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167 Motivational Quotes to Turn Failure into Success and Reach Your Potential

Best Motivational Quotes
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Motivation is defined as your innate drive to achieve a goal that is meaningful to you.

Motivation is about a goal that we want to achieve; it’s about an unmet need that we want to satisfy.

You can’t make someone motivated. Motivation is defined as a strong desire to achieve a goal that is both personal and internal.

To get this motivation, we have made a selection of the best quotes on motivation for you.


Best Motivational Quotes to Inspire You To Greatness

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” ~ Joe Kennedy

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” ~ Ayn Rand

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ~ Neale Donald Walsch

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ~ Neale Donald Walsch
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“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” ~ Walter Bagehot

“If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is how high you raise your foot.” ~ Benny Lewis

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, the time will pass anyway.” ~ Earl Nightingale

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ~ Arthur Ashe

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ~ Arthur Ashe
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“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” ~ Jim Watkins

“If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.” ~ Ryan Blair

“Success comes from having dreams that are bigger than your fears.” ~ Bobby Unser

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

You never know what you can do until you try. William Cobbett

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Nothing will work unless you do. Maya Angelou

Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you. Walt Whitman

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

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

If you can’t yet do great things, do small things in a great way. Napoleon Hill

It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters. Paul Bryant

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung

“An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you.” ~ Goi Nasu

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ~ Confucius

“There is no substitute for hard work.” ~ Thomas A. Edison

“There is no substitute for hard work.” ~ Thomas A. Edison
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“I could either watch it happen or be a part of it.” ~ Elon Musk

“Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.” ~ Anonymous

“The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you’re no longer willing to stay where you are.” ~ Anonymous

“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” ~ Lao Tzu

“The activity you’re most avoiding contains your biggest opportunity.” ~ Robin S. Sharma

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”” ~ Muhammad Ali

“If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want.” ~ Kevin Ngo

“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” ~ Eric Thomas

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” ~ Karen Lamb

“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.” ~ Paulo Coelho

“Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.” ~ Seneca

“The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.” ~ Stephen McCranie

“Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.” ~ Seneca
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“Just stick with it. What seems so hard now will one day be your warm up.” ~ Anonymous

Small is not just a stepping-stone. Small is a great destination itself. Jason Fried

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best. St. Jerome

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Mark Twain

“When someone tells me “no,” it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.” ~ Karen E. Quinones Miller

Be so good they can’t ignore you. Steve Martin

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

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

Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds. Gordon B. Hinckle

You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoe. Leymah Gbowee

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

Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for. Jennifer Lopez

I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger. Mia Hamm

“Today I will do what others won’t so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.” ~ Jerry Rice

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” ~ Maori Proverb

“When 99% of people doubt your idea, you’re either gravely wrong or about to make history.” ~ Scott Belsky

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

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

“If you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to help build theirs.” ~ Tony Gaskins

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” ~ Sheryl Sandberg

“I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting. When I feel pain, that’s when I start counting, because that’s when it really counts.” ~ Muhammad Ali

“I already know what giving up feels like. I want to see what happens if I don’t.” ~ Neila Rey

“The habits that took years to build, do not take a day to change.” ~ Susan Powter

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” ~ Annie Dillard

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” ~ William Arthur Ward

“Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions.” ~ Will Smith

I never dreamed about success. I worked for it. Estée Lauder

Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th. Julie Andrews

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

It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela

Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going. Sam Levenson

You will never win if you never begin. Helen Rowland

Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay. Simone de Beauvoir

You just can’t beat the person who never gives up. Babe Ruth

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits. Thomas Edison

If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. Sheryl Sandberg

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. Kurt Cobain

If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

“Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry: Worry never fixes anything. ” ~ Ernest Hemingway

“Better to be the one who smiled than the one who didn’t smile back.” ~ Mari Gayatri Stein

“Success isn’t owned. It’s leased. And rent is due every day.” ~ J. J. Watt

“It’s not what you are that holds you back, it’s what you think you are not.” ~ Denis Waitley

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

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” ~ Lou Holtz

“I’m too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener.” ~ Anonymous

“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Expect problems and eat them for breakfast. Alfred A. Montapert

Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward. Victor Kiam

If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore. Michele Ruiz

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. Helen Keller

Your passion is waiting for your courage to catch up. Isabelle Lafleche

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. Charles R. Swindoll

When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor. Elon Musk

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star. W. Clement Stone

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. Aldous Huxley

Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open. Pauline Kael

Every exit is an entry somewhere else. Tom Stoppard

“Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.” ~ Judy Garland

“Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity.” ~ Bruce Lee

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” ~ Zig Ziglar

“Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.” ~ Elon Musk

“I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.” ~ George S. Patton Jr.

