Motivational Quotes

Inspirational Motivational Quotes About Life, People…

Inspirational quotes and motivational quotes have the power to, well, inspire or motivate you. If you let it. Awhile ago I came across the following list of inspirational quotes, basically about people and life. I will share them once again…

They may be an inspiration no matter how they are applied (your job, your work, at home, your life).

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. –Florence Nightingale

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

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. –Michael Jordan

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. –Amelia Earhart

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

Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. –W. Clement Stone

The past is a ghost, the future a dream. All we ever have is now. –Bill Cosby

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. –John Lennon

We become what we think about. –Earl Nightingale

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. –Charles Swindoll

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker

The mind is everything. What you think you become. –Buddha

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb

An unexamined life is not worth living. –Socrates

Eighty percent of success is showing up. –Woody Allen

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

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. –Vince Lombardi

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

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. –Pablo Picasso

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –Christopher Columbus

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou

Either you run the day, or the day runs you. –Jim Rohn

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

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The best revenge is massive success. –Frank Sinatra

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

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

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. –Aristotle

Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. –Jesus

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

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. –Henry David Thoreau

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me. –Erma Bombeck

Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him. –Booker T. Washington

Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb

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

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

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

Teach thy tongue to say, “I do not know,” and thous shalt progress. –Maimonides

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. –Arthur Ashe

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. –John Lennon

Fall seven times and stand up eight. –Japanese Proverb

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

Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. –Confucius

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  1. If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what always got. Zig Ziggler

  2. Those who criticize failure the loudest are those who never tried–Dennis

  3. He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.-Lao Tzo

    Today is the only day. Yesterday is gone.-John Wooden

  4. “Those, who want to live-forever, simply haven’t lived long enough.”

  5. “The man who has never screwed up has never done anything”. My Dad. According to his theory, I sure have done a lot.

  6. “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Abraham Lincoln

  7. “Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.” George S. Patton

  8. A failure to plan on your part, does not constitute an emergency on mine.
    Bob Carter

    Go ahead, make my day.
    Clint Eastwood

  9. “If the soup was as warm as the wine, If the wine was as old as the duck and if the duck had breasts like the waitress, it might have been a decent meal” – Duncan Hines (restaurant critic in his review of Delmonico’s in San Francisco over 100 years ago)

  10. “Wherever you go,
    There you are”

    Sir Austin Powers,

    Yea baby

  11. “If you’re not going to pick strawberries, get out of the patch.” – a local farmer.

    “Make hay while the sun shines.” – Pa Ingalls in The Long Winter by Laura In balls Wilder

  12. “Those who turn their swords into plowshares will plow for those who don’t”

  13. To a young coworker asking about whether or not to sign up for an interview for promotion:
    “Go to the interview. You will learn something starting with the process and the worse thing that can happen is you are told no.” Unknown CDF fire captain when I told him of my upcoming interview with the National Park Service almost 40 years ago.

    I still say this to young folks trying to be all they can be to this day. If the young coworker wants to make a career out of working within a government agency, career military or large private organization like IBM, Apple or Google then I will pass on the Parable of the Little Brown Bird.

  14. For all the fat fingered posters put there

    “It is not the spelling, the grammar, or the formatting that matter, it is the message that promotes thought”

  15. If you want to know which way to go in the future, you have to know which path you took in the past and where you stepped in a gopher hole along the way. – Ronald Reagan

  16. Sometimes the loudest form of protest is to just quietly walk away.

  17. A happy mommy makes a happy baby.
    ~ Anony Mee (on motherhood)

    …But if you want them to lie down and die for you, you have to love them. You have to love them first, snd they have to know it.
    ~ Anony Mee (on leadership)

    1. You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated.
      Maya Angleou

      Patience is
      Archie Bunker

  18. “Part of staying happily married is to find an activity or sport that you can do together that can take you away from the troubles you may have at work or even within your home.” From my father who played golf with my mom for most of their marriage.

