124 Motivational and Inspirational Quotes

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What you think about about is important–especially if you’re an entrepreneur or leader. A drop of doubt or a little fear could demotivate you, and cause you to abandon your dreams and goals. That’s why it’s important to monitor your thoughts and expose yourself to things that inspire your heart and motivate your soul to keep pushing forward to achieve your goals and dreams. I’ve put together a special collection of 124 motivational and inspirational quotes to help you reprogram your mind for ultimate success. Enjoy!

124 Motivational and Inspirational Quotes That Will Inspire You!

1. “People who say that life is not worthwhile are really saying that they themselves have no personal goals which are worthwhile. Get yourself a goal worth working for. Better still, get yourself a project. Always have something ahead of you to look forward to…to work for and hope for.” – Dr. Maxwell Maltz Author of Psycho-Cybernetics

2. “Whoever cares to learn will always find a teacher.” – German proverb

3. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – Les Brown

4. “What separates those who achieve from those who do not is in direct proportion to one’s ability to ask for help. – Donald Keough

5. “You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.” – Warren Buffett

6. “Make each day useful and cheerful and prove that you know the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be happy, old age without regret and life a beautiful success.” – Louisa May Alcott Author

7. “If I could wish for my life to be perfect, it would be tempting, but I would have to decline, for life would no longer teach me anything.” – Allyson Jones

8. “Any idea that is held in the mind that is either feared or revered will, begin at once to clothe itself in the most convenient and appropriate physical forms available.” – Andrew Carnegie 1835-1919, Industrialist

9. “The world needs all the help you can give by way of cheerful, optimistic, inspiring thought and personal example.” – Grenville Kleiser

10. “You can do it if you believe you can.” – Napoleon Hill

11. “Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.” – Earl Wilson

12. “I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.” – George Bernard Shaw

13. “You must do the very thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

14. “Flaming enthusiasm, backed by horse-sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.” – Dale Carnegie

15. “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” – Claude M. Bristol

16. “The biggest temptation is to settle for too little.” – Thomas Merton

17. “Step it up my friend. The time is now. Winners always keep moving. Losers piss and moan.” – Vince Palko

18. “Your biography becomes your biology.” – Anonymous

19. “Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back.” – Thomas Sowell

20. “Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.” – Robert Schuller, author and minister

21. “Success is dependent upon the glands — sweat glands.” – Zig Ziglar

22. “He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.” – Bessie Anderson Stanley

23. “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts

24. “Henry Ford could get anything out of men because he just talked and would tell them stories. He’d never say, ‘I want this done!’ He’d say, ‘I wonder if we can do it.” – George Brown

25. “The key to happiness is having dreams; the key to success is making them come true.” – James Allen

26. “He who overcomes others has force; he who overcomes himself is strong.” – Lao Tzu (570-490bc) Chinese Tao philosopher

27. “Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no delay, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” – Earl of Chesterfield

28. “What leads to unhappiness is making pleasure the chief aim.” – William Shenstone

29. “Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.” – Robert Heinlein

30. “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must understand the fatigue of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine, statesman

31. “To find yourself, think for yourself.” – Socrates, philosopher

32. “The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will.’ Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.” – David Copperfield Magician

33. “You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.” – Anthony Robbins

34. “In a pitch black room, you can affirm “let their be light” or you can light one candle.” – Ken McCarthy on affirmations

35. “You can’t control the contour of your face, but you can control its expression.” – Unknown

36. “The great thing and the hard thing is to stick to things when you have outlived the first interest, and not yet got the second, which comes with a sort of mastery.” – Janet Erskine Stuart, educator and writer

37. “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” – Mother Teresa, Humanitarian

38. “When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out.” – David L. Weatherford

39. “Don’t just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it.” – Jim Rohn

40. “You can do so much in 10 minutes time. Ten minutes, once gone, are gone for good. Divide your life into 10-minute units and sacrifice as few of them as possible in meaningless activity.” – Ingvar Kamprad, Founder of the furniture brand IKEA

