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141 Motivational Quotes for Work That Will Inspire Your Employees

Motivational quotes for work should be inspiring and empowering…and should not sound like something you lifted from a cheesy greeting card.

Imagine:

It’s Monday morning, and your team is gathering together for the beginning of the weekly meeting. Your team is fresh off the weekend and may not be in the most energetic of moods.

So you, as the leader of your team, need to present a motivational message during this meeting to pick them up. Here is where inspirational quotes for work or inspirational videos come in handy to get your team out of the Sunday Funday mentality and back into a goal-crushing machine.

We searched through books, movies, songs, and even TED Talks to bring you 141 amazing motivational quotes for employees you’ll be proud to put in a Powerpoint, an intra-office meme or a foam board printing cutout! Find plenty of fantastic workplace quotes to motivate any team.

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1.Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.Henry Ford

2. Becoming is better than being.—Carol Dweck, Mindset

3.I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.Herman Melville, Moby Dick

4. The sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop

5. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl  

6. Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.Rafiki, The Lion King

7. If I had nine hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six sharpening my axe.Abraham Lincoln

8. The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. —   John Milton, Paradise Lost

9. Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.Stephen Hawking

10. Leaders can let you fail and yet not let you be a failure.Stanley McChrystal

11. Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.Michael Scott, The Office

12. The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me?Ayn Rand

13. Kid, there are heroes and there are legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart, kid, and you’ll never go wrong.Babe Ruth, The Sandlot

14. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. —Michael Jordan

15. There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

16. Fight till the last gasp.WilliamShakespeare, Henry VI

17. Do or do not. There is no try.Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

18. Be men, or be more than men. Be steady to your purposes and firm as a rock. This ice is not made of such stuff as your hearts may be; it is mutable and cannot withstand you if you say that it shall not.Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

19. Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.Judy Garland

20. The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible.Charles Kingsleigh, Alice in Wonderland (2010)

21. Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions; never irresistible but when he appeals to the imagination.Benjamin Disraeli, Coningsby

22. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

23. Hey there, Mr. Grumpy Gills. When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do?  Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim.Dory, Finding Nemo

24. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.Marie Curie

25. Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.Salvador Dali

26. If something is wrong, fix it now. But train yourself not to worry, worry fixes nothing.Ernest Hemingway

27. Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.Jim Hensen

28. Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.Robert Louis Stevenson

29. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…Dr. Suess, Oh the Places You’ll Go

30. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.Neil Gaiman, The Sandman

31. For artists, scientists, inventors, schoolchildren, and the rest of us, intrinsic motivation—the drive to do something because it is interesting, challenging, and absorbing—is essential for high levels of creativity.Daniel H. Pink, Drive

32. In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.Thomas Jefferson

33. Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and again and bring their friend.Walt Disney

34. So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

35. Everything should be made as simple as possible but not simpler.Albert Einstein

36. Innovation distinguishes from a leader and a follower.Steve Jobs

37. The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

38. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.George Addai

39. I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

40. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

41. There is only one way to avoid criticism. Do nothing. Be nothing. Say nothing.Aristotle

42. It is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.Spoon Boy, The Matrix

43. Quality is job one.Henry Ford

44. Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.Joss Whedon

45. The best way out is always through.Robert Frost

46. It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.Muhammad Ali

47. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.John Quincy Adams

48. Speak softly and carry a big stick.Theodore Roosevelt

49. Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.Mark Twain

50. It’s life. You don’t figure it out. You just climb up on the beast and ride.Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

51. There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

52. Unless someone like you care a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.Dr. Suess, the Lorax

53. A proud heart can survive general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. It is more difficult and more bitter when a man fails alone.Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

54. You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind. Irish Proverb

55. Ignorance and fear are but matters of the mind—and the mind is adaptable.Daniel Kish

56. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.Roald Dahl

57. Someone, at some point, came up with this very bad idea that an ordinary individual couldn’t make a difference in the world. I think that’s just a horrible thing.John Skoll

58. Imitation is suicide. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

59. If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.Simon Sinek

60. Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.Harper Lee

61. Genius is born—not paid.Oscar Wilde

62. Very often, a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.A.C. Benson

63. The Answer to the Great Question… Of Life, the Universe and Everything… Is… Forty-two.Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide

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

65. I’ve learned about the poetry and the wisdom and the grace that can be found in the words of people all around us when we simply take the time to listen.Dave Isay

66. It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.Joseph Campbell

67. Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path then by all means you should follow that.Ellen Degeneres

68. It’s easy to solve a problem that everyone sees, but it’s hard to solve a problem that almost no one sees.Tony Fadell

69. Learning never exhausts the mind.Leonardo Da Vinci

70. If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.Elizabeth Gilbert

71. My mother said to me, “If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.” Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.Pablo Picasso

72. The power of imagination makes us infinite.John Muir

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73. Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.Seneca

