Motivational Quotes

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Motivational Quotes...

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
- T.S. Elliot

"Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever.”
Samuel Smiles

 “And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.”
- Rainer Maria Rilke

“Within every adversity is an equal or greater opportunity"
Napoleon Hill

“Learning is the beginning of wealth.  Learning is the beginning of health.  Learning is the beginning of spirituality.  Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.”
- Jim Rohn

"To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”
- Robert Louis Stevenson

"Goals that are housed in one's mind are merely wishes. Not goals. Goals are reverse engineered actions that need to take place each and every day. It's not about "getting" the goal. It's about what you have to become in order to obtain the goal.”
- Jason Caras

"When you go through a hard period, when everything seems to oppose you, when you feel you cannot even bear one more minute, NEVER GIVE UP!  Because it is the time and place that the course will divert!”
- Rumi

"May you always have extraordinary grace and faith to cope with the uncertainties [and tragedies] of life."
Lailah Gifty Akita / [Jimmy DeMesa]

“Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control ... NOW.”
- Denis Waitley

"You'll seldom experience regret for anything that you've done. It is what you haven't done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments.  Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you've lost them forever.”
- Wayne Dyer

"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."
- John Wesley

“The same boiling water that softens the potato, hardens the egg.  It’s what you’re made of, not the circumstances."
- Unknown Author

"Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings."
- Samuel Johnson

"When you see a roadblock or challenge as an opportunity, it is amazing how you are already halfway there."
- Frances Hesselbein

"If you don’t set a baseline standard for what you’ll accept in life, you’ll find it’s easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes or a quality of life that’s far below what you deserve." 
- Anthony Robbins

"The most effective way to do it … is to do it."
- Amelia Earhart

"We can gradually grow into any condition we desire, provided we first make ourselves in habitual mental attitude the person who corresponds to those conditions."
- Thomas Troward

"Our business in life is not to get ahead of others but to get ahead of ourselves - to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today."
- Stewart B. Johnson

"If we don’t change, we don’t grow.  If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living."
- Gail Sheehy

"If you're alive, you're on some team. It can be your family, your relationship, your business, your city, your country, your world. You can sit on the bench and watch, or you can get up and play. My advice to you is to be a player. Join the hunt. Share your world. Because the more you give, the more you get."
- Anthony Robbins

"We don’t develop courage by being happy every day.  We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity."
- Barbara de Angelis

"You may encounter defeats, but you must not be defeated."
- Maya Angelou

"Life is too short to settle for anything less than a 110% effort"
- Unknown Author

"If you're able to be yourself, then you have no competition. All you have to do is get closer and closer to that essence."
- Barbara Cook

"Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one's being."
- Orison Swett Marden

"Fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it."
- Les Brown

"With the right attitude, human beings can move mountains. With the wrong attitude, they can be crushed by the smallest grain of sand."
- Jim Rohn

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."
- Mark Twain

"There is nothing more contagious on this planet than enthusiasm."
- Carlos Santana

"Mistakes, obviously, show us what needs improving. Without mistakes, how would we know what we had to work on?"
- Peter McWilliams

"Don't count every hour in the day.  Make every hour in the day count."
- Mark Amend

"The important thing is this: To be ready at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you could become."
- Charles Dubois

"I do not fix problems.  I fix my thinking.  Then problems fix themselves."
- Louise Hay

"You can't start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one."
- Michael McMillan

"The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration [their] life will be."
- Horace Bushnell

"A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past."
- Eric Hoffer

"By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character."
- Grenville Kleiser

"Freedom is from within."
- Frank Lloyd Wright

"No such thing as spare time.  No such thing as free time.  No such thing as down time.  All you got is life time … Go.”
- Henry Rollins

"No habit has any real hold on you other than the hold you have on it."
- Gardner Hunting

"If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done."
- Thomas Jefferson

"Let others lead small lives, but not you.  Let others argue over small things, but not you.  Let others cry over small hurts, but not you.  Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.  NOT YOU!"
- Jim Rohn

"Be intent upon the perfection of the present day."
- William Law

"In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take."
- Unknown Author

"The past is where you learned the lesson.  The future is where you apply the lesson.  Don't give up in the middle."
- Author Unknown

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear."
Ambrose Redmoon

"Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have."
Eckhart Tolle

"As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do."
- Zachary Scott

"Great things are accomplished by talented people who believe they will accomplish them."
Warren Bennis

"If you have no confidence in [yourself] you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won before you have started."
Marcus Garvey

"Life is short; live it up."
Nikita Khrushchev

"Use missteps as stepping stones to deeper understanding and greater achievement."
Susan S. Taylor

"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
T. S. Eliott

"What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?"
Dr. Robert Schuller

"While there's life, there's hope."
Cicero

"Regimen is superior to medicine."
Voltaire

"Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can."
Lowell Thomas

"They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor."
Eric Hoffer

"The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible."
Anonymous

"Take wrong turns. Talk to strangers. Open unmarked doors. And if you see a group of people in a field, go find out what they are doing. Do things without always knowing how they’ll turn out. You’re curious and smart and bored, and all you see is the choice between working hard and slacking off. There are so many adventures that you miss because you’re waiting to think of a plan. To find them, look for tiny interesting choices. And remember that you are always making up the future as you go."
Randall Munroe

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."
Eleanor Roosevelt

"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen."
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

"Hitch your wagon to a star."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil."
James Allen

"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir [people's] blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die, but long after we are gone be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistence."
- Daniel Hudson Burnham

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear."
- Ambrose Redmoon

"Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one."
- Brad Paisley

"Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks."
- Johann Gottfried Von Herder

