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 Jun 24, 2020
always a short and sweet positive thought to start my day


Whether you’re jumpstarting the morning, searching for that midday pick-me-up, or trying to finish the evening off strong… Daily Quote offers some of history’s most inspirational quotes whenever you need them—365 days a year. In this 2-3 minute podcast, you’ll be given a quote that will motivate, uplift, and renew your outlook on life. You’ll also dive deeper into the context surrounding the quote—learning more about its origin and the meaning behind it.

Episode Date
August 12, 2020: William Feather, Publisher
Today’s quote, from American businessman William Feather, lays out a simple litmus test for evaluating a successful life. 
Aug 12, 2020
August 11, 2020: Emmeline Pankhurst, Political Activist
British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst spent decades championing women’s rights. Her quote today is from one of her trials, where she faced a charge of “inciting to disorder.” 
Aug 11, 2020
August 10, 2020: Shirley Chisholm, Politician
As the first Black woman elected to Congress, Shirley Chisholm was not afraid of disrupting the status quo—and as today’s quote demonstrates, she knew just how to continue the momentum of progress.
Aug 10, 2020
August 9, 2020: Benazir Bhutto, Pakistani Prime Minister
Today’s quote comes from Bhutto’s essay, “Reflections on Working Toward Peace.” What does it really take to bring harmony? 
Aug 09, 2020
August 8, 2020: Jean Anouilh, Playwright
Today’s quote, from one of France's most popular dramatists, points to the life-long work of quieting our inner critic.
Aug 08, 2020
August 7, 2020: Nolan Bushnell, Businessman
Today’s quote drives home that when it comes to impacting the world around us, the most important thing isn’t finding inspiration… It’s what you do with it.
Aug 07, 2020
August 6, 2020: Ethel Barrymore, Actress
The woman behind today’s quote would likely agree that laughter is medicine, especially to our ego-inflicted wounds. 
Aug 06, 2020
August 5, 2020: Franz Boas, Anthropologist
Today’s quote comes from a German-American anthropologist, who was one of the most prominent figures in his field. 
Aug 05, 2020
August 4, 2020: Indira Gandhi, Indian Prime Minister
Today’s quote comes from a 1982 interview with India’s first—and only—female Prime Minister. It’s a short reminder of the power of a simple gesture. 
Aug 04, 2020
August 3, 2020: Salvador Dalí, Artist
At first read, today’s quote seems almost defeatist, like an Eeyorish motto taking a gloomy outlook on ambition. But far from thwarting potential, these words can help unleash it.
Aug 03, 2020
August 2, 2020: George Washington, U.S. President
Today’s quote was made famous by George Washington, the first President of the United States.
Aug 02, 2020
August 1, 2020: David Brinkley, Newscaster
Today’s quote is from American newscaster David Brinkley, who used a striking metaphor to illustrate what can happen when adversity threatens to overwhelm.
Aug 01, 2020
July 31, 2020: Dinos Christianopoulos, Poet
Today’s quote comes from contemporary Greek poet Dinos Christianopoulos. Written in 1978, his words signal a radical hope in the face of injustice.
Jul 31, 2020
July 30, 2020: Sojourner Truth, Abolitionist
Today’s quote is from the American abolitionist and women’s rights activist, Sojourner Truth. Her words speak to age-old belief of mind over matter.
Jul 30, 2020
July 29, 2020: Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States
Today’s quote comes from Michelle Obama’s 2011 speech to the Young African Women Leaders Forum. Her words are stirring, and a balm to anyone feeling defeated or small. For more quotable Michelle Obama, her brand new podcast is out today. Listen for free at spoti.fi/TMOPonSpotify2
Jul 29, 2020
July 28, 2020: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Poet
Today’s quote is from the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, one of the founders of a literary movement that exalted emotion and free expression. 
Jul 28, 2020
July 27, 2020: John Wooden, Basketball Coach
Today’s quote is from renowned UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, whose career yielded valuable insights into how we can best orient ourselves around things like talent and fame.
