A good quote can be that spark of inspiration to change your perspective of things. There’s something about them…they tend to have a powerful effect on perception. It’s impressive how just a little words can have such a big impact. This is especially true for quotes we can relate to.

That is why they are a perfect tool to use when you need to keep yourself motivated! If your feeling lazy or discouraged, then reading over a quote or two (or three, or four) works wonders and it only takes a few seconds. Because the important key to success is to find your ‘why’ and remind yourself of it regularly.

If you’re looking to improve your life it’s easier than it seems. Start small. Just write down some positive affirmations and say them daily. You could surround yourself with motivational quotes – just find your motivation, embrace it, and ingrain it! Post them around so they’re in your face constantly. Everywhere you look you can have a different little reminder that helps you get off your ass and out into the world.

Whatever it is you want to accomplish or improve, these sayings will be your mental support. You should find relief in the quotes and they will inspire you to jump out of your comfort zone and follow your dreams. To help get the ball rolling, here’s a list of powerful quotes and proverbs that are surely bound to leave a mark, get set, go!

  • “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” —Sam Levenson
  • “It’s a lonely road for those of us who choose to be remarkable, and the path of convention can sometimes be appealing. That path is paved with safe lives, middle of the road monotony, and little chance of failure. But where’s the fun in being like everyone else out there?” —Chris Guillebeau
  • “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” —Will Rogers
  • “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” —Oscar Wilde
  • “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”  – Japanese proverb

  • “If you ask, you will feel shame for one minute, if you do not, you will feel shame all your life.”  – Japanese proverb
  • “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” —Steve Jobs
  • “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” —Robert Frost
  • “One who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger one.”  – Japanese proverb
  • “I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.” —Bill Gates
  • “Work like there is someone working twenty-four hours a day to take it all away from you.” —Mark Cuban
  • “Fortune will always come into a house with laughter.”  – Japanese proverb
  • “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” —Zig Ziglar

 

  • “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 safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” –Mark Twain
  • “A husband and wife should be similar to a hand and an eye: when one’s hand hurts, the eyes cry; and when the eyes cry, the hand wipes away one’s tears.”  – Japanese proverb
  • “It’s always too early to quit.” —Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.”  – Japanese proverb
  • “Reach a point where you don’t work for money.” —Walt Disney
  • “The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention.”  – Japanese proverb
  • “Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” —Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO

  • “Even monkeys can fall from their trees.”  – Japanese proverb
  • “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” —Paul Valery
  • “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” —Henry David Thoreau
  • “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?” —Brian Tracy
  • “He who endures for just half an hour longer than his opponent can achieve victory.”  – Japanese proverb
  • “Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don’t have time for all that.” —George Carlin

 

  • “The day you decide to do it is your lucky day.”  – Japanese proverb
  • “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
  • “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” –Chinese Proverb
  • “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” —Bill Cosby
  • “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.” ― Gilda Radner

  • “The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.” —Seth Godin
  • “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” —Winston Churchill
  • “What winning is to me is not giving up, is no matter what’s thrown at me, I can take it. And I can keep going.” —Patrick Swayze
  • “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” —Dr. Seuss
  • “All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue it.“
  • “Try to love and live the question itself. Don’t search for the answer. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” —Rainer Maria Rilke
  • “Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.” —Steve Jobs
  • “I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.” —Oprah Winfrey

 

  • “When one is in love, even the scars left by smallpox are as beautiful as dimples on a person’s cheeks.”  – Japanese proverb
  • “The problem with putting it all on the line is that it might not work out. The problem with not putting it all on the line is that it will never (ever) change things for the better. Not much of a choice, I think.” —Seth Godin
  • “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  – Japanese proverb
  • “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” —Tony Robbins
  • “A year from now, you may wish you had started today.” —Karen Lamb
  • “The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.” – Japanese proverb
  • “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” —Drew Houston, Dropbox founder and CEO
  • “Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.”  – Japanese proverb

  • “We shall never have more time. We have, and always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow. Keep going. Concentrate on something useful.” — Arnold Bennett
  • “If you think about it, decide it. If you have decided, do not think about it.”  – Japanese proverb
  • “If a problem can be solved, then it’s not worth worrying about it. If it can’t be solved, then it’s useless to worry about it.”  – Japanese proverb
  • “Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”—George Washington
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