When it comes to the inspiring teachings of personal growth icons or influential people in history, is there one in particular that has had a significant impact on your life?

Or, with variety being the spice of life, do you like to combine the teachings of many and apply their wisdom to the different facets of your life?

Obviously we fall into the latter category, as so many of them (past and present) not only have inspired us, but influenced us to create FinerMinds and continue to spread the message of peace, love and most importantly, self-love.

While our list could be endless, here are a few that leave us feeling inspired during those times it feels like we’re at odds with life’s curveballs. What are yours?

“A life lived in fear is a life half-lived.” – Spanish proverb

“A burning passion coupled with absolute detachment is the key to all success.” – Gandhi

“Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Thoughts become things.” – Mike Dooley

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali

“Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.” – Wayne Dryer

“If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand.” – Bob Proctor

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” – Albert Einstein

“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.” – Buddha

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“To conquer oneself is the best and noblest victory; to be vanquished by one’s own nature is the worst and most ignoble defeat.” – Plato

“The possibility of stepping into a higher plane is quite real for everyone. It requires no force or effort or sacrifice. It involves little more than changing our ideas about what is normal.” – Deepak Chopra

“We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world” – Helen Keller

Which quote or influential teaching always manages to pick you up when you need it the most? Share it below and give someone else the gift of inspiration:)