170 Motivational Quotes

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Here are 170 of the best motivational quotes I could find. Hope you’ll find the wisdom and motivation you need today for your work and your life. Enjoy!

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Obstacles are the cost of greatness. Robin Sharma Click to tweet

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

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

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

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

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

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Stop whining, start grinding. Eric Thomas Click to tweet

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

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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 Click to tweet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 change, but your endurance and your work ethic.

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

Are you one of them?

The Best Motivational Quotes

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How bad do you want it? Gary Vaynerchuk Click to tweet

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

Fall seven times, stand up eight. Japanese proverb

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

Conformity gets you nowhere. Neil Strauss Click to tweet

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

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Action is the real measure of intelligence. Napoleon Hill Click to tweet

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

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

Everything you can imagine is real. Pablo Picasso

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

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

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

Make each day your masterpiece. John Wooden

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

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

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

The more silence you have in your life, the louder your work can be. Maxime Lagacé

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

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

The habit of persistence is the habit of victory. Herbert Kaufman

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

Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself. Andrew Carnegie

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

To seek greatness is the only righteous vengeance. Criss Jami

More related quote topics: entrepreneur, leadership, business

Part 2. Motivational Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Motivational Quotes

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Search 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 Click to tweet

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

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

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

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. Robert F. Kennedy

Success isn’t about how your life looks to others. It’s about how it feels to you. Michelle Obama

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

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. Henry David Thoreau

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

Win from within. Usain Bolt

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. Vince Lombardi

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

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

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

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

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

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

Never, never, never give up. Winston Churchill

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

Diligence is the mother of good luck. Benjamin Franklin

Energy and persistence conquer all things. Benjamin Franklin

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

The path to success is to take massive, determined action. Tony Robbins

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 Click to tweet

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma. Steve Jobs

It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit. J.R.R. Tolkien

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

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

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

Need more energy and motivation? Check out this article: Positive Quotes That Will Make Your Day Wonderful

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, backgrounds.
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Action is character. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Action precedes motivation. Robert J. McKain

Leap, and the net will appear. John Burroughs

Stop overthinking, start doing. Maxime Lagacé

Wake up determined. Go to bed satisfied. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)

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

Light tomorrow with today. Elizabeth Barrett Browning

There is always room at the top. Daniel Webster Click to tweet

We must act. Marie Curie

Talk less. Work and show the result. Gal Shapira

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I prefer to die trying. Maxime Lagacé

Be your own hero. Maxime Lagacé

Successful people are simply those with successful habits. Brian Tracy

Remember why you started. Erin Janus

Success is my only option, failure’s not. Eminem

Show them what crazy dreams can do. Nike

Nothing is given. Everything is earned. LeBron James

All progress takes place outside the comfort zone. Michael John Bobak

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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 Click to tweet

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

The moment you want to quit is the moment you need to keep pushing. Unknown

One day or day one. It’s your choice. Unknown Click to tweet

Don’t wait for opportunity. Create it. Unknown

You are your only limit. Unknown

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

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I am not talented. I am obsessed. Conor McGregor

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

The real secret to success is enthusiasm. Walter Chrysler

What you allow is what will continue. Unknown

Don’t stop until you’re proud. Unknown Click to tweet

Don’t look back – you’re not going that way. Unknown

You are capable of amazing things. Unknown

Better an oops than a what if. Unknown

Storms make trees take deeper roots. Unknown

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

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

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

Progress is the ultimate motivation. Tony Robbins

Feel the fear. Do it anyway! Jillian Michaels

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. Napoleon Hill

Half-heartedness never won a battle. William McKinley

Motivation will almost always beat mere talent. Norman Ralph Augustine

Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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Deep Motivational Sayings

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

If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time. Billy Joel

I was not the most talented but I was the one who worked the hardest and it made all the difference. Maxime Lagacé

Think new thoughts and you will change your mind. Change your mind and you will change your life. Maxime Lagacé

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. C.S. Lewis Click to tweet

It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot

The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be. 14th Dalai Lama

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. Les Brown

We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. Carlos Castaneda

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

I have had all of the disadvantages required for success. Larry Ellison (Oracle)

