Motivational/Inspirational Quotes


Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”

Thomas Edison inventor, salesman; frequently worked more than 40 hours straight
“The world belongs to the energetic.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)  American writer and activist


“If we have our own “why” of life, we can bear almost any “how”.”

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German philosopher


“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) American poet


“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

John Wooden (1910- ) Hall of Fame basketball coach of UCLA won a record 10 NCAA championships


Activity is contagious.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American writer and activist


“It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.”

John Baptiste Moliére (1622-1673) French playwright


“I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish playwright & critic


“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”

Margaret Thatcher (1925- ) first woman in European history to be elected prime minister





“Kites rise highest against the wind– not with it.”

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British prime minister during WWII


99% of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”

George Washington Carver (1864-1943) American agricultural chemist


“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910) American writer


“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”

Henry Ford (1863-1947) American industrialist, inventor


“It is when things go hardest, when life becomes most trying, that there is greatest need for having a fixed goal.”

B.C. Forbes (1880-1954) founder & publisher Forbes Magazine


“There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) 35th president of the U.S.


“Only a mediocre person is always at his best.”

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) British writer, highest paid author in the world during the 1930s