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The Highest-Grossing Movies of All Time

Which are the highest-grossing movies of all time?

Everyone loves a good movie, right? We most certainly do! 

You can bet your bottom dollar most people can name their favourite movie in a matter of seconds. 

But not all movies do well, even the ones you’d most expect. 

The facts are that some movies just do a lot better than others, due to budget, mass appeal and marketing.  

So, to help you decide which movie to watch next, we’ve put together a list of the 25 highest-grossing movies of all time. 

Enjoy! 

 

The 25 Highest-Grossing Movies of All Time

The list of movies and figures mentioned below have been compiled from various sources around the web, such as IMDB, Box Office Mojo & Wikipedia

These are the 25 highest-grossing movies of all time:

 

25. Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Highest-Grossing Movies - Transformers Dark of the Moon

Grossed: $1.123 Billion

Transformers: Dark of the Moon was released in 2011 and has since grossed an impressive $1.123 billion dollars worldwide. 

The film is based on the Transformers toy line and was directed by Michael Bay. 

The battle continues between the Autobots and Decepticons as this time they’re fighting each other to collect powerful technology from their homeland that crashed on Earth’s Moon. 

Dark of the Moon is the third instalment in the series of Transformer films and is the sequel to 2009’s Revenge of the Fallen. 

This film, however, was not co-produced by DreamWorks like the rest in the series and was only distributed by Paramount Pictures.

Some of the film’s stars include Shia Lebouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, and Tyrese Gibson

 

24. Captain Marvel

Highest-Grossing Movies - Captain Marvel

Grossed: $1.128 Billion

The next film on our list is Captain Marvel. 

So far, it’s grossed $1.128 billion dollars worldwide, which is pretty darn good for a film that was only released this year. 

The film was written and directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Gould, and produced by Marvel Studios. 

Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Jude Law are some of the actors that you’ll find starring in this movie. 

The premise of the film is that Earth is caught in some kind of Galactic conflict between two alien civilizations, and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is called in. 

So far, Captain Marvel is the twenty-fourth highest-grossing movie of all time! 

 

23. Spider-Man: Far From Home

Highest-Grossing Movies - Spiderman Far From Home

Grossed: $1.129 Billion

Spider-Man: Far From Home was released earlier this year and has since gone on to gross an impressive $1.129 billion dollars.  

The film was co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios and is the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, released in 2017. 

It stars many great actors and actresses, including Tom Holland (Peter Parker), Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal and Marisa Tomei.

It was directed by John Watts and written by Eric Sommers and Chris Mckenna. 

This time, Spider-Man (Peter Parker) is recruited by Mysterio and Nick Fury to face the Elementals during a school trip to Europe. 

To date, Far From Home is the first Spider-Man movie to pass the $1 billion dollar mark. 

 

22. Aquaman

Highest-Grossing Movies - Aquaman

Grossed: $1.148 Billion

The twenty-second highest-grossing film of all time is the 2018 Superhero film, Aquaman. 

Based on the DC character of the same name, Aquaman follows Jason Momoa (Aquaman) as he fights to lead the underwater Kingdom of Atlantis to stop his half brother, King Orm, destroying the surface world by uniting the seven underwater kingdoms.

Since it was first released on November 26, 2018, Aquaman has grossed over $1.148 billion dollars. 

The film was directed from James Wan and was distributed by Warner Bros Pictures and is the sixth film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). 

For now, it is the highest-grossing DCEU film ever and was the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2018!

 

21. Captain America: Civil War

Highest-Grossing Movies - Captain America Civil War

Grossed: $1.153 Billion

Captain America: Civil War has grossed $1.153 billion dollars worldwide so far and was the highest-grossing film of 2016. 

It’s a Superhero film based on Marvel Comics character, Captain America, and is the sequel to the first two Captain America movies: The First Avenger and The Winter Solider.

After a disagreement over who should oversee the Avengers internationally, they break into two factions, one led by Tony Stark and the other Steve Rogers. 

The film was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures. 

Some of the films cast include Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Anthony Mackie.

The film received critical and commercial success and became the highest-grossing film of 2016!

 

20. Minions

Highest-Grossing Movies - Minions

Grossed: $1.159 Billion

Grossing over $1.159 billion dollars since it was released in 2015, Minions has gone on to become the twentieth highest-grossing movie of all time. 

It’s an American 3D computer-animated comedy film, which served as a spinoff to the Despicable Me Franchise. 

The film uses the voices of stars like Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Micheal Keaton, Steve Coogan, and Jennifer Saunders as the voices of the Minions. 

Overall, the film received mixed reviews, however, it has become the fourth highest-grossing animated film of all time and the highest non-Disney animated film of all time! 

Minions was produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures and was directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. 

 

19. Iron Man 3

Highest-Grossing Movies - Iron Man 3

Grossed: $1.215 Billion

In nineteenth place, we have Iron Man 3. 

To date, the film has grossed over $1.215 billion dollars and received Both Academy Award and BAFTA Award nominations. 

In this Iron Man film, Tony Stark has to deal with the effects of the events caused by the Avengers, during a national terrorism campaign on the United States, led by the Mandarin. 

It’s the third film in the series of Iron Man films and the Seventh film in Marvel Cinematic Universe. (MCU)

The film’s cast includes Robert Downey Jr. Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, and many more. 

Iron Man 3 was a huge box office success and was the second highest-grossing film of 2013. 

 

18. The Fate of the Furious

Highest-Grossing Movies - Fate of the Furious

Grossed: $1.236 Billion

Also known as Fast & Furious 8, The Fate of the Furious grossed over $1.236 billion dollars since it was released in 2017. 

The American action film, written by Chris Morgan and directed by Felix Gary Grey, is the eighth Fast & Furious film in the franchise. 

