Motivational Quotes

We all need some words of wisdom – especially to keep on keeping on. These are some sayings I have collected (friends, emails, twitter, facebook, etc) in my lifetime that motivate me to put that extra care into each moment of my life.

If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuseJim Rohn
You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way downRay Bradbury
Most people achieved their greatest success one step beyond what looked like their greatest failure. Brian Tracy
Failure lets you move on, mediocrity stalls you and keeps you from reaching your potentialtbd
Pursue something so important that even if you fail, the world is better off with you having triedtbd
Life is a daring adventure or nothingHellen Keller
We are all like teabags, you never know how strong we are until you put us in hot water…tbd
Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without feartbd
A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughtsJames Allen
It ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get + keep moving forwardRocky
Im competitive with myself. I always try to push past my own borders.Tyra Banks
Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in othersPlato
Success is achieved by those who try and keep trying with a positive mentality”tbd
The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.Bruce Lee
Never let yesterday use up too much of today.Will Rogers
Action is the real measure of intelligenceNapoleon Hill
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big differenceWinston Churchill
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Friends show their love – in times of trouble, not in happinessEuripides
An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.Henry David Thoreau
Don’t think there is any other quality essential to success than the quality of perseveranceJ.D. Rockefeller
While theres life theres hopeMarcus Tullius Cicero
Other people and things can stop you temporarily. You’re the only one who can do it permanentlyZig
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made ofBen Franklin
Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.Anthony J. DAngelo
success seems to be connected with action. successful people keep moving. they make mistakes, but they don’t quitConrad Hilton
you can’t expect to hit the jackpot if you don’t put a few nickels in the machineFlip Wilson
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.Dwight D Eisenhower
You have to learn the rules of the game. And then, you have to play better than anyone elseAlbert Einstein
I do not believe a man can ever leave his business. He ought to think of it by day and dream of it by night. Henry Ford
There is no secrets to success, it is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failures.Colin Powell
To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.Shakespeare
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.Seneca
Emotions are the most powerful things in the universe, it drives EVERYTHINGtbd
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habitAristotle
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.Ralph Waldo Emerson
Success is not so much what we have as it is what we are.Jim Rohn
You’re never a failure until you fail to get up.Evel Knievel
Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies Ann Landers
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at changeWayne Dyer
true test of character is not how much we know how 2 do, but how we behave when we don’t know what 2 do John ROhn
Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.Douglas MacArthur
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.James Allen
The greatest revenge is to accomplish what others say you cannot dotbd
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; Skill is knowing how to do it, and Virtue is doing it.tbd
The best way yo get your voice heard is to speak up – No one can hear your thought. Douglas Idugboe
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. Salvador Dali
A “no” in the sales process, only means customer has more questions. Answer them to close the saletbd
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. Martin Luther King Jr
Fear makes strangers of people who should be friendsShirley MacLaine
Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they areMalcolm Forbes
Time spent wishing is time wasted The Janitor from Scrubs TV show
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that countstbd
Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.Tom Krause
Influence Is How Well You Put Other People’s Interest First…tbd
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.tbd
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have imaginedtbd
if you are gonna think – THINK BIGDonald Trump
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t trytbd
Misfortune is opportunity misread.tbd
Entrepreneurship is balancing unbridled optimism with intense skepticism. Dan Eisenberg
The secret of success lies not in doing your own work, but in recognizing the right man to do it. Andrew Carnegie
You can not make excuses and money at the same time.tbd
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligentlytbd
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endlessMother Theresa
What is defeat, other than the God given opportunity to do it again, The right way!Larry Bennett
When you think or say “I am…” be sure its always a positive statement. Your thoughts create you + your lifetbd
Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quittbd
The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else. E. E. Cummings
You Must Take Full Responsibility Of What Happens In Your Lifetbd
Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you designJim Rohn
Enthusiasm is contagious. Be a carrierSusan Rabi
Energy and persistence conquer all things. Benjamin Franklin
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.Confucius
No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.Aristotle
He who finds diamonds must grapple in mud and mire because diamonds are not found in polished stones. Henry B. Wilson
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. Charles Darwin
Influence is like a savings account. The less you use it, the more you’ve got.tbd
About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends.Herbert Hoover
If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself Jim Rohn
An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.Dwight D. Eisenhowser
Every goodbye is the birth of a memory. Dutch Proverb
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.Albert Einstein
You are what you think about all day long.Robert Schuller
Dream up the kind of world you want to live in. Dream out loud.Bono
Everyone is a freelance writer of his own life. No one knows how his story is supposed to endtbd
The opinion which other people have of you is their problem, not yoursElisabeth Kübler-Ross
Those who know don’t tell and those who tell don’t know.Zen Proverb
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.Sun Tzu
Dream more than others think practical. Expect more than others think possible. Howard Schultz
You laugh at me because I am different; I laugh because you are all the same.Daniel Knode
If you don’t take risks, you’ll have a wasted soul.Drew Barrymore
One today is worth two tomorrows.Ben Franklin
You create your own universe as you go along.Winston Churchill
I take nothing for granted. I now have only good days, or great days.Lance Armstrong
nothing to fear but fear itself.tbd
Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself.Ralph Waldo Emerson
Predicting rain doesn’t count; building arks does. Warren Buffett
Live each day as if it’s a precious Gift, because it is.John Di Lemme
Those who hurt others will also hurt themselves. Ai Natsuki Takaya
Failure is not falling down, it is not getting up again.tbd
The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you’ve got it made.Jean Giraudoux
An investment in knowledge pays the best interestBenjamin Franklin
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieveW.C. Stone
We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we areAnais Nin
Often life is a frantic avoidance of the truthAdyashanti
You may only be one person to the world, but you may also be the world to one person.tbd
