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152 Famous Motivational or Inspirational Quotes for Success


Success as with most things begins with a state of mind. When you’re battling, a little burst of motivation can have a colossal effect. Success surely is an inspirational factor for any newbie. It is just mere hard work and confidence in yourself that is needed to gain success.

Best Quotes for Success

Motivational quotes have an impressive capacity to inspire others. This is the reason I find them so attractive and compelling in our ways to success.

The following mentioned are few inspirational quotes that can help you to achieve success.

Best Quotes for Success:

1. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”– Herman Cain

2. “Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.”– Arnold H. Glasgow

3. “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”– Albert Ellis

4. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”– George Lorimer

5. “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.”– Olin Miller 

6. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”– Lucille Ball

7. “Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.”– George Bernard Shaw

8. “Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”– Vincent Van Gogh

9. “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”– Albert Einstein

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

11. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”– George Bernard Shaw

12. ”Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.”– Brian Tracy

13. “Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”– Charles F. Kettering

14. “Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.”– George Sheehan

15. “Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.”– William James 

16. “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.”– Swami Vivekananda

17. “There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.”– Ray Goforth

18. “You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”– Clay P. Bedford

19. “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”– Oprah Winfrey

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

21. “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”– Mark Caine

22. “Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness. “– Leo F. Buscaglia

23. “Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”– Calvin Coolidge

24. “Your work is discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”– Buddha

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

26. “Success is largely a matter of holding on after others have let go.”– Anonymous

27. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”– Arthur Ashe

28. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”– Vince Lombardi

29. “Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”– George S. Patton

30. “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”– Oscar Wilde 

31. “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”– Zig Ziglar

32. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”– Bruce Lee

33. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”– Mahatma Gandhi

34. “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”– Alexander Graham Bell

35. “If people did not do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.”– Ludwig Wittgenstein 

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

37. “Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll’ philosophy.”– Denis Waitley

38. “Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.”– David Bly

39. “Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.”– Vaibhav Shah

40. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”– Robert Collier 

41. “The best revenge is massive success.”– Frank Sinatra

42. “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

43. “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”– Napoleon Hill

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

45. “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.”– Abraham Lincoln 

46. “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”– Jim Rohn

47. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”– Winston Churchill

48. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”– Martin Luther King, Jr.

49. “We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret.”– Earl Nightingale

50. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”– Karen Lamb 

51. “The Way Get Started Is To Quit Talking And Begin Doing.” – Walt Disney

52. “Don’t Let Yesterday Take Up Too Much Of Today.” – Will Rogers

53. “It’s Not Whether You Get Knocked Down, It’s Whether You Get Up.”- Vince Lombardi

54. “People Who Are Crazy Enough To Think They Can Change The World, Are The Ones Who Do.”- Rob Siltanen

55. “Entrepreneurs Are Great At Dealing With Uncertainty And Also Very Good At Minimizing Risk. That’s The Classic Entrepreneur.”- Mohnish Pabrai 

56. “Knowing Is Not Enough; We Must Apply. Wishing Is Not Enough; We Must Do.”- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

57. “We Generate Fears While We Sit. We Overcome Them By Action.”- Dr. Henry Link

58. “Security Is Mostly A Superstition. Life Is Either A Daring Adventure Or Nothing.”- Helen Keller

59. “The Only Limit To Our Realization Of Tomorrow Will Be Our Doubts Of Today.”- Franklin D. Roosevelt

60. “What You Lack In Talent Can Be Made Up With Desire, Hustle And Giving 110% All The Time.”- Don Zimmer 

61. “Develop An ‘Attitude Of Gratitude’. Say Thank You To Everyone You Meet For Everything They Do For You.”- Brian Tracy

62. “To See What Is Right And Not Do It Is A Lack Of Courage.”- Confucious

63. “Fake It Until You Make It! Act As If You Had All The Confidence You Require Until It Becomes Your Reality.”- Brian Tracy

