Motivational Quotes 251 to 300

251. ‘No matter how independent they are, I’ve yet to meet someone who has accomplished everything in their life completely on their own. It just doesn’t work that way.’ Chris Guillebeau (A Brief Guide to World Domination)

252. ‘Get yourself some books and go into the shade while you are striking (for the rights of fellow miners). Sit down and read. Educate yourself for the coming conflicts.’ Mother Jones

253. ‘What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.’ Carl Sagan

254. ‘If you want greatness badly enough, and are willing to make some changes in your life to cause it to happen, you too can take over the world…or do anything else you really want to do. Yes, you really can have it all. The only things you’ll need to give up are assumptions, expectations, and the comfort zone that holds you back from greatness.’ Chris Guillebeau

255. ‘If you want to know who your real friends are, starts telling your craziest idea to everyone you meet. Some people will slowly back away from you as if you really are crazy, but others will latch on to your idea and help you in any way you can. The people in the second group are your real friends.’ Chris Guillebeau

256. ‘The real secret in life is that even though you can probably have anything you want if you work hard enough, in the end it’s not all about you. You’ll be able to achieve your own important goals, but to truly go to the next level, you’ll need to do something great for the rest of the world as well.’ Chris Guillebeau

257. ‘Have you ever thought about doing something differently than you do now? Ever thought about starting a business, a blog, a website, a marathon training program, an overseas trip… or something else entirely? How about changing careers, learning a language, moving somewhere completely different?’ Chris Guillebeau

258. ‘The truth is that if you want to achieve your most significant goals, and you want to change the world for the better in the process, you really don’t need to jump through all the hoops that people hold up for you.’ Chris Guillebeau

259. ‘My response is that it doesn’t really matter which language you choose to learn, as long as you get started with one of them. If you start with Spanish, you can always switch to French, Italian, or Portuguese later. Everything you learnt will still be relevant. Even if you choose to study a language that’s more difficult for English speakers, such as Arabic or Chinese, the skills you acquire in learning an easier language will help you with the more difficult one.’ Chris Guillebeau

260. ‘What do you cherish most in life? Health? Work? Family? Friends? Religion? Sports? Nature? It’s no surprise that life is richer and more fulfilling when we actively invest our time and energy in the things that are most important or meaningful to us.’ Russ Harris (The Happiness Trap)

261. ‘Values are important because they can guide you and motivate you through situations where your feelings might lead you off course. Acting in accordance with your own deepest values is inherently satisfying and fulfilling – even though it often forces you to face your fears.’ Russ Harris (The Happiness Trap)

262. ‘The mind loves telling stories: in fact, it never stops. All day, every day, it tells you stories about what you should be doing with your life, what other people think of you, what will happen in the future, what went wrong in the past, and so on. It’s like a radio that never stops broadcasting.’ Russ Harris (The Happiness Trap)

263. ‘If you have many years’ experience, then you’ve had time to get better at what you do and develop a feeling of efficiency. It also gives you time to develop strong relationships with your coworkers and to see many examples of your work benefitting others.’ Cal Newport

264. ‘Rather than being very analytical, those who are lucky grasp opportunities as they come along – they realise life is uncertain and full of chances.’ Prof Richard Wiseman

265. ‘A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.’ Winston Churchill

266. ‘It all starts with an idea, but you can never tell where an idea will end up. Because ideas spread, they change and grow. They connect us with the world. And in a fast moving world, where good news moves at the speed of time and bad news isn’t always what it seems – because when push comes to shove, we all deserve a second chance to score.’ Extracted from The Office, an American TV series

267. ‘All you need is love. It’s more complicated than that. You need a place to live on a quiet street with a good insurance policy. You need a career, a hobby and an escape plan. You need a pet to start with. A child, eventually. And sleep, if possible. You need to make money! More Stuff! More Happiness! You need to relax. Put on an old record. Remind yourself: All you need is love.’ Unknown

