MOTIVATION QUOTES

MOTIVATION QUOTES


141 Motivational Quotes for Work in 2020 That Will Inspire Your Employees

By  June 10, 2019 60 Comments

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Motivational quotes for work should be inspiring and empowering…and should not sound like something you lifted from a cheesy greeting card.

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Imagine:

It’s Monday morning, and your team is gathering together for the beginning of the weekly meeting. Your team is fresh off the weekend and may not be in the most energetic of moods.

So you, as the leader of your team, need to present a motivational message during this meeting to pick them up. Here is where inspirational quotes for work or inspirational videos come in handy to get your team out of the Sunday Funday mentality and back into a goal-crushing machine.

We searched through books, movies, songs, and even TED Talks to bring you 141 amazing motivational quotes for employees you’ll be proud to put in a Powerpoint, an intra-office meme or a foam board printing cutout! Find plenty of fantastic workplace quotes to motivate.

 

 

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

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2. Becoming is better than being. —Carol Dweck, Mindset

3. I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing. —Herman Melville, Moby Dick

4. The sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on. —Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop

5. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. —Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl  

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6. Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it. —Rafiki, The Lion King

7. If I had nine hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six sharpening my axe. —Abraham Lincoln

8. The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. —John Milton, Paradise Lost

9. Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. —Stephen Hawking

10. Leaders can let you fail and yet not let you be a failure. —Stanley McChrystal

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11. Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me. —Michael Scott, The Office

12. The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me? —Ayn Rand

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13. Kid, there are heroes and there are legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart, kid, and you’ll never go wrong. —Babe Ruth, The Sandlot

14. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. —Michael Jordan

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15. There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere. —Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

16. Fight till the last gasp. —William Shakespeare, Henry VI

17. Do or do not. There is no try. —Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

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18. Be men, or be more than men. Be steady to your purposes and firm as a rock. This ice is not made of such stuff as your hearts may be; it is mutable and cannot withstand you if you say that it shall not. —Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

19. Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. —Judy Garland

20. The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible. —Charles Kingsleigh, Alice in Wonderland (2010)

21. Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions; never irresistible but when he appeals to the imagination. —Benjamin Disraeli, Coningsby

22. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. —Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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23. Hey there, Mr. Grumpy Gills. When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do?  Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim. —Dory, Finding Nemo

24. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. —Marie Curie

25. Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. —Salvador Dali

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26. If something is wrong, fix it now. But train yourself not to worry, worry fixes nothing. — Ernest Hemingway

27. Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending. —Jim Hensen

28. Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. —Robert Louis Stevenson

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29. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go… —Dr. Suess, Oh the Places You’ll Go

30. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly. —Neil Gaiman, The Sandman

31. For artists, scientists, inventors, schoolchildren, and the rest of us, intrinsic motivation—the drive to do something because it is interesting, challenging, and absorbing—is essential for high levels of creativity. —Daniel H. Pink, Drive

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

33. Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and again and bring their friend. — Walt Disney

34. So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible. —Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

35. Everything should be made as simple as possible but not simpler. —Albert Einstein

36. Innovation distinguishes from a leader and a follower. —Steve Jobs

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37. The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it. —J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

38. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. —George Addai

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39. I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then. —Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

40. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours. —Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

41. There is only one way to avoid criticism. Do nothing. Be nothing. Say nothing. —Aristotle

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42. It is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself. —Spoon Boy, The Matrix

43. Quality is job one. —Henry Ford

44. Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE. —Joss Whedon

45. The best way out is always through. —Robert Frost

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46. It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe. — Muhammad Ali

47. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. —John Quincy Adams

48. Speak softly and carry a big stick. —Theodore Roosevelt

49. Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. ―Mark Twain

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50. It’s life. You don’t figure it out. You just climb up on the beast and ride. ―Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

51. There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas. —Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

52. Unless someone like you care a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not. —Dr. Suess, the Lorax

53. A proud heart can survive general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. It is more difficult and more bitter when a man fails alone. —Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

54. You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind. Irish Proverb

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55. Ignorance and fear are but matters of the mind—and the mind is adaptable. —Daniel Kish

56. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. —Roald Dahl

57. Someone, at some point, came up with this very bad idea that an ordinary individual couldn’t make a difference in the world. I think that’s just a horrible thing. —John Skoll

58. Imitation is suicide. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

59. If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears. —Simon Sinek

60. Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. —Harper Lee

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61. Genius is born—not paid. —Oscar Wilde

62. Very often, a change of self is needed more than a change of scene. —A.C. Benson

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63. The Answer to the Great Question… Of Life, the Universe and Everything… Is… Forty-two. —Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide

64. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. —Thomas Edison

65. I’ve learned about the poetry and the wisdom and the grace that can be found in the words of people all around us when we simply take the time to listen. —Dave Isay

66. It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. —Joseph Campbell

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67. Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path then by all means you should follow that. —Ellen Degeneres

68. It’s easy to solve a problem that everyone sees, but it’s hard to solve a problem that almost no one sees. —Tony Fadell

69. Learning never exhausts the mind. —Leonardo Da Vinci

70. If you’re alive, you’re a creative person. —Elizabeth Gilbert

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71. My mother said to me, “If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.” Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso. —Pablo Picasso

72. The power of imagination makes us infinite. —John Muir

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73. Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. —Seneca

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74. Never ruin an apology with an excuse. —Benjamin Franklin

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75. Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. —Dwight D. Eisenhower

76. There are no two words in the English language more harmful than “good job.” —Terence Fletcher, Whiplash

77. Don’t persuade, defend or interrupt. Be curious, be conversational, be real. And listen. — Elizabeth Lesser

78. The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. —Buddha

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

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80. An innovator is one who does not know it cannot be done. —R.A. Mashelkar

81. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them. —Henry David Thoreau

82. As long as they are well-intentioned, mistakes are not a matter for shame, but for learning. —Margaret Heffernan

83. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. —Stephen Covey

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84. You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. —Jack London

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85. “I’m bored” is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say “I’m bored.” —Louis C.K

86. If we can challenge convention, we can solve any problem. —Josh Valman

87. Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

88. In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game! —Mary Poppins

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89. If you hit the target every time, it’s too near or too big. —Tom Hirshfield

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90. Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. —Margaret Mead

