124 Motivational Quotes

124 motivational quotes that will inspire you!

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

Whoever cares to learn will always find a teacher.

German proverb

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

Les Brown

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

Donald Keough

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

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
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

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

The world needs all the help you can give by way of cheerful, optimistic, inspiring thought and personal example.

Grenville Kleiser

You can do it if you believe you can.

Napoleon Hill

Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.

Earl Wilson

I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.

George Bernard Shaw

You must do the very thing you think you cannot do.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Flaming enthusiasm, backed by horse-sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.

Dale Carnegie

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

The biggest temptation is to settle for too little.

Thomas Merton

Step it up my friend. The time is now. Winners always keep moving. Losers piss and moan.

Vince Palko

Your biography becomes your biology.


Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back.

Thomas Sowell

Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.

Robert Schuller, author and minister

Success is dependent upon the glands — sweat glands.

Zig Ziglar

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.

Bessie Anderson Stanley

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

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

The key to happiness is having dreams; the key to success is making them come true.

James Allen

He who overcomes others has force; he who overcomes himself is strong.

Lao Tzu (570-490bc) Chinese Tao philosopher

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

What leads to unhappiness is making pleasure the chief aim.

William Shenstone

Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.

Robert Heinlein

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must understand the fatigue of supporting it.

Thomas Paine, statesman

To find yourself, think for yourself.

Socrates, philosopher

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

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

In a pitch black room, you can affirm “let their be light” or you can light one candle.

Ken McCarthy on affirmations

You can’t control the contour of your face, but you can control its expression.

Source Unknown

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

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Mother Teresa, Humanitarian

When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out.

David L. Weatherford

Don’t just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it.

Jim Rohn

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

A baby is an inestimable blessing and bother.

Mark Twain

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

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.


When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Max Planck, Nobel Prize-winning physicist

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

We have the wonderful gift of being able to take as much action as we wish in pursuit of our own goals.

John Watson

The quickest way to do many things is to do one thing at a time.

Christopher Westra

Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.

Denis Waitley, speaker and author

You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.

Ray Bradbury (1920 – ) American author

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

Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.

William H. Sheldon

God gives talent, work transforms talent into genius.

Anna Pavlova

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

To achieve great things you have first to believe it

Arsene Wenger Manager of Arsenal Football Club

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

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

Whoever cares to learn will always find a teacher.

“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

German proverb

Don’t dream it. Be it!

Richard O’brian

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

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

Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

Mahatma Gandhi

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

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.

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

Buddy Holly in the film “The Buddy Holly Story” after he has been told to play country music instead of his own music.

When it comes to Good Ideas, there’s no such thing as possible or impossible… there’s just doing and not doing.

Mike Litman

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

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

If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it!

Jonathan Winters

Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.

Winston Churchill, British statesman

If you’re never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances.

Julia Sorel 1926-

It doesn’t matter where you’re from; it matters only where you want to go

Gene Simmons

First do what you MUST do and then what you like to do

John Delavera

Appreciative words are the most powerful force for good on earth.

George W. Crane, publisher

It is better to wear out one’s shoes than one’s sheets.

Genoese Proverb

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

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

If you can DREAM it, you can DO it.

Walt Disney

To the world, you may be one person, but to one person, you just might be the world.”


The clearest sign of wisdom is continued cheerfulness.

Michel de Montaigne 1533-1592, Essayist

I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.

Woodrow Wilson, 28th US president

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

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

Future is made by what you do today

John Delavera

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

Don’t celebrate closing a sale, celebrate opening a relationship.

Patricia Fripp

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

What I’ve learned about being angry with people is that it generally hurts you more than it hurts them.

Oprah Winfrey

The only real antidote to worry or problems is systematic, purposeful action in the direction of your goals.

Brian Tracy

Failure is an event, not a person. Yesterday ended last night.

Zig Ziglar

Confidence on the outside begins by living with integrity on the inside.

Brian Tracy

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.

Big shots are little shots who kept on shooting.

William Feather and Les Brown

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

Heck, to earn any kind of money you have to show up. And take some action!

Michael Bombard

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

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

Albert Camus (1913-1960) French Writer

We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.

Samuel Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This became a credo of mine… attempt the impossible in
order to improve your work.

Bette Davis, Actress

Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done.

Johnny Unitas, Hall of Fame football player

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

Enthusiasm is a vital element toward the individual success of every man or woman.

Conrad Hilton, 1887-1979, American Hotelier

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

Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for long-term values.

Joshua L. Liebman

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.

Donald Kendall

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

One person with a belief is equal to ninety-nine who have only interests.

John Stuart Mill

If at first you don’t succeed, think how many people you’ve made happy.

H. Duane Black

When you are clear, what you want will show up in your life, and only to the extent you are clear.

Janet Attwood Author

Everything you want is outside your comfort zone

Robert Allen

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

Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones to genius.”

Elbert Hubbard

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

Robert Louis Stephenson, writer

Man can live for about forty days without food, and about three days without water, about eight minutes without air … but only for one second without hope.

Hal Lindsey

Really big people are, above everything else, courteous, considerate and generous – not just to some people in some circumstances – but to everyone all the time.

Thomas J. Watson 1874-1956, Founder of IBM

What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.


