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A Friday of Phrases: Motivation and Inspirational Quotes

It is back! A brand new edition of Friday of Phrases! I have continued to get requests from readers to make this a regular installment, so I have decided to do it at least once per month—maybe more. 🙂

For this edition, I have decided to showcase some of my most favorite quotes from the lecture series that I attended that featured author and rap artist Common, as well as additional inspirational quotes. Enjoy!



Quotes from Common:


Work is love made visible.


Turn obstacles into possibles.”


Challenges are gems to us: they help us to be stronger and better people.”


Love is the greatest antidote for anything that’s negative.”


Being true to who you are is the most important part. Some people may get it, some people may not. As long as you love what you do, it’s ok.



Now, here are some additional inspirational quotes from others:



It’s important to tap into your uniqueness. I encourage people to embrace whatever it is that makes them different. Not being like everybody, setting your own trends, being your own person. That’s what makes you cool.

~Entertainer LaLa Anthony



Do the one thing that you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the wire.”

~Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey



People are not after your joy or happiness, just simply after your energy, which gives them access to your power. Don’t give them any!!

~Singer Mary J. Blige



“I have needed help before, so what a gift it is to me to be able to pass that on, that helping hand on to somebody else. By helping someone else, how fulfilling and satisfying it can be, to know that you’re doing something to make somebody else’s world a little bit better.”

~Cook and Restaurateur Paula Deen



“If you have an idea and you’re willing to work like crazy and deal with all the frustrations and setbacks, go for it and don’t look back. You may not succeed, but you won’t regret it. And when you start your next journey, you’ll be stronger and smarter for it.”

~New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg




Do you have any special quotes that inspire you? Feel free to share below or tell me about them at: melisasource@yahoo.com



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Quotes really lifted my spirits….

Makeba Giles
Reply to  selina

Greetings: I am so glad that these quotes helped to lift your spirits! I truly appreciate you sharing that and feel free to stop by anytime! ~Thanks again! 🙂

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