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Inspirational and Motivational Success Quotes By Famous People: Motto For Success

Updated on July 31, 2012

When the Success Journey becomes difficult remember these words:

" He who loves his work, never labors." Jim Stovall

" We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." – Winston Churchill

"Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it." – Lou Holtz"

"I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow." – Woodrow Wilson

"Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes...but no plans." – Peter F. Drucker

"Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit." – Napoleon Hill

"One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do." – Henry Ford

"Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect." – Leonardo da Vinci

"The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch." – Jim Rohn

"You just don't luck into things as much as you'd like to think you do. You build step by step, whether it's friendships or opportunities." – Barbara Bush

"There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do." – Freya Stark

"What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing." – Oscar Wilde

"Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress." – Thomas Edison

"All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning." – Albert Camus

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress." – Frederick Douglass

"Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous." – Confucius

"You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it."– Oprah Winfrey

"A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart." – Jonathan Swift

"Time is what we want most, but what we use worst." – William Penn

"You were born to win, but to be a winner you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win." – Zig Ziglar

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

"Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach." -- Anthony Robbins

"Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing. " Napoleon Hill

"The key that unlocks energy is desire. It's also the key to a long and interesting life. If we expect to create any drive, any real force within ourselves, we have to get excited." -- Earl Nightingale

"Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity." -- Lou Holtz

"When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost." -- Billy Graham

The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore." Dale Carnegie

"Courage means to keep working on a relationship, to continue seeking solutions to difficult problems, and to stay focused during stressful periods." -- Denis Waitley

"Create a story of WOW that will be retold." -- Jeffrey Gitomer

"Every achiever that I have ever met says, 'My life turned around when I began to believe in me.'"Dr. Robert Schuller

"Your philosophy determines whether you will go for the disciplines or continue the errors." -- Jim Rohn

"Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability." -- Roy L. Smith

"The only competition you will ever have is the competition between your disciplined and undisciplined mind." -- James A. Ray

"... focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it." -- Greg Anderson

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

"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation." Arthur Ashe

"One of life's most painful moments comes when we must admit that we didn't do our homework, that we are not prepared." Merlin Olsen

"My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging." Hank Aaron

"We distinguish the excellent man from the common man by saying that the former is the one who makes great demands on himself, and the latter who makes no demands on himself." Gasset

"An individual has a healthy personality to the exact degree to which they have the propensity to look for the good in every situation." Ralph Waldo Emerson<

The most influential person who will talk to you all day is you, so you should be very careful about what you say to you!" Zig Ziglar

"Do not wait; the time will never be "just right." Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along." Napoleon Hill

Your attitude is an expression of your values, beliefs, and expectations. Brian Tracy

Discipline yourself to do the things you need to do, when you need to do them, and the day will come when you will be able to do the things you want to do when you want to do them Zig Ziglar

The basic goal reaching principle is to understand that you go as far as you can see, and when you get there, you will always be able to see further. Zig Ziglar

Ambition, fueled by compassion, wisdom and integrity, is a powerful force for good that will turn the wheels of industry and open the doors of opportunity for you and countless others. Zig Ziglar

We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons. Jim Rohn

Discipline is the foundation upon which all success is built. Lack of discipline inevitably leads to failure. Jim Rohn

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

The least lack of discipline starts to erode our self-esteem. Jim Rohn

When everyone is looking for gold, it's a good time to be in the pick and shovel business." -- Mark Twain

We all need a daily checkup from the neck up, to avoid stinkin' thinkin' which ultimately leads to hardening of the attitudes Zig Ziglar

Your life, my life, the life of each one of us is going to serve as either a warning or an example. A warning of the consequences of neglect, self-pity, lack of direction and ambition... or an example of talent put to use, of discipline self-imposed, and of objectives clearly perceived and intensely pursued. Jim Rohn

Success is not so much what we have as it is what we are. Jim Rohn

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have 24 hour days. Zig Ziglar

The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now. Zig Ziglar

Be helpful. When you see a person without a smile, give him yours. Zig Ziglar

"Material success may result in the accumulation of possessions; but only spiritual success will enable you to enjoy them." -- Nido Qubein

Ability can take you to the top. But it takes character to keep you there. Zig Ziglar

What comes out of your mouth is determined by what goes into your mind. Zig Ziglar

Before you change your thinking you have to change what goes into your mind. Zig Ziglar

"Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful." Samuel Johnson, Lexicographer

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

Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others. Brian Tracy

Perhaps the most important word in success and happiness is the word, "ask". Brian Tracy

Ask for what you want. Ask for help, ask for input, ask for advice and ideas – but never be afraid to ask. Brian Tracy

Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting. Brian Tracy

Goals in writing are dreams with deadlines. Brian Tracy

The great breakthrough in your life comes when you realize that you can learn anything you need to learn to accomplish any goal that you set for yourself. This means there are no limits on what you can be, have or do. Brian Tracy

"Every farmer knows that you can't sow and reap on the same day. There is a timetable for your harvest that requires both working and waiting. Patience is a small price to pay for what you will receive." Neil Eskelin

"Have the dogged determination to follow through to achieve your goal; regardless of circumstances or whatever other people say, think, or do." -- Paul Meyer

"The elevator to success is out of order. You'll have to use the stairs... one step at a time." -- Joe Girard

"You must get good at one of two things: sowing in the spring or begging in the fall." Jim Rohn

"An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run." Syndey J. Harris

"A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it." Alister Cooke

"Most people are just trying to get through the day. Sophisticated people learn how to get from the day." Jim Rohn

"Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings." Arthur Rubinstein, pianist

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

"You don't have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great." -- Les Brown

"Don't wait. The time will never be just right." -- Napoleon Hill

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

"In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high." -- Henry David Thoreau

"The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you haven't thought of yet." Ann Landers

"Even if he fails again and again to accomplish his purpose -- as he must until weakness is overcome -- the strength of character gained will be the measure of his true success, and this will form a new starting point for future power and triumph." – James Allen

"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

"It is the Law that any difficulties that can come to you at any time, no matter what they are, must be exactly what you need most at the moment, to enable you to take the next step forward by overcoming them. The only real misfortune, the only real tragedy, comes when we suffer without learning the lesson." -- Emmet Fox

"Good habits are as addictive as bad habits, and a lot more rewarding." -- Harvey Mackay

"The key to success is for you to make a habit throughout your life of doing the things you fear." – Brian Tracy

"The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital." Joe Paterno

To begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment." James Allen

"Think you can, think you can't; either way, you'll be right." Henry Ford

"When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them." – Plato

"If you want more, you have to require more from yourself." Dr Phil

"You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can´t get them across, your ideas won´t get you anywhere." – Lee Iacocca

"Success can lead to complacency, and complacency is the greatest enemy of success." Brian Tracy

"Success is creating a state of mind that allows you to obtain anything you really desire." Mark Victor Hansen

"The first requisite of success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem without growing weary." Thomas Edison

"Everything that is done in the world is done by hope." -- Martin Luther

"The future you see is the future you get." -- Robert G Allen, Business, Finance & Motivational Author

"The truly successful person inspires others to do more than they have thought possible for themselves." -- Denis Waitley

"The people who influence you are the people who believe in you." -- Henry Drummond

Man was designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness." Zig Ziglar

"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." -- George S. Patton

"Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible." Cherie Carter-Scott

"Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it , but you can spend it. Once you've lost it, you can never get it back." Harvey Mackay

"When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece." -- Charles Reade

"A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist." -- Louis Nizer

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." -- Albert Einstein

"When we accept tough jobs as a challenge and wade into them with joy and enthusiasm, miracles can happen." -- Arland Gilbert

"You can't think your way into acting positively, but you can act your way into thinking positively." -- Nido Qubein

"Love is a better master than duty." -- Albert Einstein

Sometimes, we just don't know enough about what we are trying to achieve." Stuart Wilde

"Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you." Malcolm Cowley

"Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat." -- Napoleon Hill

"I've missed over 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot...and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." -- Michael Jordan

"Many a one has succeeded only because he has failed after repeated efforts. If he had never met defeat, he would never have known any great victory." -- Orison Sweet Marden

"Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts. The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it; so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it." Elbert Hubbard

"In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through strength but by perseverance." -- H. Jackson Brown, Author

"Success is the prize for those who stand true to their ideas!" Josh Hinds

"Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death." Thomas Paine

"We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are." -- Anais Nin

"Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world." -- George Bernard Shaw

"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance." -- Samuel Johnson

"Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning." -- Denis Waitley

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." Vince Lombardi

It's never to late to become who you could have been. George Herbert


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      Dan Barfield 

      6 years ago from Gloucestershire, England, UK

      Fantastic list of quotes! Very inspirational - great stuff!

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      6 years ago

      thanks ! i love to read quotes , blessed with list

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      Sr. vera 

      6 years ago

      Wow! these are very inspiring

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      7 years ago

      never tell a lie

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      7 years ago from Highway 24

      You're a go-to guy, man. You're on my list.

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      Tanvir Ahmed 

      7 years ago

      WOW!All are very nice....