You’re not a failure if you don’t make it. You’re a success because you tried.

Susan Jeffers

By deciding to succeed and actually trying to make your dreams come true, you are already successful. Your effort and continued dedication distinguish you from those who don’t have the courage or stamina to really try.

Dan Klatt

Focus more on your desire than on your doubt, and the dream will take care of itself. You may be surprised at how easily this happens. Your doubts are not as powerful as your desires, unless you make them so.

Marcia Wieder, Speaker and Author

Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Motivation gets you going but habit gets you there.

Zig Ziglar

Don’t waste your precious time asking ‘Why isn’t the world a better place?’ It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is ‘How can I make it better?’ To that there is an answer.

Leo Buscaglia

Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.

Claire Boothe Luce, diplomat, writer

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.

Winston Churchill, British prime minister

You don’t have to see the top of the staircase to take the first step.

Martin Luther King, civil rights leader

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.

Henry Drummond

Treat everyone you meet as though they are the most important person you’ll meet that day.

Roger Dawson, speaker and author

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.

Ella Fitzgerald 1917-1996, Jazz Singer

A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.

Patricia Neal

Mount Everest, you beat me the first time, but I’ll beat you the next time because you’ve grown all you are going to grow… but I’m still growing!

Edmund Hillary – the year before he conquered Everest

There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that’s your own self.

Aldous Huxley, writer

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, Television Hostess

There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.

Winston Churchill

One hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years. Within five years you’ll be a national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do.

Brian Tracy (after reading Earl Nightingale)

If you read one hour per day in your field, that will translate into about one book per week. One book per week translates into about 50 books per year. 50 books per year will translate into about 500 books over the next ten years.

Brian Tracy

Progress begins with the belief that what is necessary is possible.

Norman Cousins, writer

My mother taught me very early to believe I could achieve any accomplishment I wanted to. The first was to walk without braces.

Wilma Rudolph 1940-1994, Olympic Gold Medallist

Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius.

An Wang, industrialist

One person with a belief is equal to ninety-nine who have only interests.

John Stuart Mill

One of the most important lessons that experience teaches is that, on the whole, success depends more upon character than upon either intellect or fortune

William Edward Hartpole Lecky. Irish Historian and Essayist. 1838-1903

Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.

Ted Williams, baseball player

Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.

Jean de la Fontaine

Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.

Henry Ford, automobile manufacturer

We need others. We need others to love and we need to be loved by them. There is no doubt that without it, we too, like the infant left alone, would cease to grow, cease to develop, choose madness and even death.

Leo Buscaglia, author

On the way to work, concentrate on the way – not the work.

Jim Rohn

Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature.

Seneca. Roman philosopher, mid-1st century AD

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.

Dale Carnegie

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?

Albert Einstein

The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.

Joseph Addison (1672 – 1719) English Writer and Statesman

None will improve your lot if you yourself do not.

Bertolt Brecht (1898 – 1956) German Playwright

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

John Wooden, basketball coach

We work to become, not to acquire.

Elbert Hubbard, editor

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.

Babe Ruth, basketball player

If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.

Colin Powell

The greatest thief this world ever produced is procrastination, and he is still at large.

Henry Wheeler Shaw 1818-1885, Humorist

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.

Socrates, philosopher

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell’em, ‘certainly I can!’ – and get busy and find out how to do it.

Theodore Roosevelt 1858-1919, Twenty-Sixth U.S. President

The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty and truth.”

Albert Einstein, physicist

The worst bankrupt in the world is the man who has lost his enthusiasm. Let a man lose everything else in the world, but his enthusiasm and he will come through again to success.

H.W. Arnold

If we don’t try, we don’t do and if we don’t do why are we here on earth?
Charlie Anderson in Shenandoah

Positive thinking is the key to success in business, education, pro football, anything that you can mention. I go out there thinking that I’m going to complete every pass.

Ron Jaworski, American Football Player

You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life.

James G. Bilkey

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) Irish Writer

If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.

Ray Bradbury

Successful people are very lucky. Just ask any failure.

Michael Levine

Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.

Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, “Think And Grow Rich”)

Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart. Live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.

Dale Carnegie, writer

A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

Charles Gordy

Often we allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. We lose many irreplaceable hours brooding over grievances that, in a year’s time, will be forgotten by us and by everybody. No, let us devote our life to worthwhile actions and feelings, to great thoughts, real affections and enduring undertakings.

Andre Maurois 1885-1967, Writer

Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.

Rita Mae Brown, author

What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Try first to be a man of value; success will follow.

Albert Einstein, physicist

Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.

Jane Ellis Hopkins, writer

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) English Poet

You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.

Tom Brokaw, American Television Journalist

If you make the unconditional commitment to reach your most important goals, if the strength of your decision is sufficient, you will find the way and the power to achieve your goals.

Robert Conklin Teacher, Author and Speaker

You are younger today than you will ever be again. Make use of it for the sake of tomorrow.

Norman Cousins, editor

In mental toughness, we make the distinction between truth and fact. Fact is absolute and cannot be changed, like the past. Truth is our perception and perceptions can be altered in any way at any time we choose. The question is, “Is this perception helping me or hurting me? Is it moving me closer to or farther from my vision? Champions literally alter their perceptions so they work in their favor.

