Motivational and inspirational writer, Bryan Hutchinson is the author of several books about life with ADHD including the highly acclaimed, best selling "One Boy′s Struggle: A Memoir" and the author of the hilarious eBook that went viral "10 Things I Hate about ADHD"

37 Most Awesome Motivational and Inspirational Famous Quotes

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I love collecting quotes!

If you’ve read the free eBooks that I’ve written and give away on our ADDer World Social Network then you’ve probably noticed that they are sprinkled with meaningful quotes. Every quote I select and where I place it is done with great care.

I’ve written nearly a dozen eBooks over the last several years, collecting thousands of quotes. In a series of blog posts I am going to share them all with you.

37 at a time.

Comment and share your favorite quote with us.


37 Quotes Collection 1:


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.  ~George Carlin

“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”  ~Brian Tracy

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”  ~Anon

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”  ~Bernard Baruch

Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.  ~Karen Ravn

“Never tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”  ~Anon

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”  ~Eleanor Roosevelt

“When you look at yourself from a universal standpoint, something inside always reminds or informs you that there are bigger and better things to worry about.”  ~Albert Einstein

“Everybody pulls for David, nobody roots for Goliath.”  ~Wilt Chamberlain

“It is only those who never do anything who never make mistakes.”  ~A. Favre

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”  ~Reinhold Niebuhr

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”  ~Gandhi

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”  ~George Eliot

“Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.”  ~Mark Twain

“Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.”  ~Erica Mann Jong

All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.  ~Walt Disney

“I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution.”  ~Werner Braun

“Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.”  ~Earl Wilson

“You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.”  ~David Viscott

“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.”  ~Samuel Johnson

The reason adults should look as though they are having fun, is to give kids a reason to want to grow up.  ~Patch Adams

“There isn’t a person anywhere who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can.”  ~Henry Ford

“The power of “can’t”: The word “can’t” makes strong people weak, blinds people who can see, saddens happy people, turns brave people into cowards, robs a genius of their brilliance, causes rich people to think poorly, and limits the achievements of that great person living inside us all.”  ~Robert T. Kiyosaki

“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.”  ~Jamie Paolinetti

“The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.”  ~Norman Vincent Peale

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.  ~Anais Nin

“Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.”  ~Frank Clark

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”  ~Lao-Tze

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.”  ~Paul Valery

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”  ~Christopher Columbus

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.  ~James Conant

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”  ~Epictetus

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”  ~Albert Einstein

“Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true.”  ~Brian Tracy

Comment with your favorite quote to enter a drawing to win a signed copy of “Adult ADHD can be Sexy”! AND if you know why I used the number 37 your name will be put in the hat twice. Hint: The reason I use 37 is revealed on my blog (somewhere). All comments will be put in the drawing 15 Aug and the winner will be notified 16 Aug!

Andy H. July 31, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Missed one remarkable quote:

“My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.”

Charles Kettering


Bryan Hutchinson July 31, 2012 at 5:18 pm

That is a great quote, Andy! Thanks for sharing!


Emanuel M February 26, 2013 at 11:44 am

How about “because there is a future, my interest is more in the present because I build the future using it”

Anonymous August 15, 2013 at 4:21 am

Great quote

eddie carrigan July 31, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Great stuff, so uplifting to read.

Bryan Hutchinson July 31, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Thanks, Eddie!

Charlotte Hjorth July 31, 2012 at 9:15 pm

This is my version of Mark Twain’s quote:

“Never do today, what you can have someone else do tomorrow”. ~Charlotte Hjorth

Doesn’t always work though, but it’s well worth the try! Ha ha

Humor is the #1 thing in my ADHD Survival Kit and I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 43. So there you go! :-)

MUST WIN YOUR BOOK!!! One can always need a little sexy, I suppose!!! :-)

Bryan Hutchinson July 31, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Ha ha that’s a fun version, Charlotte! Clever entry!


Neel@Parentedge August 1, 2012 at 10:13 am

Great quotes !!

Debbie Fields August 5, 2012 at 7:53 pm

This is my favorite quote. It would be a far kinder world if all people took this to heart. By Henry David Thoreau. “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away” I wonder if he had adhd behaviors in mind when he wrote that.

