“Whatever you do, throw yourself into it. Throw your head, heart, and hands into it.”
That’s a quote from Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi, who wakes up at 4 a.m. every morning to run a multi-billion-dollar international corporation, and sat on a business council with the President of the United States.
She knows what she’s talking about.
If you’re looking for some inspiration to start 2018 off right, keep reading for more inspiring quotes from world leaders, intellectuals, and entertainers who have shared their wisdom and advice.
Although she is only 20, Malala has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Her commitment to providing education to everyone, especially girls, is apparent in this line from her autobiography “I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.”
Nobody has created great quotes like the bard. Shakespeare tells us to not be afraid of risks in this line spoken by Lucio in Act I, Scene IV of “Measure for Measure.”
Meryl Streep has won three Oscars and has been nominated for 20 Academy Awards.
Anthony may not have lived to see women earn the right to vote in elections, but her work is nonetheless essential to the cause. The social reformer understood the power of age and relished becoming more powerful with wisdom.
Born Cassius Clay, the champion boxer is more famous for his “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” quote. Yet, the late Ali was not without a trove of inspirational quotes.
Though Anne Frank, who hid from Nazis as a young girl, had very little to be happy about, she maintained a positive attitude and showed maturity beyond her years throughout her diary.
This quote comes from Mandela’s autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom.” Mandela served 27 years in prison while fighting for justice until he was released and became the first black president in a new South Africa.
A brilliant scientist, Hawking has lived most of his life confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak. Yet, he said he stays positive by adjusting his expectations in life.
For years Oprah’s motivational words entered millions of homes daily through her widely watched television show. Since then, she has established herself as an actress, producer, and philanthropist.
Indra Nooyi, who grew up in India, attended the Yale School of Management and became the CEO of PepsiCo, an international corporation. She has twice been named one of Fortune’s most powerful women.
Earhart, who was one of the first women to ever be issued a pilot’s licence, was also the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928, and the first person to fly over both the Atlantic and Pacific.
The famed actress went from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to becoming a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
The first man who walked on the moon had to take a great risk. Armstrong became a hero worldwide for his courage.
Before going into battle, the French Joan declared her bravery. Her troops won the part of the war despite her young age. Joan of Arc used great courage and for that, she is remembered centuries later.
The ancient Greek philosopher was always one for words. College students still read his works and his ideas have built a foundation for modern Western society.
Dickinson’s poetry helped create a unique American voice.Dickinson’s words and prolific poems led her to a consensus of posthumous acclaim.
A Founding Father, the first president, and a brilliant Commander-in-Chief, Washington was an extraordinary leader who guided the young American nation with great moral deft.
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