101 Motivational quotes

101 Motivational quotes

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101 motivational quotes

Compiled by Mark Wager


"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" - Eleanor Roosevelt 

"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up" - Paul Valery

"If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams" - Les Brown

"There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness" - Josh Billings

"With self-discipline most anything is possible" - Theodore Roosevelt 

"Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings" - Salvador Dali 

"It is not length of life, but depth of life" - Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much" - Oscar Wilde 

"Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves" - William Hazlitt 

"The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way" - Dale Carnegie 

"Business is a combination of war and sport" - Andre Maurois 

"Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake" - Henry David Thoreau 

"I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate" - George Burns 

"A wise man learns by the mistakes of others,'a fool by his own"'- Latin Proverb

"Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?" - Friedrich Nietzsche

"I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom" - Angus Grossart

"Be not afraid of flying.  Angels live in the clouds and the devil on the earth" -Greg Evans

"Out of nothing can come, and nothing can become nothing" -Persius

"Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings" -Samuel Johnson

"Nothing is so easy as to deceive oneself; for what we wish, we readily believe" -Demosthenes

"Only live by everyone else's rules if your ambition is to be like everyone else" - Mark Wager

Winners take chances. Like everyone else, they fear failing, but they refuse to let fear control them. -Nancy Simms

"There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself" -Louis Xiv

"Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability."- Roy L. Smith

"Every human mind is a great slumbering power until awakened by a keen desire and by definite resolution to do" -Edgar F. Roberts

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear" -Ambrose Redmoon

"Courage leads to heaven; fear leads to death" -Seneca

"Cowards die a thousand deaths. The valiant taste of death but once" -William Shakespeare

"I was taught that everything is attainable if you are prepared to give up, to sacrifice, to get it"-Stirling Moss

"Self-respect is the root of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself" -Abraham J. Heschel

"None, but people of strong passion are capable of rising to greatness." -Gabriel Riqueti Mirabeau

 "I am more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world" - Lionel Messi (best player in the world)

"Build a dream and the dream will build you" -Robert H. Schuller

“I don’t look for people who have achieved great things; I look for people who will achieve great things.” - Urijah Faber

"If you don't know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere" -Henry Kissinger

"If you'll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives" -Vince Lombardi

"Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby" - Ruth E. Renkel

"Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt" - Jose Ortega Y Gasset

"The majority of people walk in darkness, some aim for the stars yet a few of us were put on this planet to punch holes in the sky" - Mark Wager

"Only with absolute fearlessness can we slay the dragons of mediocrity that invade our gardens" John Maynard Keynes

"If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results" -Jack Dixon

"To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die" -Francois De La Rochefoucauld

"Inside yourself or outside, you never have to change what you see, only the way you see it" -Thaddeus Golas

"True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day as it goes by" -E. S. Bouton

"The progress of the world is the history of men who would not permit defeat to speak the final word" -Joseph R. Sizoo

"By asking for the impossible we obtain the best possible" -Giovanni Niccolini

"I run on the road, long before I dance under the lights" -Muhammad Ali

"For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her" -Charles De Gaulle

"There's many things to fear in life but tomorrow is not one of them" - Mark Wager

"When every physical and mental resources is focused, one's power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously" - Norman Vincent Peale

"Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the other, a matter of time" -Marabel Morgan

"Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them, a desire, a dream, a vision" -Muhammad Ali

"If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize"  - Muhammad Ali 

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be" - Lao Tzu 

"When you fear a foe, fear crushes your strength; and this weakness gives strength to your opponents"-William Shakespeare

"Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting" - Karl Wallenda

"One's greatest challenge is to control oneself" -Kazi Shams

"Men's best successes come after their disappointments" - Henry Ward Beecher

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

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." C. S. Lewis 

"It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters" - Epictetus 

"It takes more than just a good looking body. You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it" - Epictetus 

"I have survived because I refuse to acknowledge the flames of defeat" - Mark Wager

“Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you're going to be right.”

― Muhammad Ali

"20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do" - Mark Twain

"As a rule, adversity reveals genius and prosperity hides it" -Horace

"Change your thoughts and you change your world" - Norman Vincent Peale 

"Criticism rarely comes from a place of kindness, it usually comes from fear, envy or ignorance" - Mark Wager

 "Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work" - Gustave Flaubert

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

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

"It is better to destroy one's own errors than those of others" - Democritus 

"Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well" - Josh Billings 

"Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them" - Aristotle 

"Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves" - William Hazlitt 

"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life" - Charles Darwin 

" A succesful person can be covered in snowflakes on the outside yet inside of them resides the gates of Hell" - Mark Wager

"The roads we take are more important than the goals we announce. Decisions determine destiny" - Frederick Speakman

"Do the thing we fear, and the death of fear is certain" -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Winners have simply formed the habit of doing things losers don't like to do" -Albert Gray

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall" - Confucius

"A man without decision can never be said to belong to himself" -John W. Foster

"To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart" -Donald Laird

"No one that encounters prosperity does not also encounter danger" - Heraclitus 

"What of us lies in the hearts of others is our truest and deepest self" -Johann Gottfried Von Herder

"We have all eternity to celebrate our victories, but only one short hour before sunset in which to win them" -Robert Moffat

"What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality" - Plutarch 

"To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult" - Plutarch

"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it" - Michelangelo

"Live today as if it's your last because the only certain thing in life is that one day it will be" - Mark Wager

"You don't wait for destiny to come to you, you have to hunt destiny down so you get what you want & not just what destiny wants to give you" - Mark Wager

"Children are afraid of what may be in the darkness, adults are afraid of what may not be in themselves" - Mark Wager

"I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed" - Michael Jordan 

"It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary" Winston Churchill

"Tough times never last, but tough people do" - Robert H. Schuller

"If you have no critics you'll likely have no success" - Malcolm X 

"There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way" - Christopher Morley 

"Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result" - Oscar Wilde 

"Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom" - George S. Patton 

"Be faithful to that which exists within yourself" - Andre Gide 

"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain" - Joseph Campbell 

About the Author:

Mark Wager is New Zealand's leading Leadership Coach. To contact Mark regarding MBTI Team Building or Leadership Coaching please use the enquiry form below


Posted: Monday 1 April 2013


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