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240 Cool Motivational Quotes

Motivational quotes can help pick you up when you are down.  They can give you that little extra edge to keep you going when things get tough and help you push your way to success.  Here are 240 motivational quotes that do just that:

  1. Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash. – George S. Patton
  2. Success is…knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others. –  John C. Maxwell
  3. What’s money? 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
  4. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  5. No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist.-  Anonymous
  6. Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. – Vince Lombardi
  7. Happiness is not something readymade.  It comes from your own actions. – Dalai Lama
  8. If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it — teach yourself to be impatient. – Gurbaksh Chahal
  9. Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. – Maya Angelou
  10. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all. – Dale Carnegie
  11. I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. – Diane Ackerman
  12. If you’re going through hell keep going. – Winston Churchill
  13. Reach perfection. – Baltasar Gracián
  14. Your problem isn’t the problem. Your reaction is the problem. – Anonymous
  15. I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. – Florence Nightingale
  16. Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  17. If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. – Albert Einstein
  18. You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. – George Lorimer
  19. The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. – Arthur C. Clarke
  20. Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. – Farrah Gray
  21. In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it. – Norman Vincent Peale
  22. Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice. – Wayne Dyer
  23. 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 safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover. – Mark Twain
  24. You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. 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
  25. When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems 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
  26. Limitations live only in our minds.  But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. – Jamie Paolinetti
  27. It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. – Herman Melville
  28. Dream big and dare to fail. – Norman Vaughan
  29. I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing. – Martha Stewart
  30. An unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates
  31. I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. – Leonardo da Vinci
  32. If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents- start charging for it. – Kim Garst
  33. It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot
  34. Step by step and the thing is done. – Charles Atlas
  35. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. – Steve Jobs
  36. If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission. – Anonymous
  37. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.  – Robert Frost
  38. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford
  39. Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. – John R. Wooden
  40. People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. – Dale Carnegie
  41. You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou
  42. When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. – Helen Keller
  43. Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. – John D. Rockefeller
  44. Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. – Anonymous
  45. Trust because you are willing to accept the risk, not because it’s safe or certain. – Anonymous
  46. The best revenge is massive success. – Frank Sinatra
  47. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt
  48. There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. –Roger Staubach
  49. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar
  50. If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. –  Jim Rohn
  51. Knowledge is being aware of what you can do. Wisdom is knowing when not to do it. – Anonymous
  52. Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. – Albert Einstein
  53. Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.  – Booker T. Washington
  54. Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. – Pablo Picasso
  55. Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. – Teddy Roosevelt
  56. Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time. – George Bernard Shaw
  57. You can’t fall if you don’t climb.  But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground. – Unknown
  58. The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. – Bruce Feirstein
  59. Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. – Theodore N. Vail
  60. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. – Dalai Lama
  61. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. – Les Brown
  62. The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at. – Jesse Owens
  63. Successful entrepreneurs are givers and not takers of positive energy. – Anonymous
  64. Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being. – Kevin Kruse
  65. You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind. – Author Unknown
  66. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius
  67. Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. – Jesus
  68. A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. – David Brinkley
  69. Do one thing every day that scares you. – Anonymous
  70. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  71. You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Christopher Columbus
  72. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. – Zig Ziglar
  73. Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out. – Robert Collier
  74. Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us. – Samuel Smiles
  75. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!” – Audrey Hepburn
  76. I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. – Thomas Jefferson
  77. People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy. – Tony Robbins
  78. Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. – Jim Ryun
  79. Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. – Charles Swindoll
  80. And all may do what has by man been done. – Edward Young
  81. The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. – Ralph Nader
  82. Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill
  83. I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. – Benjamin Franklin
  84. Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. – Dale Carnegie
  85. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vidal Sassoon
  86. The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. – Ayn Rand
  87. All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney
  88. Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks. – Johann Gottfried Von Herder
  89. With will one can do anything. – Samuel Smiles
  90. Step Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. – Robert H. Schuller
  91. Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value. – Albert Einstein
  92. It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.  – Ann Landers
  93. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. – Anais Nin
  94. Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. – Babe Ruth
  95. When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. – Audre Lorde
  96. Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to doDon’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. – Jim Rohn
  97. There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul. – Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  98. What’s the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable. – Anonymous
  99. You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame. – Erica Jong
  100. When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you. – Lolly Daskal
  101. An oak is not felled at one blow. – Spanish Proverb
  102. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. – Plato
  103. Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. – Samuel Johnson
  104. He who hesitates is lost. – Proverb
  105. 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
  106. Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – Lolly Daskal
  107. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. – Beverly Sills
  108. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined. – Henry David Thoreau
  109. A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them. – Henry Kravis
  110. Storms make oaks take roots. – Proverb
  111. There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. – Aristotle
  112. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs
  113. The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning; to create a product or service to make the world a better place. – Guy Kawasaki
  114. Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. – Benjamin Franklin
  115. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. – Steve Jobs
  116. Start where you are. Use what you have.  Do what you can. – Arthur Ashe
  117. The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. – Anonymous
  118. The number one reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors. – Napoleon Hill
  119. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain
  120. 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
  121. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. – Aristotle
  122. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. – George Addair
  123. Eighty percent of success is showing up. – Woody Allen
  124. Whenever you see a successful person you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them. – Vaibhav Shah
  125. If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. – Latin Proverb
  126. Either you run the day, or the day runs you. – Jim Rohn
  127. The best way out is always through. – Robert Frost
  128. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. – Maya Angelou
  129. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  130. The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do. – Anonymous
  131. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford
  132. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein
  133. Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. – Grandma Moses
  134. If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. – Abigail Van Buren
  135. You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals. – Booker T. Washington
  136. If you want to succeed in the world must make your own opportunities as you go on. The man who waits for some seventh wave to toss him on dry land will find that the seventh wave is a long time a coming. You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the roadside until some one comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence. – John B. Gough
  137. Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day. – Thornton Wilder
  138. When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down ‘happy’.  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. – John Lennon
  139. It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Anonymous
  140. Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. – John Wooden
  141. Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb
  142. Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. – Swami Vivekananda
  143. There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed. – Ray Goforth
  144. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. – Anne Frank
  145. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Joshua J. Marine
  146. Men’s best successes come after their disappointments. – Henry Ward Beecher
  147. For hope is but the dream of those that wake. – Matthew Prior
  148. If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you! – T. Harv Eker
  149. Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life. – Dr. APJ Kalam
  150. The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it. – Henry Ford
  151. You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing. – Philippos
  152. To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.-  Anatole France
  153. Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. – Francis Chan
  154. When the best things are not possible, the best may be made of those that are. – Richard Hooker
  155. Fortune sides with him who dares. – Virgil
  156. If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. – Sheryl Sandberg
  157. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou
  158. When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me. – Erma Bombeck
  159. Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need. – Voltaire
  160. A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done. – Vince Lombardi
  161. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. – Booker T. Washington
  162. What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.-  Oscar Wilde
  163. Fortune favors the brave. – Publius Terence
  164. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. – Chinese Proverb
  165. Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose– a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. – Mary Shelley
  166. Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  167. A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. – Unknown
  168. Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes. – Kenneth Hildebrand
  169. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan
  170. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. – Mae Jemison
  171. We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret. – Earl Nightingale
  172. If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. – Vincent Van Gogh
  173. If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary. – Jim Rohn
  174. To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. – Anonymous
  175. First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. – Aristotle
  176. Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. – William B. Sprague
  177. We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls. – Winston Churchill
  178. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it. – Washington Irving
  179. Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. – W. Clement Stone
  180. The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. – Chinese Proverb
  181. No star is lost once we have seen, We always may be what we might have been. – Adelaide Proctor
  182. Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. – Pablo Picasso
  183. It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln
  184. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas A. Edison
  185. Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly. – Proverb
  186. The mind is everything. What you think you become.  – Buddha
  187. Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning. – Robert Kiyosaki
  188. 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. – Barbara Jordan
  189. You become what you believe. – Oprah Winfrey
  190. Well begun is half done. – Greek Proverb
  191. Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument. – Anonymous
  192. As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. – Bill Gates
  193. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. – Tony Robbins
  194. The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same. – Colin R. Davis
  195. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas A. Edison
  196. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. – Marie Curie
  197. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. – Albert Einstein
  198. I would rather die of passion than of boredom. – Vincent van Gogh
  199. To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like. – Mike Gafka
  200. Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absense of fear. – Mark Twain
  201. We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  202. I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. – Rosa Parks
  203. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky
  204. If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes. – St. Clement of Alexandra
  205. All progress takes place outside the comfort zone. – Michael John Bobak
  206. In doubtful matters boldness is everything. – Publilius Syrus
  207. Fall seven times and stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb
  208. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. – Martin Luther King Jr.
  209. You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. – Margaret Thatcher
  210. The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them. – Denis Watiley
  211. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. – Gloria Steinem
  212. Education costs money.  But then so does ignorance. – Sir Claus Moser
  213. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  214. When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. – Lao Tzu
  215. Change your thoughts and you change your world. – Norman Vincent Peale
  216. In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it. – Jane Smiley
  217. If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work. – Thomas J. Watson
  218. Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting. – Anonymous
  219. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. – Napoleon Hill
  220. You can do anything, but not everything. – Anonymous
  221. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. – John Lennon
  222. Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  223. Opportunities don’t happen, you create them. – Chris Grosser
  224. Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. – Truman Capote
  225. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  226. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –S tephen Covey
  227. Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them. – Anonymous
  228. Amazing how we can light tomorrow with today. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  229. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. – Mark Twain
  230. The starting point of all achievement is desire. – Napolean Hill
  231. Believe with all of your heart that you will do what you were made to do. – Orison Swett Marden
  232. Constant dripping hollows out a stone. – Lucretius
  233. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. – Alice Walker
  234. You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them. – Michael Jordan
  235. Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. – Confucius
  236. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. – Amelia Earhart
  237. Teach thy tongue to say, “I do not know,” and thous shalt progress. – Maimonides
  238. We must balance conspicuous consumption with conscious capitalism. – Kevin Kruse
  239. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. – Bill Cosby
  240. The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. – Bruce Lee

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