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Motivating inspirational quotes to help you get off your feet

"Our greatest weakness is in giving up. The surest way to success is always to try again."

- Thomas Alva Edison

Anyone who wants to succeed in life receives advice from many people along the way. But does that really motivate us? Not every quote fits every person, every goal we pursue. And oftentimes those positive quotes are specific to their journey and might have nothing to do with yours. Is there such a thing as "general" motivation? We say YES!

If it's simply a matter of getting off the couch and doing something, making your dreams come true, or making a significant change in your life, then you'll find the right motivational quotes right here!

We have researched in detail what motivates us to take certain steps. Be it success in relationships, sports, or career, the right motivational quote will pick you up from where you are. Luckily, you're here now, so you're already on the path to success!

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Motivational quotes for success in life

The thing with motivation is, that you need it for all situations in life. Otherwise, nothing changes at all. Far too often, even getting out of bed is problematic. If there is one thing we learn in life, it is that failure is much more likely if you don't even try.

Some people print out and frame a quote to put it on their nightstand, or write positive quotes on a piece of paper and stick it to the mirror to give themselves some extra courage and motivation for the day before going to work. Are you one of those people?

"For me, becoming isn't about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn't end."

– Michelle Obama

 

"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently."

– Henry Ford

 

"What lies behind you, and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you."

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

– Thomas Edison

 

"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."

– Albert Einstein

 

"The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude."

– Oprah Winfrey

 

"You must do the things you think you cannot do."

– Eleanor Roosevelt

 

"In a gentle way, you can shake the world."

– Mahatma Gandhi

 

"Believe you can, and you're halfway there."

– Theodore Roosevelt

 

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."

– Wayne Dyer

 

"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

 

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."

– Helen Keller

 

"The two most important days in your life are the day you're born and the day you find out why."

– Mark Twain

 

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."

– Zig Ziglar

 

"What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say."

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"You cannot solve problems with the kind of thinking we employed when we came up with them."

– Albert Einstein

 

"Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts."

– Winston S. Churchill

 

"Courage is the most important of all virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently."

– Maya Angelou

 

"You'll find that education is just about the only thing lying around loose in this world, and it's about the only thing a fellow can have as much of as he's willing to haul away."

– John Graham

 

"I am a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."

– Thomas Jefferson

 

"Just one positive thought in the morning can change your whole day."

– Dalai Lama

 

"One of the differences between some successful and unsuccessful people is that one group is full of doers, while the other is full of wishers."

– Edmond Mbiaka

 

"Don't settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had."

– Angela Bassett

 

Why am I not motivated yet?

Positive thinking is not the absence of negative thoughts. So if you're reading these quotes and think "That sounds good, but it's not that easy..." then that is absolutely valid. Happiness does not come from the absence of struggle. Positive quotes help us conquer our weaker self. This means: you must know your weaknesses in order to overcome them. Focus on your strengths, and you'll see that great things lie ahead!

Motivational quotes for relationships

How do you find the courage to approach that one special person? Or to finally take that first step between friendship and love? You set a goal for yourself! We only get so many chances in life, and even fewer in love. In this case, the journey is not the destination and a heap of luck is also needed for the beloved to feel the same.

Everyone deserves love, but success in it must be earned! A motivational quote can give you the necessary momentum. You're sure to find the right one in this list!

"In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities."

– Janos Arany

 

"Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own."

– Robert A. Heinlein

 

"It's a very dangerous state. You are inclined to recklessness and kind of tune out the rest of your life and everything that's been important to you. It's actually not all that pleasurable. I don't know who the hell wants to get in a situation where you can't bear an hour without somebody's company."

– Colin Firth

 

"The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart."

– Helen Keller

 

"Love is friendship that has caught on fire. It is a quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses."

– Ann Landers

 

"Spend a few minutes a day really listening to your spouse. No matter how stupid his problems sound to you."

– Megan Mullally

 

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love, and be loved in return."

– "Moulin Rouge"

 

"Sometimes it's a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence."

– David Byrne

 

"Marriage is not just spiritual communion and passionate embraces; marriage is also three-meals-a-day and remembering to carry out the trash."

– Joyce Brothers

 

"You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear."

– Oscar Wilde

 

"The first duty of love is to listen."

– Paul Tillich

 

"The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds."

– Nicholas Sparks, "The Notebook"

 

"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable."

– C.S. Lewis

 

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Motivational quotes for a successful career

It's rarely luck that determines our future. Rather, it is our own willingness to act on which our performance depends. Maybe that is why motivational quotes can be found on the walls of almost every office. Are you looking for a quote that will remind you of your goal every day or do you want to give someone else some motivation? On this list, you will definitely find the right quote!

"The elevator to success is out of order. You'll have to use the stairs, one step at a time."

– Joe Girard

 

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."

– Mark Twain

 

"Do the one thing you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it."

– Oprah Winfrey

 

"We need to accept that we won't always make the right decisions, that we'll screw up royally sometimes - understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success."

– Ariana Huffington

 

"It's fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure."

– Bill Gates

 

"I can't tell you how many times I've been given a no. Only to find that a better, brighter, bigger yes was right around the corner."

– Arlan Hamilton

 

"If you are working on something that you really care about, you don't have to be pushed. The vision pulls you."

– Steve Jobs

 

"First, forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won't. Habit is persistence in practice."

– Octavia Butler

 

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily."

– Zig Ziglar

 

"The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people."

– Theodore Roosevelt

 

"Small is not just a stepping-stone. Small is a great destination itself."

– Jason Fried

 

"More is lost by indecision than wrong decision."

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

"Be sure to put your feet in the right place, then stand firm."

– Abraham Lincoln

 

"You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it."

– Oprah Winfrey

 

"Take your victories, whatever they may be, cherish them, use them, but don't settle for them."

– Mia Hamm

 

"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment."

– Jim Rohn

 

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. 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."

– Steve Jobs

 

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Motivational Fitness and Workout Quotes

How often do you stand in front of the mirror and swear to finally live healthier and work out? Let's not kid ourselves: Quite often, one's own promise is not enough. The prospect of physical work hardly increases motivation. Especially if the result is not immediately visible.

What do you need? That's right, a motivational quote just for fitness! You can stick it as a note on your mirror, your fridge, or use it as a wallpaper on your smartphone!

"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live."

– Jim Rohn

 

"Living a healthy lifestyle will only deprive you of poor health, lethagy, and fat."

– Jill Johnson

 

"All great achievements take time."

– Maya Angelou

 

"It's going to be a journey. It's not a sprint to get in shape."

– Kerri Walsh Jennings

 

"The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides a champion from someone who is not a champion."

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."

– Jim Ryun

 

"A year from now you may wish you had started today."

– Karen Lamb

 

"When I feel tired, I just think about how great I will feel once I finally reach my goal."

– Michael Phelps

 

"I train to be the best in the world on my worst day."

– Ronda Rousey

 

"If you think lifting is dangerous, try being weak. Being weak is dangerous."

– Bret Contreras

 

"Your current body is the only body that can take you to your new body — so be kind to it."

– Elaine Moran

 

"Setting goals is the first step into turning the invisible into the visible."

– Tony Robbins

 

"You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them."

– Michael Jordan

 

"Nothing will work unless you do."

– Maya Angelou

 

"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination."

– Tommy Lasorda

 

"We can push ourselves further. We always have more to give."

– Simone Biles

 

"Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness."

– Edward Stanley

 

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Did you already find the right motivational quote? Which of your dreams will you turn into plans? Share it in the comments!

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