You can expect to find most of the normal cast in this one, like Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodrigues, and Tyrese Gibson. 

In its opening weekend, it grossed over $542 million dollars and went on to become the third highest-grossing film of 2017. 

 

17. Incredibles 2

highest-Grossing Movies - Incredibles 2

Grossed: $1.242 Billion

Incredibles 2 is a computer-animated American superhero film that’s grossed over $1.242 billion dollars. 

The film was written and directed by Brad Bird, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. 

In a nutshell, the film follows the Parr family, who try and regain the public’s trust in superheroes; however, this proves to be a lot more difficult than expected. 

The film first premiered in Los Angeles on June 5, 2018, and largely received positive reviews for its animation and humor. 

In its opening weekend alone, the film made a whopping $182.7 million dollars. 

It was also nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 76th Golden Globe Awards and 91st Academy Awards. 

 

16. Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Highest-Grossing Movies - Beauty and the Beast

Grossed: $1.264 Billion

The 2017 version of Beauty and The Beast has grossed $1.264 Billion dollars at the box office since its release. 

The musical romantic fantasy film was directed by Bill Condon based off a screenplay written by Stephen Chobsky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. 

Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films Co-Produced the film and feature a cast that includes, Emma Watson and Dan Stevens playing the lead characters. 

The film’s critics gave it a positive response overall, praising its authenticity to the original animated version. 

Because of how much it grossed at the box office; the film has become the highest-grossing live-action musical film of all time and received several award nominations, including Academy Award nominations.

 

15. Frozen

Highest-Grossing Movies - Frozen

Grossed: $1.276 Billion

Arguably one of the most popular films and most recognized films of the past few years, Frozen has managed to gross a colossal $1.276 billion dollars so far. 

It has won a super impressive amount of awards as well, including; two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, one BAFTA award for Best Animated Film, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film. 

The film was produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. 

As well as all the awards and nominations it received, Frozen was the highest-grossing film of 2013!

 

14. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Highest-Grossing Movies - Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

Grossed: $1.308 Billion

The next highest-grossing movie of all time is Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, grossing an impressive $1.308 billion dollars at the box office. 

Fallen Kingdom was released in 2018 and is an American Science Fiction Adventure Film. It’s also the sequel to the Jurrasic World and the second in the three-part planned trilogy of Jurassic World.  

The film follows Owen Grady and Claire Dearing as they try and rescue the remaining dinosaurs from a fictional island in Central America, called Isla Nublar, just off the coast of Costa Rica. 

It was the third highest-grossing film of 2018, and marked the third Jurassic film to pass the $1 billion dollar mark!

 

13. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Highest-Grossing Movies - Star Wars The Last Jedi

Grossed: $1.333 Billion

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released in 2017 and has grossed $1.333 billion dollars. 

The film follows Rey, as she gets trained in the art of the Jedi from Luke Skywalker, to prepare her for helping the resistance in the fight against Kylo Ren and the First Order. 

The Last Jedi was written and directed by Rian Johnson, produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 

It follows the 2016 Force Awakens and is the second instalment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. 

After its release, it gained several award nominations and became the highest-grossing film of 2017. 

 

12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Highest-Grossing Movies - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Grossed: $1.342 Billion

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was released in 2011 and is a fantasy film based on J.K Rowling‘s 2007 novel of the same name. 

The film was directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman, David Barron, and J.K Rowling. 

It stars the normal cast, including Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson as the trio continue to find a destroy Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes to hopefully stop him once and for all. 

The film was a massive commercial success, grossing over $1.342 billion dollars, and is the highest-grossing film in the Harry Potter series. 

 

11. Black Panther

Highest-Grossing Movies - Black Panther

Grossed: $1.347 Billion

Black Panther was released in 2018 and is an American Superhero Film about a Marvel comic book character of the same name. 

The film has grossed $1.347 billion dollars to date and was produced by Marvel Studios, distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, and was directed by Ryan Coogler. 

If you’re unfamiliar with the Black Panther then the film is about the King of Wakanda, T’Challa’s, mission to stop his adversary abandoning his country’s traditional policies in favour of a world revolution. 

Black Panther received several industry nominations and was the first MCU film to win an Academy Award. 

If you’re into this film, then you’ll be pleased to know that the sequel will be released in 2022, written and directed by Ryan Coogler again. 

 

10. Avengers: Age of Ultron

Highest-Grossing Movies - The Avengers Age of Ultron

Grossed: $1.405 Billion

Released in 2015, Avengers: Age of Ultron is an American superhero film based on the Avengers superhero comic from Marvel.

The film was written by Joss Whedon, produced by Marvel Studios, and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 

In the film, the Avengers are tasked with defeating Ultron, alien intelligence that’s fixated on destroying all human life. 

Some of the cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Don Cheadle

Since its release, the film has grossed over $1.405 billion dollars, and is the second most expensive film ever made! 

 

9. Furious 7

Highest-Grossing Movies - Furious 7

Grossed: $1.516 Billion

The next highest-grossing movie of all time is Furious 7. 

Released in 2015, Furious 7 stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriquez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell, Chris Bridges and Jason Statham.

This time around, the team returns to New York after receiving amnesty for their previous crimes, only to find a rogue special forces assassin seeking to put them in danger once again.  

The film has since grossed over $1.516 billion and is the highest-grossing film of the Fast and Furious franchise. 

 

8. The Avengers

Highest-Grossing Movies - The Avengers

Grossed: $1.519 Billion

Released in 2012, the Avengers has grossed £1.519 billion dollars to date. 

It’s an American superhero film, based on the Marvel comics and is the sixth film to be released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

The film was written and directed by Joss Whedon, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 

In this Avengers film, S.H.I.E.L.D boss, Nick Fury, recruits the Avengers to locate and stop Thor’s brother Loki from destroying Earth. 

