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Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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101 of My Favorite
Motivational Quotes



Here are 101 quotes my personal collection to motivate and challenge you. Some of them will make you laugh or inspire you, but my hope is that everyone of them will encourage action, strengthen your determination and make you restless!  I have a "passion for action", and I hope you catch the bug as you read these quotes!

Reading (and re-reading) these quotes over the years has motivated me to take action, solve problems, try again, and work smarter.  I hope they have the same affect on you!

I’m always adding to my collection, and your suggestions are appreciated.  If you have a quote you would like to share with me, please email it to:

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1. "Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice.  It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." – Jeremy Kitson

2.  "I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it." – Jonathan Winters

3. "If you can DREAM it, you can DO it."   – Walt Disney"

4. "In each of us are places where we have never gone.  Only by pressing the limits do you ever find them." – Dr. Joyce Brothers

5. "Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish." – Jean De La Fontaine

6. "Hide not your talents.  They for use were made.  What's a sundial in the shade?" – Ben Franklin

7. "Picture in your mind a sense of personal destiny." – Wayne Oates

8. "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

9. "We have much to do together.  Let us do it in wisdom and love and joy.  Let us make this the human experience." – Gary Zukav

10. "A dream is just a dream.  A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline." – Harvey Mackay

11. "Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams.  Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential.   Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do." – Pope John XXIII

12. "Enthusiasm finds the opportunities, and energy makes the most of them." – Henry Hoskins

13. "In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing.  The worst thing you can do is nothing." –   Theodore Roosevelt

14. "If you are clear about what you want, the world responds with clarity." – Loretta Staples

15. "It is good to dream, but it is better to dream and work.  Faith is mighty, but action with faith is mightier.  Desiring is helpful, but work and desire are invincible." – Thomas Robert Gaines

16. "Many people dream of success.  To me, success can only be achieved through repeated failure and introspection." – Soichiro Honda, founder of Honda Motors

17. "People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things.  When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success." – Norman Vincent Peale

18. "People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be." – Harvey Mackay

19. "Take the first step in faith.  You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

20. "The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams." – Eleanor Roosevelt

21. "Those who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed." – Lloyd Jones

22. "We don't know who we are until we see what we can do." – Martha Grimes

23. "When you follow your bliss doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else." – Joseph Campbell

24. "Continuous effort--not strength or intelligence--is the key to unlocking our potential." – Winston Churchill

25. "The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult." – Mme. Du Deffand

26. "Life without risks is not worth living." – Charles A. Lindbergh

27. "Each of us was born with wings...(and) has the ability to go farther than we ever thought possible, to do things beyond our wildest imaginings." – Barbara Stanny

28. "You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face, and show the world all the love in your heart." – Carole King

29. "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars." – Les Brown

30. "When in doubt, make a fool of yourself.   There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth.  So, what the hell, leap." – Cynthia Heimel

31. "Opportunities are usually disguised by hard work, so most people don’t recognize them." – Ann Landers

32. "Live with intention.  Walk to the edge.   Listen hard.  Practice wellness.  Play with abandon.  Laugh. Choose with no regret.  Continue to learn.  Appreciate your friends.  Do what you love.  Live as if this is all there is." – Mary Anne Roadacher-Hershey

33. "To follow, without halt, one aim:  That's the secret of success." – Anna Pavlova

34. "A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot.  It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain." – Mildred Wite Stouven

35. "Winning is not a sometime thing.  You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time.  Winning is a habit.  Unfortunately, so is losing." – Vince Lombardi

36. "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.   Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." – Helen Keller

37. "Don't be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality.  If you can dream it, you can make it so." – Belva Davis

38. "Luck is when preparedness meets opportunity." – Earl Nightingale

39. "A goal is a dream with a deadline." – Harvey Mackay

40. "When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for it is just the place and time that the tide will turn." – Harriet Beecher Stowe

41. "You can't make someone else's choices.  You shouldn't let someone else make yours." – Gen. Colin Powell

42. "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." – Thomas Alva Edison

43. "A ship in harbor is safe -- but that is not what ships are for." – John A. Shedd

44. "It takes no more effort to expect the best, than to fear the worst.  It's healthier, more productive, and a lot more fun!" – Philip E. Humbert, PhD

45. "Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do." – Liz Smith

46. "It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them.  They went out and happened to things." – Elinor Smith

47. "It doesn't matter what you are thinking or what fear you have, if you just do it.  Action is the only thing that matters…. I can see that at the end of my life, I'm going to look back and say, 'Gosh, I wish I had taken more action’." – Diana von Welanetz Wentworth

48. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." – Margaret Mead

49. "We cannot discover new oceans until we have the courage to lose sight of the shore." – Muriel Chen

50. "A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write if he is ultimately to be at peace with himself.  What one can be, one must be." – Abraham Maslow

51. "I am old enough to know that victory is often a thing deferred, and rarely at the summit of courage.… What is at the summit of courage, I think is freedom.  The freedom that comes with the knowledge that no earthly thing can break you." – Paula Giddings

52. "You will never stub your toe by standing still, but the faster you go, the more chance you have of getting somewhere!" – Charles Kettering

53. "Saying yes and no clearly builds confidence and rids us of the misconception that we are powerless."
– Marsha Sinetar

54. "Dreams are renewable.  No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born." – Dr. Dale Turner

55. "The best way to predict your future is to create it." – Unknown

56. "Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible." – Charles Caleb Colton

57. "If we all did the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves." – Thomas Alva Edison

58. "The best way out is always through." – Robert Frost

59. "It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist." – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

60. "The way we live our days, is the way we live our lives." – Annie Dillard

61. "Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah. It makes absolutely no difference, what people think of you." – Rumi

62. "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind of man can achieve." – Napolean Hill

63. "Life begets life.  Energy creates energy.   It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich." – Sarah Bernhardt

64. "What's terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is first-rate.  To pretend that you don't need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better." – Doris Lessing

65. "Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live." – Anais Nin

66. "Life is to be lived.  If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting.  And you don't do that by sitting around wondering about yourself." – Katharine Hepburn

67. "Why not seize the pleasure at once?  How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!" – Jane Austen

68. "I'm just going to write because I cannot help it." – Charlotte Bronte

69. "It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are alive.  There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them." – George Eliot

70. "I don't wait for moods.  You accomplish nothing if you do that.  Your mind must know it has got to get down to earth." – Pearl S. Buck

71. "To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else." – Emily Dickinson

72. "Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be." – Clementine Paddleford

73. "It is no sin to attempt and fail.  The only sin is not to make the attempt." – Suellen Fried

74. "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." – Bill Cosby

75. "Life is change.  Growth is optional.   Choose wisely." – Karen Kaiser Clark

76. "I have always had a dread of becoming a passenger in life." – Queen Margret II of Denmark

77. "It's the set of the sail, not the blow of the gale that determines your course in life." – Randy Davis

78. "I don't worry about the storms, I am learning to sail my own ship." – Louisa May Alcott

79. "Everything changes when you change." – Jim Rohn

80. "You don't have to be great to get started but you have to get started to be great." – Les Brown

81. "Without continuous personal development you are now all that you will ever become, and hell starts when the person you are, meets the person you could have been." – Eli Cohen

82. "You can get everything you want if you help enough others get what they want." – Zig Ziglar

83. "The key to unlocking my potential is within me.   It is in the power of my thought, my vision and my commitment." – Unknown

84. "Identify your problems, but give your power and energy to solutions." – Anthony Robbins

85. "Living itself is a risky business.  If we spent half as much time learning how to take risks as we spend avoiding them, we wouldn't have nearly so much to fear in life." – E. Paul Torrance

86. "I will...until." – Brian Tracy

87. "Never, never, never, never give up!" – Winston Churchill

88. "The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that the warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse." – Don Juan

89. "Ideas are a dime a dozen.  People who put them into action are priceless." – Unknown

90. "You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try." – Beverly Sills

91. "It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get back up." – Vince Lombardi

92. "Don't wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel, stride down there and light the bloody thing yourself." – Sara Henderson

93. "Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality, they are also dress rehearsals; plans.  All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination." – Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

94. "In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do." – Dorothea Dix

95. "Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier.  The way it actually works is the reverse.   You must first BE who you really are, then, DO what you need to do, in order to HAVE what you want." – Margaret Young

96. "I would rather fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail." – Woodrow T. Wilson

97. "Success is neither magical or mysterious.   Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals." – Jim Rohn

98. "The path to success is to take massive, determined action." – Anthony Robbins

99. "'We can do anything we want to as long as we stick to it long enough." – Helen Keller

100. "Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal, while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before."
– Herodotus

101. "Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual and regular refills." – Peter Davies

Thank you for visiting! And, as Peter Davies notes (#101, above), I hope you’ll bookmark this page and come back regularly to "refill" your desire, your motivation, inspiration and determination for ACTION!   For a list of 101 Inspirational Quotes, click here.

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