Some days my cup of inspiration is overflowing with the mysterious good vibes that make me feel energized and in alignment with all the wonderful things of the universe. Other days I lack inspiration and instead have a bad case of doubt and indifference.

If you’re prepping for a big presentation, you have likely recently experienced at least a little doubt, and perhaps your well of inspiration is almost dry.  

Because I can relate to your situation, I want to share with you some quotes that boost my mood and recharge my inspiration. Hopefully at least one of these quotes will get you back on track so you can infuse your presentation with enough inspiration and insight to get you a standing ovation when you’re done delivering your message.


1. “A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

2. “If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.”  – Winston S. Churchill

3. “Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” – Plato

4. “Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.” – Robert Frost

5. “Words empty as the wind are best left unsaid.” – Homer

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6. “First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.” – Epictetus

7. “By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.” – George Carlin

8. “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” – John Maxwell

9. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates

10. “It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself.” – Latin Proverb

11. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy

12. “Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” – Paulo Coelho

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13. “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” – Michelangelo

14. “Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you can imagine it.” – George Lucas

15. “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” – Bob Kerrey

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16. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa

17. “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau

18. “The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they’re valued.” – Ken Robinson

19. “Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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20. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein

21. “Control your own destiny or someone else will.” – Jack Welch

22. “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel

23. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart

24. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown

Additional resources: 

21 Brilliant Quotes to Start Your Presentation

Microsoft Sway Sample: 13 Storytelling Quotes

13 Inspiring Quotes about Design

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