“You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid.’ You do that every single day. And soon you have a wall.” ~ Will Smith

“Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.” ~ Henry Ford

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

Either I will find a way, or I will make one. Philip Sidney

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

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

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. Carol Burnett

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

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. Nikos Kazantzakis

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

No one has ever made a difference by being like everyone else. The Greatest Showman

Work hard in silence, let your success be the noise. Frank Ocean

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. William Blake

Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work. H. L. Hunt

The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare. Bobby Knight

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

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

I can, therefore I am. Simone Weil

The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something. Muhammad Iqbal

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Frederick Douglass

“Someone once told me the definition of Hell: The last day you have on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.” ~ Anonymous

“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.” ~ Jewish Proverb

“Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor ” ~ Alexis Carrel

“What screws us up the most in life is the picture in our head of what it’s supposed to be.” ~ Socrates

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” ~ Frank Zappa

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

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. Dale Carnegie

Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden. Cormac McCarthy

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen. Michael Jordan

Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once. Drew Houston

If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more. Erica Jong

“I’d always end up broken down on the highway. When I stood there trying to flag someone down, nobody stopped. But when I pushed my own car, other drivers would get out and push with me. If you want help, help yourself – people like to see that.” ~ Chris Rock

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” ~ Pablo Picasso

“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” ~ Dolly Parton

“A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” ~ Steven Furtick

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” ~ J.K. Rowling

“To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.” ~ Bill Wilson

“If you trust in yourself… and believe in your dreams… and follow your star… you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.” ~ Terry Pratchett

“You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.” ~ John Green

“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” ~ Socrates

“Summer bodies are made in the winter.” ~ Anonymous

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” ~ Bertrand Russell

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” ~ J.K. Rowling

“Everybody says they’re trying to get their piece of the pie. They don’t realize that the world is a kitchen – you can make your own pie.” ~ Terry Crews

“As long as you make an identity for yourself out of pain, you cannot be free of it.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” ~ Henry Ford

“It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness; that is life.” ~ Jean-Luc Picard

“Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish, which trumps Did Not Start.” ~ Anonymous

“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” ~ Bruce Lee

“If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, then they can sure make something out of you.” ~ Muhammad Ali

“The best revenge is massive success.” ~ Frank Sinatra

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” ~ Zig Ziglar

“If people are not laughing at your goals, your goals are too small.” ~ Azim Premji

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” ~ Tim Notke.

“However, I continue to try and I continue, indefatigably, to reach out. There’s no way I can single-handedly save the world or, perhaps, even make a perceptible difference – but how ashamed I would be to let a day pass without making one more effort.” ~ Isaac Asimov

“Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.” ~ Nolan Bushnell

“In the face of such hopelessness as our eventual, unavoidable death, there is little sense in not at least trying to accomplish all of your wildest dreams in life.” ~ Kevin Smith

“Luck is the dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” ~ Ray Kroc

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” ~ Suzy Kassem

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” ~ Bruce Lee

“Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.” ~ Imam Ali

So these were some of the best motivational quotes to inspire you to take action.


Frequently Asked Questions about Motivation and Motivational Quotes

What is Motivation?

Motivation is the driving force behind human action. Without motivation, there would be no action.

Without action, nothing would change in the world. Without change, humanity’s dreams of a better world are just that – dreams. What is your dream? Do you have the motivation to see it through to reality?

Having sufficient motivation is not enough for achieving goals on your own. You must also have sufficient Willpower . Without sufficient willpower, motivation quickly turns into frustration. Frustration leads to apathy and you don’t want that do you?

Why is Motivation important?

Motivation is important because it helps you feel like you’re in control and can achieve things in life.

Motivation levels and how we feel in general strongly influence the way we behave in our everyday lives.

If we feel down, apathetic and unmotivated, we might not be as vigilant to things around us – we might not notice a shop we liked or we might decide to get an unhealthy snack instead of an apple.

How to Motivate Yourself?

Here are some tips to motivate yourself.

1. Get organized and plan what you’re going to do.
2. Set a time limit for how much you’ll work and then force yourself to stop when it’s up.
3. Find others who will hold you accountable for your goals and give you the incentive to stay on track.
4. Figure out what’s stopping you from doing what you need to be doing right now and take care of those things first.
5. Remind yourself why it is important to do this now.

