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Inspirational Short Stories

A Collection of Motivational Short Stories and Fables


Short Stories and Fables
Welcome to Be Free Today’s Motivational Short Stories and Fables. Here is a small collection of quick reads that deliver powerful moral messages. These stories are suitable for all ages and I encourage you to share them with your friends, colleagues, and family… They make for beautiful night time stories. If you enjoy these, please share this page. Happy Reading!


  1. The Horse and The RopeRussell O’Neill
  2. Father and SonPaulo Coelho
  3. Memory and Salt – Paulo Coelho
  4. The 99 Club Unknown
  5. The Lion and The Crane – Aesop’s Fable
  6. How The Path Was Forged – Aesop Fables
  7. The Fisherman and The Businessman – Unknown



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Muhammad Ali Funeral Card Quote

Muhammad Ali Funeral Card Quote

The perfect quote that reflects the Muhammad Ali's kindness and humility is all that featured on the center of the great man's funeral card
Talent versus Skill

Talent vs Skill

There are those of you right now – your life is not where you want it to be. You’re messed up. Or you doing good, but you can’t find a way to get to great.

The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people that are trying to excel, who have dreams, that wanna do things.

Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours of beating on your craft.

I’ve never really viewed myself as particularly talented, where I excel is ridiculous, sickening work ethic. You know.. while the other guys sleeping, I am working, while the other guys eating, I am working. There is no easy way around it. No matter how talented you are, your talent is going to fail you if you are not skilled. You know – if you don’t study, if you don’t work really hard and dedicate yourself to be better every single day. You will never be able to communicate with people, with your artistry the way that you want.

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You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.

So you have to trust that the dots will connect with your future. You have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path, and that will make all the difference.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your inner voice. You've got to find what you love, and that is as truth for work as it is for your lovers...

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To Open Your Door Is To Open Your Heart

To Open Your Door Is To Open Your Heart

The answer, it turned out, was not much. Sure, I’d help friends out, tell my family I loved them, and open the door for an aged person, but it was all within the confines of my safe little world. The bigger world picture was missing. I had no sense of community outside of the people I knew.

I’d read elsewhere that if you want to grow as a person, you need to step out of your comfort zone. I'm a people person at heart, so on the suggestion of a former work colleague, I signed up to be a volunteer mentor to a refugee. A measly six hours per month was the only commitment required.

by Rod Lewis

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Live Your Dream

Live Your Dream

I have a dream today.

I don't know what that dream is that you have. I don't care how disappointed it might have been, as you have been working towards that dream. But here's what I know, that that dream that you are holding in your mind, that it's possible. See sometimes we can't say, I can do that. But what we can say, that it's possible that I can have my dream... As we run towards it, as we work towards it, day in and day out.

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Optimistic Quotes

Don’t Allow Negativity Inside Your Head

Negativity will be everywhere you look; if you are looking for it that is. Similarly, if you choose to look for the positive and become proactive about what you see, you will feel better about your environment almost immediately. It's a strange phenomenon, but we actually have the ability to choose how we see and interpret our world.
If You've Never Failed, You've Never Lived.

If You’ve Never Failed, You’ve Never Lived.

Dismissed from Drama School with a note that read 'wasting her time, she's too shy to put her best foot forward'... Lucille Ball

Turned down by the Decca Recording Company who said, "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out..." - The Beatles

A failed soldier, farmer, and real estate agent, at 38 years old he went to work for his father as a handy man... - Ulysses S. Grant

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Ricky Gervais - Stupid People

Ricky Gervais – Stupid People

Ricky Gervais is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, film director, producer, musician, screenwriter, and former radio presenter. The comedian made is big break in his late 30's writing, producing and staring in British cult series smash, The Office. The series was limited to two seasons before being picked up by NBC and adapted for a US audience staring Steve Carrell. The Office went on to become a global smash hit and won several awards... Click to view and download/share this poster in full HQ for free Read More...
Dream - Motivational Video

Dream – Motivational Video

I don’t know what that dream is that you have. I don’t care how disappointing it might have been as you've been working toward that dream. But that dream that you’re holding in your mind, that it’s possible! That some of you already know. That it’s hard, it’s not easy. It’s hard changing your life.