74. Never ruin an apology with an excuse.Benjamin Franklin

75. Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.Dwight D. Eisenhower

76. There are no two words in the English language more harmful than “good job.”Terence Fletcher, Whiplash

77. Don’t persuade, defend or interrupt. Be curious, be conversational, be real. And listen.Elizabeth Lesser

78. The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.Buddha

79. Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.Truman Capote

80. An innovator is one who does not know it cannot be done.R.A. Mashelkar

81. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.Henry DavidThoreau

82. As long as they are well-intentioned, mistakes are not a matter for shame, but for learning.Margaret Heffernan

83. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.Stephen Covey

84. You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.Jack London

85. “I’m bored” is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say “I’m bored.”Louis C.K

86. If we can challenge convention, we can solve any problem.Josh Valman

87. Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.Ralph Waldo Emerson

88. In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game!Mary Poppins

89. If you hit the target every time, it’s too near or too big.Tom Hirshfield

90. Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.Margaret Mead

91. You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it.Mahatma Gandhi

92. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.Plato

93. Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.Chanakya

94. What I love most about rivers is, you can’t step in the same river twice.Pocahontas, Disney’s Pocahontas

95. Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.F. Scott Fitzgerald

96. It’s time to try defying gravity.Elphaba, Wicked

97. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

98. Goonies never say die!Mickey, The Goonies

99. If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path.Buddha

100. Tough times never last, but tough people do.Dr. Robert Schuller

101. I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.Jim Carrey

 

102. Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

103. Why are you keeping this curiosity door locked? ― Dustin, Stranger Things

104. Whenthey give you lined paper, write the other way. ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

105. How many times do I have to teach you: just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. — Shuri, Black Panther

106. Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.— Conan O’Brien

107. To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to. — Kahlil Gibran

108. You be greater than your feelings. I don’t demand this of you—life does. Otherwise, you’ll be washed away by feelings. You’ll be washed out to sea and never seen again. — Phillip Roth, Indignation

109. I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value. —Hermann Hesse, Siddartha

110. A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. — James Joyce

111. Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” ― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

112. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig. ― Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

113. Fulfillment isn’t found over the rainbow—it’s found in the here and now. Today I define success by the fluidity with which I transcend emotional landmines and choose joy and gratitude instead. — RuPaul

114. Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report written on birds that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.  ― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

115. Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.  ― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

116. Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. — Nikola Tesla

1117. Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. — Carl Sagan

118. A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. — Charles Darwin

119. At the last dim horizon, we search among ghostly errors of observations for landmarks that are scarcely more substantial. The search will continue. The urge is older than history. It is not satisfied and it will not be oppressed. — Edwin Hubble

120. Only if we understand, can we care. Only if we care, we will help. Only if we help, we shall be saved. ― Jane Goodall

121. Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t. — Gertrude B. Elion, Biochemist and Nobel Prize Winner

122. If you know you are on the right track, if you have this inner knowledge, then nobody can turn you off… no matter what they say.  —  Barbara McClintock, cytogeneticist and Nobel Prize Winner

123. Whether a person shows themselves to be a genius in science or in writing a song, the only point is, whether the thought, the discovery or the deed, is living and can live on. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

124. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you. ― Neil deGrasse Tyson
125. When you constrain freedom, freedom will take flight and land on a windowsill. ― Ai Weiwei

126. If I create from the heart, nearly everything works: if from the head, almost nothing.  —  Marc Chagall

127. Look at life with the eyes of a child.  —  Henri Matisse

128. Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth. ― William Faulkner

129. No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. —  Robin Williams

130. Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. — Thomas Jefferson

131. The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. — Confuciusm, Confucius: The Analect

132. Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. — Pablo Picasso

133. Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence. — Eleanor Roosevelt, The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt

133. Be so good they can’t ignore you. — Steve Martin

134. Hire character. Train skill. — Peter Schutz

135. The best leaders are those most interested in surrounding themselves with assistants and associates smarter than they are. They are frank in admitting this and are willing to pay for such talents. — Antos Parrish

136. I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done. —  Lucille Ball

137. We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts. — Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

138. A little imagination combined with massive action goes a long way. – Grant Cardone

139. A company doesn’t exist to serve its own people; a company exists to serve the needs of the people who use its products or services. ― Richard Sheridan, Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love

140. Your potential, the absolute best you’re capable of—that’s the metric to measure yourself against. Your standards are. Winning is not enough. People can get lucky and win. People can be assholes and win. Anyone can win. But not everyone is the best possible version of themselves. ― Ryan Holiday, The Ego Is the Enemy

141. Failure it appears is not the regret that haunts most people; it is the choice not to risk failure at all. ― Dr. John Izzo

Conclusion

We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of 141 inspiring work quotes! And we hope it has INSPIRED you to use the wisdom of the greats to help fire up your team.

Work motivational quotes have the power to stick with employees for years. So, posting up a daily quote of the day for work can have a tremendous impact on your team. Because it just might be the exact thing they need to hear.

