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10 Most Inspirational Readings For Every Occasion

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Words of inspiration can motivate you to put in that final bit of effort you need to complete your work, or the persuasion you need to begin your journey.

Everyone goes through tough times once in a while, having inspirational and strong words to rely upon can be of great support. These words of wisdom and inspiration will help you along your journey. Here are some of the most inspirational, impactful readings collected for you.

10 Inspirational Readings of Poems, Speeches and Short Story to Motivate You!

Still I Rise

-Maya Angelou

“You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.”

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Some people just want to see you fail in life; this is all the more reason why you should give your best! Mary Angelou’s words are sure to empower you and make you feel strong. Her words come from a place of depth and experience. Knowing she succeeded despite the obstacles she faced is an inspiration in itself.

What Might Have Been

– Hazel Lee

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I held a moment in my hand,
Brilliant as a star,
Fragile as a flower,
A shiny silver out of one hour.
I dropped it carelessly.
Oh God! I knew not
I held opportunity.

Never give up on an opportunity thinking that another will come your way. Little can happen for you when you don’t put in the effort yourself. The person, who goes out and tries again and again, even when they fail, will eventually find an opportunity that will change their lives. The one, who waits for a better chances and does nothing, will waste their youth and time waiting for something that will never come.

Do It Now

– Nixon Waterman

If you have a task worth doing,
Do it now!
In delay there’s danger brewing,
Do it now!
Don’t you be a “by-and-byer”
And a sluggish patience-trier;
If there’s aught you would acquire,
Do it now!

If you’d earn a prize worth owning,
Do it now!
Drop all waiting and postponing,
Do it now!
Say, “I will!” and then stick to it,
Choose your purpose and pursue it,
There’s but one right way to do it,
Do it now!

All we have is just this minute,
Do it now!
Find your duty and begin it,
Do it now!
Surely you’re not always going
To be “a going-to-be”; and knowing
You must some time make a showing
Do it now!

The best time is now! People tend to come up with excuses to postpone doing something they want to. They tell themselves that they have to save some more, or have more experience, or wait for an opportunity to come. The truth is all these excuses are a result of your fears. When you want something, nothing can stop you from getting it. You have to believe in yourself.

The Mask

-Maya Angelou

“There in those pleated faces
I see the auction block
The chains and slavery’s coffles
The whip and lash and stock.
My fathers speak in voices
That shred my fact and sound
They say, but sugar, it was our submission
that made your world go round.”

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The world can be such a beautiful, harmonious place, yet we still have so much evil among us. While some of us are directly involved, others are equally responsible for turning a blind eye. Before pointing fingers at others, ask yourself what you have done and what you can do. Change can start with a single person.

Promises to Keep

-William Arthur Werd

I will do more than belong, I will participate.
I will do more than care, I will help.
I will do more than believe, I will practice
I will do more than forgive, I will forget.
I will do more than teach, I will inspire.
I will do more than dream, I will work.
I will do more than give, I will serve.
I will do more than earn, I will enrich.
I will do more than live, I will grow.
I will do more than be fair, I will be kind.
I will do more than be a citizen, I will be a patriot.
I will do more than be friendly, I will be a friend.

You can be so much more than just one person. You can be a daughter, a, a mother, a friend, a sister, a nurse; there is no limit to what one person can be. It’s your responsibility to play your roles in the lives of different people, just how others do for you.

You will never see me fall

-Joyce Alcantara

You may see me struggle
but you won’t see me fall.
Regardless if I’m weak or not
I’m going to stand tall.
Everyone says life is easy
but truly living it is not.
Times get hard,
people struggle
and constantly get put on the spot.
I’m going to wear the biggest smile
even though I want to cry.
I’m going to fight to live
even though I’m destined to die.
And even though it’s hard
and I may struggle through it all.
You may see me struggle…
but you will NEVER see me fall.

Life can be hard sometimes. There are constant obstacles thrown your way whether you’re ready or not. Your capabilities are tested and scrutinized. As opposed to the poem, you may fall, but you’ll have to get back up, or you’ll be trampled on. No matter how tough life gets, always take a deep breath in, do what you must do to feel motivated, and keep going.

We Choose To Go To The Moon

– John F Kennedy

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”
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Nobody thought it would be possible for man to go to the moon. Despite all the doubts, it was done. You’re told nothing is impossible is because you can do anything you want to when you put your mind to it. You’re no less than anybody else. Your circumstances help you become strong and brave.

Gender Equality is Your Issue Too

– Emma Watson

“In my nervousness for this speech and in my moments of doubt I’ve told myself firmly—if not me, who, if not now, when. If you have similar doubts when opportunities are presented to you I hope those words might be helpful.”
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While Emma’s speech was about feminism, we can all relate to her nervousness at being requested to speak at the UN as an ambassador. Being suddenly invited to speak at a huge platform on an important issue does not happen to everyone. Luckily, Emma did not back out despite the big responsibility, she challenged her fears, which resulted in an amazing speech.
One never knows what kinds of opportunities are coming our way; you must always be ready to accept the challenges and do the best you can.

The Invitation

– Oriah Mountain Dreamer

“… I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human… ”

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One never knows what kind of a person they’ll meet down the road. You’ll come across different types of people. The choice to accept and open up to a person is yours. You will never know if you don’t take the chance. So, extend the invitation and let people in. You won’t find the good ones if you close yourself while avoiding the bad ones.

Short Story Read


There was once a boy who belonged to a wealthy family. One day, the father took his son on a trip to show him how poor people lived. They stopped by the farm of a poor family and stayed with them for a few days. When they left, the father asked the son if enjoyed himself.

“Oh yes!” said the boy.

“And did you notice how they lived compared to us?” asked the father?

“Well, sure dad,” said the boy.

“And what did you learn?” asked the father.

“Well, we only have one dog, but they have four. We have a pool in the backyard, but they live next to an endless river. We have large street lamps, and bright lights, but they block out the stars the other family enjoys every night. We have a fenced in yard, but they have acres and acres of fields. We buy food, but they grow it. Our fences are there to separate and protect us from the people around us, but they have friends who protect them.”

The father was stunned.

The boy thought for a moment more, and then added: “Thank you, dad, for not being afraid to show me how rich we could be.”

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The perception of rich and poor differs depending on what is important to you. A happy family on the outskirts of town is all that’s important for some, while others desire big mansions with many cars.

A person’s wealth is defined by how happy one is. So, don’t overlook all the little things that make you happy, because in your chase to catch the bright light, you might end up losing the important things.

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