It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.Ben Franklin
Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. Mother Teresa
I started out with nothing. I still have most of itMichael Davis
Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselvesDale Carnegie
If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either oneRussian Proverb
Never let your memories be greater than your dreamsDoug Ivester
The minute u settle for less than u deserve, u get even less than u settled for. Maureen Dowd
today is difficult, tomorrow is much more difficult, the day after tomorrow is very beautiful, but most die tomorrow eveningJack Ma
The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilotMichael Althsuler
Get around the right people. Associate with positive, goal-oriented people who encourage & inspire you.Brian Tracy
Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you areKurt Cobain
Feeling and longing are the motive forces behind all human endeavor and human creations.Albert Einstein
Creative without strategy is called ‘art’. Creative with strategy is called ‘advertising’Jef I. Richards
Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to others.Siddhartha Gautama
It’s easy to fool the eye but it’s hard to fool the heartAl Pacino
If we’re always looking in the rear view mirror it’s hard to keep our eyes on the road aheadtbd
The purpose of life is not to be happy but to matter, to have it make some difference that you lived at allLRosten
Observe all men, thyself most.Ben Franklin
They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourselfAndy Warhol
Opportunities are never lost, just found by those who clearly see the power of trends and timingDonald Trump
don’t confuse kindness with weaknesstbd
The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it.tbd
You know what luck is? Luck is believing you’re lucky. That’s all.Marlon Brando
Time is our most valuable asset, yet we tend to waste it, kill it and spend it rather than invest it. Jim Rohn
This thought makes me see more clearly how foolish it would be to expect all men to agree with me.Jim Rohn
Most people struggle, simply because they haven’t paid the price to decide what is really important to themtbd
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himselftbd
The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.Dolly Parton
You have to learn the rules of the game. And then, you have to play better than anyone elseAlbert Einstein
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him freeMichelangelo
You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they wantZig Ziglar
Ask a question, be an idiot for 5 minutes. Don’t ask a question? Be an idiot forever.tbd
Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitudeRalph Marston
True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not the enrichment of the leaders.R. Townsend
My creative juices are flowing because I choose to love my work.Louise Hay
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something worth fighting, sometime in your life.Winston Churchill
I believe the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity, is daring to dare.Maya Angelou
Be willing to do what’s uncomfortable it’s the only time you’re growingtbd
One hundred percent of the shots you don’t take don’t go inWayne Gretzky
You never achieve real success unless you like what you are doing.Dale Carnegie
We are all born geniuses, but some of us grow up more damaged than others.Buckminster Fuller
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trailRalph Waldo Emerson
None but ourselves can free our mindsBob Marley
Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?tbd
One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventureWilliam Feather
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.tbd
In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love. Mother Teresa
bite off more then you can chew, then chew itMike Michelini
Failure is a prerequisite for great success. If you want to succeed faster, double your rate of failure.Brian Tracy
Luck is not chance, it’s toil; fortune’s expensive smile is earned.Emily Dickinson (poet)
Happiness can exist only in acceptanceGeorge Orwell (writer)
A man who stands for nothing will fall for everything. Malcolm X (activist)
Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain muchEric Hoffer (philosopher/writer)
Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shotCharlie Chaplin (actor/filmmaker)
The prosperous man is never sure that he is loved for himself.Lucan (poet)
Pride and poverty don’t get along, but often live together.proverb
It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers James Thurber (humorist)
Every strike brings me closer to the next home runBabe Ruth (baseball player)
Please all and you will please noneAesop (fabulist)
Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking themNorman Vincent Pearle (clergyman/writer)
People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doingDale Carnegie (lecturer/author)
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt (American First Lady/diplomat)
You can live with pain, you can live with embarrassment, remorse is an awful companionJohn McCain
Always forgive your enemies–nothing annoys them so muchOscar Wilde (playwright)
Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial.Ross Perot (businessman)
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.Anais Nin (writer)
A critic is a man who knows the way but can’t drive the carKenneth Tynan (critic)
He is poor who does not feel contentJapanese proverb
Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.Babe Ruth (baseball player)
Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.William James (writer/philosopher)
A man can fail, but he isn’t a failure until he blames someone else J. Paul Getty (businessman)
A shortcut to riches is to subtract from one’s desiresPlutarch (Greek essayist and biographer)
Success comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.Henry David Thoreau (philosopher)
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past Thomas Jefferson (U.S. President)
Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.Oscar Wilde (playwright)
Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things.Joe Paterno (football coach)
If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on Lance Armstrong (bicyclist)
I dream my painting, and then I paint my dreamVincent Van Gogh (artist)
You can not win unless you learn how to lose Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (athlete)
Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the groundTheodore Roosevelt (American president)
You are never strong enough that you don’t need helpCesar Chavez (activist)
Life is what we make it, always has been and always will beGrandma Moses (artist)
Anybody can criticize, cry, & complain – and most fools do.Mike Michelini's dad told him this
Failure is the honest attempt to succeed without all the proper toolstbd
Desire the best for those who take advantage of youtbd
Do one thing a day that scares youEleanor Roosevelt
In the End, its not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your yearsAbraham Lincoln
If I’d followed all the rules, I’d never have gotten anywhereMarilyn Monroe
You become like the 5 people you spend the most time with – so choose carefully.tbd
The rewards in business go to the man who does something with an idea. William Benton
Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the faceMike Tyson (inspired by Kevin Dewalt speech on Lean Startup)
You can be so bad at so many things… and as long as you stay focused on how you’re providing value to your users and customers, and you have something that is unique and valuable… you get through all that stuff.Mark Zuckerberg
The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don’t know what to doJohn Rohn
I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be ashamed of it.Johnny Depp
So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hardCaterina Fake
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.Helen Keller
Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even tryJack Canfield
I’ve missed more than 9,000 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
The cream always rises to the topChris Gormley’s high school wrestling coach.

