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Collection of motivational and inspirational quotes from some of the greatest thinkers, leaders and innovators of the past and present.


“If at first you don’t succeed, think how many people you’ve made happy.”
- H. Duane Black

“Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome.”
- Arthur Ashe Jr

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
- Colin Powell

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.”
- Bill Cosby

“The power of imagination makes us infinite”
- John Muir

“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”
- Henry Ford

“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.”
- Samuel Johnson

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”
- Beverly Sills

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
- Harry S. Truman

“If you care at all, you’ll get some results. If you care enough, you’ll get incredible results.”
- Jim Rohn

“Every artist was first an amateur.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.”
- Ben Stein

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
- Michael Jordan

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
- Herman Cain

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
- Thomas Edison

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
- Albert Einstein

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.”
- Tommy Lasorda


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

“The distance is nothing; it’s only the first step that is difficult.”
- Marquise du Deffand

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”
- Walter Gagehot

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way; if you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”
- Frank Banks

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”
- Michael Jordan

“Success is not permanent. The same is also true of failure.”
- Dell Crossword

Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is.
-Vince Lombardi

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.
-Viktor Frankl

I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
-Thomas Jefferson

Be yourself....you're better at it.

Those needing proof refuse to see it.
-Walter Bartoo

The time-travel convention will be held two weeks ago.

Every hard-boiled egg is yellow inside.

Everything starts as somebody's daydream.
-Larry Niven

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.

The arm of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.
~M.L.King

Mondays are the potholes in the road of life.
~Tom Wilson

Change starts when someone sees the next step.
~William Drayton

At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.
~Plato

Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.
~Richard Bach

Sometimes the fool who rushes in gets the job done.
~Al Bernstein

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.
~Steven Wright

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.

Spring appears and we are once more children.

In the race for quality, there is no finish line.
~David T. Kearns

Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.

A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else.

Money is a good servant, but a bad master.

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.
~B.Cosby

A leading authority is anyone who has guessed right more than once.

Make no judgments where you have no compassion.

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most do.
~Dale Carnegie

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.

If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it!

Communication is the universal solvent.

You can't act like a skunk without someone getting wind of it.

Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.
~Mildred Barthel

Cherishing children is the mark of a civilized society.
~Joan Ganz Cooney

Statistics are no substitute for judgment.
~Henry Clay

Just remember, when you're over the hill, you begin to pick up speed.

The hours that make us happy make us wise.
~John Masefield

186,000 miles per second isn't just a good idea - it's the law!

Wherever you go, there you are.
~Buckaroo Banzai

You can drag a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.

When God created Man she was only kidding.

The enemy's cold heart summons the arrow to it.
~Zen saying

Touch the hole in your life, and there flowers will bloom.
~Zen saying

If it ain't broke don't fix it.

What do women want, my God what do they want?
~Sigmund Freud

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.

Good cooking takes time. If you are made to wait, it is to serve you better.

Add little to little and there will be a big pile.

Practice is the best of all instructors.

Experience is a dear teacher, but fools will learn from no other.

There is nothing in this world constant but inconstancy.

None love the bearer of bad news.

Life is tough, and then you die.

What we do not understand we do not possess.

Always keep a record of data - it indicates you've been working.

On a clear disk you can seek forever.

There is no problem a good miracle can't solve.

Reach out and byte someone.

The future isn't what it used to be.
- Arthur C. Clarke

The later you arrive at work, the earlier you can leave.

We can get better ideas in 2 hrs of 'creative loafing' than in 8 hrs at work.

The subconscious mind is a mental fireless cooker where ideas simmer & develop.

Without wind, grass does not move. Without Software, Hardware is useless.

A well-used door needs no oil in its hinges.

A swift flowing-stream does not grow stagnant.

Neither sound nor thoughts can travel through a vacuum.

I want to live forever, or die in the attempt.

Siberia is a winter wonderland.

An investment is anything that costs more than you can possibly afford.

The tower in Pisa is straight - the rest of the world is crooked.

I am only visiting this planet.

Never talk to strange men.

To gain a good reputation, endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
~Socrates

Easy to use" is easy to say.

Here's to looking at you, kid!

If music be the food of love then play on.

