How to Use Motivational Quotes to Enhance Your Life

Motivational Quotes to Enhance Your Life

Motivational Quotes to Enhance Your Life

Everyone is always looking for motivational quotes for, well, motivation to inspire them in their daily lives. There is no answer as to what the best motivational quote is. Everyone is different.

Still, we’ve compiled inspirational quotes from across the web to help get your motivational gears going. We have a motivational quote for everybody, for people who respond to actors, musicians, public servants, philosophers, business leaders, or any and all of the above. These are some of the best motivational quotes out there.

We have a quote of the day for everybody. Enjoy!

Carol Burnett

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.

Charles R. Swindoll

Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.

Hellen Keller

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

Og Mandino

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.

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

George S. Patton

Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.

Rabindranath Tagore

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.

Robert H. Schuller

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.

Arthur Ashe

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Theodore Roosevelt

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

Tony Robbins

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.

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.

Ayn Rand

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.

Maya Angelou

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

Dale Carnegie

If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.


The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.

Winston Churchill

Never, never, never give up.

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

Alfred A. Montapert

Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.

Benjamin Franklin

Well done is better than well said.

Joan of Arc

I am not afraid — I was born to do this.

Walter Elliot

Perseverance is not a long race. It is many short races one after the other.

Elon Musk

When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.

Lao Tzu

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.


The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential — these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

Khalil Gibran

March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path.

Malala Yousafzai

It is very important to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are.  

Leo Buscaglia

Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.

Pope John XXIII

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.

Bradley Whitford

Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen and make your own future. Make your own hope and make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.

St. Jerome

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Til your good is better and your better is best.

Nikos Kazantzakis

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.


Quality is not an act, it is a habit.


It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

Walt Disney

If you can dream it, you can do it.

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

H.G. Wells

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.

Mark Twain

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

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.

Eleanor Roosevelt

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.

Les Brown

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

Amelia Earhart

The most effective way to do it, is to do it.

Wayne Dyer

Be miserable. Or motivate yourself Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.

Norman Vincent Peale

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

Thomas Edison

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

There’s a way to do it better – find it.

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

Nelson Mandela

It always seems impossible until it is done.

Mark Caine

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We aim above the mark to hit the mark.

Sam Levenson

Don’t watch the clock. Do what it does: keep going.

Stephen Hawking

Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.

Albert Schweitzer

Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.

Jim Rohn

Either you run the day or the day runs you.

Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.

William Butler Yeats

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.

Eric Thomas

When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe,12 then you’ll be successful.

Tim Notke

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

Vince Lombardi

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.

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

Spryte Loriano

Every great story on the planet happened when someone decided not to give up, but kept going no matter what.


Don’t stop when you’re tired. STOP when you are DONE.

Conrad Hilton

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

Clement Stone

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.

Pablo Picasso

Action is the foundational key to all success.


The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Ayn Rand

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.

Washington Irving

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it.

Thomas Jefferson

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

Zig Ziglar

You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

Audrey Hepburn

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible!”

Neale Donald Walsh

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

John Wooden

Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.

J.C. Penny

Give me a stock clerk with a goal, and I will give you a man who will make history. Give me a man without a goal, and I will give you a stock clerk.


Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.

Dale Carnegie

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.

Greg Evans

I do not have superior intelligence or faultless looks, and I do not captivate a room or run a mile under six minutes. I only succeeded because I was still working after everyone else went to sleep.

Dalai Lama

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

Henry Ford

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

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

Ray Goforth

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.


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

Sam Levenson

Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.

Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.

Trina Paulus

How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.

Swami Vivekananda

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.

Jimmy Dean

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

Michael Phelps

There will be obstacles. There will be doubters, and there will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.

Charles De Gaulle

Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.  For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her.

Will Smith

You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you, you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.

Bruce Lee

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

Stephen R. Covey

Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.

Les Brown

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

Kresley Cole

Nothing great ever came that easy.

Francis Chan

Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that doesn’t really matter.

David Brinkley

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

Napoleon Hill

The greatest achievement was at first, and for a time, but a dream.

The starting point of all achievement is desire.

Peter Drucker

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

John Lennon

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.

Henry Ward Beecher

Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.

Timothy Ferris

The fishing is best where the fewest go, and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone else is aiming for base hits. There is just less competition for bigger goals. If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.


If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.

Beverly Abamo

It’s not about time, it’s about choices. How are you spending your choices?


You will succeed because most people are lazy.

Martha Stewart

I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing.

Admiral William Frederick Halsey Jr.

There are no great men. Just great challenges which ordinary men, out of necessity, are forced by circumstance to meet

Vidal Sassoon

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


Some people develop a wishbone where their back bone should be.

Michael John Bobak

All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.

Jack Kornfield

No matter how hard the past is, you can always begin again.

Christopher Columbus

You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Dennis Waitely

There are two primary choices in life; to accept conditions as they exist, or to accept the responsibility for changing them.

Olaf Isachsen

More often than not, successful entrepreneurs are givers and not takers of positive energy.

Robert Henri

Do whatever you do intensely.

Orison Swett Marden

We make the world we live in and shape our own environment.

Sylvia Browne

The weeds keep multiplying in our garden, which is our mind ruled by fear. Rip them out and call them by name.

Cicely Tyson

You never know what motivates you.

Donna Brazile

I was motivated to be different in part because I was different.

Louise Mensch

I like motivational books, because I like the go-getting American spirit. Your destiny is in your own hands, life is what you make it. Don’t accept your limitations, jump before you’re pushed, leap before you look.

Herman Cain

One of the things that I did before I ran for president is I was a professional speaker. Not a motivational speaker – an inspirational speaker. Motivation comes from within. You have to be inspired. That’s what I do. I inspire people, I inspire the public and I inspire my staff. I inspired the organizations I took over to want to succeed.

Emanuel Steward

I went to a motivational training course once, a course of self-discovery, and I found out after a week that my fear – it was not a fear of not being accepted – was a very violent fear of failure.

Keke Palmer

Giving back, doing motivational speeches and stuff like that, that’s always make made me feel good. If you repeatedly go out there, and you are that change that you want to see, then that’s what you are.


God always strives together with those who strive.

Ted Turner

You can never quit. Winners never quit and quitters never win.

George Lucas

You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.

Norman Ralph Augustine

Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.

Muhammad Iqbal

The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something.

Woodrow Wilson

You are not here merely to make a living, but you are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.


He conquers who endures.

Christopher Reeve

Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope and don’t sell out.

Eileen Caddy

Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way.

Kyle Chandler

Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.

Benjamin Disraeli

Never complain and never explain.

Carl Sandburg

To be a good loser is to learn how to win.

John Burroughs

Leap and the net will appear.

Victor Kiam

Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.

William Blake

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings

Jessica Savitch

No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.

William James

The turning point was when I hit my 30th birthday. I thought if I really want to write, it’s time to start. I picked up the book How to Write a Novel in 90 Days. The author said to just wrote three pages a day, and I figured, I can do this. I never got past page 3 of that book.

Baltasar Gracian

Know or listen to those who know.

Beverly Sills

I’ve always tried to go a step past wherever people expected me to end up.

Dean Koontz

I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.

Christopher Morley

Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.

St. Teresa of Avila

Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.

Dan Millman

I learned that we can do anything, but we can’t do everything — at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything.

In Conclusion

Encouraging quotes can help us learn from those who have “made it” and get it in gear. We hope you enjoyed these motivational quotes and are certain you agree that these are some of the best motivation quotes out there for your inspiration. These will surely be beneficial to you!


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Author: James Beattie