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A Painted Inspiration

from the

Palm-Fringed Beaches

A Collection of Inspirational Quotes


Salma Abdulatif

With a foreword, by

Gabriel Dinda, CEO and Founder Writers Guild, Kenya and Emmanuel Nandokha, instructor at Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)

Copyright © 2017, Salma Abdulatif

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Word from the Author


Inspiration and Success

Friendship, Love, and Life



TO MY CREATOR, for every blessing and test in my life.

TO MY MOTHER, for your endless love and support.

TO MY TWO GRANDMOTHERS, for your prayers and faith.

TO MY FRIENDS, for your inspiration and motivation.

TO THE YOUNG AFRICAN LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE (YALI), for making me find my purpose in life.

TO MY COMMUNITY, for believing in me.


It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.’

Theodore Roosevelt

Former President of the United States.

(From his 1910 speech at the Sorbonne)



These quotes, to a great extent, spark a mental conversation which is essentially needed in this generation. Salma has managed to be at the center of this conversation by coming up with and carefully arranging the quotes to make sense out of life. Sometimes, after taking part in a number of activities and interacting with others, it becomes greatly necessary to remember the quotes and important summaries of ideas held by others. Soon, the generation will find these quotes greatly necessary as they will be a start of a discussion.

Adding to the bank of knowledge which is currently available, these quotes will greatly provide a positive impact in the society. A treasure to be valued by anyone who cares about tomorrow.

Gabriel Dinda

Founder and CEO, Writers Guild Kenya.


It is not often that you meet young people who are so full of life and keen on making a difference where God has placed them. Salma is one of those who I have had the privilege of meeting and training at the Young African Leaders Initiative and I’m amazed at how quickly she has transformed her aspirations into a book.

Many people plan to write but few people write and finish anything for the public’s benefit. Salma has beaten them all and set a new standard of what is possible with focus and determination. She has put into practice her own wisdom by compiling these quotes in a book as soon as she could after the learning experience at the Regional Learning Center of East Africa. That commitment to action and not procrastination is commendable.

Salma, despite her young age, has put together a fascinating and thought-provoking collection of quotes from her experience, learning, and perspective on life.

The quotes range from quotes on women empowerment, life in general, relationships, inspiration, leadership, and success. You will find the wisdom of the ages in different quotes and some will resonate deeply with you for diverse reasons.

As you read through you will be struck by the depth of thought and the need to reflect more on many of the quotes that ring in your spirit as true and worthy of your consideration.

Read, reflect, and respond by applying them in your life and you will benefit immensely.

Emmanuel Nandokha

YALI Instructor

Word from the Author

A Painted Inspiration from the Palm-Fringed Beaches contains quotes of all kind to sooth you, motivate you, and uplift your spirits. The quotes are completely unique; designed in such a way that they can cover every single aspect of life. I hope that this book will give you the courage to be who you want to be.


First, I thank Allah (S.W.T) for guiding and helping me in realizing my purpose in life. I also appreciate the people in my life who have stood by me through thick and thin in not only accomplishing this goal of publishing this book but also for their endless support throughout this journey.

My mother, this quote book would not have been put into print without your motivation. You have not only been a source of emotional support but also funded all my undertakings. You saw how enthusiastic I was to go for my dreams and that made everything different. May Allah (S.W.T.) give you happiness and everlasting joy.

I also want to thank my two grandmothers, Haboo and MaNana, for their love and prayers; I am happy because of both of you and I want to ask Allah to keep bestowing you with His mercy and affection wherever you might be.

To my aunties; Aunty Madiha, Aunty Shamsa, and Aunty Deena who have always understood my determination for success and have pushed me to realize my dreams and, most importantly, to love myself enough.

Friends are always a privilege in our lives, especially when they are out there to see you shine and are ready to offer you a shoulder to cry on when life takes a difficult turn. Hellen, Fatma, Umar, Nawal, Ahlam, Gabriel, Dorothy, Lalbiby, Nuru, the RENS family, the Enactus family, the MTY team, and the YALI family, you are my people.

I acknowledge my editor and publisher, Vincent de Paul who has not only offered priceless guidance but has also been an adviser.

I appreciate my YALI instructors; my mentor; my family, for your love; the youth and communities I work with, for your well-wishes, and every single person in the world, the painted inspiration from the palm fringed beaches could not have happened without you.


Inspiration and Success



We are the determinants of our happiness. That everlasting satisfaction; like a refreshing stream flowing in infinite circulation. And you may be wondering why—it’s because of two things. Stimulus and Response. If someone stimulates us in any form, we have the freedom to choose how we want to respond to that circumstance. But the happiest people choose to respond proactively.



Just like the phoenix that dies by flame and rises in a new form in its own ashes, don’t take new beginnings lightly. Believe in change, in transformation, in magic, and in leaves that sprout in the spring.

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