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Staying inspired to achieve your goals takes effort. It helps to spend some time reviewing what you want to do with your life and to ponder the thoughts of others. We think we have compiled the best of the best in inspirational quotes here for you to ponder and consider as motivation. We hope you find them inspiring, we hope you achieve everything in life that you want to, and we hope your day, your week, and the months and years ahead rock for you with much success!

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.

--Plutarch

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

--John Wooden

Every noble work is at first impossible.

--Thomas Carlyle

Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.

--Lou Holtz

You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.

--Herb Brooks

Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have.

--Franz Kafka

The best way out is always through.

--Robert Frost

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

--Joe Paterno

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

--George Eliot

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.

--Maya Angelou

Everyone who's ever taken a shower has an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.

--Nolan Bushnell

If you don't get out of the box you've been raised in, you won't understand how much bigger the world is.

--Angelina Jolie

God loves to help him who strives to help himself.

--Aeschylus

Your self-esteem and emotional strength relies solely on
how you think and how you see things around you.

--Derric Yuh Ndim

The difference between successful and unsuccessful people isn't really about
resources that were available to them when they started out, Instead its their resourcefulness or personal initiative that makes the difference.

--Derric Yuh Ndim

Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.

--Alan Alda

As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people's ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.

--Amy Poehler

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.

--Alexander the Great

It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.

--Adlai E. Stevenson

Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.

--A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.

--Augustus Hare

With our thoughts, we make the world.

--Buddhist saying

Act like a horse. Be dumb. Just run.

--Jumbo Elliot

The game ain't over 'til it's over.

--Yogi Berra

Every moment is a fresh beginning.

--T. S. Eliot

Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.

--Frank L. Gaines

Either you run the day, or the day runs you.

--Jim Rohn

The fears you run from run to you.

--Robin Sharma

Generosity is the best investment.

--Diane von Furstenberg

Stars can't shine without darkness.

--Ester Dean

Hope is the heartbeat of the soul.

--Michelle Horst

If you can't get a miracle, become one.

--Nick Vujicic

What's freedom for? To know eternity.

--Theodore Roethke

Love as hard as you can, at all times.

--Sam Smith

Magical music never leaves the memory.

--Thomas Beecham

Swing hard in case you hit it.

--Dan Marino

Real men change diapers!

--Nick Cannon

Whatever you do, you need courage.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Longer Version:

Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.


Never buy gold, simply earn it.

--Mary Kom

You can't win them all but you can try.

--Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Courage is the spear of destiny.

--Matshona Dhliwayo

Adversity is orientation for reward.

--Matshona Dhliwayo

Failure is disguised success.

--Matshona Dhliwayo

Don't cope with problems; fix them.

--Amine A. Ayad

The garden that is finished is dead.

--H. E. Bates

You can be the lead in your own life.

--Kerry Washington

Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.

--Ted Williams

What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle, and giving 110 percent all the time.

--Don Zimmer

Don't let the bastards grind you down.

--Margaret Atwood

Longer Version:

Don't let the bastards grind you down. I repeat this to myself but it conveys nothing. You might as well say, Don't let there be air; or Don't be. I suppose you could say that.


Don't tell me the sky's the limit.

--Paul Brandt

Longer Version:

Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon.


Timidity does not inspire bold acts.

--Mae Jemison

Life is now in session. Are you present?

--John C. Maxwell

The worst thing you can do is nothing.

--Terry Pratchett

The greatest source of happiness is the ability to be grateful at all times.

--Zig Ziglar

If you rest, you rust.

--Helen Hayes

When you know better you do better.

--Maya Angelou

You can fall, but you can rise also.

--Angelique Kidjo

You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take.

--Wayne Gretzky

Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.

--Jim Valvano

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.

--Satchel Paige

What do do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.

--Dean Smith

You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation.

--Homer Rice

You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out, but you gotta suit up for them all.

--J. Askenberg

Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you.

--Eddie Robinson

I never left the field saying I could have done more to get ready and that gives me peace of mind.

--Peyton Manning

The hardest skill to acquire in this sport is the one where you compete all out, give it all you have, and you are still getting beat no matter what you do. When you have the killer instinct to fight through that, it is very special.

--Eddie Reese

When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.

--Paul Brown

Stubbornness usually is considered a negative; but I think that trait has been a positive for me.

--Cal Ripken Jr.

The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.

--Pelé

You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.

--Arthur Ashe

Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.

--George F. Will

Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.

--Marv Levy

Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.

--Doug Williams

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.

--Knute Rockne

A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.

--Mary Lou Retton

You have to chase your dreams, no matter what. The impossible just takes a little longer. One stroke at a time, one step at a time, the impossible is easy to achieve.

--Tori Murden

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

--Brian Tracy

When you are able to shift your inner awareness to how you can serve others, and when you make this the central focus of your life, you will then be in a position to know true miracles in your progress toward prosperity.

--Wayne W. Dyer

You can have unbelievable intelligence, you can have connections, you can have opportunities fall out of the sky. But in the end, hard work is the true, enduring characteristic of successful people.

--Marsha Evans

One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.

--Sheila Murray Bethel

Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use.

--Ruth Gordon

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.

--Charlotte Whitton

Success breeds confidence.

--Beryl Markham

We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.

--Marie Curie

A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.

--Diane Mariechild

I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.

--J. K. Rowling

A woman is like a tea bag -- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.

--Helen Keller

If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?

--Rumi

People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.

--A. A. Milne

Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.

--Helen Keller

Longer Version:

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do.


We become what we think about.

--Earl Nightingale

Longer Version:

We become what we think about most of the time, and that's the strangest secret.


Eighty percent of success is showing up.

--Woody Allen
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