Motivational quotes 1 to 50

  1. ‘A lot of people believe there are some inherent limits they were born with, but there is surprisingly little hard evidence that anyone could attain any kind of exceptional performance without spending a lot of time perfecting it.’ Anders Ericsson
  2. ‘Effort is one of the things that gives meaning to life. Effort means you care about something, that something is important to you and you are willing you work for it. It would be an impoverished existence if you were not willing to value things and commit yourself to working towards them.’ Carol Dweck
  3. ‘Figure out for yourself what you want to be really good at, know that you’ll never satisfy yourself that you’ve made it, and accept that that’s okay.’ Robert B. Reich
  4. ‘Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them.’ Julius Erving
  5. ‘Try to pick a profession in which you enjoy even the most mundane, tedious parts. Then you will always be happy.’ Will Shortz
  6. ‘If you just set out to be liked, you will be prepared to compromise on anything at anytime, and would achieve nothing.’ Margaret Thatcher
  7. “…in today’s competitive workplace and cautious world, the people who are willing to commit themselves to making a difference – and to stand their ground, persevere and risk the ridicule and wrath of those around them – will be those who will leave a legacy long after they have gone.” Margaret Thatcher
  8. ‘Wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it. Right is right even if only you are doing it.’ Anonymous
  9. ‘It’s not as if any of us wants to live like this; it’s something we collectively force one another to do.’ Tim Kreider
  10. ‘Our frantic days are really just a hedge against emptiness…Life is too short to be busy.’ Tim Kreider
  11. ‘If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.’ Cicero
  12. ‘Love is essential; gregariousness is optional. Cherish your nearest and dearest. Work with colleagues you like and respect. Scan new acquaintances for those who might fall into the former categories or whose company you enjoy for its own sake. And don’t worry about socializing with everyone else. Relationships make everyone happier, introverts included, but think quality over quantity.’ Susan Cain, on tips for introverts
  13. ‘I haven’t overcome my shyness. It is sitting in the corner, calling to me. But I am passionate about changing our schools, so my passion overcomes my shyness once I get started on a speech. If you find something that arouses your passion or provides a welcome challenge, you forget yourself for a while. It’s like an emotional vacation.’ LouAnne Johnson, on the importance of passion
  14. “One of the things I’ve learned is not to live my life through others’ perspective on me, as it is irrelevant. My experience of being alive ain’t contingent – thank fucking God – on what people think of me.” Russell Brand
  15. ‘A voluntary sacrifice of one’s comforts for the sake of helping the less fortunate is universally recognized as morally admirable. Even today more and more people find a natural outlet for their generous (and adventurous) instincts in voluntary service at home and abroad. In expending effort, experience, expertise and love helping others, such people are sacrificing income for leisure in our sense. They are leading the good life, and pointing others to it.’ Robert and Edward Skidelsky
  16. ‘People flourish when they’re engaged in occupations, roles or settings that are concordant with their personalities.’ Brain Little
  17. ‘In the long run, if the idea is good, people shift. If the cause is just and you put heart into it, it’s almost a universal law: you will attract people who want to share your cause. Soft power is quiet persistence.’ Susan Cain
  18. ‘Figure out what you are meant to contribute to the world and make sure you contribute it. If this requires public speaking or networking or other activities that make you uncomfortable, do them anyway.’ Susan Cain
  19. ‘Being relatively unmoved by rewards gives you the incalculable power to go your own way. It’s up to you to use that independence to good effect.’ Susan Cain
  20. ‘It’s not that I’m so smart. It’s that I stay with problems longer.’ Albert Einstein
  21. ‘3 ways to determine meaningful projects for yourself are to 1) think of what you liked as a child, 2) pay attention to the work you gravitate to and 3) pay attention to what you envy.’ Susan Cain
