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301 Inspirational or Motivational Quotes

In this post, we are going to see 301 inspirational or motivational quotes.



Inspirational is that which causes “the arousing of feelings, ideas, impulses, etc., especially those that lead to creative activity.”

Or, that which exerts “a supposed force or influence on poets, artists, musicians, etc., stimulating creativity, ideas, etc.”

Or “a person, principle, faith, etc. as a source of creativity or moral fervour.” 

Motivational, on the other hand, is that which “provides with something which causes a person to act in a particular way.”

Or, that which “supplies, or is, a factor that induces a person to act in a particular way.”

Or, that which “stimulates the interest of a person in an activity.”

Therefore these inspiring quotes about success are meant to invigorate you in entrepreneurship, advertising, blogging, brand or branding, and business.

The same motivational quotes for work will also enliven you in lead generation, marketing, SEO, social media, storytelling, and teamwork.


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The quotes are given in alphabetical order of the surnames of the authors.


So, let’s see them:



(Please check at the end for a gift.)


Douglas Adams

1. “Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.”



John Quincy Adams

 2. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you’re a leader.”



Alfred Adle

 3. “The only worthwhile achievements of man are those which are socially useful.”



Morris Adler

 4. “Our prayers are answered not when we are given what we ask, but when we are challenged to be what we can be.”



Louise May Alcott

 5. “Far away there in the sunshine, are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe them, and try to follow where they lead.”


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Muhammad Ali

 6. “The man who has no imagination has no wings.”



Dhirubhai Ambani

 7. “If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.”



Maya Angelou, poet

 8. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”



9. “All great achievements require time.”



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 10. “There are no shortcuts to life’s greatest achievements.”



11. “To reach a great height a person needs to have great depth.”



12. “The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.”



13. “If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.”




 14. “Education is the best provision for old age.”



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Jennifer L. Armentrout, Obsidian

 15. “Once I got home, though, and saw several packages on my front porch, all the crap from the day disappeared. A few had smiley faces on them. Squealing, I grabbed the boxes. Books were inside– new release books I’d preordered weeks ago.”



Mary Kay Ash

 16. “Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly. But the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.”



St. Augustine of Hippo, Confessions

 17. “Why, then, do I set before You an ordered account of so many things? It’s certainly not through me that You know them. But I’m stirring up love for You in myself and in those who read this so that we may all say, great is the Lord and highly worthy to be praised. I tell my story for love of Your love.”



Roger Ward Babson

 18. “Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.”



Jay Baer

 19. “Inspiration doesn’t respond to meeting requests. You can’t schedule greatness.”



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Yacine Baroudi

 20. “Our digital future is about enabling better productivity and decision making to enjoy a better quality of life.”



Bruce Barton

 21. “Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstances.”



David Beebe, branded content producer

 22. “We need to stop interrupting what people are interested in and be what people are interested in.”



Scott Belsky

 23. “It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.”



Robert Hugh Benson

 24. “Competition, founded upon the conflicting interests of individuals, is in reality far less productive of wealth and enterprise than co-operation, involving though it does the constant apparent sacrifice of the individual to the common interests.”


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Milton Berle

 25. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”



Josh Bernoff

 26. “We’re all learning here; the best listeners will end up the smartest.”



Nick Besbeas

 27. “Today it’s important to be present, be relevant and add value.”



beverly11kit, May 10, 2009 #4

 28. “Just Do it Everything will be possible”



Alexander A. Bogomoletz

 29. “One must not lose desires. They are mighty stimulants to creativeness, to love, and to long life.”



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Bill Bradley

 30. “Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.”



Chris Brogan

 31. “If you accept all the praise, you have to accept all the critics.”

 32. “Don’t settle. Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it.”

 33. “Life is far too short to settle for things you do not want. Whether it be books, food, a bad relationship, or the wrong life:

Don’t settle for something you do not enjoy, it is up to you to do better and create the life you want to live!”

 34. “Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.”



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Dr. Joyce Brothers

 35. “Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.”



 Jackson Brown, Jr.

 36. “As you climb the ladder of success, be sure it’s leaning against the right building.”



Warren Buffet

 37. “If you don’t find a way to make money in your sleep, you’ll work until you die.”

 38. “Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget about rule No. 1”

 39. “Treat your budget with care. As long as you do not make considerable money you should not invest a bunch of money into unnecessary or risky adventures.”

