motivational quotes for school

Motivational quotes for school

Try never to be the smartest person in the room.
And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people, or find a different room.
Michael Dell, entrepreneur

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.
Maya Angelou, author

Don’t say you don’t have enough time.
You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to
Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa,
Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.
H. Jackson Brown Jr., author

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living.
The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
Mark Twain, author

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it.
If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.
If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.
Nora Roberts, author

If people knew how hard I’ve worked to gain my mastery,
it would not seem so wonderful at all.
Michelangelo, artist

Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
Gandhi, activist

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Thomas A. Edison, inventor

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.
Oprah Winfrey, talk show host

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill, British prime minister

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the result of other people’s thinking.
Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary.
Steve Jobs, Apple founder

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
Beverly Sills, opera singer

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
Neale Donald Walsch, author

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
Dolly Parton, country singer and entrepreneur

Self-worth comes from one thing
thinking that you are worthy.
Wayne Dyer, philosopher

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.
B.B. King, musician

You’re braver than you believe,
and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.
A.A. Milne, author

Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
Dr. Seuss, author

Before you act, listen.
Before you react, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.
Ernest Hemingway, author

Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.
Beyoncé Knowles Carter, musician

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.
Malala Yousafzai, activist

Change will not come if we wait for some other person
or if we wait for some other time.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
We are the change that we seek.
Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
Arthur Ashe, tennis star

The difference between a stumbling block
and a stepping stone is how high you raise your foot.
Benny Lewis, author

We do not need magic to change the world,
we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already:
we have the power to imagine better.
J.K Rowling, author

You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it.
You have to go down the chute.
Tina Fey, comedian and actress

The difference between a successful
person and others is not a lack of strength,
not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.
Vince Lombardi, Hall of Fame NFL coach

Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good.
It’s the thing you do that makes you good.
Malcolm Gladwell, author

Success means having the courage,
the determination and the will to become
the person you believe you were meant to be.
George Sheehan, author and runner

If you really want to do something, you will find a way.
If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.
Jim Rohn, philosopher

There are no secrets to success.
It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.
Colin Powell, four-star general and former U.S. secretary of state

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Robert F. Kennedy, politician

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
Babe Ruth, Hall of Fame baseball player

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
Will Rogers, actor

Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.
James Dean, actor

If you can dream it, you can do it.
Walt Disney, entrepreneur and founder of The Walt Disney Company

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible,
then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will,
they soon become inevitable.
Christopher Reeve, actor

I hated every minute of training, but I said,
“Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
Muhammad Ali, boxer

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Norman Vincent Peale, author

Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Malcolm Forbes, entrepreneur

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating.
Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.
Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations

In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.
Coco Chanel, fashion designer

I never cut class. I loved getting A’s, I liked being smart.
I liked being on time.
I thought being smart is cooler than anything in the world.
Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States

The best way to predict your future is to create it.
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
William Butler Yeats, Poet

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
Albert Einstein, inventor

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook chief operating officer

Life isn’t about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw, playwright

A thousand mile journey begins with a single step.
Chinese proverb

School Quotes To Keep You Motivated & Inspired

Don’t stress. Do your best. Forget the rest.
Anonymous

Education is our passport to the future.
For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare it today.
Malcolm X

When educating the minds of our youth,
we must not forget to educate their hearts.
Dalai Lama

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
Albert Einstein

In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test.
In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.
Tom Bodett

In some parts of the world, students
are going to school every day. It’s their normal life.
But in other parts of the world, we are starving for education…
it’s like a precious gift. It’s like a diamond.
Malala Yousafzai

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover
that your high school class is running the country.
Kurt Vonnegut

All children start their school careers with sparkling imaginations,
fertile minds, and a willingness to take risks with what they think.
Ken Robinson

We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.
Carol Burnett

No matter what you do, no matter how many times
you screw up and think to yourself “there’s no point to carry on”,
no matter how many people tell you that you can’t do it – keep going.
Don’t quit. Don’t quit, because a month from now
you will be that much closer to your goal than you are now.
Yesterday you said tomorrow. Make today count.
Anonymous

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Confucius

You are capable of more than you know.
Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive t
o be the best, however hard the path.
Aim high. Behave honorably.
Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist!
The world needs all you can give.
E.O. Wilson

Every year, many, many stupid people graduate from college.
And if they can do it, so can you.
John Green

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
Albert Einstein

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
William Butler Yeats

If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them.
But 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

What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school,
but a different way of looking at the world and learning.
Chuck Grassley

I was a smart kid, but I hated school.
Eminem

Children should learn that reading is pleasure,
not just something that teachers make you do in school.
Beverly Cleary

School is a building which has four walls with tomorrow inside.
Lon Watters

I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy- I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.
Art Williams

Nothing is impossible the word itself says “I’m possible”.
Audrey Hepburn

Intelligence plus character that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King Jr.

You don’t have to be great to get started,
but you have to get started to be great.
Les Brown

I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all the time,
somehow things will work out in the end.
Larry Bird

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
Maya Angelou

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you’ll be doomed if you don’t try.
Beverly Hills

Whether you think you can or think you can’t you’re right.
Henry Ford

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
Robert Collier

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.
Pablo Picasso

I never dreamt of success. I worked for it.
Estee Lauder

This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.
Taylor Swift

I’m not going to school just for the academics.
I wanted to share ideas, to be around people
who are passionate about learning.
Emma Watson

You learn something every day if you pay attention.
Ray LeBlond

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
Chinese Proverb

Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill

Motivational Quotes for Students

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
Andy McIntyre

“Learning is never done without errors and defeat.”
Vladimir Lenin

None of us is as smart as all of us.”
Ken Blanchard

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
Albert Einstein

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
Walt Disney

“Never let the fear of striking out stop you from playing the game.”
Babe Ruth

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”
Thomas Jefferson

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited.”
Plutarch

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”
BB King

“I think it’s possible to ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”
Elon Musk

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited.”
Plutarch

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
John Wooden

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

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”
Beverly Stills

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
John Wooden

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Procrastination makes easy things hard and hard things harder.”
Mason Cooley

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated.”
R Collier

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”
BB King

“You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”
A.A Milne

“The more that you read, the more things you will know,
the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Dr. Seuss

“The man who does not read books has no advantage over the one who cannot read them.”
Mark Twain

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
Zig Ziglar

Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Hope for tomorrow.”
Albert Einstein

“Teachers can open the door, but you must enter it yourself.”
Chinese Proverb

“Today a reader. Tomorrow a leader.”
Anonymous

“Motivation is what gets you started.
Habit is what keeps you going.”
Jim Ryun

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”
Jennifer Dukes Lee

“A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas,
may never return to its original dimensions.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”
B.B. King

“The expert in anything was once a beginner.”
Helen Hayes

“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.”
Victor Hugo

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
Arthur Ashe

“He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes;
he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.”
Chinese Proverb

Motivational Quotes about Education

Every student can learn just not on the same day or in the same way.

Every child has a different learning style and pace.
Each child is unique, not only capable of learning
but also capable of succeeding.

The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.

A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a head.

Education breeds confidence.
Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.

Educating yourself does not mean that you were stupid in the first place;
it means that you are intelligent enough to know that there is plenty left to learn.

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.

Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire.

Every child deserves a champion:
an adult who will never give up on them,
who understands the power of connection and insists
they become the best they can possibly be.

Education is not the preparation for life;
education is life itself.

The more informed you are,
the less arrogant and aggressive you are.

Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning.

Education is not the learning of facts.
It’s rather the training of the mind to think.

The best teachers are those who show you where
to look but don’t tell you what to see.

If a child can’t learn the way we teach maybe
we should teach the way thay learn.

A good education can change anyone,
A good teacher can change everything.

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

When one teaches, two learn.

The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.

A good teacher is like a candle-it consumes itself to light the way for others.

Einstein said, It is the supreme art of the teacher
to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

I am enough of a realist to understand that I can’t reach every child,
but I am more of an optimist to get up every morning and try.

What we learn becomes a part of who we are.

Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving
your community and world better than you found it.

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may remember.
Involve me and I learn.

When educating the minds of our youth,
we must not forget to educate their hearts.

Make today the day to learn something new.

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.

A teacher ignites the fire that fuels a student’s
thirst for knowledge, curiosity and wisdom.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you.
If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.

The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree.
It will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other.
Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectices.

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.

Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world.

Inspirational and Powerful Education Quotes

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Nelson Mandela

“The highest result of education is tolerance.“
Helen Keller

“The only person who is educated is the one
who has learned how to learn… and change.“
Carl Rogers

“The aim of education should be to teach us
rather how to think, than what to think
rather to improve our minds,
so as to enable us to think for ourselves,
than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.“
Bill Beattie

“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.“
George Santayana

“It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed.“
Harvey S. Firestone

“All I want is an education, and I am afraid of no one.“
Malala Yousafzai

“What sculpture is to a block of marble education is to the human soul.“
Joseph Addison

“If a man empties his purse into his head,
no man can take it away from him.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.“
Ben Franklin

“You can’t legislate good will – that comes through education.“
Malcolm X

“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.“
Aristotle

“Education without values, as useful as it is,
seems rather to make man a more clever devil.“
C. S. Lewis

“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education;
in the elder, a part of experience.“
Francis Bacon

“One thing that education can do is it can provide
us with an opportunity to understand one another better,
and so while I’ve spent a lot of my time in the world of politics,
I’ve always felt that it is really not politics that will solve this for us.“
Condoleezza Rice

“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.“
Theodore Roosevelt

“No one should be denied the opportunity to get an education
and increase their earning potential based solely on their inability
to pay for a college education.“
Bobby Scott

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.“
Calvin Coolidge

“The best students come from homes where education is revered:
where there are books, and children see their parents reading them.“
Leo Buscaglia

“The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.“
Herbert Spencer

“The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge
but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover,
to create men who are capable of doing new things.“
Jean Piaget

“What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.“
Henry David Thoreau

“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.“
Will Durant

“Education begins the gentleman, but reading,
good company and reflection must finish him.“
John Locke

“Do not train children to learning by force and harshness,
but direct them to it by what amuses their minds,
so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy
the peculiar bent of the genius of each.“
Plato

“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving
your community and world better than you found it.“
Marian Wright Edelman

“Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.“
Mark Twain

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day;
but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity,
he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.“
Clay P. Bedford

“To teach is to learn twice.“
Joseph Joubert

“Education is simply the soul of a society
as it passes from one generation to another.“
G.K. Chesterton

“Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure
that by the time they leave school every
boy and girl should know how much they do not know,
and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.“
William Haley

“Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers.
Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers.
The power of the car is separate from the way the car is driven.“
Edward De Bono

“No man who worships education has got the best out of education…
Without a gentle contempt for education no man’s education is complete.“
G.K. Chesterton

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.“
Buckminster Fuller

“A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas,
may never return to its original dimensions.“
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

“Aim for success, not perfection.
Never give up your right to be wrong,
because then you will lose the ability to learn new things
and move forward with your life.
Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.“
David M. Burns

“When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course.“
Peter Drucker

“Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere.
Education beats the beauty and the youth.“
Chanakya

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.“
Benjamin Franklin

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day;
teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.“
Maimonides

“Real education should consist of drawing
the goodness and the best out of our own students.
What better books can there be than the book of humanity.“
Cesar Chavez

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.“
Albert Einstein

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.“
Malcolm Forbes

“Education must not simply teach work – it must teach Life.“
W. E. B. Du Bois

“Formal education will make you a living;
self-education will make you a fortune.“
Jim Rohn

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”
Epictetus

„Education is the passport to the future,
for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.“
Malcolm X

“Much education today is monumentally ineffective.
All too often we are giving young people cut flowers
when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.“
John W. Gardner

“The first problem for all of us, men and women,
is not to learn, but to unlearn.“
Gloria Steinem

“A teacher affects eternity;
he can never tell where his influence stops.“
Henry B. Adams

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.“
Andy McIntyre

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me
and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.“
Chinese proverb

“Why should society feel responsible
only for the education of children,
and not for the education of all adults of every age.“
Erich Fromm

“I’ve learned… that the best classroom in the world
is at the feet of an elderly person.“
Andy Rooney

“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.“
Victor Hugo

“Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.“
Leonardo da Vinci

“The beautiful thing about learning
is that no one can take it away from you.“
B.B. King

“The ability to recognize opportunities and move
in new and sometimes unexpected
directions will benefit you no matter your interests or aspirations.
A liberal arts education is designed to equip students
for just such flexibility and imagination.“
Drew Gilpin Faust

“Education is all a matter of building bridges.“
Ralph Ellison

“The mere imparting of information is not education.“
Carter G. Woodson

“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book,
pass an examination, and finish with education.
The whole of life, from the moment you are born
to the moment you die, is a process of learning.“
Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Education is the key to success in life,
and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.“
Solomon Ortiz

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.“
John Dewey

“Develop a passion for learning.
If you do, you will never cease to grow.“
Anthony J. D’Angelo

“Men and women must be educated,
to a great degree, by the opinions
and manners of the society they live in.“
Mary Wollstonecraft

“People learn something every day,
and a lot of times it’s that what they learned
the day before was wrong.“
Bill Vaughan

“Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.“
B. F. Skinner

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able
to entertain a thought without accepting it.“
Aristotle

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be,
and you help them to become what they are capable of becoming.“
Goethe

“Nine tenths of education is encouragement.“
Anatole France

“Education makes a people easy to lead but difficult to drive:
easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.“
Peter Brougham

“It is, in fact, a part of the function of education
to help us escape, not from our own time
for we are bound by that
but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time.“
T.S. Eliot

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively
and to think critically. Intelligence plus character
that is the goal of true education.“
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express
their choice are prepared to choose wisely.
The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.“
Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The goal of education is the advancement
of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.“
John F. Kennedy

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.“
George Washington Carver

“It is a thousand times better to have common sense
without education than to have education without common sense.“
Robert G. Ingersoll

“A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.“
Helen Keller

“If someone is going down the wrong road,
he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up.
What he needs is education to turn him around.“
Jim Rohn

“Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.“
Aristotle

“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating.
Education is the premise of progress,
in every society, in every family.“
Kofi Annan

“Change is the end result of all true learning.“
Leo Buscaglia

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.“
Albert Einstein

“I believe that education is all about being excited about something.
Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.“
Steve Irwin

Weight loss motivation quotes

Weight loss motivation quotes

To climb steep hills requires slow pace at first.”
William Shakespeare

“Working out is never convenient. But neither is illness, diabetes and obesity!”

