Motivational Quotations:

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“People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“You can’t have a negative tongue and live a positive life” -Unknown

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

Surely God would not have created such a being as man to exist only for a day!  No, no, man was made for immortality.  – Abraham Lincoln

If you love what you do, you will never work another day in your life.” – Confucius

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.  – Anais Nin

“We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” – Max DePree

It’s never too late to be what you might have been – George Elliot

Nature never makes any fuss, and yet it does everything. – Lao-tzu

Who is strong?  He that can conquer his bad habits – Ben Franklin

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

“If you want to know your past – look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future – look into your present actions.” – Buddhist Saying

“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

“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

“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games.
On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot… and I missed. I
have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s precisely why I

— Michael Jordan one of the NBA’s greatest players.

“If you never change your mind, why have one?”

— Edward De Bono

“Nothing on earth can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving
his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude”

— Thomas Jefferson

“I’m not telling you it is going to be easy – I’m telling you it’s going to be
worth it”

— Art Williams

“The most painful thing to experience is not defeat but regret”

— Leo Bascaglia

“Life is like a grinding stone – it can polish you or pulverize you – depending on
how you position yourself”

— Larry De Angelo

“A person is led on the path that he truly wants to travel on.”

— The Talmud (Makkot 10b)

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will
make one.”

— Elbert Hubbard

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where
your thoughts take you.”

— James Allen

“You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to
fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck. Good judgment comes from
experience. Unfortunately, the experience usually comes from bad judgment.”

— Unknown

“A small trouble is like a pebble. Hold it too close to your eye and it fills the
whole world and puts everything out of focus. Hold it at a proper distance and it can be
examined and properly classified. Throw it at your feet and it can be seen in its true
setting, just one more tiny bump on the pathway of life.

–Celia Luce

Have a good day, count your blessings, and pass this along to remind everyone else how
blessed we all are.”

— Racheal Gordon

“The trouble with many plans is that they are based on the way things are now. To
be successful, your personal plan must focus on what you want, not what you have.”

— Nido Qubein

“Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being
human.” – Viktor Frankl

“The most complicated achievements of
thought are possible without the assistance of consciousness.”

-Sigmund Freud

An inspirational story about a 5th grade
school teacher named – Mrs. Thompson

“One of the unfortunate things about our
education system is that we do not teach students how to avail themselves of their
subconscious capabilities.”

-Bill Lear

“Everything must be made as simple as
possible but not one bit simpler.”

-Albert Einstein

“Real happiness is not dependent on
external things. The pond is fed from within. The kind of happiness that stays with you is
the happiness that springs from inward thoughts and emotions. You must cultivate your mind
if you wish to achieve enduring happiness.”

-William Lyon Phelps

“All we can ever do in the way of good
to people is to encourage them to do good to themselves.”

-Randolph Bourne

It’s been said, “All is an
illusion.” That’s an insufficient distinction; more accurately, it’s all a

-Eldon Taylor

“Strength of mind is exercise, not

-Alexander Pope

Man often becomes what he believes himself to
be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I
may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief
that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it
at the beginning. Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi

“There is nothing impossible in all the
world except that the heart of man is wanting in resolution.”


“God gives every bird its food, but he
does not throw it into the nest.”

-Josiah Gilbert Holland

“I’m not the kind of guy to knock at a
door and then when the door is opened not go in.”

-William Saroyan

“Strength of mind is exercise, not

-Alexander Pope

“Grief is the agony of a moment; the
indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.”

-Benjamin Disraeli

“He possess dominion over himself, and
is happy, who can everyday say, “I have lived.” Tomorrow the Heavenly Father may
either involve the world in dark clouds, or cheer it with clear sunshine; he will not,
however, render ineffectual the things which have already taken place.”


“All the choir of heaven and furniture
of earth — in a word, all those bodies which compose the mighty frame of the world —
have not any substance without a mind.”

-George Berkeley

“Old minds are like old horses; you must
exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.”

-John Quincy Adams

“Few minds wear out; most rust

-Christian Nextell Bouee

“The only catalogue of this world’s
goods that really counts is that which we keep in the silence of the mind.”

-Walter John de la Mare

“No man is free that cannot command


“Genius is nothing but continued

-Claude Adrien Helvetius

“The training of children is a
profession, where we must know how to lose time in order to gain it.”

-Jean Jacques Rousseau

“Children share with geniuses an open,
inquiring, uninhibited quality of mind.”

-Chauncey Guy Suits

“Learn something new every day under the
sun. You will never get old if you do.”

-Lois Bey

“The plays of natural lively children
are the infancy of art. Children live in a world of imagination and feeling. They invert
the most insignificant objectwith any form they please, and see in it whatever they wish
to see.”

-Adam Gottlob Ochleuschlåger

“Inspiration springs more readily from
knowledge than from ignorance.”

-Horace Meyer Kallen

“Thinking a smile all the time will keep
your face youthful.”

-Frank Geletl Burgess

“The tragedy is not that things are
broken. The tragedy is that they are not mended.”

-Alan Stewart Paton

“There is a deity within us who breathes
that divine fire by which we are animated.”


“Doubt whom you will, but never doubt

-Christian Nestell Bovee

“Destiny is not a matter of chance, but
of choice. Not something to wish for, but to attain.”

