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Quotes - Motivation


It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.

 Mark Twain, American Author & Humorist


You can do anything you want to do.  What is rare is the actual wanting to do a specific thing: wanting it so much that you are practically blind to all other things.  You may find that this is just what is the matter with most of the people in the world; that few really want what they think they want and that most people go through their lives without ever doing the one whole thing they really want to do.

 Robert Henri, “A Drinking Life”


None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.

 Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Essayist & Poet


Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or a gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.

 Roger Bannister, English Runner


What we achieve inwardly will change our outer reality.

 PlutarchGreek Author & Historian


People get stuck in patterns, just like grooves in a record, and they never get out of them.

 Steve Jobs, Founder Apple Computer


Someday is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you…If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually’ just do it and correct course along the way.  If you wait for the timing to be right before you make a move, you’ll probably never make a move at all.

 Blake MyCoskie, Founder TOMS shoes 


The best way to get something done is to begin.



Aim for the top. There is plenty of room there. There are so few at the top it is almost lonely there.

 Samuel Insull, American Innovator & Investor


Recognition is the greatest motivator.

 Gerard C. Eakedale, American Author


Sometimes that’s all it takes, the kind of recognition that comes when you’re doing the thing for the thing’s sake and you’re on to something – it’s just that nobody recognizes it yet.

 Bob Dylan, American Musician


Be the change you want to see in the world.

 Mahatma Gandhi, Leader of Indian Nationalism


One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.

 Hellen Keller, American Author


The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream.... It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for. Not failure, but low aim is sin.

 Benjamin Elijah Mays, American Minister & Scholar


If you do not like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.

 Marian Wright Edelman, American Activist


Insecurity is a great motivator.

 Barbara Corcoran, Founder of Corcoran Group