“I don’t stop when I’m tired, I stop when I’m DONE!”

“I don’t work hard because I hate my body. I workout because I love it!”

“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!”

“When it burns, is when you’re just getting started. That’s when you get stronger!”

“If you have 30 minutes for Facebook, you have 1 hour for the gym!”

“The best way to predict your health is to create it.”

“If it was about knowledge, we would all be skinny and rich. It’s not about what you know but what you do!”

“The distance between who am I am and who I want to be is only separated by what I do!”

“The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen.”

“To change your body you must first change your mind.”

“Someone busier than you is running right now.”

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
Maya Angelou

“The groundwork of all happiness is health.”
Leigh Hunt

“When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.”
unknown

“If you wait, all that happens is you get older.”
Larry McMurtry

“If you don’t do what’s best for your body,
you’re the one who comes up on the short end.”
Julius Erving

“Exercise should be regarded as a tribute to the heart.”
Gene Tunney

“Commit to the process no matter how long it takes,
and the payoffs and benefits can be greater than anything you ever imagined.”
Liz Josefsberg

“Remember, you become what you think.
Think discouraging thoughts, and you’ll get discouraged.”
Joyce Meyer

“Stop beating yourself up.
You are a work in progress;
which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.”
unknown

“If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through.”
Chinese Proverb

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”
Audrey Hepburn

“Comparison is the death of joy.”
Mark Twain

“You aren’t fat. You have fat. Fat does not define you.”
unknown

“The greatest wealth is health.”
Virgil

“Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything.
These are the secrets of happiness and good health.”
Julia Child

“Eliminate the mindset of can’t
because you can do anything.”
Toni Horton

“Strength does not come from what you can do.
It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”
Nikki Rogers

“Make time for it. Just get it done.
Nobody ever got strong or got in shape by thinking about it.
They did it.”
Jim Wendler

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
Jim Rohn

“The scale is merely a measure of my relationship with gravity.”
Lauren Harris-Pincus

“Don’t work out because you hate your body
work out because you love it.”
unknown

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength,
not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.”
Vince Lombardi

“Rule One is never quit. Rule Two is refer to Rule One.
Cake happens, but as long as you remember those rules, you’ll be OK.”
Jaimie, WW Leader

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
Walt Disney Company

“Commit to the process no matter how long it takes,
and the payoffs and benefits can be greater than anything you ever imagined.”
Liz Josefsberg

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
Napoleon Hill

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.”
Jim Rohn

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
Jim Rohn

“Food is not the problem. It’s what we do with food that becomes the problem. That’s why we need to learn to keep everything in our lives – especially our eating – in proper balance.” -Joyce Meyer

Weight loss quotes to inspire you

“Getting my lifelong weight struggle under control has come from a process
of treating myself as well as I treat others in every way.”
Oprah Winfrey

Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to the person from yesterday.”
Author Unknown

“A huge part of losing weight is believing you can do it
and realizing it’s not going to happen overnight.”
Author Unknown

“The hardest step to fitness is the first. Take it now!”
Heather Montgomery

“Your body can do anything. It’s your mind that needs convincing”
Unknown

“Your goals are as good as your actions.
No action taken, no goals achieved ”
Derric Yuh Ndim

“Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t,
pretend that you do and, at some point, you will.”
Venus Williams

“Don’t reward yourself with food. You are not a dog.”
Unknown

“Every weight loss program, no matter how positively it’s packaged,
whispers to you that you’re not right. You’re not good enough.
You’re unacceptable and you need to be fixed.”
Kim Brittingham

“The only successful way to reach and maintain
a healthy weight is to find what works for you.”
Author Unknown

Motivational quotes for weight loss and exercise

“Fitness is like marriage, you can’t cheat on it and expect it to work.”
Bonnie Pfiester

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”
Billie Jean King

“Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise.”
Carrie Latet

If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?
Joe Namath

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.”
Robert Collier

“Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.”
Emilie Coue

“Those who think they have not time for bodily
exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”
Edward Stanley

“To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.”
Gene Tunney

“Make time for it. Just get it done.
Nobody ever got strong or got in shape by thinking about it. They did it.”
Jim Wendler

“Weight loss is not impossible.
Weight loss is hard, but hard is not the same as impossible.”
Author Unknown

“Even if you are on the right track,
you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
Will Rogers

“Marathon runners don’t worry about
the conditions, they just run anyway!”
Author Unknown

“Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.”
Elizabeth Berg

Motivational quotes for weight loss to help keep you going

“You can’t run from all your problems,
but it will help you lose weight.”

“If you’re tired of starting over; stop giving up!”

“On the other side of your workout is the body and health you want!”

“The question isn’t can you, it’s will you!”

“Workouts are like life. The harder it is, the STRONGER YOU BECOME!”

“If no one thinks you can, then you have to!”

“If you still look good at the end of your workout…
you didn’t work hard enough!”

“Get started as if you are motivated.
Pretend. And the motivation will come!”

“If you’re enjoying these quotes, you’ll love our collection
of short motivational quotes that will get you ready to tackle the day.”

“Excuses don’t burn calories.”

“Your body hears everything your mind says.
Keep going. You can!”

“If you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read
our collection of keep pushing quotes about moving forward.”

“Don’t stop until you’re proud.”

“You don’t have to go fast, you just have to go.”

“I’m not running a marathon or a 5 K. I have no upcoming
competitions and I don’t plan on going to the beach.
I am working out like my life depends on it. Because it does!”

Motivational quotes about weight loss

“If you have discipline, drive, and determination…
nothing is impossible.”
Dana Linn Bailey

“Everything you can imagine about how you will look
and feel when you lose weight is real.”
Felicity Luckey

“With discipline, you can lose weight,
you can excel in work, you can win the war.”
Amit Kalantri

“The empowering thought is that busy hands cannot eat!”
Nancy Mure

“A high functioning palate allows you to live without sugar and salt.”
Nancy Mure

“First step to lose Weight. Get and stay active!”
Josheel Dole

“Your body is not just yours. It is a gift and a responsibility.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

“Our eyes are meant to show us food when we are hungry,
not to make us hungry when we see food.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“If you want to be a celebrated loser, be a weight loser.”
Vincent Okay Nwachukwu

“Life is healthy, but lifestyle makes it unhealthy.”
Amit Kalantri

“Take the admission to the gym to avoid the admission to the hospital.”
Amit Kalantri

“All you need are a pair of tennis shoes and motivation
to change the course of your life.”
Heidi Bond

“Eliminate the mindset of can’t
because you can do anything.”
Toni Horton

“Some people want it to happen.
Some wish it would happen. Others make it happen.”
Michael Jordan

“Exercise should be regarded as a tribute to the heart.”
Gene Tunney

“If you don’t do what’s best for your body,
you’re the one who comes up on the short end.”
Julius Erving

“When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.”
Author Unknown

“If you keep good food in your fridge, you will eat good food.”
Errick McAdams

“If you wait, all that happens is you get older.”
Larry McMurtry

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.
The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons”
Jim Rohn

“We are what we repeatedly do; therefore excellence is not merely an act, but a habit.”
Aristotle

“Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now.
The conditions are always impossible.”
Doris Lessing

“To be without some of the things you want
is an indispensable part of happiness.”
Bertrand Russell

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
Napoleon Hill

“Think of your workouts as important meeting
you’ve scheduled with yourself. Bosses don’t cancel.”
Unknown

“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do.
It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”
Nikki Rogers

“You must tell yourself, no matter how hard it is, or how hard it gets,
I’m going to make it.”
Unknown

“To lose weight permanently requires faith
faith there is a bigger life waiting for you beyond food and weight.”
Catherine L. Taylor

“Results happen over time, not overnight.
Work hard, stay consistent and be patient.”
Unknown

“If you’re enjoying these quotes, you’ll love our collection
of consistency quotes to inspire long term thinking.

“Success is what comes after you stop making excuses.”
Luis Galarza

“Good habits are as addictive as bad habits. But far more rewarding.”
Karen Salmansohn

“Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.”
Bethenny Frankel

“There are only two options regarding commitment; you’re either in or you’re out.
There’s no such thing as life in-between.”
Pat Riley

“If you only do what is easy, you will always remain weak.”
Joyce Meyer

“To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world
is to act in accordance with your thinking.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.”
Rosa Parks

“If you want to be skinny do what skinny people do.”
Brian Wansink

“Eat responsibly. You don’t have to be a saint with your food,
but you can’t eat like every day is thanksgiving either.”
Brad Pilon

“To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately,
cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.”
William Londen

“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.”
Anonymous

“I always believed if you take care of your body it will take care of you.”
Ted Lindsay

“It is better to take small steps in the right direction
than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.”
Proverb

“The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.”
Mary Pickford

“Weight loss doesn’t begin in the gym with a dumbbell;
it starts in your head with a decision.”
Toni Sorenson

“Triumph by putting a little soul into it!”
Nancy Mure

Funny weight loss motivation quotes

“Weight loss is not a physical challenge, it’s a mental one.”
Unknown

“You are not going to get the butt you want by sitting on it.”
Unknown

“I wish I could lose weight as easily as I lose my keys,
pen, cell phone, temper, and even my mind.”
Unknown

If we’re not meant to have midnight snacks,
why is there a light in the fridge?”
Unknown

“It’s all fun and games until your jeans don’t fit.”
Unknown

“I’m just a girl, standing in front of a salad,
asking it to be 3 tacos, 2 margaritas and an order of queso.”
Unknown

“French fries are the most eaten vegetable in America.”
Super Size Me

“Image the weight you are losing, if going to the person you hate.”
English Lion

“I’m not losing weight, I’m getting rid of it. I have no intention of finding it again.”
Unknown

“Dear stomach, you are bored, not hungry. So shut up!”
Unknown

“Unless you puke, faint, or die, keep going!”
Julian Michaels

“80% Health Goddess, 20% Cookie Monster.”
The Wellness Co.

“I hate when I gain 10 pounds for a role and then realize I’m not an actress.”
Unknown

“The next time you’re hating on your body, try thanking it
it carried you through childhood on a diet of fruit gushers
and neon blue squeezeits alone.
It’s a miracle you’re even alive right now.”
Unknown

“Because there is a hot WOMAN in there waiting to get out.”
Unknown

“I would lose weight, but I hate losing.”
Unknown

“Whenever I check my weight, I always subtract 5 pounds.
I don’t think a or brain should ever count against them.”
Unknown

“I’ve got 99 Problems and Turmeric solved like 86 of them.”
Unknown

“Drink some water you beautiful and capable but dehydrated b*tch.”
Unknown

“I wake up every day planning to be produtice
and then a voice in my head says,”
Haha good one!” and we laugh and laugh and take a nap.”
Unknown

“You know when you buy a bag of salad
and it gets all brown and soggy?
Cookies don’t do that.”
Unknown

“NUTRITION FACT: If you drink a gallon of water per day,
you won’t have time for other people’s drama because
you’ll be too busy peeing. Stay hydrated my friends.”
Tobi Corley on Pinterest

“Until you get your Nutrition right, nothing is going to change.”
Unknown

“If it’s true that stress brings on weight loss,
why the heck am I not invisble right now?”
Tamara Thomas on Instagram

“I love my six pack so much.
I protect it with a layer of fat.”
Unknown

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9 Ways to motivate yourself to do anything


The question “How to motivate yourself and stay motivated to get things done?” does not have a clear-cut answer. There is not only one path to get motivated because each person is unique and different, driven from within by a set of various impulses, desires, beliefs, and needs.

Nevertheless, the psychology of human motivation proposes many solutions. Science has laid the foundations that explain a lot about motivation: 

  • from where it comes from,
  • what influences it, and 
  • how can psychological process guide our behavior?

In this article, we have prepared practical guidelines and tips for self motivation that are universal and can be used for any goal that you would like to achieve in any area in your life (job, losing weight, relationships, money, personal growth, etc.).

Why we need motivation in our daily life?

Motivation is the driving force behind human actions. It describes our “why” to every situation. Like, why we are doing something and also why we are not doing something.

It also activates our behavior, as it directs and maintains our goal-oriented actions. To make it short, we need motivation in our daily life because it:

  • Helps to improve productivity,
  • provides us with meaningful goals to work toward,
  • gives the energy to complete every task,   
  • encourages us to take action and engage in behaviors that are good for us, 
  • improves overall well-being and happiness, 
  • helps to change our old habits, and 
  • gives us support when coping with challenges and obstacles. 

What causes lack of motivation?

Many people are struggling with self motivation. It is not such an easy task to stay motivated all the time and in every situation. Here are some of the most common causes of why you might be struggling with motivation.