 40. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”


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Allison Burnett, Undiscovered Gyrl

 41. “Only on the Internet can a person be lonely and popular at the same time.”



Charles H. Burr

 42. “Giving helps others and changes us. It makes us better.”“Simply give others a bit of yourself; a thoughtful act, a helpful idea, a word of appreciation,
a lift over a rough spot, a sense of understanding, a timely suggestion…”



Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

 43. “Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his work, body and soul.”



Herman Cain

 44. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”



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Mark Caine

 45. “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”



Albert Camus

 46. “Life is a sum of all your choices.”



Albert Camus

 47. “Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.”



Jack Canfield

 48. “Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilled life.”



Dale Carnegie

 49. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”

 50. “Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.”

 51. “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”


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Dale Carnegie

52. “Personally, I am very fond of strawberries and cream, but I have found that for some strange reason, fish prefer worms.”



George Washington Carver

 53. “When you can do a common thing in an uncommon way; you will command the attention of the world.”



Winston Churchill

  1. “If you are going through hell, keep going.”
  1. “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” 

 56. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

 57. “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”

 58. “A strategy is good, numbers to prove where you are headed are better.”

 59. “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”


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Claire Cook

  1. “If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters.”



Calvin Coolidge

 61. “Press on- nothing 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. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”

 62. “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 are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”



Bill William Henry Cosby

 63. “I don’t know the key to success but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.”



Stephen R. Covey

 64. “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”



Andy Crestodina, Co-Founder and Strategic Director at Orbit Media Studios

 65. “If we produce something original, that will have a better chance in rising above the noise.”



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Ray Croc

 66. “The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it”



Walter Cronkite

 67. “I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.”



Mark Cuban

 68. “If you’re looking for the next big thing, and you’re looking where everyone else is, you’re looking in the wrong place.”



Craig Davis

 69. “We need to stop interrupting what people are interested in and be what people are interested in.”



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Rich DeVos

 70. “The only thing that stands between a person and what they want in life is the will to try and the faith to believe it possible.”



Gini Dietrich, Founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich

 71. “You can’t let perfection get in the way of getting things done.”



Walt Disney

 72. “It’s quite fun to do the impossible.”

  1. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

 74. “Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.”


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Mitch Ditkoff

 75. “It’s no accident that AHA and HAHA are spelled almost the same way.”



Henry Drummond

 76. “Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can”.



Thomas Edison

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

 78. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

 79. “The three things that are most essential to achievement are common sense, hard work and stick-to-it-iv-ness.”


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Albert Einstein

 80. “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

 81. “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”

 82. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

 83. “The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

 84. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”



Albert Einstein

  1. “Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work…”


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Dwight D. Eisenhower

 86. “We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective.”



 Harv Eker

 87. “You have to believe that you are the one who creates your success, that you are the one who creates your mediocrity, and that you are the one creating your struggle around money and success.”



Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

 89. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”



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Brian Eno

 90. “People tend to play in their comfort zone, so the best things are achieved in a state of surprise, actually.”




  1. “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”



Tim Fargo

 92. “Many people are so afraid of making mistakes that they never do anything. Instead, people stick to a life that is wrong where they can repeat boring tasks.”

 93. “If you have a dream of running a self-fulfilled life, of deciding where and how you want to live and being your own boss, there is no way around making some mistakes. Jump right in: In the middle of all the mistakes you are going to make, there is your one ultimate chance of huge success!”



Tim Ferriss

 94. “Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.”

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Pat Flynn, Founder of Smart Passive Income and author of Will It Fly

 95. “I’m only now doing what only I can do. Everything else is being taken care of by the team, and it’s so essential.”



Henry Ford

 96.  “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

 97. “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”



Benjamin Franklin

 98. “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.”



Buckminster Fuller

 99. “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”



Mahatma Gandhi

 100. “A man is but the product of His thoughts. What he thinks, He becomes.”


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Judy Garland

 101. “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”



Tony Gaskins

 102. “If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to build theirs.”




 103. How many times do you need to be reminded? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


If anyone ever tells you that your dreams are silly; remember there’s someone walking around out there who invented the pool noodle.


If you’re waiting for a sign, this is it.



Shakti Gawain

 104. “Work and play are the same. When you’re following your energy and doing what you want all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves.”