    “Find yourself a ‘flow activity’: a hobby, sport or past time that involves your mind and body to the point that you lose track of time, leave all your worries behind for several minutes per day or several times per week. Make sure that activity is affordable in both time and money” – Psychology professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

    The harder one works or if one works in a creative field like design or engineering, play is not a frivolous activity. An activity to get the “creative juices flowing”/using a different part of the brain allows for free thinking to take place and solutions to problems can be thought out. Spend time with your children while they are still young, take a kid fishing. Share your hobby or passion with them. Years later when you are gone, they will tell stories and that will be your legacy.

  19. “To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.” Ronald Reagan

    “I want anyone who believes in life, liberty, pursuit of happiness to succeed. And I want any force, any person, any element of an overarching Big Government that would stop your success, I want that organization, that element or that person to fail. I want you to succeed.” Rush Limbaugh

  20. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

    Martin Luther King Jr.

  21. No deposit, No return
    If you don’t put the effort in upfront, you’re guaranteed poor returns, or none. Stand my Ground

  22. There are three types of people in the world….those that make things happen, those that watch things happen, and those that wonder what in the hell just happened…..Will Rogers

    1. There are 10 types of people in this world,
      those that know binary,
      and those that don’t.


      Its hard to tell without knowing

  23. my late father’s favorite….”It’s a great life, if you don’t weaken”

  24. If at first you don’t succeed – screw it – leave it for the night shift !

  25. “How many more of these stinking, double-downer sideshows will we have to go through before we can get ourselves straight enough to put together some kind of national election that will give me and the at least 20 million people I tend to agree with a chance to vote FOR something, instead of always being faced with that old familiar choice between the lesser of two evils?”
    ― Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72

    “Coming of age in a fascist police state will not be a barrel of fun for anybody, much less for people like me, who are not inclined to suffer Nazis gladly and feel only contempt for the cowardly flag-suckers who would gladly give up their outdated freedom to live for the mess of pottage they have been conned into believing will be freedom from fear.”
    ― Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century
    As an afterthought, it seems hardly proper to write of life without once mentioning happiness; so we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?”
    ― Hunter S. Thompson

  26. The main problem in any democracy is that crowd-pleasers are generally brainless swine who can go out on a stage & whup their supporters into an orgiastic frenzy – then go back to the office & sell every one of the poor bastards down the tube for a nickel apiece. Probably the rarest form of life in American politics is the man who can turn on a crowd & still keep his head straight – assuming it was straight in the first place.
    Hunter S. Thompson
    Anybody who thinks that ‘it doesn’t matter who’s President’ has never been Drafted and sent off to fight and die in a vicious, stupid war on the other side of the world-or been beaten and gassed by Police for trespassing on public property-or been hounded by the IRS for purely political reasons-or locked up in the Cook County Jail with a broken nose and no phone access and twelve perverts wanting to stomp your ass in the shower. That is when it matters who is President or Governor or Police Chief. That is when you will wish you had voted.
    Hunter S. Thompson
    Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!
    Hunter S. Thompson
    There’s a lot of things wrong with this country, but one of the few things still right with it is that a man can steer clear of the organized bullshit if he really wants to. It’s a goddamned luxury, and if I were you, I’d take advantage of it while you can.
    Hunter S. Thompson
    the man was a genius and a true poet as far as i’m concerned, i would like to have known the man. it would have been fun i think.

  27. i’ve found that growing up in the sixties was a lot more fun than being in my sixties

    1. scout,

      Like I’ve shared before… being in my 20’s during the 70’s was a lot more fun than being in my 70’s during the 20’s..

      1. Dennis,
        agreed 100%, it was fun. there is the old saying “if i knew i was going to live this long, i would have taken better care of myself” : )
        take care friend

  28. You can’t control the past or what people think. The only thing you have control over is yourself, starting now.
    – A friend, when I was desperately in need.

  29. Be careful with the words you say, keep them soft and sweet. You never know from day to day which ones you will have to eat.

  30. Money isn’t everything but it sure does grease the skids of life!

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