  • You struggle to find meaning in the things you do, and you are not sure what exactly you want to do.
  • Most of the time, you act with your mind and head and don’t pay enough attention to your emotions and feelings.
  • You don’t believe in yourself and your abilities.
  • You set goals too high or too low, which are also not clear and concrete enough.
  • You often get caught up in the negative self talk, such as, “I will never follow through,” “I can’t do this,” “There’s no use.”
  • You are trying to please everyone around you, but on the other hand, you often neglect your needs.
  • You are overwhelmed and stressed, almost on the edge of a burn-out.
  • You are impatient (remember that good things take time).
  • You tend to procrastinate in making decisions.
  • Your actions are based on fear (fear has a low energy vibration and prevents you to plan your next step).

9 tips on how to motivate yourself and stay motivated

Now that you’ve gained an insight into why motivation is important and what could cause the lack of it, it’s time that we present in the article some of the best and most efficient approaches to help you achieve your goals and get things done. Let’s get started!

Now that you’ve gained an insight into why motivation is important and what could cause the lack of it, it’s time that we present in the article some of the best and most efficient approaches to help you achieve your goals and get things done. Let’s get started!

1. Focus on the “why” question

You will find it difficult to motivate yourself for a task if you do not see and feel the point in completing it. Searching for a meaning is not always tied to existential questions about life and the world we live in but also affects the things we do in our everyday life.

Why do I do what I do?

Our core motivation derives from our deepest desires, beliefs, longings, and aspirations. It is a subconscious system, which controls our emotions and has the power to motivate us. Similar to when we say: “Trust your gut.”

When you feel that your work and everything else you do makes sense and is in line with your subconscious mind, you will be much more successful in achieving your goals. You will be able to complete even the most difficult tasks.

Is your “why” strong enough to push you forward?

For example, if you did sign in to a gym because all your friends are doing it, then ask yourself if your “why” is strong enough to push you forward, especially in the long run.

To get you motivated to do workouts in a gym, you will need to find meaning in it. Perhaps your “why” could be that you want to lose weight, get in shape, etc. It doesn’t matter what your “why” is, but how strong it is to motivate you for the next step.

2. Reward yourself for your hard work

The science of psychology provides us with research findings on the power of reward for human motivation. They call it extrinsic motivation. But what do these words mean?

Positive reinforcement can get you motivated

Our behavior operates on conditioning. If we use positive reinforcement (for example, when I complete these tasks, I will eat an ice cream), then it’s more likely that we will repeat a particular behavior. The anticipated bonus prize will motivate us to do it again.

It happens because we get something good in return for something we do, even though we might not find a task particularly enjoyable. Therefore, positive reinforcement has a motivational effect.

Treat yourself with things that make you happy

You can feel like you didn’t accomplish much if you didn’t get something in return. Imagine doing something that matters to you, but once you reach the goal, nothing happens. You could feel good within, but sometimes we also need an external reward to be motivated.

Different external motivational things can have an effect on you. Like, steady paycheck, good grades, a week off work, recognition from your boss, etc. Yet, you can always treat yourself with things that make you happy.

3. Embrace failure and mistakes as vital parts of the success 

Even the most successful people have experienced ups and downs throughout their careers. It is unlikely that you would get the opportunity to progress and achieve success without making mistakes and experiencing failures.

How would you learn and improve your work if you don’t know what exactly you need to improve? Albert Einstein made a good point when he said:” Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

Focus on learning from your experiences and not on perfection

If you take each of your failures personally and have a negative self talk: “I knew this would happen.”, “I am worthless.”, “I am not capable of anything.”, then this will take away your confidence, strength, and motivation that you need to keep going.

Remind yourself that failures and mistakes are an inevitable part of your path that you have to walk on to reach success. There is no straight line to get there, but many bends, and roundabouts.

How to be highly motivated after a loss?

It is hard to find ways to motivate yourself after a failure. Take the time to process everything that has happened and identify the things that don’t work out. When you redefine your goals, you will be able to change the things that went wrong.


And remember, mistakes don’t define you as a person, as they allow you to learn and develop new skills. Nothing is lost, and tomorrow is a new day.

4. Stop comparing yourself to others

When you see a post on social media where your friend is relaxing in a pool somewhere in Indonesia and drinking a cocktail with his girlfriend, you can fall into a bad mood because you want to be in his place, but you might don’t have the money and time to make it happen.

Every day we are surrounded by people with which we can compare ourselves. Social media is not doing us a favor as only one post can evoke feelings of inadequacy, which leads to a negative comparison.

But it could be that social comparison can also motivate you to develop a more positive self-image.

Why can comparisons make you feel less motivated?

Comparing yourself to others can have a negative impact on your self motivation, not because you would envy other people or resent them, but because you would compare certain traits.

For example, you might believe that you are not that successful in business as others. But when making such comparisons, you tend to compare yourself only to the most successful people you know. Such nonrealistic comparisons can make you less motivated.

Use social networks for self-improvement

Social comparisons can also have a motivational effect as they can motivate you to improve certain traits. Healthy competition can push you forward if you look up to people from who you can learn, grow a positive self-image and become a better version of yourself.

5. Allow yourself some down time

We live in a fast-paced world. Every day we aim to get things done faster. We have mastered multi-tasking, and our working week is always filled with numerous tasks and deadlines.

Sometimes we all need a break that we could recharge our life energy. That is helpful if we don’t want to burn out, as once we do, it will take a lot of time to regain physical and mental power. It is essential to strive for a work-life balanc

Spend more time with your family and friends

Free time and the weekends are there for a reason. It’s time to rest and to do the things you enjoy the most. Allow yourself some down time, as it will motivate you and push you forward when you will need all your strength to get things done.

Organize your free time and spend it the way you want. You can spend it with your family and close friends and allow yourself to have some fun. Relax, forget about all the tasks you have to do in your job, and enjoy the present moment.

How being lazy from time to time can get you motivated?

When you give yourself a break from a hectic outside world, you might feel guilty about it. Don’t be. Being lazy from time to time is helpful and can boost your motivation.

In free time, when your attention is at rest, it gives you space to get deep insights and think about long-term goals. In the thinking process without any distractions, you can create business plans and inspiring goals.

6. Create a SMART goal setting plan

Motivation is key to achieving goals. If you set your goal right, you have a greater chance to achieve it. On the other hand, you might struggle to stay motivated if you don’t do the goal-setting right, especially if you are working toward the long-term and big goals.

You may have read in an article that many people use the SMART method to set their goals. Research says that the SMART goal method can help you to get started and help you to stay motivated throughout the journey.

Here are some tips on how to motivate yourself with the use of SMART goal setting

Set specific and measurable goals

It’s more likely that you will accomplish a goal if you define its specifics. Saying “I will travel the world!”, can make you less motivated, as traveling the world is a lifetime project. It’s best if you rather say:” This summer I will book a trip to Italy.”

Establish criteria for measuring progress. For example, if you are working on a long-term project: “Each week I will write ten pages of my new book.”.

Goals need to be achievable, realistic, and timely

The motivational aspect of your goals is related to the matter, whether you have all the resources to achieve them, or you need additional support. They also have to be realistic, given the time and resources, and your faith that you can accomplish them.

Your goal needs to have a start and finish date. If you don’t set a time frame, you won’t be motivated enough to finish on time, as nothing will push you forward, and you might lose focus. And you know that procrastination is a big thief of time.

7. Build healthy lifestyle habits

It’s a good thing to remind yourself that motivation is what gets you started, yet habits are what make you keep going. Create healthy lifestyle choices but not restrictions. Think about what exactly you would like to change and what will make you feel better.

Try to gradually, day by day, practice small changes in your routine. In a week, you will get used to it a little more, and in a month, even a small change will become part of your life.

Maintain a level of physical fitness and a balanced diet

Your health is an investment, not an expense. Sometimes we don’t value it until the sickness comes. Healthy lifestyle choices will help you gain mental and physical power and motivate you to overcome even the most difficult life challenges.

You can sign in to a yoga class, fitness, or simply go running. Exercise will boost blood circulation, and the brain will get more oxygen. A healthy and balanced diet will supply your body with the nutrients you need for a strong immune system.

How does a lack of sleep affect your motivation?

Research says that sleep requirements can vary to some extent from person to person, but most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep per night. If you don’t get that much sleep, it can affect your body with a weakened immune system, high blood pressure, etc.

Sleep deprivation is also related to mood changes, memory issues, and troubles with thinking and concertation. It is why you can’t get motivated to do things if you feel sluggish and tired. Thus, focusing on good sleep hygiene is vital for your motivation.

8. Write a daily diary to keep track of your progress

A helpful trick to self motivate is to write a diary, where you can put down words about your day and all the things you have achieved. You will get the chance to monitor your progress.

For example, you can put all of your daily tasks in a group and break them down by category. One group for your work project, the other group for household chores, and the third group for personal growth. It will motivate you to keep going, and it will boost your self-esteem.

Focusing on smaller wins helps you to stay motivated

Focus on smaller tasks and wins will motivate you to continue on the path to success. Still, keep a bigger picture in your mind and follow your passion. Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction turns out to be the biggest step of your life.

Look back to see how far you’ve come

If you write down every completed task in a day, you will get the chance to look back to see how far you`ve come. It will remind you of what you have already accomplished and motivate you to fulfill your life goals. You can look at your achievements for a month or a year ago.

9. Get inspired by reading motivational quotes

Words of wisdom can inspire you to dig deeper, free your mind from negative self-talk and worries, and leave you with purpose and motivation.
You can find inspirational quotes in an article across the web or any social media post. If you need motivation in a particular area in your life that you might struggle with, you can also search for motivational words by category, such as friends, family, business, success, spirituality, etc.

Inspirational quotes give you comfort during hard times

Powerful words can bring reassurance and comfort in difficult times in your life, and they are one of the best ways to motivate your mind and spirit, as they remind you that you are not alone and that you need to focus on things that matter the most.

Quotes serve you as daily reminders that everything is going to be ok and that you have the power and free will to create happiness.

How inspirational quotes motivate us?

The science of motivational and cognitive psychology explains why inspirational quotes can get you motivated. When you read a quote, your mind perceives the words on a primal level. Here the self-selection activity begins when you start to identify yourself with those words.

Inspirational quotes motivate you because they have a coaching effect, encourage you to think about new perspectives and opportunities, and boost self-efficacy in a way that makes you feel like you are in total control of your own success.

We hope that in this article you did find some useful tips on how to motivate yourself on your path to success.

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16 tips for morning motivation

The question “How to motivate yourself and stay motivated to get things done?” does not have a clear-cut answer. There is not only one path to get motivated because each person is unique and different, driven from within by a set of various impulses, desires, beliefs, and needs.

Nevertheless, the psychology of human motivation proposes many solutions. Science has laid the foundations that explain a lot about motivation: 

  • from where it comes from,
  • what influences it, and 
  • how can psychological process guide our behavior?

In this article, we have prepared practical guidelines and tips for self motivation that are universal and can be used for any goal that you would like to achieve in any area in your life (job, losing weight, relationships, money, personal growth, etc.).

Why we need motivation in our daily life?

Motivation is the driving force behind human actions. It describes our “why” to every situation. Like, why we are doing something and also why we are not doing something.

It also activates our behavior, as it directs and maintains our goal-oriented actions. To make it short, we need motivation in our daily life because it:

  • Helps to improve productivity,
  • provides us with meaningful goals to work toward,
  • gives the energy to complete every task,   
  • encourages us to take action and engage in behaviors that are good for us, 
  • improves overall well-being and happiness, 
  • helps to change our old habits, and 
  • gives us support when coping with challenges and obstacles. 

What causes lack of motivation?

Many people are struggling with self motivation. It is not such an easy task to stay motivated all the time and in every situation. Here are some of the most common causes of why you might be struggling with motivation.

  • You struggle to find meaning in the things you do, and you are not sure what exactly you want to do.
  • Most of the time, you act with your mind and head and don’t pay enough attention to your emotions and feelings.
  • You don’t believe in yourself and your abilities.
  • You set goals too high or too low, which are also not clear and concrete enough.
  • You often get caught up in the negative self talk, such as, “I will never follow through,” “I can’t do this,” “There’s no use.”
  • You are trying to please everyone around you, but on the other hand, you often neglect your needs.
  • You are overwhelmed and stressed, almost on the edge of a burn-out.
  • You are impatient (remember that good things take time).
  • You tend to procrastinate in making decisions.
  • Your actions are based on fear (fear has a low energy vibration and prevents you to plan your next step).

9 tips on how to motivate yourself and stay motivated

Now that you’ve gained an insight into why motivation is important and what could cause the lack of it, it’s time that we present in the article some of the best and most efficient approaches to help you achieve your goals and get things done. Let’s get started!

Now that you’ve gained an insight into why motivation is important and what could cause the lack of it, it’s time that we present in the article some of the best and most efficient approaches to help you achieve your goals and get things done. Let’s get started!

1. Focus on the “why” question

You will find it difficult to motivate yourself for a task if you do not see and feel the point in completing it. Searching for a meaning is not always tied to existential questions about life and the world we live in but also affects the things we do in our everyday life.

Why do I do what I do?

Our core motivation derives from our deepest desires, beliefs, longings, and aspirations. It is a subconscious system, which controls our emotions and has the power to motivate us. Similar to when we say: “Trust your gut.”

When you feel that your work and everything else you do makes sense and is in line with your subconscious mind, you will be much more successful in achieving your goals. You will be able to complete even the most difficult tasks.

Is your “why” strong enough to push you forward?

For example, if you did sign in to a gym because all your friends are doing it, then ask yourself if your “why” is strong enough to push you forward, especially in the long run.

