Quotations Inspiring Quotes Said by People You Don't Respect  

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules Vote up the most inspirational quotes below. Yes, even if the speaker is not your favorite person of all time.

There are days when you need a little inspiration. When you just need to hear someone tell you that everything is going to be okay. And when your “hang in there” poster won’t cut it, you probably find yourself looking up inspirational quotes and just start running with them. The one problem with inspirational quotes is that sometimes they don’t come from the most reputable of sources. For instance, it’s great to hear that Hitler believes that anything is possible if you put your mind to it - but does anyone really want to be taking pointers from the guy who committed genocide for no other reason than he thought certain people were icky? The answer to that question is a big fat NO. To illustrate this point further, we’ve put together this list of the most inspirational quotes by the people that we least respect.

You wouldn’t be surprised to find most of the quotes on this list on a poster in a school library. Although, if that was the case, they’d probably have a photo of some mountains or a kitten instead of the quote’s author. The moving quotes collected here are inspiring, confidence building, and they may even start you down the path to a better life - but every word on this list was uttered by someone awful.

Vote up the quotes below that you find to be the most inspirational, regardless of who said it. And if you really like one of them, why don’t you get it printed up and keep it on your wall. Just don’t tell your friends who said it.
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"Words Build Bridges Into Unexplored Regions."
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Photo: German Federal Archives/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA 3.0

-Adolf Hitler

If you're working on a project and are stuck in a rut, it can be helpful to work it out. Unless you're working with Hitler. You never want to go to unexplored regions with Hitler (for obvious reasons).
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"It Takes Less Courage to Criticize the Decisions of Others Than to Stand by Your Own."
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Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

-Attila the Hun

Decision making is a tough enough endeavor as it is, but when we stand idly by and criticize others, we often forget that we should stand behind our own choices as well. This quote stands out mostly because Attila the Hun was so steadfast in his conquering of Europe, his leadership that resulted in the slaughter of thousands by his barbarian hordes, and his general resolution in the plundering of western Europe was relentless.

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"I Believe in One Thing Only, the Power of Human Will."
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-Joseph Stalin

The next time you're feeling down, remember the words of the General Secretary of The Soviet Union. He probably said this quote in the mirror every morning before ordering millions of people to their deaths.
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"Politics Is When You Say You Are Going to Do One Thing While Intending to Do Another. Then You Do Neither What You Said nor Intended."
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Photo: D. Cullen/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

-Saddam Hussein

This might be the most succinct summation of politics in human history. If only it came from someone like Barack Obama or Noam Chomsky, and not one of the biggest war criminals that ever lived.
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