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Words of Motivational Wisdom - My Top 25 Motivational Quotes

Updated on September 14, 2014
Words of Motivational Wisdom - My Top 25 Motivational Quotes
Words of Motivational Wisdom - My Top 25 Motivational Quotes

This is merely a list of my top 25 motivational quotes, words of wisdom which have inspired me to succeed in becoming a better person, continuously seeking ways of improving, both in physical and mental aspects of life.


01. “Always Do What You Are Afraid To Do”

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

An inspiring quote which should always be in the back of people's minds, seeking success and personal fulfillment, for what is more rewarding than succeeding at something you had been told, either by your own mind or others that you could not do.


02. If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.

Destitutus ventis, remos adhibe

(Latin Proverb)

Having a soft spot for Latin, as can be seen in my written works (i.e. Three Minutes to Midnight), this is one of my favourite motivational quotes of all time, and always encourages me to go out there and get the job done.

03. Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.”
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)


04. “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)


05. “Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.”



06. “You cannot stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”

(Jon Kabat-Zinn)

Originally a surfing quote, but it also gives a beautiful image of dealing with, and riding out the hard times which are lunged towards you like giant waves breaking.


07. “Fortune favors the brave.”

(Publius Terence)


08. “The best way out is always through.

(Robert Frost)


09. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore,

is not an act but a habit.”



10. “You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.”

(Wayne Gretzky)

Who can disagree with the legendary 99? Life is all about taking chances, calculated chances that is, to use Gretzky’s metaphor, you would not take the shot if you were standing behind your own goalie on the ice rink would you… work hard, get in position, take the shot. …Calculated risk, calculated success.


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



12. "If we did all the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.”

(Thomas Edison)


13. “The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success.

(David Sarnoff)

Words of Motivational Wisdom - My Top 25 Motivational Quotes
Words of Motivational Wisdom - My Top 25 Motivational Quotes
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14. What ere thou art, act well thy part.”

(David Oman McKay)

15. “Well I'm always working on constantly everything. I never take the approach that I'm doing as well as I possibly can... I always think there's more and I think if you don't have that, you are not driven to be better.”

(Kelly Slater)

Another of my favourite surfing quotations which is truly inspiring both in surfing and also in other aspects of life, always strive to be the best you can be. Always think there is more, because there is more, much more.

16. "The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.”

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

17. “His resolve is not to seem, but to be, the best.


18. “This world is but canvas to our imaginations.”

(Henry David Thoreau)

19. "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right.”
(Henry Ford)

As Henry Ford truly stated, it is all about your state of mind, be persistent, stay positive and work hard; success is due to follow.

20. "Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”

(Benjamin Franklin)

21. "Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”

(William Shakespeare)

22. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

(Eleanor Roosevelt)

23. "Keep steadily before you the fact that all true success depends at last upon yourself.”

Theodore T. Hunger

To achieve success you cannot be afraid to get in there and do the dirty work yourself, not relying upon others to do the work for you. It all comes down to you in the end, your motivation, your persistence, and your dreams.

24. “The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.”

Thomas Huxley

Always strive to be better, strive to aspire, strive to inspire, but most of all strive to make a difference.

25. "When everything seems like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.”

(Author Unknown)

At your toughest moments, keep your chin up like Rocky Marciano, there will always be blows and inconveniences coming your way, but like a surfer you must learn to ride them like waves, utilizing their negative energy converting them into positive inspiration for the goals you strive to achieve. Seek vitality in the sunlight which has reached your life, let the world be your canvas, and paint it in the beautiful images of your dreams. Be brave, grab your oars, row with perseverance against the stream. And through overcoming the things you were afraid of doing, you will climb that hill and one day, you will enjoy the magnificent view of a world you helped create.

The world is yours…

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    • KBEvolve profile image

      Kenneth Brown 

      4 years ago from United States

      I've been exposed to several of this before, but it always great to be reminded. I especially like to think about the Wayne Gretzky quote because it is so easy not to try and the cost is never crystal clear.

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      Mary Merriment 

      8 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      A great compilation of very inspiring quotes! Awesome Hub!

    • Resolver2009 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Bournemouth, UK / Oslo, Norway

      No worries GeorgieCarlos, glad you liked it. That is one of my favourite quotations aswell. Have a great weekend.

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      8 years ago from Philippines

      “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” --> my favorite from your hub :) thanks for sharing!


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