To get you motivated to do workouts in a gym, you will need to find meaning in it. Perhaps your “why” could be that you want to lose weight, get in shape, etc. It doesn’t matter what your “why” is, but how strong it is to motivate you for the next step.

2. Reward yourself for your hard work

The science of psychology provides us with research findings on the power of reward for human motivation. They call it extrinsic motivation. But what do these words mean?

Positive reinforcement can get you motivated

Our behavior operates on conditioning. If we use positive reinforcement (for example, when I complete these tasks, I will eat an ice cream), then it’s more likely that we will repeat a particular behavior. The anticipated bonus prize will motivate us to do it again.

It happens because we get something good in return for something we do, even though we might not find a task particularly enjoyable. Therefore, positive reinforcement has a motivational effect.

Treat yourself with things that make you happy

You can feel like you didn’t accomplish much if you didn’t get something in return. Imagine doing something that matters to you, but once you reach the goal, nothing happens. You could feel good within, but sometimes we also need an external reward to be motivated.

Different external motivational things can have an effect on you. Like, steady paycheck, good grades, a week off work, recognition from your boss, etc. Yet, you can always treat yourself with things that make you happy.

3. Embrace failure and mistakes as vital parts of the success 

Even the most successful people have experienced ups and downs throughout their careers. It is unlikely that you would get the opportunity to progress and achieve success without making mistakes and experiencing failures.

How would you learn and improve your work if you don’t know what exactly you need to improve? Albert Einstein made a good point when he said:” Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

Focus on learning from your experiences and not on perfection

If you take each of your failures personally and have a negative self talk: “I knew this would happen.”, “I am worthless.”, “I am not capable of anything.”, then this will take away your confidence, strength, and motivation that you need to keep going.

Remind yourself that failures and mistakes are an inevitable part of your path that you have to walk on to reach success. There is no straight line to get there, but many bends, and roundabouts.

How to be highly motivated after a loss?

It is hard to find ways to motivate yourself after a failure. Take the time to process everything that has happened and identify the things that don’t work out. When you redefine your goals, you will be able to change the things that went wrong.


And remember, mistakes don’t define you as a person, as they allow you to learn and develop new skills. Nothing is lost, and tomorrow is a new day.

4. Stop comparing yourself to others

When you see a post on social media where your friend is relaxing in a pool somewhere in Indonesia and drinking a cocktail with his girlfriend, you can fall into a bad mood because you want to be in his place, but you might don’t have the money and time to make it happen.

Every day we are surrounded by people with which we can compare ourselves. Social media is not doing us a favor as only one post can evoke feelings of inadequacy, which leads to a negative comparison.

But it could be that social comparison can also motivate you to develop a more positive self-image.

Why can comparisons make you feel less motivated?

Comparing yourself to others can have a negative impact on your self motivation, not because you would envy other people or resent them, but because you would compare certain traits.

For example, you might believe that you are not that successful in business as others. But when making such comparisons, you tend to compare yourself only to the most successful people you know. Such nonrealistic comparisons can make you less motivated.

Use social networks for self-improvement

Social comparisons can also have a motivational effect as they can motivate you to improve certain traits. Healthy competition can push you forward if you look up to people from who you can learn, grow a positive self-image and become a better version of yourself.

5. Allow yourself some down time

We live in a fast-paced world. Every day we aim to get things done faster. We have mastered multi-tasking, and our working week is always filled with numerous tasks and deadlines.

Sometimes we all need a break that we could recharge our life energy. That is helpful if we don’t want to burn out, as once we do, it will take a lot of time to regain physical and mental power. It is essential to strive for a work-life balanc

Spend more time with your family and friends

Free time and the weekends are there for a reason. It’s time to rest and to do the things you enjoy the most. Allow yourself some down time, as it will motivate you and push you forward when you will need all your strength to get things done.

Organize your free time and spend it the way you want. You can spend it with your family and close friends and allow yourself to have some fun. Relax, forget about all the tasks you have to do in your job, and enjoy the present moment.

How being lazy from time to time can get you motivated?

When you give yourself a break from a hectic outside world, you might feel guilty about it. Don’t be. Being lazy from time to time is helpful and can boost your motivation.

In free time, when your attention is at rest, it gives you space to get deep insights and think about long-term goals. In the thinking process without any distractions, you can create business plans and inspiring goals.

6. Create a SMART goal setting plan

Motivation is key to achieving goals. If you set your goal right, you have a greater chance to achieve it. On the other hand, you might struggle to stay motivated if you don’t do the goal-setting right, especially if you are working toward the long-term and big goals.

You may have read in an article that many people use the SMART method to set their goals. Research says that the SMART goal method can help you to get started and help you to stay motivated throughout the journey.

Here are some tips on how to motivate yourself with the use of SMART goal setting

Set specific and measurable goals

It’s more likely that you will accomplish a goal if you define its specifics. Saying “I will travel the world!”, can make you less motivated, as traveling the world is a lifetime project. It’s best if you rather say:” This summer I will book a trip to Italy.”

Establish criteria for measuring progress. For example, if you are working on a long-term project: “Each week I will write ten pages of my new book.”.

Goals need to be achievable, realistic, and timely

The motivational aspect of your goals is related to the matter, whether you have all the resources to achieve them, or you need additional support. They also have to be realistic, given the time and resources, and your faith that you can accomplish them.

Your goal needs to have a start and finish date. If you don’t set a time frame, you won’t be motivated enough to finish on time, as nothing will push you forward, and you might lose focus. And you know that procrastination is a big thief of time.

7. Build healthy lifestyle habits

It’s a good thing to remind yourself that motivation is what gets you started, yet habits are what make you keep going. Create healthy lifestyle choices but not restrictions. Think about what exactly you would like to change and what will make you feel better.

Try to gradually, day by day, practice small changes in your routine. In a week, you will get used to it a little more, and in a month, even a small change will become part of your life.

Maintain a level of physical fitness and a balanced diet

Your health is an investment, not an expense. Sometimes we don’t value it until the sickness comes. Healthy lifestyle choices will help you gain mental and physical power and motivate you to overcome even the most difficult life challenges.

You can sign in to a yoga class, fitness, or simply go running. Exercise will boost blood circulation, and the brain will get more oxygen. A healthy and balanced diet will supply your body with the nutrients you need for a strong immune system.

How does a lack of sleep affect your motivation?

Research says that sleep requirements can vary to some extent from person to person, but most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep per night. If you don’t get that much sleep, it can affect your body with a weakened immune system, high blood pressure, etc.

Sleep deprivation is also related to mood changes, memory issues, and troubles with thinking and concertation. It is why you can’t get motivated to do things if you feel sluggish and tired. Thus, focusing on good sleep hygiene is vital for your motivation.

8. Write a daily diary to keep track of your progress

A helpful trick to self motivate is to write a diary, where you can put down words about your day and all the things you have achieved. You will get the chance to monitor your progress.

For example, you can put all of your daily tasks in a group and break them down by category. One group for your work project, the other group for household chores, and the third group for personal growth. It will motivate you to keep going, and it will boost your self-esteem.

Focusing on smaller wins helps you to stay motivated

Focus on smaller tasks and wins will motivate you to continue on the path to success. Still, keep a bigger picture in your mind and follow your passion. Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction turns out to be the biggest step of your life.

Look back to see how far you’ve come

If you write down every completed task in a day, you will get the chance to look back to see how far you`ve come. It will remind you of what you have already accomplished and motivate you to fulfill your life goals. You can look at your achievements for a month or a year ago.

9. Get inspired by reading motivational quotes

Words of wisdom can inspire you to dig deeper, free your mind from negative self-talk and worries, and leave you with purpose and motivation.
You can find inspirational quotes in an article across the web or any social media post. If you need motivation in a particular area in your life that you might struggle with, you can also search for motivational words by category, such as friends, family, business, success, spirituality, etc.

Inspirational quotes give you comfort during hard times

Powerful words can bring reassurance and comfort in difficult times in your life, and they are one of the best ways to motivate your mind and spirit, as they remind you that you are not alone and that you need to focus on things that matter the most.

Quotes serve you as daily reminders that everything is going to be ok and that you have the power and free will to create happiness.

How inspirational quotes motivate us?

The science of motivational and cognitive psychology explains why inspirational quotes can get you motivated. When you read a quote, your mind perceives the words on a primal level. Here the self-selection activity begins when you start to identify yourself with those words.

Inspirational quotes motivate you because they have a coaching effect, encourage you to think about new perspectives and opportunities, and boost self-efficacy in a way that makes you feel like you are in total control of your own success.

We hope that in this article you did find some useful tips on how to motivate yourself on your path to success.

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Yoga Quotes

Yoga Quotes To Inspire Your Mind and Body

“Inhale the future, exhale the past.”

“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.”

“Letting go is the hardest asana.”

“If you seek peace, be still. If you seek wisdom, be silent. If you seek love, be yourself.”– Becca Lee

”True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.” – Aadil Palkhivala

”Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter your flame.” — B.K.S. Iyengar

“The pose begins when you want to leave it.”

“You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.”

“Be where you are, not where you think you should be.”

“Just breathe.”

”Move your joints every day. You have to find your own tricks. Bury your mind deep in your heart, and watch the body move by itself.” — Sri Dharma Mittra

”The very heart of yoga practice is ‘abyhasa’ – steady effort in the direction you want to go.”– Sally Kempton

”Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul.”– Amit Ray

”Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.”-Kevin Trudeau

”Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”– The Bhagavad Gita

”Yoga exists in the world because everything is linked.” – Desikashar

”Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.” — Rolf Gates

Yoga quotes to elevate your mind

”Treat your soul with care. It is your bosom friend. Feed and nurture it with love.” – Ashourina Yalda

”Yoga is the science of reality.”- Sushil Singh

”You may not be able to control the whole world, but you may learn to control your inner world through yoga.”- Debasish Mridha

“Letting go is the hardest asana.”- Anonymous

”Be where you are, not where you think you should be.”- Anonymous

”Yoga is invigoration in relaxation, freedom in routine, confidence through self-control, energy within and energy without.” – Ymber Delecto

”Yoga teaches you how to listen to your body.” – Mariel Hemingway

“Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.”- Patañjali

”Yoga reveals to you the beauty of mindfulness and takes you into the essence of an endless present moment.”- Debasish Mridha

”For those wounded by civilization, yoga is the most healing salve.”- T. Guillemets

Yoga quotes to inspire your practice

”Through sustained focus and meditation on our patterns, habits, and conditioning, we gain knowledge and understanding of our past and how we can change the patterns that aren’t serving us to live more freely and fully.” – Yoga Sutra

”Yoga is the stilling of the changing states of the mind.”― Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras

”Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”― B.K.S. Iyengar

”It would be a shame to lose the precious jewel of liberation in the mud of ignorant body building.”― Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

”Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind, and soul.” – Amit Ray

”Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.”- Bob Harper

”Body is not stiff. Mind is stiff.”― Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

”It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.”― B.K.S. Iyengar

”The ultimate goal of yoga is to always observe things accurately, and therefore never act in a way that will make us regret our actions later.”― T.K.V. Desikachar

”When the breath control is correct, mind control is possible.”― Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

Yoga quotes to inspire your life

”Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go – what does matter is who you are when you get there.” – Max Strom

“Yoga is not for the flexible. It’s for the willing.” — Anonymous

”Yoga takes you into the present moment. The only place where life exists.” – Anonymous

”Let your practice be a celebration of life” – Seido lee deBarros

”The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.” – Rodney Yee

”To perform every action artfully is yoga.” – Swami Kripalu

“The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.” – Yogi Bhajan

”The longest journey of any person is the journey inward.“- Anonymous

”Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.” – Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

”Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.” – Jason Crandell

Yoga quotes for inspiration and motivation

”The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. ― Socrates

”Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.” – Pema Chodron (see more Pema Chödrön quotes)

”Once you’re in touch with the life force around us, it’s natural to want to help keep it around.”– Adi Carter

”The very heart of yoga practice is ‘abyhasa’ – steady effort in the direction you want to go.” –Sally Kempton

”The yoga pose you avoid the most you need the most.” — Anonymous

”Yoga begins with listening. When we listen, we are giving space to what is.” — Richard Freeman

”The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.” — Sakyong Mipham

”Yoga does not transform the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” — B.K.S. Iyengar

”When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.” – Peace Pilgrim

”Yoga begins right where I am – not where I was yesterday or where I long to be.” – Linda Sparrowe

Other inspirational yoga quotes

“Your soul is your best friend. Treat it with care, nurture it with growth, feed it with love.” – Ashourina Yalda

“Yoga is not about touching your toes. It is what you learn on the way down.” – Jigar Gor

“Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divinity within you.” – Amit Ray

“So what is a good meditator? A good meditator meditates.” – Allan Lokos

“I had discovered something; there was a pleasure in becoming something new. You could will yourself into a fresh shape. Now all I had to do was figure out how to do it out there, in my life.” — Claire Dederer, Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses

“Yoga is not a work-out; it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice, to make us teachable, to open up our hearts, and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.” — Rolf Gates

“Change only happens in the present moment. The past is already done. The future is just energy and intention.” — Kino MacGregor

“I think it’s interesting that the opposite of being active in yoga is not being passive. It’s being receptive.” — Cyndi Lee

“Learning to be present with yourself and to abide in that which is steady and comfortable does not allow space for self-judgment. When you live this way, you are practicing yoga: you are living fully.” — Judith Hanson Lasater, Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life

“Yoga begins with listening. When we listen, we are giving space to what is.” — Richard Freeman

