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We hope you will be blessed with the words of encouragement and inspiration that are generously spread throughout our entire website. Especially on those difficult days when most of us could use a little reminder that LIFE REALLY IS GOOD, it is going to get BETTER, and we are going to SURVIVE!

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While moving our BetterBudgeting website to it's new home, we have set a new goal to share some of our favorite inspirational articles here in one place. As we do, the list of these articles will continue to grow. So please check back often and refresh this page if needed. We have also included our favorite inspirational quotes!

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Stay tuned for more of our encouraging articles to be listed right here! :o)

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Inspirational Quotes and Photos
Compiled by Michelle Jones

Here is a selection of my favorite inspirational quotes as I've personally shared with our readers since 2001. May they continue to inspire all of us to LIVE a Better Life, with Faith, Hope, and Love.

You are welcome to link to this page or share the select quotes that we have made into photos. However, please do not copy this list as it has taken me over 10 years to build. Most of all, just enjoy reading them and be inspired! :o)

"Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't."
Richard Bach

"It is not happy people who are thankful; it is thankful people who are happy."
author unknown

"It is more blessed to give than to receive."
Acts 20:35

Quote - The Definition of Insanity

"We must not give only what we have, we must give what we are."
Cardinal Mercia

"Each day we make deposits in the memory banks of our children."
Charles Swindoll

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."
John Quincy Adams

Skydiving - Photo copyright by Michelle Jones at

Thank God for Dirty Dishes
(author unknown)
Thank God for Dirty Dishes,
They have a tale to tell.
While others are going hungry,
We're eating very well.
With home and health and happiness,
I shouldn't want to fuss.
For by this stack of evidence,
God's very good to us.

"The miracle is this - The more we share, the more we have."
Leonard Nimoy

Quote - It's Never Too Late

"An optimist is the human personification of spring."
Susan J. Bissonette

"He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough."
Lao Tzu

"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.  No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man."
Elbert Hubbard

Billy Graham Quote - Photo copyright by Michelle Jones at

"All comes at the proper time to him who knows how to wait."
Saint Vincent de Paul

"Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you."
Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Excellence is not an act but a habit.  The things you do the most are the things you will do the best."
Marva Collins

Photo copyright by Michelle Jones at

"If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it."
Jonathan Winters

"Love and time, those are the only two things in all the world and all of life that cannot be bought, but only spent."
Gary Jennings

"Maturity is the ability to do a job whether or not you are supervised, To carry money without spending it, And to bear an injustice without wanting to get even."
Ann Landers

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
John F. Kennedy

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."
Anatole France

"Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best."
Henry Van Dyke

"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly."
Richard Bach

"When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this... you haven't."
Thomas Edison

"Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"One of the great secrets to Living a Better Life® is that it's not about being able to spend MORE money. It's about enjoying and managing what you already have... BETTER!"
Michelle Jones, Founder of

"When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity."
John F. Kennedy

"Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand.  The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus."
Alexander Graham Bell

"Forget past mistakes.  Forget failures.  Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it."
William C. Durant

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."
Hannah More

"I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow."
Julie Cameron

"Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome."
Samuel Johnson

"... see that you also excel in this grace of giving."
II Corinthians 8:7 (NIV)

The following poem was featured in loving memory of my mother for Mother's Day in 2007. She passed away just 31 days after being diagnosed with colon cancer that had spread to her liver. (When your doctor recommends a colonoscopy -- at age 50 and/or other times -- GET the test!)

Poem - A Mother's Love, Helen Steiner Rice - BetterBudgeting

"As long as you're going to be thinking anyway, THINK BIG."
Donald Trump

"Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
St. Francis of Assisi

"Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over."
F. Scott Fitzgerald

"If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again."
Flavia Weedn

"Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways, it can change someone else's life forever."
Margaret Cho

"Aerodynamically, the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway."
Mary Kay Ash

"We taste, feel and see the truth.  We do not reason ourselves into it."
William Butler Yeats

"Action is the antidote to despair."
Joan Baez

"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading."
Lao Tzu

"The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it."
John Ruskin

"Far away in the sunshine are my highest inspirations.  I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and then try to follow where they lead."
Louisa May Alcott

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
Thomas Edison

"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan."
Eleanor Roosevelt

"Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever."
Isak Denison

"We are, each of us, angels with only one wing, and we can only fly embracing each other."
Luciano Decrescenzo

"I have an irrepressible desire to live till I can be assured that the world is a little better for my having lived in it."
Abraham Lincoln

"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."
Sir Winston Churchill

"We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same."
Carlos Castaneda

" Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him."
Aldous Huxley

"We all have the means to bestow on others the most lavish gifts; love, joy, peace, hope, kindness, acceptance, encouragement, laughter, forgiveness, time. There is not enough money to buy them and not too little money to give them. The more you spend, the wealthier you become; yet nothing will cost you more than what you freely possess to give."
Eden Eliot

"If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all."

"A bad habit never disappears miraculously, it's an undo-it-yourself project."
Abigail Van Buren

"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."
Virginia Satir

"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."
Thomas Jefferson

"If no one ever took risks, Michelangelo, would have painted on the Sistine floor."
Neil Simon

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
T.S. Eliot

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear."
Mark Twain

"Believe that you can do it, under any circumstances. Because if you believe you can, then you really will. That believe just keeps you searching for the answers, then pretty soon you get it."
Wally "Famous Amos"

"Many things which cannot be overcome when they are together yield themselves up when taken little by little."

"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up."
Anne Lamott

"Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better."
Martin Luther King, Jr.

"When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity."
John F. Kennedy

"I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all."
Leo Rosten

"Within us all there are wells of thought and dynamos of energy which are not suspected until emergencies arise."
Thomas J. Watson

"I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing."
Rabbi Hillel

"Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work — and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't."
Lucille Ball

"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end."
Ursula K. Le Guin

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."
Helen Keller

"Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision."
Peter Drucker

"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.  You wait and watch and work: you don't give up."
Anne Lamott

"You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result."
Mahatma Gandhi

"To be prepared is half the victory."
Miguel de Cervantes

"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."
Franklin D. Roosevelt

"If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you'll never enjoy the sunshine."
Morris West

"Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different."
Katherine Mansfield

"You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them."
Desmund Tutu

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."
Anne Bradstreet

Compilation copyright © 2001-2015 by Michelle Jones. All rights reserved.

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