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Seth Godin, Founder and CEO of Do You Zoom (among others) and author of lots of books, including the one where this quote comes from, Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable

 105. “If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” 


From Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable

 106. “Whatever the status quo is, changing it gives you the opportunity to be remarkable.”

 107. “The cost of being wrong is less than the cost of doing nothing.”

 108. “Our job is to make change. Our job is to connect people, to interact with them in a way that leaves them better than we found them, more able to get where they would like to go. Every time we waste that opportunity, every sentence that doesn’t do enough to advance the cause, is a waste.”

 109. “You have brilliance in you, your contribution is valuable, and the art you create is precious. Only you can do, and you must.”

 110. “How can you squander even one more day not taking advantage of the greatest shifts of our generation? How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?”

111. “Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress.”

Making a mistake once and changing processes to prevent failure in the future is waiting for perfect.

 112. “Soon is not as good as now.”


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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

113. “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”



Paul Graham

  1. “It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower.”



Farrah Gray

  1. “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” 


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Wayne Gretzky

 116. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”



Chris Grosser

117. “Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.”

118. “I have heard people complain that they did not get this or that opportunity or that someone else was just lucky. Well, the truth is that luck is only a small part of it. Because some people go through their life and create opportunities one of which is maybe going to be their key to success. Other people just sit on their sofa complaining that they never got a chance.”

119. “Go out there. Create opportunities. Start doing, today!”



Chris Guillebeauof

 120. “If plan “A” fails – remember you have 25 letters left.”



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Thich Nhat Hahn, Peace Is Every Step, p.30

 121. “The telephone is very convenient, but we can be tyrannized by it. We are victims of our own telephone. I recommend that the next time you hear the phone ring, just stay where you are, breathe in and out consciously, smile to yourself, and recite this verse: “Listen, listen. This wonderful sound brings me back to my true self. … You can afford to practice breathing and smiling like this, because if the person calling has something important to say, she will certainly wait for at least three rings. … You know that you are smiling not only for your own sake, but also for the sake of the other person. … You don’t have to go into a meditation hall to do this wonderful practice of meditation.”

Peace Is Every Step, p.6

 122. “The source of a true smile is an awakened mind.”

Peace Is Every Step, p.37-38

 123. “In the West, we are very goal oriented. … but we often forget to enjoy ourselves along the route. … The opposite may be more helpful: “Don’t just do something. Sit there!” We must learn to stop from time to time in order to see clearly. … Humankind’s survival depends on our ability to stop rushing.”



Bob Harrington

 124. “You never become a howling success just by howling.”


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 125. “One of the main reasons people are not rich is that they worry too much about things that might never happen.”



Audrey Hepburn

 126. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible.”



Jack Herbert

 127. “Some of us are like wheelbarrows, only useful when pushed and easily upset.”



Ryan Holiday

 128. “We all have goals: We want to matter. We want to be important. We want to have freedom and power to pursue our creative work. We want respect from our peers and recognition for our accomplishments. Not out of vanity or selfishness, but of an earnest desire to fulfill our personal potential.”



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Napoleon Hill

 129. “Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.



Conrad Hilton

 130. “Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”



Brian Honigman, CEO of Honigman Media

 131. “Say no to the things that keep you on a certain level and say yes to the things that will help you keep moving on.”



Michael Hyatt

 132. “Most of us have experienced wow moments. We just haven’t taken time to think deeply about them.”



William James

 133. “The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”



John Jantsch

 134. “Bring the best of your authentic self to every opportunity.”


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John C Jay

  1. “Work harder than anyone else and you will always benefit from that effort.”



Thomas Jefferson

 136. “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

 137. “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

 138. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”



Steve Jobs

 139. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”



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Staness Jonekos

 140. “No one invites you to the top – you have to claw your way up. When you get there, you will sit with the others who were also uninvited – giggling.”



Erica Jong

 141. “I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged.”

  1. “You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame.”



Michael Jordan

  1. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that’s why I succeed.”

 144. “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”


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Noah Kagan, Chief Sumo at AppSumo

 145. “If you’re not making mistakes, you’re probably not experimenting enough.”



Joe Kapp

 146. “Success is living up to your potential. That’s all. Wake up with a smile and go after life. Don’t just show up at the game or the office. Live it, enjoy it, taste it, smell it, feel it.”



