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Hang tough! Herein we present 450+ of the best motivational quotes out there. May these quotes prove helpful and worthy. If they do, please share widely. And may you kick butt and take names on all the obstacles you encounter today. Wishing you a productive, happy, and successful day!


quote by Plutarch: What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. with background image: person holding light bulb
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What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.

--Plutarch
quote by Maya Angelou: We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. with background image: man standing on sand while spreading arms beside calm body of water
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We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

--Maya Angelou

Longer Version:

We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. That sounds goody two-shoes, I know, but I believe that a diamond is the result of extreme pressure and time. Less time is crystal. Less than that is coal. Less than that is fossilized leaves. Less than that it's just plain dirt. In all my work, in the movies I write, the lyrics the poetry, the prose, the essays, I am saying that we may encounter many defeats -- maybe it's imperative that we encounter the defeats -- but we are much stronger than we appear to be and maybe much better than we allow ourselves to be.


quote by Helen Keller: A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships. with background image: photo of author Helen Keller with quote

A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.

--Helen Keller
quote by Joe Paterno: The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital. with background image: pink concrete wall during daytime
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The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.

--Joe Paterno
quote by Walt Disney: All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. with background image: blue sky
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All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.

--Walt Disney
quote by George Eliot: It is never too late to be what you might have been. with background image: landscape photography of forest

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

--George Eliot


quote by Stephen McCranie: The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried. with background image: low angle view of blue clouds
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The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.

--Stephen McCranie
quote by Dragos Roua: Perfection is boring. Getting better is where all the fun is. with background image: man in black pants sitting on chair
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Perfection is boring. Getting better is where all the fun is.

--Dragos Roua

quote by Mildred Struven: A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain. with background image: stars across the sky view at the desert
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A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain.

--Mildred Struven
quote by George Adair: Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear. with background image: man in black pants sitting on chair
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Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear.

--George Adair

quote by Tim Notke: Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard. with background image: man wearing black jacket standing on street
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Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.

--Tim Notke
quote by Neila Rey: I already know what giving up feels like. I want to see what happens if I don't. with background image: gray elephant
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I already know what giving up feels like. I want to see what happens if I don't.

--Neila Rey
quote by William Gore: You promote yourself every time you take on a new responsibility. with background image: library shelf near black wooden ladder
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You promote yourself every time you take on a new responsibility.

--William Gore
quote by Sir Richard Steele: People spend their lives in the service of their passions instead of employing their passions in the service of their lives. with background image: clear wine glass with red wine
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People spend their lives in the service of their passions instead of employing their passions in the service of their lives.

--Sir Richard Steele
quote by Joann Thomas: Sometimes the best helping hand you can get is a good, firm push. with background image: low angle photo of starry night
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Sometimes the best helping hand you can get is a good, firm push.

--Joann Thomas
quote by Robert W. Ellis: Choice, not chance, determines human destiny. with background image: man in black pants sitting on chair
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Choice, not chance, determines human destiny.

--Robert W. Ellis
quote by Chuck Lindbergh: Life without risk is not worth living. with background image: car passing by in between trees
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Life without risk is not worth living.

--Chuck Lindbergh
quote by Mike Kafka: To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can't just accept the ones you like. with background image: blue sky with white clouds
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To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can't just accept the ones you like.

--Mike Kafka
quote by John Atkinson: If you don't run your own life, somebody else will. with background image: blue mountains at daytime
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If you don't run your own life, somebody else will.

--John Atkinson
quote by Appius Claudius Caecus: Each man is the architect of his own fortune. with background image: grayscale photo of a bunch of metal tools
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Each man is the architect of his own fortune.

--Appius Claudius Caecus
quote by Alan Maiccon: Motivate yourself and commit to being better as each decade of your life passes by; Live what you teach; do what you promise to do. with background image: adult black puppy in yellow raincoat
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Motivate yourself and commit to being better as each decade of your life passes by; Live what you teach; do what you promise to do.