41. “A baby is an inestimable blessing and bother.” – Mark Twain

42. “Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.” – Charles F. Kettering

43. “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations. Your consciousness expands in every direction. And you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” – Patanjali

44. “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Max Planck, Nobel Prize-winning physicist

45. “If I could wish for my life to be perfect, it would be tempting, but I would have to decline, for life would no longer teach me anything.” – Allyson Jones

46. “We have the wonderful gift of being able to take as much action as we wish in pursuit of our own goals.” – John Watson

47. “The quickest way to do many things is to do one thing at a time.” – Christopher Westra

48. “Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.” – Denis Waitley, speaker and author

49. “You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” – Ray Bradbury

50. “Success does not happen with one event. It happens as a result of many small steps one takes to achieve their desired outcome. Every day take one small step and watch the magic happen.” – Kathleen Gage

51. “Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.” – William H. Sheldon

52. “God gives talent, work transforms talent into genius.” – Anna Pavlova

53. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

54. “To achieve great things you have first to believe it.” – Arsene Wenger

55. There is a sense of exhilaration that comes from facing head-on the hard truths and saying, “We will never give up. We will never capitulate. It might take a long time, but we will find a way to prevail.” – Jim Collins, from his book, Good to Great

56. “I’m not in the speech making business. I’m not in the seminar business. I’m not in the writing book business. I’m in the changing lives business.” – Zig Ziglar

57. “Whoever cares to learn will always find a teacher.” – Unknown

58. ”With my desire and drive, I definitely wasn’t normal. Normal people can be happy with a regular life. I was different. I felt there was more to life than plodding through a normal existence… I have always been impressed by stories of greatness and power. I wanted to do something special, to be recognized as the best. I saw bodybuilding as the vehicle that would take me to the top, and I put all my energy into it.” And so with beliefs and dreams like that, he reached the top and everything he has ever done. And it all started in his head… with visions, with dreams, would goals.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

59. “Don’t dream it. Be it!” – Richard O’brian

60. “A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” – Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American Scientist/Publisher/Diplomat

61. “Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.” – Eddie Rickenbacker 1890-1973, Aviator and Businessman

62. “Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

63. “Do your very best on every task. Imagine that everyone is watching even when no one is watching.” – Brian Tracy in an article about achieving excellence

64. “I am 67, but I’m not too old to make a fresh start.” – Thomas Edison, inventor and businessman, after his manufacturing facility burned down.

65. “I’ve got to play in front of people. If I’m not moved, how can they be moved.” Buddy Holly

66. “When it comes to Good Ideas, there’s no such thing as possible or impossible… there’s just doing and not doing.” – Mike Litman

67. “I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act. The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.” – Abraham Maslow 1908-1970, Psychologist

68. “Make sure that your actions and behaviors live up to and reflect the words and ideas, promises and commitments that come out of your mouth.” – Steve Farber

69. “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it!” – Jonathan Winters

70. “Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill, British statesman

71. “If you’re never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances.” – Julia Sorel

72. “It doesn’t matter where you’re from; it matters only where you want to go.” – Gene Simmons

73. “First do what you MUST do and then what you like to do.” – John Delavera

74. “Appreciative words are the most powerful force for good on earth.” – George W. Crane, publisher

75. “It is better to wear out one’s shoes than one’s sheets.” – Genoese Proverb

76. “An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive business advantage.” – Jack Welch, General Electric chairman and chief executive

77. “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life he imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau

78. “If you can DREAM it, you can DO it.” – Walt Disney

79. “To the world, you may be one person, but to one person, you just might be the world.” – Anonymous

80. “The clearest sign of wisdom is continued cheerfulness.” – Michel de Montaigne 1533-1592, Essayist

Just because you couldn't do something yesterday doesn't mean you can't achieve it today. You're one day stronger.

