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Encouraging Quotes To Help You Strive

I don’t think necessity is the mother of invention. ‘Invention’, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.

Agatha Christie

I’ve always felt it was not up to anyone else to make me give my best.

Akeem Olajuwon

Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work, risking, and by not quite knowing what you’re doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful: yourself.

Alan Alda

Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.

Albert Camus

When you leave college, there are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life.

Anna Quindlen

We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.

Anthony Robbins

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.


I have always felt like you really don’t have a genuine confidence unless you demonstrate the ability to do something. You can talk about it, but you have to demonstrate it.

Bill Parcells

You can judge the validity of any idea or concept by asking, “Is this true for me?”

Brian Tracy

Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.

Christopher Morley

He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.


Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it… that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.

Dale Carnegie

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.

Debbi Fields

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

Dr. Robert Schuller

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

Edmund Burke

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.

Edward R. Murrow

You’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem.

Eldridge Cleaver

We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.

George Washington

The great thought, the great concern, the great anxiety of men is to restrict, as much as possible, the limits of their own responsibility.

Giosué Borsi

The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do, well.

Henry W. Longfellow

We have to understand that the world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is more important than the eye… The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.

Jacob Bronowski

You don’t get points for predicting rain. You get points for building arks.

James Johnston

Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it.

Jesse Stuart

Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.

John Adams

The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation’s greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us.

John F. Kennedy

Sometimes we do a thing in order to find out the reason for it. Sometimes our actions are questions not answers.

John Le Carre

I don’t believe in looking back. If you make a decision that you think is the proper one at the time, then that’s the correct decision.

John Woody

But if a person has had the sense of the Call – the feeling that there’s an adventure for him and if he doesn’t follow that, but remains in the society because it’s safe and secure, then life dries up.

Joseph Campbell

A day will never be any more than what you make of it. Practice being a doer!

Josh Hinds

Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes.

Kenneth Hildebrand

It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something.

Leo Buscaglia

If you can’t do what you want, do what you can.

Lois McMaster Bujold

From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.

Louis Blanc

The secret of living is to find…the pivot of a concept on which you can make your stand.

Luigi Pirandello

Give to the world the best you have. And the best will come back to you.

Madeline Bridges

Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis.

Martha Beck

Live up to your potential instead of imitating someone else’s.

Martha Burgess

Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.

Mary Kay Ash

Moral considerations must outweigh the mere blind struggle for existence in human affairs.

Nicholas Murray Butler

The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.

Oprah Winfrey

One’s real life is often the life that one does not lead.

Oscar Wilde

Fear paralyzes; curiosity empowers. Be more interested than afraid.

Patricia Alexander

Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Few people even scratch the surface, much less exhaust the contemplation of their own experience.

Randolph Silliman Bourne

The possession of unlimited power will make a despot of almost any man. There is a possible Nero in the gentlest human creature that walks.

Thomas Bailey

Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.

Thomas Carlyle

If we did all the things that we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.

Thomas Edison

Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.

Tryon Edwards

Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her. But once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.


It’s up to you to decide how your life will unfold and whether or not you will choose to go far.

Wanda Hope Carter

No matter how far a person can go the horizon is still way beyond you.

Zora Neale Hurston

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