Motivational Quotes 201 to 250

201. ‘Interdisciplinary study has powerful benefits, because it forces you to think in ways you’re not used to. The danger with exclusively immersing yourself in one discipline is that it leads to one dimensional thinking, which in a multidimensional world, is nearly useless for problem solving.’ (from a random blog)

202. ‘When you procrastinate, you become a slave to yesterday. But when you are proactive, it’s as if yesterday becomes your secret ally. Make plans so that you can be proactive.’ (from a random blog)

203. ‘If you don’t plan for the future, you will always be reacting to whatever comes your way. You’ll be pushed around and bullied by happenstance. But if you do plan for the future, you get an opportunity to react to things that have yet to happen. You get to be proactive.’ (from a random blog)

204. ‘Come to the edge…we might fall…Come to the edge…it’s too high!…COME TO THE EDGE…and they came. And he pushed. And they flew.’ Christopher Logue

205. ‘I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold…Service was joy.’ Rabindranath Tagore

206. ‘No matter how great the work, the master built it by patiently laying a couple bricks at a time…day by day…hour by hour. That means your measure for success is not how tall your tower is, but whether or not you’ve laid your bricks for the day.’ (from a random blog)

207. ‘If you are a writer, reading is your act of immersion. If you are a musician, listening is your act of immersion. If you are a painter, seeing is your act of immersion. The more you consume of the media you want to make, the more your tastes will mature.’ (from a random blog)

208. ‘Let say you are a culinary artist, striving to a master. To make a delicious meal, you have to know what good food tastes like. To know what good food tastes like, you have to eat good food. By eating good food, you immerse yourself in good food. Eating is your act of immersion.’ (from a random blog)

209. ‘I wanted no part of politics. And I wasn’t in Berlin to compete against any one athlete. The purpose of the Olympics, anyway, was to do your best. The struggles within yourself. The invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us that’s where it’s at. The only victory that counts is the one over yourself.’ Jesse Owens

210. ‘For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.’ Timothy Ferriss

211. ‘In order to really find happiness, you need to continue looking for opportunities that you believe are meaningful, in which you will be able to learn new things, to succeed, and be given more and more responsibility to shoulder.’ Clayton Christensen (How will you measure your life)

212. ‘Is the work meaningful to me? Is this job going to give me a chance to develop? Am I going to learn new things? Will I have an opportunity for recognition and achievement? Am I going to be given responsibility?’ Clayton Christensen (How will you measure your life), on questions to ask yourself before taking a job

213. ‘The strongest predictor of an employee seeing her work as a calling was the number of years spent on the job. In other words, the more experience an employee had, the more likely she was to love her work.’ Cal Newport (So good they can’t ignore you)

214. ‘The trap many people fall into is to allocate their time to whoever screams the loudest, and their talent to whatever offers them the fastest reward. That’s a dangerous way to build a strategy.’ Clayton Christensen (How will you measure your life)

215. ‘As you go through your career, you will begin to find the areas of work you love and in which you will shine; you will, hopefully, find a field where you can maximize the motivators and satisfy the hygiene factors.’ Clayton Christensen (How will you measure your life)

216. ‘That’s the lesson I learned: it’s easier to hold to your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold to them 98% of the time. Decide what you stand for. And then stand for it all the time.’ Clayton Christensen (How will you measure your life)

217. ‘All successful people operate by principles that help them be successful. Without principles, you would be forced to react to circumstances that come at you without considering what you value most and how to make choices to get what you want. This would prevent you from making the most of your life.’ Ray Dalio (Principles)

218. ‘The key to prolonging happiness is to interrupt a happy moment by taking breaks. The key to reducing sadness is not to interrupt a sad moment and let it take its course.’ Dan Ariely (The Upside of Irrationality)

219. ‘The possibility for greatness and embarrassment both exist in the same space. If you’re not willing to be embarrassed, you’re probably not willing to be great.’ Paul Angone

220. ‘Because you don’t have a lot of money, you should pay attention to learning. When you buy the books, read them carefully and learn the lessons and strategies that is being taught in the book. Each book, after reading them, put them into your own language to tell the stories. Sharing with others can improve your credibility and enhance the affinity.’ Li Ka-Shing

221. ‘You can wipe out an entire generation, you can burn their homes to the ground and somehow they’ll still find their way back. But if you destroy their history, you destroy their achievements and it’s as if they never existed. That’s what Hitler wants and that’s exactly what we are fighting for.’ The Monuments Men – (on fighting for art preservation during WWII)

222. ‘Pain is like fabric: The stronger it is, the more it is worth.’ John Green (The Fault in Our Stars)

223. ‘That’s the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.’ Augustus (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)