64. “If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” – James Cameron

65. “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” – John Wooden 

66. “Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failures before final success. What sets the successful ones apart is their amazing persistence.” – Lisa M. Amos

67. “Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.” – Tony Hsieh

68. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”– Walt Disney

69. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

70. “Success? I don’t know what that word means. I’m happy. But success, that goes back to what in somebody’s eyes success means. For me, success is inner peace. That’s a good day for me.” – Denzel Washington 

71. “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” – Chris Grosser

72. “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” –Albert Einstein

73. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

74. “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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

76. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley

77. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

78. “The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” – Henry Ford

79. “The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.” – Bruce Feirstein

80. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller

81. “Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

82. “People ask, ‘What’s the best role you’ve ever played?’ The next one.” – Kevin Kline

83. “The starting point of all achievement is desire.” – Napoleon Hill 

84. “If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” – Thomas J. Watson 

85. “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” – Michael John Bobak

86. “You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing.” – Philippos

87. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear–not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain

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

89. “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.” –Bill Cosby

90. “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 

91. “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” – Mark Caine

92. “Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy.” – Jimmy Spithill

93. “If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it–teach yourself to be impatient.” –Gurbaksh Chahal

94. “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn

95. “The No. 1 reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors.” Napoleon – Hill 

96. “In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.” – Jane Smiley

97. “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” – Diane Ackerman

98. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”– Jim Ryun

99. “Our greatest fear should not be of failure … but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” – Francis Chan

100. “Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.” – Larry Winget 

101. “To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like.” – Mike Gafka

102. “Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.” – Baltasar

103. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher

104. “Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.” – Stephen Covey

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

106. “The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.” – Robert Hughes

107. “What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?” – Robert Schuller

108. “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” – John Maxwell

109. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”– Albert Einstein

110. “My tombstone? I’m thinking something along the lines of, ‘Geez, he was just here a minute ago.'” – George Carlin 

111. “Happiness is a choice.”– Anonymous

112. “It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts.”– Mother Teresa

113. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”– Oscar Wilde

114. “Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.”– Jack Canfield

115. “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”– Randy Pausch 

116. “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”– Alexander Graham Bell

117. “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.”– Mahatma Gandhi

118. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”– Milton Berle

119. “How you do one thing, is how you do everything. Be aware.”– Anonymous

120. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”– Lao Tzu

121. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.”– Robert Louis Stevenson 

122. “Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will.”– Anonymous

123. “I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.”– Arthur Rubinstein

124. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”– Helen Keller

125. “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”– Harvey Fierstein

126. “We don’t see things the way they are. We see them the way we are”– Talmud

127. “Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop.”– Anonymous

128. “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.”– Steve Jobs

129. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”– Joshua J. Marine

130. “Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.”– Larry Winget 

131. “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.”– Denis Waitley

132. “Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity.”– Og Mandino

133. “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”– Les Brown

134. “The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.”– Joel Brown

135. “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”– Farrah Gray

136. “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”– Bill Cosby

137. “I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.”– Albert Einstein

138. “My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”– Oprah Winfrey

139. “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it”– Henry David Thoreau

140. “No one is going to hand me success. I must go out & get it myself. That’s why I’m here. To dominate. To conquer. Both the world, and myself.”– Anonymous 

141. “In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away”– Shing Xiong

142. “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

143. “The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.”– Marcel Pagnol

144. “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive”– Howard Thurman

145. “Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security”– John Allen Paulos 

146. “When you can’t change the direction of the wind, just adjust your sails.”– H. Jackson Brown Jr

147. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”– George Eliot

148. “Change is inevitable. Progress is optional.”– Tony Robbins

149. “What the mind can conceive, it can achieve.”– Napoleon Hill

150. “In the end, it isn’t about changing the world, but rather, how many worlds you have changed.”– Anonymous

151. “Happiness always sneaks in a door you did not think was open.”– Anonymous

152. “The appearance of things change according to the emotions and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty really are in ourselves.”– Kahlil Gibran