Jul 27, 2020
July 26, 2020: Harriet Braiker, Psychologist
Today’s quote is from clinical psychologist and self-help author, Harriet Braiker. It contains cautionary advice against working toward something unattainable. 
Jul 26, 2020
July 25, 2020: Napoleon Bonaparte, French Emperor
Today’s quote is from military leader Napoleon Bonaparte. A skilled statesman, he knew well how to persuade and galvanize. 
Jul 25, 2020
July 24, 2020: Zadie Smith, Author
Today’s quote comes from Smith’s award-winning novel, White Teeth, which explores colonization and the impact a person’s history has on their present.
Jul 24, 2020
July 23, 2020: Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul
Today’s forward-looking quote is from award-winning television personality, entrepreneur and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey.
Jul 23, 2020
July 22, 2020: Margaret Fuller, Journalist
Today’s quote, from teacher, critic and editor Margaret Fuller, is a poetic call to action.
Jul 22, 2020
July 21, 2020: David Bowie, Musician
Today’s quote comes from a 1984 interview with legendary singer-songwriter David Bowie. How much of art is intellect, and how much is intuition? 
Jul 21, 2020
July 20, 2020: Will Durant, Historian
Commonly misattributed to Aristotle, today’s quote reminds us what it takes to achieve excellence.
Jul 20, 2020
July 19, 2020: Muriel Strode, Poet
Today’s quote is from the early 20th century author and poet Muriel Strode—a true model for trailblazers and adventure seekers. 
Jul 19, 2020
July 18, 2020: Leo Buscaglia, Author
Today’s quote, from beloved author, professor, and motivational speaker Leo Buscaglia, highlights how the intimacy of friendship can take on larger-than-life meaning. 
Jul 18, 2020
July 17, 2020: Edith Wharton, Novelist
Today’s quote is from American novelist Edith Warton, from her 1902 poem “Vesalius in Zante.” It contains two ways you can help make the world shine.
Jul 17, 2020
July 16, 2020: Serena Williams, Athlete
Today’s quote is from one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Serena Williams. She’s no stranger to rivalries, but off the court, the star player serves kindness and encouragement. 
Jul 16, 2020
July 15, 2020: Will Rogers, Actor
If you’ve ever made a “bad” decision, today’s quote—often attributed to Will Rogers, an American film actor in the 1920s and ‘30s—offers some relief.
Jul 15, 2020
July 14, 2020: Alice Walker, Novelist
Today’s quote is from civil rights activist, poet and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker. She reminds us that so-called flaws can be unlikely sources of true beauty. 
Jul 14, 2020
July 13, 2020: George Bernard Shaw, Playwright
What’s the key to staying young? Today’s quote from Irish playwright and political activist George Bernard Shaw gives some insight.
Jul 13, 2020
July 12, 2020: Anne Frank, Diarist
Today’s quote is from the diary of Anne Frank, a Dutch-German Jewish teenager who was a victim of the Holocaust.
Jul 12, 2020
July 11, 2020: Dorothea Lange, Photographer
Lange is known for her depression-era photographs of farmers and migrants. But before she could create a picture, she first had to see a story. 
Jul 11, 2020
July 10, 2020: Kiera Cass, Author
Every princess wants to be swept off her feet... right? Today's quote, from the author of young adult series The Selection, reminds us otherwise. 
Jul 10, 2020
July 9, 2020: Louis Malle, Director
How do you create works of art with depth? Take it from this French filmmaker: Put aside boundaries and conventions—and follow the emotions.
Jul 09, 2020
July 8, 2020: José Andrés, Chef
In the kitchen, as in life, innovation and adaptation are the name of the game—and no one knows that better than this chef and Nobel Peace Prize nominee.  
Jul 08, 2020
July 7, 2020: Maria Callas, Opera Singer
It’s a paradox: The more successful you get, the more people want to see you fail… Today’s quote gives you a handy mantra when dealing with critics. 