"I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."
- Christopher Reeve

"One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don't choose your passions; your passions choose you."
- Jeff Bezos

"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work."
- Colin Powell

"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."
- Albert Einstein

"If you can't accept losing, you can't win."
- Vince Lombardi

"If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got."
- W. L. Bateman

"The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live."
- Flora Whittemore

"The best way to predict the future is to create it."
- Peter Drucker

"The only cure for grief is action."
- George Henry Lewes

"A good garden may have some weeds."
- Thomas Fuller

"Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known."
- Garrison Keillor

"Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible."
- Claude T. Bissell

"Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate."
- Chuang Tzu

"If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else."
- Laurence J. Peter

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

"One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular."
- Anthony Robbins

"The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created - created first in the mind and will; created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination."
- Unknown Author

"If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves."
- Maria Edgeworth

"It's amazing what one can do when one doesn't know what one can't do."
- Jim Davis

"The next best thing to winning is losing. At least you've been in the race."
- Nellie Hershey Tullis

"Always wake up with a smile knowing that today you are going to have fun accomplishing what others are too afraid to do."
- Mark Cuban

"Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave [people] to win them."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it."
- William James

"The expert at anything was once a beginner."
- Hayes

"Always dream and shoot higher than you know how to. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."
- William Faulkner

"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
- Walter Bagehot

"It was never what I wanted to buy that held my heart's hope. It was what I wanted to be."
- Lois McMaster Bujold

"Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt. Give the world your best anyway."
- Mother Theresa

"By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest."
- Confucius

"Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer."
- Denis Waitley

"The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work."
- Oprah Winfrey

"It is a sign of strength, not of weakness, to admit that you don't know all the answers."
- John P. Loughrane

"Either you run the day or the day runs you."
- Jim Rohn

"It may be that those who do most, dream most."
- Stephen Butler Leacock

"It is not the hours we put in on the job, it is what we put into the hours that counts."
- Sidney Madwed

"The only thing keeping you from getting what you want are the stories you're telling yourself about why you can't have it."
- Anthony Robbins

"The world belongs to the energetic."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The difference between who you are and what you are is what you do."
- Unknown Author

"Invent your world. Surround yourself with people, color, sounds, and work that nourish you."
- SARK

"Be strong but not rude. Be kind but not weak. Be bold but not a bully. Be humble but not timid. Be thoughtful but not lazy. Be proud but not arrogant. Have humor without folly."
- Jim Rohn

"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them."
- George Bernard Shaw

"Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it."
- Jack Canfield

"When we enter the world as a child, they say we are innocent. When we leave the world as an older adult, we have each experienced a mixture of life's sorrow and joys. The years bring diverse events and mindsets, clouding up our vision, so that we no longer see things as they are, but we view now with lenses of many different shapes, sizes and influential colors depending on life’s encounters. It is then, with this cleansing of your inner lens, that you figure out once again, who you are, resulting in numerous side trips, to rediscover your true self, possibly experiencing a reawakening. This sensational feeling of inner peace is unimaginable."
- Wes Adamson

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."
- Anais Nin

"It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom."
- Aristotle

"Health is worth more than learning."
- Thomas Jefferson

"If you are willing to do only what’s easy, life will be hard. But if you are willing to do what’s hard, life will be easy."
- T. Harv Eker

"Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting."
- Napoleon Hill

"In general, mankind, since the improvement in cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires."
- Benjamin Franklin

"The way to make better decisions is to make more of them. Then make sure you learn from each one, including those that don’t seem to work out in the short term: they will provide valuable distinctions to make better evaluations and therefore decisions in the future. Realize that decision making, like any skill you focus on improving, gets better the more often you do it."
- Anthony Hopkins

"Great minds have purposes, others have wishes."
- Washington Irving

"Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable."
- Denis Waitley

"Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want."
- Margaret Young

"I no longer have space in my life for those who criticize, condemn, or complain. I choose instead to surround myself with people who inspire me to raise my own standards."
- Graham R. White

"Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny."
- Aristotle

"Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power."
- Clint Eastwood

"When you do what you fear most, then you can do anything."
- Stephen Richards

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“A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.”
- Dutch Proverb

“A single day is enough to make us a little larger.”
- Paul Klee

“Live with passion!”
- Tony Robbins

"I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It's because of them I’m doing it myself."
- Albert Einstein

"Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom."
- Merry Browne

"Commit to growing yourself. Do not avoid problems and or complain about problems. Don’t let them bother you. In fact, don’t even call them problems; refer to them as “challenges” or “situations”. Let go of the emotion and drama you create when you don’t get what you want. Just stay present and handle one situation at a time with an open mind and an open heart. Trust yourself and in the universe that everything will work out in the end."
- T. Harv Eker

"People often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"Having a vision for what you want is not enough...Vision without execution is hallucination".
- Thomas Edison

"Don't be defined by your past. Your past is the tutor of your present and is always preparing you for new experiences. Forget about disappointment or any past mistakes that are keeping you from moving forward. It's never too late for a new beginning."
- Kemmy Nola

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."
- Judy Garland

"It’s not what’s happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you become. Rather, it’s your decisions about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you’re going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny."
- Anthony Robbins

"Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys."
- Rita Schiano

"Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it."
- M. Scott Peck

"Don't be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know."
Pema Chödrön

"As I see it, every day you do one of two things: build health or produce disease in yourself."
- Adelle Davis

"A hard beginning maketh a good ending."
- John Heywood

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
- Anonymous

"Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself, the most comforting words of all; this, too, shall pass."
- Ann Landers

