51 Greatest Motivational Quotes

Here are some of the greatest motivational quotes of all time as determined by the BQOTD.com.

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.” – Erma Bombeck

Use every bit of your talents; you have them for a reason. “Waste not, want not”

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.


When you release those who you are holding captive in the “prison of un-forgiveness,” it is you who is released from prison.

If you will just start with the idea that this is a hard world, it will all be much simpler.

Louis D. Brandeis

Life is hard, but you have within you the power to succeed. If it wasn’t hard, it would be boring.

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?


To progress you must act; to progress quickly, you must act daily.

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

Friedrich Nietzsche

If you have motivation, you can overcome almost any situation.

Peter Marshall

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

A focused, determined, persistent individual will accomplish more than a host of people who are just interested in change.

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Thomas Edison

Don’t ever give up, if you keep developing yourself and creating value, it’s just a matter of time before you succeed.

Having a plan B only distracts you from Plan A.

Will Smith

Focus is the key to success, if you can keep your focus, you will succeed.

Give light and people will find the way.

Ella Baker

Don’t give criticism, give “light,” and watch how others progress around you.

Live every day as if it were your last, because one of these days, it will be.

Jeremy Schwartz

Value every moment…one day you’ll be dead.

Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can.

Thomas Carlyle

Are you doing all that you can?

It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.

Harry Emerson Fosdick

As the saying goes, the path to hell is paved with good intentions…

Life well spent is long.

Leonardo da Vinci

Don’t die pregnant with potential, if you die empty, it’s because you lived well.

I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.

Albert Einstein

Tomorrow’s sand cannot flow through today’s hourglass, deal with tomorrow’s problems, tomorrow.

Life is never easy for those who dream.

Robert James Waller

The dreamer is commissioned to a life of work; a life of reward.

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

Robert Collier

The secrets of your future lie hidden in your daily routine.

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

John Wooden

Excuses are a dime a dozen, do what you can today.

Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.

Alfred A. Montapert

Problems will come, when they arrive, show them whose boss.

Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.

Charles Schulz

Involve yourself in work that utilizes all of your talents.

There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.

Henry Ford

If you need more joy in your life, try accomplishing more.

Your life is what your thoughts make it.

Marcus Aurelius

You are what you think about all day long.

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

Charles Darwin

When you truly understand the value of time, you won’t waste a moment of it.

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.

Josh Billings

Learn to play your cards well, you won’t be dealt another hand.

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

Theodore Roosevelt

If you think you can, you’re well on your way.

Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day to day living that wears you out”.

Anton Chekhov

Consistency truly is the hallmark of a champion; what you do daily will determine if you succeed.

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.

Jim Rohn

You have the responsibility and the obligation to plan a glorious life for yourself.

Every great story on the planet happened when someone decided not to give up, but kept going no matter what.

Spryte Loriano

Success can only occur when you don’t give up.

Ideas shape the course of history.

John Maynard Keynes

Ideas are the most powerful things in the world.

Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies.

Ann Landers

You can’t successfully drive forward, if you keep looking out of the rearview mirror.

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

George Eliot

Every passing second is a new opportunity to do your best, to be your best.

Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others.

Mark Twain

Recognize the genius that is within you.

It’s not about time, it’s about choices. How are you spending your choices?

Beverly Adamo

Your decisions determine your destiny.

In order to live rightly, you must fill your mind with ‘right’ thoughts.


Right thinking will grant you everything you desire; wrong thinking is a vice that will eventually destroy you.

It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.

E.E. Cummings

Growing up is hard work, but you owe it to yourself to grow up.

Everything in life is luck.

Donald Trump

Always remain humble; chance has had his-hand in everything you’ve accomplished.

Mankind is made great or little by its own will.

Friedrich Schiller

If you commit to be great, you will be great.

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven.

John Milton

How you perceive your reality determines if you’re living in hell or heaven, the choice is yours.

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of

Vince Lombardi

Only those who are committed to excellence in their given endeavor will succeed.

All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?


If you change your thinking, you will change your life.

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.

Swami Sivananda

To be extraordinary, you must always give extra to the ordinary tasks of life.

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.


He who can conquer himself is greater than the mighty. To conquer yourself you must conquer your mind.

Either you run the day or the day runs you.

Jim Rohn

If you don’t choose to control your time, life will pass you by.

If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

Dale Carnegie

Success demands action, get busy, if you want to succeed.

A person starts dying when they stop dreaming.

Brian Williams

When you stop dreaming, you have no reason to live.

Being selective—doing less—is the path of the productive. Focus on the important few and ignore the rest. Lack of time is actually lack of priorities.

Timothy Ferriss

A focused life is a productive life, focus on what matters, forget the rest.

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 most important time of the day is right now.

Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson

The seeds you plant today will feed you tomorrow.

Don’t be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.

Grace Hansen

You only live once, play it to the hilt; give life everything you’ve got.

A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.

James Allen

You are responsible for your life, if you want different fruit, plant different seeds.

Only a few things are really important.

Marie Dressler

Focus on the few things that make a big difference.

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never despise beginning small, although your beginning is small, your end shall be great.

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