Jul 07, 2020
July 6, 2020: G.K. Chesterton, Writer
For better or worse, the head and the heart are not always in communication—and today’s quote from celebrated author G.K. Chesterton is a valuable reminder. 
Jul 06, 2020
July 5, 2020: Albert Camus, Philosopher
Today’s quote is from French novelist, philosopher, and Nobel Laureate Albert Camus, whose words challenge us to be present in every experience.
Jul 05, 2020
July 4, 2020: Lou Gehrig, Athlete
Only a month after hearing his ALS diagnosis, Gehrig told a packed crowd at Yankee stadium the things he was most grateful for in the world. 
Jul 04, 2020
July 3, 2020: J.R.R. Tolkien, Author
Life’s simple pleasures are at the center of today’s quote, taken from The Hobbit—Tolkien’s fantastical tale of adventure.
Jul 03, 2020
July 2, 2020: Robert Frost, Poet
Today’s quote is paraphrased from Frost’s poem, “A Servant of Servants.” It offers a reminder for when tragedy threatens to overwhelm our lives.
Jul 02, 2020
July 1, 2020: Brené Brown, Research Professor
Brown’s quote reminds us that there’s one thing we need to break the habit of—and that’s doubting ourselves.
Jul 01, 2020
June 30, 2020: Alexander the Great, Conqueror
Alexander conquered most of the known world of his time. He knew better than most how the actions of one individual could impact the fate of family members, neighbors… even societies. 
Jun 30, 2020
June 29, 2020: Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. President
Roosevelt was known for his rugged masculinity, sweeping charisma, and substantial governmental reforms. He accredited much of his greatness to his can-do attitude, as expressed in today’s quote!
Jun 29, 2020
June 28, 2020: Charlotte Brontë, Writer
Today, Charlotte Brontë is known as the author of the celebrated novel Jane Eyre. But her writing career didn’t come easy. Nonetheless, throughout her life, Brontë held firm to her belief in letting go of bitterness and continuing on.
Jun 28, 2020
June 27, 2020: Harper Lee, Author
Today’s quote is from fictional lawyer Atticus Finch, the heroic protagonist of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Finch says that even in the loudest, most confusing situations, the definition of right and wrong is found within us.
Jun 27, 2020
June 26, 2020: Audre Lorde, Civil Rights Activist
Today’s quote is from celebrated poet, feminist, and civil rights activist Audre Lorde. Her words capture both the difficulty and the necessity of speaking up in challenging situations.
Jun 26, 2020
June 25, 2020: Oscar Wilde, Author
Today’s quote is from celebrated author and playwright Oscar Wilde. Although it is short, its meaning can be interpreted in many different ways.
Jun 25, 2020
June 24, 2020: Robin Williams, Actor
Today’s quote, given in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air, speaks to Robin Williams’ own demons, but also the way comedy itself can be comforting.
Jun 24, 2020
June 23, 2020: George Orwell, Author
Today’s quote is from renowned author and social critic George Orwell. It speaks to the importance and necessity for free speech.
Jun 23, 2020
June 22, 2020: Edgar Allan Poe, Writer
Although Edgar Allan Poe’s dark and creative mind made him one of the most influential figures of the Gothic literature movement, his quote today shows he wasn’t a pessimist—but rather, a romantic.
Jun 22, 2020
June 21, 2020: Omar Khayyam, Poet
Today’s quote is from the Rubaiyat, written by 11th-century poet Omar Khayyam. It speaks to following your impulses and never apologizing for them.
Jun 21, 2020
June 20, 2020: Shonda Rhimes, TV Writer
Today’s quote is from prolific television writer and showrunner Shonda Rhimes. She has long understood the importance of self-determination, and being your own champion.
Jun 20, 2020
June 19, 2020: Heraclitus, Philosopher
Today’s quote is from the Greek philosopher Heraclitus. Plato credited him with today’s saying in Cratylus.
Jun 19, 2020
June 18, 2020: Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Activist
Today’s quote is from a series of speeches given by Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King taught us that victory won’t always come easily—but that you must keep moving forward and striving for it.