Steve Siebold, author

Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.

Pope John XXIII, theologian

Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.

Albert Schweitzer, missionary physician

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.

Dr. Denis Waitley, Speaker and Author

One’s friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.

George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-born American Philosopher

True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer

Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.

Harold S. Geneen, MCI Communications founder

Quit now, you’ll never make it. If you disregard this advice, you’ll be halfway there.

David Zucker

If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.

David Viscott.

The only opinion about your dream that really counts is yours. The negative comments of others merely reflect their limitations – not yours.

Cynthia Kersey, Author of Unstoppable

The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.

Roger Bannister, runner

The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

Chinese proverb

“I feel sorry for the person who can’t get genuinely excited about his work. Not only will he never be satisfied, but he will never achieve anything worthwhile.

Walter Chrysler, automaker

Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves—to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today.

Stewart B. Johnson, Artist

The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.

Richard M. Devos

The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.

Dr. John Maxwell

A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before we changed.

Earl Nightingale 1921-1989, Author and Radio Personality

Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.

Belva Davis Award-Winning Journalist

Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me . . . Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.

Shel Silverstein, writer

You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don’t have that kind of feeling for what it is you are doing, you’ll stop at the first giant hurdle.

George Lucas Film Producer

Real life isn’t always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.

Anatole France 1844-1924, Novelist

We are told never to cross a bridge till we come to it, but this world is owned by men who have “crossed bridges” in their imagination far ahead of the crowd.

Speakers Library

One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.

Abraham Maslow 1908-1970, Psychologist

Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things.

Bruce Barton, Author

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.

Albert Einstein, physicist

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.

Mike Murdock.

There are two kinds of failures: Those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.

Laurence Peter, educator, writer

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Harriet Tubman. American escaped slave, Civil War Soldier and Abolitionist, 1820-1913

Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.

Earl Nightingale

The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at once.

Samuel Smiles

Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it….Success is shy – it won’t come out while you’re watching.

Tennessee Williams

It’s easy to carry the past as a burden instead of a school. It’s easy to let it overwhelm you instead of educate you.

Jim Rohn

I always tell the kids, ‘You know what’s great about going the extra mile? There’s very little traffic.

Jim Larranaga, George Mason University basketball coach

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.

Tommy Lasorda Professional Baseball Manager

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible – and achieve it, generation after generation.

Pearl S. Buck 1892-1973, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize Winning Author

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 the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.

Mark Twain

Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm; it moves stones, it charms brutes. Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity, and truth accomplishes no victories without it.”

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it; work.

Jack Nicklaus, golfer

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.

Abraham Lincoln, 16th US president

A goal properly set is halfway reached.

Zig Ziglar, motivational coach

Great is the road I climb, but the garland offered by an easier effort is not worth the gathering.

Sextus Propertius (50BC-16AD) Roman Poet

You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not an event – it is a habit.


What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?

Adam Smith (1723-1790)

Nothing great ever happened without enthusiasm.


Goals are not only absolutely necessary to motivate us. They are essential to really keep us alive.

Robert H. Schuller

Remember that if the opportunities for great deeds should never come, the opportunities for good deeds are renewed day by day. The thing for us to long for is the goodness, not the glory.

F.W. Faber

The harder you work the harder it is to surrender.

Vince Lombardi

Winning creates its own charisma


Your nervous system cannot tell the difference between an *imagined experience* and a ‘real’ experience. In either case, it reacts automatically to information which you give to it from your forebrain. Your nervous system reacts appropriately to what you THINK or IMAGINE to be ‘true.’

Dr. Maxwell Maltz

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.

Maya Angelou

The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline

Bum Phillips

Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.


Science has now confirmed what philosophers, mystics, and other intuitive people have long declared: every human being has been literally “engineered for success” by his Creator. Every human being has access to a power greater than himself.

Dr. Maxwell Maltz

Life leaps like a geyser for those willing to drill through the rock of inertia.

Alexis Carrel

If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.

Mario Andretti

The three great essentials to achieving anything worthwhile are; first, hard work, second, stick-to-it-iveness, and third, common sense.

Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931) American Inventor

People do not lack strength; they lack will.

Victor Hugo

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.

J.B. Priestly (1894-1984) English Author

Rely on the ordinary virtues that intelligent, balanced human beings have relied on for centuries: common sense, thrift, realistic expectations, patience, and perseverance.

John C. Bogle (1929-) American Investor

Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.

Muhammad Ali, boxer

I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people convinced they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference.

Ellen Goodman Journalist

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity.

Thomas J. Watson, Jr., entrepreneur

Words mean nothing. Action is the only thing. Doing. That’s the only thing.

Ernest J. Gaines, author

Courage to start and willingness to keep everlasting at it are the requisites for success.

Alonzo Newton Benn

If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.


The man who never makes a mistake always takes orders from one who does.

Daisy Bates

Men talk as if victory were something fortunate. Work is victory.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Within your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may grow.

Louise Driscoll

If error is corrected whenever it is recognized as such, the path of error is the path of truth.

Hans Reichenbach

I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up. Most people in this business gave up and went on to other things. If you simply didn’t give up, you would outlast the people who came in on the bus with you.

