Motivational Quotes
We all need some words of wisdom – especially to keep on keeping on. These are some sayings I have collected in my lifetime that motivate me to put that extra care into each moment of my life.

“Luck is not chance, it’s toil; fortune’s expensive smile is earned.”

Emily Dickinson (poet)

“Happiness can exist only in acceptance.”

George Orwell (writer)

“A man who stands for nothing will fall for everything.”

Malcolm X (activist)

“Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.”

Eric Hoffer (philosopher/writer)

“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.”

Charlie Chaplin (actor/filmmaker)

“The prosperous man is never sure that he is loved for himself.”

Lucan (poet)

“Pride and poverty don’t get along, but often live together.”


“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.”

James Thurber (humorist)

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”

Babe Ruth (baseball player)

“Please all and you will please none.”

Aesop (fabulist)

“Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.”

Norman Vincent Pearle (clergyman/writer)

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”

Dale Carnegie (lecturer/author)

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Eleanor Roosevelt (American First Lady/diplomat)

“You can live with pain, you can live with embarassment, remorse is an awful companion”

John McCain

“To know where you can find a thing is the chief part of learning.”


“Always forgive your enemies–nothing annoys them so much.”

Oscar Wilde (playwright)

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”

E.E. Cummings (poet)

“Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial.”

Ross Perot (businessman)

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

Anais Nin (writer)

“A critic is a man who knows the way but can’t drive the car.”

Kenneth Tynan (critic)

“He is poor who does not feel content.”

(Japanese proverb)

“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”

Babe Ruth (baseball player)

“Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.”

William James (writer/philosopher)

“A man can fail, but he isn’t a failure until he blames someone else.”

J. Paul Getty (businessman)

“A shortcut to riches is to subtract from one’s desires.”

Plutarch (Greek essayist and biographer)

“Success comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”

Henry David Thoreau (philosopher)

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”

Thomas Jefferson (U.S. President)

“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.”

Oscar Wilde (playwright)

“Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things.”

Joe Paterno (football coach)

“If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on.”

Lance Armstrong (bicyclist)

“I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.”

Vincent Van Gogh (artist)

“You can not win unless you learn how to lose.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (athlete)

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”

Theodore Roosevelt (American president)

“You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.”

Cesar Chavez (activist)

“Life is what we make it, always has been and always will be.”

Grandma Moses (artist)

“Anybody can criticize, cry, & complain – and most fools do.”


“Failure is the honest attempt to succeed without all the proper tools.”


“Desire the best for those who take advantage of you.”