Oct 252008

Here are 101 motivational quotes from the most greatly successful people in modern history.
Absorb their state of mind and act upon it and you too can achieve their level of accomplishment!

1. You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.
– Zig Ziglar

2. You must be the change you want to see in the world.
– Mahatma Gandhi

3. “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

4. Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
– William B. Sprague

5. Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.
– Henry Ford

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

7. Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
– Mahatma Gandhi

8. Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
– Albert Einstein

9. What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
– Goethe

10. I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.
– Oprah Winfrey

11. The best way out is always through.
– Robert Frost

12. Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
– Napoleon Hill

13. Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
– Truman Capote

14. In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.
– Theodore Roosevelt

15. Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.
– Japanese Proverb

16. If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a chance of being a prophet.
– Isaac B. Singer

17. Success consists of doing the common things of life uncommonly well.
– Unknown

18. Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.
– Charles F. Kettering, Engineer and Inventor

19. Twenty 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

20. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

21. Some succeed because they are destined. Some succeed because they are determined.
– Unknown

22. Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.
– Dan Stanford

23. Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.
– Albert Einstein

24. A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.
– Hugh Downs

25. If you’re going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now.
– Marie Osmond

26. Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.
– Roy Goodman

27. If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.
– E. Joseph Cossman

28. Keep away from 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

29. We judge of man’s wisdom by his hope.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

30. The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
– Mark Twain

31. Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
– Mark Twain

32. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.
– Mark Twain

33. What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

34. The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed.
– Richard B. Sheridan

40. Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.
– Stephen R. Covey

36. “Act or accept.”
– Anonymous

37. Many great ideas go unexecuted, and many great executioners are without ideas. One without the other is worthless.
– Tim Blixseth

38. The world is more malleable than you think and it’s waiting for you to hammer it into shape.
– Bono

39. Those who wish to sing, always find a song.
– Swedish Proverb

40. Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

41. People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.
– Norman Vincent Peale

42. Whenever you find whole world against you just turn around and lead the world.
– Anonymous

43. Being defeated is only a temporary condition; giving up is what makes it permanent.
– Marilyn vos Savant, Author and Advice Columnist

44. I can’t understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I’m frightened by old ones.
– John Cage

45. Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.
– Albert Einstein

46. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
– Unknown

47. “When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’”
– Sydney Harris

48. Anyone can do something when they WANT to do it. Really successful people do things when they don’t want to do it.
– Dr. Phil

49. There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.
– Dr. Denis Waitley

50. Vision doesn’t usually come as a lightening bolt. Rather it comes as a slow crystallization of life challenges that we one day recognize as a beautiful diamond with great value to ourselves and others.
– Dr. Michael Norwood

51. Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but don’t quit.
– Conrad Hilton

52. In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
– Thomas Jefferson

53. Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
– John Wooden

54. There are only two rules for being successful. One, figure out exactly what you want to do, and two, do it.
– Mario Cuomo

55. Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.
– Richard Bach

56. Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
– Sir Winston Churchill

57. Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.
– Dr. Joyce Brothers

58. Adversity introduces a man to himself.
– Author Unknown

59. Flops are a part of life’s menu and I’ve never been a girl to miss out on any of the courses.
– Rosalind Russell

60. Resist Change & Die, Accept Change & Survive, Cause Change & Lead
– Ray Norda, Chairman, Novell

61. Winners lose much more often than losers. So if you keep losing but you’re still trying, keep it up! You’re right on track.
– Matthew Keith Groves

62. Life is “trying things to see if they work”
Ray Bradbury

63. An obstacle is often a stepping stone.
– Prescott

64. An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.
– Bill Bernbach

65. If you worry about yesterday’s failures, then today’s successes will be few.
– Anonymous

66. Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.
– Dennis P. Kimbro

67. 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

68. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

69. I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
– Albert Einstein

70. “Success is not to be measured by the position someone has reached in life, but the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
– Booker T. Washington

71. Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.
– Machiavelli.

72. Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
– Mahatma Gandhi

73. You are what you think about all day long.

– Dr. Robert Schuller

74. What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say” — Ralph Waldo Emerson”

75. Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.
– Seneca

76. “Talent is formed in solitude, character in the bustle of the world.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

77. “To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”
– Elbert Hubbard

78. If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.
– J.M. Power

79. By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day
– Robert Frost

80. “I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.”
– Maya Angelou

81. There is no education like adversity.
– Disraeli

82. The best way to predict the future is to create it.
– Unknown

83. “Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.”
– Richard L. Evans

84. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.”
– Robert Frost

85. “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

86. Attitudes are contagious. Make yours worth catching.
– Unknown

87. Do first things first, and second things not at all.
– Peter Drucker.

88. The only people who find what they are looking for in life are the fault finders.
– Foster’s Law

89. Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it.
– Joe Clark

90. I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.

– Winston Churchill

91. He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

92. People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

93. Sometimes you just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you.
– Dr Phil

94. If you’re going through hell, keep going.
– Winston Churchill

95. The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

96. Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.
– Voltaire

97. Enduring habits I hate…. Yes, at the very bottom of my soul I feel grateful to all my misery and bouts of sickness and everything about me that is imperfect, because this sort of thing leaves me with a hundred backdoors through which I can escape from enduring habits.
– Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, 1882

98. “The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”
– William James

99. Positive anything is better than negative thinking.
– Elbert Hubbard

100. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
– Samuel Beckett

101. Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success.
– Unknown

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