10 Inspiring Quotes from TIME’s 100 Most Influential People

time 100 most influentialTIME announced its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People on Thursday. The list reads like a Who's Who of humanity, spanning genders, generations, ethnicities and professions. In its customary format, TIME's list features character sketches written by other recognizable names, making for a memorable feature for anyone interested in communications and leadership.

From artists to activists to astronauts, the list is full of inspirational people who have made an impact. Let's take a look at 10 inspirational quotes from those who made the list this year. (Click the names to view TIME's write-ups.)

  • "Whatever it is you're seeking won't come in the form you're expecting." - Haruki Murakami
  • "Some people only ask others to do something. I believe that, why should I wait for someone else? Why don't I take a step and move forward." - Malala Yousafzai
  • "Laughter heals all wounds, and that's one thing that everybody shares. No matter what you're going through, it makes you forget about your problems. I think the world should keep laughing." - Kevin Hart
  • "I really believe that you have to earn things. I don't feel comfortable unless I have worked really hard." - Emma Watson
  • "Creative output, you know, is just pain. I'm going to be cliché for a minute and say that great art comes from pain." - Kanye West
  • "No more than a surgeon can operate while tweeting can you reach your potential with one ear in, one ear out. You actually have to reacquaint yourself with concentration. We all do." - Samantha Power
  • "You can focus on things that are barriers or you can focus on scaling the wall or redefining the problem." - Tim Cook
  • "If you walk down the street and smile at someone, that will get passed on to the next person. That has the power to change someone's day." - Julianna Margulies
  • "The riskiest thing we can do is just maintain the status quo." - Bob Iger
  • "I'm willing to throw my body in front of the bus to stop bad ideas." - Elizabeth Warren

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