268. ‘It’s hard to get any work done on the beach. We’re sabotaged by sand and seagulls, seduced by naps and novels. It’s best to work on bleak winter weekends. We burn with ambition to keep warm and create constantly to cast off loneliness. The beach is better for brief schemes, like sandcastles that stand for an afternoon, only to sink with the tide. Maybe we do work well on the beach. We just focus more on the process than the end result.’ Unknown

269. ‘Play each day like jazz. Be cool. But don’t be too smooth. Develop a sense of structure and repetition. Don’t hesitate to improvise. Listen. Let others bounce ideas off to you. Return to a satisfying theme.’ Grant Snider

270. ‘Striving to make something truly unique may lead to disappointment. But in the most mundane projects, there is still a chance for exploration. Ancient exploration can be made new by the power of imagination. Simple patterns can inspire endless fascination. The scraps of old work may bring a blizzard of ideas.’

271. ‘Read for pleasure. Submit to the power of reading. Read without inhibitions.’ Grant Snider

272. ‘Today we will abandon reason and logic and express ourselves through nonsense! We will demolish old structures in order to start afresh and create by accident and chance! Anyone can be an artist. Anything can be art. By questioning the values of the society that created us, we will free them from their confining rules!’ Grant Snider

273. ‘Let the rain surprise you. Let the rain wash away your distractions. Let the rain fall on your heels like quicksilver. Let the rain challenge your sense of fashion. The rain demands expressive dance. The rain plays rhythmic trance music. The rain brings poets and earthworms. The rain paints in drunken watercolors. I love the rain.’ Langston Hughes

274. ‘The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.’ Jessica Hische

275. ‘Because it’s good to look forward, not back. Because we need to illuminate a path we hope or we fear humanity will take. Because the world of the future seems more enticing or more interesting than the world of today. Because we need to warn you. To encourage. To examine. To imagine.’ Neil Gaiman, explaining why authors write about worlds which don’t exist

276. ‘If we lose fiction, we lose our shared history. We lose much of what makes us human. And fiction gives us empathy: it puts us inside the minds of other people, gives us the gift of seeing the world through their eyes. Fiction is a lie that tells us true things, over and over.’ Neil Gaiman

277. ‘Most people, and particularly kids, don’t realize that they are in control of their lives and they’re the ones that are going to make the decisions and they’re the ones that are going to make it one way or the other. Usually adolescence is a time when kids feel that the world is doing it to them. Whether it’s their parents doing it to them or their teachers doing it to them or their other friends doing it to them and that they are the victim in all of this. Somewhere in here, you have to learn that you’re not the victim. But instead, you’re the one who’s doing it. That moment is sometimes a long, slow realization or sometimes it’s turning on a light switch. All of a sudden, you realize that you are the person who has control of your life.’ Jim Henson

278. ‘If you are getting married, it’s probably foolish to ask an unknowable question like, “Will this person make me happy for 50 years?” It’s probably smarter to ask, “Is this person admirable enough that I want to live my life as an offering to them?”’ David Brooks

279. One of the hard things in life is learning to ask questions that you can actually answer. For example, if you are thinking about taking a job, it’s probably foolish to ask, “What future opportunities will this lead to?” You can’t know. It’s probably better to ask, “Will going to this workplace be rewarding day to day?” which is more concrete.’ David Brooks

280. ”Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others, and makes them believe deeper, in something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized.’ Ultimate Warrior, a wrestler

281. ‘You can’t change the world alone—you will need some help— and to truly get from your starting point to your destination takes friends, colleagues, the good will of strangers and a strong coxswain to guide them.’ Peter Jacobs

282. ‘The person who takes a job is likely, whether they want to or not, to get better at that job. The person who makes a habit out of going to the gym every day eventually feels ill if they abandon it. Commitment becomes habit. Success begets success. You need to make sure where you spend most of your hours is where you want the biggest growth. And then do everything you can to build that snowball.’ Mark Manson