Guy Kawasaki

  1. “Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.”



Helen Keller

 148. “It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.”

 149. “No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for human spirit.”



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John F. Kennedy

 150. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

 151. “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”

 152. “We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.”

 153. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”



Carrie Kerpen

 154. “Focus on the present… It’s the best gift you can give yourself.”



Serge Kahili King

 155. “You have the power in the present moment to change limiting beliefs and consciously plant the seeds for the future of your choosing. As you change your mind, you change your experience.”


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Rudyard Kipling

 156. “Gardens are not made by singing “Oh, how beautiful,” and sitting in the shade.”



Christine Korda

 157. “This is a learning process and sometimes you have to fall in order to learn things.”



Karen Lamb

 158. “A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today.”



Deborah Lee

 159. “The importance of gratitude is never forgotten.”



John Lennon

 160. “Don’t hate what you don’t understand.”


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Rick Levine, Author of The Cluetrain Manifesto

161. “Authenticity, honesty, and personal voice underlie much of what’s successful on the Web.”



David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing

162. “Pink is female – but why? Are girls any more pink than boys? Are boys any more blue than girls? It’s something that has been sold to us, mostly so other things can be sold to us.”



Abraham Lincoln

 163. “Always, bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.”



Jack London

 164. “You can’t wait for inspiration; you have to go after it with a club.”


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Bob Lotich  

  1. “I told myself that I didn’t care if I never made more than $8/hr – having freedom and not being stuck in the rat race was soooo worth it.”



Nelson Mandela

 166. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

167. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

168. “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”



Steve Martin

 169. “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”


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Ash Maurya, Founder of LEANSTACK and author of The Lean Startup Movement, That’s Running Lean, and Scaling Lean

 170. “Don’t look for perfection. That isn’t the goal.”



Bryant McGill

 171. “The number one skill in life is not giving up.”



Mary Tyler Moore

 172. “You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.”



Emil Motyck

 173. “The biggest failure you can have in life is not trying at all.”



Caroline Myss, Archetypes, p.219

 174. “Commitment to an idea that has the power to transform you personally in any way is a vision worth nurturing.  The bottom line is, you need to remain committed to a vision long enough to see it come to fruition.”


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Isaac Newton

 175. “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”



Friedrich Nietzsche  

  1. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” 



Earl Nightingale

 177. “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.”



David Ogilvy

 178. “If you want to be interesting, be interested.”

 179. “It’s not creative unless it sells.” -David Ogilvy

 180. “The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.”



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General George S. Patton

 181. “Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”



Randy Pausch

 182. “The brick walls are there to stop people who just don’t want it enough”



Norman Vincent Peale

 183. “We’ve all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes, but I think it’s more important to learn from successes. If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors.”



Christopher Penn

 184. “Find your spirit, and no challenge will keep you from achieving your goals.”



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William Penn  

  1. “Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains.”



Paul Zane Pilzer, Nobel Prize Winning Economist and Author

 186. “You only win when you help others win.”



Chinese proverb 

  1. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

 188. “If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.”



Joe Pulizzi

 189. “You can be small and play for big-time success!”

 190. “You don’t have to be big. You have to be remarkable.”



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Ayn Rand

 191. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; It’s who is going to stop me.”



Ambrose Redmoon

 192. “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.



Stephen Richards

 193. “The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.”



Anthony Robbins, Author, Speaker, and Self Help Guru

 194. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

 195. “Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”

196. “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.”

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Tony Robbins on Twitter

 197. What wall will you break through today?”

198. “What impossible things will u move forward on today?”

199. “Success is the result of good judgement, Good judgement is the result of Experience, & Experience is often the result of bad judgement!”

200. “Every problem has within it a gift. Look for and find the gift and your whole life will change.”

 201. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.

 202. “If you can do one thing you thought was utterly impossible, it causes you to rethink your beliefs.”



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Ken Robinson

 203. “If you are not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”



Jim Rohn

 204. “Goals: there’s no telling what you can do when you’re inspired them, there’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them, and there’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.” 

  1. “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”

 206. “Don’t just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it.”

 207. “It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.”

 208. “When you know what you want, and want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it.”

 209. “The book you don’t read won’t help.”

 210. “The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.”

