Diving into the thoughts of great minds always leads to leadership advice, success principles and life lessons. From Abraham Lincoln to Les Brown, here are a few aphorisms to get you inspired as we start a new week.

My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth. — Abraham Lincoln

Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company. — George Washington

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. — John Quincy Adams

We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage. — Theodore Roosevelt

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb … Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. — Calvin Coolidge

Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time. — Victor Frankl

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. — Napoleon Hill

Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache, carries with it the Seed of an equivalent or greater Benefit. — Napoleon Hill

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’! — Audrey Hepburn

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible. — Arthur C. Clarke

Change your thoughts and you change your world. — Norment Vincent Peale

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. — Maya Angelou

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. — H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. — Theodore Roosevelt

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. — Victor Frankl

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. — Milton Berle

What we think, we become — Buddha

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ — Muhammed Ali

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. — Ronald Reagan

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. — Vince Lombardi

Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them. — Les Brown