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Quotes that make you act

Quotes that make you act

by Roman on December 3, 2008

Here is a bunch of quotes that I have collected during the past few years that make me think about my life and motivate me to take action!

Hopefully they have the same effect on you.

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
Winston Churchill

“It isn’t what the book costs. It’s what it will cost you if you don’t read it.”
Jim Rohn

“Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds.”
Norman Vincent Peale

“Formal education will make you a living. Self education will make you a fortune.”
Jim Rohn

“History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.”
Winston Churchill

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
Albert Einstein

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
Henry David Thoreau

“When you help someone up a steep hill, you get nearer the top yourself.”

“Do, or do not. There is no ‘Try’”

“The goal is not to be better than the other man, but to be better than your previous self.”
Hindu proverb

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’ ”
Lao Tzu

“A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.”
Napoleon Hill

“Whether You Think You Can or Can’t – You’re Right”
Henry Ford

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm
Winston Churchill

“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.”

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”
Mark Twain

“Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.”
Thomas Edison

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
Chinese Proverb

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Be like a postage stamp. Stick to it until you get there.”
Harvey Mackay

“Success is not hitting the top – success is how you bounce when you hit the bottom.”
George Patton

“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

“The shortest answer is doing.”
Lord Herbert

“He who has a why can deal with any what or how.”
Stephen Covey

“You are never given a wish without being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.”
Richard Bach

“It’s only called work, when you’d rather be doing something else.”

“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”
Bruce Lee

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”
Rosalynn Carter

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”
Ayn Rand

“Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think.”
Ayn Rand

“Pain is temporary, glory is forever.”

“No matter what techniques and what disciplines you go through, I think there is one factor more intangible and that is the motivation to pick yourself off the ground when you’ve been totally bloodied and smashed and say, ‘Let’s fight some more.’”
Jerome Hines

“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.”
Ray Kroc

“What would you do, if you knew for sure, that it is impossible to fail?”

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”
Ambrose Bierce

“Always listen to the experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done and why. Then do it.”
Robert Heinlein

“Nothing interferes with my concentration. You could put an orgy in my office and I wouldn’t look up. Well, maybe once.”
Isaac Asimov

“Yesterday is the past and tomorrow is the future. Today is a gift – that’s why they call it the present.”
Bill Keane

“It takes years to become an overnight success.”

“If you want someone to listen more closely, whisper.”

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”
Michael Althsuler

„What you do is create a vision of who you want to be, and then live into that picture as if it were already true.“
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
Vidal Sassoon

“If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.”
Zig Ziglar

“Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business.”
Zig Ziglar

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”
Henry Ford

“One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.”
Sidney Howard

“Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion.  You must set yourself on fire.”
Arnold H. Glasow

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
Carl Bard

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time.  You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
H. Jackson Brown

“The best angle from which to approach any problem is the try-angle.”

“You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures.”
Charles C. Noble

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. ”

What’s your favorite quote? Let me know in the comments!

If you liked these quotes you might also enjoy the following post (it opened my eyes on what success really is):

What is success? – A folk story

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Prashant December 13, 2008 at 5:01 am

Lovely quotes. Such quotes always inspire – – I just gave your page a thumbs up on SU. I think my favorite is Churchill’s “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

I have got a few self improvement quotes listed on my website, which you may enjoy.


Roman December 13, 2008 at 6:50 pm

Thanks Prashant!

tom July 3, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Very nice quotes!

Leonida July 23, 2009 at 2:38 am

nice quotes. You should have included: “THE MORE YOU KNOW, THE LESS YOU FEAR” – Anonymous

mikro January 14, 2010 at 1:24 am

“Yesterday is the past and tomorrow is the future. Today is a gift – that’s why they call it the present.”
Bill Keane

Present = gift of your life that allow you to do the thing you want or liked.

Roman January 17, 2010 at 7:23 pm

That’s a good one! Thanks!

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