 211. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”


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Eleanor Roosevelt

 212. “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

 213. “Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”



Franklin D. Roosevelt

 214. “To reach a port, we must sail – sail, not tie at anchor – sail, not drift.”



Theodore Roosevelt

 215. “Courage, hard work, self-mastery, and intelligent effort are all essential to successful life.”

 216. “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”


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Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

 217. “Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in this life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.”



K. Rowling

 218. “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”




 219. “You Build Your Character and People will build your reputation…..This thought was worth 35,500.00 to me……..”



Babe Ruth  

  1. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”

 221. “You cannot beat the person who NEVER gives up.”



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Sheryl Sandberg  

  1. “Done is better than perfect.” 



Ryunosuke Satoro

 223. “Let your dreams outgrow the shoes of your expectations.”



Mark Schaefer, author of Known: The Handbook for Building and Unleashing Your Personal Brand in the Digital Age

 224. “Starting and being consistent and not giving up is more important than being brilliant.”



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Eric Schmidt

 225. “The internet is really about highly specified information.”

 226. “The internet is not a place where you just browse around and are happy for any kind of entertainment.”

227. “The internet has long turned into a place where people are looking for answers to very specific questions. The better you manage to match the information you provide to the audience you reach, the better will be your results in form of conversions or sales.”

Jerry Schoemaker

 228. “I think I am about 5 for 500 when it comes to successful ideas vs. flops.”



Leah Schothorst, Social Media Strategist at CoSchedule

 229. “Don’t be paralyzed; just get started.”


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Charles Schulz

 230. “Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.”



Matthew Schwartz

 231. “Failure is an option.”



Albert Schweitzer via Tony Robbins

232. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”



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Dr. Seuss

 233. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”



William Shakespeare

 234. “This above all; To thine own self be true.”

 235. “The purest treasure mortal times can afford is a spotless reputation.”



George Bernard Shaw

 236. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”



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Percy B. Shelley

 237. “The more we study, the more we discover our ignorance.”



Simon Sinek 

 238. “Martin Luther King did not say ‘I have a mission statement.’”

 239. “Martin Luther King did not say, ‘I have a mission statement’.”



Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

 240. “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.”




 241. “Life is a journey, not a destination.”

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Adrienne Smith

 242. “Successful people don’t spam.”



Ann Spencer

 243. “Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard.”

Yaro Starak

244. “You can work quite hard, in particular online, and do quite well independently, but if you really want to grow you need points of leverage and most of them come from knowing people.”



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John Steinbeck

 245. “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”



Gloria Steinem  

  1. “Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”



Jim Stengel

 247. “If you want to understand how a lion hunts don’t go to the zoo. Go to the jungle.”



Robert Louis Stevenson

 248. “He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task, who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauties, nor failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given the best he had; whose life is an inspiration; whose memory a benediction.”



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Scott Stratten

 249. “Too often, feeling intimidated becomes our excuse not to be awesome.”

250. “What is the worst that can happen? You won’t get what you wanted. What is the best that can happen? It can be awesome. Dare to be awesome!” 

251. “Don’t Settle: Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path get off it.”



Zoe Sugg

 252. “There is enough sadness in the world already. You don’t need to add to it.”



Brian Swimme, The Universe Is a Green Dragon, p.167

 253. “Our primary teacher is the universe. The universe evokes our being, supplies us with creative energy, insists on a reverent attitude toward everything, and liberates us from our puny self-definition. The universe gives us fire and teaches us its use.”



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Lori Taylor

 254. “Going viral is not an outcome; it’s a happening. Sometimes it happens; sometimes it doesn’t. Just remember, fans are vanity and sales are sanity.”



Karin Timpone

255. “If you are an artist, learn science. If you are a scientist, cultivate art.”



Brian Tracy

 256. “Personal development is your springboard to personal excellence. Ongoing, continuous, non-stop personal development literally assures you that there is no limit to what you can accomplish.”



Donald Trump

 257. “Without passion, you don’t have energy; without energy, you have nothing. Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”



Emma Tupa, Product Marketing Specialist at CoSchedule

 258. “You stand out more by being weird than fitting in.”


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Desmond Tutu

 259. “If your arguments are wrong, no number of repeating them or raising your voice will give you the success you are looking for.

 260. “Success is normally found in pile of mistakes”



Mark Twain  

  1. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

 262. “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”



Lao Tzu  

  1. “He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.”

