25 ‘Deviously’ Inspirational Quotes

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Does the basic nature of most inspirational quotes leave you feeling uninspired?

Inspiration – a Dish Best Served Cold

Inspiration – we need it now more than ever. But most inspirational quotes are so cheesy in substance that they’d work better on a pizza than in your Twitter feed. Since these days I’m trying my hardest to avoid carbs, I thought I would dig through the annals of history to serve up something a little different. So, here are 25 of the most ‘deviously’ inspiring quotes I could find, for those who prefer their motivation served cold.

25 Deviously Inspired Quotes


1. Bertrand Russell on his beliefs.

Bertrand Russell inspirational quote

I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.

Bertrand Rusell


2. Alex Haley on inadequate people in power.

Alex Haley inspirational quote

Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help.

Alex Haley


3. The Arnold with his take on reality.

Arnold Schwarzenegger inspirational quote

It’s simple – if it jiggles, it’s fat.

Arnold Schwarzenegger


4. Benjamin Jowett on the equality of men.

Benjamin Jowett inspirational quote

One man is as good as another until he has written a book.

Benjamin Jowett


5. Bill Hicks on comedy.

Bill Hicks inspirational quote

It’s always funny until somebody gets hurt. Then it’s just hilarious.

Bill Hicks


6. Bill Watterson on life.

Bill Watterson inspirational quote

Reality continues to ruin my life.

Bill Watterson


7. Charles Dudley Warner speaks on the weather.

Charles Dudley Warner inspirational quote

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

Charles Dudley Warner


8. Charles M. Schulz on mankind.

Charles M Schulz inspirational quote

I love mankind. It’s people I can’t stand.

Charles M. Schulz


9. Don Marquis on procrastination.

Don Marquis inspirational quote

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.

Don Marquis


10. George Carlin with another take on the weather.

George Carlin inspirational quote

Weather forecast for tonight: dark.

George Carlin


11. Herbert Hoover on equality.

Herbert Hoover inspirational quote

All Men are equal before fish.

Herbert Hoover


12. Jean Giraudoux talks about mediocrity.

Jean Giraudoux inspirational quote

Only the mediocre are always at their best.

Jean Giraudoux


13. Jim Carrey with his take on great men.

Jim Carrey inspirational quote

Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.

Jim Carrey


14. Josh Billings with his thoughts on flattery.

Josh Billings inspirational quote

Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt, not swallowed.

Josh Billings


15. Lily Tomlin on love.

Lily Tomlin inspirational quote

If love is the answer, could you please rephrase the question?

Lily Tomlin


16. Lily Tomlin (again) on being somebody.

Lily Tomlin inspirational quote 2

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.

Lily Tomlin


17. Milton Berle on ‘committees’.

Milton Berle inspirational quote

A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.

Milton Berle


18. Oscar Wilde on temptation.

Oscar Wilde inspirational quote

I can resist everything except temptation.

Oscar Wilde


19. P.J. O’Rourke on cleanliness.

PJ O'Rourke inspirational quote

Cleanliness becomes more important when godliness is unlikely.

P. J. O’Rourke


20. Robin Williams on ‘agreement’.

Robin Williams inspirational quote

I’m sorry, if you were right, I’d agree with you.

Robin Williams


21. Rodney Dangerfield on weight management.

Rodney Dangerfield inspirational quote

I found there was only one way to look thin: hang out with fat people.

Rodney Dangerfield


22. Spike Milligan on seasickness.

Spike Milligan inspirational quote

A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree.

Spike Milligan


23. Stephen Fry on aging.

Stephen Fry inspirational quote

I don’t need you to remind me of my age. I have a bladder to do that for me.

Stephen Fry


24. Stephen Hawking on life.

Stephen Hawking inspirational quote

Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.

Stephen Hawking


25. W. C. Fields on wine.

WC Fields inspirational quote

I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.

W. C. Fields


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