Jun 18, 2020
June 17, 2020: Peter Marshall, Reverend
Today’s quote is from the late Presbyterian Reverend and Chaplain of the United States Senate, Peter Marshall. He encouraged people all across the nation to behave uprightly and morally in order to make the world a better place.
Jun 17, 2020
June 16, 2020: Eckhart Tolle, Spiritual Teacher
Today’s quote is from spiritual teacher and best selling author Eckhart Tolle. His words urge us to release the troubles on which we stubbornly fixate. 
Jun 16, 2020
June 15, 2020: C.S. Lewis, Author
Today’s quote comes from an essay that C.S. Lewis wrote entitled On Three Ways of Writing for Children. He speaks to overcoming the fear of looking childish.
Jun 15, 2020
June 14, 2020: Nora Ephron, Filmmaker
Today’s quote is from writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron. Through her work, Ephron had the ability to mix thoughtfulness with laughter.
Jun 14, 2020
June 13, 2020: Hayao Miyazaki, Filmmaker
Today’s quote is from Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan’s most beloved animated filmmakers. His words give a glimpse into his creative process.
Jun 13, 2020
June 12, 2020: Booker T. Washington, Educator
Today’s quote is from educator, orator, and political leader Booker T. Washington. In his 1900 autobiography The Story of My Life and Work, Washington penned today’s inspirational words.
Jun 12, 2020
June 11, 2020: M. Scott Peck, Psychiatrist
Today’s quote is from American psychiatrist and renowned author, M. Scott Peck, and can be found in his 1978 book, The Road Less Traveled.
Jun 11, 2020
June 10, 2020: Mary Oliver, Poet
Today’s quote is from poet Mary Oliver. She is perhaps one of our most beloved contemporary poets. This no doubt is because her work is accessible and resonates with those who read it.
Jun 10, 2020
June 9, 2020: Muhammad Ali, Boxing Legend
Today’s quote is from champion boxer, activist and philanthropist Muhammad Ali. His words stand as a reminder of the impact we can make on the world if we live each day with purpose and intention.
Jun 09, 2020
June 8, 2020: Michael Jordan, NBA Legend
Today’s quote is from Chicago Bulls shooting guard Michael Jordan. Most people don’t associate Jordan with failure, which is why his words from a well-known Nike ad give inspiration.
Jun 08, 2020
June 7, 2020: Haruki Murakami, Novelist
Today’s quote comes from Franz Kafka Prize-winning novelist, Haruki Murakami. It is found in Murakami’s 1987 novel, Norwegian Wood.
Jun 07, 2020
June 6, 2020: Roald Dahl, Author
Even though Roald Dahl had suffered through times of great trial and stress, he was wise enough to maintain an admirable appreciation for a little nonsense.
Jun 06, 2020
June 5, 2020: Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob SquarePants
Although today’s quote is played for humor in a lighthearted children’s television show, there’s wisdom to be taken from Mr. Krabs’ words.
Jun 05, 2020
June 4, 2020: John Steinbeck, Author
Today’s quote is from American author John Steinbeck, in his book The Grapes of Wrath. His works touch upon truths greater than American life, and what it means to be human.
Jun 04, 2020
June 3, 2020: Raymond Carver, Author
Today’s quote is from author Raymond Carver. This verse comes from Cathedral, his collection of short stories.
Jun 03, 2020
June 2, 2020: Henry James, Author
In 1884, novelist Henry James wrote an article for Longman’s Magazine called “The Art of Fiction.” In it, he advises young writers to create from experience.
Jun 02, 2020
June 1, 2020: Virginia Woolf, Author
In many ways, Virgina Woolf did not fit into the world in which she was born. She was a gay woman who prioritized her career over settling down. Her words today serve as an important lesson for living unapologetically.
Jun 01, 2020
May 31, 2020: Harper Lee, Author
Today’s quote is from author Harper Lee, in her celebrated novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The words are spoken in the novel by Atticus Finch, a lawyer who has agreed to represent a Black man accused of assaulting a white woman in the segregated south.