 264. “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity”


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 265. “Being your own boss is great – you get to choose which 18 hours per day you work.”

 266. “If you think you can’t you are probably right.”

 267. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”



Denis Waitley

 268. “Success in life comes not from holding a good hand, but in playing a poor hand well.

 269. “Time And health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.”

 270. “The winner’s edge is not in a gifted birth, a high IQ, or in talent. The winner’s edge is all in the attitude, not aptitude. Attitude is the criterion for success.”



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Todd Wheatland

 271. “Leverage the strength that you have: that no one else can be you.”


George Whitefield

 272. “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”



Joanna Wiebe, Creator of Copyhackers and Co-Founder of Airstory

273. “We can’t do a lot of motivating with copy, but you can take someone’s motivation and turn it into something.”



Oscar Wilde

 274. “Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.”



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Woodrow Wilson

 275. “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.”



Oprah Winfrey

 276. “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”



Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth

 277. “What editors are obliged to appear to say that men want from women is actually what their advertisers want from women.”

278. “The beauty myth sets it up this way: A high rating as an art object is the most valuable tribute a woman can exact from her lover. If he appreciates her face and body because it is hers, that is next to worthless. It is very neat: The myth contrives to make women offend men by scrutinizing honest appreciation when they give it; it can make men offend women merely by giving them honest appreciation. It can manage to contaminate the sentence “You’re beautiful,” which is next to “I love you” in expressing a bond of regard between a woman and a man. A man cannot tell a woman that he loves to look at her without risking making her unhappy. If he never tells her, she is destined to be unhappy. And the “luckiest” woman of all, told she is loved because she’s “beautiful,” is often tormented because she lacks the security of being desired because she looks like who she lovably is.”

279 “Health makes good propaganda.”

280. “Is the beauty myth good to men? It hurts them by teaching them how to avoid loving women. It prevents men from actually seeing women. It does not, contrary to its own professed ideology, stimulate and gratify sexual longing. In suggesting a vision in place of a woman, it has a numbing effect, reducing all senses but the visual, and impairing even that.”

“Why should her lover, just because he is male, be in a position to judge her against other women? Why must she need to know her position and hate needing to, and hate knowing? Why should his reply have such exaggerated power? And it does. He does not know that what he says will affect the way she feels when they next make love. She is angry for a number of good reasons that may have nothing to do with this particular man’s intentions. The exchange reminds her that, in spite of a whole fabric of carefully woven equalities, they are not equal in this way that is so crucial that its snagged thread unravels the rest.”

281. “What are other women really thinking, feeling, experiencing, when they slip away from the gaze and culture of men?”

282. “Our society does reward beauty on the outside over health on the inside. Women must not be blamed for choosing short-term beauty “fixes” that harm our long-term health, since our life spans are inverted under the beauty myth, and there is no great social or economic incentive for women to live a long time. A thin young woman with precancerous lungs [who smokes to stay thin] is more highly rewarded socially that a hearty old crone. Spokespeople sell women the Iron Maiden [an intrinsically unattainable standard of beauty used to punish women for their failure to achieve and conform to it]and name her “Health”: if public discourse were really concerned with women’s health, it would turn angrily upon this aspect of the beauty myth.”

283. “A man is unlikely to be brought within earshot of women as they judge men’s appearance, height, muscle tone, sexual technique, penis size, personal grooming, or taste in clothes–all of which we do. The fact is that women are able to view men just as men view women, as objects for sexual and aesthetic evaluation; we too are effortlessly able to choose the male “ideal” from a lineup and if we could have male beauty as well as everything else, most of us would not say no. But so what? Given all that, women make the choice, by and large, to take men as human beings first.”

284. “We do not have to spend money and go hungry and struggle and study to become sensual; we always were. We need not believe we must somehow earn good erotic care; we always deserved it. Femaleness and its sexuality are beautiful. Women have long secretly suspected as much. In that sexuality, women are physically beautiful already; superb; breathtaking.Many, many men see this way too. A man who wants to define himself as a real lover of women admires what shows of her past on a woman’s face, before she ever saw him, and the adventures and stresses that her body has undergone, the scars of trauma, the changes of childbirth, her distinguishing characteristics, the light is her expression. The number of men who already see in this way is far greater than the arbiters of mass culture would lead us to believe, since the story they need to tell ends with the opposite moral.”

