Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Motivational Quotes - My collection

I know there are lots of them. So, here are my favorites (I colored some of them):

If you love what you do, you will never work another day in your life."
--Confucius


"Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it."
-- William Durant
"We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are."
-- Max DePree
"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."
-- Carl Bard
"I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot... and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that's precisely why I succeed."
-- Michael Jordan, one of the NBA's greatest players.
"I'm not telling you it is going to be easy - I'm telling you it's going to be worth it"
-- Art Williams
"The most painful thing to experience is not defeat but regret"
-- Leo Bascaglia
"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one."
-- Elbert Hubbard
"You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you."
-- James Allen
"The trouble with many plans is that they are based on the way things are now. To be successful, your personal plan must focus on what you want, not what you have."
-- Nido Qubein
"Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human." - Viktor Frankl
"Everything must be made as simple as possible but not one bit simpler."
-Albert Einstein
"Strength of mind is exercise, not rest."
-Alexander Pope

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning. Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi
"I'm not the kind of guy to knock at a door and then when the door is opened not go in."
-William Saroyan

"Few minds wear out; most rust out."
-Christian Nextell Bouee

"No man is free that cannot command himself."
-Pythagoras

"Learn something new every day under the sun. You will never get old if you do."
-Lois Bey

"Inspiration springs more readily from knowledge than from ignorance."
-Horace Meyer Kallen

"Doubt whom you will, but never doubt yourself."
-Christian Nestell Bovee

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, but of choice. Not something to wish for, but to attain."
-William Jennings Bryan

"Whatever you truly conceive of in the mind, is possible."
"Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity."
-Edwin Hubbel Chapin

"Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.."
-Washington Irving

"The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it cannot be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it."
-Elbert Hubbard

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

"Those who are quite satisfied sit still and do nothing; those who are not quite satisfied are the sole benefactors of the world."
-Walter Savage Landor

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

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.- Unknown
"Each forward step we take we leave some phantom of ourselves behind."
-John Lancaster Spalding

School is a building that has four walls--with tomorrow inside.
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
There are many ways of going forward, but there is only one way of standing still.
A lot of us would like to move mountains, but few of us are willing to practice on small hills.
Doing your best is more important than being the best.
Giant oak trees started out as little nuts.
The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. -- Ferdinand Foch
Always give more than what's expected. -- Donald Trump
If we did all the things we were capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. -- Thomas Edison

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Neither you nor the world knows what you can do until you have tried. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
So many times people end up fixated on doing things rights, that they end up doing nothing at all. -- The Wright Brothers
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit. -- Richard Bach
Fall seven times, stand up eight. -- Japanese proverb
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. -- Thomas Edison
Never give in. Never. Never. Never. Never. -- Winston Churchill
You have not lived a perfect day, unless you've done something for someone who will never be able to repay you. -- Ruth Smeltzer
Without deviation, progress is not possible. -- Frank Zappa
If you're not lighting any candles, don't complain about being in the dark.

I will never give in until the day that I die. I'll get myself some independence, carve out a future with my two bare hands. -- The Alarm
If at first you don't succeed, you're like everyone else who went on to greatness. -- Patrick Combs
Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by ***, do something. Don't just stand there, make it happen. -- Lee Iacocca, Chairman Chrysler Motors

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Update: 
I have finished university lately and posted some advice and quotes for exams, if you are interested: Motivation for students
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Sites (You can find more there):
http://www.innertalk.com/quotes.html
http://www.coolmath.com/Survivor-Algebra/10-motivational-quotes.html - there are a lot more
http://quotations.about.com/cs/inspirationquotes/a/Life24.htm - I haven't read it, but that looks good
http://djstoddard.wordpress.com/ - btw, it is a great blog of Unmotivated Motivational author
http://www.redsofts.com/articles/read/284/8249/How_To_Make_The_Most_Of_Your_Life.html

31 comments:

parnika said...

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parnika said...

This is a really good collections of quotations!!

Xiena Lin said...

Thank you, parnika

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Anonymous said...

Wow - these are pretty good.
Thank you. x

Anonymous said...

Great bunch of quotes . My exams r comin up and they are very helpful.Thnx

Xiena Lin said...

Thank you for your comments. It really means a lot for me.
I wish you good luck with your exams! Are you going to have exams for college?

sharwin said...

superb collection thanks

rushi said...

thnks for giving motivational for the student........ motivation give the power to do something in your life...... so go and keep rockingggg

tashination said...

These are awesome! Thanks!

angelala525 said...

hey thank you so much dude!!!

priya said...

superb collection dude.. good work..

Dr Ruchi said...

motivational truth which we forget in our fast running life but this is real fuel what we need to run consistent & longer....good job ! keep it up

vishwesh said...

great quotations it helped me on my english home work

Lokit said...

Thanks for collecting such a wonderful quotes.

Anonymous said...

Thanks - Really good collection :)

harsh the success keeeper said...

Thanks man......... These thoughts are really important in life. I realized then when I was in 7th I got failed. but someone inspires me with thoughts and from that time I got success so high that no one can reach me to say that "you are noob and know nothing". well keep it up man. I think they will change someone's life definitely like me. It does not matter when but what matters is the effect and cause. hoping that they will be useful to people who really things they are dumb.

Natasya said...

Can I copy some of your quotes for my blog entry? I need motivation for doing exams so I want to put some in my blog. Thanks for allowing me :)

Xiena Lin said...

Natasya, surely you can, just insert the link to this post in your blog ;) Good luck at your exams!

idiot said...

Hold yourself responsible for a standard higher than anyone else expects of you

AL/CAL/SAZ/ABZ/AUSTIN/CHESS said...

BIG UP FROM ALL THE PSYCHOLOGY CREW IN STUDLAND REVISING HARD FOR OUR EXAM TOMORROW. RESPECT X

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! It helped me a lot.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! It helped me a lot.

Anonymous said...

Awesome list! Definitely use them for exam. Thank you for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome list! Definitely use them for exam. Thank you for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

Great compilation of much needed motivation.

www.davidsphysics.webs.com said...

Thanks a lot I am putting one of the quotes in my question paper (I am a physics teacher) of course I will acknowledge your site.
W.R.David (India)

sadiksha said...

Thanks for the MOTIVATION ...my exams are coming !!

Mahesh said...

Excellent

veerabhara seo said...

To be a ‘Good Professional’,always start to study late for ‘exams‘.
Because it teaches how to manage ‘Time’ and tackle “Emergencies”!!
Law Of Studentology:
Book Continues To Be In State Of Rest Or Covered With Dust And Soil,
Unless exams Are Appeared.

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