--Alan Maiccon
quote by Alfred, Lord Tennyson: The shell must break before the bird can fly. with background image: gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower
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The shell must break before the bird can fly.

--Alfred, Lord Tennyson
quote by Allen Ginsberg: You are what you think about all day. with background image: photo of author Allen Ginsberg with quote

You are what you think about all day.

--Allen Ginsberg
quote by Allen Ginsberg: Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness. with background image: photo of author Allen Ginsberg with quote

Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness.

--Allen Ginsberg
quote by Anatole France: To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe. with background image: photo of author Anatole France with quote

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.

--Anatole France
quote by Anonymous: Suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret. with background image: man in black pants sitting on chair
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Suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret.

--Anonymous

quote by Anonymous: I'm too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener. with background image: four handheld gardening tools on rack
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I'm too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener.

--Anonymous
quote by Anonymous: Just stick with it. What seems so hard now will one day be your warm up. with background image: brown chopped logs
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Just stick with it. What seems so hard now will one day be your warm up.

--Anonymous
quote by Anonymous: The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you're no longer willing to stay where you are. with background image: blue and white abstract painting
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The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you're no longer willing to stay where you are.

--Anonymous
quote by Anonymous: If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission. with background image: low angle photography of gray concrete building
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If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.

--Anonymous
quote by Anonymous: Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them. with background image: raccoon walking on lawn grass
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Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.

--Anonymous
quote by Arnold Schwarzenegger: Success isn't given. It's earned. In the kitchen, in the gym, in the workout, all day. With blood, sweat, and the occasional tear. with background image: photo of author Arnold Schwarzenegger with quote

Success isn't given. It's earned. In the kitchen, in the gym, in the workout, all day. With blood, sweat, and the occasional tear.

--Arnold Schwarzenegger
quote by Arnold Schwarzenegger: Stay hungry, stay healthy, be a gentleman, believe strongly in yourself and go beyond limitations. with background image: photo of author Arnold Schwarzenegger with quote

Stay hungry, stay healthy, be a gentleman, believe strongly in yourself and go beyond limitations.

--Arnold Schwarzenegger
quote by Arnold Schwarzenegger: Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. with background image: photo of author Arnold Schwarzenegger with quote

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths.

--Arnold Schwarzenegger
quote by Arnold Schwarzenegger: I wasn't there to compete. I was there to win. with background image: photo of author Arnold Schwarzenegger with quote

I wasn't there to compete. I was there to win.

--Arnold Schwarzenegger
quote by Ashleigh Brilliant: Good ideas are common -- what's uncommon are people who will work hard enough to bring them about. with background image: silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky
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Good ideas are common -- what's uncommon are people who will work hard enough to bring them about.

--Ashleigh Brilliant
quote by B. C. Forbes: Triumph often is nearest when defeat seems inescapable. with background image: man in black pants sitting on chair
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Triumph often is nearest when defeat seems inescapable.

--B.C. Forbes
quote by Baltasar Gracian: The wise does at once what the fool does at last. with background image: photo of author Baltasar Gracian with quote

The wise does at once what the fool does at last.

--Baltasar Gracian
quote by Benjamin Jowett: Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl. with background image: photo of author Benjamin Jowett with quote

Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl.

--Benjamin Jowett
quote by Beverly Sills: I've always tried to go a step past wherever people expected me to end up. with background image: photo of author Beverly Sills with quote

I've always tried to go a step past wherever people expected me to end up.

--Beverly Sills
quote by Carl Lewis: If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win. with background image: photo of author Carl Lewis with quote

If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win.

--Carl Lewis
quote by Carlos Del Valle: Needing motivation is a sign of your goals lacking meaning. with background image: photo of author Carlos Del Valle with quote

Needing motivation is a sign of your goals lacking meaning.