285. “A consequence of female self-love is that the woman grows convinced of social worth. Her love for her body will be unqualified, which is the basis of female identification. If a woman loves her own body, she doesn’t grudge what other women do with theirs; if she loves femaleness, she champions its rights. It’s true what they say about women: Women are We are greedy. Our appetites do need to be controlled if things are to stay in place. If the world were ours too, if we believed we could get away with it, we would ask for more love, more sex, more money, more commitment to children, more food, more care. These sexual, emotional, and physical demands would begin to extend to social demands: payment for care of the elderly, parental leave, childcare, etc. The force of female desire would be so great that society would truly have to reckon with what women want, in bed and in the world.”

286. “The beauty myth is always actually prescribing behaviour and not appearance.”

287. “Whatever is deeply, essentially female–the life in a woman’s expression, the feel of her flesh, the shape of her breasts, the transformations after childbirth of her skin–is being reclassified as ugly, and ugliness as disease. These qualities are about an intensification of female power, which explains why they are being recast as a diminution of power. At least a third of a woman’s life is marked with aging; about a third of her body is made of fat. Both symbols are being transformed into operable condition–so that women will only feel healthy if we are two thirds of the women we could be. How can an “ideal” be about women if it is defined as how much of a female sexual characteristic does not exist on the woman’s body, and how much of a female life does not show on her face?”

288. “Women could probably be trained quite easily to see men first as sexual things. If girls never experienced sexual violence; if a girl’s only window on male sexuality were a stream of easily available, well-lit, cheap images of boys slightly older than herself, in their late teens, smiling encouragingly and revealing cuddly erect penises the color of roses or mocha, she might well look at, masturbate to, and, as an adult, “need” beauty pornography based on the bodies of men. And if those initiating penises were represented to the girl as pneumatically erectible, swerving neither left nor right, tasting of cinnamon or forest berries, innocent of random hairs, and ever ready; if they were presented alongside their measurements, length, and circumference to the quarter inch; if they seemed to be available to her with no troublesome personality attached; if her sweet pleasure seemed to be the only reason for them to exist–then a real young man would probably approach the young woman’s bed with, to say the least, a failing heart.”

289. “The Victorian woman became her ovaries, as today’s woman has become her “beauty.”

290. “Women who love themselves are threatening; but men who love real women, more so.”

291. “Sadly, the signals that allow men and women to find the partners who most please them are scrambled by the sexual insecurity initiated by beauty thinking. A woman who is self-conscious can’t relax to let her sensuality come into play. If she is hungry she will be tense. If she is “done up” she will be on the alert for her reflection in his eyes. If she is ashamed of her body, its movement will be stilled. If she does not feel entitled to claim attention, she will not demand that airspace to shine in. If his field of vision has been boxed in by “beauty”–a box continually shrinking–he simply will not see her, his real love, standing right before him.”

292. “Men are visually aroused by women’s bodies and less sensitive to their arousal by women’s personalities because they are trained early into that response, while women are less visually aroused and more emotionally aroused because that is their training. This asymmetry in sexual education maintains men’s power in the myth: They look at women’s bodies, evaluate, move on; their own bodies are not looked at, evaluated, and taken or passed over. But there is no “rock called gender” responsible for that; it can change so that real mutuality–an equal gaze, equal vulnerability, equal desire–brings heterosexual men and women together.”

293. “Beauty provokes harassment, the law says, but it looks through men’s eyes when deciding what provokes it.”

294. “What becomes of a man who acquires a beautiful woman, with her “beauty” his sole target? He sabotages himself. He has gained no friend, no ally, no mutual trust: She knows quite well why she has been chosen. He has succeeded in buying something: the esteem of other men who find such an acquisition impressive.”


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  1. “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”



Zig Ziglar

 296. “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.”

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

 298. “That’s why when people say, “Zig, motivation doesn’t last”. I say…Bathing doesn’t either, that’s why I recommend it daily!”

 299. “Money isn’t the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen on the “gotta have it” scale.

 300. “If you want to reach a goal, you must “see the reaching” in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.”



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Mark Zuckerberg


  1. “The question I ask myself almost every day is, ‘Am I doing the most important thing I could be doing?’”



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