91. You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it. —Mahatma Gandhi

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92. 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

93. Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves. —Chanakya

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94. What I love most about rivers is, you can’t step in the same river twice. —Pocahontas, Disney’s Pocahontas

95. Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over. —F. Scott Fitzgerald

96. It’s time to try defying gravity. —Elphaba, Wicked

97. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape. ―Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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98. Goonies never say die! —Mickey, The Goonies

99. If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path. —Buddha

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100. Tough times never last, but tough people do. —Dr. Robert Schuller

101. I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich. —Jim Carrey

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102. Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

103. Why are you keeping this curiosity door locked? ― Dustin, Stranger Things

104. When they give you lined paper, write the other way. ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

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105. How many times do I have to teach you: just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. — Shuri, Black Panther

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

107. To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to. — Kahlil Gibran

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108. You be greater than your feelings. I don’t demand this of you—life does. Otherwise, you’ll be washed away by feelings. You’ll be washed out to sea and never seen again. — Phillip Roth, Indignation

109. I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value. —Hermann Hesse, Siddartha

110. A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. — James Joyce

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111. Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” ― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

112. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig. ― Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

113. Fulfillment isn’t found over the rainbow—it’s found in the here and now. Today I define success by the fluidity with which I transcend emotional landmines and choose joy and gratitude instead. — RuPaul

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114. Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report written on birds that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.  ― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

115. Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.  ― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

116. Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. — Nikola Tesla

1117. Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. — Carl Sagan

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118. A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. — Charles Darwin

119. At the last dim horizon, we search among ghostly errors of observations for landmarks that are scarcely more substantial. The search will continue. The urge is older than history. It is not satisfied and it will not be oppressed. — Edwin Hubble

120. Only if we understand, can we care. Only if we care, we will help. Only if we help, we shall be saved. ― Jane Goodall

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121. Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t. — Gertrude B. Elion, Biochemist and Nobel Prize Winner

122. If you know you are on the right track, if you have this inner knowledge, then nobody can turn you off… no matter what they say.  —  Barbara McClintock, cytogeneticist and Nobel Prize Winner

123. Whether a person shows themselves to be a genius in science or in writing a song, the only point is, whether the thought, the discovery or the deed, is living and can live on. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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124. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you. ― Neil deGrasse Tyson
125. When you constrain freedom, freedom will take flight and land on a windowsill. ― Ai Weiwei

126. If I create from the heart, nearly everything works: if from the head, almost nothing.  —  Marc Chagall

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127. Look at life with the eyes of a child.  —  Henri Matisse

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128. Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth. ― William Faulkner

129. No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. —  Robin Williams

130. Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. — Thomas Jefferson

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131. The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. — Confuciusm, Confucius: The Analect

132. Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. — Pablo Picasso

133. Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence. — Eleanor Roosevelt, The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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134. Hire character. Train skill. — Peter Schutz

135. The best leaders are those most interested in surrounding themselves with assistants and associates smarter than they are. They are frank in admitting this and are willing to pay for such talents. — Antos Parrish

136. I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done. —  Lucille Ball

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137. We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts. — Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

138. A little imagination combined with massive action goes a long way. – Grant Cardone

139. A company doesn’t exist to serve its own people; a company exists to serve the needs of the people who use its products or services. ― Richard Sheridan, Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love

140. Your potential, the absolute best you’re capable of—that’s the metric to measure yourself against. Your standards are. Winning is not enough. People can get lucky and win. People can be assholes and win. Anyone can win. But not everyone is the best possible version of themselves. ― Ryan Holiday, The Ego Is the Enemy

141. Failure it appears is not the regret that haunts most people; it is the choice not to risk failure at all. ― Dr. John Izzo

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Conclusion

We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of 141 inspiring work quotes! And we hope it has INSPIRED you to use the wisdom of the greats to help fire up your team.

Work motivational quotes have the power to stick with employees for years. So, posting up a daily quote of the day for work can have a tremendous impact on your team. Because it just might be the exact thing they need to hear.

What was your favorite motivational quote? What daily quotes for work do you use? Let us know in the comments below.

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68 Inspiring Relationship Quotes

by HENRIK EDBERG Last updated SEPTEMBER 24, 201968 Inspiring Relationship Quotes

At the heart of life lie the relationships we have with other people.

With family, co-workers and friends close by and far away at the other side of the world.

And how you let these relationships flow and grow has huge impact on the happiness both in your life and in the lives of the people you care about.

So this week I’d like to look back into the past and share some of the best advice from the wise people who have walked this earth.

This is 68 of the most thought-provoking, touching, inspiring and helpful quotes on relationships.

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
– Anais Nin

 

“A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be himself — to laugh with me, but never at me; to cry with me, but never because of me; to love life, to love himself, to love being loved. Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart.”
– Leo F. Buscaglia

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”
– Walter Winchell

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“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
– Carl Jung

“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.”
– William James

 

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”
– Donald Miller

“If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.”
— Benjamin Franklin

“No road is long with good company.”
— Turkish Proverb

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
— Carl W. Buechner

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“People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.”
— Joseph F. Newton Men

“Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.”
— Swedish Proverb

“You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”
— Epicurus

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.”
— Albert Schweitzer

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
— Audrey Hepburn

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
— Dale Carnegie

 Relationship Quote by Mahatma Gandhi

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
— Mahatma Gandhi

“As you think so shall you be! Since you cannot physically experience another person, you can only experience them in your mind.
Conclusion: All of the other people in your life are simply thoughts in your mind. Not physical beings to you, but thoughts. Your relationships are all in how you think about the other people of your life. Your experience of all those people is only in your mind. Your feelings about your lovers come from your thoughts.
For example, they may in fact behave in ways that you find offensive. However, your relationship to them when they behave offensively is not determined by their behavior, it is determined only by how you choose to relate to that behavior. Their actions are theirs, you cannot own them, you cannot be them, you can only process them in your mind.”
— Wayne Dyer

 

“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.”
— Henry Winkler

“A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill requires only our silence; which costs us nothing.”
— John Tillotson

“Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself.”
— Andre Breton

“Relationships-of all kinds-are like sand held in your hand. Held loosely, with an open hand, the sand remains where it is.
The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to hold on, the sand trickles through your fingers. You may hold onto some of it, but most will be spilled.
A relationship is like that. Held loosely, with respect and freedom for the other person, it is likely to remain intact. But hold too tightly, too possessively, and the relationship slips away and is lost.”
— Kaleel Jamison

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“A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.”
— Honore de Balzac

 

“Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.”
— Miles Franklin

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one”
— C.S. Lewis

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”
— Thomas Merton

“When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.”
— Victor Hugo

“Some think love can be measured by the amount of butterflies in their tummy. Others think love can be measured in bunches of flowers, or by using the words ‘for ever.’ But love can only truly be measured by actions. It can be a small thing, such as peeling an orange for a person you love because you know they don’t like doing it.”
— Marian Keyes

 Relationship Quote by Joyce Meyer

“We can improve our relationships with others by leaps and bounds if we become encouragers instead of critics.”
— Joyce Meyer

 

“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
— James Baldwin

“Don’t smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.”
— Leo Buscaglia

“We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt

“Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.”
— Anthony Robbins

Relationship Quote by Dale Carnegie 

“The royal road to a man’s heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most.”
— Dale Carnegie

“We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche

“It is of practical value to learn to like yourself. Since you must spend so much time with yourself you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship.”
— Norman Vincent Peale

 

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”
— Oprah Winfrey

“What love we’ve given, we’ll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity.”
— Leo Buscaglia

“Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.”
— Mark Twain

Relationship Quote by Henry David Thoreau 

“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”
— Henry David Thoreau

“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.”
— Frederick Buechner

“Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke

“The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.”
— Gilbert K. Chesterton

“True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.”
— David Tyson Gentry

 

“When we’re incomplete, we’re always searching for somebody to complete us. When, after a few years or a few months of a relationship, we find that we’re still unfulfilled, we blame our partners and take up with somebody more promising.
This can go on and on–series polygamy–until we admit that while a partner can add sweet dimensions to our lives, we, each of us, are responsible for our own fulfillment.
Nobody else can provide it for us, and to believe otherwise is to delude ourselves dangerously and to program for eventual failure every relationship we enter.”
— Tom Robbins

“If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling in the world.”
— Joseph Addison

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“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”
— Tennessee Williams

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
— Carl Jung

“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.”
— Dale Carnegie

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
— Henry James

“When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.”
— Catherine Ponder

Relationship Quote by Alain De Botton

“Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone – and finding that that’s ok with them.”
— Alain de Botton

“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”
— Mahatma Gandhi.

“Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.”
– William Arthur Ward

“What is uttered from the heart alone, will win the hearts of others to your own.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”
– George Burns

Relationship Quote by Confucius

“What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”
– Confucius

“Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
– Albert Camus

“Having someone wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night is a very old human need.”
– Margaret Mead

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”
– Ernest Hemingway

“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness. “
– Leo F. Buscaglia

“There’s one sad truth in life I’ve found
While journeying east and west –
The only folks we really wound
Are those we love the best.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.”
– Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”
– Donna Roberts

Relationship Quote by Wayne Dyer

“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.”
— Wayne Dyer

“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”
– Paul Boose

“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.”
– Winnie the Pooh

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
– Marcel Proust

What is your favorite quote on relationships? Feel free to share the best one(s) you have found in this article or in your life in the comments section below.

87 Inspirational Quotes for Work (Motivation to Work Hard and Smart)

by HENRIK EDBERG Last updated FEB 20, 2020

We are once again at the start of a workweek.

So I thought this would be a good time to share 87 of the most inspirational work quotes.

Quotes that will motivate you, help you to focus and work smarter and also reduce the stress and pressure you may feel at work (or in school).

These quotes have helped me many times to re-ignite my own motivation on a rough or bad day and to find a calmer and less stressed focus so I could keep working consistently towards my own goals and dreams.

I hope they will help you to do the same.

Motivational Quotes for Work

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

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.”
Jim Rohn

    

“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”
Thomas Jefferson

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
Paulo Coelho

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Thomas Edison

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

Work Quote by Robert Louis Stevenson

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.”
Dalai Lama

“One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.”
Viggo Mortensen

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

“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”
Denis Waitley

“Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.”
Jim Rohn

“Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”
Dale Carnegie

“Developing a good work ethic is key. Apply yourself at whatever you do, whether you’re a janitor or taking your first summer job because that work ethic will be reflected in everything you do in life.”
Tyler Perry

Work Quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.”
Zig Ziglar

“The future depends on what you do today.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
Confucius

“Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.”
Gary Ryan Blair

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
Saint Francis

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”
Dale Carnegie

“To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.”
Eva Young

“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.”
William Patten

Work Quote by Patrick Suskind

“Talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”
Patrick Suskind

“You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind.”
Irish Proverb

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

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”
Conrad Hilton

“Dreams can come true, but there is a secret. They’re realized through the magic of persistence, determination, commitment, passion, practice, focus and hard work. They happen a step at a time, manifested over years, not weeks.”
Elbert Hubbard

”This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”
Alan Wilson Watts

“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

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Calvin Coolidge

Work Quote by Albert Einstein

“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.”
Albert Einstein

Hard Work Quotes (and Quotes about Working Smarter)

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
Mark Twain

“Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work.”
Joseph Barbara

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.”
Peter Drucker

“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.”
Louis Pasteur

“In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.”
Seneca

Work Quote by Bruce Lee

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”
Bruce Lee

“Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t.”
Gertrude B. Elion

“If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.”
Olin Miller

“It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.”
Confucius

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”
Stephen Covey

“Plenty of men can do good work for a spurt and with immediate promotion in mind, but for promotion you want a man in whom good work has become a habit.”
Henry L. Doherty

Work Quote by Chanakya

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.”
Chanakya

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
Roy T. Bennett

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
Stephen King

Work Quote by Beverly Sills

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”
Beverly Sills

“I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.”
Jim Carrey

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

“A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain.”
Mildred Struven

“Think of many things; do one.”
Portuguese proverb

Work Quote by Ernest Hemingway 

“If something is wrong, fix it now. But train yourself not to worry, worry fixes nothing.”
Ernest Hemingway

“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.”
David Allen

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”
Francis Chan

 

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”
Vince Lombardi

“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report written on birds that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day.
We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead.
Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird. “
Anne Lamott

“Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there.”
Haile Gebrselassie

“Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well as now.”
Margaret Fuller

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
Muhammad Ali

 Work Quote by Roger Staubach

“There is no traffic jam along the extra mile.”
Roger Staubach

 

“Your ability to discipline yourself to set clear goals, and then to work toward them every day, will do more to guarantee your success than any other single factor.”
Brian Tracy

“Follow effective actions with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
Peter Drucker

Uplifting Quotes for a Rough or Stressful Day at Work

”Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.”
Brian Tracy

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though 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

“You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
Dale Carnegie

 

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

Work Quote by Richard Branson

Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.
Richard Branson

 

“I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.”
Hermann Hesse

“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”
Peter Marshall

“It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.”
Colin Powell

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”
M. Scott Peck

Work Quote by Robert Frost 

“The best way out is always through.”
Robert Frost

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

“As long as they are well-intentioned, mistakes are not a matter for shame, but for learning.”
Margaret Heffernan

“Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I’ll show you someone who has never achieved much.”
Joan Collins

 Work Quote by Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
C.S. Lewis

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”
Bertrand Russell

“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

“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

Work Quote by Harry Golden 

“The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.”
Harry Golden

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”
Barrack Obama

“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.”
John Newton

  

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50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Overcome Life’s Challenges

Christopher Jan Benitez

Christopher is a passionate writer sharing about lifestyle tips on Lifehack.

Quotes for Self-Assurance

1. Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

2. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

3. You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

4. The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

5. You attract what you are, not what you want. If you want great, then be great.

6. It’s not who you are that holds you behind, it’s who you think your are not.

Quotes about Positivity

7. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.

8. You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it is experience.

9. Falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice.

10. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that.

11. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

12. Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for great.

13. Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned from worst times and from the worst mistakes.

Quotes for Work and Success

14. Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.

15. Never stop doing great just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

16. Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to.

17. Work while they sleep. Learn while they party. Save while they spend. Live like they dream.

18. The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.

    

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19. Never apologize for having high standards, people who really want to be in your life will rise to meet them.

20. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

21. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, time will pass anyway.

22. Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.

23. A hill is just another opportunity to leave your competition behind.

24. Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it.

25. Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself.

26. You didn’t come this far only to come this far.

27. Be selective in your battles for sometimes peace is better than being right.

28 If we keep doing what we are doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.

29. You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.

30. Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.

31. The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.

32. If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.

33. If you can’t handle stress, you won’t manage success.

34. Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.

35. Don’t mistake silence for weakness. Smart people don’t plan big moves out loud.

36. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

    

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37. Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe dedicated.

38. You become who you spend your time with.

39. Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.

40. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

41. If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

42. Between stimulus and response is our greatest power –the freedom to choose.

43. What comes easy won’t last, what lasts won’t come easy.

44. Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

45. Work until your idols become your rivals.

Quotes about Money

46. Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

47. I create new enemies every day, it’s called business.

48. When you have a Million Dollar vision, don’t surround yourself with 1 cent minds.

49. You can’t get rich thinking poor.

50. Doing what is comfortable is rarely profitable.

51. If you can count your money, work harder.

 

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10 Inspirational Quotes From the Modern Business World’s Top CEOs [SlideShare]

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Written by Matt Burke

1) Drew Houston, Dropbox Co-founder & CEO

“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.”

As a culture, we’ve learned to reject failure, but sometimes we need to relish failure because each circumstance is just another lesson on what to do the next time around to ensure success. As Drew Houston said, you only need to be right once, and sometimes we get there by accident—but it was our previous failures that got us to this point. Sometimes failure is a door to a breadth of exciting new opportunities. Don’t let it shut.  

2) Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO

“In this ever-changing society, the most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart. They are real and sustainable. Their foundations are stronger because they are built with the strength of the human spirit, not an ad campaign. The companies that are lasting are those that are authentic.”

This ideology is booming these days, and for good reason. Consumers want companies to be transparent in their mission, vision, and operation practices. And the ones that are sincere, the ones that take their time to provide their customers with what they’ve been asking for are the ones that will stand the test of time. Remember: passion fuels desire.

3) Steve Jobs, Apple CEO

“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.”

You could fill a book with Steve Jobs’ inspirational quotes alone—but this one is my favorite. It’s a different approach on the “hindsight is 20/20” idiom, but with the added take on finding something to believe in. If you don’t have a stake in the purpose of your company, how can you expect your customers to? Forge your path with goals in mind, and when you look back on your life, you’ll be able to say you took charge of your own destiny.

4) Donald Trump, The Trump Organization CEO

“Experience has taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you’re generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third, is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.”

The Donald: no matter how you feel about his ridiculous reality television excursions, the man knows how to build a successful business empire. Intuition is a powerful sense, and if you’ve been in the business as long as Donald Trump, trusting your gut is a vital commodity.

All three of his rules reflect this line of thinking, and there’s a lot of truth behind it. The decisions you make are rarely black and white—you need to learn to relish the grey, and go with what you think will be best for you and your business in the long run.

5) Kevin Plank, Under Armour CEO

“There’s an entrepreneur right now, scared to death, making excuses, saying, ‘It’s not the right time just yet.’ There’s no such thing as a good time. I started an apparel-manufacturing business in the tech-boom years. I mean, come on. Get out of your garage and go take a chance and start you business.”

There will always be a reason not to do something, whether it’s money, family, or timing—but none of them are good enough reasons to bring your vision to a halt. As Kevin Plank explains, there’s never a good time, and waiting for it is a waste. Instead, learn to take a risk on something you believe in.

The worst-case scenario? It doesn’t work, and you can move on to your next great idea. Some of the greatest brands in the world were built on the backs of accidents. Don’t miss your chance because you’re scared to start.

6) Cher Wang, HTC CEO

“It takes humility to realize that we don’t know everything, not to rest on our laurels, and to know that we must keep learning and observing. If we don’t, we can be sure some startup will be there to take our place.”

No one knows everything. And no one should be expected to. There’s this idea out there, especially for the younger generation of workers, that professionals today need to know everything—but real knowledge is understanding that you can’t know everything.