--Carlos Del Valle
quote by Charlotte Whitton: When one must, one can. with background image: silhouette photography of persons raising hands while standing on island
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When one must, one can.

--Charlotte Whitton

quote by Christopher Morley: Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting. with background image: silhouette photography of person
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Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.

--Christopher Morley
quote by Christopher Reeve: Don't give up. Don't lose hope. Don't sell out. with background image: photo of author Christopher Reeve with quote

Don't give up. Don't lose hope. Don't sell out.

--Christopher Reeve
quote by Chuck Noll: If you want to win, do the ordinary things better than anyone else does them day in and day out. with background image: photo of author Chuck Noll with quote

If you want to win, do the ordinary things better than anyone else does them day in and day out.

--Chuck Noll
quote by Conan O'Brien: Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen. with background image: feet in stream
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Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.

--Conan O'Brien
quote by Conor McGregor: I am not talented. I am obsessed. with background image: photo of author Conor McGregor with quote

I am not talented. I am obsessed.

--Conor McGregor
quote by Daniel Webster: There is always room at the top. with background image: photo of author Daniel Webster with quote

There is always room at the top.

--Daniel Webster
quote by David Allen: Much of the stress that people feel doesn't come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they've started. with background image: red strawberry fruit on red surface
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Much of the stress that people feel doesn't come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they've started.

--David Allen
quote by Dean Koontz: I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life. with background image: pink rose
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I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.

--Dean Koontz
quote by Derek Jeter: There may be people that have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do. with background image: butterfly perched on flower at daytime
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There may be people that have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.

--Derek Jeter
quote by Dwayne Johnson: Grind Hard, Shine Hard. with background image: photo of author Dwayne Johnson with quote

Grind Hard, Shine Hard.

--Dwayne Johnson
quote by Dwayne Johnson: Wake up determined. Go to bed satisfied. with background image: photo of author Dwayne Johnson with quote

Wake up determined. Go to bed satisfied.

--Dwayne Johnson
quote by Dwayne Johnson: Blood, sweat and respect. First two you give. Last one you earn. with background image: photo of author Dwayne Johnson with quote

Blood, sweat and respect. First two you give. Last one you earn.

--Dwayne Johnson
quote by Ed Latimore: Motivated people always find a way. Unmotivated people will always find a way not to. with background image: sunset highway
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Motivated people always find a way. Unmotivated people will always find a way not to.

--Ed Latimore
quote by Edmund Hillary: It's not the moutain we conquer but ourselves. with background image: photo of author Edmund Hillary with quote

It's not the moutain we conquer but ourselves.

--Edmund Hillary

quote by Émile Zola: If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud. with background image: photo of author Émile Zola with quote

If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.

--Émile Zola
quote by Eric Thomas: Don't make a habit out of choosing what feels good over what's actually good for you. with background image: telescope
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Don't make a habit out of choosing what feels good over what's actually good for you.

--Eric Thomas
quote by Eric Thomas: Stop whining, start grinding. with background image: black and silver laptop computer
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Stop whining, start grinding.

--Eric Thomas
quote by George Herbert: Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. with background image: photo of author George Herbert with quote

Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

--George Herbert
quote by George Lucas: Your focus determines your reality. with background image: photo of author George Lucas with quote

Your focus determines your reality.

--George Lucas
quote by George Lucas: You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead. with background image: photo of author George Lucas with quote

You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.

--George Lucas
quote by George Sand: Work is not man's punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure. with background image: photo of author George Sand with quote

Work is not man's punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.

--George Sand
quote by George Whitefield: Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you. with background image: photo of author George Whitefield with quote

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

--George Whitefield
quote by Germany Kent: Nobody but you have to believe in your dreams to make them a reality. with background image: low angle view of blue clouds
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Nobody but you have to believe in your dreams to make them a reality.