May 31, 2020
May 30, 2020: Miguel de Cervantes, Author
Today’s quote comes from Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes, best known for his seminal work, Don Quixote. Before writing what is widely considered one of the greatest novels ever put to pen, Miguel de Cervantes spent his life as a soldier and a tax collector.
May 30, 2020
May 29, 2020: JK Rowling, Author
Today’s quote is from the film adaptation of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. 
May 29, 2020
May 28, 2020: Robert Frost, Poet
Today’s quote is from the Robert Frost poem, “A Servant of Servants.” It is written as a letter from a woman to a stranger who is camping nearby. It details the woman’s struggles with her day to day life, her isolation from those around her, and her family’s history with mental illness.
May 28, 2020
May 27, 2020: Gabriel García Márquez, Novelist
As one of the twentieth century’s most acclaimed writers, Gabriel García Márquez knew the power of stories, and how the ones we tell ourselves determine who we eventually become.
May 27, 2020
May 26, 2020: William Shakespeare, Playwright
Today’s quote is from playwright and stage actor William Shakespeare, in his tragedy Hamlet.
May 26, 2020
May 25, 2020: Mother Teresa, Catholic Nun
Mother Teresa’s love and humility are renowned—making today’s sentiment all the more believable in its attribution.
May 25, 2020
May 24, 2020: Kurt Vonnegut, Author
Today’s quote is from American author Kurt Vonnegut, in his book Mother Night. He writes about the importance of being whoever you want to be, and how that responsibility has its price.
May 24, 2020
May 23, 2020: Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady
Today’s quote is a piece of advice from Eleanor Roosevelt, American First Lady from 1933 to 1945.
May 23, 2020
May 22, 2020: William Wordsworth, Poet
Today’s quote is from poet William Wordsworth. In 1807, Wordsworth published the poem The World is Too Much With Us. Wordsworth’s message is clear and resonant: sometimes, shedding our burdens starts with a shift in perspective.
May 22, 2020
May 21, 2020: John Fowles, Author
Today’s quote is a sentiment from the 20th-century author and poet John Fowles. His words highlight the necessity of being able to coexist with others in order to survive this life.
May 21, 2020
May 20, 2020: Leonardo da Vinci, Artist
Today’s quote comes from 15th-century artist and innovator Leonardo da Vinci. It speaks to the importance of recognizing that there is always more to learn, no matter how much success one achieves.
May 20, 2020
May 19, 2020: Bob Ross, Painter
Today’s quote is from painter Bob Ross. He shared this musing on his popular television series, “The Joy of Painting."
May 19, 2020
May 18, 2020: Rebecca Solnit, Writer
Today’s quote is from author Rebecca Solnit. This verse comes from her book of essays, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, and speaks to the importance of being comfortable with the unknown.
May 18, 2020
May 17, 2020: Esther Perel, Author
Today’s quote is from prominent therapist and author Esther Perel. Her words speak to the importance of valuing human connections above all else.
May 17, 2020
May 16, 2020: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poet
Today’s quote is from 19th-century philosopher, poet, and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. He believed that although standing up for yourself can be intimidating, it can also bring rewards.
May 16, 2020
May 15, 2020: Fred Rogers, TV Personality
Today’s quote is a piece of uplifting advice from author and children’s television icon, Fred Rogers.
May 15, 2020
May 14, 2020: Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist
Today’s quote is from abolitionist and statesmen Frederick Douglass, who understood the idea of “children are the future” earlier than most. 
May 14, 2020
May 13, 2020: Barack Obama, Former President
Today’s quote is from Barack Obama, given just after his last speech as the President of the United States. It speaks to being the change you want to see.
May 13, 2020
May 12, 2020: James Baldwin, Author
Today’s quote by James Baldwin assures that it takes courage, dedication, and strength to achieve anything difficult—especially in the face of adversity. 
May 12, 2020
May 11, 2020: “Sadness,” Inside Out
Today’s quote is from the 2015 Pixar film Inside Out. It drives home that all emotions are valid, and each helps make us who we are.
