80 Success Quotes that Will Bring You Motivation

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Since today is Friday I want to share some of the most brilliant quotes on success I have ever read.
Each one holds a valuable lesson and can be pondered for hours.

Let this list wash over you, soak in the lessons, use them to propel yourself towards your success and make your future all that it could be.

1.“One who asks questions is a fool for 5 minutes, one who does not ask questions remains a fool forever.”
Chinese Proverb

2. “A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.”
Jonathan Swift

3. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
Will Rogers

4. “To get something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.”

5. “I’ve missed more than 9000 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 and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed”
Michael Jordan

6. “There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake.”
Jonathan Swift

7. ”You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take”
Wayne Gretzky

8. “The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free. “
Oprah Winfrey

9. “Everything you want in life has a price connected to it. There’s a price to pay if you want to make things better, a price to pay just for leaving things as they are, a price for everything.”
Harry Browne

10. “It took us so long to realize that a purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”
Kurt Vonnegut

11. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Albert Einstein

12. “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”
Beverly Sills

13. “Do what you can with what you’ve got wherever you are.”
Theodore Roosevelt

14. “Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”
Henry Van Dyke

15. “It is not length of Life, but depth of life.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

16. “To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might just be the world.”
Author Unknown

17. “Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.”
Author Unknown

18. “We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.”
Tim McGraw

19. “Laughter is the music of life.”
Sir William Osler

20. “In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or becomes true.”
John Lilly

21. “Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first and the lesson afterward.”
Author Unknown

22. “Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.”
Cicero, 44 B.C.

23. “In the giving-is the getting.”
David Matoc

24. “The impossible is often the untried.”
Jim Goodwin

25. “Anyone can become angry-that is easy, but to become angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way-that is not easy.”

26. “Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.”
Goethe, 1749-1832

27. “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.”
Will Rogers

28. “My religion is very simple, my religion is kindness.”
Dalai Lama

29. “The important thing is to not stop questioning.”
Albert Einstein, 1879-1955

30. “It’s not your circumstances that shape you, it’s how you react to your circumstances.”
Anne Ortlund

31. “The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.”
Abraham Lincoln

32. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”

33. “It takes strength to be gentle and kind.”
Stephen Morrisey

34. “A hero is a person who does what he or she can.”
Roman Rolland

35. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matter compared to what lies within us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

36. “Where there is unity there is always victory.”
Publilius Syrus

37. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”
E. Hubbard

38. “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”
Author Unknown

39. “Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.”
Michael Caine

40. “It’s not denial. I’m selective about the reality I accept.”

41. “The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”
Madeleine L’Engle

42. “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
Mother Teresa

43. “I like nonsense,it wakens up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
Dr. Seuss

44. “A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”
Herm Albright

45. “Nothing is worth more than this day.”

46. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

47. “If at first you don’t succeed, you’re running about average.”
M.H. Alderson

48. “Life is like a ten speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.”
Charles Schultz

49. “There is nothing permanent except change.”

50. “The miracle is this; the more we share, the more we have.”
Leonard Nimoy

51. “Out of clutter, find simplicity; from discord, find harmony; in the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.”
Albert Einstein

52. “Hope is like a road in the country. There never was a road; but, when many people walk together, the road comes into existence.”
From the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

53. “Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”
John Wooden

54. “Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.”
John Updike, 1989, U.S. author & critic

55. “Our greatest glory is not failing, but in rising every time we fail.”

56. “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
John Wooden

57. “Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.”
Henry Van Dyke

58. “A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.“
Jonathan Swift

59. “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”
Jonathan Swift

60. “Worry is as useless as a handle on a snowball.”
Mitzi Chandler

61. “The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It;s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the wind and rains and the scorching sun.”
Napoleon Hill

62. “It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.”
Lena Horne

63. “Keep you face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.”
Helen Keller

64. “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step foward your always in the same place.”
Nora Roberts

65. “A good hand and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
Nelson Mandela

66. “There are two ways of exerting ones strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.”
Booker T. Washington

67. “Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.”
John Maxwell

68. “A person that values it’s privileges above its principles soon loses both.”
Dwight Eisenhower

69. “It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”
Robert H. Goddard

70. “Never deprive someone of hope; it may be all they have.”
H. Jackson Brown Jr.

71. “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”
Sir Winston Churchill

72. “It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret”
Jackie Joyner-Kersee

73. “We all have a few failures under our belt. It’s what makes us ready for the successes.”
Randy K. Milholland

74. “Don’t count every hour in the day, make every hour in the day count.”

75. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
The Dalai Lama

76. “A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose – a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.”
John Maxwell

77. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
Albert Einstein

78. ” the faintest ink is better than the best memory”

79. “Every dog must have his day.“
Jonathan Swift

80. “No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience.”
Jonathan Swift

I hope you enjoyed this list.
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11 Responses to 80 Success Quotes that Will Bring You Motivation

  1. Daniel—
    Subscribed! Great, comprehensive list, some classic quotes here. Like the archived articles I’ve looked at so far as well. Keep it up!

  2. Doug Rice says:

    Daniel, I love how few if any of these quotes are by salespeople, marketers, or business leaders, but all of them are applicable. It just goes to show that business is about life just as much as it is about money.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Doug,

      Great point, I didn’t think about it when I made the list.
      But life is interconnected. What works in science works in business, what works in sports works in relationships (except the part about the other side losing).

      A qoute about life works, usually, in all parts of your life.

  3. Frank says:


    Thanks you for taking the time to put this together. That is one powerful list of motivational quotes. There are so many that I like that I don’t think I have the time to list them all. This was great. You have outdone yourself with this one.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Frank,

      I have a little quote database I can look through when I need them.
      Last week I just decided to put it together into a cool little list :)

  4. Kenya says:

    Again…a wonderful and inspirational post. Have a question for you though…What would your quote be?

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Kenya,

      I would have many ;)
      One I like is “Plan by the week, organize by the day” – I think I have coined that one.

      Another would be “Be who you are supposed to be, don’t let anyone steal your dreams, you can be anything you can imagine.”

      What would yours be?

  5. Kenya says:

    “Continue to let go until you are left with the true essence of who you really are”

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