Harrison Ford

Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles.

Helen Keller (1880-1968)

I live a day at a time. Each day I look for a kernel of excitement. In the morning, I say: ‘What is my exciting thing for today?’ Then, I do the day. Don’t ask me about tomorrow.

Barbara Jordan 1936-1996, Lawyer, Educator and Politician

Always leave people with a solution; the heaven if you do versus the hell if you don’t. If you’re really skillful you can put the person into the future solution. Shoaff used to say, ‘Jim, I can see you now in your new clothes, in your new home, in your new car. I can see others walking up to you.’ The Promise of the Future is an Awesome Force!”

Jim Rohn

Life is short and far too fragile. Whatever you dream of doing, begin. Put a first step or a “down payment” on your schedule and make it happen. Create memories. Have fun. Have an adventure. Take a (reasonable) risk. Be audacious. Laugh out loud. See what happens.

Philip Humbert

Opportunity shies away from need, but opportunity is attracted by talent and ability. What you don’t want to happen is opportunity to turn cool on you. You don’t want to offend opportunity. So the only thing you present to opportunity is ability, performance and skill. Don’t present need to opportunity.

Jim Rohn

Think Big! Expand your thinking first and your situation will soon follow

Loral Langemeier Author of The Millionaire Maker’s Guide To Wealth Cycle Investing

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.

Mahatma Gandhi

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet, essayist

Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.

Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) American Bishop

We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.

Dale Carnegie

If you are going to make rabbit stew, you had better catch the rabbit first

Andrew Salmond

Many of our fears are tissue paper thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.

Brendan Francis [Behan] (1923-1964) Irish Author

Happiness doesn’t depend on what we have, but it does depend on how we feel toward what we have. We can be happy with little and miserable with much.

William Dempster Hoard 1836-1918, Governor of Wisconsin, Publisher

I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually they make the difference between winning and losing.

Kareem Abdul-Jabar, basketball player

Even without success, creative persons find joy in a job well done. Learning for its own sake is rewarding.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

If you find something you really love, you will never work again.

Winston Churchill

We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.

Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962

Even when I was in the orphanage, when I was roaming the street trying to find enough to eat, even then I thought of myself as the greatest actor in the world. I had to feel the exuberance that comes from utter confidence in yourself. Without it, you go down to defeat.

Charlie Chaplin, actor, director

Success is neither magical or mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the fundamentals

Jim Rohn

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.

Napoleon Hill 1883-1970, Author of Think and Grow Rich

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer

It is better to believe than to disbelieve; in so doing you bring everything to the realm of possibility

Shakti Gawain

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

Gloria Steinem

The one thing that matters is the effort.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French pilot, author

Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.

Dr. Joyce Brothers, Psychologist

The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish Playwright

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.

John Locke, philosopher

People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most people succeed because they are determined to.

George E. Allen 1832-1907, Publisher and Author

Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of genius.

Isaac Disraeli

When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.

George Washington Carver

No matter who says what, you should accept it with a smile and do your own work.

Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Albanian Missionary

Make the most of today. Translate your good intentions into actual deeds.

Grenville Kleiser 1863-1953, Writer

The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer

You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

John Wooden

You can make excuses or you can generate EXCITEMENT in your life. YOU have to make that choice.

Mike Litman

Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.

Napoleon Hill

Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.

Coco Chanel, fashion designer

Faith that the thing can be done is essential to any great achievement.

Thomas N. Carruther

The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.

Augustine of Hippo 354-430 AD

Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always try to be a little kinder than is necessary?

James Matthew Barrie 1860-1937, Author of Peter Pan

I don’t dream at night, I dream all day; I dream for a living.

Steven Spielberg

You will become as great as your dominant aspiration. If you cherish a vision, a lofty ideal in your heart, you will realize it.

James Allen

We come from nothing
We end up nothing
In between
We think we’re something

Sam from the film Sam’s Son

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader

John Quincy Adams, sixth US president

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though 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, novelist

Death’s a path we’re all on, son

Richard Widmark in the Last Wagon

You can achieve anything you want in life if you have the courage to dream it, the intelligence to make a realistic plan, and the will to see that plan through to the end.

Sidney A. Friedman

We must never allow our mediocre successes to cloud our future expectations

Martin Avis

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

William James 1842-1910, Psychologist and Author

Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used.

Richard Byrd, explorer, aviator

Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.

Douglas MacArthur, U.S. general

Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.

Harold B. Melchart

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, German playwright

Why do people accept the opinions of others about themselves as truth? Who is going to live the rest of your life anyway? Now that is TRUTH!

Doug Firebaugh

We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.

Eric Hoffer Author and Philosopher

A good intention clothes itself with power.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Significant progress doesn’t come from the formal planning process of an American corporation. It comes from a couple of guys doing something that hasn’t been set down on a list.

William McGowan, executive

All things are possible until they are proved impossible – and even the impossible may only be so, as of now.

Pearl S. Buck 1892-1973, Novelist

Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English Poet

You were born to win, but to be a winner you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.

Zig Ziglar

Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more.

Robert Collier Writer and Publisher

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.

Benjamin Disraeli

Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.

Walter Scott, novelist

To aim at the best and to remain essentially ourselves is one and the same thing.