That is the process, of working on your dreams, you are going to incur in a lot of disappointment, a lot of failure, a lot of pain.

There are moments when you’re going to doubt yourself. You said God, why, why is this happening to me? I’m just trying to take care of my children and my mother, I’m not trying to steal or rob from anybody. How does this have to happen to me? For those of you that have experienced some hardships, don’t give up on your dream. The rough times are going to come, but they have not come to stay, they have come to pass.

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Habits Determine Your Success in Life

Habits Determine Your Success in Life

Kevin Spacey: I feel that I very often watch a lot of young people meander around; without any idea why they’re doing what they are doing. I mean to want, and to be ambitious, and to be successful, is not enough… that’s just desire.

To know what you want; to understand why you’re doing it, to dedicate every breath in your body, to achieve. If you feel as if you have something to give; if you feel as if your particular talent, is worth developing; is worth caring for, then there’s nothing you can’t achieve.

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Horse and rope - Short story

The Horse and The Rope – Short Story

As a man was passing through a small outback town, a sole horse, caught his eye. He stopped momentarily and was puzzled by the fact that this powerful creature was being held by only a small rope loosely tied to a small chair. No fences, no chains, no barn gates. It was obvious that the horse could, at anytime, break away from its bond but for some reason, it did not...

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Arnold Schwarzenegger - 6 Secrets To Success

Arnold Schwarzenegger – 6 Secrets To Success

Trust yourself, dig deep down and ask yourself: ‘who do you want to be?’. Not what, but who. Not what your parents or teachers wants you to be, but you! Figure out for yourself, what makes you happy, no matter how crazy it may sound to the people.

We have so many rules in life about everything, break the rules! It is impossible to be a true original if you to well behaved and not break the rules, you have to think outside the box. What is the point of being on this world if all you want is to be liked by everyone. The only way that I ever got any place was by breaking some of the rules...

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Stephen Colbert - Commencement Speech

Stephen Colbert – Commencement Speech

Stephan Colbert is arguably one of television's greatest personalities of all time. He is mostly recognized for his quick wit and pseudo Right-Wing Republican character, which has entertained audiences since his award winning variety show, The Colbert Report, first aired in 2005... Click to view and download/share this poster in full HQ for free Read More...
A Gift For Someone New

A Gift For Someone New

A letter to a person on their first day here. Today over 360,000 babies will be born and you are one of them. Welcome! This is the world. It’s a pretty cool place.

There’s lots to see, smell. There’s corn dogs. Uh, I’m getting ahead of myself. There’s just so much to do. Singing, dancing, oh and laughing! Laughing is the best. Especially great when you laugh and milk comes out of your nose, but only if you just had milk. Otherwise it’s just gross.

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Easy Is Not An Option - Motivational Video

Easy Is Not An Option

I want you to look at your life right now. And think about something that’s important to you. Something that gives your life a sense of value.

Think about something that you would like to have or something that you would like to create for you, or your family, or for society. I want you to hold this thought in mind. And one of the first things I want you to do is don’t worry about the inner conversation that you’re going to have.

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Robin Williams - A Touch of Madness

Robin Williams – A Touch of Madness

If you ever feel excited from a seemingly crazy, different or somewhat mad idea, show the world what you have to offer. Robin Williams was never shy to express his crazy and innovative side. The creative genius brought laughter and joy to millions. He is remembered by those who knew him best by his quick wit and fast paced mind; always 10 steps ahead. Like in much of his scripts, Robin Williams would often improvise with a highly energized personal feel... Read More...
Jerry Seinfeld - The Best Things in Life...

Jerry Seinfeld – The Best Things in Life…

Jerry Seinfeld answered a Reddit, Ask Me Anything (AMA), request July 24, 2014 and uncovered one of his lowest points and how he chose to overcome it. For someone as big as what Seinfeld is, it's important to remember that they didn't get there easily. Hard work and a lot of failures are the secrets to success... Read More...
Find Your Purpose

Find Your Purpose

Now, now it's important for me to let you know you are powerful beyond measure. Listen to me – I told you last week because perhaps, I don't know, your Daddy wasn't in your life; your mother wasn't in your life. I don't know.

