Famous Quotes on Motivation

Lift up your spirit with these quotations

There are hundreds of thousands of quotes on motivation, spoken or written by centuries of men and women who have faced adversity and overcome. We are lucky, because so many have been recorded and we can use them to bring inspiration and motivation into our own lives! Here are a few you should write down and keep close to you for those times when you need a little nudge to keep you going in the right direction.




Confucius said, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling - but in rising every time we fall.” If we remember this, we will not become discouraged when we fail, but instead be motivated to try again.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Doing things halfheartedly yields mediocre results. Always give whatever you put your mind to 100%!

Samuel Johnson said, “Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.” If you wait for everything to be ‘perfect’ to act, you will be motionless forever. Stop finding reasons not to do things, and start looking for reasons to act now!

William B. Sprague said, “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot - but make it hot by striking!” Like Johnson, Sprague knew we must seize the day and make our own opportunities.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual - you also have an obligation to be one!” There is a reason you exist, and a reason you are different from every other person on this planet. Celebrate it. Embrace it. Rejoice in it! You are you, and no one can take that away if you don’t let them.

James M. Barrie said, “ The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.” Get your priorities straight, and make a conscious choice to be happy. You’ll be amazed at what a difference it can make in your life!

Thomas Jefferson said, “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal ; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” Believe you will fail, and obstacles rise up out of the very road to block your way. Believe you will succeed, however, and watch as everything falls into place.

Each one of these quotes on motivation apply to each one of us at some point in our lives. If you make a habit of surrounding yourself with positive words such as these, you may find yourself uplifted by the encouragement of those who have done it before!

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