Janet Erskine Stuart

“The key that unlocks energy is desire. It’s also the key to a long and interesting life. If we expect to create any drive, any real force within ourselves, we have to get excited.”

Earl Nightingale, Author

Plant, don’t chant

Jim Rohn

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.

Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady

What is harder than rock, or softer than water? Yet soft water hollows out hard rock. Persevere.

Ovid, Roman poet

Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.

Anais Nin

Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting.

Karl Wallenda

There is a great quote from Eddie Rickenbacker, a fighter pilot in WWII who had to ditch his plane in the ocean. Eddie and his crew floated on a raft for 3 weeks in the ocean without food, or fresh water. When they were finally rescued, Eddie said, “for the rest of my life, if I have a roof over my head and food, I will never complain about anything.”

Quoted by Dan Robey in his newsletter The Power of Positive Habits.

One of the best places to start to turn your life around is by doing whatever appears on your mental “I should” list.

Jim Rohn

“You will accomplish a lot more with movement than you will with motivation.”
So MOVE. Create action. Make plans and stick to them. But above all: Cut Out The Input, And Begin The Output…

Fernando Cruz

I will not allow yesterday’s success to lull me into today’s complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure.”

Og Mandino, Author

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.

Conrad Hilton

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, never give up then, for that is just the time that the tide will turn.

Harriet Beecher Stowe 1811-1896, Writer and Abolitionist

To reach (our goal), we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it. But we must sail and not drift, not lie at anchor.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., physician

A fellow doesn’t last long on what he has done. He has to keep on

Carl Hubbell (1903-1988) American baseball player, Hall of Fame pitcher

If you can dream it, you can do it.

Walt Disney

There is a thought in your mind right now. The longer you hold on to it, the more you dwell upon it, the more life you give to that thought. Give it enough life, and it will become real. So make sure the thought is indeed a great one.

Ralph Marston

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to

Jim Rohn, Author, Speaker

The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.

Napoleon Hill 1883-1970, Author of Think and Grow Rich

One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is the gift of attention.

Jim Rohn

To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.

Denis Waitley, Author and Speaker

You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things – to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.

Sir Edmund Hillary Mountaineer and Explorer

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do so with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.

Og Mandino

Know your value. Confidence breeds success. Act like the person you want to become, and people will start seeing you as that person.

Michael Masterson

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.

John Locke, philosopher

Brutal honesty is the breakfast of champions. Not with others, but with yourself. Gentle honesty with others is enough. With yourself, it’s not even close to enough. The man who holds his own feet to the fire and demands he operate in a state of objective reality while thrusting forward toward his ultimate vision will dine with kings.

Steve Siebold, author, speaker

The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy.

Florence Shinn 1871-1940, Writer

Confidence is preparation. Everything else is beyond your control.

Richard Kline

You can be young without money but you can’t be old without it.

Tennessee Williams

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.

Sir Winston Churchill 1874-1965, Former British Prime Minister

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.

Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still

Chinese Proverb

The major force in any emotional pain is caused by a thought you have about yourself, not by anything outside of you.

Layne and Paul Cutright, You’re Never Upset for the Reason You Think

When we see problems as opportunities for growth, we tap a source of knowledge within ourselves which carries us through.

Marsha Sinetar Writer

Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience

Hyman Rickover

Someone has written, Love is a verb. It requires doing -not just saying and thinking. The test is in what one does, how one acts, for love is conveyed in word and deed.

David B. Haight

The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, ‘Thus far and no farther.’

Ludwig van Beethoven, composer

Give love and unconditional acceptance to those you encounter, and notice what happens.

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.

John Steinbeck, author

People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most people succeed because they are determined to.

George E. Allen, Publisher and Author

You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone, which can become a watered-down, occasional hope that you’ll get to tomorrow. Intention without action is useless.

Caroline Myss Author of Entering The Castle

To live through an impossible situation, you don’t need the muscles of a Hercules, the reflexes of a Grand Prix driver, the mind of an Einstein. You simple need to know what to do!

Michael Gerber; The E-Myth

An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats failures simply as practice shots.

Charles Franklin Kettering, inventor

When you row another person across the river, you get there yourself.

Fortune Cookie

Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.

John Wayne, actor

The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.

Oprah Winfrey, entertainer

I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.

Martha Washington, wife of George Washington

Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

Norman Vincent Peale

It has often been said the line which separates winning from losing is as fine as a razor’s edge – and it is (I am talking about winning in a big way and in all areas of your life) One person “just about” starts a project, the other person starts it. One individual “almost” completes a task, the other does complete it. One person sees an opportunity, the other acts on it. One student “nearly” passes the exam, the other does pass it – and although the difference in their marks may be only one percentage point out of a hundred, it’s that one point that makes all the difference. Think of how your results would change if you improved your performance by just one or two percent.

Bob Proctor

People of character do the right thing, not because they think it will change the world but because they refuse to be changed by the world.

Michael Josephson, Radio Commentator

If you want to know your past – look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future – look into your present actions.

Chinese Proverb

Too many people are living in a prison that they have themselves manufactured.”

Dr. Michael Beckwith, Minister

You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success – or are they holding you back?

