30 Inspirational Celebrity Quotes


We often assume that celebrities are air-headed, overinflated, charmed-living individuals


who don’t have a realistic understanding of the world. On the contrary, though, most celebrities are passionate and determined individuals who have achieved their celebrity status through a great deal of hard work and effort. For a little inspiration, it’s often helpful to look back at some famous celebrity quotes that have been made throughout the ages. Some of these quotes are humorous. Others are pensive and dramatic. Some of the quotes are made by actors. Others are made by businessmen, authors, singers, writers, or motivational speakers.

Regardless of the person to whom the quote is attributed, it’s important to pull life lessons from the words of the experienced and the celebrated. These people have lived incredible journeys of ups and downs, successes and failures. Their insights may help others navigate the trying road of success.

1. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States: “One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.”

2. Maya Angelou: “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”

3. Bradley Cooper, Actor: “I think if you live in a black-and-white world, you’re gonna suffer a lot. I used to be like that. But I don’t believe that anymore.”

4. Sam Walton, Founder of Wal-Mart Stores: “High expectations are the key to everything.”

5. Oprah Winfrey, Talk Show Host and Celebrity Personality: “Failure is a great teacher and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer.”

6. Jimmy Durante: “Be nice to people on the way up, because you may meet them on the way down.”

7. Babe Ruth, Baseball Player: “Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.”

8. Sydney Poitier: “I always had the ability to say no. That’s how I called my own shots.”

9. Dwight D. Eisenhower, United States President: “Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.”

10. Jane Fonda, Actress: “It’s never too late…Never too late to start over… Never too late to be happy.”

11. Will Smith, Actor: “Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, God-like, feature that only the special among us will ever taste. It’s something that truly exists in all of us. It’s very simple. This is what I believe, and I’m willing to die for it.”

12. Neil Patrick Harris, Actor: “Sometimes you can have the smallest part in the smallest production and still have a big impact.”

13. Michael Jordan, Basketball Player: “I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot. When you think about the consequences you think of a negative result.”

14. Bill Cosby, TV Actor and Family Specialist: “Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.”

15. Peter Drucker: “People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.”

16. Kate Hudson, Actress: “Never worry about bad press; all that matters is if they spell your name right.”

17. Diana Ross, Singer: “You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.”

18. Matt Damon, Actor: “…All you have in the end is to look back and like the choices you’ve made.”

19. Johnny Depp, Actor: “If there’s any message to my work, it is ultimately that it’s OK to be different, that it’s good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgment on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different color.”

20. Raven Symone, TV Personality and Singer: “Don’t spend all of your time trying to be like someone else because you can never be them and they can never be you. ”

21. Clint Eastwood: “Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.”

22. William Edwards Deming: “If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing.”

23. Beyonce Knowles, Singer: “Whenever I feel bad, I use that feeling to motivate me to work harder. I only allow myself one day to feel sorry for myself. When I’m not feeling my best I ask myself, ‘What are you gonna do about it?’ I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me.”

24. Nora Roberts, Author: “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”

25. Zig Ziglar, Inspirational Writer and Speaker: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.”

26. Vivica A. Fox, Actress: “A great figure or physique is nice, but it’s self-confidence that makes someone really sexy.”

27. Mark Twain, American Author: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the things you did do.”

28. Norman Vincent Peale: “Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty hearts and empty heads can do that.”

29. Sylvester Stallone, Actor: “The winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts.”

30. John Wayne, Actor: “Life’s tough, but it’s tougher when you’re stupid.”

These are just a few inspirational quotes that may provide guidance and motivation to those who are preparing to travel their own journey of self-actualization.

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