What was your favorite motivational quote? What daily quotes for work do you use? Let us know in the comments below.

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Words of encouragement is important when someone is going through a rough time, however, over encouraging is bad. Sometimes it is good to.

100 Inspiring & Motivational Quotes to Start Your Day

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87 Words of Encouragement

We all need words of encouragement. Here you will find words that offer inspiration and comfort. Words that will give you confidence and optimism. Let them be ones that give you thoughts of support and reassurance. Share them with others who could use some encouraging words!

Words by famous people are great to share with others if they are going through hard times. We all need uplifting words sometimes to help us cope with challenges.

And there are times when we feel like we need not only encouragement but also the strength to deal with issues. Let these give you the strength to keep moving forward.


    Positive Words of Encouragement

    Let these positive words give you encouraging thoughts for your day! Keeping your attitude positive (looking for the good in every situation) can be an encouragement in itself!



  1. We want to add beliefs that build us up, encourage us and support us. We want beliefs that are 'the wind beneath our wings', causing us to soar and to be all we can be.
    Barbara Lucas, Put Hand to Plow
    Words of Encouragement for Kids



  2. Much of the difference you make tomorrow will start with what you do today. Ernie J Zelinski, Life's Secret Handbook
    Make A Difference
    Encouragement for your day, today!




  3. Everyone has a story. Put another way, everyone's life is a story. Dan B. Allender, To Be Told
    Poems about Life



  4. Choose well your words. They will go marching down the years in the lives you touch. Wilfred Peterson
    Appreciation Poems
    Words of encouragement to remind us to think before we speak.




  5. Being motivated is more than simply doing the things we have to do. It's also about identifying and cutting out the things we should stop. Andrew Alexander, Deconstructing Motivation
    Motivational Quotes



  6. We all have the ability to replace a negative thought with a positive one. You must be aware of what you are thinking about! Yvonne Haughton, Good Night Insomnia
    Negativity





  7. Every day may not be a good day, but there is good in every day. Author Unknown
    Good Day
    An encouraging thought to remind us there is good in every day we just have to focus on it!



  8. Don't work 70 hours a week just to get paid. Spend time up front determining your purpose. Andrew Tye, 33 Professional Development Tips
    Purpose




  9. Associate with people who are likely to improve you. Seneca
    Friendship Poems



  10. So, before you even get out of bed, give silent thanks for another day on this earth. Sumit Gautam, Ways to start your day positively
    Thanksgiving Quotes





  11. Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go,
    just remember how far you have come.
    Author Unknown
    Motivational Poems



  12. . . . choose to confide in friends with sunny dispositions who will encourage you to be more positive. Zayne Parker, Anxiety: Mastery
    Friend





  13. Helping others, encouraging others, are often acts of kindness that have more meaning that you may realize. Catherine Pulsifer
    Helping Others



  14. . . . keep your mind open to opportunities. The means of achieving your desire may not come as you have imagined them to be. Justin Albert, Positive Thinking
    Positive Thinking





  15. You and I need to be the decision makers in our own lives and careers. It is also our responsibility to allow and encourage others to do the same. Jay Rifenbary, No Excuse!
    Decision



  16. Imagine if every young child will be helped to discover their interest at a young age and encouraged to pursue it, how different our world will be. Sunday Adelaja, Money, Riches, Wealth
    Children



  17. Famous Words of Encouragement

    Let the thoughts of these famous people be an encouragement to you and to others. Reading about the experiences of others is often encouraging.




  18. "Don't make a habit out of choosing what feels good over what's actually good for you." Eric Thomas
    Quote of the Day



  19. When they say the sky's the limit to me that's really true. Michael Jackson
    Optimistic





  20. Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter
    Inspirational Quotes
    Maya Angelou short phrase is encouraging us to take action to brighten someone's day!



  21. Winning is coming in fourth, exhausted and encouraged - because last time you came in fifth. Denis Waitley
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  22. ... if we deliberately seek encouragement (motivation) on a daily basis, it will become a habit and enable us to get ahead and stay ahead in life. Zig Ziglar, Over the Top
    Daily Motivation




  23. Either write something worth reading, or do something worth reading. Benjamin Franklin
    Short Graduation Quotes
    Have confidence in your abilities! Applies not only for graduates but for each one of us.



  24. You are heaven's Halley's comet; we have one shot at seeing you shine. Max Lucado
    Cool Quotes





  25. You have a greater potential than anyone who has ever lived before you! But you'll never "make it" by sitting on your duff and telling the world how great you're going to be, starting tomorrow. Og Mandino, The Choice
    Funny Quotes



  26. We all need people who will give us feedback. That's how we improve. Bill Gates
    Personal Development





  27. Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other. Mark Twain
    Funny Quotes about Life
    Funny words from Mark Twain, but also encouragement that is full of wisdom.



