125 Powerful Arnold Schwarzenegger Quotes on Success

Born on July 30, 1947, in Thal, Austria, Arnold Schwarzenegger is celebrated for his feats in bodybuilding, acting, entrepreneurship and politics.

He made his name in Hollywood with roles in Terminator and Conan and served as California’s Governor from 2003-2011.

Raised in a Catholic household, Arnold was drawn to athletics from an early age, aspiring to become the world’s strongest man.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Despite a complicated family relationship, Arnold pursued bodybuilding, gaining recognition and mentorship from figures like Kurt Marnul and Reg Park.

He achieved international fame by winning the Mr. Universe title five times and Mr. Olympia eight times, admitting to anabolic use when they were legal.

Arnold then ventured into acting, enduring struggles with his accent and physique, before breaking through with “Conan the Barbarian” and “Terminator.”

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His political journey began in 1988 with the Republican party, leading to his election as California’s Governor in 2003 and reelection in 2010.

I have selected the best Arnold Schwarzenegger quotes.

Powerful Arnold Schwarzenegger Quotes

1. “Positive thinking can be contagious. Being surrounded by winners helps you develop into a winner.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).


2. “You can have results or excuses. Not both.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

3. “Don’t be afraid to fail. Anything I’ve ever attempted, I was always willing to fail. ” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

4. “While you’re out there partying, horsing around, someone out there at the same time is working hard. Someone is getting smarter and someone is winning. Just remember that.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

5. “You have to remember something: everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

6. “You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

7. “Trust yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

8. “I’ll be back.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

9. “What is the point of being on this Earth if you are going to be like everyone else and avoid trouble?” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

10. “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

11. “The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

12. “If you want to turn a vision into reality, you have to give 100% and never stop believing in your dream.” ~ (Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger).


13. “If I can see it and believe it, then I can achieve it.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

14. “You can’t be paralyzed by fear of failure or you will never push yourself. You keep pushing because you believe in yourself and in your vision. And you know that it is the right thing to do and success will come.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

15. “I always believed in leaving no stone unturned.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

16. “The wolf on the hill is not as hungry as the wolf climbing the hill.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

17. “From the bodybuilding days on, I learned that everything is reps and mileage. The more miles you ski, the better a skier you become; the more reps you do, the better your body. I’m a big believer in hard work, grinding it out, and not stopping until it’s done, so the challenge appealed to me.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

18. “All I know is that the first step is to create a vision, because when you see the vision – the beautiful vision – that creates the want power.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

19. “Money doesn’t make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

20. “If it bleeds, we can kill it.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

21. “I didn’t want to just be a bodybuilding champion. I wanted to be the best bodybuilder of all time.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

22. “Create a vision of who you want to be, and then live into that picture as if it were already true.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

23. “When you have a well developed body and you’re confident, you see people bending your way, wanting to be on your side, wanting to do things for you.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).


24. “You have to think outside the box.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

25. “So let me tell you, as you prepare to go off into the world, remember six rules: Trust yourself, Break some rules, Don’t be afraid to fail, Ignore the naysayers, Work like hell, and Give something back.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

26. “The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

27. “Be hungry for success, hungry to make your mark, hungry to be seen and to be heard and to have an effect. And as you move up and become successful, make sure also to be hungry for helping others.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

28. “Vision creates faith and faith creates willpower.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

29. “Where the mind goes the body will follow.” ~ (Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger).

30. “Almost anything difficult, any challenge takes time, patience, and hard work.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

31. “The mind always fails first, not the body. The secret is to make your mind work for you, not against you.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

32. “For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

33. “The secret of success is to make your mind work for you – not against you. This means constantly being positive, constantly setting up challenges you can meet – either today, next week, or next month etc.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

34. “The pain that you hold is yours. There is not a single pain quite like it. Nobody else on God’s green earth can feel this pain, or have the indescribable feeling of pride you will have when you overcome it. This pain is not your curse; this pain is your privilege.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

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35. “The secret is contained in a three-part formula I learned in the gym: self confidence, a positive mental attitude, and honest hard work.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

36. “Start wide, expand further, and never look back.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

37. “Pain makes me grow. Growing is what I want. Therefore, for me pain is pleasure.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

38. “It is impossible to be a maverick or a true original if you’re too well behaved and don’t want to break the rules. You have to think outside the box. That’s what I believe. After all, what is the point of being on this earth if all you want to do is be liked by everyone and avoid trouble?” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).