W. Clement Stone

It is not impossibilities that fill us with deepest despair, but possibilities that we have failed to realize.

Robert Mallet, poet

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.

John Kenneth Galbraith, economist

The trouble for most people is they don’t decide to get wealthy, they just dream about it.

Michael Masterson

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to achieving your dreams.

Og Mandino 1923-1996, Author

Today is life — the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.

Dale Carnegie

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) sixth President of the United State

Be transformed by the renewal of your mind.

Paul, The Apostle

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Thomas Edison

If you see yourself as prosperous, you will be. If you see yourself as continually destitute, that is exactly what you will be.

Robert Collier

Think highly of yourself, for the world takes you at your own estimate.

Source Unknown

Put all your excuses aside and remember this: YOU are capable.

Zig Ziglar

You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don’t have that kind of feeling for what it is you are doing, you’ll stop at the first giant hurdle.

George Lucas

What we become depends on what we read after all the professors are finished with us. The greatest university of all is the collection of books.

Thomas Carlyle, historian

The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The world is what you are.

Thomas Dreier, Author

When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.

George Washington Carver 1864-1943, Scientist and Educator

Opportunity is missed by most people, because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas Edison (1847-1931) inventor who often worked more than 40 hours at a time.

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

Steve Jobs: Founder, Apple Computer, technology visionary.

In our daily lives, we must see That it is not happiness that makes us grateful, But the gratefulness that makes us happy.

Albert Clarke

I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours nor amount of labor nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me.

Col. Harland Sanders, Kentucky Fried Chicken Founder

Appreciative words are the most powerful force for good on earth.

George W. Crane, publisher

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

Walt Disney, Theme Park Mogul

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.

Mark Caine Author

Part of the issue of achievement is to be able to set realistic goals, but that’s one of the hardest things to do because you don’t always know exactly where you’re going, and you shouldn’t.

George Lucas

Don’t spend your precious time asking ‘Why isn’t the world a better place?’ It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is ‘How can I make it better?’ To that there is an answer.

Leo Buscaglia Author and Speaker

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (& creation), there is one elementary truth–the ignorance of which kills countless ideas & splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents & meetings & material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.


We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.

Maxwell Maltz Author of “Psycho-Cybernetics”

If you’re not spending 80 percent of your time marketing and selling, you are headed for trouble.

Michael Masterson

If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead & rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.

Benjamin Franklin

Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence in seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.

Tom Landry, Football Coach

A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before we changed.

Earl Nightingale 1921-1989, Philosopher and Syndicated Radio Personality

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.

Sam Walton Founder of Wal-Mart

Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you.

Stewart E. White

If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent.

Isaac Newton, Physicist

There is a basic law that like attracts like. Negative thinking definitely attracts negative results. Conversely, if a person habitually thinks optimistically and hopefully his positive thinking sets in motion creative forces – and success instead of eluding him flows toward him.

Norman Vincent Peale 1898-1994, Minister and Author

We gain internal freedom through external actions.

Ram Dass

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.

Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister

Energy and persistence alter all things.

Benjamin Franklin

Success is no exclusive club. It is open to each individual who has the courage to choose his own goal and go after it. It is from this forward motion that human growth springs, and out of it comes the human essence known as character.

Howard Whitman

In the time we have it is surely our duty to do all the good we can to all the people we can in all the ways we can.

William Barclay

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.

Albert Einstein, physicist

It is well to respect the leader. Learn from him. Observe him. Study him. But don’t worship him. Believe you can surpass. Believe you can go beyond.

David Joseph Schwartz

Wealth depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality; that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both.

Benjamin Franklin, statesman

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.

Leo Tolstoy, Author

The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better.

Barbara Pletcher Author

We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end to them.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Philosopher

Dwell not on the past. Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind. Nothing really matters except what you do now in this instant of time. From this moment onwards you can be an entirely different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every thought and deed.

Eileen Caddy

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer.

Nolan Bushnell

Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass!

Paul J. Meyer

“Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great.

Mark Twain

For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice. No paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service.

John Burroughs

To be successful, you must decide exactly what you want to accomplish, then resolve to pay the price to get it.

Bunker Hunt

You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.

Babe Ruth

You were born to win, but to be a winner you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.

Zig Ziglar

In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves. Self-discipline with all of them came first.

Harry Truman, 33rd US President

I will get rich according to the definiteness of my vision, the fixity of my purpose, the steadiness of my faith, and the depth of my gratitude.

Wallace Wattles, from the Science of Getting Rich

In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.

Eric Hoffer

Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as an educated person. You are either learning or you are not. In today’s world, it is vitally important that you see the truth in Eric Hoffer’s statement. The win or loss, which is waiting in the wings for every person, is enormous. You get to choose which you will experience.

Bob Proctor

Rachel Ray is in her 30’s and is doing what she loves and cashin’ in. Bigtime. I salute her because she never gave into her fears, her doubts, and kept pressing on. She would never let herself settle for mediocrity. What would her life be today if she never truly went for it? How would she feel about herself?

Mike Litman

The power of memories and expectations is such that for most human beings, the past and the future are not as real, but rather more real than the present.