  28. If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome. Michael Jordan
    Positive Quotes



  29. But it is better to follow even the shadow of the best than to remain content with the worst. Henry vanDyke
    Best Quotes





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87 Words of Encouragement

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Starting a business is tough. And not just practically, or financially — emotionally, too. Which is why these top inspirational business quotes are so valuable.

Each of these business quotes is a bite-sized morsel of wisdom, capable of injecting that much-needed hit of inspiration, encouragement, and motivation.

So, when you’re exhausted, frustrated, anxious, worried, or just plain freaking out, read these motivational business quotes.

But don’t just scan through these business quotes.

Try to think about how each one applies to your business.

Read. Re-read. Reflect. Apply.

Okay, let’s get stuck into the top business quotes!

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Best Business Quotes of All Time

These business quotes are a gamechanger. Get ready for some inspiration and action-packed advice.

1. “The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.” — Socrates, father of Western philosophy (Click to tweet)

2. “Always deliver more than expected.” — Larry Page, co-founder of Google (Click to tweet)

3. “Don’t take too much advice. Most people who have a lot of advice to give — with a few exceptions — generalize whatever they did. Don’t over-analyze everything.  I myself have been guilty of over-thinking problems. Just build things and find out if they work.” — Ben Silbermann, founder of Pinterest (Click to tweet)

4.“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States (Click to tweet)

5. “Every time we launch a feature, people yell at us.” — Angelo Sotira, co-founder of deviantART (Click to tweet)

6.“Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.” — Anthony Volodkin, founder of Hype Machine (Click to tweet)

7. “What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed.” — Dave Thomas, Founder of Wendy’s (Click to tweet)

8. “If you can’t feed a team with two pizzas, it’s too large.” — Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon (Click to tweet)

9. “If people like you, they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.” — Zig Ziglar, author, salesman, and motivational speaker (Click to tweet)

10. “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” — Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn (Click to tweet)

11. “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” — Thomas Edison, co-founder of General Electric (Click to tweet)

12. “The stars will never align, and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually,’ just do it and correct course along the way.” — Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Work Week (Click to tweet)

Tim Ferriss business quotes are always so on point.

13. “Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.” — Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter (Click to tweet)

14. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” — Steve Jobs, co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Apple Inc. (Click to tweet)

15. “Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don’t find one, it’s you.” — Mark Cuban, AXS TV Chairman and entrepreneur (Click to tweet)

16. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” — Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft (Click to tweet)

Bill Gates business quotes are so full of wisdom.

17. “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” — Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook (Click to tweet)

18. “If you define yourself by how you differ from the competition, you’re probably in trouble.” — Omar Hamoui, co-founder of AdMob (Click to tweet)

19. “Wonder what your customer really wants? Ask. Don’t tell.” — Lisa Stone, co-founder and CEO of BlogHer (Click to tweet)

20. “When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.” — Josh James, CEO and co-founder of Omniture (Click to tweet)

Are these business quotes inspiring you yet? No? Then keep reading…!

21. “It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” — Scott Belsky, co-founder of Behance (Click to tweet)

22. “Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” — Golda Meir, fourth Prime Minister of Israel (Click to tweet)

23. “There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.” — Jason Fried, 37signals founder and co-author of Rework (Click to tweet)

24. “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.” — Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder (Click to tweet)

25. “Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” — Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos (Click to tweet)

26. “The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow.” — Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA (Click to tweet)

27. “Nothing works better than just improving your product.” — Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Stack Overflow (Click to tweet)

28. “Get five or six of your smartest friends in a room and ask them to rate your idea.” — Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga (Click to tweet)

29. “Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations.” — Tim O’Reilly, founder, and CEO of O’Reilly Media (Click to tweet)

30. “Get big quietly, so you don’t tip off potential competitors.” — Chris Dixon, an investor at Andreessen Horowitz (Click to tweet)

Business quotes like this really hit home.

31. “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” — Steve Jobs, co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. (Click to tweet)

32. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” — Helen Keller, American author, political activist and lecturer (Click to tweet)

33. “Don’t try to be original, just try to be good.” — Paul Rand, Graphic Designer (Click to tweet)

34. “Always think outside the box and embrace opportunities that appear, wherever they might be.” — Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman & CEO of ArcelorMittal (Click to tweet)

35. “Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.” — Jeffrey Zeldman, entrepreneur and web designer (Click to tweet)

These inspirational business quotes have some pretty sound advice.

