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Inspirational and Motivational Quotes
John P. Strelecky
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Famous Inspirational and Motivational Quotes


I encourage you to read through the inspirational and motivational quotes below and find the ones that immediately send chills up and down your spine.  Copy those, print them out, and put them where you will see them every day.  (at a minimum, put them up on your bathroom mirror.)  They will move you forward when you feel you just don't have it in you to take another step.  Just saying them when times are difficult will open up a reserve of strength you didn't even know you had.


To access over 1,150 more quotes, check out the Great Big Book of Inspirational Quotes.


Remember, this type of inspiration is a key part of you fulfilling your PFE and Big Five for Life.

This entire collection is of my favorites, hence the reason they are here.  #19 gets me every time I read it. 

If you have a particular quote that inspires and motivates you, post it on the forum so that others may see it.

#1. "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 opened for us."

- Helen Keller


#2. "The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up."

- Mark Twain


#3. "The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do."

- John Holt


#4. "Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours."

- Audrey Hepburn


#5. "You become a champion by fighting one more round. When things are tough, you fight one more round."

- James Corbett


#6. "Most success springs from an obstacle or failure. I became a cartoonist largely because I failed in my goal of becoming a successful executive."

- Scott Adams


#7. "Studies indicate that the one quality all successful people have is persistence. They're willing to spend more time accomplishing a task and to persevere in the face of many difficult odds. There's a very positive relationship between people's ability to accomplish any task and the time they're willing to spend on it."

- Dr. Joyce Brothers


#8. "Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade?"

- Benjamin Franklin


#9. "Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare."

- Dale Carnegie


#10. "Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit."

- Napoleon Hill



Famous Inspirational Sports Quotes


#11. "A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done."

- Vince Lombardi


#12. "A wish changes nothing. A decision changes everything."

- Unknown


#13. "I've always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win."

- Arnold Palmer


#14. "If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it."

- Michael Jordan


#15. "Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way."

- Satchel Paige


#16. "Every game is an opportunity to measure yourself against your own potential."

- Bud Wilkinson


#17. "The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work."

- Vince Lombardi


#18. "You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy."

- Arthur Ashe


#19. "Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records."

- William A. Ward


#20. "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."

- John Wooden



Famous Inspirational Life Quotes


#21. "Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion."

- Martha Graham, American choreographer


#22. "It is not length of life, but depth of life."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson


#23. "The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it."

- Anonymous


#24. "All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it."

- Samuel Butler


#25. "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

- Gandhi


#26 "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

- Eleanor Roosevelt


#27. "You can write me down in history with hateful, twisted lies, you can tread me in this very dirt, but still, like dust, I'll rise."

- Maya Angelou


#28. "I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well."

- Diane Ackerman


#29. "The unexamined life is not worth living."

- Socrates


#30. "We have no choice of what color we're born or who our parents are or whether we're rich or poor. What we do have is some choice over what we make of our lives once we're here."

- Mildred Taylor



Famous Inspirational Adventure Travel Quotes


#31. "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."

- Robert Frost, American poet


#32. "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."

- St. Augustine, Ancient Roman Christian theologian


#33. "I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move."

- Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish author


#34. "The longest journey a man must take is the eighteen inches from his head to his heart."

- Unknown


#35. "A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving."

- Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism


#36. "Experience travel, these are an education in themselves."

- Euripedes, Greek playwright


#37. "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."

- Mark Twain, American writer


#38. "There is a third dimension to traveling, the longing for what is beyond."

- Jan Myrdal


#39. "Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages"

- Dave Barry, Humorist


#40. "All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware."

- Martin Buber, German Philosopher




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