“If we practice yoga long enough, the practice changes to suit our needs. It’s important to acknowledge that the practice isn’t meant to be one practice for everybody. The beautiful thing about yoga is that there are so many different approaches. As we go through our life cycles, hopefully we are able to find a practice that suits us. And if you practice yoga long enough, that will change many times. What exactly that looks like is going to be different for each person.” — Tiffany Cruikshank

“Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter your flame.” — B.K.S. Iyengar

“Yoga is the ultimate practice. It simultaneously stimulates our inner light and quiets our overactive minds. It is both energy and rest. Yin and Yang. We feel the burn and find our bliss.” — Beachbody Yoga Expert Elise Joan

“Move your joints every day. You have to find your own tricks. Bury your mind deep in your heart, and watch the body move by itself.” — Sri Dharma Mittra

“The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body.” — Jason Crandell

“True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; it is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; it cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.” — Aadil Palkhivala, Fire of Love

“Spiritual awakening is like unfollowing who you think you are.” – Frode Gåsland

“When Sun rises Up and you get another beautiful day! Make sure you live it in a beautiful way.” – Vivek Kalura

“With the everyday practice of Meditation, we learn to create equilibrium and balance within.” – Purvi Raniga

“Yoga and Meditation have the power to change our physical and mental existence.” –Purvi Raniga

“Let go of something to gain everything; let go of fraction to gain the whole.” – Shunya

“Yoga has never been about the stretch; it’s always been about the reach.” – Seane Corn

“Yoga claims limbs to give lives.” – Mantaranjot Mangat

“The pose begins when you want to get out of it.” – Baron Baptiste

“What you think, you become.” – Buddha

“The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body.”– Jason Crandell

“I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.” – Rumi

“The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.” – B.K.S Iyengar

Yoga is a light which once lit will never dim, the better your practice the brighter your flame.” – B.K.S. Iyengar

“Inhale the future. Exhale the past.” – Unknown

“Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“When you listen to yourself, everything comes naturally. It comes from inside, like a kind of will to do something. Try to be sensitive. That is yoga.”– Petri Räisänen

Kobe Bryant Qotes

Kobe Bryant Quotes

Hailed as one of the best and most prolific basketball players of all time by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, the American professional basketball player, Kobe “Bean” Bryant, did not always intend to pursue a career in basketball. In fact, he joined the rap band CHEITAW in high school before embarking on a basketball career.


Born in Philadelphia in 1978 as the youngest of three children and the only son of professional basketball player Joe Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant, he spent most of his childhood in Italy (his father quit the NBA when Kobe was 6 and moved the family to Rieti, Reggio Calabria, Pistoia and Reggio Emilia so as to allow him to continue his non-NBA professional basketball career).


Even though Bryant learnt to play basketball at the tender age of 3, he did not take the sport seriously until moving to Reggio Emilia. At the age of 13, the entire family returned to Philadelphia. At the end of high school, Bryant was the first guard drafted directly from high school (after earning recognition for his extremely successful tenure in his high school team in Lower Merion High School in the Philadelphia suburb of Ardmore ) to the Los Angeles Lakers where he remained throughout his successful 20-year NBA career.


In addition to winning five NBA championships, he was selected as an All Star team member 18 times, was declared one of the best defensive players in the NBA league and member of the coveted All-Defensive Team. He also led the NBA in terms of scoring twice and was posthumously elected to the NBA Hall of Fame in April 2020.


He continues to remain the all-time high scorer in the Lakers’ history and played in the US national basketball team which won the Summer Olympics in both 2008 and 2012. He continues to be tied with Bob Pettit for the most All-Star Game MVP Awards. In addition to a successful basketball career, he also dipped into acting which ultimately earned him an Academy Award for the Best Animated Short Film in 2018 for Dear Basketball.


Despite being plagued with several injuries during his professional career, he continued to strive forward from 1996 to 2016 when he decided to call it quits. He was taken from us too soon after dying in a helicopter crash in 2020 with his young daughter Gianna, leaving behind his widow Vanessa and daughters Natalia, Capri and Bianka.

Did you know:

  • That “Kobe” was named after a famous Japanese beef his parents noticed on a restaurant menu?
  • His middle name, Bean, derives from his father’s nickname ‘Jellybean’?
  • That he learnt to speak fluent Italian during his family’s stay in Italy?
  • That he learnt to play basketball also thanks to videos sent from his grandfather of NBA games and European films about sports that he meticulously studied?
  • That he could also play soccer?
  • That he was the first guard drafted directly after high school graduation; as he was 17 at the time, he had to co-sign his agreement with the Lakers until he turned 18?
  • That he met his wife Vanessa during his short stint as a rapper when she appeared as a background dancer in a music video?
  • That he also wrote books and started acting after a one-episode appearance in Moesha starring Brandy?

Motivational Kobe Bryant Quotes

“Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success.”  – Kobe Bryant

“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” – Kobe Bryant

“The last time I was intimidated was when I was 6 years old in karate class. I was an orange belt and the instructor ordered me to fight a black belt who was a couple years older and a lot bigger. I was scared s—less. I mean, I was terrified and he kicked my ass. But then I realized he didn’t kick my ass as bad as I thought he was going to and that there was nothing really to be afraid of. That was around the time I realized that intimidation didn’t really exist if you’re in the right frame of mind.” – Kobe Bryant

“I can’t relate to lazy people. We don’t speak the same language. I don’t understand you. I don’t want to understand you.” – Kobe Bryant

“I’m reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with a purpose” – Kobe Bryant

“The topic of leadership is a touchy one. A lot of leaders fail because they don’t have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord. Throughout my years, I haven’t had that fear.” – Kobe Bryant

“When you make a choice and say ‘come hell or high water’ I am going to be this, then you should be surprised when you are that. It should not be something that feels intoxicating or out of character because you have seen this moment for so long that…when that moment comes, of course it is here because it has been here the whole time because it has been in your mind the whole time.” – Kobe Bryant

“When we are saying this cannot be accomplished, this cannot be done, then we are short-changing ourselves. My brain, it cannot process failure. It will not process failure. Because if I have to sit there and face myself and tell myself ‘you are a failure,’ I think that is almost worse than dying”– Kobe Bryant

“The beauty in being blessed with talent is rising above doubters to create a beautiful moment.” – Kobe Bryant

“There’s a choice that we have to make as people, as individuals. If you want to be great at something, there’s a choice you have to make. We all can be masters at our craft, but you have to make a choice. What I mean by that is, there are inherent sacrifices that come along with that. Family time, hanging out with friends, being a great friend, being a great son, nephew, whatever the case may be. There are sacrifices that come along with making that decision.” – Kobe Bryant

“I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.” – Kobe Bryant

“It doesn’t bother me at all. Do I hold any hard feelings? Not at all. Life is too short to sit around and hold grudges. I don’t hold any whatsoever.” – Kobe Bryant

“If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will do it for you” – Kobe Bryant

“The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win” – Kobe Bryant

“Pain doesn’t tell you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue you will change. Don’t let it stop you from being who you can be. Exhaustion tells you when you ought to stop. You only reach your limit when you can go no further.”– Kobe Bryant

“Sports is such a great teacher. I think of everything they’ve taught me: camaraderie, humility, how to resolve differences.” – Kobe Bryant

“Dedication sees dreams come true.” – Kobe Bryant

“Use your success, wealth and influence to put them in the best position to realize their own dreams and find their true purpose. Put them through school, set them up with job interviews and help them become leaders in their own right. Hold them to the same level of hard work and dedication that it took for you to get to where you are now, and where you will eventually go.” – Kobe Bryant

“I played through the sweat and hurt
Not because challenge called me
But because YOU called me.
I did everything for YOU
Because that’s what you do
When someone makes you feel as
Alive as you’ve made me feel.” –– Kobe Bryant

“The examples are endless but my philosophy is simple. Once I knew my seed, I was able to discover my muse and my purpose for being was crystal clear.” –– Kobe Bryant

“Either way, I refuse to change what I am. A lion has to eat. Run with me or run from me.” – Kobe Bryant

“Being passive aggressive in this competition means you’re fine with simply going with the flow and unwilling to disturb the calm waters of the game to accomplish your goals.” – Kobe Bryant

“Everything I saw, heard, read, or felt was viewed through the lens of growing as a basketball player. This perspective makes me curious about everything, makes everything interesting, and means that life is a living library where all I need to do is pay attention.” – Kobe Bryant

“This is the moment I accept the most challenging times will always be behind me AND in front of me.” – Kobe Bryant

“You need to figure out a way to invest in the future of your family and friends. This sounds simple, and you may think it’s a no-brainer, but take some time to think on it further. I said INVEST. I did not say GIVE.” – Kobe Bryant

“What a journey this has been. Setting this mark is a huge honor. I’m aware of Father Time’s curfew. He has sent me to my room to brush my teeth before he tucks me in, but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t walk to the bathroom slowly. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t act as if someone misplaced the toothpaste. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t brush every tooth twice, brush my tongue three times, floss until my gums bleed and rinse with mouthwash until the inside of my mouth burns and then goes numb.” – Kobe Bryant

“Trust me, setting things up right from the beginning will avoid a ton of tears and heartache…” – Kobe Bryant

“I create my own path. It was straight and narrow. I looked at it this way: you were either in my way, or out of it. If you were standing between me and the game, I was going to knock you on your back and not feel bad about it. I was unapologetically me. That’s all I ever wanted to be I was never worried about my reputation- that’s how I earned one. That’s how I became the Black Mamba.” – Kobe Bryant

“The odd thing is that I wound up learning more about the world around me by having a singular focus inside of me.” – Kobe Bryant

“Determination silences doubters.” – Kobe Bryant

“We can always kind of be average and do what’s normal. I’m not in this to do what’s normal.” – Kobe Bryant

“Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success.” – Kobe Bryant

“Passion is the fuel for success.”– Kobe Bryant

“Learn to love the hate. Embrace it. Enjoy it. You earned it. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and everyone should have one about you. Haters are a good problem to have. Nobody hates the good ones. They hate the great ones.” – Kobe Bryant

“Everything negative; pressure, challenges, is an opportunity for me to rise.”– Kobe Bryant

“To be an event, every single night. Something witnessed. Not just watched. I had a different drive. The kind that made people uneasy. Some people wanted me to come back down to earth. To come down to their level.To relax. But I couldn’t. It wasn’t in my DNA. Because to go where others have never gone, you have to do what others have never done.”– Kobe Bryant

“Be willing to sacrifice anything, but compromise nothing in your quest to be your best.” – Kobe Bryant

“If you are going to be a leader, you’re not going to please everybody. You got to hold people accountable, even if you have that moment of being uncomfortable.”– Kobe Bryant

“We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.”– Kobe Bryant

“I saw things differently. I didn’t want to do what others had done. That didn’t drive me, didn’t get me in the gym before others got up. I wanted to do one better. Actually, I wanted to do a lot better. There were players I looked up to until I looked them square in the eyes. I know that one day, when I left the game, I didn’t actually want to leave. I wanted to leave my mark.” – Kobe Bryant

“The biggest dreams aren’t fueled by belief. They’re fueled by doubt.” – Kobe Bryant

“It’s the one thing you can control. You are responsible for how people remember you—or don’t. So don’t take it lightly. If you do it right, your game will live on in others. You’ll be imitated and emulated by those you played with, those you played against and those who never saw you play at all. So leave everything on the court. Leave the game better than you found it. And when it comes time for you to leave, leave a legend.” – Kobe Bryant

“We don’t quit, we don’t cower, we don’t run. We endure and conquer.” – Kobe Bryant

“I’ve shot too much from the time I was 8 years old. But ‘too much’ is a matter of perspective. Some people thought Mozart had too many notes in his compositions. Let me put it this way: I entertain people who say I shoot too much. I find it very interesting. Going back to Mozart, he responded to critics by saying there were neither too many notes or too few. There were as many as necessary.” – Kobe Bryant

“I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.” – Kobe Bryant

“Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No Excuses.” – Kobe Bryant

“Everyone looks at your watch and it represents who you are, your values and your personal style.” – Kobe Bryant

“Are you willing to push the right buttons even if it means being perceived as the villain? I’d rather be perceived as a winner than a good teammate. I wish they both went hand in hand all the time but that’s just not reality. I have nothing in common with lazy people who blame others for their lack of success.” – Kobe Bryant

“The most important thing is you must put everybody on notice that you’re here and you are for real. I’m not a player that is just going to come and go. I’m not a player that is going to make an All-Star team one time, two times. I’m here to be an all-time great. Once I made that commitment and said, ‘I want to be one of the greatest ever’, then the game became everything for me.” – Kobe Bryant

“I’m chasing perfection.” – Kobe Bryant

“I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.” – Kobe Bryant

“I wanna be the best, simple, and plain.” – Kobe Bryant

“The important thing is that your teammates have to know you’re pulling for them and you really want them to be successful.” – Kobe Bryant

“What people see on court is another side of me; it’s not me.” – Kobe Bryant

“These young guys are playing checkers. I’m out there playing chess.” – Kobe Bryant

“Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.”- Kobe Bryant

“I want to learn how to become the best basketball player in the world. And if I’m going to learn that, I gotta learn from the best. Kids go to school to be doctors or lawyers, so forth and so on and that’s where they study. My place to study is from the best.”- Kobe Bryant

“If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.”- Kobe Bryant

“I saw you come in and I wanted you to know that it doesn’t matter how hard you work, that I’m willing to work harder than you.”- Kobe Bryant

“My parents are my backbone. Still are. They’re the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.”- Kobe Bryant