36. “The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%.” — Rob Kalin, founder of Etsy (Click to tweet)

37. “If you’re interested in the living heart of what you do, focus on building things rather than talking about them.” — Ryan Freitas, co-founder of About.me (Click to tweet)

38. “Best startups generally come from somebody needing to scratch an itch.” — Michael Arrington, founder and co-editor of TechCrunch (Click to tweet)

39. “Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.” — Wayne Huizenga, prolific American business person, owner of Blockbuster Video and the Miami Dolphins. (Click to tweet)

40. “Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” — Guy Kawasaki, entrepreneur and co-founder of Alltop (Click to tweet)

41. “An entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create.” — David Karp, founder, and CEO of Tumblr (Click to tweet)

42. “Get a mentor in the applicable field if you’re at all unsure of what you’re looking for.” — Kyle Bragger, founder of Forrst, and co-founder of Exposure (Click to tweet)

43. “Every day that we spent not improving our products was a wasted day.” — Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Stack Overflow (Click to tweet)

44. “Anything that is measured and watched, improves.” — Bob Parsons, founder of GoDaddy (Click to tweet)

45. “Stay self-funded as long as possible.” — Garrett Camp, founder of Expa, Uber, and StumbleUpon (Click to tweet)

We’re going to be throwing in a couple more Tony Hsieh business quotes in here.

46. “Don’t play games that you don’t understand, even if you see lots of other people making money from them.” — Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos (Click to tweet) 

47. “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” — Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter (Click to tweet)

48. “Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined and connected to one another. And, when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives.” — Daniel Pink, author (Click to tweet)

49. “Fortunes are built during the down market and collected in the upmarket.” — Jason Calacanis, founder of LAUNCH Ticker (Click to tweet)

50. “It’s more effective to do something valuable than to hope a logo or name will say it for you.” — Jason Cohen, founder of Smartbear Software (Click to tweet)

Business quotes like this sure do push you towards taking action.

51. “No more romanticizing about how cool it is to be an entrepreneur. It’s a struggle to save your company’s life – and your own skin – every day of the week.” — Spencer Fry, co-founder of CarbonMade (Click to tweet)

52. “You can’t make anything viral, but you can make something good.” — Peter Shankman, founder of HARO (Click to tweet)

53. “Don’t worry about funding if you don’t need it. Today it’s cheaper to start a business than ever.” — Noah Everett, founder of Twitpic (Click to tweet)

54. “Data beats emotions.” — Sean Rad, founder of Tinder (Click to tweet)

This next one is one of my favorite business quotes.

55. “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” — Estee Lauder, founder of Estee Lauder Cosmetics (Click to tweet)

56. “I try not to make any decisions that I’m not excited about.” — Jake Nickell, founder and CEO of Threadless (Click to tweet)

57. “See things in the present, even if they are in the future.” — Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle (Click to tweet)

58. “You don’t need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea.” — Larry Page, co-founder of Google (Click to tweet)

These business quotes are also great for small businesses.

59. “Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.” — Michael Dell, chairman, and CEO of Dell (Click to tweet)

60. “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right.” — Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company (Click to tweet)

61. “All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA.” — Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn (Click to tweet)

62. “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” — Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft (Click to tweet)

63. “In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination.” — Steve Case, co-founder of AOL (Click to tweet)

64. “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” — Oprah Winfrey, media proprietor (Click to tweet)

65. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” — Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder (Click to tweet)

66. “Don’t be cocky. Don’t be flashy. There’s always someone better than you.” — Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos (Click to tweet)

These business quotes may be blunt but they’re pretty accurate.

67. “Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else.” — Sara Blakely, founder of SPANX (Click to tweet)

68. “Diligence is the mother of good luck.” — Benjamin Franklin, a Founding Father of the United States (Click to tweet)

69. “A person who is quietly confident makes the best leader.” — Fred Wilson, co-founder of Union Square Ventures (Click to tweet)

70. “Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” — Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks (Click to tweet)

These business quotes are on fire.

Inspirational Quotes About Life

Let’s continue our list with some of the top inspirational quotes about life that are out there. Every now and then, everyone’s in need to hear about the positive side of life, and the potential it has to offer. These inspirational quotes about life will help empower you to succeed.

71. “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”– Charles R. Swindoll, author, educator, and radio preacher

72. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” — Walt Disney, founder of the Disney Brother Studio and Disneyland

73. “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” — Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author

74. “When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say ‘wow, that was an adventure,’ not ‘wow, I sure felt safe.’” — Tom Preston-Werner, co-founder of Github

75. “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown, American motivational speaker, author, and former politician

76. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” ― Oprah Winfrey, media proprietor

77. “You Are Never Too Old To Set Another Goal Or To Dream A New Dream.” – C.S. Lewis, British writer

There’s something heartwarming about these motivational quotes about life. 

78. “Live each day as if your life had just begun.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, German writer

79. “Lean forward into your life. Begin each day as if it were on purpose.” ―Mary Anne Radmacher, author

80. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ―Maya Angelou, American poet, singer, and civil rights activist

81. “Do not let the memories of your past limit the potential of your future. There are no limits to what you can achieve on your journey through life, except in your mind.” ― Roy T. Bennett, author

82. “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” ― Oprah Winfrey, media proprietor

83. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”― George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright

84. “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” — Charles Darwin, English naturalist, geologist and biologist

85. “Education costs money. But then so does ignorance.” – Sir Claus Moser, British statistician

86. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”– Michael Jordan, American former professional basketball player

Inspirational Quotes About Success

Success doesn’t happen overnight. You have to take each day as an opportunity to meet your potential and to improve. Here’s a list of our favorite inspirational quotes about success to get your day started.

87. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” — Henry David Thoreau, essayist, poet, and philosopher

88. “People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” — Tony Robbins, life and business strategist, and author

89. “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” — Colin R. Davis, English conductor for the London Symphony Orchestra

90. “Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.” — Thomas J. Watson, 2nd President of IBM, political figure, and philanthropist

91. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II

92. “Today’s Accomplishments Were Yesterday’s Impossibilities.” – Robert H. Schuller, American motivational speaker

93. “Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.” — Robert Collier, author

94. “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” — Jim Rohn, one of America’s foremost business philosophers

95. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” — Colin Powell, US statesman and retired four-star General in the United States Army

When you’re struggling, inspirational quotes like these can really make a difference. 

96. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” — David Brinkley, newscaster for NBC and ABC

97. “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” – William Feather, American publisher and author

98. “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist

99. “Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.” – Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos

100. “I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.” — Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder

Well done — you’ve made it halfway through our list of the top 200 business quotes!

101. “I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.” – G. K. Chesterton, English writer, poet, and philosopher

102. “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”— Steve Jobs, co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Apple Inc.

103. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” — Conrad Hilton, Founder of the Hilton Hotels chain

Motivational Quotes About Not Giving Up

Never give up. Keep chasing your dreams. Life will be hard at times, and the strength lies in not giving up. Take a look at the best inspirational quotes about not giving up.

104. “If you can’t fly then run. If you can’t run, then walk. And, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” — Martin Luther King Jr., leader of the civil rights movement

105. “I got lucky because I never gave up the search. Are you quitting too soon? Or, are you willing to pursue luck with a vengeance?” — Jill Konrath, speaker, author and thought leader

106. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” — Japanese Proverb

107. “The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” — Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States

108. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” — Thomas Edison, entrepreneur and inventor

109. “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” — Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II

Inspirational quotes like these do a great job at channelling some positive momentum. 

110. “You have to believe in yourself when no one else does — that makes you a winner right there.” — Venus Williams, American professional tennis player

111. “We May Encounter Many Defeats But We Must Not Be Defeated.” – Maya Angelou, American poet, singer, and civil rights activist

112. “Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald, American fiction writer

113. “Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal. My strength lies solely on my tenacity.”
– Louis Pasteur, French biologist, microbiologist and chemist

114. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale, American radio speaker and author

115. “You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can’t, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don’t give up.” ― Chuck Yeager, former United States Air Force officer

116. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”– Samuel Beckett, Irish avant-garde novelist and playwright

117. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” — Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft

Motivational Quotes About Working Hard

Hard work helps to turn dreams into reality. These top motivational quotes about working hard will help you get the job done.

118. “So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.” — Caterina Fake, Flickr co-founder

119. “If you’re passionate about something and you work hard, then I think you will be successful.”— Pierre Omidyar, founder and chairman of Ebay

120. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” — Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and President of the United States

121. “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” — Paulo Coelho,  Brazilian lyricist and novelist

122. “A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” — Colin Powell, US statesman and retired four-star General in the United States Army

123. “There is simply no substitute for hard work when it comes to achieving success.” — Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan

We hope these quotes are motivating you to work hard toward your goal. 

124. “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” — Pele, Brazilian retired professional footballer

125. “No great achiever – even those who made it seem easy – ever succeeded without hard work.” — Jonathan Sacks, British author and politician

126. “The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.” — Harry Golden, American writer

127. “There is no substitute for hard work.” — Thomas Edison, entrepreneur and inventor

128. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” — Babe Ruth, American professional baseball player

Motivational Quotes About Challenges

We all face challenges in life. They can either make you or break you. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite motivational quotes about challenges that will encourage you to keep going.

129. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”—John D. Rockefeller,  American oil industry business magnate

130. “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”— Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker

131. “Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” — Arianna Huffington, president of The Huffington Post Media Group

132. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt, known as “First Lady of the World” for her human rights advocacy

133. “If you can push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking a risk, really amazing things can happen.” — Marissa Mayer, president & CEO of Yahoo!

134. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

135. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine, author

136. “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” — Michael Jordan, former professional basketball player

These motivational quotes about challenges have some pretty sound advice.

137. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” — Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa, political leader, and philanthropist

138. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey, American educator, author, and businessman

139. “The Ultimate Measure Of A Man Is Not Where He Stands In Moments Of Comfort And Convenience, But Where He Stands At Times Of Challenge And Controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of the civil rights movement

140. “Being Challenged In Life Is Inevitable, Being Defeated Is Optional.” — Roger Crawford, public speaker, author, and certified tennis professional

141. “Life’s Challenges Are Not Supposed To Paralyze You, They’re Supposed To Help You Discover Who You Are.” — Bernice Johnson Reagon, song leader, composer, and social activist

142. “When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.” – Paulo Coelho, Brazilian lyricist and novelist

143. “There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.” — Ray Goforth, director of strategy and partnerships at Spredfast

Motivational Quotes About Overcoming Failure

There will be days when things don’t go as planned. You may feel defeated and let down. But that’s a part of life. It’s about how you deal with the failures in life that makes you who you are. Here’s a list of our favorite quotes about overcoming failure, that  will motivate you to stay strong in the face of failure.

144. “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” — Herman Melville, American novelist

145. “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group

146. “It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because all that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.” — Mark Cuban, entrepreneur, owner of Landmark Theaters and Chairman of AXS TV

147. “I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” — Jeff Bezos, founder, and CEO of Amazon

148. “The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.” — Seth Godin, author, entrepreneur, and blogger

149. “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” — Drew Houston, founder and CEO of Dropbox

150. “Failure Will Never Overtake Me If My Determination To Succeed Is Strong Enough.” – Og Mandino, American author

151. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” — George Addair, real-estate developer

152. “Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” – Jack Canfield, American author, motivational speaker, corporate trainer, and entrepreneur

Quotes like these on overcoming fear really give you an inspirational push.

153. “Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”  — Thomas Edison, entrepreneur and inventor

154. “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” — Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company

155. “Failure is success if we learn from it.” – Malcolm Forbes, American entrepreneur and publisher of Forbes magazine

156. “Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.” – J.K. Rowling, British novelist

157. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty—six 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, former professional basketball player

Funny Motivational Quotes to Cheer You Up

Everyone has a bad day once in a while. These motivational quotes are guaranteed to inspire you and bring a smile to your face.

158. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar, American author

159. “I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realise I should have been more specific.”— Lily Tomlin, American actress

160. “The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.” — Will Rogers, American actor

161. “I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” – Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father of the United States

162. “When I hear somebody sigh, Life is hard, I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’” – Sydney Harris, American journalist

163. “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time.” – Joe Girard, American salesman

164. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison, entrepreneur and inventor

165. “You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.” – Sam Levenson, American humorist

166. “Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever you were gonna do anyway.“ – Robert Downey Jr., American actor

167. “Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” – Dale Carnegie, American writer

168. “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers, American actor

Inspirational Movie Quotes

Movies have a certain memorable aspect about them. They have a unique way of teaching us lessons that stay in our memory. Whether it’s by making us smile, or by moving us to tears, movies have a magic about them. Here are some of the best motivational quotes from movies.

169. ”Nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain’t how hard you can hit. It’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It’s how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” – Rocky, Rocky Balboa

170. “Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something, not even me. Alright? You dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.” – Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness

171. “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” – Jordan Belfort, Wolf of the Wall Street

172. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – Gandalf, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

173. “Great men are not born great, they grow great.” – Vito Corleone, The Godfather

174. “Some people can’t believe in themselves until someone else believes in them first.” – Sean Maguire, Good Will Hunting

175. “Why do we fall sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.” – Alfred, Batman Begins

176. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

177. “After a while, you learn to ignore the names people call you and just trust who you are.” – Shrek, Shrek The Third

178. “Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.” – Benjamin Button, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

179. “What we do in life echoes in eternity.” – Maximus, from Gladiator

180. “Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.” – Alan Turing, The Imitation Game

181. “Every man dies, but not every man really lives.” – William Wallace, Braveheart

182. “Someone I once knew wrote that we walk away from our dreams afraid that we may fail or worse yet, afraid we may succeed.” – Forrester, Finding Forrester

183. “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices.” – Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

184. “There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.” – Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything

185. “The accident is your training. Life is a choice. You can choose to be a victim or anything else you’d like to be.” – Socrates, from Peaceful Warrior

186. “In this lifetime, you don’t have to prove nothing to nobody, except yourself. And after what you’ve gone through, if you haven’t done that by now, it ain’t gonna never happen.” – Fortune, Rudy

187. It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great. – Jimmy Dugan, A League of Their Own

188. “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.” – Rafiki, The Lion King

189. “No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” – John Keating, Dead Poets Society

190. “You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.” – Eames, Inception

191. “Find a truly original idea. It is the only way I will ever distinguish myself. It is the only way I will ever matter.” – John Nash, A Beautiful Mind

Motivational Quotes About Work

No matter what day of the week it is, this list of motivational quotes about work will help you get through the day.

192. “If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” — Steve Jobs, co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Apple Inc.