You didn't have a mentor. I don't know, you may have never heard someone look at you in the eye, look at you in your soul and tell you that you not only matter, you're powerful. I remember, I remember sleeping in a building, eating out of garbage cans, I remember bringing home C's and D's, I remember not living up to my full potential. When you do what you're born to do, what you've been called to do, what you've been birthed to do – nobody can do it like you.

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Put yourself back together

Father and Son

A father was trying to read the newspaper, but his little son kept pestering him. Finally, the father grew tired of this and, tearing a page from the newspaper – one that bore a map of the world – he cut it into several pieces and handed them to his son.

‘Right, now you’ve got something to do. I’ve given you a map of the world and I want to see if you can put it back together correctly.’

He resumed his reading, knowing that the task would keep the child occupied for the rest of the day. However, a quarter of an hour later, the boy returned with the map.

‘Has your mother been teaching you geography?’ asked his father in astonishment.

‘I don’t even know what that is,’ replied the boy. ‘But there was a photo of a man on the other side of the page, so I put the man back together and found I’d put the world back together too.’

- Paulo Cohelo

Wise old man - short story

Memory and Salt

I arrive in Madrid at eight o'clock in the morning. I will only be here a few hours, so it's not worth phoning friends and arranging to see them. I decide to go for a walk alone in my favourite places, and I end up sitting smoking a cigarette on a bench in the Retiro Park.

'You look miles away,' says an old man, joining me on the bench.
'Oh, I'm here,' I say, 'but I'm sitting on this same bench with a painter friend of mine, Anastasio Ranchal, twelve years ago in 1986. We are both watching my wife, Christina, who has had a bit too much to drink and is trying to dance the flamenco.'

'Enjoy your memories,' says the old man. 'But don't forget that memory is like salt: the right amount brings out the flavour in food, too much ruins it. If you live in the past all the time, you'll find yourself with no present to remember.'

Paulo Coelho

The 99 Club - Short Story

The 99 Club

Once upon a time, there lived a King who, despite his luxurious lifestyle, was neither happy nor content.

One day, the King came upon a servant who was singing happily while he worked. This fascinated the King; why was he, the Supreme Ruler of the Land, unhappy and gloomy, while a lowly servant had so much joy. The King asked the servant, "Why are you so happy?"

The man replied, "Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but my family and I don't need too much - just a roof over our heads and warm food to fill our tummies." ....

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What's your perspective

The Lion and the Crane

A lion had been gorging on an animal he had killed, when suddenly a small bone in the meat stuck in his and he could not swallow it. He soon felt a terrible pain in his throat, and ran up and down groaning and groaning and seeking for something to relieve the pain. He tried to induce every one he met to remove the bone. "I would give anything," he said, if you would take it out." At last the Crane agreed to try and told the Lion to lie on his side and open his jaws as wide as he could. Then the Crane put its long neck down the Lion's throat, and with its beak loosened the bone, till at last it got it out.

"Will you kindly give me the reward you promised?" said the Crane....

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How The Path Was Forged

How The Path Was Forged

One day, a calf needed to cross a virgin forest in order to return to its pasture. Being an irrational animal, it forged out a tortuous path full of bends, up and down hills.

The next day, a dog came by and used the same path to cross the forest. Next it was a sheep’s turn, the head of a flock which, upon finding the opening, led its companions through it.

Later, men began using the path: they entered and left, turned to the right, to the left, bent down, deviating obstacles, complaining and cursing – and quite rightly so. But they did nothing to create a different alternative...

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The Fisherman And The Businessman

The Fisherman And The Businessman

The Fisherman and The BusinessmanThere was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village. As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish. The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many fish?”
The fisherman replied, “Oh, just a short while.”
“Then why don’t you stay longer at sea and catch even more?” The businessman was astonished.

“This is enough to feed my whole family,” the fisherman said.
The businessman then asked, “So, what do you do for the rest of the day?”....

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