Arnold Schwarzenegger Quotes

Born in 1947 in a small village close to the second-largest city in Austria, Graz, to an Austrian father and Czech mother, Arnold Schwarzenegger became engaged in sports from an early age under the influence of his athlete father who actually wanted him and his older brother Meinhard to become champions in Bavarian curling. He started weightlifting at the age of 14 and trained at a gym in Graz where he also watched bodybuilding icons, such as Steve Reeves, on the big screen, starting to believe he could make it big in this sport despite his poor background and origin.

According to Schwarzenegger, Reeves allowed him to believe in himself when nobody else did and credits his presence in his life through the movie screen as an important catalyst for his many subsequent successes both in sports and elsewhere. Schwarzenegger also believes that his strict upbringing – which was regarded as normal at the time – further strengthened his desire to succeed, to become rich and to become a rebel instead of a conformist, stating that he wanted “to be somebody”.

During his obligatory one year of service in the Austrian Army at the age of 18, he entered and won the Junior Mr. Europe contest. After placing second in another contest in Graz, he was given the opportunity to travel to the Mr. Universe contest held in London, where he placed second and impressed one of the judges Charles Bennett to the extent that he decided to train him.

Schwarzenegger believes that the Mr. Universe competition was what allowed him to subsequently travel to the USA, “the land of opportunity” where he felt he could fulfil his dreams of becoming successful. After becoming the youngest Mr. Universe at the age of 20, which he also accredits to the presence of Mr. Bennett’s family who he feels helped him become more sophisticated and improve his knowledge of English, he decided to travel to the US at the age of 21.

After a successful bodybuilding career (he is considered one of the most important bodybuilders of all time), he chose to venture into the world of film where he was initially frowned upon due to his bodybuilding background and thick Austrian accent. He was also looked down upon due to his long surname and ‘funny body’. He pushed on and made it big in the box-office hit, Conan the Barbarian, in 1982. In 2003, he decided to tackle another ambition: politics, having always dreamt of serving as a leader.

He served as the Governor of California on the Republican ticket for two terms until 2010. In addition to politics, bodybuilding and acting, he has also successfully pursued other business ventures and investments and became a millionaire at the age of 30.

Did you know:

  • That he’d dreamed of moving to the US since he was 10 years old;
  • That he broke into his gym in Graz during the weekends when it was closed in order to be able to train and get closer to his dream
  • That he kept trying for roles in Hollywood even after being rejected several times for his strong accent and not being taken seriously due to his bodybuilding career and ultimately became the biggest movie star in the world in the 1990s because he wanted to be the best in everything he did (that also led to him being Mr. Olympia in bodybuilding because he wanted to become the best bodybuilder in the world);
  • That, upon his arrival to the US to achieve his big dream of becoming the best bodybuilder in the world, he had only 20 dollars in his pocket and some sweaty gym clothes in his bag?

Best Arnold Schwarzenegger quotes

Strength does not come from winning.
Your struggles develop your strengths.
When you go through hardships
and decide not to surrender, that is strength.

What is the point of being on this Earth
if you are going to be like everyone else?

Just like in bodybuilding, failure is also a necessary
experience for growth in our own lives,
for if we’re never tested to our limits,
how will we know how strong we really are?
How will we ever grow?

If you want to turn a vision into reality,
you have to give 100% and never stop
believing in your dream.

For me life is continuously being hungry.
The meaning of life is not simply to exist,
to survive, but to move ahead,
to go up, to achieve, to conquer.

Help others and give something back.
I guarantee you will discover
that while public service improves the
lives and the world around you,
its greatest reward is the enrichment
and new meaning it will bring your own life.

The resistance that you fight physically in the gym
and the resistance that you fight in life
can only build a strong character.

What we face may look insurmountable.
But I learned something from all those
years of training and competing.
I learned something from all those sets and reps when
I didn’t think I could lift another ounce of weight.
What I learned is that we are always stronger than we know.

The mind is the limit.
As long as the mind can envision
the fact that you can do something,
you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.

Positive thinking can be contagious.
Being surrounded by winners
helps you develop into a winner.

Failure is not an option.
Everyone has to succeed.

You have to remember something:
Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn.

It’s not what you get out of life that counts.
Break your mirrors! In our society that is so self-absorbed,
begin to look less at yourself and more at each other.
You’ll get more satisfaction from havingimproved your neighbourhood,
your town, your state, your country, and your fellow human beings
than you’ll ever get from your muscles,
your figure, your automobile, your house, or your credit rating.

The more knowledge you have,
the more you’re free to rely on your instincts.

Be hungry for success, hungry to make your mark,
hungry to be seen and to be heard and to have an effect.
And as you move up and become successful,
make sure also to be hungry for helping others.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Quotes

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