Life is the only thing worth living for.

You didn't walk out on me Mama, you just beat me to the door.

The other car collided with mine without giving warning of its intention.

I thought my window was down, but found it was up when I put my hand through it.

The telephone pole was approaching fast.

To avoid hitting the bumper of the car in front, I struck the pedestrian.

My car was legally parked as it backed into the other vehicle.

An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my vehicle, and vanished.

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

When we are back from backing up the backups the system will be back up.

The first step of handling anything is gaining an ability to face it.

Man thrives only in the presence of a challenging environment.

Happiness is the overcoming of not unknown obstacles toward a known goal.

If man cannot face what he is, then man cannot be free.

Be true to your own goals.

Life is a game. A game consists of freedom, barriers and purposes.

Probably the most neglected friend you have is you.

Any information is valuable to the degree that you can use it.

An sane person has difficulty in insane surroundings.

There is no greater curse than total idleness.

The supreme test of a person is his ability to make things go right.

Insecurity exists in the absence of knowledge.

Without order, nothing can grow or expand.

A group is as capable as it contains capable individual members.

Confusion is contagious.

If a person lacks problems he will invent them.

Man will endure a lot of pain to obtain a little pleasure.

To give you must be willing to receive. To receive you must be willing to give.

There is no liar lying like an angry man.

Anything which is not directly observed tends to persist.

Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
~T.S. Eliot

Open the Pod bay doors Hal...

The end is only the beginning...

The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.
~U.S.A.F.

When machines go wrong they remind you of how powerful they are.

The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.

The Empires of the future are the Empires of the mind.
~Winston Churchill

Of all the gin joints in all the towns of the world she walks into mine.

What is true for you is what you have observed yourself.

Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow.

The only richness there is is understanding.

Ideas, and not battles mark the forward progress of mankind.

All the happiness you ever find lies in you.

On the day when we can fully trust each other, there will be peace on Earth.

Never give a sucker an even break.
~W.C.Fields

Never desert a comrade in need, in danger, or in trouble.

Never withdraw allegiance once granted.

Every time I kiss you I'm still not certain that you really love me.
~Elvis

How many programmers to screw in a light bulb? None, it's a hardware problem!

Solution to software problems: wait and while and they might just disappear.

Solution to hardware problems: throw it away and buy a new one.

One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How it got into it, I don't know.

God gave me this illness to remind me that I'm not #1; he is.
~Muhammed Ali

All answers are basically simple.

A civilization is as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamt by artists.

When in doubt, communicate!

I can't be overdrawn, I still have some checks left.

Good taste is the enemy of creativity.
~Picasso

Old too soon, smart too late.

If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting it off.

I don't care about money, I just want to be wonderful.
~M.Monroe

If you have to be liked, you are spiked.

If all things you eschew, they are glue.

If you don't have a datum, create it.

If you want to last, just move fast.

If your vision is all blurry, you've got another worry.

What you resist you become.
~Taoist saying

There is a sucker born every minute.

People with dogs are cowards who don't dare bite people themselves.

Some people give their worries swimming lessons in stead of drowning them.

Difficult things take long time, impossible things a little longer.

Flatter is healthy, if you don't inhale.
~A.Stevenson

You don't grow rich by a big income, but by small expenses.

Life is a riddle. The solution is written on the backside.

When you speak badly about others, you are telling who you are yourself.

What I learned I don't remember. What little I know I have guessed.
~N.Chamford

Do you love life? Then don't waste your time, 'cause that's what life is made of.

The biggest mistake you can make is to always be afraid of making one.

A man who makes a mistake and doesn't correct it, is making another.
~Konfutse

To fail to do good is as bad as doing harm.
~Plutarch

Life consists of little short moments.

Truth is owned by everyone.

There are 3 kinds of men who don't understand women: young, old, & middle aged.

Let's live in a way so that even the undertaker gets sad when we die.
~Mark Twain

A billion here, a billion there - pretty soon it adds up to real money.

Do you think the person next to you knows everything you don't know?

Never let a fool kiss you, never let a kiss fool you.

Never kid a kidder.

