Motivational Quotes 51 to 100

51. ‘You get more of what you have. When you feel friendly, people want to be your friend. When you feel attractive, people are attracted to you. When you feel loving, others act lovingly towards you. The truth is cruel because so often, you want others to give you what you lack. It’s when you’re feeling friendless that you most want people to be friendly. When you’re feeling ugly, you want someone to tell you how attractive you are. Feeling unloving makes you long to be showered with affection.’  Gretchen Rubin

52. ‘The secret of success is to understand the point of view of others.’ Henry Ford

53. ‘Anyone can do anything they want, and that’s what I proved. You just need a lot of passion.’ Mikael Jonsson, cooking amateur to Michelin-starred chef in 14 months.

54. ‘Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.’ William Ward

55. ‘In the long term, we don’t end up being as happy as we thought we’d be when good things happen to us, and we are not as sad as we expect when bad things occur.’ Dan Ariely

56. ‘Make a habit of two things – to help, or at least do no harm.’ Hippocrates

57. “By honestly acknowledging your past errors, but never damning yourself for them, you can use your past for your own future benefit.” -Albert Ellis & Robert A. Harper.

58. ‘No matter what your past has been, you have a spotless future.’ –Unknown

59. ‘It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.’ Harry S. Truman

60. ‘When you walk with purpose, you collide with destiny’ – Betrice Berry

61. “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

62. ‘Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this Earth to climb.’ Hugh Macleod

63. “If your only goal is to become rich, you’ll never achieve it.” John D. Rockefeller, America’s first billionaire

64. ‘Life is a test. It is only a test. Had this been a real life you would have been instructed where to go and what to do.’ Taken from a famous poster

65. ‘Patience is a quality of heart that can be greatly enhanced with deliberate practice.’

66. ‘The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.’ William James

67. ‘But I have to stay positive, even if it means taking a thousand noes to get that one yes’

68. ‘One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.’ Gretchen Rubin

69. ‘You can choose what you do; you can’t choose what you like to do.’ Gretchen Rubin

70. ‘Throughout my athletics career, the overall goal was always to be a better athlete than I was at that moment – whether next week, next month or next year. The improvement was the goal. The medal was simply the ultimate reward for achieving that goal.’ Sebastian Coe

71. ‘Towering genius disdains a beaten path.’ Abraham Lincoln

72. ‘Everyone holds his fortune in his own hands, like a sculptor the raw material he will fashion into a figure. But it’s the same with that type of artistic activity as with all others; We are merely born with the capability to do it. The skill to mold the material into what we want must be learned and attentively cultivated.’ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

73. ‘The moment that you rest, thinking that you have attained the level you desire, a part of your mind enters a phase of decay. You lose your hard-earned creativity and others begin to sense it. This is a power and intelligence that must be continually renewed or it will die.’ Robert Greene

74. ‘If you lose contact with your inner calling, you can have some success in life, but eventually your lack of true desire catches up with you. Your work becomes mechanical. You come to live for leisure and immediate pleasures. In this way you become increasingly passive, and never move past the first phase. You may grow frustrated and depressed, never realizing that the source of it is your alienation from your own creative potential.’ Robert Greene

75. ‘There are two kinds of failure. The first comes from never trying out your ideas because you are afraid, or because you are waiting for the perfect time. This kind of failure you can never learn from, and such timidity will destroy you. The second kind comes from a bold and venturesome spirit. If you fail in this way, the hit that you take to your reputation is greatly outweighed by what you learn. Repeated failure will toughen your spirit and show you with absolute clarity how things must be done.’ Robert Greene

76. ‘The information in books is not tailored to your circumstances and individuality; it tends to be somewhat abstract. When you are young and have less experience of the world, this abstract knowledge is hard to put into practice…It is always possible to practice on your own, but you will not receive enough focused feedback.’ Robert Greene (on the need for mentors)

77. ‘The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.’ Apple’s “Think Different” commercial (1997)

78. ‘You are born with a particular makeup and tendencies that mark you as a piece of fate. It is who you are to the core. Some people never become who they are; they stop trusting in themselves, they conform to the tastes of others, and they end up wearing a mask that hides their true nature. If you allow yourself to learn who you really are by paying attention to that voice and force within you, then you can become what you were fated to become – an individual, a Master.’ Robert Greene

79. ‘It is a healthy part of your development to follow a path independent of your parents and to establish your own identity. Let your sense of rebellion fill you with energy and purpose.’ Robert Greene

80. ‘One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.’ Virginia Woolf

81. “Summary of Ben Bernanke’s Princeton University Commencement Speech (10 suggestions)

• Life is unpredictable and it is difficult to predict a long term career path for yourself; Life is full of ups and downs; Don’t be afraid of change

• Learn to strive and plan for yourself; Everyone should aim to develop themselves and fulfill their life’s tasks

• Meritocracy rewards the luckiest, wealthiest, most educated etc; These people should share their knowledge and be entrusted with more responsibility

• Make use of your advantages and learn to overcome obstacles

• Cynicism is no substitute for critical thinking; Policy makers tend to make decisions based on their own judgments; Worthy to pursue a career in public services

• Economics can aid policy making and rule out ideas inconsistent with empirical research

