100 Focus Quotes To Improve Your Concentration Skills

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Focus is vital in today’s modern world.

According to research, you are 40% less productive when you multitask.

That’s why I’ve collected 100 of the best focus quotes for you.

And I’ve been “using” them for the last few years.

In this article, you’ll learn:

  • What’s focus exactly
  • How to become more focused
  • How to improve your concentration skills

So guard your attention like it’s gold because it is.

You’ll discover quotes by Buddha, Bruce Lee, Steve Jobs, and many more.


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Focus does not mean saying yes, it means saying no. Steve Jobs

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In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity is power. Yuval Noah Harari

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Success demands singleness of purpose. Vince Lombardi

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Only through focus can you do world-class things, no matter how capable you are. Bill Gates

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It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world. Og Mandino


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Effectiveness begins with elimination. Choose your ignorances as carefully as your interests. @TheStoicEmperor

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Too much sugar leads to a heavy body, and too many distractions lead to a heavy mind. Naval Ravikant

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The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. Bruce Lee

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Knowing what to leave out is just as important as knowing what to focus on. Warren Buffett

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I’ll live the focused life, because it’s the best kind there is. Winifred Gallagher


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Your attention has value. Don’t give it away. They will say it’s important but it’s not. Stay focused. Maxime Lagacé

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Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha

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The modern impediment to learning is attention, not access. @TheStoicEmperor

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These three things leads to positive non-linear results: clarity, focus, and time. Simple but not easy. Shane Parrish

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The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything. Warren Buffett


The Best Focus Quotes

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It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential. Bruce Lee

Focus is more important than genius. Greg McKeown

If I had an hour to solve a problem, I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions. Albert Einstein

If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves. David Allen

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 leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. Swami Vivekananda

I think the ability is to singularly focus is related to the ability to lose yourself and be present, happy, and actually, ironically, more effective. Naval Ravikant

To produce at your peak level you need to work for extended periods with full concentration on a single task free from distraction. Cal Newport (Deep Work)

99.99% of everything is noise. Michael Saylor

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You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks. Winston Churchill

Where you are headed is more important than how fast you are going. Rather than always focusing on what’s urgent, learn to focus on what is really important. Stephen R. Covey

Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts. Søren Kierkegaard


Saying no is more important than saying yes. Shane Parrish

Self-actualizing people – highly functioning people who live at extraordinary levels of awareness – train their minds to focus on what they intend to create and what they intend to manifest, and they won’t let anybody change their mind. Wayne Dyer

The only reason men fail is because of broken focus. Mike Murdock

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Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. Zig Ziglar

Multitasking is the sign of a stressed and diseased mind simultaneously doing many things poorly. Quality work and quality thinking require quiet focus. Thibaut

4 hours of focused work a day for 6 months will change your life. Dan Koe (Source)

Develop the habit of letting small bad things happen. If you don’t, you’ll never find time for the life-changing big things. Tim Ferriss

Most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time, and more tranquillity. Ask yourself at every moment, “Is this necessary?” Marcus Aurelius

Those who focus best are relatively immune to emotional turbulence. Daniel Goleman (Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence)

The skill of the century is being able to focus. Period. Maxime Lagacé

Part 2. Focus Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Focus Quotes

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Searching for a famous focus quote and famous author?

Check out those by Emerson, Thomas Edison, Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, etc.
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I succeeded because I have a long attention span. Charlie Munger

Always remember, your focus determines your reality. George Lucas (Star Wars)

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. 14th Dalai Lama

If there are nine rabbits on the ground and you want to catch one, just focus on one. Jack Ma (Alibaba)

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. Alexander Graham Bell

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. Aristotle

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If you chase two rabbits, both will escape. Russian proverb

Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short in all management of human affairs. Ralph Waldo Emerson

My success, part of it certainly, is that I have focused in on a few things. Bill Gates (Microsoft)

I don’t focus on what I’m up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest. Venus Williams

Success at anything will always come down to this: focus and effort. And we control both. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)

I learned that focus is key. Not just in your running a company, but in your personal life as well. Tim Cook (Apple)

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes. Sherlock Holmes

People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. Steve Jobs

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Focus like a laser, not a flashlight. Michael Jordan

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger. Arnold Palmer

The first requisite of success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem without growing weary. Thomas A. Edison

