10 Non-Cliche, Inspiring Quotes For When You Need a Kick In The Ass

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Quotes have become such a thing online. There are websites, Twitter accounts, wikis, and Tumblrs all devoted to quotations.

That's because they're powerful. When you're suffering, or you're frustrated, or you're in love, or you're unmotivated, or you don't know how to express something, or you're craving a laugh, or you just feel stuck — sometimes reading a choice quote that somehow captures precisely your thoughts or feelings in a way you haven't been able to articulate is exactly what your brain needs.

It's that feeling of "YES — that's just it!" that a poignant quote offers, a mini-euphoria unavailable from other remedial pursuits like eating, drinking, watching TV, working out, or doing something stupid or risky. 

Anyway. If you're in a situation in which you need some hardcore inspiration, give these 10 inspiring quotes a browse — they've each helped me in the past:

Don’t focus on the future. Focus on what you can do right now that will be good no matter what the future brings. — Leo Babauta, Zen Habits 
If they ask you to stand still, you should dance. — Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin
So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard. — Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr
Give me a place to stand, and I will move the world. — Archimedes
You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That's the only thing you should be trying to control. — Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. ― Jack London, The Call of the Wild and White Fang
Who would want a static life anyway? Particularly in our age of flux, standing still leads to obsolescence. — Robert Safian, "From The Editor," Fast Company July/August 2014
Do something everyday to remind this city why the hell you’re here. WRDSMTH
Good things come to those who work their asses off and never give up. — Anonymous
Unawesome? Unacceptable. — Scott Stratten, The Book of Business Awesome / The Book of Business UnAwesome

In search of more solid soundbites? Searching #QOTD on Twitter usually does the trick.