• Money is a means, not an end; Don’t choose a career just for the love of money

• Treat failure as an opportunity for learning/development

• Choose a good companion; looks are not all that matter

• Be grateful for your parents’ support and help towards building your success

82. ‘If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.’ Steve Jobs

83. ‘In order to pursue our passion, and to have so many different interests – whether it’s dance, theatre, some of you may be writing, some of you may want to be a scientist, business leaders, you need to create opportunities. Although money is not everything, it is often necessary for us to do some things. So therefore the pursuit of excellence, the pursuit of passion and the pursuit of opportunities, which requires growth, which requires a certain vibrancy, should not be seen as diametrical opposites – that you can have one and not the other. In fact, one is often important to the other.’ Heng Swee Keat

84. ‘First, it is essential that you begin with one skill that you can master, and that serves as a foundation for acquiring others. You must avoid at all cost the idea that you can manage learning several skills at a time. You need to develop your powers of concentration, and understand that trying to multitask will be the death of the process.’ Robert Greene

85. ‘Mastery is like swimming – it is too difficult to move forward when we are creating our own resistance or swimming against the current. Know your strengths and move with them.’ Robert Greene

86. ‘Trying something over and over again grounds you in reality, making you deeply aware of your inadequacies and of what you can accomplish with more work and effort.’ Robert Greene

87. ‘2nd law of thermodynamics: entropy and the fact you need to pump a lot of energy into something to keep it stable. Path dependency: One is influenced by past experiences and you never know when you can tap on them. Go and be useful: Decide to be good at something so that you can be of use to the society.’ Lee Guan Wei

88. ‘1) Get started; 2) Sketch; 3) Find someone; 4) Get real feedback; 5) Build a more robust prototype; 6) Keep track of what works, and what doesn’t; 7) Keep trying, until you find enough things to work’ Shaun from Syinc

89. ‘And today on your commencement, your first day of life in the real world, that’s what I wish for you. Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure, and go ever upward.’ Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox

90. ‘Fortunately, it doesn’t matter. No one has a 5. 0 in real life. In fact, when you finish school, the whole notion of a GPA just goes away. When you’re in school, every little mistake is a permanent scratch in your windshield. But in the real world, if you’re not swerving around and hitting the guard rails every now and then, you’re not going fast enough. Your biggest risk isn’t failing, it’s being too comfortable.’ Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox

91. ‘In the real world, if you’re not swerving around and hitting the guard rails every now and then, you’re not going fast enough. Your biggest risk isn’t failing, it’s being too comfortable. Failure doesn’t matter. You only have to be right once.’ Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox

92. ‘It took me a while to get it, but the hardest-working people don’t work hard because they’re disciplined. They work hard because working on an exciting problem is fun. So after today, it’s not about pushing yourself; it’s about finding your tennis ball, the thing that pulls you. You might not find it right away, but until you do, keep listening for that little voice.’ Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox

93. ‘One thing I’ve learned is surrounding yourself with inspiring people is now just as important as being talented or working hard. It’s hard to imagine Michael Jordan becoming Michael Jordan if his circle of 5 had been a bunch of guys in Italy. Your circle pushes you to be better, just as Adam pushed me.’ Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox

94. ‘They say that you’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Think about that for a minute: who would be in your circle of 5? The good news is MIT is one of the best places in the world to start building that circle. If I hadn’t come here, I wouldn’t have met Adam, I wouldn’t have met my amazing cofounder, Arash, and there would be no Dropbox.’ Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox

95. ‘I was going to say work on what you love, but that’s not really it. It’s so easy to convince yourself that you love what you’re doing — who wants to admit that they don’t? When I think about it, the happiest and most successful people I know don’t just love what they do, they’re obsessed with solving an important problem, something that matters to them.’ Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox

96. ‘Don’t get me wrong: learning is your top priority, but now it can happen on the job. The best learning is doing. Otherwise, if you spend all your time checking boxes and “getting ready” to follow your dream, chances are you’ll end up working for the people who just went out and did it. So what you should be doing is not getting ready but getting started.’ Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox

97. Studies have shown the following groups of people to be happier: (i) Are in a long-term relationship; (ii) Are actively engaged in politics; (iii) Are active in work and in your free time; (iv) Go out for dinner; (v) Have close friendships (though happiness does not increase with the number of friends you have); (vi) People who drink in moderation are happier than people who don’t drink at all; (vii) Men tend to be happier in a society where women enjoy greater equality; (viii) Being considered good looking increases men’s happiness more than it does women’s; (ix) You tend to be happier if you think you’re good looking, rather than if you actually, objectively speaking, are; (x)     Having children lowers your happiness levels, but your happiness increases when they grow up and leave home.

98. “Research has shown that we can make ourselves happier because happiness does change over time, and these changes are not just a matter of better circumstances but of better dealing with life. Elderly people tend to be wiser, and for that reason, happier.” Professor Ruut Veenhoven

99. “Though it is generally assumed that you need goals to lead a happy life, evidence is mixed. The reason seems to be that unhappy people are more aware of their goals, because they seek to change their life for the better.” Professor Ruut Veenhoven

100. ‘Sometimes, attempting to impress the people around us is the best way to become the people we want to be. Trying to look smarter than we are can actually make us smarter.’ Daisy Buchanan




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