We all have times when we’re feeling maudlin and sorry for ourselves, and sometimes listening to another person’s wise words helps to kick us out of our funk. Therefore, here are ten quotes to inspire you and get you off your ass.

1. Audrey Hepburn

‘For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.’

2. Lady GaGa


‘I had a boyfriend who told me I’d never succeed, never be nominated for a Grammy, never have a hit song, and that he hoped I’d fail. I said to him, “Someday, when we’re not together, you won’t be able to order a cup of coffee at the fucking deli without hearing or seeing me”.’

3. Rose McGowan

‘I still say I can do whatever I want as long as I’m not hurting anybody else. I don’t understand why more people aren’t like that.’

4. Dan Scott, One Tree Hill




‘Choosing the right path is never easy. It’s a decision we make with only our hearts to guide us.’

5. Dale Carnegie

‘Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.’

6. Griff, Legend of the Seeker


‘If you want something to stand, you have to let it fall.’

7. Reba McEntire


‘Be different, stand out and work your butt off.’

8. Taylor Swift


‘There are two ways you can [deal] with it if you are bullied. You can let it destroy you, or you can use it as fuel to drive you: to dream bigger, work harder. I wasn’t invited to parties and I look back now and I’m so thankful that I was at home playing guitar until my fingers bled.’

9. Adam Braverman, Parenthood


‘Life will knock you down more times than you can possibly imagine. Don’t knock yourself down. Don’t avoid feeling embarrassed because you’re afraid something’s not gonna go well.’

10. Demi Lovato


‘Love is louder than the pressure to be perfect.’

Note: This article was originally published on the now-defunct Heart of Glass magazine.