“From the beginning, I wanted to be the best. I had a constant craving, a yearning, to improve and be the best. I never needed any external forces to motivate me.”― Kobe Bryant

“People just don’t understand how obsessed I am with winning.”- Kobe Bryant

“After all, greatness is not for everybody.”― Kobe Bryant

“If you do not believe in yourself no one will do it for you.”- Kobe Bryant

“May you always remember to enjoy the road, especially when it’s a hard one.”― Kobe Bryant

“We psyche ourselves up too much. Like if you try to talk yourself into, ‘Oh, this is a big moment, this is a big shot,’ you’re putting a lot of pressure on yourself. You shot that shot hundreds and thousands of times. Just shoot another one.”― Kobe Bryant

“It’s hard for me to grasp the concept of somebody being nervous when I’m talking to them.” – Kobe Bryant

“I just got one more than Shaq. You can take that to the bank … You guys know how I am. I don’t forget anything.” – Kobe Bryant

“If I wanted to play, I’d still be playing for the Lakers. The health thing I could’ve figured out…I just don’t want to play anymore.” – Kobe Bryant

“There’s been a lot of talk of me being a one-man show but that’s simply not the case. We win games when I score 40 points and we’ve won when I score 10.” – Kobe Bryant

“There’s certain players that I’ve made cry. If I can make you cry by being sarcastic, then I really don’t want to play with you in the playoffs.” – Kobe Bryant

“Losing is losing, there aren’t different degrees of losing. You either win a championship or you’re s**t. It’s very black & white to me.” – Kobe Bryant

“The message was that if you want to win championships, you have to let people focus on what they do best while you focus on what you do best. For him, that was rebounding, running the floor, and blocking shots.”― Kobe Bryant

“The Black Mamba collection of watches is me: It is my alter ego, so to speak. As I mentioned before, it is sharp, cutting edge and sleek which are characteristics I try to apply when I’m out there on the basketball court.” – Kobe Bryant

“A lot of people say they want to be great, but they’re not willing to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve greatness.”― Kobe Bryant

“Better learn not to talk to me. You shake the tree, a leopard’s gonna fall out.” – Kobe Bryant

“Hi, I’m Kobe Bryant. And I have decided to take my talent to, uh… I have decided to skip college and take my talent to the NBA.” – Kobe Bryant

“I love going one-on-one with someone. That’s what I do. I’ve never lost. It’s a whole different game, just to have them right in front of you and be able to do whatever you want.” – Kobe Bryant

“I remember feeling the silence. I remember feeling the fear. I’m like, ‘This could be a wrap.’ And that’s what the silence was. It was like, ‘This could really be a wrap for you.’” – Kobe Bryant

“I’m extremely willful to win, and I respond to challenges. Scoring titles and stuff like that… it sounds, well, I don’t care how it sounds – to me, scoring comes easy. It’s not a challenge to me to win the scoring title, because I know I can.” – Kobe Bryant

The people who truly know me know what I’m like. There have been people who try to say things that aren’t fair, and I check them. And then they don’t like me because I checked them.” – Kobe Bryant

“I focus on one thing and one thing only – that’s trying to win as many championships as I can.” – Kobe Bryant

“I like playing for the purple and gold. This is where I want to finish up.” – Kobe Bryant

“I’m playing against great players, playing against the best in the world. The competition – that’s what I’ve always wanted.” – Kobe Bryant

“I’ll figure it out. I’ll make some tweaks, some changes, but I’m still coming.” – Kobe Bryant

“Winning takes precedence overall. There’s no grey area. No almost.” – Kobe Bryant

“Only an idiot would doubt my return.” – Kobe Bryant

“I don’t think a coach becomes the right coach until he wins a championship.” – Kobe Bryant

“I’m not jumping through the gym by any means. But I don’t need to be able to do that in order to be a great player.” – Kobe Bryant

“I’m not the most patient of people.” – Kobe Bryant

“What does perfection look like to me? Championship rings.” – Kobe Bryant

“We all know what flopping is when we see it. The stuff that you see is where guys aren’t really getting hit at all and are just flailing around like a fish out of water.” – Kobe Bryant

“Sometimes I do wonder what college would have been like. But I made my decision.” – Kobe Bryant

“I’m here. I’m not going anywhere. No matter what the injury – unless it’s completely debilitating – I’m going to be the same player I’ve always been. I’ll figure it out. I’ll make some tweaks, some changes, but I’m still coming.” – Kobe Bryant

“My role is to make sure we’re moving in the right direction, getting points, rebounds, steals, assists and providing leadership.” – Kobe Bryant

“There is beauty in that. I mean, it’s going through the cycle. I mean, it’s the cycle that is the natural progression of growth, of maturation. I mean, there’s no sadness in that … I see the beauty in not being able to blow past defenders anymore, you know what I mean? I see the beauty in getting up in the morning and being in pain because I know all the hard work that it took to get to this point. So, I’m not, I’m not sad about it. I’m very appreciative of what I’ve had.” – Kobe Bryant

“Because I don’t want chumps, I don’t want pushovers, and if you’re a chump and a pushover, I will run over you.” – Kobe Bryant

“Leadership is lonely … I’m not going to be afraid of confrontation to get us to where we need to go. There’s a big misconception where people thinking winning or success comes from everybody putting their arms around each other and singing kumbaya and patting them on the back when they mess up, and that’s just not reality. If you are going to be a leader, you are not going to please everybody. You have to hold people accountable. Even if you have that moment of being uncomfortable.” – Kobe Bryant

“You just try to take it one day at a time, … You step on the basketball floor and just play. It’s fun. I’m comfortable with it.” – Kobe Bryant

“I was just letting the shots fly. You know, I don’t leave any bullets in the chamber.” – Kobe Bryant

“The only thing I’m afraid of is bees. I don’t like bees. I’m allergic to them.” – Kobe Bryant

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Quotes

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Quotes

Born to a prolific and affluent Irish-American family as the second of a total of nine children in Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1917, to the businessman and politician Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., and his wife Rose Kennedy (née Fitzgerald), the 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy (more widely known by his initials, JFK), expressed an interest in politics, history and public service from an early age. Both his paternal and maternal grandfathers were involved in politics.


After completing his studies at Harvard University summa cum laude and earning a Bachelor of Arts in government, he was set to continue his studies at both Stanford and Yale, which was prevented by the onset of World War II during which he joined the US Naval Forces. After the war and following a brief stint in journalism as a special correspondent for Hearst Newspapers, he embarked on a political career, starting with the US House of Representatives where he served between 1947 and 1953, followed by the US Senate between 1953 and 1960, before defeating the Republican incumbent Richard Nixon during one of the tightest American president elections in history (he won the popular vote by 49.7% versus 49.5%) in 1960.


During his political career, he advocated for better housing for veterans, better healthcare and better working conditions, among others. In 1959, he co-sponsored the Cape Cod National Seashore Bill protecting Cape Cod. He is known to have prevented the breakout of a thermonuclear crisis during the Cuban Missile Crisis by being able to reach an agreement with his Soviet colleague Khrushchev at the peak of Cold War tensions between the US and the Soviet Union.


He was behind the establishment of the Peace Corps and supported the civil rights movement which led to the adoption of several laws prohibiting the discrimination of African Americans, including the Civil Rights Act following his assassination in 1963. Even though he was unable to complete his term after his pre-mature death and his personal life continues to be subject to scrutiny, he has remained one of the most popular US presidents to date.

Did you know:

  • Young JFK took an interest in history and public service after joining his grandfather’s walking tours of historic sites in Boston and discussions at the family dinner table;
  • During his school years, he exhibited rebellious behaviour at the famous boarding school, Choate, where he was known for his stunts joined by his older brother, Joe Jr.;
  • He was plagued by illnesses throughout his childhood and had to be hospitalised several times;
  • At Harvard, he joined the varsity swimming team and even won the Nantucket Sound Star Championship in 1936 owing to his sailing skills;
  • Before the outbreak of the war, he received a secret message in Berlin for his father as the US Ambassador in London warning that World War II was about to break out and Poland was invaded soon after;
  • As a journalist, he covered the Potsdam Conference;
  • He was not even set to run for president but pursued the career set out for his older brother Joe Jr., who had been killed in combat.

Most Inspiring John F. Kennedy Quotes

Leadership and learning are indispensable to one another.

Let us never negotiate out of fear but let us never fear to negotiate.

Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.

A man does what he must in spite of personal consequences,
in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures
and that is the basis of all human morality.
Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.

I would rather be accused of breaking precedents than breaking promises.

We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.

The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved
by sceptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were and ask ‘why not?’

One person can make a difference and everyone should try.

Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

If not us, who? If not now, when?

Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
Ideas have endurance without death.

We need men who can dream of things that never were.

Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past,
let us accept our own responsibility for the future.

Just because we cannot see clearly the end of the road,
that is no reason for not setting out on the essential journey.

American Legion

“The leadership of the American Legion has not had a constructive thought for the benefit of this country since 1918.” (Spring, 1949, during House debate on housing bill to provide federal funds for slum clearance and low income public housing.  –James MacGregor Burns, John F. Kennedy: A Political Profile (Harcourt, Brace: New York, 1960), p. 75.

Arms Control and Disarmament

“With all of the history of war, and the human race’s history unfortunately has been a good deal more war than peace, with nuclear weapons distributed all through the world, and available, and the strong reluctance of any people to accept defeat, I see the possibility in the 1970’s of the President of the United States having to face a world in which 15 or 20 or 25 nations may have these weapons.”  –“The President’s News Conference of March 21, 1963 (107),” Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.

“My fellow Americans, let us take that first step. Let us…step back from the shadow of war and seek out the way of peace. And if that journey is a thousand miles, or even more, let history record that we, in this land, at this time, took the first step.”  –“Radio and Television Address to the American People on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (316),” July 26, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.
“I have said that control of arms is a mission that we undertake particularly for our children and our grandchildren and that they have no lobby in Washington.”  –“Statement by the President to American Women Concerning their Role in Securing World Peace (449),” November 1, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.

The Arts

“If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place in which to live.”  — Speech at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 14 June 1956. Papers of John F. Kennedy. Pre-Presidential Papers. Senate Files. Series 12.1. Speech Files, 1953-1960, Box 895, Folder: “Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 14 June 1956,” John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.

“There is a connection, hard to explain logically but easy to feel, between achievement in public life and progress in the arts. The age of Pericles was also the age of Phidias. The age of Lorenzo de Medici was also the age of Leonardo da Vinci. The age Elizabeth also the age of Shakespeare. And the New Frontier for which I campaign in public life, can also be a New Frontier for American art.”  –Response to letter sent by Miss Theodate Johnson, Publisher of Musical America to the two presidential candidates requesting their views on music in relation to the Federal Government and domestic world affairs. Then-Senator John Kennedy’s answer was dated September 13, 1960 and published in the October issue of the magazine.

“…I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.”  –“Remarks at a Closed-circuit Television Broadcast on Behalf of the National Cultural Center (527),” November 29, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962.

“To further the appreciation of culture among all the people, to increase respect for the creative individual, to widen participation by all the processes and fulfillments of art – this is one of the fascinating challenges of these days.”  –“LOOK magazine, ‘The Arts in America’ (552),” December 18, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962.

“Too often in the past, we have thought of the artist as an idler and dilettante and of the lover of arts as somehow sissy and effete. We have done both an injustice. The life of the artist is, in relation to his work, stern and lonely. He has labored hard, often amid deprivation, to perfect his skill. He has turned aside from quick success in order to strip his vision of everything secondary or cheapening. His working life is marked by intense application and intense discipline.”  –“LOOK magazine, ‘The Arts in America’ (552),” December 18, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962.

“We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.”  –“Remarks at Amherst College upon receiving an Honorary Degree (439),” October 26, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.

“I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty…an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft.”  –“Remarks at Amherst College upon receiving an Honorary Degree (439),” October 26, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.

“In serving his vision of the truth, the artist best serves his nation.”  –“Remarks at Amherst College upon receiving an Honorary Degree (439),” October 26, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.

“It may be different elsewhere. But democratic society – in it, the highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist is to remain true to himself and to let the chips fall where they may.”  –“Remarks at Amherst College upon receiving an Honorary Degree (439),” October 26, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.

“I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft.”  –“Remarks at Amherst College upon receiving an Honorary Degree (439),” October 26, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.

“The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of a nation, is very close to the center of a nation’s purpose…and is a test of the quality of a nation’s civilization.”  –“LOOK magazine, ‘The Arts in America’ (552),” December 18, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962. (Inscribed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.)

Bismarck

“Prince Bismarck was even more specific. One third, he said, of the students of German universities broke down from overwork, another third broke down from dissipation, and the other third ruled Germany.”  –“Address in Berkeley at the University of California (109),” March 23, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962.

Change

“But Goethe tells us in his greatest poem that Faust lost the liberty of his soul when he said to the passing moment: “Stay, thou art so fair.” And our liberty, too, is endangered if we pause for the passing moment, if we rest on our achievements, if we resist the pace of progress. For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.”  –“Address in the Assembly Hall at the Paulskirche in Frankfurt (266),” June 25, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.

Children

“Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.”  –“Re: United States Committee for UNICEF July 25, 1963.” Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. White House Central Files. Chronological File. Series 1. President’s Outgoing Executive Correspondence, Box 11, Folder: “July 1963: 16-31,” JFKL.
“We can say with some assurance that, although children may be the victims of fate, they will not be the victims of our neglect.”  –“Remarks upon signing the Maternal and Child Health and Mental Retardation Planning Bill (434),” October 24, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.