The film set and broke and a number of records; including the biggest opening weekend in the United States and Canada, and became the highest-grossing film of 2012. 

It’s also the first-ever Marvel film to break the $1 billion mark in ticket sales!

 

7. The Lion King

Highest-Grossing Movies - The Lion King

Grossed: $1.632 Billion

Coming in at number seven on our list of the highest-grossing movies of all time is the animated remake of The Lion King. 

The film stars the voices of Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and James Earl Jones.

The plot follows a young Lion cub called Simba, who has to take on the role of King of his lands after his uncle, Scar, murders his father, Mufasa. 

The film has already grossed over $1.632 billion dollars and is the second-highest-grossing film of 2019 so far. 

 

6. Jurassic World

Highest-Grossing Movies - Jurassic World

Grossed: $1.672 Billion

Jurassic World is a science fiction adventure film that was released in 2015 and has grossed $1.672 billion dollars. 

The film’s cast includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, and Irrfan Khan.

After a genetically engineered dinosaur escapes, it’s enclosure on the island of Isla Nublar, which is the island the original Jurassic Park was set on; the team is forced to stop the island going into total chaos and capture the escaped dinosaur. 

Jurassic World was written by Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow, directed by Trevorrow, and produced by Frank Marshal and Patrick Crowley. 

The film became the second-highest-grossing film of 2015 and the highest-grossing film the Jurassic franchise. 

 

5. Avengers: Infinity War

Highest-Grossing Movies - Avengers Infinity War

Grossed: $2.048 Billion

The third Avengers film on our is Avengers: Infinity War, which was released in 2018 and grossed over $2.048 billion to date. 

The film was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 

It’s the sequel to the 2012 and 2015 Avengers films and features the Guardians of the Galaxy. 

In an act to prevent Thanos collecting of all the infinity stones, which means he could wipe out the entire world; the Avengers join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to make sure that doesn’t become a reality. 

Infinity War is the first superhero film to gross over $2 billion dollars worldwide and became the highest-grossing film of 2018. 

 

4. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Highest-Grossing Movies - Star Wars The Force Awakens

Grossed: $2.068 Billion

Coming in at number 4 is Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. 

Produced, co-written and directed by J.J. Abrams, the film has grossed a super impressive $2.068 billion dollars worldwide. 

Some of the cast includes Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega.

The film is set 30 years after the Return of the Jedi and follows Rey, Finn and Poe as they try to locate Luke Skywalker and their battle as part of the resistance with Kylo Renn and the First Order.

The Force Awakens broke numerous box office records and became the highest-grossing film in North America, the highest-grossing instalment in the franchise, and the highest-grossing film of 2015.   

 

3. Titanic

Highest-Grossing Movies - Titanic

Grossed: $2.187 Billion

Directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron; this 1997 romance and disaster movie has grossed over $2.187 billion dollars worldwide. 

The film is based on accounts of the sinking of the RMS Titanic and follows characters, Leonardos Di-Caprio and Winslet on their on-screen love affair before the ultimate tragedy strikes. 

The film was co-financed by 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures and has a production budget of $200 million dollars, which made it the most expensive film ever made at the time. 

Titanic was a massive success and achieved significant praise and won countless awards. It was the first film to reach the billion-dollar mark and became the highest-grossing film ever during that period of time. 

 

2. Avatar

Highest-Grossing Movies - Avatar

Grossed: $2.79 Billion

In second place we have a film that’s grossed over $2.79 billion dollars and broke several box office awards: Avatar.  

The film was released in 2009 and is a science fiction film, directed, written and co-edited and James Cameron. 

Avatars cast includes Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sigourney Weaver.

The film follows a group of humans as they try to colonize another planet, only to find out that it already has a native local tribe, the Na’vi, who are a humanoid species that are indigenous to the planet, Pandora. 

As well as becoming the highest-grossing film at the time it was released, Avatar also remained the highest-grossing film worldwide for almost a decade. 

Also, after being nominated for nine Academy Awards, Avatar won three, including Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects. 

 

1. Avengers: Endgame

Highest-Grossing Movies - Avengers End Game

Grossed: $2.796 Billion

Coming in at number one on our list of the highest-grossing movies of all time is Avengers: Endgame. 

Released in 2019, this superhero film based on Marvel comics Avengers has grossed a whopping $2.796 billion dollars worldwide to date. 

It’s the sequel to the 2018 Avengers: Infinity War.

Some of the cast includes; Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Josh Brolin

This time around, the remaining Avengers team tries to reverse the damage caused by Thanos in Infinity War, teaming up with allies as the go. 

Apart from being one of the most expensive films ever made, it managed to break numerous box office records and surpass Avatar to become the highest-grossing movie of all time! 

 

Summary

We hope you enjoyed our list of the 25 highest-grossing movies of all time. 

Personally, we watched all the movies we listed, and think they’re all great in their own way. 

However, if we had to choose our favorite, then Avatar would tick that box for sure!

