Whilst we all start out on a new task or project with the best of intentions it can sometimes be hard to find the willpower to keep going until the bitter end.
So whether you’re training for a marathon or need that extra little push at work, we have the quotes for you.
Motivational Quotes For Athletes
Everybody enjoys the sweet taste of success, but it can be hard to get out of bed on a wet Wednesday morning. Check out the quotes below to give you that extra push.
It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.
I always felt that my greatest *sset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.
A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.
Mary Lou Retton
Number one is just to gain a p*ssion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that’s cool too.
You have to do something in your life that is honorable and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself.
Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.
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.
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.
Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
Winners never quit and quitters never win.
You don’t play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.
You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.
Sports are such a great teacher. I think of everything they’ve taught me: camaraderie, humility, how to resolve differences.
Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
Sports nurtures dreams of achieving self confidence and masculine striving for the skinny kid watching a boxer dance around the ring with sublime ease.
Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.
Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.
An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.
Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.
Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.
Motivational Quotes For Work
Work can be rewarding, but it can aslo be a terrible grind. Here are some quotes that might just change your outlook and put a spring in your step as you face your moring commute.
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And 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. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.
Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren’t sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better.
Follow your p*ssion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams.
Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It’s the best part of the day.
George Allen, Sr.
I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
Greatness is sifted through the grind, therefore don’t despise the hard work now for surely it will be worth it in the end.
Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work.
My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.
Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top.
Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Motivational Quotes For Women
Quotes from inpirational women such as Maya Angelou, Helen Keller and Oprah Winfrey to help get you motivated.
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a b*tch. You’ve got to go out and kick *ss.
When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely. All you really have that really matters are feelings. That’s what music is to me.
Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.
A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.
I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.
We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.
Susan B. Anthony
A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.
She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with p*ssion, like fresh water.
The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.
C. JoyBell C.
A weapon men use against women is the refusal to take them seriously.
Women are the nourishing power of the Universe. Whoever has deep respect for women of the world, will remain free from diseases.
There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.
Any time women come together with a collective intention, it’s a powerful thing. Whether it’s sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens.
If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.
A girl should be two things: cl*ssy and fabulous.
Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.
I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.
Motivational Quotes For Students
Are you reading this when you should be studying? Maybe you can find something below to get yourself going again 🙂
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
William Butler Yeats
Learning is not a spectator sport.
It is wiser to find out than to suppose.
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
B. F. Skinner
Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live.
The best way to predict your future is to create it.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.
If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent Van Gogh
Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drowned your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
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
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, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Thomas A. Edison
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 forward, you’re always in the same place.
Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.
Christian D. Larson
There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.
Motivational Quotes For Kids
A childs outlook can be very different to that of an adults, so are children motivated by different things? Here are 20 morivatial quotes for chidren.
Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.
We all can dance when we find music we love.
The more you give away the more happy you become.
Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.
It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
Being kind is never wasted.
When you know better you do better.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
You always p*ss failure on the way to success.
No one is perfect – that’s why pencils have erasers.
We know what we are but know not what we may be.
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
Fall seven times, stand up eight.
Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.
Henry David Thoreau
What one can be one must be.
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…
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.
Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.
Hans Christen Andersen
To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.
We grow great by dreams.
Motivational Quotes For Men
Anecdotally, men may be seen as doers rather than thinkers. But here are 20 quotes to disprove that theory, from great thinkers such as Albert Einstein and Bob Marley.
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.
Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Let’s be very clear: Strong men – men who are truly role models – don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful. People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together.
These are the days for strong men to courageously expose wrong.
Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.
The ‘morality of compromise’ sounds contradictory. Compromise is usually a sign of weakness, or an admission of defeat. Strong men don’t compromise, it is said, and principles should never be compromised.
You spend time with your family? Good. Because a man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.
Don Vito Corleone, The Godfather
The first step to be a good man is this: You must deeply feel the burden of the stones some else [is] carrying.
Mehmet Murat ildan
The stronger a man is, the more gentle he can afford to be.
No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.
A real man can’t stand seeing his woman hurt. He’s careful with his decisions and actions, so he never has to be responsible for her pain.
Men are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth.
A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.
President John F. Kennedy
One can know a man from his laugh, and if you like a man’s laugh before you know anything of him, you may confidently say that he is a good man.
A man must at times be hard as nails: willing to face up to the truth about himself…But he must also be tender. No weapon will breach the armor of a woman’s resentment like tenderness.
A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means.
Motivational Quotes For Employees
It isn’t always easy being a cog in the machine, but here are 20 quotes to help you get your work place mojo back.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.
Becoming is better than being.
Carol Dweck, Mindset
I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.
Herman Melville, Moby Dick
The sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.
Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.
Rafiki, The Lion King
If I had nine hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six sharpening my axe.
The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
John Milton, Paradise Lost
Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
Leaders can let you fail and yet not let you be a failure.
Only undertake what you can do in an excellent fashion. There are no prizes for average performance.
When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.
You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.
Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.
The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.
All success is, really, is having a predetermined plan and carrying it out successfully over a long period of time.
Motivational Quotes For Teachers
With increasing hours and bueracry, the life of teacher is not always a haoppy one. Here are 20 quotes about the most noble of proffesions.
What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
George Bernard Shaw
Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theatre.
A teacher is a comp*ss that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.
Before any great things are accomplished, a memorable change must be made in the system of education…to raise the lower ranks of society nearer to the higher.
I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.
What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.
Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.
Teach the children so it will not be necessary to teach the adults.
Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.
If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.
Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.
A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.
Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
William Arthur Ward
Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.
The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’
Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.
Motivational Quotes For Working Out
Can’t be bothered to get that gym kit on, here are 20 quotes to get you moving again.
It’s Your Workout, Your Time, Your Body, Own It.
Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal.
When you’re at the gym feeling like you’ll never be one of those people who look like they’ve been at it their entire lives, remember that they all started somewhere.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will p*ss anyway.
The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen.
Challenging yourself every day is one of the most exciting ways to live.
When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.
You’re only one workout away from a good mood.
Walk away from every workout feeling proud, accomplished, and strong as hell.
Strive for progress, not perfection.
You want me to do something… tell me I can’t do it.
You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.
Ruth E. Renkl
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.
Norman R. Augustine
I’d rather be a failure at something I enjoy than a success at something I hate.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
Fear is what stops you… courages is what keeps you going.
It’s never too late to become what you might have been.
Motivational Quotes For School
Whilst your schooldays maybe the best of your life, you’re bound to encounter some ups and downs along the way. Here are 20 quotes to get you through the learning years
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
Education is the p*ssport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.
Develop a p*ssion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.
Anthony J. D’Angelo
There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, p*ss an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.
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
Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.
John W. Gardner
No man who worships education has got the best out of education…. Without a gentle contempt for education no man’s education is complete.
The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, comp*ssionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver
If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.
William Arthur Ward
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.
William Arthur Ward
Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not pull it out and strike it, merely to show that you have one.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Motivational Quotes About Change
Has somebody moved your cheese? Here are twenty quotes to help you work with the change.
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the p*ssion to reach for the stars to change the world.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Norman Vincent Peale
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
John F. Kennedy
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.
The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
Change is inevitable. Change is constant.
Change means that what was before wasn’t perfect. People want things to be better.
The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.
A year from now you will wish you had started today.
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
If you run you stand a chance of losing, but if you don’t run you’ve already lost.
By changing nothing, nothing changes.
When in doubt, choose change.