Civil Service

“I have pledged myself and my colleagues in the cabinet to a continuous encouragement of initiative, responsibility and energy in serving the public interest. Let every public servant know, whether his post is high or low, that a man’s rank and reputation in this Administration will be determined by the size of the job he does, and not by the size of his staff, his office or his budget. Let it be clear that this Administration recognizes the value of dissent and daring — that we greet healthy controversy as the hallmark of healthy change. Let the public service be a proud and lively career. And let every man and woman who works in any area of our national government, in any branch, at any level, be able to say with pride and with honor in future years: ‘I served the United States Government in that hour of our nation’s need.'”  –“Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union (11),” January 30, 1961, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1961.

“The success of this Government, and thus the success of our Nation, depends in the last analysis upon the quality.of our career services. The legislation enacted by the Congress, as well as the decisions made by me and by the department and agency heads, must all be implemented by the career men and women in the Federal service. In foreign affairs, national defense, science and technology, and a host of other fields, they face problems of unprecedented importance and perplexity. We are all dependent on their sense of loyalty and responsibility as well as their competence and energy.”  –“Special Message to the Congress on Federal Pay Reform (55),” February 20, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962.

Conscientious Objectors

“War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.”  –Letter to a Navy friend, quoted in Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1965), p. 88.

Crisis, Meaning of

“In the Chinese language, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters, one representing danger and the other, opportunity.”  — Speech at United Negro College Fund fundraiser, Indianapolis Indiana, 12 April 1959. Papers of John F. Kennedy. Pre-Presidential Papers. Senate Files. Series 12.1. Speech Files, 1953-1960, Box 902, Folder: “United Negro College Fund, Indianapolis, Indiana, 12 April 1959,” JFKL; Speech at the Valley Forge Country Club, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 29 October 1960. Papers of John F. Kennedy. Pre-Presidential Papers. Senate Files. Series 12.1. Speech Files, 1953-1960, Box 914, Folder: “Valley Forge Country Club, Pennsylvania, 29 October 1960,” JFKL.

Economics

“Rising tide lifts all boats”.  –“Remarks in Pueblo, Colorado following Approval of the Frying Pan-Arkansas Project (336),” August 17, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962.

“The Federal Budget can and should be made an instrument of prosperity and stability, not a deterrent to recovery.”  –“Special message to Congress: Program for Economic Recovery and Growth (17),” February 2, 1961, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1961.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining – by filling three basic gaps in our anti-recession protection.”  –“Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union (7),” January 11, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962.

“It is increasingly clear that no matter what party is in power, so long as our national security needs keep rising, an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough jobs or enough profits.”  –“Address and Question and Answer Period at the Economic Club of New York (549),” December 14, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962.

“If the economy of today were operating close to capacity levels with little unemployment, or if a sudden change in our military requirements should cause a scramble for men and resources, then I would oppose tax reductions as irresponsible and inflationary; and I would not hesitate to recommend a tax increase if that were necessary.”  –“Address and Question and Answer Period at the Economic Club of New York (549),” December 14, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962.

Importance of Being

“Now let me make it clear that I believe there can only be one defense policy for the United States and that is summed up in the word ‘first.’ I do not mean first, but. I do not mean first, when. I do not mean first, if. I mean first –period.”  — Speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention, Detroit, Michigan, 26 August 1960. Papers of John F. Kennedy. Pre-Presidential Papers. Senate Files. Series 12.1. Speech Files, 1953-1960, Box 910, Folder: “National VFW Convention, Detroit, Michigan, 26 August 1960,” JFKL.

“Five score years ago the ground on which we here stand shuddered under the clash of arms and was consecrated for all time by the blood of American manhood. Abraham Lincoln, in dedicating this great battlefield, has expressed, in words too eloquent for paraphrase or summary, why this sacrifice was necessary. Today, we meet not to add to his words nor to amend his sentiment but to recapture the feeling of awe that comes when contemplating a memorial to so many who placed their lives at hazard for right, as God gave them to see right. Among those who fought here were young men who but a short time before were pursuing truth in the peaceful halls of the then new University of Notre Dame. Since that time men of Notre Dame have proven, on a hundred battlefields, that the words, “For God, For Country, and For Notre Dame,” are full of meaning. Let us pray that God may grant us the wisdom to find and to follow a path that will enable the men of Notre Dame and all of our young men to seek truth in the halls of study rather than on the field of battle.”  –“Message from the President on the Occasion of Field Mass at Gettysburg, June 29, 1963, delivered by John S.

Gleason, Jr.” Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. White House Central Files. Chronological File. Series 1. President’s Outgoing Executive Correspondence, Box 10, Folder: “June 1963: 1-15,” JFKL.

National Goals

“For one true measure of a nation is its success in fulfilling the promise of a better life for each of its members. Let this be the measure of our nation.”  –“Special message to the Congress on National Health Needs (65),” February 27, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962.


“Our deep spiritual confidence that this nation will survive the perils of today – which may well be with us for decades to come – compels us to invest in our nation’s future, to consider and meet our obligations to our children and the numberless generations that will follow.”  –“Special message to the Congress on Conservation (69),” March 1, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962.

“I have seen in many places housing which has been developed under government influences, but I have never seen any projects in which governments have played their part which have fountains and statues and grass and trees, which are as important to the concept of the home as the roof itself.”  –“Remarks at the Unidad Independencia Housing Project, City of Mexico (269),” June 30, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962.

“It’s only when they join together in a forward movement that this country moves ahead…”  –“Remarks at Los Banos, CA at the Groundbreaking Ceremonies for the San Luis Dam (337),” August 18, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962.


“Our goal is not the victory of might but the vindication of right…not peace at the expense of freedom, but both peace and freedom, here in this hemisphere, and, we hope, around the world. God willing, that goal will be achieved.”  –“Radio and Television Report to the American People on the Soviet Arms Build-up in Cuba (485),” October 22, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962.

“This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.”  –“Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union (12),” January 14, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.


“And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”  –“Commencement Address at American University in Washington, D.C. (232),” June 10, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.

Green Beret

“The green beret’ is again becoming a symbol of excellence, a badge of courage, a mark of distinction in the fight for freedom. I know the United States Army will live up to its reputation for imagination, resourcefulness, and spirit as we meet this challenge.”  –Letter to the United States Army, April 11, 1962. Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. White House Central Files. Chronological File. Series 1. President’s Outgoing Executive Correspondence, Box 5, Folder: “April 1962: 3-15,” JFKL.

History

“We celebrate the past to awaken the future”.  — Speech at the 25th Anniverary of the Signing of the Social Security Act, Hyde Park, New York, 14 August 1960. Papers of John F. Kennedy. Pre-Presidential Papers. Senate Files. Series 12.1. Speech Files, 1953-1960, Box 910, Folder: “25th Anniversary of the Signing of the Social Security Act, Hyde Park, New York, 14 August 1960,” JFKL.

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers. (439)”  –“Remarks at Amherst College upon receiving an Honorary Degree (439),” October 26, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.

Idealism

“…that we shall be as a city upon a hill – the eyes of all people are upon us.” (Winthrop)  — Speech before the Massachusetts State Legislature, Boston, Massachusetts, 9 January 1961. Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President’s Office Files. Series 3. Speech Files, Box 34, Folder: “Address to Massachusetts State Legislature 9 January 1961,” JFKL.

“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on”.  –“Remarks Recorded for the Opening of a USIA Transmitter at Greenville, North Carolina (55),” February 8, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents, John F. Kennedy, 1963.
“This state, this city, this campus, have stood long for both human rights and human enlightenment, and let that forever be true.”  –“Remarks in Nashville at the 90th Convocation of Vanderbilt University (192),” May 18, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents, John F. Kennedy, 1963.

Inaugural Address (full speech)

“Ask not what your country can do for you…ask what you can do for your country.”

“All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days, not in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.”
“Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.”

“Inaugural Address (1),” January 20, 1961, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1961.

Jefferson

“I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”  –“Remarks at a Dinner Honoring Nobel Prize Winners of the Western Hemisphere (161),” April 29, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962.

Laughter

“There are three things which are real; God, Human Folly and Laughter. The first two are beyond our comprehension so we must do what we can with the third.”  –from Tales of the Ramayana, as told by Aubrey Menen (New York: Scribner’s, 1954), p. 276.

“Missile Gap”

“I think we’re going to have to do better. Mr. Nixon talks about our being the strongest country in the world. I think we are today, but we were far stronger relative to the Communists 5 years ago. And what is of great concern is that the balance of power is in danger of moving with them. They made a breakthrough in missiles and by 1961, ‘2, and ‘3, they will be outnumbering us in missiles.”  –Transcript of fourth debate, ABC studios, New York, New York, 21 October 1960. Papers of John F. Kennedy. Pre-Presidential Papers. Presidential Campaign Files, 1960. Series 15.06. Speeches and the Press: Press Secretary’s Subject File, 1960, Box 1052, Folder: “Television debates: ABC transcript: Fourth debate,” JFKL.

Navy
“I can imagine a no more rewarding career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worth while, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: ‘I served in the United States Navy.'”  –“Remarks at the U.S. Naval Academy (321),” August 1, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents, John F. Kennedy, 1963.

“New Frontier”


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Perseverance

“…what really counts is not the immediate act of courage or of valor, but those who bear the struggle day in and day out – not the sunshine patriots but those who are willing to stand for a long period of time.”  –“Remarks at the White House to Members of the American Legion (70),” March 1, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962.

“Theodore Roosevelt once said, ‘The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena – whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood…who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions – and spends himself in a worthy cause – who at best if he wins knows the thrills of high achievement – and if he fails at least fails while daring greatly – so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.'”   –“Remarks at National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Banquet (496),” December 5, 1961, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1961. (References Theodore Roosevelt’s speech, “Citizenship in a Republic” given at The Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910.)

Physical Fitness

“We have become more and more not a nation of athletes but a nation of spectators.”  –“Remarks at National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Banquet (496),” December 5, 1961, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1961.

Politics

“Just as I went into politics because Joe died, if anything happened to me tomorrow, my brother Bobby would run for my seat in the Senate. And if Bobby died, Teddy would take over for him.”  — Quoted in Joe McCarthy, The Remarkable Kennedys (New York: Dial Press, 1960), p. 114.
Post-Presidential Year

“Whether I serve one or two terms in the Presidency, I will find myself at the end of that period at what might be called the awkward age–too old to begin a new career and too young to write my memoirs.”  –Quoted in Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1965), p. 1017. According to a footnote in Schlesinger’s manuscript (1st draft, p. 1378), this was stated on February 13, 1961.

Presidency

“I have a nice home, the office is close by, and the pay is good.”  –Quoted in Kenneth O’Donnell, Dave Powers, and Joseph McCarthy, Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1970), p. 262


“If all of you had voted the other way – there’s about 5,500 of you here tonight – I would not be the President of the United States.”  –“Address in Chicago at a dinner of the Democratic Party of Cook County (155),” April 28, 1961, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1961.


“When I ran for Presidency of the United States, I knew that this country faced serious challenges, but I could not realize – nor could any man realize who does not bear the burdens of this office – how heavy and constant would be those burdens”  –“Radio and Television Report to the American People on the Berlin Crisis (302),” July 25, 1961, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1961.

“Harry Truman once said, ‘There are 14 or 15 million Americans who have the resources to have representatives in Washington to protect their interests, and that the interests of the great mass of the other people – the 150 or 160 million – is the responsibility of the president of the United States, and I propose to fulfill it.'”  –“Address in Atlantic City at the Convention of the United Auto Workers (174),” May 8, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962. (This passage was featured in the Charles Guggenheim documentary that was shown to visitors in the original exhibit of the John F. Kennedy Museum.)

Republicans

“We have all seen these circus elephants complete with tusks, ivory in their head and thick skins, who move around the circus ring and grab the tail of the elephant ahead of them.”  –Speech at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, 2 November 1960. Papers of John F. Kennedy. Pre-Presidential Papers. Senate Files. Series 12.1. Speech Files, 1953-1960, Box 914, Folder: “Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, 2 November 1960,” JFKL.

Responsibility, Collective

“Let us not despair but act. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past – let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”  –Speech at Loyola College Alumni Banquet, Baltimore, Maryland, 18 February, 1958. Papers of John F. Kennedy. Pre-Presidential Papers. Senate Files. Series 12.1. Speech Files, 1953-1960, Box 899, Folder: “Loyola College annual alumni banquet, Baltimore, Maryland, 18 February 1958,” JFKL

“But I think the American people expect more from us than cries of indignation and attack. The times are too grave, the challenge too urgent, and the stakes too high to permit the customary passions of political debate. We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future. As Winston Churchill said on taking office some twenty years ago: if we open a quarrel between the present and the past, we shall be in danger of losing the future.”  –Speech accepting the Democratic nomination, Los Angeles, California, 15 July 1960. Papers of John F. Kennedy. Pre-Presidential Papers. Senate Files. Series 12.1. Speech Files, 1953-1960, Box 910, Folder: “Acceptance Speech of Senator Kennedy, Democratic National Convention, 15 July 1960,” JFKL. (References the Chinese proverb, “it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”)

“And we must face the fact that the United States is neither omnipotent or omniscient – that we are only six percent of the world’s population – that we cannot impose our will upon the other ninety-four percent of mankind – that we cannot right every wrong or reverse each adversity – and that therefore there cannot be an American solution to every world problem.”  –“Address in Seattle at the University of Washington’s 100th Anniversary Program (473),” November 16, 1961, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1961.