We’re always improving, and the second we think we can stop is the second we need education the most. As Cher Wang says, if you won’t make the effort, someone else will. Business is constantly changing, and if you want to stay at the forefront, you need to do the same.

7) Larry Page, Google Inc. CEO

“Lots of companies don’t succeed over time. What do they fundamentally do wrong? They usually miss the future.”

Similar to businesses thinking it’s okay to take their foot off the gas pedal, many brands get stuck in archaic business practices, ultimately hurting their company through their own means and misconceptions. The future doesn’t need to be scary, just as much as it doesn’t need to signal widespread organizational change in your business.

But they can’t keep referencing the past if they want to be successful in the future. Spinning your wheels needlessly isn’t an option, so utilize what you can (in both technology and culture) and future proof your business practices.

8) Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup Co. CEO

“The thing that I learned early on is you really need to set goals in your life, both short-term and long-term, just like you do in business. Having that long-term goal will enable you to have a plan on how to achieve it. We apply these skills in business, yet when it comes to ourselves, we rarely apply them.”

Denise Morrison has dreamed of running a business since she was a child. In fact, her siblings are also business leaders, so she knows a thing or two about setting goals. But often, we focus too narrowly on our work, and not enough on improving our selves.

A rising tide lifts all ships, and if you want your business or organization to improve, you should start with the people within it. Push yourself to improve on a personal level, and you may see the fruits of your labor in your next sale, meeting, or project.

9) Indra Nooyi, Chairperson and CEO, PepsiCo

“The distance between number one and number two is always a constant. If you want to improve the organization, you have to improve yourself and the organization gets pulled up with you. That is a big lesson. I cannot just expect the organization to improve if I don’t improve myself and lift the organization, because that distance is a constant.”

As a business leader, your job is to portray the qualities your employees and coworkers strive endlessly to replicate. Setting the right example is paramount if you want your business to follow in your footsteps. But if you want your company to follow you, you need to set the same expectations for yourself. Successful business leaders understand this, and their business cultures reflect this sentiment in every office or work environment.

10) Brian Halligan, HubSpot CEO

“The way I think about culture is that modern humans have radically changed the way that they work and the way that they live. Companies need to change the way they manage and lead to match the way that modern humans actually work and live. We’re trying to re-craft culture in a way that really matches that. I think that 99% of companies are kind of stuck in the ‘90s when it comes to their culture.”

Culture infiltrates every nook and cranny of your company. It affects productivity, efficiency, happiness, success, and everything in between, yet companies too often brush culture under the rug.

Collaboration and communication are at the forefront of the modern office, and with technology changing the business landscape so frequently, you’re being tasked with playing catch-up with every twist and turn. You can’t expect someone to work like they have in the past after the past becomes irrelevant.

11) Jake Nickell, Threadless CEO

“I try not to make any decisions that I’m not excited about.”

Business decisions should never be boring. You’re either excited about them, or you’re not. Putting yourself behind an idea can be a daunting task, but if you’re willing to put in the effort, you should be excited to see the outcome.

Jake Nickell started Threadless with $1,000, and transformed it into one of the leading custom art ecommerce sites on the market—and how’d he get it there? Passion. Excitement. And a little dash of color.

25 Exhilarating Quotes by Great Female Leaders

Meg Prater

Written by Meg Prater

@Meg_Prater

Motivational Quotes by Female Leaders

1. “‘Restore connection’ is not just for devices, it is for people too. If we cannot disconnect, we cannot lead.” -Arianna Huffington

2. “I decided I can’t pay a person to rewind time, so I may as well get over it.” -Serena Williams

3. “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” -Dolly Parton

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4. “Finally I was able to see that if I had a contribution I wanted to make, I must do it, despite what others said. That I was OK the way I was. That it was all right to be strong.” -Wangari Maathai

5. “Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes.” -Margaret Wheatley

6. “I just want women to always feel in control. Because we’re capable, we’re so capable.” -Nicki Minaj

7. “The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first.” -Iyanla Vanzant

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8. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” -Billie Jean King

9. “My best successes came on the heels of failures.” -Barbara Corcoran

10. “Dreams and reality are opposites. Action synthesizes them.” -Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography

11. “We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” -Marie Curie

12. “We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” -Beyoncé

13. “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” -Rosalynn Carter

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14. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” -Anais Nin

15. “A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

16. “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” -Ida B. Wells

17. “Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.” –J. K. Rowling

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18. “Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.” -Clare Boothe Luce

19. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” -Ayn Rand

20. “People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer [to fulfillment]. Actually a job is better for me.” -Diana, Princess of Wales

21. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” -Maya Angelou

22. “You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame.” -Erica Jong

23. “Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” -Elizabeth Gilbert

24. “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”

-Brené Brown, Daring Greatly

25. “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” -Rosa Parks

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51 Entrepreneur Quotes That’ll Get You Out of Bed in the Morning