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      kjkjjjjkjnj mnjih 

      7 years ago

      wow that's good

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      Ashish kumar 

      7 years ago

      nice quotes 4 success life ..... good guy Mr. prabhat bansal

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      Lawrence (Larry ) Atchison, P.E. 

      7 years ago


      And as I always say to people refuse to plans,make a to do list or even make notes - If you can remember everything you need to do you are not very busy.

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      Cheryl J. 

      8 years ago from Houston, TX

      Great collection of quotes. I admire Zig Ziglar. A great hub page.

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      8 years ago

      LOVE these, so many quotes. A few stood out, this was one, "Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity." -- Lou Holtz. I also like goals in writing are dreams with deadlines. I have one, but I don't remember who said it, "Those who are crazy enough to believe they can change the world...usually do." This is great!

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      8 years ago from St Leonards

      awesome content!

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      Joe D 

      8 years ago

      Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. - Winston Churchill

      Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. - Albert Einstein

      The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more things he will try. I would never promote into a top-level job a man who was not making mistakes...He is sure to be mediocre. - Peter F. Drucker

      Awesome quotes, thanks for compiling. I have added a few of my favorites and added yours to my list. Cheers.

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      8 years ago from Sacramento CA

      Great quotes - thought I had them all but found some new good ones.


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      8 years ago

      Great reading! I love this one: "When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." -- Franklin Roosevelt

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      Ray Thoughts 

      8 years ago from The East Coast

      That was great! I love encouraging quotes!

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      8 years ago from New Jersey

      Quotes can help so much... Thanks for putting them together!

    • DebsW profile image


      8 years ago

      some truly inspiring quotes there Steve, thanks for putting them in one place - it always helps to access such motivational words now and again to help light the path :)

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      9 years ago

      You have a great hub...Thanks for sharing...You have the good idea on collecting all of these.

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      9 years ago

      truly inspirational , thank you very much steve for the wonderful collection

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      k@rthik $ 

      9 years ago

      Very inspiring quotes!Thank you for sharing:)

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      9 years ago

      Today I come across about the golden quotes from the famous and humble persons. Thank u and it is very nice.

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      9 years ago

      Nice quotations to live by.

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      9 years ago from Texas

      This is quite a great list you have here. I find that reading quotes usually peps my mood right up. Thank you for sharing. :)

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      9 years ago

      really wonderfull quotes.........

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      10 years ago

      Great list you put together, Very nice :)

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      10 years ago

      The love that you withhold is the pain that you carry. Andromedans

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      Bruce Elkin 

      10 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

      Nice list! I'm adding them to my own list. I send out an enewsletter 2 or 3 times a month, called Simply Success (based on my book Simplicity and Success) and one of the things people like most it the Quotable Quotes section. Ya can never have enough quotes. Thanks!

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      Julie A. Johnson 

      10 years ago from Duluth, MN

      steve, I love the Roosevelt quote because I feel I am at the end of my rope often! A lot of food for thought here--gives us a lot top think about. Good job! Julie

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      The How To Hub 

      10 years ago from Australia

      Well put together - you've got some great ones in here. Have to say I'm with Patty - never too late to become what you could have been : ) Given a thumbs up.

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      10 years ago from MA, USA

      I love quotes. They do inspire me on. Thanks for the list.

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      John Chancellor 

      10 years ago from Tennessee

      My favorite all time quote is, &quot;We have met the enemy and it is us.&quot; From the comic strip Pogo, Walt Kelly.

      Of course this is an adaption of the words of Sophocles, &quot;The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.&quot;

      I also love some by Syrus: &quot;It is no profit to have learned well, if you neglect to do well.&quot;

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      desert blondie 

      10 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      What a list! Great...fodder for motivation for the rest of the year!

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      10 years ago

      Nice Quotes.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      It's never to late to become who you could have been. George Herbert

      My Favorite!

      Thanks and Thumbs Up!

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      Tony T 

      10 years ago from London UK

      Nice list stevemark!!

      I love entymology and like the way a beautiful, funny sentence can be described with only a few words to make something very inspirational!~

      I would like to see some comments here of inspirational and motivational quotes from "non" famous people!I have a few but my brains hybernating!:)

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      10 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for the comments everyone!

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      10 years ago from Chicago - USA

      I love quotes and you've got some really good ones here!

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      10 years ago

      &quot;A fool with a plan is better than a genious without a plan.&quot;

      T. Boone Pickens during a recent TV interview about his alternate energy plan.

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      Great hub, Steve

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      Constant Walker 

      10 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      &quot;Most of us go through life with blinders on, seeing only one narrow view of life. But you, madam, have had the rare priviledge to see life from a completely different perspective.&quot; -- Roddy McDowell, in &quot;Overboard&quot;


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