Here’s a quick recap of the 25 highest-grossing movies of all time:

  1. Avengers: Endgame – $2.796 Billion
  2. Avatar – $2.79 Billion 
  3. Titanic – $2.187 Billion
  4. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens – $2.068 Billion
  5. Avengers: Infinity War – $2.048 Billion
  6. Jurassic World – $1.672 Billion
  7. The Lion King – $1.632 Billion
  8. The Avengers  – $1.519 Billion
  9. Furious 7 – $1.516 Billion
  10. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1.405 Billion
  11. Black Panther – $1.347 Billion
  12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – $1.342 Billion
  13. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – $1.333 Billion
  14. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – $1.308 Billion
  15. Frozen – $1.276 Billion
  16. Beauty and the Beast (2017) – $1.264 Billion
  17. Incredibles 2 – $1.242 Billion
  18. The Fate of The Furious – $1.236 Billion
  19. Iron Man 3 – $1.215 Billion
  20. Minions – $1.159 Billion
  21. Captain America: Civil War – $1.153 Billion
  22. Aquaman – $1.148 Billion
  23. Spider-Man: Far From Home – $1.129 Billion
  24. Captain Marvel – $1.128 Billion
  25. Transformers: Dark of the Moon – $1.123 Billion

What’s your favourite highest-grossing movie of all time? Leave a comment below.

Matt McIntyre is a digital marketing consultant and certified marketing strategist. When he's not talking about business or marketing, you'll find him in the gym.

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  1. Aaron

    Dec 6, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Im wondering how in the world the new lion king movie ended up grossing that much and making it onto the list. I can understand ppl were anxious to see it especially with the trailer that was released but the movie itself was terrible. I would think word would have spread quickly enough, but it was probably curiosity if bad reviews werent enough to keep people away

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The 10 Best Short Moral Stories With Valuable Lessons

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Stories that have morals and messages behind them are always powerful. In fact, it’s crazy just how powerful a 200 word story can be.

Our last article of short stories became so popular, that we decided to create another list, in which every story has a simple moral behind it.

 

The 10 Best Short Moral Stories

Some of these stories are very short and basic. In fact some are so basic they’re most likely featured in children’s books somewhere. However, the strength of the message remains the same.

Here’s some more of the best short moral stories:

 

1. An Old Man Lived in the Village

Short Moral Stories - An Old Man

An old man lived in the village. He was one of the most unfortunate people in the world. The whole village was tired of him; he was always gloomy, he constantly complained and was always in a bad mood.

The longer he lived, the more bile he was becoming and the more poisonous were his words. People avoided him, because his misfortune became contagious. It was even unnatural and insulting to be happy next to him.

He created the feeling of unhappiness in others.

But one day, when he turned eighty years old, an incredible thing happened. Instantly everyone started hearing the rumour:

 

“An Old Man is happy today, he doesn’t complain about anything, smiles, and even his face is freshened up.”

 

The whole village gathered together. The old man was asked:

Villager: What happened to you?

 

“Nothing special. Eighty years I’ve been chasing happiness, and it was useless. And then I decided to live without happiness and just enjoy life. That’s why I’m happy now.” – An Old Man

 

Moral of the story:

Don’t chase happiness. Enjoy your life.

 

2. The Wise Man

Short Moral Stories - The Wise Man

People have been coming to the wise man, complaining about the same problems every time. One day he told them a joke and everyone roared in laughter.

After a couple of minutes, he told them the same joke and only a few of them smiled.

When he told the same joke for the third time no one laughed anymore.

The wise man smiled and said:

 

“You can’t laugh at the same joke over and over. So why are you always crying about the same problem?”

 

Moral of the story:

Worrying won’t solve your problems, it’ll just waste your time and energy.

 

3. The Foolish Donkey

Short Moral Stories - The Foolish Donkey

A salt seller used to carry the salt bag on his donkey to the market every day.

On the way they had to cross a stream. One day the donkey suddenly tumbled down the stream and the salt bag also fell into the water. The salt dissolved in the water and hence the bag became very light to carry. The donkey was happy.

Then the donkey started to play the same trick every day.

The salt seller came to understand the trick and decided to teach a lesson to it. The next day he loaded a cotton bag on the donkey.

Again it played the same trick hoping that the cotton bag would be still become lighter.

But the dampened cotton became very heavy to carry and the donkey suffered. It learnt a lesson. It didn’t play the trick anymore after that day, and the seller was happy.

 

Moral of the story:

Luck won’t favor always.

 

4. Having A Best Friend

Short Moral Stories - Having A Best Friend

A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face.

The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand;

 

“Today my best friend slapped me in the face.”

 

They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone;

 

“Today my best friend saved my life.”

 

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him;

 

“After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?”

 

The other friend replied;

 

“When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”

 

Moral of the story: 

Don’t value the things you have in your life. But value who you have in your life.

 

5. The Four Smart Students

Short Moral Stories - The Four Smart Students

One night four college students were out partying late night and didn’t study for the test which was scheduled for the next day. In the morning, they thought of a plan.

They made themselves look dirty with grease and dirt.

Then they went to the Dean and said they had gone out to a wedding last night and on their way back the tire of their car burst and they had to push the car all the way back. So they were in no condition to take the test.

The Dean thought for a minute and said they can have the re-test after 3 days. They thanked him and said they will be ready by that time.

On the third day, they appeared before the Dean. The Dean said that as this was a Special Condition Test, all four were required to sit in separate classrooms for the test. They all agreed as they had prepared well in the last 3 days.

The Test consisted of only 2 questions with the total of 100 Points:

 

1) Your Name? __________ (1 Points)

2) Which tire burst? __________ (99 Points)
Options – (a) Front Left (b) Front Right (c) Back Left (d) Back Right

 

Moral of the story:

Take responsibility or you will learn your lesson.

 

6. The Greedy Lion

Short Moral Stories - The Greedy Lion

It was an incredibly hot day, and a lion was feeling very hungry.

He came out of his den and searched here and there. He could find only a small hare. He caught the hare with some hesitation. “This hare can’t fill my stomach” thought the lion.

As the lion was about to kill the hare, a deer ran that way. The lion became greedy. He thought;

 

“Instead of eating this small hare, let me eat the big deer.”

 

He let the hare go and went behind the deer. But the deer had vanished into the forest. The lion now felt sorry for letting the hare off.