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

One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now. Paulo Coelho (twitter.com)

It doesn’t get easier. You get stronger. Unknown

To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself. Søren Kierkegaard

The hardest part is starting. Get that out of the way and the journey is much easier. Simon Sinek (twitter.com)

What are the most powerful words in the universe? The ones you use to talk to yourself. Karen Salmansohn

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

My mama always used to tell me: ‘If you can’t find somethin’ to live for, you best find somethin’ to die for. Tupac

If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self. Napoleon Hill

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ideas are cheap. Execution is expensive. The ability to execute separates people, not the ability to come up with ideas. Shane Parrish (twitter.com)

There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else. Andrew Carnegie

A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with – a man is what he makes of himself. Alexander Graham Bell

Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul. Edward Abbey

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See also: Become the CEO of Your Own Brain in Six Easy Steps (psychologytoday.com)

Wise Motivational Sayings

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

It is not the path which is the difficulty; rather, it is the difficulty which is the path. Søren Kierkegaard

A hero is one who knows how to hang on for one minute longer. Norwegian proverb

Finishing something will give you satisfaction. Finishing something important to you will give you meaning. A meaningful life is a good life. Maxime Lagacé

The most important thing is to continue. Forget about others, forget about the scoreboard, forget about your failures. Just keep pushing. Maxime Lagacé

The way you train reflects the way you fight. People say I’m not going to train too hard, I’m going to do this in training, but when it’s time to fight I’m going to step up. There is no step up. You’re just going to do what you did every day. Georges St-Pierre

You’re waiting for someone to motivate you when you should be motivating yourself. Shane Parrish (twitter.com)

To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. Elbert Hubbard

The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is how high you raise your foot. Benny Lewis

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

You don’t “discover” your place in the world. You carve it out. Thibaut

Winners focus on winning. Losers focus on winners. @Eric Thomas

Winners never quit and quitters never win. Vince Lombardi

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. Og Mandino

As soon as I start to feel comfortable I know it’s a signal to level up. Dan Go

Most people lack focus, not motivation. Shane Parrish (twitter.com)

Motivation is short lived. Only genuine desire has the power to sustain a person for the long haul. James Pierce

Perceived value motivates you to act. Actual value motivates you to repeat. James Clear

Most people think they lack motivation when they really lack clarity. James Clear

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The ultimate inspiration is the deadline. Nolan Bushnell

If everyone waited until they felt “motivated” to do something, we’d never get anything done. Stop looking for motivation. Take action. The motivation will follow. Preethi Kasireddy

You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. George Lorimer

Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further. Thomas Carlyle

Don’t expect to be motivated every day to get out there and make things happen. You won’t be. Don’t count on motivation. Count on discipline. Jocko Willink

Don’t do what you can do – try what you can’t do. William Faulkner Click to tweet

Motivated people always find a way. Unmotivated people will always find a way not to. Ed Latimore

Embrace bad news to learn where you need the most improvement. Bill Gates

Learn to be happy with the endless try/fail/learn approach. True growth is slow and steady. Maxime Lagacé

Self-knowledge brings peace and peace brings success. Maxime Lagacé

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Part 3. Conclusion

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Without ambition, one starts nothing. Without work, one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet

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

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

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 passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

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

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

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

Creation Date

August 16, 2018

Last Update

November 9, 2021

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. There must have been plenty who would have read these quotes in the past and were able to come out of a difficult situation

    There will be plenty in the future ahead whose life you are gonna touch and bring a change from the depths of despair.

    And then there are people like me who are collecting and reading the quotes of yours and the others you have posted here.I can’t tell you how much these words lift our spirits up everyday,everytime we feel low.

    I know plenty of those whose life you would have touched might not be able to post but trust me dude you can’t fathom the amount of lives you touch and i hope all those little wishes from them,from each one of us get to you.

    Show your loved ones these messages and let them know how widely you touch lives beyond the boundaries,oceans and time zones.

    Respect and much love from India.

    1. Thank you for your beautiful message, Jay.
      Words are indeed powerful to elevate and motivate us for better days.
      Words are hope.


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