  22. ‘I am a horse for a single harness, not cut out for tandem or teamwork…for well I know that in order to attain any definite goal, it is imperative that one person do the thinking and the commanding.’ Albert Einstein
  23. “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. ” Neil Gaiman
  24. ‘You need to rid your life of Leeches and replace them with Energizers.’ Robert Pagliarini
  25. ‘Often it appeared as though it were wholly useless to struggle against evil, yet there was an infinitesimal improvement in each stage. The character was becoming more and more developed.’ Henry Morton Stanley
  26. ‘For contentment, apparently, it pays to look at how far you’ve come. To stoke motivation and ambition, focus instead on the road ahead.’ Roy F. Baumeister & John Tierney
  27. ‘Getting your brain wired into little goals and achieving them, that helps you achieve the bigger things you shouldn’t be able to do. It’s not just practicing the specific thing. It’s always making things more difficult than they should be, and never falling short, so that you have that extra reserve, that tank, so you know you can always go further than your goal. For me that’s what discipline is. It’s repetition and practice.’ David Blaine
  28. ‘Success is conditional – but it’s within your reach as long as you have the discipline to try, try again.’ Roy F. Baumeister & John Tierney
  29. ‘You’re a superstar no matter who you are or where you come from – and you were born this way.’ Lady Gaga
  30. ‘The more the body suffers, the more the spirit flowers… Breaking the comfort zone seems to be the place where I always grow.’ David Blaine
  31. ‘The farsighted ant is better prepared for the winter than the live-for-the-moment grasshopper.’ Aesop fable
  32. ‘The smart person accepts. The idiot insists.’ Greek saying
  33. ‘Being spectacularly wrong is often the most powerful stimulus to fresh thinking.’ Sylvia Nasar
  34. “Albert Einstein observed that the solitude and monotony of his country life stimulated his ‘creative’ mind. He recommended similar periods of enforced isolation to other scholars bent on producing works of genius, by taking up temporary occupations as a lighthouse keeper, for example. It gave one time to think one’s thoughts and, of course, to write them down.” Sylvia Nasar
  35. ‘CARRYING OUT A NEW PLAN and acting according to a customary one are things as different as MAKING A ROAD and walking along it.’ Joseph Schumpeter
  36. ‘The world is moving on, but the pace at which it moves, depends upon how much we think for ourselves.’ Alfred Marshall
  37. ‘A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.’ Wizard to the Tin Man. The Wizard of Oz
  38. ‘My approach has been I don’t care who is to blame. We needed to change. It’s got to be about the people. Teach them respect for each other, integrity and how to strive for excellence. Cultures change. But people need to want to change. People convinced against their will are of the same opinion still.’ City Manager of Vallejo, Phil Batchelor
  39. ‘Victory belongs to the person with the strongest reality and the most decisive actions.’- Unknown
  40. ‘I shall pass this way but once; any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.’ Dale Carnegie
  41. ‘Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’ George Santayana
  42. “We are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” Ulysses, Lord Alfred Tennyson (quoted by M in James Bond’s Skyfall)
  43. ‘The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.’ William Morris
  44. ‘Don’t do what you think you should do. Get involved because something interests you. If you aren’t interested, you won’t do a good job, you won’t stick to it.’ Gretchen Rubin
  45. ‘It is hard, so terribly hard, to please yourself. Far from being the easy thing that it sounds like, it is almost the hardest thing in the world, because we are not always comfortable with that true self that lies deep within us.’ Christopher Alexander
  46. ‘To succeed in a spectacular fashion, you have to be spectacularly unusual.’ Michael Burry
  47. ‘The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of a doubt, what is laid before him.’ Leo Tolstoy
  48. ‘Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.’ Nathaniel Hawthorne
  49. ‘A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.’ Anthony Trollop
  50. ‘I’d gain the most happiness from a particular experience if I anticipated, savored it as it unfolded, expressed happiness, and recalled the happy memory. I’d take steps to amplify my enjoyment of each of the four stages.’ Gretchen Rubin



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