circumstances, and when to take the reigns and make a concerted effort to influence your life. The following quotes can help us stay grounded and draw strength when we need to decide to be responsible for our experience.
“Control your thoughts. Decide about that which you will think and concentrate upon. You are in charge of your life to the degree you take charge of your thoughts.”
– Earl Nightingale
“You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”
– Napoleon Hill
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.”
– Simone de Beauvoir
“Don’t settle. Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it.”
– Chris Brogan
Inspirational Thoughts On Truth
Truth can be a confusing topic. Fortunately, it’s one that has been explored for thousands of years, often by people with a lot more time on their hands than you and I. The following inspirational thoughts can both challenge and reinforce what we already believe, and provide us new insights for personal development.
“Our biggest fear is not in expressing the truth but that we will be attacked or belittled because of our truth.”
– Kelli Wilson
“In essence, you are neither inferior nor superior to anyone. True self-esteem and true humility arise out of that realization. In the eyes of the ego, self-esteem and humility are contradictory. In truth, they are one and the same.”
– Eckhart Tolle
“Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.”
– Gautama Buddha
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.
“The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with joy are goodness, beauty, and truth.”
– Albert Einstein