224. ‘You can rewrite garbage. You can’t rewrite nothing.’ Unknown

225. ‘Be Prepared.’ Scouts Motto

226. ‘No, not at all, I never would envisage that. We are in a job like you go for the next game, and try to do well in that next game. Then step by step, sometimes you get to 1,000 games.’ Arsene Wenger, manager of Arsenal Football Club since 1996

227. ‘WARNING: During the process of this book you will get dirty. You may find yourself covered in paint, or any other number of foreign substances. You will get wet. You may be asked to do things you question. You may grieve for the perfect state that you found the book in. You may begin to see creative destruction everywhere. You may begin to live life more recklessly.’ Keri Smith (Wreck This Journal)

228. ‘In a complex modern economy, success and failure will always be somewhat unpredictable; even the best hunters will frequently come home empty-handed. That’s why the most important thing is not being discouraged by setbacks and being willing to try over and over again.’ Megan McArdle

229. ‘If you have a short amount of time, it’s more important that you fail. You fail early to succeed soon.’ Peter Skillman

230. “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” Brian Tracy

231. ‘An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.’ Martin Luther King Jr

232. ‘I believe in reading as widely as possible, and I think the most important work each of us can do every day is to learn.’ Chris Guillebeau (A Brief Guide to World Domination)

233. ‘Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in a way they have been told to do.’ Alan Keightley

234. ‘I ought to have foreseen that I should appeal most strongly to those who already had an interest in existence. It is always the man who has tasted life who demands more of it. And it is always the man who never gets out of bed who is the most difficult to rouse.’ Arnold Bennett (How to live on 24hours a day)

235. ‘You have to live on this twenty-four hours of daily time. Out of it you have to spin health, pleasure, money, content, respect, and the evolution of your immortal soul. Its right use, its most effective use, is a matter of the highest urgency and of the most thrilling actuality.’ Arnold Bennett

236. ‘Waste your infinitely precious time as much as you will, and the supply will never be withheld from you. No mysterious power will say:—”This man is a fool, if not a knave. He does not deserve time; he shall be cut off at the meter.”‘ Arnold Bennett

237. ‘You tell me flatly that you are too tired to do anything outside your work at night. In reply to which I tell you flatly that if your ordinary day’s work is thus exhausting, then the balance of your life is wrong and must be adjusted. A man’s powers ought not to be monopolised by his ordinary day’s work.’ Arnold Bennett

238. ‘Yet it has been said that time is money. That proverb understates the case. Time is a great deal more than money. If you have time you can obtain money—usually. But though you have the wealth of a cloak-room attendant at the Carlton Hotel, you cannot buy yourself a minute more time than I have, or the cat by the fire has.’ Arnold Bennett (How to live on 24hours a day)

239. ‘I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.’ Helen Keller

240. ‘The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle.’ Armed Forces Motto

241. ‘It is not the critic who counts. Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled. Or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena. Whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood. Who strives valiantly. Who errs and comes short again and again. Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause. Who at the best, knows in the end of triumph of high achievement. And who, at worst, if he fails at least while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.’ Theodore Roosevelt

242. ‘A man must know his destiny. If he does not recognize it, then he is lost. By this I mean…once…twice…or at the most, three times….fate will reach out and tap a man on the shoulder. If he has the imagination, he will turn around and fate will point out to him what fork in the road he should take. If he has the guts, he will take it.’ George S. Patton

243. ‘Because of styles, people are separated. Research your own experience. Absorb what is useful. Reject what is useless. Add what is essentially your own.’ Bruce Lee

244. ‘Out of the darkness I emerged at the base of one of the towers, and looked up. And like a slap in the face I saw that my dream was impossible. It was right there in the aluminum and glass and steel and concrete. It was right there. It said: IMPOSSIBLE. And yet somehow I actually found myself trespassing in one of the towers. And climbing and climbing inside the building until I found myself very close to the top. And then I emerged. But there were no gates. There was nothing to protect me from the devouring void. I turned, and as soon as I looked at the other tower, another time the word: IMPOSSIBLE, etched itself inside me. I went back down and looked again from the street. And there again I realized it was IMPOSSIBLE. BUT I’LL DO IT!’ Philippe Petit

245. ‘PRESS ON! Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. Genius will not. Education will not. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.’ Calvin Coolidge

246. ‘The question isn’t who is going to let me. It’s who is going to stop me.’ Ayn Rand

247. ‘Who is the happier man? He who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?’ Hunter S. Thompson

248. ‘One of life’s best coping mechanisms is to know the difference between an inconvenience and a problem. If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you’ve got a problem. Everything else is an inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. A lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat, and a lump in the breast are not the same kind of lump. One needs to learn the difference.’ Robert Fulghum

249. ‘All know the way, few actually walk it.’Bodhidharma

250. ‘The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences. And hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon. For each day to have a new and different sun.’ Christopher McCandless



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