Read a blog post about this quote The Cream Always Rises To The Top, it motivated me a lot in the new year!

A person who thinks too much only ever thinks about his thoughts.Alan Watts
The worst days of those who enjoy what they do are better than the best days of those who don’tJim Rohn
Your most valuable asset can be your willingness to persist longer than anyone else. Brian Tracy
First you fuel the desire, then the desire will fuel youNapoleon Hill
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.Michael Jordan
Most men die at 25, we just don’t bury them until they are 70.Benjamin Franklin
The things that come most quickly into your life are the things that you BELIEVE in the most. You can only bring to you what you BELIEVE, so you must BELIEVE to receive what you want.Karin Gehlhaar
The Truth Is That All Of Us Attain The Greatest Success And Happiness Possible In This Life Whenever We Use Our Native Capacities To Their Greatest Extent!Stephen Randdolf
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.HeZongli
Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can at least catch excellence.Vince Lombardi
Nothing is as frustrating as arguing with someone who knows what hes talking about.tbd
Opportunity is everywhere. The trick is to find it when it is surrounded by false promises and hype.tbd
Only the strong survive.Jorge Santos
Don’t aim for success if you want it, just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.Michael C McMillan
When I started flirting with the hustle, failure became my ex. Now I’m engaged to the game,& married to success.tbd
Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspires good actions in othersPlato
The greatest pleasure in life is in doing what people say you cannot doWalther Bageholt
Stumbling is not fallingPortuguese Proverb
Your main job in life is to create the mental equivalent within yourself of what you want to realize and enjoy in your outer world.tbd
Your beliefs are acquired, not inborn.tbd
No one is better than you and no one is smarter than you.tbd
According to your faith, it will be done unto you.Matthew 9:29
Within every difficulty or obstacle, there is the seed of an equal or greater advantage or benefit. Napoleon Hill
We need to transform all the “stuff” we’re trying to organize into actionable stuff we need to do.tbd
If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everythingSbunryu Suzuki
The ancestor of every action is a thought.Ralph Waldo
Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece.Nadia Boulanger
It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head. Sally Kempton
The beginning is half of every action.Greek saying
Focusing on values does not simplify your life. It gives meaning and direction – and a lot more complexity.tbd
Better understated than overstated. Let people be surprised that it was more than you promised and easier than you saidJim Rohn
I think that our fundamental belief is that for us growth is a way of life and we have to grow at all times. Mukesh Ambani
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill; great works are performed not by strength but by perseveranceSamuel Johnson
Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul—the blueprints of your ultimate achievementsNapoleon Hill
It is a psychological law that whatever we wish to accomplish we must impress on the subjective or subconscious mindOrison Swett Marden
The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.tbd
The uncommon man is merely the common man thinking and dreaming of success and in more fruitful areas.Melvin Powers
The art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of our great menCaptain
Happiness is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal, or goal.Earl Nightingale
Don’t let the sadness of your past and the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your presenttbd
Cross the river by feeling for stonesDeng Xiaoping
Ever tried. Ever failed. No Matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail BetterSamuel Beckett
One doesn’t have to be a Marxist to be awed by the scale and success of early-20th-century efforts to transform strong-willed human beings into docile employeesGary Hamel
Effort only really releases its reward after a person refuses to quitNapoleon Hill
History has demonstrated that the most noteable winners usually encountered heart-breaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats. B.C. Forbes
Oh, the worst of all tragedies is not to die young, but to live until I am seventy-five and yet not ever truly to have lived.Martin Luther King
Sometimes, you need to step outside, clear your head, and remind yourself of who you are and where you wanna be.Antony Wong
We’d better struggle for the future rather than regret for the past.Mandy
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.LiQiang
If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anythingtbd