My Favorite Motivational Quotes



I created a browsable list of the best motivational quotes.  

Everybody needs a little inspiration now and then. 

I find that quotes and sayings are a great way to share insight and action.  

Sometimes, just the right words, said just the right way, are just the lift you need.

Top 10 Motivation Quotes

Here are my top 10 favorite motivation quotes:

  1. “To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.” – Bruce Lee
  2. “Time is the coin of life. Only you can determine how it will be spent.” – Carl Sandburg
  3. “I get knocked down. But I get up again. You’re never going to keep me down.” – Chumbawamba
  4. “Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time.” – Elbert Green Hubbard
  5. “When it’s time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.” -Henry David Thoreau
  6. “Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose– a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.” – Mary Shelley
  7. “There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.” – Tony Robbins
  8. “To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. “It’s great to be great, but its greater to be human.” – Will Rogers
  10. “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” – William B. Sprague

Here’s my full list of best motivational quotes far.

What’s your favorite motivational quote?

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  1. Here’s a couple of my favorites

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

    “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
    -Thomas Edison

  2. JD, I collect quotes and thought I’d seen almost all the good ones. You’ve given me some more though! The Mary Shelley quote is excellent. “A steady purpose” is what I’ll think about today. Thanks!

  3. Hi J.D.
    These are great motivational quotes. My favorite is “There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.” – Tony Robbins
    Hope you’re having a great day!
    Giovanna Garcia
    Imperfect Action is better than no Action

  4. Wonderful list! My fav is the first one.

    My favorite quote is the one Davina Hassell has up on her Shades Of Crimson, life coach site… this one.

    “I breathe in the ability to go with the flow. I am filled with the confidence that I will be carried to exactly where I should be. I breathe out my desire to control everyone and everything.”– Monte Farber

  5. @ Mike

    Those are gems!

    You reminded me that Edison really gave me a healthy perspective on trial and error.

    @ Melissa

    There’s definitely something sticky about the right words.

    @ Positively Present

    Thank you. I think of it as a work in progress, but it’s healthy start.

    @ Daphne

    Today was the first time I came across Mary Shelley quote, but I really like it … and it’s so true.

    @ Giovanna

    It’s funny how a slight shift in perspective changes everything.

    @ Jannie

    Bruce knew how to get his groove on.

    I like going with the flow … I think another way to put it is, “roll with the punches.”

  6. “Life is an experiment” – Richard Koch.

    “God is watching you – make *his* life fun” – or something like this, I do not know the source of this one…. but i love it a lot 😉

  7. Hi J.D – What a fabulous list. Of those you posted, my favorite is “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” – William B. Sprague

    One thing I love about quotes is so much can be said in just a few words. Good ones are always thought provoking and motivational.

  8. @ Alik

    Life’s an experiment cuts to the chase. I like it.

    @ Barbara

    Thank you. Quotes really are a great way to share insight. Especially the sticky ones.

  9. Better to fail trying that to have never tried at all

    Easier to ask forgiveness than permission

    There is no dress rehersal for life and you only get one shot at life

  10. Oh yeah and this one

    No one remembers who came second except the guy who came second

  11. @Mark
    I loved another one I heard from you – “aim to the stars, at least you hit the sky”.

  12. I looked at the full list and WOW, I’m impressed. What a project.

    I’m normally not into quotes. But I really like “I get knocked down. But I get up again. You’re never going to keep me down.” I love that song.

  13. I like quotes a great deal because they are short and concise; saying so much. And then when others find different meaning in the quote even better more to ponder and within find delight.

    Thank you for sharing – we all need a bit of inspiration

  14. Hi JD, Thanks for sharing the list.
    I don’t have a large list of quotes, but some of my favorite are
    “It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.”
    “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

  15. One of my favorite motivational quotes is….

    “When you come to the edge of all the light you have, and must take a step into the darkness of the unknown, believe that one of two things will happen to you: either there will be something solid for you to stand on, or, you will be taught how to fly.” ~ Partrick Overton

  16. I love quotes. When I find one I like, I’ll often take a walk just to see what all comes from those few words.

    Emerson’s “To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven” is a favorite and includes many of the other thoughts. The way I say it is this: Looking across a meadow I can see either weeds or wildflowers.

    I like how you think, as evidenced by the quotes you cronicle. I’m bookmarking it……………

  17. Hi JD

    Do you look at your quotes daily? Have them up somewhere? I’m interested to hear how you keep the inspiration.

    When I face fear in what I’m doing, I say to myself: “Take massive action!” It’s like: take an overdose of fear 😉


  18. Great list! I collect quotes too.

    I didn’t see this one on your list, but if I missed it, sorry!

    “It is of practical value to learn to like yourself. Since you must spend so much time with yourself you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

    Thanks for the fun read.

  19. @ Mark

    You reminded me of some of my favorite quotes, especially life’s not a dress rehearsal.

    @ Vered

    So many good quotes come from songs. I should draw more from songs. This weekend, I heard a good quote in Van Halen’s Mine … “Stop looking out. Start looking in. Be your own best friend. Stand up and say, Hey! This is mine”

    @ Patricia

    I have a new appreciation for quotes. I realize it’s how we share the wisdsom of the ages.

    @ Akshay

    It’s easy to be brave from a safe distance cracks me up. I like that.

    @ Stacey

    Nice – I like that! I’m a fan of learning how to fly.

    @ Gennaro

    It’s funny how much we can work against our selves.

  20. @ Barb

    Thank you. I’m really a fan of standing on the shoulder’s of giants and there’s so many great books, people, and quotes to draw from.

    @ Juliet

    I really limit what I do each day. I don’t do daily affirmations or anything daily that loses it’s power over time. It’s sort of like if you have to keep telling yourself something, it must not be true 😉

    Instead, I try to leverage quotes Just-In-Time on an as needed basis.

    I can say so much on this, but I’ll try to keep it tight. If I need to bootstrap a new habit, I will do it daily in the beginning. Otherwise, I collect insights and learnings as scannable tickler lists. For example, I have a “quotes” list, an “insights” list, … etc.

    Basically, I travel light but with quick access to deep insight. I do use a few questions to guide each day. They help me focus, get results, and improve.

    @ Laurie

    I haven’t come across that one before, but I like it and it’s so true. The way I think of it is … wherever you go, there you are.

  21. Hiya JD. Here’s a quote from Satchel Paige, one of my favorite motivational gurus: “Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.”

  22. If you look at me without looking at who I am, then you will never be a part of me, only a part of my selfishness. Leslie Gardner.

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