Make it as simple as possible but no simpler.
~Albert Einstein

God is not playing dice with the universe.
~Albert Einstein

The map is not the territory.
~Alfred Korzybski

The meaning of a communication is the result you get.
~R.Bandler

People are basically good.

Disappointment requires adequate planning.
R.Bandler

You can't solve a problem with the same kind of thinking that created it.
A.Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
A.Einstein

Belief is not the beginning of knowledge -- it is the end.
Goethe

Speech is hard, but who can keep quiet?

Act as if you'll live forever. Plan as if you would die tomorrow.

Everything the government gives out it has taken from someone else.

A word is a word, and a man is a floor rag.

The sixth sheik's sheep's sick.

There are no failures -- only feedback.
R.Bandler

We gotta keep up with the Joneses

Great spirits often encounter violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Einstein

Wake up - the time is Now!

You are much too intelligent to be affected by flattery.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

Don't be fooled by appearances, but be a master of illusion.

Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.
~Albert Einstein

If you are a hammer everything looks like a nail.

Almost anything is easier to get into than out of.

There is a 50 percent chance of anything -- either it happens or it doesn't.

Keep cool, but do not freeze.

If anything can't go wrong, it will.

Anything adjustable will sooner or later need adjustment.

People are more likely to believe a quote if it is anonymous.

You always find something in the last place you look for it.

If at first you do succeed -- try to hide your astonishment.

Traffic increases to fill the road space available.

Do not speak more clearly than you think.

It's deja vu all over again.

Secrecy is the enemy of efficiency, but don't let anyone know it.

The less you know about an opportunity, the more attractive it is.

He who laughs first laughs last .. if nobody laughs in the middle.

Nothing is impossible for the man who will not listen to reason.

Double negatives are a no-no.

Matter cannot be created or destroyed, nor can it be returned without a receipt.

If it weren't for Edison we'd be watching TV by candlelight.

A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.

When the smoke alarm goes off, dinner is served.

Principles become modified in practice by facts.

A pessimist is a person who mourns the future.

Start every day with a smile and get it over with.
W.C.Fields

It's not what you know, it's how fast you can find it out.

The longer the patient lives, the greater his chances of recovery.

The chief enemy of good is better.

Life is a do-it-yourself project.

The tedium here is relieved only by the boredom.

Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.

When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.

Dividing 100% responsibility between two people gives 10% for each of them.

You never know until you find out.

Good enough isn't.

I don't know. I'm making it up as I go along.

Computers are stupid -- they do exactly what you tell them to do.

Keep your feet close to the ground.

Every time you lend money to a friend you damage his memory.

If nobody minds, it doesn't matter.

If it weren't for lawyers, we wouldn't need them.

Any attempt to adjust the air conditioner will make it worse.

Obviously crime pays, or there'd be no crime.
G.Gordon Liddy

He who laughs last .. thinks slowest.

Blessed is he who has nothing to say and cannot be persuaded to say it.

Too much ain't enough.

Successful people never have to go to the bathroom.

They -- whoever they may be -- can do whatever they want.

The purpose of organizations is to stop things from happening.

All men/women have ten faults. Pick ten faults you can live with.

Go ahead, rock the boat. The only people who care are the ones who can't swim.

You are totally unique, just like everyone else.

If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done.

Anything with teeth sooner or later bites.

A difference to be a difference must make a difference.

All machines have an innate sense of irresponsibility.

The best things in life are messy.

Do not judge other people, just snicker at them.

Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.

The worst whistlers whistle the most.

Well done is better than well said.

Success is a journey, not a destination.

Bravery is not a lack of fear. It's proceeding in spite of it.

Even if on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.

All things are difficult before they are easy.

The price of greatness is responsibility.

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left over by those who hustle.

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first.

Chance favors the prepared mind.

Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.

Luck is what happens when preparation and opportunity meet.

Consistency isn't a necessary aspect of life. The universe is unfinished, you know.

The threshold of insult is in direct relation to intelligence.

A mistake proves that at least someone stopped talking long enough to do something.

Well the trouble with being a good sport is that you have to lose to prove it.

Before borrowing money from a friend, first decide which you need more.

The world owes you nothing -- it was here first.

One way to stop people from jumping down your throat is to keep your mouth shut.

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