Motivational Quotes

By | November 15, 2016

Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those you hold well. – Josh Billings

Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash. – George S. Patton

And all may do what has by man been done. – Edward Young

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. – Arthur C. Clarke

Constant dripping hollows out a stone. – Lucretius

In doubtful matters boldness is everything. – Publilius Syrus

Believe with all of your heart that you will do what you were made to do. – Orison Swett Marden

An oak is not felled at one blow. – Spanish Proverb

Well begun is half done. – Greek Proverb

With will one can do anything. – Samuel Smiles

Fortune favors the brave. – Publius Terence

No star is lost once we have seen, We always may be what we might have been. – Adelaide Proctor

Storms make oaks take roots. – Proverb

He turns not back who is bound to a star. – Leonardo Da Vinci

Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks. – Johann Gottfried Von Herder

He who moves not forward goes backward. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind. – Unknown

In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it. – Norman Vincent Peale

The best way out is always through. – Robert Frost

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. – Samuel Johnson

Men’s best successes come after their disappointments. – Henry Ward Beecher

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. – Aristotle

Amazing how we can light tomorrow with today. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

He who hesitates is lost. – Proverb

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. – Albert Einstein

When the best things are not possible, the best may be made of those that are. – Richard Hooker

Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes. – Kenneth Hildebrand

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. – Mary Shelley

Dream big and dare to fail. – Norman Vaughan

We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls. – Winston Churchill

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. – Harriet Beecher Stowe

For hope is but the dream of those that wake. – Matthew Prior

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. – William B. Sprague

Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need. – Voltaire

Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day. – Thornton Wilder

We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us. – Samuel Smiles

If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes. – St. Clement of Alexandra

Eighty percent of success is showing up. –Woody Allen

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them. – Henry David Thoreau

Start where you are. Use what you have.  Do what you can. –Arthur Ashe

The power of imagination makes us infinite. – John Muir

It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. –Abraham Lincoln

Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. –Teddy Roosevelt

Education costs money.  But then so does ignorance. –Sir Claus Moser

I would rather die of passion than of boredom. –Vincent van Gogh

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. –Chinese Proverb

Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration? – George Eliot

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down ‘happy’.  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. –John Lennon

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. –Oprah Winfrey

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. –Ayn Rand

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being. –Kevin Kruse

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. –Rosa Parks

Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. – Orison Swett Marden

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have. –Maya Angelou

I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. –Benjamin Franklin

A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. –Unknown

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. –Benjamin Franklin

Every artist was first an amateur. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The mind is everything. What you think you become.  –Buddha

You can’t fall if you don’t climb.  But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground. –Unknown

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain

Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. –Jesus

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me. –Erma Bombeck

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. –Bill Cosby

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill

Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself. – W. C. Doane

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. –Anais Nin

If you can dream it, you can achieve it. –Zig Ziglar

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. –Helen Keller

Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.  –Booker T. Washington

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou

Change your thoughts and you change your world. –Norman Vincent Peale

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing.  That’s why we recommend it daily. –Zig Ziglar

Life is about making an impact, not making an income. –Kevin Kruse

Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday.  Tomorrow is still beyond our reach. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough. – Helen Keller

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. –Henry Ford

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein

Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. –Confucius

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. –Les Brown

Happiness is not something readymade.  It comes from your own actions. –Dalai Lama

Either you run the day, or the day runs you. –Jim Rohn

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. – Epictetus

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. –Booker T. Washington

Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. –W. Clement Stone

Do not wait; the time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand. – Napoleon Hill

The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at. –Jesse Owens

It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.  –Ann Landers

First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. –Aristotle

We become what we think about. –Earl Nightingale

In any project the important factor is your belief. Without belief, there can be no successful outcome. – William James

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. – Steve Jobs

Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. – Grandma Moses

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. – Babe Ruth

The best revenge is massive success. – Frank Sinatra

I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she will make the same effort, and have the same hope and faith. – Mahatma Gandhi

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. – Chinese Proverb

The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be. – Horace Bushnell

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. –Dalai Lama

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. – Martin Luther King Jr.

An unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates

Fall seven times and stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs

If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. – Sheryl Sandberg

What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. – Bob Dylan

Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can. – Thomas Carlyle

If you would create something, you must be something. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. – Roger Staubach

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. – John Lennon

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. – Lao Tzu

Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. – Pablo Picasso

Doubt whom you will, but never yourself. – Christian Nestell Bovee

To find what you seek in the road of life,  the best proverb of all is that which says: “Leave no stone unturned.” – Edward Bulwer Lytton

Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. –Latin Proverb

I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward. – Charlotte Brontë

It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. –Mae Jemison

Try not to become a man of success but a man of value. – Albert Einstein

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. –Beverly Sills

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. –Farrah Gray

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. – Leon J. Suenes

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame. –Erica Jong

We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. –Marie Curie

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. –Anne Frank

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all of the time. – Anna Freud

Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. –Gloria Steinem

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. –Amelia Earhart

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. –Florence Nightingale

Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. –Joshua J. Marine

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.  –Robert Frost

Dream big and dare to fail. –Norman Vaughan

Tomorrow’s life is too late. Live today. – Martial

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. –Leonardo da Vinci

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. –Maya Angelou

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. –George Addair

If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. –Abigail Van Buren

No great man ever complains of want of opportunities. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. –Vince Lombardi

Inspiration and genius–one and the same. – Victor Hugo

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. –Charles Swindoll

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. –Tony Robbins

Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. –Eleanor Roosevelt

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain

You become what you believe. –Oprah Winfrey

Teach thy tongue to say, “I do not know,” and thous shalt progress. –Maimonides

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined. –Henry David Thoreau

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. –Henry Ford

It is never too late to be what you might have been. –George Eliot

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –Christopher Columbus

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. –Michael Jordan

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities – brilliantly disguised as insoluable problems. – John Gardner

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. –Plato

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. –Aristotle

Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action. – Benjamin Disraeli

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker

Limitations live only in our minds.  But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. –Jamie Paolinetti

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!” –Audrey Hepburn

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –Stephen Covey