Motivational Quotes

Vast collection of motivational quotes with special sections on motivation to exercise and diet.

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Motivational Quotes Index

About Motivation
Be Industrious
Believe in Yourself
Choose Your Destiny
Do It Now!
Dream Big
Focus
Goals
Good Advice
Hope
How to Fuel Motivation
Importance of Goals
Insightful
Inspirational
Keys to Motivation
Keys to Success
Motivation for Dieters
Motivation in Adversity
Motivation to Exercise
No Excuses
Perseverance
Persistence
Perspective
Positive Mental Attitude
Proverbs
Success Takes Time
Take Action
Take Initiative
You Can Do It

About Motivation

"Motivation will almost always beat mere talent."
~Norman R. Augustine

"Men are motivated and empowered when they feel needed. Women are motivated and empowered when they feel cherished."
~ John Gray

"You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things – to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated."
~ Edmund Hillary quotes (New Zealander mountain climber and Antarctic Explorer Famous for being first to succesfully climb Mount Everest b.1919)

"When you lose, you're more motivated. When you win, you fail to see your mistakes and probably no one can tell you anything."
~Venus Williams quotes (American professional women's Tennis Player. Sister of Serena Williams. b.1980)

"Motivation comes from within."
~Unknown

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Be Industrious

"Success is dependent upon glands – sweat glands."
~ Zig Ziglar

"If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."
~Dale Carnegie

"Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing."
~Thomas Jefferson

"Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds."
~Gordon B. Hinckley

"The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work."
~ Oprah Winfrey

"It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference."
~ Paul Bryant

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Believe in Yourself

"Believe with all of your heart that you will do what you were made to do."
~ Orison Swett Marden

"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

"One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests."
~ Peter Marshall

"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
~ Jim Ryun

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Choose Your Destiny

"We are still masters of our fate.
We are still captains of our souls."
~ Winston Churchill

"Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice."
~ Wayne Dyer

"There is nothing deep down inside us except what we have put there ourselves."
~ Richard Rorty

"We make the world we live in and shape our own environment."
~ Orison Swett Marden

"There are only 2 choices; make progress or make excuses."
~ Ellen Mikesell

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Do It Now!

"Just do it.™ "
~ Nike

"Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: NOW."
~ Denis Waitley

"The wise does at once what the fool does at last."
~ Baltasar Gracian

"What you do today can improve all your tomorrows."
~ Ralph Marston

"If not us, who? If not now, when?"
~ John F. Kenney

"What is not started today is never finished tomorrow."
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"The future depends on what we do in the present."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

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Dream Big

"The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible."
~ Arthur C. Clarke

"If you're going to be thinking, you may as well think big."
~ Donald Trump

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Focus

"The sun's energy warms the world. But when you focus it through a magnifying glass, it can start a fire. Focus is powerful."
~ Alan Pariser

"The successful warrior is the average man, with laser focus."
~ Bruce Lee

"The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear."
~ Brian Tracy

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Goals

"When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life."
~ Greg Anderson(American best-selling Author and founder of the American Wellness Project., b.1964)

"Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there."
~ Bo Jackson

"Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible."
~ Tony Robbins

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."
~ Henry David Thoreau

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
~ C. S. Lewis

"You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals."
~ George S. Patton

"The difference between a goal and a dream is a deadline."
~ Steve Smith

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Good Advice

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
~ Theodore Roosevelt

"Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do."
~ John Wooden

"The weeds keep multiplying in our garden, which is our mind ruled by fear. Rip them out and call them by name."
~ Sylvia Browne

"Strive for progress, not perfection"
~ Unknown

"Clear your mind of can't."
~ Samuel Johnson

"If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it’s OK. But you’ve got to shoot for something. A lot of people don’t even shoot."
~ Robert Townsend

"Decide what you want, believe you can have it, believe you deserve it, believe it’s possible for you."
~ Rhonda Byrne

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"You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there."
~ Unknown

"You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be."
~ David Viscott

"Visualize the thing you want. See it, feel it, believe it. Make your mental blueprint and begin."
~ Robert Collier

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."
~ Colin Powell

"You may have to travel on a different road, but as long as you arrive at your destination, that’s all that matters."
~ Evelyn Parham

"The elevator to success is out of order. You'll have to use the stairs... one step at a time."
~ Joe Girard

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Hope

"Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us."
~ Samuel Smiles

"We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes."
~ St. Clement of Alexandra

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How to Fuel Motivation

"Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day."
~ Thornton Wilder

"Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks."
~ Johann Gottfried Von Herder

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Importance of Goals

"Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose -- a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye."
~ Mary Shelley

"No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one."
~ Jessica Savitch

"One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals."
~ Michael Korda

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Insightful

"Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal."
~ E. Joseph Cossman

"I CAN is 100 times more important than IQ."
~ Unknown

"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."
~ Ayn Rand

"One may miss the mark by aiming too high as too low"
~ Thomas Fuller

"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."
~ C. Malesherbes

"A determined person will do more with a pen and paper, than a lazy person will accomplish with a personal computer."
~ Catherine Pulsifer

"Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything."
~ Napoleon Hill

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

"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
~ Winston Churchill

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
~ Wayne Gretzky

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."
~ Lou Holtz

"Fear is what stops you... courages is what keeps you going."
~ Unknown

"It's not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not."
~ Anonymous

"The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving."
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."
~ Michelangelo

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"You only ever grow as a human being if you’re outside your comfort zone."
~ Percy Cerutty

"Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible."
~ Frank L. Gaines

"First you fuel the desire, then the desire will fuel you."
~ Napoleon Hill

"Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner."
~ Les Brown quotes (American Author, Entrepreneur and motivational speaker)

"Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes; lesser ones exist on wishes and inclinations."
~ Kenneth Hildebrand

"A limit on what you will do, puts a limit on what you can do."
~ Anonymous

"The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment."
~ Earl Nightingale

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."
~ Aristotle

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Inspirational

"Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way."
~ Eileen Caddy

"Never be satisfied with what you achieve, because it all pales in comparison with what you are capable of doing in the future."
~ Rabbi Nochem Kaplan

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

"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die tomorrow."
~ James Dean

"We will either find a way, or make one!"
~ Hannibal

"That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well."
~ Abraham Lincoln

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
~ Mark Twain

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It's never too late to become what you might have been.
~ George Elliot

"If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it."
~ Jesse Jackson

"Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe."
~ Gail Devers

"If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page."
~ Mark Houlahan

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that frightens us. Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us."
~ Nelson Mandela

"No matter who you are, no matter what you do, you absolutely, positively do have the power to change."
~ Bill Phillips

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
~ Confucius

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Keys to Motivation

"In motivating people, you've got to engage their minds and their hearts. I motivate people, I hope, by example - and perhaps by excitement, by having productive ideas to make others feel involved."
~ Rupert Murdoch

"Poverty was the greatest motivating factor in my life."
~ Jimmy Dean

"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence."
~ Confucius

"You want me to do something... tell me I can't do it."
~ Maya Angelou

"Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated."
~ Lou Holtz quotes (American Football coach, 1937-1980)

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Keys to Success

"Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity."
~ Oprah Winfrey

"If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success."
~ John D. Rockefeller

"Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: NOW."
~ Denis Waitley

"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

"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

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"The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best."
~ Epictetus

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle."
~ Sasha Cohen

"To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise is to have succeeded in life."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

"A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life."
~ Dr. Joyce Brothers

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Motivation for Dieters

"If hunger is not the problem, then eating is not the solution."
~ Author Unknown

"Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels."
~ Author Unknown

"If you wish to grow thinner, diminish your dinner."
~ Henry Sambrooke Leigh

"The one way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life."
~ Cyril Connolly

"Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle."
~ Sasha Cohen

"I believe in giving rewards and positive reinforcement for a job well done, but can we raise ourselves a little higher than the dogs and give rewards that have longer-term benefits? How can a poor food choice be a true reward anyway?"
~ Jill Johnson

"Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork."
~ English Proverb

"Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket."
~ Author Unknown

"More die in the United States of too much food than of too little."
~ John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society

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"One should eat to live, not live to eat."
~ Cicero, Rhetoricorum LV

"When friends tell you how awesome you look, drop the "I still have more to go" crap. You worked hard and you deserve the compliment!"
~ Jillian Michaels

"Albert Einstein, who discovered that a tiny amount of mass is equal to a huge amount of energy, which explains why, as Einstein himself so eloquently put it in a famous 1939 speech to the Physics Department at Princeton, 'You have to exercise for a week to work off the thigh fat from a single Snickers.'"
~ Dave Barry, Dave Barry Turns 50

"Rich, fatty foods are like destiny: they too, shape our ends."
~ Author Unknown

"Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not!"
~ Author Unknown

"Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us."
~ Peter De Vries

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"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst, for they are sticking to their diets."
~ Author Unknown

"Bigger snacks mean bigger slacks."
~ Author Unknown

"Living a healthy lifestyle will only deprive you of poor health, lethargy, and fat."
~ Jill Johnson

"To lengthen your life, shorten your meals."
~ Proverb

"Saying yes to the skinny jeans by saying no to the donuts."
~ Betsy Cañas Garmon, www.wildthymecreative.com

"The commonest form of malnutrition in the western world is obesity."
~ Mervyn Deitel

"Your body is a temple, not a drive-through."
~ Author Unknown

"We never repent of having eaten too little."
~ Thomas Jefferson

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Motivation in Adversity

"Men's best successes come after their disappointments."
~ Henry Ward Beecher

"Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines."
~ Robert H. Schuller

"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."
~ Thomas Paine

"When you fail you learn from the mistakes you made and it motivates you to work even harder."
~ Natalie Gulbis

"Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict."
~ William E. Channing

"It is surmounting difficulties, that makes heroes."
~ Louis Kossuth

"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are."
~ Bernice Johnson Reagon

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better."
~ Samuel Beckett

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"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 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

"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations."
~ Charles R. Swindoll

"Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough."
~ Og Mandino

"Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it."
~ Robertson Davies

"There is no failure in running, or in life, as long as you keep moving. It is not about speed or gold medals. It is about refusing to be stopped."
~ Ambry Burfoot

"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."
~ Charles A Beard

"You will come to know that what appears today to be a sacrifice will prove instead to be the greatest investment that you will ever make."
~ Gorden B. Hinkley

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Motivation to Exercise

"Exercise is also a powerful way to switch on endorphins or 'happy chemicals' that are naturally produced in our bodies. Even a brisk walk does the job, so simple decisions such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator can instantly change our mood and perspective."
~ Alicia Power

"You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 today and we don't know where the hell she is."
~ Ellen Degeneres

"Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle."
~ Sasha Cohen

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

"Living a healthy lifestyle will only deprive you of poor health, lethargy, and fat."
~ Jill Johnson

"Commit to be fit."
~ Author Unknown

"Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart."
~ Gene Tunney

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"Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness."
~ Edward Stanley

"Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it."
~ Plato

"Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase."
~ Joseph Pilates

"There are really only two requirements when it comes to exercise. One is that you do it. The other is that you continue to do it."
~ The New Glucose Revolution for Diabetes by Jennie Brand-Miller, Kaye Foster-Powell, Stephen Colagiuri, Alan W. Barclay

"Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states."
~ Carol Welch

"A man's health can be judged by which he takes two at a time - pills or stairs."
~ Joan Welsh

"It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor."
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

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No Excuses

"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, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein."
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."
~ Benjamin Franklin

"Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses."
~ George W. Carver

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Perseverance

"When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on."
~ Thomas Jefferson

"The best way out is always through."
~ Robert Frost

"Never, never, never quit."
~ Winston Churchill

"I've worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down."
~ Mia Hamm

"It's always too early to quit."
~ Norman Vincent Peale

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other."
~ Walter Elliot

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."
~ Dale Carnegie

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"All our dreams can come true - if we have the courage to pursue them."
~ Walt Disney

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."
~ John Quincy Adams

"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it."
~ Margaret Thatcher

"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it."
~ Margaret Thatcher

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another."
~ Walter Elliott

"The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success."
~ David Sarnoff

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Persistence

"You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win."
~ Ted Turner

"So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win."
~ Og Mandino

"Constant dripping hollows out a stone."
~ Lucretius

"Energy and persistence conquer all things."
~ Benjamin Franklin

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Perspective

"Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward."
~ Victor Kiam

"I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be."
~ Ken Venturi

"We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough."
~ Helen Keller

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Positive Mental Attitude

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… The only thing we can do is play on the string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.
~ Charles Swindoll

"If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right."
~ Mary Kay Ash

"The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large."
~ Confucius

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"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
~ William James

"Start listening to what you say. Are your comments and ideas negative? You aren't going become positive if you always say negative things. Do you hear yourself say 'I could never do that', 'I never have any luck', 'I never get things right'. Wow - that's negative self-talk! Try saying 'I am going to do that', 'I am so lucky' 'I always try to get things right'. Can you hear how much better that sounds?
~ James Arthur

"The world is like a mirror; frown at it, and it frowns at you. Smile and it smiles, too."
~ Herbert Samuels

"You have a very powerful mind that can make anything happen as long as you keep yourself centered."
~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

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Proverbs

"Where there's a will there's a way."
~ English Proverb

"Storms make oaks take roots."
~ Proverb

"He who hesitates is lost."
~ Proverb

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Success Takes Time

"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later."
~ Og Mandino

"Begin to be now what you will be hereafter."
~ William James

"All great achievements require time."
~ Maya Angelou

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
~ Beverly Sills

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Take Action

"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do."
~ Henry Ford

"Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you."
~ Thomas Jefferson

"Leap, and the net will appear."
~ John Burroughs

"You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind."
~ Author Unknown

"Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome."
~ Samuel Johnson

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
"Willing is not enough; we must do."
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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"You can't expect to hit the jackpot if you don't put a few nickels in the machine."
~ Flip Wilson

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."
~ Mark Twain

"To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act."
~ Anatole France

"You can’t cross a sea by standing and staring at the water."
~ Rabindranath Tagore

"If you want to accomplish anything in life, you can't sit back and hope it will happen. You’ve got to make it happen."
~ Chuck Norris

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Take Initiative

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

"Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking."
~ William B. Sprague

"If you want to succeed in the world must make your own opportunities as you go on. The man who waits for some seventh wave to toss him on dry land will find that the seventh wave is a long time a coming. You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the roadside until some one comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence."
~ John B. Gough

"Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door."
~ Kyle Chandler

"Things do not happen. Things are made to happen."
~ John F. Kennedy

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You Can Do It

"If you can dream it, you can do it."
~ Walt Disney

"Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it."
~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"If you really want something, you can figure out how to make it happen."
~ Cher

"I Will! I will get through this ... I will put this behind me ... I will move forward stronger ... I Will!"
~ Camille Peltier-Robson

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