Ketan Pande

Written by Ketan Pande

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Entrepreneur Quotes

  1. “Only the paranoid survive.” -Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel
  2. “You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end.” -Jessica Herrin, founder and CEO of Stella & Dot
  3. “Success depends on employees. For me knowing and connecting with my employees is very important.” -Divine Ndhlukula, founder and managing director of DDNS Security Operations Ltd
  4. “Don’t let others convince you that the idea is good when your gut tells you it’s bad.” -Kevin Rose, co-founded Digg
  5. “Don’t get distracted. Never tell yourself that you need to be the biggest brand in the whole world. Start by working on what you need at the present moment and then what you need to do tomorrow. So, set yourself manageable targets.” -Jas Bagniewski, Co-Founder of Eve Sleep
  6. “If you can offer a free tier that provides a lot of value, it will naturally help your product to spread much more rapidly.” -Melanie Perkins, Co-founder of Canva
  7. “In the age of transparency, honesty, and generosity, even in the form of an apology, generate goodwill.” -Alexander Asseily, founder of Jawbone
  1. “If we tried to think of a good idea, we wouldn’t have been able to think of a good idea. You just have to find the solution for a problem in your own life.” -Brian Chesky, Co-founder of Airbnb
  2. “One of the greatest skills of leadership is being unflappable. Anytime you do anything in the world; there’s going to be criticism.” -Arianna Huffington, Co-found and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post Media Group
  3. “When you are building a startup, it’s difficult. Particularly, a startup that is expanding at the rate of Tinder. You have to give 100%, and you have to be committed. Solving the problem has to be personal or else you’re going to disintegrate.” -Sean Rad, Co-founder of Tinder, Inc.
  4. “Success depends on employees. For me knowing and connecting with my employees is very important.” -Divine Ndhlukula, founder and managing director of DDNS Security Operations Ltd
  5. “Selling is not a pushy, winner-takes-all, macho act. It is an empathy-led, process-driven, and knowledge-intensive discipline. Because, in the end, people buy from people.” -Subroto Bagchi, Co-founder of Mindtree
  6. “Ignore the hype of the startups that you see in the press. Mostly, it’s a pack of lies. Half of these startups will be dead in a year. So, focus on building your business so you can be the one left standing.” -Jules Pieri, Co-founder and CEO of The Grommet
  7. “It’s important to realize that brand is much more than a logo and slogan. A brand is who your company is: how you function and make decisions.” -Joanna McFarland, Co-founder of HopSkipDrive
  8. “Do not focus on numbers. Focus on doing what you do best. It’s about building a community who want to visit your site every day because you create value and offer expertise.” -Cassey Ho, Founder of Blogilates.com
  9. “When in doubt, bootstrap. Using your own personal resources is the easiest way to start a business. You don’t have to convince investors about the merits of your idea. You just have to convince yourself.” -Ryan Holmes, Co-founder of Hootsuite
  10. “You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end.” -Jessica Herrin, founder and CEO of Stella & DotQuote by Jessica Herrin that reads "You have to see failure as the beginning and the middle, but never entertain it as an end."
  11. “Starting a company extracts so much energy and conviction that not having a clear-cut goal and meaningful mission can hamper your success. This is why, at Virta, our mission was clearly defined: reverse early type-2 diabetes in 100 million people by 2025.” -Sami Inkinen, Co-founder of Virta Health
  12. “If you know too much before the start, then you will get overwhelmed. Come up with an original idea, and don’t copy because there will be no passion. You need that otherworldly passion. Just start.” -Jeni Britton Bauer, Founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.
  13. “Don’t assume that borrowing lots of money can make your startup fly. There are many things to the business other than investors, and it’s possible to succeed with your startup without breaking the bank.” -Barnaby Lashbrooke, Founder of Time Etc.
  14. “Don’t try to do everything by yourself, but try to connect with people and resources. Having that discipline and perseverance is really important.” -Chieu Cao, Co-founder of Perkbox
  15. “It’s necessary to find a mentor who can invest time to know your personal capabilities and business model.” -Nigel Davies, Founder of Claromentis
  16. “Don’t get distracted. Never tell yourself that you need to be the biggest brand in the whole world. Start by working on what you need at the present moment and then what you need to do tomorrow. So, set yourself manageable targets.” -Jas Bagniewski, Co-Founder of Eve SleepQuote by Jas Bagniewski that reads "Don’t get distracted. Never tell yourself that you need to be the biggest brand in the whole world. Start by working on what you need at the present moment and then what you need to do tomorrow. So, set yourself manageable targets."
  17. “You have to get good at ceding control and not taking things personally. Even seasoned entrepreneurs have struggled with that. I think it’s about not taking failures personally and also not taking successes personally.” -Leila Janah, Founder of Samasource and LXMI
  18. “No matter how many customers you have, each is an individual. The day you start thinking of them as this amorphous ‘collection’ and stop thinking of them as people is the day you start going out of business.” -Dharmesh Shah, Co-Founder of HubSpot
  19. “Your ability to attract, evaluate, and forge strong working relationships with co-founders, early employees, and investors often mean the difference between failure and success.” -Clara Shih, Co-founder of Hearsay Systems
  20. “Fundraising is much easier now because of crowdfunding. Take advantage of that.” -Constantin Bisanz, Founder of Aloha
  21. “Being a woman in business doesn’t come without challenges. My advice? Surround yourself with other supportive women that encourage you, share ideas, and get you motivated.” -Jessica Alba, Founder of The Honest Company
  22. “If you can offer a free tier that provides a lot of value, it will naturally help your product to spread much more rapidly.” -Melanie Perkins, Co-founder of CanvaQuote by Melanie Perkins that reads "If you can offer a free tier that provides a lot of value, it will naturally help your product to spread much more rapidly."
  23. “My advice is to focus on the importance of forging a long-term relationship, whether with colleagues, partners, or customers. It is often easy to get caught up in short-term decisions.” -Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder of Care.com
  24. “If you’re starting something on your own, you better have a passion for it, because this is hard work.” -Sallie Krawcheck, Co-founder of Ellevest
  25. “Be nicer to your customers than your competitors.” -Richard Reed, Co-Founder of Innocent Drinks
  26. “Passion, creativity, and resilience are the most crucial skills in business. If you’ve got those, you’re ready to embark on the journey.” -Jo Malone, Founder of Jo Malone
  27. “If you are working on a product that’s going to be consumer-facing, then feedback is invaluable. You should be out there being brave and talking to people and asking for feedback as much as possible.” -Emily Brooke, Co-founder of Blaze
  28. “In the age of transparency, honesty, and generosity, even in the form of an apology, generate goodwill.” -Alexander Asseily, founder of JawboneQuote by Alexander Asseily that reads "In the age of transparency, honesty, and generosity, even in the form of an apology, generate goodwill."
  29. “Sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to ask. I have been in the news many times just by calling on the news channel and asking them about featuring my business.” -Lori Cheek, Founder of Cheekd
  30. “Remain self-funded as long as possible.” –Garrett Camp, Co-founder of Uber, StumbleUpon, and Expa
  31. “Start as small as you can. When I started SkinnyMe Tea, I had $24 in the bank, and I was entirely self-funded. If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product; you’ve launched too late.” -Gretta Rose van Riel, Founder of Hey Influencers
  32. “As a founder, lay all the possible scenarios — from best to worst — in front of you, so you don’t get surprised when something happens.” -Brian Wong, Co-founder of Kiip
  33. “We learned many things while building FourSquare. One of the most important lessons is to be clear to investors about what the company will and will not do. And be open about the priorities of the things that have to be done.” -Dennis Crowley, Co-founder of Foursquare
  34. “Don’t let others convince you that the idea is good when your gut tells you it’s bad.” -Kevin Rose, co-founded DiggQuote by Kevin Rose that reads "Don’t let others convince you that the idea is good when your gut tells you it’s bad."
  35. “I can name dozens of failures that we had over the years. Yet, with all these failures, we still managed to build Appster into one of the largest, and best companies in our industry. So, remember every time you fail, remind yourself these words: ‘Life won’t always go my way, but I will always find a way’.” -Josiah Humphrey, Co-founder of Appster
  36. “If you tune it so that you have zero chance of failure, you usually also have zero chance of success. The key is to look at ways for when you get to your failure checkpoint, you know to stop.” -Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn
  37. “Some days you’re smiling and thinking you’re going to make this thing rock. Then the next day a pipe breaks and your costs look too high. You have to learn to keep your eyes on an ultimate goal. If you lose sight of that goal, you have to get out.” -Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO of Chobani
  38. “If something is important enough, or you believe something is important enough, even if you are scared, you will keep going.” -Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX
  39. “One of the things I tend to do is open myself up to a variety of voices. I try to expose myself to the kind of culture shock that occurs when you talk to people who speak a different language.” -Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay
  40. “If you start thinking you are good at something, that’s often the day you stop trying to be better and open the back door for someone to come after you. That’s why we always aim higher. We never feel like we’re done.” –Drew Houston, cofounder and CEO of Dropbox
  41. “Only the paranoid survive.” -Andy Grove, former CEO of IntelQuote by Andy Grove that reads "Only the paranoid survive."
  42. “Most of us want to tell our coworkers or friends, or husbands or wives, our ideas. For what reason? We want validation. But I feel ideas are most vulnerable in their infancy. Out of love and concern, friends and family give all the reasons or objections on why [you] shouldn’t do it. I didn’t want to risk that.” -Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx
  43. “I’m always tweaking, always trying to make it better, constantly moving the levers and dials.” -Steve Ells, founder and co-CEO of Chipotle
  44. “It starts with not having a hangover with the way things used to be.” -Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour
  45. “There is something artificial when everyone is agreeing with each other. It’s useful to indulge people who don’t agree, and see their viewpoint or force yourself to explain things better.” -David Sack, founder of Yammer
  46. “If you are not getting traction on your idea, you try few things. You try pushing harder, cleaning up something, building up to something aggressively — but if it doesn’t get traction, then don’t bother.” -Vijay Sharma, Founder of Paytm
  47. “It’s very important for entrepreneurs to look for people in the company who are not afraid of failures, for example, intrapreneurs. They make a business more successful by thinking like an entrepreneur — but within a company.” -Chirag Kulkarni, Founder of Taco
  48. “If we are going to be part of the solution, we have to engage the problems.” -Majora Carter, urban revitalization strategist and broadcast producer
  49. “[Don’t] let anyone convince you that your dream, your vision to be an entrepreneur, is something that you shouldn’t do. What often happens is that people who are well meaning, who really care for us, are afraid for us and talk us out of it.” -Cathy Hughes, entrepreneur, radio and television personality, and business executive
  50. “Five days a week, I read my goals before I go to sleep and when I wake up. There are 10 goals around health, family and business with expiration dates, and I update them every six months.” -Daymond John, founder, president, and CEO of FUBU
  51. “There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it, for whatever success I have attained has been the result of much hard work and many sleepless nights.” -Madam C.J. Walker, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist

Sometimes, all you need to push through the hard times is a little motivation and a lot of advice. Turn to the mentors in your life, and keep a few of these quotes on standby.


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100 Motivational Quotes That Will Inspire You to Succeed 

Everyone needs some inspiration, and these motivational quotes will give you the edge you need to create your success. So read on and let them inspire you.

   By Lolly DaskalPresident and CEO, Lead From Within@LollyDaskal  SHUTTERSTOCK

As entrepreneurs, leaders, managers, and bosses, we must realize that everything we think actually matters. If we are seeking success, we must think successful, inspiring, and motivating thoughts.

Read on to find the words of wisdom that will motivate you in building your business, leading your life, creating success, achieving your goals, and overcoming your fears.

100 Motivational Quotes That Will Inspire Your Success:

1. “If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.” —Anonymous

2. “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” —John Wooden

3. “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” —Anonymous

4. “If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.” —Jim Rohn

5. “Trust because you are willing to accept the risk, not because it’s safe or certain.” —Anonymous

 

6. “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

7. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” —Walt Disney

8. “Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.” —Anonymous

9. “If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got.” —Anonymous

10. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” —Winston Churchill

11. “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” —Proverb

12. “Successful entrepreneurs are givers and not takers of positive energy.” —Anonymous

13. “Whenever you see a successful person you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.” —Vaibhav Shah

14. “Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” —Chris Grosser

15. “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” —Albert Einstein

16. “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

17. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” —Thomas A. Edison

18. “If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents–start charging for it.” —Kim Garst

 

19. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” —David Brinkley

20. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

21. “The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” —Henry Ford

22. “If you’re going through hell keep going.” —Winston Churchill

23. “The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” —Anonymous

24. “Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.” —Anonymous

25. “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” —Oscar Wilde

26. “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” —Anonymous

27. “The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.” —Bruce Feirstein

28. “When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you.” —Lolly Daskal

29. “I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams.” —Oprah Winfrey

30. “No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist.” —Anonymous

31. “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

32. “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” —Albert Einstein

 

33. “Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.” —Anonymous

34. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” —Anonymous

35. “What’s the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable.” —Anonymous

36. “Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” —Lolly Daskal

37. “Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.” —Anonymous

38. “Knowledge is being aware of what you can do. Wisdom is knowing when not to do it.” —Anonymous

39. “Your problem isn’t the problem. Your reaction is the problem.” —Anonymous

40. “You can do anything, but not everything. —Anonymous

41. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” —Steve Jobs

42. “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

43. “Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life.” —A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

44. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” —Thomas Jefferson

45. “The starting point of all achievement is desire.” —Napoleon Hill

46. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” —Robert Collier

 

47. “If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” —Thomas J. Watson

48. “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” —Michael John Bobak

49. “You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing.” —Philippos

50. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear–not absence of fear.” —Mark Twain

