Favorite Motivational Quotes

“I believe in luck as much as the next person—I’m just not willing to wait for it.”
~Kobi Yamada


“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”
~Alan Lakein


“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”
~Anatole France


“Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever.”
~Horace Mann


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


“In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.”
~Janos Arany


“Our aspirations are our possibilities.”
Samuel Johnson


“Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
~St. Francis of Assisi


“What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.”
~Anthony Robbins


“I am the force. I can clear any obstacle before me, where I can be lost in the maze. My choice, my responsibility, win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.”
~Elaine Maxwell


“A mind stretched by a new idea can never go back to its original dimension.”
~Oliver Wendell Holmes


“To promote cooperation and team work, remember, people tend to resist that which is forced upon them. People tend to support that which they helped create.”
~Vince Pfaff


“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do that.”
~Lou Holtz


“The true way to render ourselves happy is to love our work and find in it our pleasures.”
~Francoise Demotte Bille


“If we go down into ourselves, we find that we possess exactly what we desire.”
~Simone Weil


“Never let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
~John Wooden


“The grand essentials of happiness are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.”
~Allen K. Chalmers


“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in the world: those who were afraid to try it and those who were afraid you will succeed.”
~Ray Golforth


“On the surface I am an average person, but to my heart I am not an average person. To my heart, I am a great moment. The challenge I face is how to dedicate everything I have inside of me to fulfilling the moment.”
~Abraham Hershel


“And there in lies the secret to life. No matter what happens in your life, the meaning of what has happened is yours.”
~Unknown


“We are responsible for our own lives–no other person is or even can be.”
~Oprah Winfrey


“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
~Anais Nin


“Alas, for those who never sing, but die with all their music in them.”
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


“Greatness is not in where we stand, but what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and, sometimes, against, but, sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”
~Oliver Wendell Holmes


“The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.”
~ Hada Bejar


“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”
~Louisa May Alcott


“You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die, or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live now.”
~Joan Baez


“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
~Thomas Edison


“The employer generally gets the employees he deserves.”
~Walter Gilbey


Thomas Edison, when asked why he had a team of twenty-one assistants:
“If I could solve all the problems myself, I would.”


“The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.”
~Ayn Rand


“What is it that you like doing? If you don’t like it, get out of it, because you’ll be lousy at it.”
~Lee Iacocca


“If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.”
~Tom Peters


“You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.”
~Deepak Chopra


“My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.”
~Indira Gandhi


“Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.”
~Colleen C. Barrett


“Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.”
~Cynthia Nelms


“Each of our personal dreams matter, and are worth achieving.”
~Marcia Weider


“Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they’re looking for ideas.”
~Paula Poundstone


“There are two ways of meeting difficulties. You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them.”
~Phyllis Bottome


“Do one thing everyday that scares you.”
~Eleanor Roosevelt


“Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so.”
~Doris Lessing


“Failing to plan is planning to fail.”
~Effie Jones


“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.”
~Louisa May Alcott


“I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it’s only a choice of attitude.”
~Judith M. Knowlton


“Just go out there and do what you have to do.”
~Martina Navratilova


“It’s not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised; the mosquito is swatted.”
~Marie O’Conner


“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”
~Dolly Parton


“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
~Marianne Williamson


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


“The most successful people are those who are good at plan B.”
~James Yorke


“Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
~Margaret Mead


“Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.”
~Pearl S. Buck


“Success is the freedom to be yourself.”
~Kathy Kolbe


“The only job where you start at the top, is digging a hole.”
~Unknown


“There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few of these will catch your heart. Pursue these.”
~Michael Knollin


“You cannot fail at being yourself. A cat doesn’t try to be a tiger and you shouldn’t try to be something you aren’t. You are a process, not a product. Your job is to discover what you are and to create that creature. You still won’t be perfect, but success isn’t about perfection, it’s about authenticity.”
~Bernie Segal


“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”
~Gloria Steinem


“Within our dreams and aspirations, we find our opportunities.”
~Sue Ebaugh


“Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you respond it.”
~Charles Swindell


“How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you’re willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
~Trina Paulus


“Our fears must never hold us back from pursuing our hopes.”
~John F. Kennedy


“I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moving along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but, also, by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”
~Helen Keller


“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But, there is not real security in what is not meaningful. There is more security in the adventures and exciting, for the latest movement, for in movement, there is life and in change, there is power.”
~Alan Cohen


“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you’re doing, you will be successful.”
~Albert Schweitzer


“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”
~Dave Gardner


“The secret of joy and work is contained in one word: excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”
~Pearl S. Buck


“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud
was more painful than the risk to blossom.”
~Anais Nin


“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible!”
~Walt Disney


“Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible.”
~Cherie Carter-Scott


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


“Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.”
~Mary Kay Ash


“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”
~Beth Bingham


“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.”
~Nancy Castleman


“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time’ is to say ‘I don’t want it’.”
~Lao Tzu


“I do not want to die until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me, until the last small twig has grown.”
~Kathe Kollwitz


“If you want to draw, you must shut your eyes and sing.”
~Pablo Picasso


“Everyone has inside him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t yet realize how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”
~Anne Frank


“The habit of turning a trail into a rut must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.”
~Edith Wharton


“Having a bad Monday is a lame way to spend 1/7 of your life.”
~Author Unknown


“Next to excellence is the appreciation of it.”
~William Makepeace


“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
~Confucius


“Kill my boss? Do I dare live out the American dream?”
~Homer Simpson


“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.”
~H.E. Luccock


“Never fear the space between your dreams and your reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.”
~Belva Davis


“I believe that when you realize who you really are, you understand that nothing can stop you from becoming that person.”
~Christine Lincoln


“When you hold back on life, life holds back on you.”
~Mary Manin Morrissey


“The highest reward for a person’s work is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.”
~John Ruskin


“Choose life! Only that and always! At whatever risk. To let life leak out, to let it wear away by the mere passage of time, to withhold giving and spending it…is to choose nothing.”
~Sister Helen Kelly


“To get more out of life, give more of yourself.”
~Amy Liao


“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.”
~Carol Burnett


“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.”
~Arnold Toynbee


“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


“Don’t be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.”
~Grace Hansen


“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
~Muriel Strode


“I haven’t a clue as to how my story will end. But that’s all right. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, that’s when you discover the stars.”
~Nancy Willard


“Find a job you like and you add five days to every week.”
~H. Jackson Browne


“Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”
~Sarah Ban Breathnach


“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe we are gifted for something.”
~Marie Curie


“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”
~Helen Keller


“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
~Sally Berger