"Reality is something you rise above."
- Liza Minnelli

"Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can."
- John Wesley

"The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

"Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry."
- Mark Twain

"In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present."
- Tao Te Ching

"You have to sow before you can reap. You have to give before you can get."
- Robert J. Collier

"The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway."
- Mother Theresa

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new."
- Socrates

"If you want to move to a new level in your life, you must break through your comfort zone and practice doing things that are not comfortable. Most are not willing to be uncomfortable; being comfortable is their biggest priority in life…The only time you can actually grow is when you are outside your comfort zone."
- T.Harv Eker

"Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown."
- George Shinn

"Your mental diet largely determines your character and your personality and almost everything that happens to you in life. When you feed your mind with positive affirmations, information, books, conversations, audio programs, and thoughts, you develop a more positive attitude and personality. You become more influential and persuasive. You enjoy greater confidence and self-esteem."
- Brian Tracy

"Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be."
- Kahlil Gibran

"If our ruling mental state is upward bound - aspiring, harmonious, and positive, all our forces will be directed into constructive channels. But if our state of mind is downward in tendency - discordant and negative, then almost all our forces will be misdirected."
- Raymond Holliwell

"My behavior is a product of my own conscious choices based on principles, rather than a product of my conditions, based on feelings."
- Stephen R. Covey

"Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"An affirmation is a strong, positive statement that something is already so."
- Shakti Gawain

"It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car."
- Michael Pollan

"When a thing is done, it's done. Don't look back. Look forward to your next objective."
- George C. Marshall

"There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open."
- Jawaharlal Nehru

"Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious."
- Brendan Gill

"Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons."
- Ruth Ann Schabaker

"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."
- Albert Einstein

"Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows."
- Michael Landon

"You must focus on an invisible path that only you can see and on which you allow yourself no excuses."
- Sensei Utada

"If you go with the flow you'll eventually end up over the waterfall."
- Adam R. Gwizdala

"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary."
- Cecil Beaton

"Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live."
- Henry David Thoreau

‎"The life you are leading is simply a reflection of your thinking."
- Doug Firebaugh

"Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretense."
- Marcus Aurelius

"The value of an ambitious goal is not measured by what it will bring to you. The worth of a goal is measured by what it will make of you in the process of following and attaining it."
- Ralph Marston

"Everybody has a responsibility for what they put out into the world. Rather than trying to figure out what other people should be doing, work on your own interactions in the world and whatever influence they have. All of it has an effect."
- Adam Yauch

"Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly."
- Dr. Robert Schuller

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

"Do not be afraid to give up the good to go for the great."
- Kenny Rogers

"Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the high road to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction."
- Brian Tracy

"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 Tubmanh

"Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out."
- Michael Burke

"When you cease to make a contribution you begin to die."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world's work, and the power to appreciate life."
- Brigham Young

"Be life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for."
- David Starr Jordan

“Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don't control what you think, you can't control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.”
- Napoleon Hill

"Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities."
- Terry Josephson

"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."
- Charles Austin Beard

"To save time is to lengthen life."
- Author Unknown

"Actions have consequences...first rule of life. And the second rule is this - you are the only one responsible for your own actions."
- Holly Lisle

"If you have no confidence in self you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence you have won even before you started."
- Marcus Garvey

"You can take from every experience what it has to offer you. And you cannot be defeated if you just keep taking one breath followed by another."
- Oprah Winfrey

"Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence."
- Norman Podhoretz

"You can't choose the ways in which you'll be tested."
- Robert J. Sawyer

"It's never the environment; it's never the events of our lives, but the meaning we attach to the events - how we interpret them - that shapes who we are today and who we'll become tomorrow."
- Anthony Robbins

“The physically fit can enjoy their vices.”
- Lord Percival

"You're never too old to become younger."
- Mae West

"In times of unrest and in an unstable economy, it is very easy to let your attitude slip and begin feeling sorry for yourself. This is precisely when you want to practice healthy attitudinal rules to stay alert, alive and enthusiastic. Don’t ever lose the zest for life and life won’t lose its zest for you. Say something positive to every person you meet today."
- Bob Proctor

"One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
- Walter Gagehot

"Realists don't fulfill their ambitions. There must be a dreamer in all of us."
- Unknown

"The greatest revolution in our generation is that of human beings, who by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives."
- Marilyn Ferguson

"You are unique. You are the only person in the world who is exactly who you are. The Almighty has not made anyone else like you. Only you have your unique genetic makeup and your unique life circumstances. No one alive now, and no one who ever lived before, and no one who will ever live in the future was, is, or will be just like you. You are the only person in the world with your unique positive qualities and challenges. You are the only person in the world who has your particular life mission. You, like everyone else alive right now, are a work in progress. You have a multitude of positive choices you can make."
- Zelig Pliskin

"There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it's the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson."
- Anthony Robbins

"Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility."
- Oprah Winfrey

"Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict."
- William Ellery Channing

“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.”
- Plato

"Experience teaches slowly and at the cost of mistakes."
- James A. Froude

"The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want."
- Ben Stein

“Rather than exist each day in some dull, boring habitual manner, move into action on a big idea. Everyone is on the brink of possibility. Your responsibility is to discover what that possibility is for you. Ideas can turn you on, they can wind you up. The right idea can and will add a new dimension to your life.”
Bob Proctor

"Do just once what others say you can't do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again."
- James R. Cook

"The quality of an individual is reflected in the standards they set for themselves."
- Ray Kroc