 

Moral of the story:

A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.

 

7. Two Friends & The Bear

Short Moral Stories - Two Friends & The Bear

Vijay and Raju were friends. On a holiday they went walking into a forest, enjoying the beauty of nature. Suddenly they saw a bear coming at them. They became frightened.

Raju, who knew all about climbing trees, ran up to a tree and climbed up quickly. He didn’t think of Vijay. Vijay had no idea how to climb the tree.

Vijay thought for a second. He’d heard animals don’t prefer dead bodies, so he fell to the ground and held his breath. The bear sniffed him and thought he was dead. So, it went on its way.

Raju asked Vijay;

 

“What did the bear whisper into your ears?”

 

Vijay replied, “The bear asked me to keep away from friends like you” …and went on his way.

 

Moral of the story:

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

 

8. The Struggles of Our Life

Short Moral Stories - The Struggles of our Life

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it.

She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire.

Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot and ground coffee beans in the third pot. He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter.

The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. After twenty minutes he turned off the burners.

He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup.

 

Turning to her, he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?”

“Potatoes, eggs and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft.

He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.

 

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity-the boiling water. However, each one reacted differently. The potato went in strong, hard and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.

The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.

However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which one are you?” he asked his daughter.

 

“When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

 

Moral of the story: 

In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is how you choose to react to it and what you make out of it. Life is all about leaning, adopting and converting all the struggles that we experience into something positive.

 

9. The Fox & The Grapes

Short Moral Stories - The Fox & The Grapes

One afternoon a fox was walking through the forest and spotted a bunch of grapes hanging from over a lofty branch.

“Just the thing to quench my thirst,” he thought.

Taking a few steps back, the fox jumped and just missed the hanging grapes. Again the fox took a few paces back and tried to reach them but still failed.

Finally, giving up, the fox turned up his nose and said, “They’re probably sour anyway,” and proceeded to walk away.

 

Moral of the story: 

It’s easy to despise what you can’t have.

 

10. The Lion & The Poor Slave

Short Moral Stories - The Lion & The Poor Slave

A slave, ill-treated by his master, runs away to the forest. There he comes across a lion in pain because of a thorn in his paw. The slave bravely goes forward and removes the thorn gently.

The lion without hurting him goes away.

Some days later, the slave’s master comes hunting to the forest and catches many animals and cages them. The slave is spotted by the masters’ men who catch him and bring him to the cruel master.

The master asks for the slave to be thrown into the lion’s cage.

The slave is awaiting his death in the cage when he realizes that it is the same lion that he had helped. The slave rescued the lion and all other caged animals.

 

Moral of the story: 

One should help others in need, we get the rewards of our helpful acts in return.

 

Summary

Here’s a quick recap on the 10 best short moral stories:

  1. An old man lived in the village
  2. The wise man
  3. The foolish donkey
  4. Having a best friend
  5. The four smart students
  6. The greedy lion
  7. The two friends & the bear
  8. The struggles of our life
  9. The fox & the grapes
  10. The lion & the poor slave

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Who are the best motivational speakers of all time?

Motivational speakers have had an enormous impact on my life, and millions of others, no matter what their personal situation in life may be.

Their words are so powerful and inspirational, you just have to listen to their stuff on a daily basis. So it brings me to this post.

I’ve been enjoying a lot of motivational videos recently, have been creating my own, and have ended up listening to a lot of wonderful speeches.

 

Top 10 Best Motivational Speakers

But who are the best motivational speakers in the world?

Here’s my list of the top 10 motivational speakers in the world.

These are the people you need to be following, listening to and watching on YouTube. They have transformed many people’s lives including mine.

 

10. Nick Vujicic

Nick Vujicic - Best Motivational Speakers in the World

Nick Vujicic was born on December 4th 1982 in Melbourne, Australia. Vujicic was born with Tetra-Amelia syndrome, a very rare disorder whereby someone is born with an absence of all four limbs.

This no doubt ably, made things incredibly tough for Nick growing up, as he struggled both mentally and physically.

It led to him founding his very own non-profit organization called ‘Life Without Limbs’. Nick Vujicic is a true inspiration to us all, and if you’ve watched some of his motivational speeches on YouTube, you’ll realize just how much he’s been able to adapt to a life without limbs.

Many people with this disorder might not be willing to work hard in order to truly push their abilities.

He can type 43 words a minute on a computer. That’s right, you heard me correctly. This is a guy who has an absence of all four limbs, but can type 43 words per minute on a computer.

I encourage you to watch some of his videos on YouTube, and see exactly what I’m talking about.

“It’s a lie to think you’re not good enough. It’s a lie to think you’re not worth anything.” – nick Vujicic

 

9. Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy - Best Motivational Speakers in the World

Brian Tracy was born on January 5th 1944 in Vancouver, Canada, and is the CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company that specifically sets out to help individuals and organizations develop, train and grow.

Brian’s ultimate goal is to help other people achieve their goals more efficiently and be able to achieve their full potential.

That definitely sets the foundation for being one of the best motivational speakers in the world.

His lifetime achievements are phenomenal, consulting huge numbers of businesses, hosting huge numbers of seminars and conducting  years and years of research in Business, Economics, Psychology and Philosophy.

There’s no more to say other than the title given on his website: Professional Speaker, Best Selling Author, Entrepreneur and Success Expert. Check out some of the best Brian Tracy quotes.

“No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.” – Brian Tracy

 

8. Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma - Best Motivational Speakers in the World

Robin Sharma was born in 1964 in Nepal, and straight out of the Dalhousie University School of Law, became a professional lawyer. But he went much further in his career than being a fully qualified and successful lawyer.

