28 Quotes to Inspire and Motivate

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Article by Wendy McCance

Sometimes all you need is a quote to really change the way you look at a situation.  A simple sentence or a couple of words can have such a large impact when you are scared, have doubts or need reassurance. Quotes can be truly remarkable and quite powerful.  They can stick with you for years and help pull you up and keep you moving when you need it most.

My oldest daughter has been collecting quotes since high school that have really made an impression on her.  She is a very determined individual and has even taken favorite quotes and placed them on the wall in a corner of her room as reminders.  She says it helps her to stay on track.  She finds motivation and is able to get past disappointment when she reads the quotes she hand-picked for her wall.

Below is a list of my personal favorite quotes.  Some motivate and others are just perspectives about life that I fell in love with.  I hope they speak to you as they have to me.

1.  “You’re the average of the five people you associate with the most.” - Unknown

2.   “Do the work. Out-work. Out-think. Out-sell your expectations. There are no shortcuts.” - Mark Cuban

3.  “Go With The Decision That Will Make For A Good Story.” - Unknown

4.  “When you start doubting yourself, remember how far you have come.  Remember everything that you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.” - Unknown

5.  “Books are the reality that you choose; life is the reality you hide from inside a book.” - A.M. Hudson

6.  “Never give up on what you really want to do.  The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” - Albert Einstein

7.  “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” - Maya Angelou

8.  “To write means more than putting pretty words on the page;  The act of writing is to share a part of your soul with the world.” - Unknown

9.  “Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” - Pema Chodron

10.  “No matter how many times I break down, there is always a little part of me that says, No you’re not done yet Get Back Up!” - Unknown

11.  “Really great people make you feel that, you, too can become great.” - Mark Twain

12.  “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.” - Unknown

13.  “Entrepreuners are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.” - Lori Greiner

14.  “Successful people start before they feel ready.” - Unknown

15.  “What you are today and what you will be in five years depends on two things: the people you meet and the books you read.” - Unknown

16.  “As a writer, even as a child, long before what I wrote began to be published, I developed a sense that meaning itself was resident in the rhythms of words and sentences and paragraphs…The way I write is who I am, or have become…”
- Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

17.  “I’ve failed over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed.” - Michael Jordan

18.  ” The harder you work, the luckier you get.” - Unknown

19.  “Just know, when you truly want success, you’ll never give up on it. No matter how bad the situation may get.” - Unknown

20.  “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”  - Thomas Edison

21.  “You must listen to your heart and follow it or it will find a million ways to remind you that there is something missing.” - Unknown

22.  “Perspective allows me to know that just about any successful business does not follow the plan it starts out with… Groupon [for example] was originally a cause-based message board. Call it adjusting or pivoting, whatever. I call it ‘zagging.” - Dave DuPont, CEO, Teamsnap

23.  “Do not give up, the beginning is always the hardest.” - Unknown

24.  “Get into a business where you can be a big fish, not the little fish. Get into a business where you can be a change agent, where you can make a difference.” - Lee Iaccoca

25.  “Only have enough cash on hand to barely survive; never so much that you are comfortable. It’s important to stay scared in the beginning.” - Unknown

26.  “We all only have 24 hours a day.  It’s what we choose to do with that time that defines us.” - Unknown

27.  ” If you’re not being told ‘no’ constantly, you’re not pushing hard enough.” - Unknown

28.  “Learn to say no and focus on what you do best.” - Dane Atkinson, CEO SumAll

What quote spoke to you?  What are your personal favorite quotes?

Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 9 local papers online, including the Oakland Press. The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

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8 thoughts on “28 Quotes to Inspire and Motivate

  1. Three more I like:

    “The more you put in a brain, the more it will hold.” (fictional detective Nero Wolfe)

    “Money may not buy happiness, but it does provide a much wider choice of miseries.” (Spike Millgan, but I think he stole it from someone else).

    “Sir, if you will refrain from telling lies about me, I promise not to tell the truth about you.” (Chauncey Depew, US Senator in the 1920s).

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