193. “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” —H. Jackson Brown Jr., American author

194. “The more I want to get something done the less I call it work.” — Richard Bach, American writer

195. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” — Muhammad Ali, American professional boxer

196. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” — Karen Lamb, author

197. “Someday is not a day of the week.” — Janet Dailey, author

198. “What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist, philosopher, and poet

199.  “Make each day your masterpiece.” —  John Wooden, American basketball player

200. “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” — Aristotle, father of Western philosophy

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Encouragement Sayings and Quotes

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Following is the top-100 collection of encouraging quotes and words of encouragement with images. We’ve selected the best inspirational encouragement sayings.

Encouraging Quotes And Inspiring Words of Encouragement


“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”


“Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.” – Anne Frank


“Everything you need to accomplish your goals is already in you.”


“Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe and have faith that everything will work out for the best.”


“Be gentle with yourself. You’re doing the best you can!”


“When you feel like you’re drowning in life, don’t worry – your Lifeguard walks on water.”


“I’m so proud of you. I just wanted to tell you in case no one has.”


“Never let a bad situation bring out the worst in you. Choose to stay positive and be the strong person that God created you to be!”


“You’re not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Just relax. Master the day. Then just keep doing that every day.”


“Sometimes when you are in a dark place you think you have been buried, but actually you have been planted.”


“It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”


“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”


“Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.”


“There’s something in you that the world needs.”


“In case you forgot to remind yourself this morning: Your butt is perfect. Your smile lights up the room. Your mind is insanely cool. You are way more than enough. And you are doing an amazing job at life.”


“Sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an undeniable breakthrough.”


“I know it has been tough but I still cheering for you.”


“A little progress everyday adds up to big results.”


“You are stronger than you know. More capable than you ever dreamed. And you are loved more than you could possibly imagine.”


“Beautiful girl you were made to do hard things. So believe in yourself.”


“You’re allowed to scream, you’re allowed to cry but do not give up.”


“You are gold, baby. Solid gold.”


“It always seems impossible until it is done.” – Nelson Mandela


“You are amazing, you are brave, you are strong.”


“You are capable of amazing things.”


“Soon, when all is well, you’re going to look back on this period of your life and be so glad that you never gave up.” – Brittany Burgunder


“You have been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved.”


“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” – Rosa Parks


“Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go. Just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.”


“Believe in yourself and you’ll be unstoppable.”


“The Lord will fight for you. You need only to be still.”


“Be a pineapple stand tall wear a crown and be sweet on the inside.”


“Look for something positive in each day even if some days you have to look a little harder.”


“Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein


“Stop beating yourself up you are a work in progress, which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.”


“Train yourself to find the blessing in everything.”


“Someday everything will make perfect sense. So for now laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.”


“Take a deep breath, it’s just a bad day not a bad life.”


“Hey, little fighter, soon things will be brighter.”


“You only fail when you stop trying.”


“Wake up. Kick ass. Repeat.”


“Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical person you are.”


“I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past.”


“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”


“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary destiny.”


“God changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls and coal into diamonds using time and pressure. He’s working on you too.”


“God knew your life would come to this and he has a plan for you.”


“There’s a reason for everything. This one may look like a setback. It doesn’t mean you’re failing but that God is growing you in a new way.”


“God is not punishing you, he is preparing you. Trust his plans not your pain.”


“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra


“It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever – the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it.” – Vince Lombardi


Best Encouraging Quotes And Inspiring Words of Encouragement


“Don’t think, just do.” – Horace


“Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.” – Alfred A. Montapert


“You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth


“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” – Thomas Paine


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


“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe


“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” – Bo Jackson


“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn


“In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” – Nikos Kazantzakis


“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino


“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.” – Vince Lombardi


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


“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Hellen Keller


“It is very important to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are.” – Malala Yousafzai


“Never complain and never explain.” – Benjamin Disraeli


“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”


“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou


“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison


“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality in the mind next to honor.” – Aristotle


“True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talents.” – John W. Gardner


“Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” – Victor Kiam


“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.” – Calvin Coolidge


“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer


“Often we women are risk averse. I needed the push. Now, more than ever, young women need more seasoned women to provide that encouragement, to take a risk, to go for it. Once a glass ceiling is broken, it stays broken.” – Jennifer Grahnolm


“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell


“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” – Aristotle


“Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.” – Donald Trump


“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Helen Keller


“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” – George S. Patton


“I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.” – Audrey Hepburn


“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” – Tony Robbins


“When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up.” – Les Brown


“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”


“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins


“Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.” – Jim Rohn


“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll


“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison


“Never, never, never give up.” – Winston Churchill


“Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.” – Garrison Keillor


“Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.”


“Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.” – Rainer Rilke


“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.” – Walt Disney


“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.”


“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe


“Hold on to what is good, even if it’s a handful of earth.” – Hopi prayer


“He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed.” – William James


“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” – Norman Vincent Peale


“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” – H. G. Wells


“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt


“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” – Elon Musk


“Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed – there’s so little competition.” – Elbert Hubbard


“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart

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