May 11, 2020
May 10, 2020: John Cleese, Comedian
Today’s quote tackles John Cleese’s guiding philosophy: that comedy is a tool for empathy. There is nothing more humanizing than sharing a good laugh.
May 10, 2020
May 9, 2020: Henry David Thoreau, Poet
He famously went off to live alone by the side of a remote pond in the Massachusetts woods—Walden Pond—for two years, two months, and two days. But as today’s quote shows, Henry David Thoreau looked at solitude in a very different way.
May 09, 2020
May 8, 2020: Betty Smith, Author
Today’s quote is from American author Betty Smith and her 1943 semi-autobiographical novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. They are words of advice given to the main character, Francie, from her grandmother.
May 08, 2020
May 7, 2020: Grace Murray Hopper, Scientist
Today’s quote is from American computer scientist and Navy rear admiral Grace Brewster Murray Hopper. Her words speak to a common barrier holding many people back from their own dreams: the fear of what others think.
May 07, 2020
May 6, 2020: Leonard Cohen, Musician
Today’s quote is from the poet and singer Leonard Cohen, from his song, “Anthem.” It reminds us that there are flaws in everything—and it’s these imperfections that allow real beauty to shine through.
May 06, 2020
May 5, 2020: Jesus Christ, Matthew 16:26
Today’s quote serves to remind us to reconsider our goals and the choices we make to achieve them. It is from the Book of Matthew, Chapter 16, Verse 26.
May 05, 2020
May 4, 2020: Maya Angelou, Poet
Born in segregated St. Louis, Missouri, Maya Angelou could have easily grown to hate those who oppressed her. Instead, she used today’s quote to express how important it is to never give up on love and compassion.
May 04, 2020
May 3, 2020: J.R.R. Tolkein, Author
Today’s quote is from the J.R.R. Tolkein’s epic high-fantasy novel, The Lord of the Rings. Its meaning is less about the unforeseen obstacles in life, and more about how we choose to respond to them.
May 03, 2020
May 2, 2020: Truman Capote, Author
Today’s quote is from the late author Truman Capote. Capote used the quote in a 1972 written interview with himself, and speaks on the necessity of working hard and encountering obstacles in order to achieve any kind of importance.
May 02, 2020
May 1, 2020: David Foster Wallace, Author
David Foster Wallace used today’s quote in his 1996 magnum opus, Infinite Jest. It’s about noticing the things around us that are always there, but are easily forgotten.
May 01, 2020
April 30, 2020: Margaret Atwood, Author
Today’s quote comes from Margaret Atwood’s short story collection, Moral Disorder. It’s about the stories that live on after we die, and the memories told by the people we touched.
Apr 30, 2020
April 29, 2020: Nelson Mandela, Activist
He had more reason to doubt humanity than anyone, and yet he focused on the positive side of life even when he could not see it. Nelson Mandela used today’s quote to describe his mindset while in prison.
Apr 29, 2020
April 28, 2020: Warren Buffett, Investor
He grew his wealth by planting his money in the right opportunities—years before he expected to get anything back. But Warren Buffett’s quote isn’t just about finance. Or even gardening. It’s about the small steps we can take to improve our lives, and the lives of others.
Apr 28, 2020
April 27, 2020: Julia Child, Chef
Her name is now synonymous with the culinary arts, but she didn’t actually start cooking seriously until the 1950s when she was in her 40’s. Julia Child’s quote today speaks to cultivating growth within yourself, no matter what age you are.
Apr 27, 2020
Welcome to Daily Quote
Whether you’re jumpstarting the morning, searching for that midday pick-me-up, or trying to finish the evening off strong… the Parcast series Daily Quote offers some of history’s most inspirational quotes whenever you need them—365 days a year. Each 2-3 minute episode not only provides you with a dose of positivity, but gives further insight into the meaning behind the words—uncovering what accomplished artists, athletes, and political figures wanted us to learn from their experiences. Daily Quote premieres April 27th. Listen free on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts!
Apr 01, 2020