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List of motivational quotes
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This is a list of motivational quotes
I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.
Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
Thomas A. Edison
A pessimist versus an optimist
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
All great deeds
All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Constant dripping hollows out a stone.
Consult not your fears
Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think
not about your frustrations, but about your unfilled potential.
Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with
what it is still possible for you to do.
Pope John XXIII
It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
If you have no critics you'll likely have no success.
Do what you have to do
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
Do you wish to rise?
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.
Don't become discouraged
Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That's not the place to become discouraged.
Thomas A. Edison
Easy or difficult
I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising everytime we fall.
Hard to fail!
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
T. S. Eliot
I have not failed
Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation... even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
Leonardo da Vinci
Intelligence without ambition
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
It begins with a single step
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
It is a rough road
It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
Like a butterfly
Many people know so little about what is beyond their short range of experience. They look within themselves - and find nothing! Therefore they conclude that there is nothing outside themselves either.
Limits of the possible
The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
Arthur C Clarke
I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it.
So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because that's where you will find success. On the far side of failure.
Thomas J. Watson, Sr.
Many of life's failures
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas A. Edison
Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.
I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.
No one is born fully-formed
No one is born fully-formed: it is through self-experience in the world that we become what we are.
Not to yield
Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Nothing is impossible
Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
Our greatest weakness
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Thomas A. Edison
Out of suffering
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Ploughing a field
You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
Resolution to succeed
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.
Seek a newer world
Smile, and the world smiles with you; cry, and you cry alone.
Stop acting so small
Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.
Straight in the eye
Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
Strike the iron
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
William B. Sprague
The mountains ahead
It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.
They happened to things
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
Leonardo da Vinci
Triumphs without difficulties are empty. Indeed, it is difficulties that make the triumph. It is no feat to travel the smooth road.
There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth - not going all the way, and not starting.
Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.
We can do anything
We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.
What he could have
Man is not the sum of what he has already, but rather the sum of what he does not yet have, of what he could have.
What is in your power
Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.
What they can become
As far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become.
When I let go
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
When things fall apart
Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together
Without your consent
You are right!
You can win
If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory.
You'll make progress
If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.