--Germany Kent
quote by Germany Kent: Though no one can backtrack and create a brand new start, Everyone is capable of taking their life in a brand new direction. with background image: man and woman in wedding dress walking on brown grass field during daytime
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Though no one can backtrack and create a brand new start, Everyone is capable of taking their life in a brand new direction.

--Germany Kent


quote by Germany Kent: Stand for something. Make your life mean something. Start where you are with what you have. You are enough. with background image: city lights from hill
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Stand for something. Make your life mean something. Start where you are with what you have. You are enough.

--Germany Kent

quote by Germany Kent: The 7 Steps to Transformation:
1. Dream it.
2. Envision it.
3. Think it.
4. Grow it.
5. Become it.
6. Live it.
7. OWN it. with background image: silhouette photo of mountain during night time
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The 7 Steps to Transformation:
1. Dream it.
2. Envision it.
3. Think it.
4. Grow it.
5. Become it.
6. Live it.
7. OWN it.

--Germany Kent
quote by Gertrude Stein: You have to know what you want to get it. with background image: photo of author Gertrude Stein with quote

You have to know what you want to get it.

--Gertrude Stein
quote by Greg Anderson: Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. with background image: yellow sunflower in glass vase
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Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.

--Greg Anderson
quote by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. : You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life. with background image: lion on green grass during golden hour
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You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life.

--H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
quote by Haile Gebrselassie: Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there. with background image: photo of author Haile Gebrselassie with quote

Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there.

--Haile Gebrselassie
quote by Harry Golden: The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work. with background image: man in black pants sitting on chair
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The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.

--Harry Golden
quote by Helen Hayes: Always aim for achievement, and forget about success. with background image: photo of author Helen Hayes with quote

Always aim for achievement, and forget about success.

--Helen Hayes
quote by Helena Rubinstein: Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit. with background image: photo of author Helena Rubinstein with quote

Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.

--Helena Rubinstein
quote by Hubert Humphrey: Never give in and never give up. with background image: photo of author Hubert Humphrey with quote

Never give in and never give up.

--Hubert Humphrey
quote by Jack London: You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. with background image: photo of author Jack London with quote

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

--Jack London
quote by Jack Nicklaus: Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation. with background image: photo of author Jack Nicklaus with quote

Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation.

--Jack Nicklaus
quote by James Clear: Most people think they lack motivation when they really lack clarity. with background image: blue and black abstract painting
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Most people think they lack motivation when they really lack clarity.

--James Clear
quote by James Dean: Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today. with background image: photo of author James Dean with quote

Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.

--James Dean
quote by Jerry Seinfeld: You have to motivate yourself with challenges. That's how you know you're still alive. with background image: photo of author Jerry Seinfeld with quote

You have to motivate yourself with challenges. That's how you know you're still alive.

--Jerry Seinfeld
quote by Jillian Michaels: You can look for external sources of motivation and that can catalyze a change, but it won't sustain one. It has to be from an internal desire. with background image: photo of author Jillian Michaels with quote

You can look for external sources of motivation and that can catalyze a change, but it won't sustain one. It has to be from an internal desire.

--Jillian Michaels
quote by Jim Ryun: Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. with background image: photo of author Jim Ryun with quote

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

--Jim Ryun
quote by Jimmy Buffett: Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see. with background image: photo of author Jimmy Buffett with quote

Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see.

--Jimmy Buffett
quote by Joe Namath: If you aren't going all the way, why go at all? with background image: photo of author Joe Namath with quote

If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?

--Joe Namath
quote by John Burroughs: If you think you can do it, you can. with background image: photo of author John Burroughs with quote

If you think you can do it, you can.

--John Burroughs
quote by John Burroughs: A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did. with background image: photo of author John Burroughs with quote

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.

--John Burroughs
quote by Julia Roberts: The older you get, the more fragile you understand life to be. I think that's good motivation for getting out of bed joyfully each day. with background image: photo of author Julia Roberts with quote

The older you get, the more fragile you understand life to be. I think that's good motivation for getting out of bed joyfully each day.

--Julia Roberts
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