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
- William James

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."
- Carl Bard

"Hope provides comfort, and hope does not always require probability."
- John Perry

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Beginning is easy - Continuing is hard."
- Japanese Proverb

“The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.”
- Benjamin Franklin

“We must be willing to fail and to appreciate the truth that often life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived.”
- M. Scott Peck

"When a problem comes along, study it until you are completely knowledgeable. Then find that weak spot, break the problem apart, and the rest will be easy."
- Norman Vincent Peale

"This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind... let it be something good."
- Unknown Author

“Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.”
- François de la Rochefoucauld

"Always do what you are afraid to do."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Fortune favors the brave."
- Virgil

"Don't ever let anyone steal your dreams."
- Dexter Yager

"Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well."
- Phillip Stanhope

"A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two different things."
- Benjamin Franklin

"True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what's right."
- Brigham Young

"Of all the self-fulfilling prophecies in our culture, the assumption that aging means decline and poor health is probably the deadliest."
- Marilyn Ferguson

"The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity."
- Lewis Grizzard

“Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.”
- Abraham J. Heschel

"The greatest mistake a [person] can make is to be afraid of making one."
- Elbert Hubbard

"One good thing about being young is that you are not experienced enough to know you cannot possibly do the things you are doing."
- Gene Brown

"Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."
- Chinese Proverb

"The idea is to die young as late as possible."
- Ashley Montagu

"Hold yourself responsible to a higher standard than anybody else expects of you."
- Henry Ward Beecher

"Self-esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves."
- Nathaniel Branden

"Every once in a while, take the scenic route."
- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

"Every man/woman should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man/woman gird him/her-self once more, with his/her face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past."
- Henry Ward Beecher

"There are two ways of meeting difficulties - you alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them."
- Phyllis Bottome

“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. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
- Steve Jobs

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

“Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make, both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control the process of choosing, you can take control of all aspects of your life. You can find the freedom that comes from being in charge of yourself.”
- Robert F. Bennett

"Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous."
- Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

"It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously."
- Peter Ustinov

"Every decision you make - every decision - is not a decision about what to do; it's a decision about who you are. When you see this, when you understand it, everything changes. You begin to see life in a new way. All events, occurrences, and situations turn into opportunities to do what you came here to do."
- Neale Donald Walsch

"There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day."
- Alexander Woollcott

"Calamity is the test of integrity."
- Samuel Richardson

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”
- Marie Curie

“You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.”
- Dale Carnegie

"Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible."
- Unknown

"Be like a sponge when it comes to each new experience. If you want to be able to express it well, you must first be able to absorb it well."
- Jim Rohn

"Blaze with the fire that is never extinguished."
- Luisa Sigea

"Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power; but character, health, knowledge and good judgment will always be in demand under all conditions."
- Roger Babson

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
- George Bernard Shaw

"Ideas are the beginning of all achievement."
- Bruce Lee

"Nothing is easy to the unwilling."
- Nikki Giovanni

"Unless we change direction, we are likely to wind up where we are headed."
- Chinese Proverb

"Honor does not have to be defended."
- Robert J. Sawyer

"Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment."
- Barry LePatner

"Thought is cause: experience is effect. If you don't like the effects in your life, you have to change the nature of your thinking."
- Marianne Williamson

"Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen to them."
- Shakti Gawain

"Lost time is never found again."
- Benjamin Franklin

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark."
- Michelangelo

"Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate accomplishments."
- Napoleon Hill

"None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm."
- Henry David Thoreau

"I believe that you're great, that there's something magnificent about you. Regardless of what has happened to you in your life, regardless of how young or how old you think you might be, the moment you begin to think properly, this something that is within you, this power within you that's greater than the world, it will begin to emerge. It will take over your life. It will feed you, it will clothe you, it will guide you, protect you, direct you, sustain your very existence. If you let it! Now that is what I know, for sure."
- Michael Beckwith

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A reasonable probability is the only certainty."
- E.W. Howe

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
- Walt Disney

"The only cure for grief is action."
- George Henry Lewes

"It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them."
- Mark Twain

"The key to your universe is that you can choose."
- Carl Frederick

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"Those that set in motion the forces of evil cannot always control them afterwards."
- Charles W. Chesnutt

"Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries."
- James Albert Michener

"Fate leads the willing and drags along the unwilling."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch, which I have got a hold of for the moment; and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”
- George Bernard Shaw

"One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything."
- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg


"Active minds that think and study, like swift brooks are seldom muddy."
- Arthur Guiterman

"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else."
- Judy Garland

"You don't have to change that much for it to make a great deal of difference. A few simple disciplines can have a major impact on how your life works out in the next 90 days, let alone in the next 12 months or the next 3 years."
- Jim Rohn

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."
- John Wooden

"Ordinary [people] avoid troubles. Extraordinary [people] turn them into advantage."
- Nucky Thompson

"It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one."
- George Washington

‎"I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time."
- Charles Dickens

"There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience."
- French Proverb

"There are no speed limits on the road to excellence."
- David W. Johnson

"We can spend our whole lives underachieving."
- Philip Crosby

"If you can't, you must. If you must, you can"
- Anthony Robbins

"Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood."
- Hellen Keller

"It is only the first step that is difficult."
- Marie De Vichy-Chaconne

"Obstacles are great incentives."
- Jules Michelet

"If you don't run your own life, somebody else will."
- John Atkinson

"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."
- Aristotle

"Knowledge is power. Knowledge shared is power multiplied."
- Robert Boyce

"It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not."
- Andre Gide

“Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives. One of the best ways we can get the most from the energy we have is to focus it. That is what goals can do for us; concentrate our energy.”
- Denis Waitley

“Nurture your mind with great thoughts for you will never go higher than you think.”
- Benjamin Disraeli

"Every time you get angry, you poison your own system."
- Alfred Montapert

"Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted."
- John Lennon

"Don't ever let anyone steal your dreams."
- Dexter Yager

"Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power."
- Shirley MacLaine

"I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity."
- John Davidson Rockefeller, Sr.