39. “There are no shortcuts – everything is reps, reps, reps.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

40. “We all have great inner power. The power is self-faith. There’s really an attitude to winning. You have to see yourself winning before you win. And you have to be hungry. You have to want to conquer.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

41. “Vision creates faith and faith creates willpower. With faith there is no anxiety and no doubt – just absolute confidence in yourself.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

42. “My instinct was to win, eliminate anyone who is in competition, destroy my enemy, and move on without any kind of hesitation at all.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

43. “I’ve heard all my life that ‘this is impossible, you can’t make it and ‘you’re going to fail’ but I didn’t listen to them and I made it.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

44. “Normal people can be happy with a regular life, but there is more to life than just plodding through an average existence.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

45. “The more knowledge you have, the more you’re free to rely on your instincts.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

46. “The mind is incredible. Once you’ve gained mastery over it, channelling its powers positively, for your purpose you can do anything.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

47. “You never want to fail because you didn’t work hard enough.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

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48. “If I would have listened to the naysayers, I would still be in the Austrian Alps yodeling.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

49. “I’m not looking for sympathy at all.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

50. “If you want to be a champion you cannot have any kind of an outside negative force coming in to deflect you.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

51. “I will always stay hungry, never satisfied with current accomplishments.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

52. “The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

53. “I can multitask very well. But I know exactly when to block off anything coming in from the outside and just stay focused on the film.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

54. “Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

55. “You have to fight, you have to have courage for what you really want.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

56. “The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

57. “Just like in bodybuilding, failure is also a necessary experience for growth in our own lives, for if we’re never tested to our limits, how will we know how strong we really are? How will we ever grow?” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

58. “I’m addicted to exercising and I have to do something every day.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

59. “If it’s hard to remember, it’ll be difficult to forget.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

60. “Some information I just keep to myself.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).


61. “Failure is not an option. Everyone has to succeed.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

62. “I was born to be a leader. I love the fact that millions of people look up to me.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

63. “I make my protein drink with whiskey. People think I’m crazy, but that’s the way I am. I get stoned, I do my own thing.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

64. “Whatever I thought might hold me back, I avoided. I crossed girls off my list, except as tools for my sexual needs.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

65. “Discipline is what you use when you don’t want to do something, when you have to force yourself.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

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66. “You can’t be paralyzed by fear of failure or you will never push yourself.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

67. “Between your faith and my Glock nine millimeter, I’ll take the Glock.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

68. “What we face may look insurmountable. But I learned something from all those years of training and competing. I learned something from all those sets and reps when I didn’t think I could lift another ounce of weight. What I learned is that we are always stronger than we know.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

69. “The future is green energy, sustainability, renewable energy.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

70. “Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

71. “I like the color red because it’s a fire. And I see myself as always being on fire.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

72. “I will not fail, I will not disappoint you, I will not let you down.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

73. “All exercises that you do with your own body weight are great.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

74. “I admired Hitler, for instance, because he came from being a little man with almost no formal education, up to power. I admire him for being such a good public speaker and for what he did with it.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

75. “The key to success? Work hard, stay focused and marry a Kennedy.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

76. “If you don’t find the time, if you don’t do the work, you don’t get the results.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

77. “I had a clear vision of myself winning the Mr. Universe contest. It was a very spiritual thing, in a way, because I had such faith in the route, the path, that there was never a question in my mind that I would make it.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

78. “Stay hungry, stay healthy, be a gentleman, believe strongly in yourself and go beyond limitations.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

79. “I found a new me. When I first came over to America, it was like, ‘How can I be rich? How can I build my movie career? How can I become the most muscular man?’ It was all about me, and then there was this turn, and I found it was really great to do this.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

80. “You’ll get more from being a peacemaker than a warrior.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

81. “Many women seem to have hang-ups about going out with me because they feel they have to be in the same shape that I am. If they’re overweight, they’re insecure, because they don’t understand that I don’t look at women the same way I look at myself.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

82. “We’ve got to let the people know that there is a necessity, it’s not even an option, it’s a necessity to have a chiropractor. As much as it is a necessity to have a dentist, if you have a dentist for the family, you should have your chiropractor for the family.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

83. “My body is like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I don’t think about it, I just have it.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

84. “I don’t criticize myself; I criticize my body.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

85. “That is not a drug. It’s a leaf.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