81. “I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.” – Woodrow Wilson, 28th US president

82. “The two things I did learn were that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of any endeavor is taking the first step, making the first decision.” – Robyn Davidson

83. “Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel 1907-1972

84. “Future is made by what you do today.” – John Delavera

85. “Be persistent and be persistent in your focus on one project at a time in your online business and you are guaranteed success.” – Paul Kleinmeulman Internet Entrepreneur from Australia

86. “Don’t celebrate closing a sale, celebrate opening a relationship.” – Patricia Fripp

87. “Anything’s possible. You can be told you have a 90% chance or a 50% chance or a 1% chance, but you have to believe, and you have to fight.” – Lance Armstrong, cyclist

88. “What I’ve learned about being angry with people is that it generally hurts you more than it hurts them.” – Oprah Winfrey

89. “The only real antidote to worry or problems is systematic, purposeful action in the direction of your goals.” – Brian Tracy

90. “Failure is an event, not a person. Yesterday ended last night.” – Zig Ziglar

91. “Confidence on the outside begins by living with integrity on the inside.” – Brian Tracy

92. “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” – William Feather

93. “Big shots are little shots who kept on shooting.” – Les Brown

94. “Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his work body and soul.” – Charles Buxton, Author

95. “Heck, to earn any kind of money you have to show up. And take some action!” – Michael Bombard

96. “Can your life change in an instant? It certainly can. When? The moment you make a decision to take a new path and get the knowledge you need to make it happen.” – Brett McFall

97. “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French Writer

98. “We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.” – Samuel Johnson

99. “The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those that fail.” – Napoleon Hill, author

100. Focus on action!
Go on!
Do it!
Call them!
Write it!
Say it!
Grab it!

Who knows what ‘awesome stuff’ might happen? Yes – Action is the key!

– David Ryan

101. “The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good.” – Brian Tracy, speaker and author

102. “Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.” – Leroy “Satchel” Paige 1906-1982, Baseball Player

103. “Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.” Arthur Ashe, Professional Tennis Player

104. “Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

105. “Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’re gonna be rewarded.” – Jimi Hendrix, 1942-1970, Hall of Fame American Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter

106. “Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.” – Norman Vincent Peale, pastor, speaker and author

107. “If we are basically positive in attitude, expecting and envisioning pleasure, satisfaction and happiness, we will attract and create people, situations, and events which conform to our positive expectations.” – Shakti Gawain, Author

108. “There are many who are living far below their possibilities because they are continually handing over their individualities to others. Do you want to be a power in the world? Then be yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Trine, philosopher and author

109. “Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way.” – Eileen Caddy, Author

110. “There is no sudden leap to greatness. Your success lies in doing, day by day. Your upward reach comes from working well and carefully.” – Max Steingart

111. “This became a credo of mine… attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.” – Bette Davis, Actress

112. “Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done.” – Johnny Unitas, Hall of Fame football player

113. “We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” – Charles Kingsley 1819-1875, Author and Clergyman

114. “Enthusiasm is a vital element toward the individual success of every man or woman.” – Conrad Hilton, 1887-1979, American Hotelier

115. “Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says. ‘Make me feel important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.” – Mary Kay Ash 1918-2001, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

116. “Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for long-term values.” – Joshua L. Liebman

117. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Donald Kendall

118. “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

119. “One person with a belief is equal to ninety-nine who have only interests.” – John Stuart Mill

120. “If at first you don’t succeed, think how many people you’ve made happy.” – H. Duane Black

121. “When you are clear, what you want will show up in your life, and only to the extent you are clear.” – Janet Attwood Author

122. “Everything you want is outside your comfort zone.” – Robert Allen

123. “It is good to dream, but it is better to dream and work. Faith is mighty, but action with faith is mightier.” – Thomas Robert Gaines

124. “Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones to genius.” – Elbert Hubbard

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