"If life gives you lemons, make lemonade."
- Joan Collins

"Prepare your mind to receive the best that life has to offer."
- Ernest Holmes

"There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist."
- Mark Twain

"As long as you are going to think anyway, think big."
- Donald Trump

"Every small, positive change we make in ourselves repays us in confidence in the future."
- Alice Walker

"To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first."
- William Shakespeare

"Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous."
- Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

"Be strong. Live honorably and with dignity. When you don't think you can, hold on."
- James Frey

"The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it."
- Alan Saporta

"Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was."
- Dag Hammarskjld

"Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed."
- Wayne Dyer

"Confront your fears, list them, get to know them, and only then will you be able to put them aside and move ahead."
- Jerry Gillies

"Our job as humans is to hold on to the thoughts of what we want, make it absolutely clear in our minds what we want, and from that we start to invoke one of the greatest laws in the universe, and that's the law of attraction. You become what you think about most, but you also attract what you think about most."
- John Assaraf

"Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds."
- Norman Vincent Peale

"Genius is the ability to put into effect what is in your mind."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

"No virtue is safe that is not enthusiastic."
- Sir J. R. Seeley

"As I see it, every day you do one of two things: build health or produce disease in yourself."
- Adelle Davis

"Don’t wish for fewer challenges; wish for more wisdom. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better. Don’t wish for fewer problems; wish for more skills."
- Jim Rohn

"Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny."
- Charles Reade

"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot."
- Michael Altshuler

"There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits on the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder."
- Ronald Reagan

“The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain -- he is inspired by it. The persistent winner is not discouraged by a problem -- he is challenged by it. Mountains are created to be conquered; adversities are designed to be defeated; problems are sent to be solved.”
- William Arthur Ward

"Many things have fallen only to rise higher."
- Seneca

"Don't Stop when you are Tired. Stop When You are Done."
- David Goggins

"We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or other people's models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open."
- Shakti Gawain

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
- Abraham Lincoln

"We are each responsible for our own life - no other person is or even can be."
- Oprah Winfrey

"Before you speak listen; before you write, think; before you spend, earn; before you invest, investigate; before you criticize, wait; before you pray, forgive; before you quit, try; before you retire, save; before you die, give."
- William Arthur Ward

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Every memorable act in the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles."
- Og Mandino

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.”
- Sydney Smith

"High expectations are the key to everything."
- Sam Walton

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now."
- Chinese Proverb

“Focus more on your desire than on your doubt, and the dream will take care of itself. You may be surprised at how easily this happens. Your doubts are not as powerful as your desires, unless you make them so.”
- Marcia Wieder

"The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it."
- William James

"When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you."
- African Proverb

“The impossible is often the untried.”
- Jim Goodwin

“Nothing in this world is to be feared... only understood.”
- Marie Curie

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt

"The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in which direction we are moving."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

"The foolish man lies awake all night thinking of his many problems; when the morning comes he is worn out and his trouble is just as it was."
- Norse Proverb

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called “Opportunity” and its first chapter is New Year’s Day."
- Edith L. Pierce

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
- Walt Disney

"People who keep journals have life twice".
- Jessamyn West

"I never feel age...If you have creative work, you don't have age or time."
- Louise Nevelson

"Real life isn't always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties."
- Sara Ban Breathnach

"It is simple. We are where we should be, doing what we should be doing. Otherwise we would be somewhere else, doing something else."
- Richard Stine

“Life is full of doors that don't open when you knock, equally spaced amid those that open when you don't want them to.”
- Roger Zelazny

“It is better to have done something than to have been someone.”
- Claude Monet

"If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you'll die a lot of times".
- Dean Smith

"Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no delay, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today."
- Earl of Chesterfield

“By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character.”
- Grenville Kleiser

“We can’t plan life. All we can do is be available for it.”
- Lauryn Hill

“The least of things with a meaning are worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.”
- Carl Jung

“There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?.”
- Robert Kennedy “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
- Peter Drucker

“Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.”
- Amelia Burr

“Life is variable.”
- Plautus

“Although the constant shadow of certain death looms over everyday, the pleasures and joys of life can be so fine and affecting that the heart is nearly stilled in astonishment.”
- Dean Koontz

“Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.”
- Ann Landers

“The most important decisions you make are not the things you do, but the things you decide not to do.”
- Steve Jobs

“Follow your honest convictions and stay strong.”
- William Thackeray

“All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that.”
- Baltasar Gracian

“Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for character.”
- James Russel Lowell

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”
- Napoleon Hill

“Only the mediocre are always at their best.”
- Jean Giraudoux

“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.”
- Edgar Cayce

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”
- William James

“Opportunities are seldom labeled.”
- John H. Shield

“Courage faces fear and thereby masters it.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”
- Wayne Gretzky

“Sometimes the best things in life happen by accident.”
- Chloe Hildago

“Always hold your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.”
- Max L. Forman

“A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”
- Albert Szent-Gyorgi
“There is time for everything.”
- Thomas Edison

“Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive...then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
- Howard Thurman

“Whatever it is that you wish to experience more of in your life, be the source of it in the life of another.”
- Neale Donald Walsh

