100 Motivational Quotes That Will Make You Thrive

By Maxime Lagacé maxime lagace

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

I’ve been playing competitive sports for the last 35 years.

I’ve spent 100+ hours studying the best motivational quotes, books, blogs, and YouTube videos.

The result?

100 of the best motivational quotes I could find.

I hope you’ll find the inspiration and motivation to 10x your success, work, and life.

You’ll discover quotes from Bruce Lee, Einstein, Steve Jobs, and many more.


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Obstacles are the cost of greatness. Robin Sharma

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All the power is within you. You can do anything. Swami Vivekananda

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Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen. Conan O’Brien

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I wasn’t there to compete. I was there to win. Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Someone once told me growth and comfort do not coexist. Ginni Rometty


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The place between your comfort zone and your dream is where life takes place. Helen Keller

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Stop whining, start grinding. Eric Thomas

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Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. George Addair

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To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don’t worry about darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest. Napoleon Hill

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The question isn’t who is doing to let me, it’s who is going to stop me. Ayn Rand


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I am not afraid… I was born to do this. Joan of Arc

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“No” simply means begin again at one level higher. Peter Diamandis

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Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do. Oprah Winfrey

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Those who truly want something will keep trying until they die. Maxime Lagacé

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Don’t worry about looking good – worry about achieving your goals. Ray Dalio


Enjoying the quotes so far?

If you’re like me, sometimes you feel motivated and sometimes you don’t.

That’s why I love to read quotes when I feel stuck on something. (And I’ve been doing that since 2004).

I’ve also learned to rely on discipline when I don’t feel motivated.

Indeed, doing something when you’re not in the mood and being consistent is one of the most important aspects of progress.

Keep in mind:

it’s not necessarily the intensity of your actions that will bring you to change, but your endurance, your discipline, and your work ethic.

People who truly want something in their lives always find a way.

Be one of them.

The Best Motivational Quotes

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How bad do you want it? Gary Vaynerchuk

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. H.G. Wells

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Conformity gets you nowhere. Neil Strauss

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Action is the real measure of intelligence. Napoleon Hill

Blood, sweat and respect. First two you give. Last one you earn. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)

Be so good they can’t ignore you. Steve Martin


Show the world how much you’ll fight for the winners circle. Pat Riley

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. Dale Carnegie

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You’re probably on the right track if you feel like a sidewalk worm during a rainstorm. Larry Page (Google)

Learn to be comfortable in the uncomfortable. Learn to be peaceful, not bored. Learn to be inspired, not scared. Maxime Lagacé

What you want exists. Don’t settle until you get it. Jay Shetty

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot. Make it hot by striking. William Butler Yeats

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What’s the tiniest step you can take? Do that first. Maxime Lagacé

I can’t believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary. Lou Holtz

I want the world to be better because I was here. Will Smith

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. John D. Rockefeller

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There are four basic human needs; food, sleep, sex and revenge. Banksy

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

Deep down you know what you want. Deep down you have what it takes. Maxime Lagacé

The worst thing a man can be addicted to is comfort. Unknown

To seek greatness is the only righteous vengeance. Criss Jami

Part 2. Motivational Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Motivational Quotes

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Searching for a famous motivational quote or author? Check out those ones by Walt Disney, da Vinci, Henry Ford, Winston Churchill, Steve Jobs, etc.
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It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. Babe Ruth

If you can dream it, you can do it. Walt Disney

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

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. Maya Angelou

Most great people have achieved their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure. Napoleon Hill

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I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy. Marie Curie

Discipline helps you finish a job, and finishing is what separates excellent work from average work. Pat Summitt

Win from within. Usain Bolt

I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. Michael Jordan (wikipedia.org)

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

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Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. Anaïs Nin

It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. Bill Gates (Microsoft)

Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill

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Never, never, never give up. Winston Churchill

You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude. Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Wayne Gretzky

