The best motivational quotes to inspire action by the greatest people of human history

Dear friendsQuotes often feel like our own opinions making a return visit.  the right quote at the right time can change things—words matter, and motivating phrases can encourage us to get up, take action, ditch excusesescape our comfort zone, and do the hard work that needs doing.  


here are a few of our favorite quotes from a wide variety of sources. We hope you find a few you like and can revisit often.

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 which has been opened for us.– Helen Keller

If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. -Eleanor Roosevelt 

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi 

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Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. –Steve Jobs

There isn’t a person anywhere who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can. –Henry Ford

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

If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs. Dhirubhai Ambani

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

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. ––Eleanor Roosevelt

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

If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents. Value what you know & start charging for it. –Kim Garst

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Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. -Benjamin Franklin

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

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. -Helen Keller

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. -Oprah Winfrey

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. –Mahatma Gandhi

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” –Aristotle

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. –Mark Twain

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

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

I used to want the words ‘She tried’ on my tombstone. Now I want ‘She did it. –Katherine Dunham

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

Really it comes down to your philosophy. Do you want to play it safe and be good or do you want to take a chance and be great? –Jimmy J

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. –Mother Teresa

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

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. –Benjamin Franklin

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. – Bruce Feirstein

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. –Helen Keller

You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them. – Michael Jordan

It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. –J. K Rowling

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.–Aristotle

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. –Albert Einstein

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. – Albert Einstein

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. –Harriet Tubman

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine. – Neil Armstrong

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. –Nelson Mandela

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

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. –Bruce Lee

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. –Abraham Lincoln

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

If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.– Zig Ziglar

It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong. – Abraham Lincoln

If your going through hell, keep going.–Winston Churchill

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 

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.– Victor Hugo

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out. – Robert Collier

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

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. –Helen

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. – Thomas Jefferson

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

Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. – Socrates

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. – Audrey Hepburn

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas A. Edison

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself. – Plato

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. –Oprah Winfrey

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. –Ralph Waldo Emerson.

You’ve got to follow your passion. You’ve got to figure out what it is you love – who you really are. And have the courage to do that. – Oprah Winfrey

The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks. – Mark Zuckerberg

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. –Babe Ruth

Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once. – Drew Houston

It is not beyond our power to create a world in which all children have access to a good education.–Nelson Mandela

Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not. –Oscar Wilde

Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow. – Helen Keller

In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love. –Mother Teresa

I believe that everything happens for a reason…sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.– Marilyn Monroe

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody. –Mother Teresa

A well-spent day brings happy sleep.- Leonardo Da Vinci

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

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.- Kahlil Gibran 

I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward. – Charlotte Bronte

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. –Confucius

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. – John Wayne

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. –Barack Obama

No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess. – Isaac Newton

Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale. –Hans Christian Andersen

When one door of happiness closes, another opens;… – Helen Keller

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

Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about. –Marilyn Monroe

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. – Gandhi

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. –Bill Gates

The truth is found when men are free to pursue it. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. –Robert Frost

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

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. –Dr. Seuss

To be successful, you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like. – Mike Gafka

Human potential is the same for all, If you have willpower, then you can change anything. – Dalai Lama

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. –Steve Jobs

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

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. – Confucius

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. –Thomas A. Edison

Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts. –Winston S. Churchill

Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. – Benjamin Franklin

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. –Oprah Winfrey

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. –Henry David Thoreau

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.–Abraham Lincoln

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