Alan Watts

Yes, work toward your dreams. Take small steps and they will add up. Believe that all your desires will come to pass.

Christopher Westra

The groundwork of all happiness is health.

Leigh Hunt, British Poet, Essayist

It is not the straining for great things that is most effective; it is the doing of the little things, the common duties, a little better and better.

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps 1844-1911, Writer

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Winston Churchill, British prime minister

A Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt. He said, ‘I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, violent one, the other wolf is the loving compassionate one.’ The grandson asked him, ‘Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?’ The grandfather answered, ‘The one I feed.'”


Enthusiasm is the steam that drives the engine.

Napoleon Hill

The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do.

Dennis Waitley

Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.

Danny Thomas

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.

Norman Vincent Peale

Not many people are willing to give failure a second opportunity. They fail once and it is all over. The bitter pill of failure is often more than most people can handle. If you are willing to accept failure and learn from it, if you are willing to consider failure as a blessing in disguise and bounce back, you have got the essential of harnessing one of the most powerful success forces.

Joseph Sugarman

The only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren’t is the willingness to work very very hard.

Helen Gurley Brown (1922 – ) American writer & editor of Cosmopolitan magazine

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

Samuel Johnson

He who has learned to disagree without being disagreeable has discovered the most valuable secret of a diplomat.

Robert Estabrook: Washington Post editor, correspondent.

My mind is my biggest asset. I expect to win every tournament I play.

Tiger Woods (1975 – ) American golf champion

Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.

Lance Armstrong (1971 – ) U.S. cyclist, 7-time winner of Tour de France and cancer survivor.

Great dancers are not great because of their technique – they are great because of their passion.

Martha Graham 1894-1991, Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer

Every achiever I have ever met says, ‘My life turned around when I began to believe in me.

Robert Schuller

I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.

George Patton

One step – choosing a goal and sticking to it – changes everything.

Scott Reed

I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.

Albert Schweitzer

Success is the child of audacity.

Benjamin Disraeli

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.

Roy Ash: President of Litton Industries

You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

Steve Jobs (1955 – ) CEO of Apple Computer and Pixar Animation Studios from Stanford University commencement address, 6.12.2005

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

Helen Keller 1880-1968, Blind/Deaf Author and Lecturer

Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.

Victoria Holt (1906-1993) best-selling British novelist

It’s amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.

Charles F. Kettering

People who are afraid to fail can never experience the joys of success.

Pete Zafra

No matter how small, acknowledge the achievement.

Greg Henry Quinn March

If you don’t quit, and don’t cheat, and don’t run home when trouble arrives, you can only win.

Shelley Long

Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.

Swami Sivananda

The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.

Cecil B. DeMille

One only gets to the top rung on the ladder by steadily climbing up one at a time, and suddenly, all sorts of powers, all sorts of abilities which you thought never belonged to you – suddenly become within your own possibility and you think, ‘Well, I’ll have a go, too.’

Margaret Thatcher

Nothing that results in human progress is achieved with unanimous consent. Those that are enlightened before the others are condemned to pursue that light in spite of the others.

Christopher Columbus, explorer

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


Most people underestimate what they can do in their life. Dare to dream big, and then take concrete action steps right now.

Christopher Westra

If you don’t have people worthy of modeling in your direct environment, then learn about them through movies, books, or even just make them up! Use your imagination. Your heroes don’t need to live around you. They don’t need to be alive, or even real. They just need to inspire you.
Tarzan is one of my favorite heroes, even though a fictional character. He can handle anything! Yes, I model Tarzan in some situations, but I won’t confess about swinging on the chandeliers!

Christopher Westra

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.

Abraham Lincoln

Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk.

J.C. Penney, businessman

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Martin Luther King, Jr, minister and orator

I have always wished for a computer that would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish came true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

Bjarne Stronstrup

Change before you have to.

Jack Welch, Businessman

Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.

Jim Rohn

Every man dies. Not every man lives. The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the “buts” you use today.

Les Brown, Bandleader

When you talk, you repeat what you already know; when you listen, you often learn something.

Jared Sparks

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

Henry David Thoreau

I believe one of the most important priorities is to do whatever we do as well as we can.

Victor Kermit Kiam (1926-2001) American businessman

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.

Raymond Lindquist

We learn by doing.


Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.”

Thomas Carlyle
1795-1881, Philosopher and Author

There is no way around it. You absolutely must have fun. Without fun, there is no enthusiasm. Without enthusiasm, there is no energy. Without energy, there are only shades of gray.

Doug Hall

Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear an answer

Ed Cunningham

You are successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal.

You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream; you’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.

Diana Ross (1944 – ) American singer

The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitudes.

Victor Frankl

In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future.

Eric Hoffer, philosopher

The highest reward for one’s toil is not what one gets for it, but what one becomes by it.

John Ruskin

I studied the lives of great men and women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.

Harry S.Truman

Success is measured in terms of reaching your goals, dreams, and expectations. Your success is determined by hard work, persistence, and determination. If you are going to be a success in life, it is up to you… it is your responsibility.

Will Horton

The difference between success and mediocrity is all in the way you think.

Dean Francis

Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve.

Leonardo da Vinci, Artist

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

Gloria Steinem

The ONLY way to attack a problem… is to roll up your sleeves and dig in. And have a plan that includes a friggin’ deadline for finishing it.

