25 Motivational Quotes to Jumpstart Your Success


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According to a study I just made up, over 73% of American workers hate Mondays. While this may be completely untrue (I would guess it’s probably higher), it is true that we all strive to be successful and sometimes we need a little motivation. Here are 25 of our favorite motivational quotes in no particular order. Which is your favorite?

1. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” —Aristotle

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2. “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” —Proverb

3. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson


4. “I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.” —Thomas Carlyle

5. “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” —Napoleon Hill

6. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” —Vince Lombardi

7. “Obviously, there is little you can learn from doing nothing.” —Zig Ziglar

8. “Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.” —James R. Cook

9. “If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”Martin Luther King

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10. “Ideas without action are useless.” —Helen Keller

11. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” —Thomas Jefferson

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12. “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.” —Jackson Browne

13. “I realized that my passion wasn’t in the what I was doing – it was in the why.” —Lara Hodgson

14. “I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs, but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.”George S. Patton

15. “Failure is like fertilizer… it stinks to be sure, but it makes things grow faster in the future.” —Dennis Waitley

16. “Never, never, never give up.”Winston Churchill

17. “The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain

18. “Most people will never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.” —William James

19. “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” —John F. Kennedy

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20. “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” —Henry Ford

21. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” —Thomas A. Edison

Roosevelt22. “Do one thing everyday that scares you.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

23. “Be sure to put your feet in the right place. Then stand firm.” —Abraham Lincoln

24. “What’s so wonderful about business is that every time I start thinking I’m special, I get knocked on my ass.” —Fran Tarkenton

25. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” —Michael Jordan

So there you have it, 25 of our favorite motivational quotes. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get a weekly dose of #MondayMotivation delivered right to your doorstep.

What quotes would you add to this list?

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Harry Kierbow

Harry Kierbow

Harry Kierbow is the Director of Social Media for Commissions Inc (CINC), a real estate technology and marketing company. He's played professionally on Facebook (and other social networks) for more than 7 years now, managing campaigns for brands (both big and small) and individuals (also both big and small). Universally regarded as the greatest ice hockey goalie to ever come from Griffin, GA (by his mom at least), you can find Harry between the pipes on the ice rinks of Georgia (yes, there is more than one) or playing with his 2 kids when he's not perfecting social media ads or binging true crime documentaries on Netflix. Connect with Harry on LinkedIn @HarryKierbow.