Bryan Hutchinson August 8, 2012 at 6:59 am

So true, Debbie!

Anonymous May 3, 2013 at 3:31 am

that’s true…!!!

Melissa August 7, 2012 at 4:37 am

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” – Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words

Bryan Hutchinson August 7, 2012 at 4:41 am

Gotta love Marilyn! Thanks, Melissa.

The Meaning of Me August 8, 2012 at 4:48 am

I, too, love quotes! I am bad at favorites, but this is one of my top ones:

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” ~Henry David Thoreau.

Never underestimate the power of dreams, or the human person’s ability to achieve even what seems impossible.

Bryan Hutchinson August 8, 2012 at 7:00 am

Lots of wisdom in that quote, TMOM!

The Meaning of Me August 8, 2012 at 4:56 am

New to your blog, but I’ve read enough to know that you were diagnosed with ADHD at age 37. Probably struck me because my diagnosis came around that time in life as well – 38. :) So that’s my guess about the 37.

Bryan Hutchinson August 8, 2012 at 7:00 am

You seem to be on to something!

Lisa Plummer August 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Thanks for the inspiration today!!

Bryan Hutchinson August 12, 2012 at 9:15 am

You’re welcome!


Lori Amlee August 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm

“Find something you are passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” –Julia Child
I know how old you were when you were diagnosed–hehe! Lucky me got to go 10 more years before figuring out that my quirks were ADHD related!

Bryan Hutchinson August 12, 2012 at 9:15 am

Excellent, Lori!!

Bryan Hutchinson August 17, 2012 at 4:50 am

The drawing for the winner of the signed book has ended and the winner has been chosen and notified.

Thanks for all of your comments


Anonymous December 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Hi There, I wonder if you can help? I’ve been looking for a quote from a famous female author to add to a part of the present I’m giving my partner.. Many people have told her that she should be a writer as she’s got a massive twitter following and has done great blogs in the past. I want some thing that is inspirational and that will make her think she can do it.. Any suggestions? P.S. doesn’t have to be a famous female author, but that would be preferred..

Justice Kumado December 25, 2012 at 7:26 pm

like your quotes. i have this quote that “Unless your discover the use of something you call it useless” But nothing is useless on this earth let alone human.

Aidan January 30, 2013 at 12:50 am

It doesn’t matter wether you get knocked down it wether you get back up
- vince lombardi

Maël February 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Here my favorites I have on my door!

- Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved

- Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference!

Bradley deem March 8, 2013 at 1:49 am

I’m only 18 years old, but I find this quote helps me through some of the toughest times. “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing”.

bharat March 26, 2013 at 6:02 pm

its ma Fav..
” waLk likE u r The KinG … OR Like U DonT CAre WHo’S the KinG…

blessing March 31, 2013 at 12:23 am

The journey between a beautiful birth and a peacful death is trouble

javed ali April 2, 2013 at 1:59 pm




Alina April 3, 2013 at 11:24 am

Wow great that’s amazing inspiring quotes for all cause no one is complete. every body need somebody for help but you make it more simple for us …..Thank you…:)

PJ April 7, 2013 at 7:30 am

It is so simple to be happy but it is so difficult to be simple!!

Anonymous April 13, 2013 at 8:03 am

outstanding quotes, thanks a lot.

K Ragsdale April 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” Theodore roosevelt

Kanada Legette April 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I manage A LOT of young people who love bragging and boasting about the newest this or newest that or who’s the best at this or that….this is what I always tell them.

“There’s never a need to boast, when you drive a Cadillac, you don’t have to tell anyone it’s a Cadillac, you just drive it.”

Kanada Legette April 23, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I never understood what TRUE happiness was until I got married, then it was too late.

Anu April 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Thanks a lot

Jorj Enochs May 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Although we are all winners,
only the strong shall survive.

arjun kumar sen thakuri May 31, 2013 at 2:50 am

What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.

arjun kumar sen thakuri May 31, 2013 at 2:52 am

You can do anything, but not everything.

sunanda July 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm

one can struggle hard and can reach to the top of Mt.Everest but.. but one can never remain on Everest.

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