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”
- Mark Twain

“When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take - choose the bolder.”
- General W.J. Slim

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
- Frederick Douglass

“Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.”
- William A. Ward

“Do what you can with what you have where you are.”
- Theodore Roosevelt

“There are two things to aim at in life - first, to get what you want and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.”
- Logan Pearsall Smith

“Nothing in this world is to be feared ... only understood.”
- Marie Curie

“A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a lifetime’s experience.”
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Where there is life, there is hope."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

“What we play is life."
- Louis Armstrong

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
- Aldous Huxley

“The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.”
- Elbert Hubbard

“You've got to figure out what it is you love - who you really are - and have the courage to do that.”
- Oprah Winfrey

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“It is never too late to be who you might have been."
- George Elliot

“Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.”
- John Heywood

“You can do anything you wish to do, have anything you wish to have, be anything you wish to be.”
- Robert Collier

“A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.”
- Arthur Golden

“Aim at the sun and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if aimed at an object on a level with yourself.”
- Joel Hawes

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
- Peter Drucker

“An affirmation is a strong, positive statement that something is already so.”
- Shakti Gawain

“The right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.”
- Hans Selye

“Always do what you are afraid to do.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt

“May you live all the days of your life.”
- Jonathan Swift

“There is no education like adversity.”
- Disraeli

“I’m not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You’re as old as you feel.”
- Henri Frederic Amiel

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

“Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory.”
- Norman Vincent Peale

“Trouble creates a capacity to handle it.”
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Do what your heart desires, and your mind agrees on.”
- Taina Rosario

“Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead.”
- Morihei Ueshiba

“At the moment of commitment, the universe conspires to assist you.”
- Goethe

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination.”
- Tommy Lasorda

“Without labor nothing prospers.”
- Sophocles

“Live with no excuses and love with no regrets”.
- Montel

“Never laugh at anyone's dream. People who don't have dreams don't have much.”
- Anthony Robbins

“It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action.”
- Honore de Balzac

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
- Walt Disney

“The universe doesn't give us an engraved invitation to participate in life. And just showing up to the party doesn't guarantee us a good time. The universe responds to our actions. We get out of it what we put into it.”
- Lissa Coffey

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.”
- Lou Holtz

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
- Helen Keller

“Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.”
- Anais Nin

“Every passing minute is a chance to turn it all around.”
- from Vanilla Sky

“The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.”
- Louis E. Boone

“There are so many people out there who will tell you that you can't. What you've got to do is turn around and say 'watch me'.”
- Layne Beachley

“Nowhere on your birth certificate did it say life would be fair”.
- Trevor Jones

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself - and be lenient to everybody else.”
- Henry Ward Beecher

“Real heroes are [people] who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they've stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and commitments.”
- Kevin Costner

“The difficult I’ll do right now. The impossible will take a little while.”
- Billie Holiday

“In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” - Lee Iacocca

“You must see it. You must believe it. And then you must never stop working to make it happen.”
- Arnold Schwartzenegger

“You will never possess what you are unwilling to pursue.”
- Mike Murdock

“It's not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”
- Seneca

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
- John Wooden

“Opportunity is around you all the time, but you have to be ready for it. When your chance comes, you must be prepared to take advantage of it.”
- Max Steingart

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
- M. Kathleen Casey

“One sign of intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason.”
- Marya Mannes

“When you're through changing, you're through.”
- Bruce Barton

“Excellence comes not from platitudes and good intentions, but rather from days and moments lived with the sincere and committed effort to be your best.”
- Ralph S. Marston, Jr.

“Whatever you want in life, you must give up something to get it. The greater the value, the greater the sacrifice required of you.”
- Max Steingart

“What you believe is more important than what you possess. What you live is more lasting than what you profess. Whom you inspire is more significant than whom you impress.”
- William Arthur Ward

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”
- Wayne Gretzky

“You can't help but get older, but you don't have to get old.”
- George Burns

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it.”
- William Durant

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”
- Aristotle

“Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.”
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

“Do you love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”
- Benjamin Franklin

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
- Mark Twain

“We are continually faced with great opportunities which are brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.”
- Margaret Mead

“Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.”
- Orison Swett Marden

“It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.”
- John Wooden

“The bad news: there is no key to the universe. The good news: it was never locked.”
- Swami Beyondananda

“You can manifest the life you truly want with clear intention, emotional intelligence and imagination...like it or not, your life is what you have chosen.”
- Greg Braden

“Never laugh at anyone's dream. People who don't have dreams don't have much.”
- Anthony Robbins

“Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.”
- Dalai Lama

“Don't ever say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours each day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson,Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.”
- H. Jackson Brown

“Tough times never last. Tough people do.”
- Robert Schuller

“Taking care of your body, no matter what your age, is an investment.”
- Oprah Winfrey

“Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.”
- Nolan Bushnell

“The only thing constant in life is change.”
- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.”
- Robert Schuller

“You are your own most important resource for making your life work. Life rewards action. Until your knowledge, awareness and understandings are translated into action, they are of no value.”
- Eric Brown

“All that is necessary to break the spell of frustration and inertia is to act as if it is impossible to fail.”
- Dorothea Brand

“Some people see things as they are and ask why; others see things as they never were and ask why not.”
- Robert F. Kennedy

“One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”
- Sigmund Freud

“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
- Jimmy Dean

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it.”
- William Durant

“All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is to act as if it were impossible to fail.”
- Dorothea Brande

“The measure of a [person] is what happens when nothing works and you got the guts to go on.”
- Tex Cobb