Sharma has written a total of 15 published books, from 1995 – 2011, on the subjects of self-help and leadership. One of his most popular books written; ‘The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari’, has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

The book is all about a character called Julian, who decides to sell his home and Ferrari to go on a spiritual journey, after being the victim to a sudden heart attack.

Some may say that Robin Sharma’s more of a motivational author rather than speaker, but he deserves to be on this list. He’s written 12 global best sellers, and is an expert author in the world of leadership and self development.

“Dreamers are mocked as impractical. The truth is they are the most practical, as their innovations lead to progress and a better way of life for all of us.” – Robin S. Sharma

 

7. Wayne Dyer

Dr. Wayne Dyer - Best Motivational Speakers in the World

Dr. Wayne Dyer was born on May 10th 1940 in Detroit, and spent the majority of his childhood in an orphanage.

Dyer was in the U.S Navy after graduating high school, from 1958 to 1962. He then received his degree in counselling, a profession that he chose to work in for a while before taking it one step further.

Dyer left his teaching job and started pursuing a career in motivational speaking, holding various lectures across the states and becoming an incredibly popular author.

The first book that Dyer ever wrote has now had over 35 million copies sold and he’s proceeded to continue with his lecture tours, release various audio tapes and publish a regular stream of books.

“Passion is a feeling that tells you: this is the right thing to do. Nothing can stand in my way. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says. This feeling is so good that it cannot be ignored. I’m going to follow my bliss and act upon this glorious sensation of joy.” – Wayne Dyer

 

6. Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar - Best Motivational Speakers in the World

Zig Ziglar was born on November 6th, 1926 in Alabama, and passed away on November 28th in 2012.

Ziglar has 11 siblings, and at the age of five years old, his father died of a stroke, and his sister passed away two days later. Zig actually served in the army from 1935 – 1946 during World War II.

Ziglar met his wife Jean when he was just 17 years old, and after the war began to work as a salesman for many different companies, eventually becoming the vice president for the Automotive Performance company.

He started taking part in motivational seminars, and also wrote his first book in 1975 titled: ‘See You at the Top’. This was the first of at least 15 books he’d written during the period of 1975 and 2012.

A lot of wisdom has come from Zig Ziglar over the years and he is definitely one of the best motivational speakers in the world.

“You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness.” – Zig Ziglar

 

5. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger - Best Motivational Speakers in the World

Arnold Schwarzenegger was born on July 30th 1947, in Austria. We all know him as the world famous professional bodybuilding champion, and there’s a very inspirational story behind Arnie’s bodybuilding success.

Schwarzenegger served in the Austrian army at the age of 18 years old for 1 year, which at the time was compulsory for all 18-year-old males.

During this time, he would still manage to fit in his workouts between all the training and drills, whilst most people were resting. He snuck out of the camp to compete in the Junior Mr. Europe contest, which he ended up winning.

Arnold’s discipline towards his training was incredible, and the fact that he was willing to disobey the rules of the army and sneak out of the camp to compete in the contest, just goes to show how badly he wanted it.

Nowadays, he’s an inspiration to many bodybuilders and a great source of motivation for anyone wanting to be successful.

“For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

4. Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn - Best Motivational Speakers in the World

Jim Rohn was born September 17th, 1930 in Yakima, Washington, and passed away on December 5th, 2009. He was a very successful entrepreneur, at one time being a Vice President of a very successful sales company, Nutri-Bio.

However, after the company eventually went out of business, he was invited to speak at a meeting of one of his clubs.

After this meeting, he was invited to speak at many other events and began making a name for himself. Rohn was a wise businessman and managed to impart much of this wisdom to others.

He’s definitely earned the right to be on this list of the best motivational speakers in the world.

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

 

3. Les Brown

Les Brown - Best Motivational Speakers in the World

Les Brown was born on February 17th, 1945 in Miami, Florida. He was adopted by Mamie Brown, and whilst in grade school, was declared “educably mentally retarded”.

Despite this and the emotional issues, it brought upon him; he was encouraged by others to continue to learn and be the best he could be. Leading him to unlock his full potential.

Les is another motivational speaker who is incredibly popular among the motivational video compilations that others create. Because his speeches are so deep and meaningful that they really get through to people.

His top-selling books: ‘It’s Not over until You Win!’ and ‘Live Your Dreams’ are truly inspirational and well worth the read.

“When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.” – Les Brown

 

2. Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins - Best Motivational Speakers in the World

Tony Robbins was born on February 29th, 1960 in Los Angeles. His life at home when he was young was described by him as abusive and chaotic. It was because of this that he left home at the age of 17.

Originally when starting out in the world of motivational speaking, Robbins was promoting seminars for Jim Rohn. He later decided to begin his own journey by hosting his own seminars.

Tony has affected and changed so many people’s lives in a positive way through his seminars, motivational speeches, inspirational quotes and best-selling books.

Search for him on YouTube and several videos will pop up showing him change someone’s life.

The favorites of mine that I’ve watched, are where he cures a young man’s stutter in 7 minutes and saves another guy’s marriage in 8.

“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” – Tony Robbins

 

1. Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas - Best Motivational Speakers in the World

Eric Thomas, born and raised in Detroit, was homeless at the age of 16 years old. But Eric decided that he wanted to make a better life for himself, to become someone with a life he could be proud of.

E.T did just that, and you can now check out powerful advice from Eric Thomas on YouTube. Including his “Thank God It’s Monday” series.

He also managed to get the education he missed out on whilst he was homeless and pushed himself further to achieve all the qualifications he dreamed of being able to achieve.

Eric Thomas has become one of the best motivational speakers in the world. His YouTube videos are legendary and his best-selling books have taken in millions of dollars in revenue.