51. “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” —Pablo Picasso

52. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing–that’s why we recommend it daily.” –Zig Ziglar

53. “We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret.” —Earl Nightingale

54. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” —Vidal Sassoon

55. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. ” —Les Brown

56. “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

57. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” —Anonymous

58. “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” —Colin R. Davis

59. “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” —Ralph Nader

60. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” —Maya Angelou

 

61. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” —Bill Gates

62. “A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them.” —Henry Kravis

63. “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

64. “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

65. “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

66. “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” —Mark Twain

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

68. “There is no traffic jam along the extra mile.” —Roger Staubach

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

70. “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

71. “If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it–teach yourself to be impatient.” —Gurbaksh Chahal

 

72. “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” —Robert Kiyosaki

73. “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

74. “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

75. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I  took the one less traveled by, and that made all the difference.” —Robert Frost

76. “The number one reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors.” —Napoleon Hill

77. “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 Waitley

78. “In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.” —Jane Smiley

79. “Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.” —George Bernard Shaw

 

80. “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

81. “You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” —Michael Jordan

82. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” —Jim Ryun

83. “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” —Dale Carnegie

84. “There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” —Ella Wheeler Wilcox

85. “Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” —Francis Chan

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

87. “A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at.” — Bruce Lee

88. “Success is … knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.” —John C. Maxwell

89. “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” —Wayne Dyer

90. “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” —Anatole France

91. “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

 

92. “You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals.” —Booker T. Washington

93. “Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.” —Theodore N. Vail

94. “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” —Herman Melville

95. “What would you do if you weren’t afraid.” —Spencer Johnson

96. “Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it.” —Washington Irving

97. “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” —Truman Capote

98. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” —John R. Wooden

99. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” —Margaret Thatcher

100. “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

As we read these thoughts, know they are sources of guidance in times of need, they can give us inspiration in times of struggle, they can motivate us in times of tribulations–success is not final and failure is not forever:

It is the motivation we to choose that matters most

47 Motivational Quotes to Start Your Day

Motivational Quotes of the Day

1. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” –Zig Ziglar

2. “Someday is not a day of the week.” –Denise Brennan-Nelson

3. “Hire character. Train skill.” –Peter Schutz

4. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” –Steve Jobs

5. “Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman — not the attitude of the prospect.” –W. Clement Stone

6. “Everyone lives by selling something.” –Robert Louis Stevenson

7. “If you are not taking care of your customer, your competitor will.” –Bob Hooey

8. “The golden rule for every businessman is this: Put yourself in your customer’s place.” –Orison Swett Marden

9. “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” –Napoleon HillMotivational quote by Napoleon Hill

10. “The best leaders are those most interested in surrounding themselves with assistants and associates smarter than they are. They are frank in admitting this and are willing to pay for such talents.” –Antos Parrish

11. “Beware of monotony; it’s the mother of all the deadly sins.” –Edith Wharton

12. “Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.” –J.M. Barrie

13. “Without a customer, you don’t have a business — all you have is a hobby.” –Don Peppers

14. “To be most effective in sales today, it’s imperative to drop your ‘sales’ mentality and start working with your prospects as if they’ve already hired you.” –Jill Konrath

15. “Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make me feel important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.” –Mary Kay Ash

16. “It’s not just about being better. It’s about being different. You need to give people a reason to choose your business.” –Tom Abbott

17. “Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” –Andy Warhol

18. “Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.” –Stephen Covey

Motivational Quotes for Every Day

Weeks can feel long and bog you down, and it can be tough to stay motivated. We’ve all been there and sometimes we just need a boost. I’ve got just the thing for you — here are quotes for each weekday to keep you going while you work.

Motivational quotes for Monday

Monday is the day to set yourself up for success throughout the entire week. Check out these quotes about initiative to get you started on the right foot.

19. “Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far.” –Gary Vaynerchuk

20. “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stressed; working hard for something we love is called passion.” –Simon Sinek

21. “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” –Lucille BallMotivational quote by Lucille Ball

22. “I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” –Estée Lauder

23. “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” –Og Mandino

Motivational quotes for Tuesday

You’re in the swing of things now. Here are a few quotes about overcoming challenges for some Tuesday inspiration.

24. “The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he’s dead.” –Bette Davis

25. “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” –Brian Tracy

26. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” –Joshua J. MarineMotivational quote by Joshua J. Marine

27. “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” –Robert Kiyosaki

28. “How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?” –Seth Godin

Motivational quotes for Wednesday

Whoa, you’re halfway there! Take a look at these quotes about perseverance for the motivation you need to work through the Wednesday afternoon slump.

29. “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” –Benjamin Franklin

30. “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” –Julie Andrews

31. “Grit is that ‘extra something’ that separates the most successful people from the rest. It’s the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality.” –Travis BradberryMotivational quote by Travis Bradberry

32. “Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.” –George Eliot

33. “The secret of joy in work is contained in one word — excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” –Pearl Buck

Motivational quotes for Thursday

You’re in the final stretch of the week. These quotes about success are sure to power you through until the weekend.

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

35. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” –Pablo Picasso

36. “The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.” –Ayn RandMotivational quote by Ayn Rand

37. “Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.” –J. Paul Getty

38. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” –Vince Lombardi

Motivational quotes for Friday

It’s Friday, or should I say Fri-yay! Pat yourself on the back for the hard work you’ve put in all week. Here are some determination quotes to help you cross the finish line.

39. “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” –Henry Ford

40. “It is your determination and persistence that will make you a successful person.” –Kenneth J Hutchins

41. “You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.” –Shonda RhimesMotivational quote by Shonda Rhimes

42. “Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.” –Abraham Lincoln

43. “Done is better than perfect.” –Sheryl Sandberg

Motivational Quotes for Seizing the Day

44. “Don’t ask if your dream is crazy, ask if it’s crazy enough.” -Lena Waithe

45. “The act of doing something un-does the fear.” -Shonda Rhimes

46. “Be poor, humble and driven (PhD). Don’t be afraid to shift or pivot.” -Alex Rodriguez

47. “#1 make good decisions, #2 everything else.” -Rand Fishkin

Congratulations! You made it to the weekend. If you’re looking for even more motivation.

 

 

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