“If you can take the worst, take the risk.”
- Dr. Joyce Brothers

“Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.”
- The Dalai Lama

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”
- Charles R. Swindoll

“When the impossible has been eliminated, all that remains no matter how improbable is possible.”
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“Each of us is great insofar as we perceive and act on the infinite possibilities which lie undiscovered and unrecognized about us.”
- James Harvey Robinson

“I believe how I act today will affect how I am tomorrow.”
Katharine Hepburn

“Decisions are the doorway to change.”
- Anthony Robbins

“Now is the time to be bold. It is easy when the wind is at your back. But the real test is now when the wind is in our face. That's when we find out if we are tough enough. Inspired enough, committed enough…”
- Karl Rove

“If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic.”
- Dale Carnegie

“A day dawns, quite like other days; in it, a single hour comes, quite like other hours; but in that day and in that hour the chance of a lifetime faces us.”
- Maltbie Babcock

“I don't think anything is unrealistic if you believe you can do it. I think if you are determined enough and willing to pay the price, you can get it done.”
- Mike Ditka

“If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you.”
- Louise Hay

“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”
- Frank A. Clark

“You can have anything you want - if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.”
- Abraham Lincoln

“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.”
- Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

“Many owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties."
- Spurgeon

“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness/"
- Edward Stanley

“You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices."
-Deepak Chopra

“Ask yourself this question: "Will this matter a year from now?"
- Richard Carlson

“Given any condition anyone is in, good or challenged, we only have two choices to make: change the condition or adapt to it."
- Eric Brown

“You don't drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there."
- Edwin Louis Cole

“Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."
- James Dean

“The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one's opportunities, and to make the most of one's resources.”
- Vauvenargues

“Given any condition anyone is in, good or challenged, we only have two choices to make: change the condition or adapt to it."
- Eric Brown

“You don't drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there."
- Edwin Louis Cole

“Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."
- James Dean

“The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one's opportunities, and to make the most of one's resources.”
- Vauvenargues

“The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear.”
- William Jennings Bryan

“The only thing constant in life is change.”
- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“In times of difficulties, we must not lose sight of our achievements."
- Mao Tse-Tung

“Anyone who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life.”
- Charles Darwin

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.”
- Ekhard Tolle

“Know your limits, not so that you can honor them, but so that you can smash them to pieces and reach for magnificence.”
- Cherie Carter-Scott

“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high - one which sometimes seemed impossible.”
- Orison Swett Marden

“If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves”
- Thomas Edison

“It's not what has happened in your past that determines what is in store. Rather, it's your decisions in the present about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you're going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny.”
- Anthony Robbins

“Goals are not only absolutely necessary to motivate us. They are essential to really keep us alive.”
- Robert H. Schuller

“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing people; it is the only means.”
- Albert Einstein

“Adversity often produces an unexpected opportunity. Look for it! Appreciate and utilize it! This is difficult to do if you're feeling sorry for yourself because you're faced with adversity.”
- John Wooden

“Other people and things can stop you temporarily. You're the only one who can do it permanently.”
- Zig Ziglar

“Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.”
- Napoleon Hill

“Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.”
- Dorothy Thompson

“Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery.”
- Wayne Dyer

“People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.”
- Emily Dickinson

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”
- Bill Copeland

“I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.... I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking."
- Og Mandino

“Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.”
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

"If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call to make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?"
- Stephen Levine

“Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.”
- Corita Kent

“Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow.”
- Dorothy Thompson

“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

“What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.”
- John Ruskin

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
- T. S. Eliot

“Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.”
- Fitzhugh Dodson

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”
- Bill Copeland

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
- Anne Bradstreet

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
- George Bernard Shaw

“A day dawns, quite like other days; in it, a single hour comes, quite like other hours; but in that day and in that hour the chance of a lifetime faces us.”
- Maltbie Babcock

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
- Author Unknown

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

“It's never the environment; it's never the events of our lives, but the meaning we attach to the events -- how we interpret them -- that shapes who we are today and who we'll become tomorrow. We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.”
- Anthony Robbins

“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”
- Dolly Parton

“Hold yourself responsible to a higher standard than anybody expects of you.”
- Henry Ward Beecher

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
- Author Unknown

“If you take risks, you may fail; but if you don’t take risks, you will surely fail”
- Roberto Goizueta

“Don't lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality.”
- Ralph Marston

“Most people will look back and realize they didn’t have a great life, because it’s just so easy to settle for a good life”.
- Jim Collins

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."
- Calvin Coolidge

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
- William Arthur Ward

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."
- Dale Carnegie

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
- Aristotle

“Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.”
- Nolan Bushnell

“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 the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
- Mark Twain

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is a beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is life, fight for it!”
- Mother Teresa

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it, but we aim too low and reach it.”
- Michelangelo

“It's never too late to be what you might have been.” - George Elliot

“Believe it is possible to solve your problem. Tremendous things happen to the believer. So believe the answer will come. It will.”
- Norman Vincent Peale

“Make a game of finding something positive in every situation. Ninety-five percent of your emotions are determined by how you interpret events to yourself”
- Brian Tracy

"The unwillingness to accept anything short of victory, that underlying fury, is the fundamental building block of my bottomless motivation to succeed. It is my credo in all that I do in life from battling cancer to bicycle racing."
- Lance Armstrong

“I don't think anything is unrealistic if you believe you can do it. I think if you are determined enough and willing to pay the price, you can get it done.”
- Mike Ditka

“Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
- Lou Holtz

“If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.”
- Robert Schuller

“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do to be it.”
- Epictetus

"Now is the time to be bold. It is easy when the wind is at your back. But the real test is now when the wind is in our face. That's when we find out if we are tough enough. Inspired enough, committed enough."
- Karl Rove

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."
- Helen Keller

"When you're hot keep shooting, when you're not keep shooting 'till you get hot."
- Bernie Stein

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."
- Charles Darwin

“It’s in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped”.
- Anthony Robbins

"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny."
- Frank Outlaw

“When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.”
- Greg Anderson

“Good ideas are a dime a dozen. What counts is completion. Look at your life and all the half finished projects sitting on your shelf. Commit to taking on one of these ideas and finishing what you started.”
- Yehuda Berg

“If you're bored with life - you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things - you don't have enough goals.”
- Lou Holtz

“Double – no, triple – our troubles and we’d still be better off than any other people on earth.”
Ronald Reagan

“When life’s problems seem overwhelming, look around and see what other people are coping with. You may consider yourself fortunate.”
Ann Landers

“You were born to win, but to be the winner you were born to be, you must plan to win and prepare to win. Then and only then can you legitimately expect to win.”
- Zig Ziglar

“It's not what you know, it's what you use that makes a difference.”
- Zig Ziglar

"If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere."
- Frank A. Clark

“In times of change learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”
- Eric Hoffer

“Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get”
- Forrest Gump

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it.”
- William Durant

“For better or worse, our future will be determined in large part by our dreams and by the struggle to make them real.”
- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Now is the operative word. Everything you put in your way is just a method of putting off the hour when you could actually be doing your dream. You don't need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating.”
- Barbara Sher

“Life's up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine...[your] values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want.”
- Marsha Sinetar

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person - always do what you are afraid to do.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”
- William B. Sprague

“Fortune favors the brave.”
- Publius Terence

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.”
- Confucius

“Constant dripping hollows out a stone.”
- Lucretius

“Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability”
- John Wooden

"If you are strong enough, there are no precedents"
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

"The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind"
- Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

“The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one's opportunities, and to make the most of one's resources”
- Vauvenargues

"When times are good and I am flush, and my house needs painting, I hire a painter (maybe a decorator to help select the colors) and get my house painted. When times are less than good, and I am not as flush and or concerned about the future, (hence safeguarding my assets), and my house needs painting, my wife and I pick out the paint, and systematically paint our house ourselves. Regardless of the circumstances we are in at the time, the result is, our house gets painted"
- Neil J. Cantor

“Our problems are man made; therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man's reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable, and we believe they can do it again.”
- President John F. Kennedy

“The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear”
- William Jennings Bryan

"The abundant life does not come to those who have had a lot of obstacles removed from their path by others. It develops from within and is rooted in strong mental and moral fiber."
- William Mather Lewis

"Stress is not only to be expected but preferred...we can and should develop a positive, workable approach to stress management...Think of it. The perfect no-stress environment is the grave...When we change our perception we gain control. The stress becomes a challenge, not a threat. When we commit to action, to actually doing something rather than feeling trapped by events, the stress in our life becomes manageable."
- Greg Anderson

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
- Mark Twain

“Watch your thoughts; they become your words. Watch your words; they become your actions. Watch your actions; they become your habits. Watch your habits; they become your character. Watch your character for it will become your destiny."
- Frank Outlaw

“We are continually faced with great opportunities which are brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.”
- Margaret Mead

"No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance."
- Confucius

"Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives."
- William James

"If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you."
- Louise Hay

"Pick one aspect of your life, for example, your health, your competence, your prosperity or relationships, and think back to when you were a child. What messages about this subject did you hear from adults at that time that are still playing on your subconscious tape recorder? Messages like: "Men can't be trusted." "Money doesn't grow on trees." "You're not smart enough to succeed in business." How is your world reflecting your beliefs back to you, today? "There are no limitations to the self except those you believe in."

"Some people see things as they are and ask why; others see things as they never were and ask why not."
- Robert F. Kennedy

"I believe how I act today will affect how I am tomorrow."
- Katharine Hepburn

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself - and be lenient to everybody else.”
- Henry Ward Beecher

"There are three types of people in the world: those who make things happen, those who watch what happens, and those who wonder what happened."
- Nicholas Murray Butler

"Begin each day as if it were on purpose."
- From the Movie Hitch (Will Smith character Andrew Largeman)

"An amateur is someone who practices until they get it right. A professional practices until they can't get it wrong."
- Babbitt

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Tough times never last. Tough people do.”
- Robert Schuller

“The abundant life does not come to those who have had a lot of obstacles removed from their path by others. It develops from within and is rooted in strong mental and moral fiber.”
- William Mather Lewis

"You must see it. You must believe it, and then......you must never stop working to make it happen”
- Arnold Schwartzenegger

"I cannot - nor will not - be ordinary. I have to keep training and seeking and growing. I have to stay hungry. It is my will and so has become my nature."
- Arnold Schwartzenegger

"I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don't do things halfheartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect halfhearted results."
- Michael Jordan

"There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there’s only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen."
- Wayne Dyer

"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens."
- John Homer Miller

"Change your thoughts and you change your world."
- Norman Vincent Peale

"Don't ever say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours each day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein."
- H. Jackson Brown

"All that is necessary to break the spell of frustration and inertia is to act as if it is impossible to fail."
- Dorothea Brand

What Will Matter

"Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear. So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from, or what side of the tracks you lived. It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant. So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built. What will matter is not your success, but your significance. What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example. What will matter is not your competence, but your character. What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone. What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what. Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters."
- Michael Josephson


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