E.T’s speeches are so popular, that you’ll find he’s featured in roughly 90% of the motivational videos that others create and upload to YouTube, using compilations of clips, speeches, and music.

“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” – Eric Thomas

 

Summary

I hope you enjoyed this list of the top 10 best motivational speakers in the world. Many of these speakers are featured within some of the videos we included in our new list of ultimate gym motivation. Take a look and see what you think.

Here’s a quick recap on the list of the best motivational speakers in the world::

  1. Eric Thomas
  2. Tony Robbins
  3. Les Brown
  4. Jim Rohn
  5. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  6. Zig Ziglar
  7. Dr. Wayne Dyer
  8. Robin Sharma
  9. Brian Tracy
  10. Nick Vujicic

Who’s your favorite of the 10 best motivational speakers? Do you still agree with the current order of this list? Leave a comment below.

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The 10 Most Inspirational Short Stories I’ve Heard

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Short Inspirational stories are powerful reads;

The great thing about them is that they’re so easy to digest, and there’s always a moral at the end of the story.

Whether they’re true stories or not is another thing, as many of them are legends supposedly hundreds of years old.

However, the stories that I’m talking about are so powerful and inspirational that many of them really do get you thinking and even leave you speechless at times.

 

The 10 Best Inspirational Short Stories

I’ve been reading plenty of these short stories in the past couple of weeks and found the lessons behind them truly wonderful. So I’ve decided to write out this article highlighting the 10 most inspirational short stories I’ve heard.

Next to the subheadings, in brackets, I’ve put what the story’s lesson is all about, with a short description of the moral of the story at the end of each section.

 

10. The Elephant Rope (Belief)

The Elephant Rope (Inspirational Short Stories)

A gentleman was walking through an elephant camp, and he spotted that the elephants weren’t being kept in cages or held by the use of chains.

All that was holding them back from escaping the camp, was a small piece of rope tied to one of their legs.

As the man gazed upon the elephants, he was completely confused as to why the elephants didn’t just use their strength to break the rope and escape the camp. They could easily have done so, but instead, they didn’t try to at all.

Curious and wanting to know the answer, he asked a trainer nearby why the elephants were just standing there and never tried to escape.

The trainer replied;

 

“when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

 

The only reason that the elephants weren’t breaking free and escaping from the camp was that over time they adopted the belief that it just wasn’t possible.

 

Moral of the story:

No matter how much the world tries to hold you back, always continue with the belief that what you want to achieve is possible. Believing you can become successful is the most important step in actually achieving it.

 

9. Thinking Out of the Box (Creative Thinking)

Thinking Out of the Box (Inspirational Short Stories)

In a small Italian town, hundreds of years ago, a small business owner owed a large sum of money to a loan-shark. The loan-shark was a very old, unattractive looking guy that just so happened to fancy the business owner’s daughter.

He decided to offer the businessman a deal that would completely wipe out the debt he owed him. However, the catch was that we would only wipe out the debt if he could marry the businessman’s daughter.

Needless to say, this proposal was met with a look of disgust.

The loan-shark said that he would place two pebbles into a bag, one white and one black.

The daughter would then have to reach into the bag and pick out a pebble. If it was black, the debt would be wiped, but the loan-shark would then marry her. If it was white, the debt would also be wiped, but the daughter wouldn’t have to marry the loan-shark.

Standing on a pebble-strewn path in the businessman’s garden, the loan-shark bent over and picked up two pebbles.

Whilst he was picking them up, the daughter noticed that he’d picked up two black pebbles and placed them both into the bag.

He then asked the daughter to reach into the bag and pick one.

The daughter naturally had three choices as to what she could have done:

  1. Refuse to pick a pebble from the bag.
  2. Take both pebbles out of the bag and expose the loan-shark for cheating.
  3. Pick a pebble from the bag fully well knowing it was black and sacrifice herself for her father’s freedom.

She drew out a pebble from the bag, and before looking at it ‘accidentally’ dropped it into the midst of the other pebbles. She said to the loan-shark;

 

“Oh, how clumsy of me. Never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.”

 

The pebble left in the bag is obviously black, and seeing as the loan-shark didn’t want to be exposed, he had to play along as if the pebble the daughter dropped was white, and clear her father’s debt.

 

Moral of the story:

It’s always possible to overcome a tough situation throughout of the box thinking, and not give in to the only options you think you have to pick from.

 

8. The Group of Frogs (Encouragement)

The Group of Frogs (Inspirational Short Stories)

As a group of frogs was traveling through the woods, two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs crowded around the pit and saw how deep it was, they told the two frogs that there was no hope left for them.

However, the two frogs decided to ignore what the others were saying and they proceeded to try and jump out of the pit

Despite their efforts, the group of frogs at the top of the pit were still saying that they should just give up. That they would never make it out.

Eventually, one of the frogs took heed to what the others were saying and he gave up, falling down to his death. The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die.

He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?”

The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

 

Moral of the story:

People’s words can have a big effect on other’s lives. Think about what you say before it comes out of your mouth. It might just be the difference between life and death.

 

7. A Pound of Butter (Honesty)

A Pound of Butter (Inspirational Short Stories)

There was a farmer who sold a pound of butter to a baker. One day the baker decided to weigh the butter to see if he was getting the right amount, which he wasn’t. Angry about this, he took the farmer to court.

The judge asked the farmer if he was using any measure to weight the butter. The farmer replied, “Honor, I am primitive. I don’t have a proper measure, but I do have a scale.”

The judge asked, “Then how do you weigh the butter?”

The farmer replied;

 

“Your Honor, long before the baker started buying butter from me, I have been buying a pound loaf of bread from him. Every day when the baker brings the bread, I put it on the scale and give him the same weight in butter. If anyone is to be blamed, it is the baker.”