283. ‘We’re naturally biased towards wishful thinking. We mistake a burning desire within us for certainty that we’ll get it. But willpower alone can’t rewrite the laws of the universe. If you truly believe you’re destined to marry Megan Fox, I’m not going to say ‘keep at it’. You’re a delusional moron, and you shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near scissors or a working Facebook account.’ Mark Manson

284. ‘If you really don’t know what you want to do, you’re going to have to try things you haven’t done yet. And you’re going to fail – a lot – trying many different things, most of which won’t work. Kids find this a lot easier because they don’t worry about consequences. I encourage you to do the same.’ Mark Manson

285. ‘The secret to mastering your time is to systematically focus on importance and suppress urgency. Humans are pre-wired to focus on things which demand an immediate response, like alerts on their phones – and to postpone things which are most important, like going to the gym. You need to reverse that, which goes against your brain and most of human society.’ Mark Manson

286. ‘Humans are such funny critters. If you have a friend to meet, you’ll arrange to see them at a set time. But if you have something that matters to you more than anything – say writing a book, or going to the gym – you won’t schedule it. You’ll just ‘get round to it’. Mark Manson

287. ‘You want to design a life for yourself where you can engage in activities that you’re passionate about. Often, we’re happiest when we’re striving after goals that we think are important.’ Jonathan Clements

288. ‘It’s okay to want the promotion and pay raise, so you can buy the house and the car. But if the price paid is working at a job you hate, you have set yourself up for misery. It’s crucial to do work you’re passionate about. The journey is indeed more important than the destination.’ Jonathan Clements

289. ‘The reason to accumulate money is so you don’t have to worry about money. It’s sort of like health. It’s only when you’re sick that you realize how great it is to be healthy.’ Jonathan Clements

290. ‘Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.’ Maya Angelou

291. ‘My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.’ Maya Angelou

292. ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ Maya Angelou

293. ‘Reading is such a great way to gain knowledge and also to have fun and enjoy. That doesn’t matter whether you are young or an adult. I read now and love finding new books that excite me but also make me learn.’ Frank Lampard (Chelsea legend)

294. ‘Perseverance is sometimes but another word for self-reliance. Many persons naturally look on the dark side of life, and borrow trouble. They are born so. Then they ask for advice, and they will be governed by one wind and blown by another, and cannot rely upon themselves. Until you can get so that you can rely upon yourself, you need not expect to succeed.’ PT Barnum (The Art of Money Getting)

295. ‘You (Faculty staff) have given them (graduates) the ability to walk behind the mind’s elaborate set decoration, and to see that there is a huge difference between a dog that is going to eat you in your mind and an actual dog that’s going to eat you. That may sound like no big deal, but many never learn that distinction and spend a great deal of their lives living in fight or flight response.’ Jim Carrey, commencement speech at Maharishi University

296. ‘Fear is going to be a player in your life, but you get to decide how much. You can spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying about your pathway to the future, but all there will ever be is what’s happening here, and the decisions we make in this moment, which are based in either love or fear.’ Jim Carrey

297. ‘I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.’ Jim Carrey

298. ‘What’s yours? How will you serve the world? What do they need that your talent can provide? That’s all you have to figure out. As someone who has done what you are about to go do, I can tell you from experience, the effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is. Everything you gain in life will rot and fall apart, and all that will be left of you is what was in your heart.’ Jim Carrey

299. ‘You can join the game, fight the wars, play with form all you want, but to find real peace, you have to let the armor fall. Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory.’ Jim Carrey

300. ‘This is the voice of your ego. If you listen to it, there will always be someone who seems to be doing better than you. No matter what you gain, ego will not let you rest. It will tell you that you cannot stop until you’ve left an indelible mark on the earth, until you’ve achieved immortality. How tricky is the ego that it would tempt us with the promise of something we already possess.’ Jim Carrey


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