-William Jennings Bryan

“Whatever you truly conceive of in the
mind, is possible.”

– “Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in

-Edwin Hubbel Chapin

“The desire of knowledge, like the
thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.”

-Laurence Sterne

“The mode by which the inevitable comes
to pass is effort.”

-Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Ideas are merely sensations imprinted
deep inside us…Like attracts like…There is great wisdom in the subconscious mind. If
you begin to work with it, it can be of tremendous benefit to you and serve as an
excellent reservoir of knowledge..”

-James Van Praagh

“Truth comes home to the mind so
naturally, that when we learn it for the first time, it seems as though we did no more
than recall it to our memory.”

-Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle

“Manners, – The final and perfect flower
of noble character.”

-William Winter

“Great minds have purposes, others have
wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above

-Washington Irving

“I do not say that all men are equal in
their ability, character and motivation. I do say that every American should be given a
fair chance to develop all the talents they may have.”

-John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Possibilities “The world is moving so
fast these days that the man who says it cannot be done is generally interrupted by
someone doing it.”

-Elbert Hubbard

Attitude “There is little difference in
people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is
attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.”

-W. Clement Stone


“When a bit of sunshine hits ye,

After passing of a cloud,

When a fir of laughter gits ye,

And ye’r spine is feelin’ proud,

Don’t forget to up and fling it,

At a soul that’s feelin’ blue, For the mini that yet sling it,

It’s a boomerang to you.”

– Capt. Jack Crawford

Success “No one has success until he has
the abounding life. This is made up of the many-fold activity of energy, enthusiasm and
gladness. It is to spring to meet the day with a thrill at being alive. It is to go forth
to meet the morning in an ecstasy of joy. It is to realize the oneness of humanity.”

-Lillian Whiting

“Those who are quite satisfied sit still
and do nothing; those who are not quite satisfied are the sole benefactors of the

-Walter Savage Landor

Opportunity is missed by most people because
it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

– Thomas Alva Edison

A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not
what ships are for.

– John A. Shedd

Love does not consist in gazing at each other
but in looking outward together in the same direction.

– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

When you feel terrific, notify your face.

Worry pulls tomorrow’s cloud over today’s
bright sunshine.

“Happiness is a form of courage.”

-Holbrook Jackson

If God shuts one door, He opens another.

If at first you do succeed, hide your

The road to success is dotted with many
tempting parking places.

The one thing worse than a quitter is the
person who is afraid to begin.

“Man is made or unmade by himself…In
the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself; he also fashions
the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and
peace. By the right choice and true application of thought, man ascends to the Divine
Perfection; by the abuse and wrong application of thought, he descends below the level of
the beast. Between these two extremes are all the grades of character, and man is their
maker and master.”

-James Allen As A Man Thinketh

There is one art of which man should be
master–the art of reflection.

“Growth, in some curious way, I suspect,
depends on being always in motion just a little bit, one way or another.”

-Norman Mailer

“Each forward step we take we leave some
phantom of ourselves behind.”

-John Lancaster Spalding

People who look for the easy way out seem to
have trouble finding an exit.

The most important ability is availability.

Our deeds determine us, as much as we
determine our deeds.

School is a building that has four
walls–with tomorrow inside.

“As soils are depleted, human health,
vitality and intelligence go with them.”

-Louis Bromfield

There are many ways of going forward, but
there is only one way of standing still.

There is no great success without great

Out of the mouths of babes come things
parents never should have said.

Last year I made a list of things that I
resolved to do–I’ll use that list again this year–it’s still as good as new.

Always hold your head up, but keep your nose
at a friendly level.

A lot of us would like to move mountains, but
few of us are willing to practice on small hills.

People are very open-minded about new
things–as long as they’re exactly like the old ones.

Peace of mind is not the absence of conflict
from life, but the ability to cope with it.

The right to do something does not mean that
doing it is right.

Most of us know how to say nothing, but few
of us know when.

Fear of becoming a has-been keeps some people
from becoming anything.

It is better to hold out a hand than to point
a finger.

Doing your best is more important than being
the best.

A cheerful friend is like a sunny day.

Forgiveness is like sunshine after a rainy

A bad habit is nothing more than a mistake

In the eyes of a child, there are 7 million
wonders of the world.

Between each dawn and setting sun, set aside
some time for fun.

Grandchildren are God’s way of compensating
us for getting old.

No person ever advanced by traveling in

All that you do, do with all your
might–Things done by half are never quite right.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but lack of
enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

You can’t turn back the clock–But you can
wind it up again.

If you don’t know where you are going, any
road will get you there.

Time is not an enemy unless you try to kill

If television shows continue the way they’re
going, the public will soon be demanding longer commercials.

He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he
who plants kindness gathers love.

Giant oak trees started out as little nuts
that held their ground.

To disagree, one doesn’t have to be

Nature is the art of God.

A truly contented person enjoys the scenery
along a detour.

We do not inherit the Earth from our
ancestors–we borrow it from our children.

No brook is too little to seek the sea.

Joy is not in what we own…it’s in what we

An obstacle may be either a stepping stone or
a stumbling block.

Gentleness and kind persuasion win where
force and bluster fail.

The difficulties of life are intended to make
us better, not bitter.

The best thing you can spend on your children
is time.

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is
doing it.


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