Best Arnold Schwarzenegger Quotes

86. “Combating climate change requires collaboration with many levels of government.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

87. “I just use my muscles as a conversation piece, like someone walking a cheetah down 42nd Street.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

88. “I take the academic education as seriously as the physical education. That’s why I tell parents that the schools can’t do it all themselves. The parents can’t come home from work and turn on the TV. That’s not being a good parent.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

89. “Within five years, he had learned English and become the greatest bodybuilder in the world.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

90. “The forest fires are the worst disaster in California since I was elected.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

91. “As long as I live, I will never forget that day 21 years ago when I raised my hand and took the oath of citizenship. Do you know how proud I was? I was so proud that I walked around with an American flag around my shoulders all day long.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

92. “Within ten years, he had earned his college degree and was a millionaire from his business enterprises in real estate, landscaping, and bodybuilding. He was also the winner of a Golden Globe Award for his debut as a dramatic actor in Stay Hungry.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

93. “The message I am trying to get across is exactly this: Protecting the environment does not require us to be against large SUVs or trucks. Instead we should develop technology to cut down greenhouse gas emissions because that is where the action is – it’s not about what the size of the car is.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

94. “I was always dreaming about very powerful people. Dictators and things like that. I was always impressed by people who could be remembered for hundreds of years. Even like Jesus, being remembered for thousands of years.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

95. “I think Americans are very patriotic.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

96. “Obviously, I’ve made statements that were ludicrous and crazy and outrageous and all those things, because that’s the way I always was.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

97. “Confidence comes from victory, but strength comes from the struggle.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

98. “Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell, and advertise.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

99. “You’re always as good as your last movie and that’s the same with politics. If you are successful with a certain policy, then you’re hot; if you’re successful with the economy, or bringing down the unemployment rate, then you’re hot. But if you’re not successful, then things go south very quickly.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

100. “I have plenty of money, unlike other Hollywood celebrities or athletes that have not invested well.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

101. “You can never find a candidate that will agree with everything you believe. Then you would just have a clone and that doesn’t exist.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

102. “Teddy Roosevelt is still a hero among environmentalists for his conservationist policies.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

103. “One of my movies was called ‘True Lies.’ It’s what the Democrats should have called their convention.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

104. “Look for small victories and build on that. Each small victory, even if it is just getting up five minutes earlier, gives you confidence. You realize that these little victories make you feel great, and you keep going. You realize that being paralyzed by fear of failure is worse than failure.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

105. “To those critics who are so pessimistic about our economy, I say: Don’t be economic girlie men!” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

106. “Well, I think that California has had a history of always spending more money than it takes in.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

107. “The word infrastructure means nothing to the majority of people of America. We have to come up with a sexier word than infrastructure. So the key thing is that you have to go out and promote and market this the right way like with everything in policy.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

108. “My CPU is a neural net processor; a learning computer.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

109. “It’s simple, if it jiggles, it’s fat.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

110. “I think the first and most important thing is that you’ve got to have a goal and a vision.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

111. “Never follow the crowd. Go where it’s empty.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

112. “I believe in “love it, or change it” rather than “love it, or leave it.”” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

113. “Luck is for the ill-prepared.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

114. “I didn’t leave bodybuilding until I felt that I had gone as far as I could go. It will be the same with my film career. When I feel the time is right, I will then consider public service. I feel that the highest honor comes from serving people and your country.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

115. “The Body Is Very Important, But The Mind Is MORE Important Than The Body.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

116. “If you work hard and play by the rules, this country is truly open to you. You can achieve anything.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

117. “We had the Berlin Wall; we had walls everywhere. But we always looked at the wall as kind of like the outside of the wall is the enemy. Are we looking at Mexico as the enemy? No, it’s not. These are our trading partners.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

118. “You have to do everything possible to win no matter what.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

119. “Within twenty years, he was the world’s biggest movie star, the husband of Maria Shriver, and an emerging Republican leader who was part of the Kennedy family.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

120. “Through discipline, and determination one can change anything and everything about him – his habits, his outlook on life.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

121. “Don’t be afraid of making decisions.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

122. “If I see a girl with big tits, I’m going to stare and stare. And I’m going to think in my mind what I am going to do with her if I would have her.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

123. “Hasta la vista, baby.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

124. “The best activities for your health are pumping and humping.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

125. “You go back to the gym and you just do it again and again until you get it right.” ~ (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

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