John Carlton

Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.

Pablo Picasso, artist

Success is doing what you plan to do whatever the results.

John Watson

The insecure and unconfident believe what others say about them negatively, more than what they say about themselves positively!

Paul Evans

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.

Jim Rohn

What unleashes action is an individual’s willingness to make mistakes — even to look foolish or stupid.

Robert Ringer

The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.

Lee Iacocca, automobile executive

Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.

Benjamin Franklin, statesman

If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.

Vince Lombardi, Football Coach

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

Helen Keller

It’s so important that you and I just START. START an idea.
Then take the next step.

Mike Litman

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

William James, psychologist

Set a goal to become a millionaire for what it makes of you to achieve it. Do it for the skills you have to learn and the person you have to become.

Jim Rohn

Mental pictures offer us an opportunity to “practice new traits and attitudes, which otherwise we could not do. This is possible because again – your nervous system cannot tell the difference between an actual experience and one that is vividly imagined.

Maxwell Maltz

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence
in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

Norman Vincent Peale

First ask yourself if you have done everything you could do in your life and then blame fate for not being lucky.

John Delavera

Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success!

Dr Joyce Brothers American Psychologist

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind!

William James

Success is neither magical or mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.

Jim Rohn

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.


It’s the little things that you do that can make a big difference. What are you attempting to accomplish? What little thing can you do today that will make you more effective? You are probably only one step away from greatness.

Bob Proctor

I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. As simple as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in reg ret.

Anthony Robbins

In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.

Anthony Robbins

The secret to productive goal setting is in establishing clearly defined goals, writing them down and focusing on them several times a day with words, pictures and emotions as if we’ve already achieved them.

Denis Waitley

Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more.

A. Lou Vickery, Writer

It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.

Dale Carnegie

You are not happy because you are well. You are well because you are
happy. You are not depressed because trouble has come to you, but
trouble has come to you because you are depressed. You can change your thoughts and feelings, and then the outer things will come to correspond, and indeed there is no other way of working.

Emmet Fox

Quick actions bring quick results. You know this. While others wish, you take action.
Makes all the difference.

Warren Whitlock

How to get anything you want

Step 1 – Decide exactly what you want

Step 2 – Decide WHY you want it

Step 3 – Believe you will get it

Step 4 – Have Faith it’s on its way to you

Step 5 – Take action towards it

Jim Edwards

Practice hope. As hopefulness becomes a habit, you can
achieve a permanently happy spirit.

Norman Vincent Peale

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.

Ann Landers, columnist

The rate at which a person can mature is directly proportional to the embarrassment he can tolerate.

Douglas Engelbart, American Inventor and Pioneer of Human-Computer Interaction

There’s no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love. There is only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.

Wayne Dyer

There is no other present for you on earth better than your life and health.

John Delavera

Defeat is simply a signal to press onward.

Helen Keller,

Life is not about growing old. it’s about growing up.”

Bill Gove, 1912-2001,

Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.

Groucho Marx, 1890-1977, American Comedian

You gotta dance like nobody’s watching, dream like you will live forever, live like you’re going to die tomorrow and love like it’s never going to hurt.

Meme Grifsters

We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.

Eric Hoffer 1902-1983, Author and Philosopher

All of the great achievers of the past have been visionary figures; they were men and women who projected into the future. They thought of what could be, rather than what already was, and then they moved themselves into action, to bring these things into fruition.

Bob Proctor

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.

Robert Browning

Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.

David Allen, author and productivity expert

The great end of art is to strike the imagination with the power of a soul that refuses to admit defeat even in the midst of a collapsing world.

Friedrich Nietzsche

God grants victory to perseverance.

Simon Bolivar, South American liberator

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs – ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Harold Thurman Whitman Philosopher and Theologian

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

As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.

Donald Trump

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out where 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 up short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best, knows in the end of the triumph of high achievement, and who, at 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 or defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

An idea in action will make you money, but an idea in your your mind is still just a dream.

Mike Litman

Acta Non Verba – Deeds Not Words

United States Merchant Marine Academy motto

Not getting what you want either means you don’t want it enough, or you
have been dealing too long with the price you have to pay.

Rudyard Kipling

There’s very few people go the extra mile – so go the extra mile and give it all you’ve got.

Jim Leishman, Dunfermline Athletic Soccer Club Coach

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

Gloria Steinem, Author and Journalist

My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.

Hank Aaron, baseball player

Any man’s life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day.

Booker T. Washington, Educator and Author

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

Anne Frank, diarist

There’s a Plan of Action for Success and then there’s a Plan
of Action for just Scraping by. Which plan are you living?

Mike Litman

When we stop to count our blessings rather than focusing
on our predicament, our attitude will be able to help us
cope with our situation more productively.

Kevin Eikenberry, author and speaker

Just DO it. Now….. Make money, grow your business, move forward.
Don’t think about it, don’t plan for it, just DO it. Take action.
Mobilize yourself for success. It’s a state of mind.
If the action you take isn’t working, try something else – NOW, not later…

Stuart Halpryn

I never expect to lose. Even when I’m the underdog, I still prepare a victory speech.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


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