Diligence is the mother of good luck. Benjamin Franklin

People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity no matter how impressive their other talents. Andrew Carnegie

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Mark Twain (More info on the source here)

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. Dr. Seuss

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Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. Babe Ruth

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

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. Martin Luther King Jr

I don’t know anyone in the world who is becoming the best at something without being obsessive. Kelly Slater (Crowned World Surf League champion 11 times)

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. Jim Rohn

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Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye. Helen Keller

Short Motivational Sayings

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One-liners, short motivational quotes, thoughts, and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, and backgrounds.
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Action is character. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Action precedes motivation. Robert J. McKain

Inspiration fires you up; motivation keeps you burning. Stuart Aken

There is always room at the top. Daniel Webster

Stop overthinking, start doing. Maxime Lagacé

Be your own hero. Maxime Lagacé

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What I’m looking for is not out there, it is in me. Helen Keller

I like getting to that point where it’s hard, and then, pushing harder. Zach Miller

Talk less. Work and show the result. Gal Shapira


Will it be easy? No. Will it be worth it? Absolutely. Unknown

Progress is the ultimate motivation. Tony Robbins

If you want something, go get it. Sahil Bloom (Source)

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I prefer to die trying. Maxime Lagacé

Remember why you started. Erin Janus

Easy is boring. Jesse Itzler

Success hits different when nobody believed in you. Stay motivated. Soulja Boy (Source)

Show them what crazy dreams can do. Nike

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Always ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow. Paulo Coelho

Nothing is given. Everything is earned. LeBron James

Be a practical dreamer backed by action. Bruce Lee

If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it. Unknown

I didn’t come this far to only go this far. Unknown

Related: Motivation: The Scientific Guide on How to Get and Stay Motivated (jamesclear.com)

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What comes easy won’t last. What lasts won’t come easy. Unknown

One day or day one. It’s your choice. Unknown

The best motivation is self-motivation. Jim Rohn

You could be anyone if you put the time. Conor McGregor

Needing motivation is a sign of your goals lacking meaning. Carlos Del Valle

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I am not talented. I am obsessed. Conor McGregor

Half-heartedness never won a battle. William McKinley

The price of growth is outgrowing people. Naval Ravikant

Motivation is motive in action. Denis Waitley

Change is never a matter of ability, it’s always a matter of motivation. Tony Robbins

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Do your thing and don’t care if they like it. Tina Fey

Don’t wish for it. Work for it. Unknown

Feel the fear. Do it anyway! Jillian Michaels

Motivation will almost always beat mere talent. Norman Ralph Augustine

Everything you want is on the other side of showing up and doing the fucking work. Dan Go (Source)


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A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships. Helen Keller

Let’s recap:

  • Do it to win, not to compete.
  • Winning is easy: Be the one who cares the most.
  • Rest and relax when you’re tired but keep in mind discomfort is your ally.
  • Remember your “why”. The deeper the reason, the deeper the motivation.
  • How to feel motivated?
    • Set a goal
    • Start small
    • Build momentum
    • Have the “put in the rep” mindset
    • Focus on the process, not the results
    • Do the best you can today, with what you have

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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 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. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running.

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

Finally, he still considers himself a beginner.

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

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October 31, 2022

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  1. Motivational quotes can help to reach our potential every day. they are not just words. They are power that gives us hope. Thank you for motivational and energetic quotes.

  2. “Motivated people always find a way. Unmotivated people will always find a way not to.” -Ed Latimore
    Quotes worth following each and everyday !!

  3. I have bookmarked this page. I have recently taken running and can see it’s amazing health benefits first hand. It’s sure is addictive. This site helps in that. Thanks for putting this through…you never know how you can touch other life’s. Thanks

    1. Thank you Himanshu!
      Running has indeed many great health benefits, particularly in nature.

  4. Thanks for sharing Max.
    I really liked this comment “What comes easy won’t last. What lasts won’t come easy.”

    Will work hard that would last forever…

    Keep sharing!

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