Channel your energy. Focus. Carl Lewis

The main thing is to keep the main thing a main thing. Stephen R.Covey

Related: The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results (Amazon Book) (It’s the business and productivity book I recommend the most)

Short Focus Quotes

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One-liners, short focus quotes, sayings, thoughts, and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, and backgrounds.
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You get more of whatever you give attention to. Shane Parrish

Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Flow follows focus. Steven Kotler

FOCUS – Follow One Course Until Successful. Robert T. Kiyosaki

We expand what we focus on. Wayne Dyer

High-quality work produced = (Time Spent) x (Intensity of Focus). Cal Newport

Drama is distraction. @TheStoicEmperor

Re-focus. What’s vital? Thibaut

Infinite shiny objects, finite time. Jack Butcher

Every distraction prevents you from realizing your full potential. Shane Parrish (Source)

Focus on one thing: the most important. Maxime Lagacé

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It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? Henry David Thoreau

Multitasking is a lie. Gary Keller (The ONE Thing)

Focus is the art of knowing what to ignore. James Clear

A focused fool can accomplish more than a distracted genius. Alex Hormozi (Source)

Starve your distractions, feed your focus. Unknown

For the future, the motto is, “No days unalert”. Robert Greene

Don’t get distracted. Keep building. Changpeng Zhao (Source)

Being busy is cheap, focus is expensive. Brian Norgard

You must be zealous in order to focus. Maxime Lagacé

Focus is a matter of deciding what things you’re not going to do. John Carmack

Do whatever you do intensely. Robert Henri

Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow. Robert T. Kiyosaki


Inspirational Focus Quotes

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Goals may give focus, but dreams give power. John C. Maxwell

Set your target and keep trying until you reach it. Napoleon Hill

They will all ask for your time and attention. Learning to say no will be your superpower. Maxime Lagacé

Focus to unlock your genius. Maxime Lagacé

If you want to do more you have to commit to less. Raise the standards. Narrow the focus. Shane Parrish (Source)

Don’t worry about what you can’t control. Our focus and energy needs to be on the things we can control. Attitude, effort, focus – these are the things we can control. Tim Tebow

Your current thoughts are creating your future life. What you think about the most or focus on the most will appear as your life. Rhonda Byrne

Arise, awake, and stop not until the goal is achieved. Swami Vivekananda

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Be on guard. The road widens, and many of the detours are seductive. David Foster Wallace

Everyone has the same amount of time, and hard work is simply hard work. As a result, what you do in the time you work determines what you achieve. And since what you do is determined by what you think, how big you think becomes the launching pad for how high you achieve. Gary Keller

Directed attention results in precise and effective action. Divided attention results in clumsy and inconsistent action. @TheStoicEmperor

Turn off the news. Delay the unessential. Reduce your appointments. Slow down. Break tasks into small portions. Thibaut

By focusing deeply on just one important thing at a time — hyperfocusing — we become the most productive version of ourselves. Chris Bailey (Hyperfocus: How to Work Less to Achieve More, Amazon book)

In general, obstacles force your mind to focus and find ways around them. They heighten your mental powers and should be welcomed. Robert Greene

Focus on your greater goal, your destiny. Robert Greene

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Our focus is our future. David DeNotaris

That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains. Steve Jobs

To leave the distracted masses to join the focused few, I’m arguing, is a transformative experience. Cal Newport

Human beings, it seems, are at their best when immersed deeply in something challenging. Cal Newport

Distraction is a liability. Focus is an asset. When you’re distracted, someone else gets paid. When you’re focused, you do. Jack Butcher (Source)

The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something that we make happen. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience)

All great achievements are the result of sustained focus over time – all of them. Gary Keller

Focus more on your desire than on your doubt, and the dream will take care of itself. Mark Twain


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What you focus on grows, what you think about expands, and what you dwell upon determines your destiny. Robin Sharma

Key Takeaways

  • Focus is the art of saying no. A lot.
  • Do 2-3 hours of daily focused work and you’ll be ahead of 99% of people in 1 year.
  • 99.9% of the information is useless. Learn to ignore. Find the signal.
  • The benefits of being focused?
    • More effectiveness
    • More progress
    • Less stress
  • How to be more focused?
    • Be well rested (Source)
    • Know the “why”
    • Choose ONE task
    • Eliminate distractions
    • Meditate daily for 20+ minutes (Source)

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

You can find him on X, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube.

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October 26, 2022

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