What are the types of Motivation?

1. Intrinsic Motivation- occurs when you do something because it is interesting and enjoyable. It usually endures after the initial enjoyment fades away.

2. Extrinsic Motivation- occurs when you do something because you may be rewarded or punished for it later. It may or may not endure.

What is Motivation Theory?

Motivation theory relates to the idea that human beings are motivated to do something for a reward.

A reward is an event of payment or satisfaction given in response for performance, service, or achievement. Rewards of any kind help create new behavior.

Motivation may be divided into two classifications: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation is the inner drive to do something because it is interesting, satisfying, or personally challenging. Extrinsic motivation occurs when an outside force such as a reward drives one toward a particular activity. The individual has no interest in the task, but the reward is attractive.

Extrinsic motivation can be effective when used sparingly and with the proper task. If an activity is intrinsically motivating, rewards may actually decrease performance by adding pressure to an already enjoyable process. Thus, extrinsically rewarding activities that are not naturally enjoyed will most likely result in a decrease of intrinsic motivation.

What Motivates you the most?

I am most motivated by my desire to generate a positive impact on those around me and those that I will never meet.

That positive impact is created by the difference I make in the world as an individual.

How Motivation works?

Motivation is the art of arming your mind with ability. It’s what you use to accomplish your goals. It’s what pushes you forward or sends you backward.

We all have the ability within us to be great. We’ve just got to learn how to use it. This is what separates those who live their dreams from the ones who wallow in regret and self-pity.

How can you do whatever you set your mind to? It’s simple: Make sure your mind functions at its peak by removing the mental barriers holding you back.

How to Motivate yourself to Study?

The first way to motivate yourself to study is to think about the big picture. If you do well in school, then you will have a better chance of getting into a good college and having a good job that pays well and probably has more time off and flexibility.

The second way to motivate yourself to study is to set smaller goals. For example, if your goal is one hour of studying each day, try breaking it down into 10 minutes segments. Once you finish those 10 minutes, give yourself as little as five minutes as a reward for doing such a great job. You can even set the smaller goals as 15-minute increments or 20-minute increments.

The third way to motivate yourself to study is to be positive about it. Always try to find for the best in a negative situation. When you find yourself having to study, think about this as a benefit to your future self. In other words, “Your future self will thank you.” Or if you really cannot stand studying your previous night’s notes from class, look at those notes as something that is going to help you gain a better understanding of what you learned and be able to apply it in your life. Whatever that may be for you is the way you should think about it.

The fourth way to motivate yourself to study is to figure out why you make mistakes when studying. What causes those small mistakes? If studying makes you tired, then drink some coffee or have a caffeinated drink. If you just cannot keep your eyes open, then go to bed earlier and get at least six hours of sleep. Figure out what your problem is and adjust accordingly so that you can improve the quality of studying.

The fifth way to motivate yourself to study is to enjoy using flashcards. Flashcards are a great study tool and can help you in a variety of ways. You just have to decide what the best way is for you to learn the information on the flashcards.

The last way to motivate yourself to study is to make studying fun with friends by playing video games or watching movies (Movies, TV Shows & Anime). Just do not get so caught up in your fun distractions that you do not have any time left over for studying.

What are some tips to Motivate yourself to succeed in the Workplace?

To motivate yourself to succeed in the workplace, consider these tips:

– Pay attention to your goals and take time to remember what you want.
– The goals that you set for yourself should be tailored to your skills and talents. They should also be challenging enough for you.
– Set a task list and divide it into small tasks. Plan your activities and prioritize them.
– Take pride in all of your work no matter how small the task is.
– Learn from any mistakes you make and continue improving on all aspects of your career.
– Find a mentor or someone who can guide you in the right direction. Having an external source of motivation will benefit you greatly.

How to Motivate Others?

There are two ways that you can use to motivate others.

The first way is known as extrinsic motivation – Extrinsic motivation involves external factors such as rewards, punishments, and threats of punishment to direct a person’s actions.

For example, a manager may reward a team for completing a project on time with a bonus or a promotion.

Intrinsic motivation, the second way to motivate others, relies on internal factors such as enjoyment and personal interest in directing behavior.

For example, a manager may reward team success by taking the entire team out to lunch.


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Chandan Negi

I’m Chandan Negi, the Founder of Internet Pillar. I love sharing quotes and sayings to inspire and motivate people.
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