 

Moral of the story:

In life, you get what you give. Don’t try and cheat others.

 

6. The Obstacle In Our Path (Opportunity)

The Obstacle in Our Path (Inspirational Short Stories)

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. He then hid himself and watched to see if anyone would move the boulder out of the way. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it.

Many people loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none of them did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

A peasant then came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to push the stone out of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.

After the peasant went back to pick up his vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been.

The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King explaining that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

 

Moral of the story:

Every obstacle we come across in life gives us an opportunity to improve our circumstances, and whilst the lazy complain, the others are creating opportunities through their kind hearts, generosity, and willingness to get things done.

 

5. The Butterfly (Struggles)

The Butterfly (Inspirational Short Stories)

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly.

One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole.

Until it suddenly stopped making any progress and looked like it was stuck.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily, although it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

The man didn’t think anything of it and sat there waiting for the wings to enlarge to support the butterfly. But that didn’t happen. The butterfly spent the rest of its life unable to fly, crawling around with tiny wings and a swollen body.

Despite the kind heart of the man, he didn’t understand that the restricting cocoon and the struggle needed by the butterfly to get itself through the small opening; were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings. To prepare itself for flying once it was out of the cocoon.

 

Moral of the story:

Our struggles in life develop our strengths. Without struggles, we never grow and never get stronger, so it’s important for us to tackle challenges on our own, and not be relying on help from others.

 

4. Control Your Temper (Anger)

Control Your Temper (Inspirational Short Stories)

There once was a little boy who had a very bad temper. His father decided to hand him a bag of nails and said that every time the boy lost his temper, he had to hammer a nail into the fence.

On the first day, the boy hammered 37 nails into that fence.

The boy gradually began to control his temper over the next few weeks, and the number of nails he was hammering into the fence slowly decreased.

He discovered it was easier to control his temper than to hammer those nails into the fence.

Finally, the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father the news and the father suggested that the boy should now pull out a nail every day he kept his temper under control.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.

 

“you have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.”

 

Moral of the story:

Control your anger, and don’t say things to people in the heat of the moment, that you may later regret. Some things in life, you are unable to take back.

 

3. The Blind Girl (Change)

The Blind Girl (Inspirational Short Stories)

There was a blind girl who hated herself purely for the fact she was blind. The only person she didn’t hate was her loving boyfriend, as he was always there for her. She said that if she could only see the world, she would marry him.

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her – now she could see everything, including her boyfriend. Her boyfriend asked her, “now that you can see the world, will you marry me?”

The girl was shocked when she saw that her boyfriend was blind too, and refused to marry him. Her boyfriend walked away in tears, and later wrote a letter to her saying:

 

“Just take care of my eyes dear.”

 

Moral of the story:

When our circumstances change, so does our mind. Some people may not be able to see the way things were before, and might not be able to appreciate them. There are many things to take away from this story, not just one.

This is one of the inspirational short stories that left me speechless.

 

2. Puppies for Sale (Understanding)

Puppies for Sale (Inspirational Short Stories)

A shop owner placed a sign above his door that said: “Puppies For Sale.”

Signs like this always have a way of attracting young children, and to no surprise, a boy saw the sign and approached the owner; 

 

“How much are you going to sell the puppies for?” he asked.

 

The store owner replied, “Anywhere from $30 to $50.”

The little boy pulled out some change from his pocket. “I have $2.37,” he said. “Can I please look at them?”

The shop owner smiled and whistled. Out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the aisle of his shop followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur.

One puppy was lagging considerably behind. Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said, “What’s wrong with that little dog?”

The shop owner explained that the veterinarian had examined the little puppy and had discovered it didn’t have a hip socket. It would always limp. It would always be lame.

The little boy became excited. “That is the puppy that I want to buy.”

The shop owner said, “No, you don’t want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I’ll just give him to you.”

The little boy got quite upset. He looked straight into the store owner’s eyes, pointing his finger, and said;

 

“I don’t want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs and I’ll pay full price. In fact, I’ll give you $2.37 now, and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for.”

 

The shop owner countered, “You really don’t want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies.”

To his surprise, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the shop owner and softly replied, “Well, I don’t run so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands!”

 

1. Box Full of Kisses (Love)

Box Full of Kisses (Inspirational Short Stories)

Some time ago, a man punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree.

Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, “This is for you, Daddy.”

The man became embarrassed by his overreaction earlier, but his rage continue when he saw that the box was empty. He yelled at her; “Don’t you know, when you give someone a present, there is supposed to be something inside?”

The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and cried;

 

“Oh, Daddy, it’s not empty at all. I blew kisses into the box. They’re all for you, Daddy.”

 

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and he begged for her forgiveness.

Only a short time later, an accident took the life of the child.

Her father kept the gold box by his bed for many years and, whenever he was discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.

 

Moral of the story:

Love is the most precious gift in the world.

 

Summary of the 10 Best Inspirational Stories

Here’s a quick summary of the 10 best short inspirational stories:

  1. Box Full of Kisses (Love)
  2. Puppies for Sale (Understanding)
  3. The Blind Girl (Change)
  4. Control Your Temper (Anger)
  5. The Butterfly (Struggles)
  6. The Obstacle in Our Path (Opportunity)
  7. A Pound of Butter (Honesty)
  8. The Group of Frogs (Encouragement)
  9. Thinking Out of the Box (Creative Thinking)
  10. The Elephant Rope (Belief)

Thanks for reading these inspirational short stories. Some of them left me speechless for a minute or two, and it really does make us think.

If you know of any other inspirational short stories that you think should be featured on the list, then let me know in the comments below or drop me an email and I’ll feature them in part two later on in the year.

Which are your favorite inspirational short stories? Leave a comment below.

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