“For I can assure you that we love our country, not for what it was, though it has always been great — not for what it is, though of this we are deeply proud — but for what it someday can, and, through the efforts of us all, someday will be.”  –“Address at a Luncheon Meeting of the National Industrial Conference Board (33),” February 13, 1961, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1961.

“But however close we sometimes seem to that dark and final abyss, let no man of peace and freedom despair. For he does not stand alone.”  –“Address to the U.N. General Assembly (387),” September 25, 1961, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1961.
“Never before has man had such capacity to control his own environment, to end thirst and hunger, to conquer poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and massive human misery. We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world – or make it the last.”  –“Address before the 18th General Assembly of the United Nations (366),” September 20, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.

“In seeking the help of the Congress and our countrymen, I pledged no easy answers. I pledged, and asked, only toil and dedication. These the Congress and the people have given in good measure.”  –“Annual Message to the Congress on the State of the Union,” January 14, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.

Responsibility, Personal

“When at some future date the high court of history sits in judgment on each of us…our success or failure…will be measured by the answers to four questions: First, were we truly men of courage…? Secondly, were we truly men of judgment…? Third, were we truly men of integrity…? Finally, were we truly men of dedication…?”  –Speech before the Massachusetts State Legislature, Boston, Massachusetts, 9 January 1961. Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President’s Office Files. Series 3. Speech Files, Box 34, Folder: “Address to Massachusetts State Legislature, 9 January 1961,” JFKL.

“…victory has 100 fathers and defeat is an orphan…”  –“President’s News Conference of April 21, 1961 (139),” Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1961.
“We must use time as a tool, not as a couch”  –“Address in New York City to the National Association of Manufacturers (496),” December 6, 1961, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1961.

“…we must think and act not only for the moment but for our time. I am reminded of the story of the great French Marshal Lyautey, who once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow-growing and would not reach maturity for a hundred years. The Marshal replied, ‘In that case, there is no time to lose, plant it this afternoon.'”  –“Address in Berkeley at the University of California, (109),” March 23, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962.

“Of those to whom much is given, much is required”.  –“Remarks in Nashville at the 90th Anniversary Convocation of Vanderbilt University (192),” May 18, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963. (President Kennedy was quoting from the Bible, Gospel of Luke, Chapter 12, verse 48.)

“Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in periods of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.”  –“Remarks in Bonn at the Signing of a Charter Establishing the German Peace Corps (258),” June 24, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963. (Note: Dante never made this statement. The closest to what President Kennedy meant is in the Inferno where the souls in the ante-room of hell, who “lived without disgrace and without praise,” and the coward angels, who did not rebel but did not resist the cohorts of Lucifer, are condemned to being whirled through the air by great winds while being stung by wasps and horseflies.)

The Sea

“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.”  –“Remarks in Newport at the Australian Ambassador’s Dinner for the America’s Cup Crews (383),” September 14, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962.

“‘O God, thy sea is so great and my boat is so small.'”  –“Remarks in New York City at the Dedication of the East Coast Memorial to the Missing at Sea (203),” May 23, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963. (An old Breton fisherman’s prayer that Admiral Rickover had inscribed on plaques that he gave to newly commissioned submarine captains. Rickover presented President Kennedy with one of these plaques, which sat on his desk in the Oval Office.)

Seven Days in May

When discussing the possibility of a complete military takeover in the country after reading the book Seven Days in May, President Kennedy said, “…if there were a third Bay of Pigs, it could happen.” He paused and then said “But it won’t happen on my watch.”  –Related in Paul Fay, Jr., The Pleasure of His Company (New York: Harper & Row, 1966), p. 190.

Space

“We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if the United States occupies a position of preeminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war.”  –“Address at Rice University in Houston on the Nation’s Space Effort (373),” September 12, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962.

“We go into space because whatever mankind must undertake, free men must fully share…I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.”  –“Special Message to the Congress on Urgent National Needs (205),” May 25, 1961, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1961. 

“This nation has tossed its cap over the wall of space, and we have no choice but to follow it.”  –“Remarks in San Antonio at the Dedication of the Aerospace Medical Health Center (472),” November 21, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963. (The original anecdote from which Kennedy derived this comparison is in Frank O’Connor, An Only Child, London: MacMillan & Co. Ltd., 1961, p. 180.)

Students

“No country can possibly move ahead, no free society can possibly be sustained, unless it has an educated citizenry whose qualities of mind and heart permit it to take part in the complicated and increasingly sophisticated decisions that pour not only upon the President and upon the Congress, but upon all the citizens who exercise the ultimate power…Quite obviously, there is a higher purpose, and that is the hope that you will turn to the service of the State the scholarship, the education, the qualities which society has helped develop in you; that you will render on the community level, or on the state level, or on the national level, or the international level a contribution to the maintenance of freedom and peace and the security of our country and those associated with it in a most critical time.”  –“Commencement Address at San Diego State College (226),” June 6, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.

“This is a great country and requires a good deal of all of us, so I can imagine nothing more important than for all of you to continue to work in public affairs and be interested in them, not only to bring up a family, but also give part of your time to your community, your state, and your country.”  –“Remarks to the Delegates of Girls Nation (322),” August 2, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.


“I can assure you that there is no career which you will adopt when you leave college that will bring you a more and greater sense of satisfaction and a greater feeling of participation in a great effort than will your work here or in your state or in your community…this generation of Americans – you here who will be in positions of responsibility for the rest of this century – will deal with the most difficult, sensitive, and dangerous problems that any society of people has ever dealt with at any age…The Greeks defined happiness as the full use of your powers along the lines of excellence, and I can imagine no place where you can use your powers more fully along lines more excellent in the 1960’s than to be in the service of the United States.”  –“Remarks to Student Participants in the White House Seminar in Government (334),” August 27, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.

“What we seek to advance, what we seek to develop in all of our colleges and universities, are educated men and women who can bear the burdens of responsible citizenship, who can make judgments about life as it is, and as it must be, and encourage the people to make those decisions which can bring not only prosperity and security, but happiness to the people of the United States and those who depend upon it.”  –“Address at the University of North Dakota (379),” September 25, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.
“I hope that all of you who are students here will recognize the great opportunity that lies before you in this decade, and in the decades to come, to be of service to our country. The Greeks once defined happiness as full use of your powers along lines of excellence, and I can assure you that there is no area of life where you will have an opportunity to use whatever powers you have, and to use them along more excellent lines, bringing ultimately, I think, happiness to you and those whom you serve.”  –“Address at the University of Wyoming (381),” September 25, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.

“I ask particularly that those of you who are now in school will prepare yourselves to bear the burden of leadership over the next 40 years here in the United States, and make sure that the United States – which I believe almost alone has maintained watch and ward for freedom – that the United States meet its responsibility. That is a wonderful challenge for us as a people.”  –“Remarks at the Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington (387),” September 27, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.


“…I come here today…not just because you are doing well and because you are outstanding students, but because we expect something of you. And unless in this free country of ours we are able to demonstrate that we are able to make this society work and progress, unless we can hope that from you we are going to get back all of the talents which society has helped develop in you, then, quite obviously, all the hopes of all of us that freedom will not only endure but prevail, of course, will be disappointed. So we ask the best of you…I congratulate you on what you have done, and most of all I congratulate you on what you are going to do.”  –“Remarks in New York City to the National Convention of the Catholic Youth Organization (463),” November 15, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.

Unfairness

“…there is always inequity in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded, and some men never leave the country, and some men are stationed in the Antarctic and some are stationed in San Francisco. It’s very hard in the military or personal life to assure complete equality. Life is unfair.”  –“President’s News Conference of March 21, 1962 (107),” Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962.

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Jim Rohn Quotes

Born into an Idaho farm family in Yakima, Washington, in 1930, Emanuel James “Jim” Rohn continues to inspire motivational coaches, speakers, writers and entrepreneurs worldwide with his success philosophy and mindset despite his death to pulmonary fibrosis in 2009. Born and raised at a farm owned by his parents Emanuel and Claire, he completed elementary and secondary school before enrolling into college and dropping out after one year, claiming that school had not provided him with the knowledge he’d been yearning for.

As fate would have it, the acclaimed late author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur embarked on his professional path by accepting a job as HR manager at the local Sears outlet, which led to an invitation by a friend to attend a seminar presented and facilitated by the famous businessman and one of his main subsequent mentors, John Earl Shoaff, in whose direct-selling business, AbundaVita, Rohn enrolled in 1955. In 1957, he joined another direct-selling business, Nutri-Bio, where he was mentored by one of the founders – Shoaff, which led to great success in the business and his appointment as vice-president of the company. When the company went out of business in the 1990s,

Rohn was invited to speak at a meeting of a local Rotary Club. His depiction of his success story proved such a big hit that he embarked on a more prominent public speaking career than before. In 40 years (he’d already started giving speeches at local clubs in 1963), he shared his message with more than 6000 audiences and 5 million people all over the world through the Adventures in Achievement brand and by giving speeches to the oil company Standard Oil. He also penned 17 books, audio and video materials.

He is credited as one of the biggest influences on globally-renowned present-day motivational speakers and authors, such as Tony Robbins (whom he mentored in the late 1970s), Brian Tracy and Harv T. Eker. He is also credited as one of the main driving forces behind the success of the founder of Herbalife, Mark R. Hughes. His net worth is said to have amounted to 500 million dollars. Interestingly enough, he never aspired to become rich but was driven by his wish to help people unlock their full potential throughout his life.

Did you know

  • That he attributed his work ethic to being raised on a farm;
  • That he inherited the aptitude to share life-affirming stories with enthralled audiences from his father, a renowned local story-teller;
  • That he received several accolades for his public-speaking efforts, including the coveted National Speakers Association CPAE Award;
  • That he focused his public-speaking efforts on bringing extraordinary insights to audiences from all walks of life and sharing his views on the fundamental driving forces underlying human behaviour;
  • That his books and other materials have impacted the lives of millions of people throughout the world;
  • That his first public speech was given at the local Beverly Hills Hotel in 1963 and that he embarked on a public-speaking career at local high-school and students’ clubs;
  • That he is also credited as one of the most prominent influences on the authors of the Chicken Soup book series, Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield?

Most Inspiring Jim Rohn Quotes

Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.

Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.

If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.

The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it,
to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized never knowing.
Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude
be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully;
be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud,
but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan.

When you know what you want, and you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it.

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.

If you don’t like how things are, change it. You are not a tree.

Motivation alone is not enough.
If you have an idiot and you motivate him,
now you have a motivated idiot.

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Albert Einstein Quotes

Born in 1879 in Ulm, Germany, into a family of secular Ashkenazi Jews, which later moved to Munich where his father and uncle founded a company manufacturing direct-current-based electrical equipment. After the business failed due to the inability of his father to shift to alternate current, the family moved to Italy, leaving Albert behind to finish his studies at the Luitpold Gymnasium. He showed an excellent prowess of maths and physics from an early age and even taught himself algebra and Euclidian geometry over the summer as a teenager of 12 years of age.

Albert continued his education in Switzerland and was awarded a teacher of mathematics and physics degree from the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Switzerland. As he was unable to gain employment as a teacher, he accepted a post at the Swiss Patent Office and obtained Swiss citizenship. His doctoral degree followed in 1905. He subsequently became Professor Extraordinary in Zurich and Prague.

In 1914, he was appointed Professor at the University of Berlin where he remained until 1933 when he emigrated Germany due to his Jewish ancestry and the rise of the Nazi regime, renounced German citizenship and took the position of a theoretical physics’ professor at Princeton University where he remained until his death in 1955. His main works challenging Newtonian physics, including his acclaimed theory of relativity which led to the birth of current-day quantum physics, were penned from his tenure at the Swiss Patent Office onwards.

He is seen by many as one of the fathers of modern physics and one of the greatest physicists of all time. His most important works include Special Theory of Relativity (1905), Relativity (English translation in 1920), General Theory of Relativity (1916) and The Evolution of Physics (1938). His observations also led to the development of modern-day photon theory of light, he furnished a theory on gravitation and contributed to the problems of theory of radiation and statistical mechanics.

He was renowned for constructing unified field theories since the 1920s and all throughout his tenures at various universities, including Princeton. He gained numerous awards for his work and received several honorary doctorate degrees from several universities. Throughout his life, he lectured in Europe, the US and the Far East and was awarded scholarships and fellowships of leading scientific academies throughout the world.

Did you know:

  • Albert Einstein achieved an extremely high scientific prowess of both maths and physics at an early age of 12;
  • That he changed his citizenship several times due to various reasons (to avoid military service, to escape the Nazi regime, etc.);
  • That his first paper was written in the 1890s;
  • That he was able to work through a high-level geometry textbook given to him by his family tutor so quickly that the tutor found himself unable to follow;
  • That he taught himself several mathematical concepts as a child and teenager, including algebra and calculus and Euclidian geometry (at an early age of 12);
  • That his first scientific paper, Conclusions from Capillary Phenomena, was published by the Annalen der Physik journal in 1900;
  • That he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922 for his contributions to the development of theoretical physics;
  • That he had to leave Germany in 1933 after not being able to continue his tenure as a Jewish professor;
  • That he also loved music and was known for playing the violin?

Most Inspiring Albert Einstein Quotes

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

I would teach peace rather than war. I would inculcate love rather than hate.

I believe in intuitions and inspirations. I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life
are based on the labours of other men, living and dead,
and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure
as I have received and am still receiving.

A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.

I believe in standardizing automobiles. I do not believe in standardizing human beings.

It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods
of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry.

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin;
what else does a man need to be happy?

A human being is part of a whole called by us “Universe.”

The important thing is to not stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

A question that sometimes drives me hazy — am I or are the others crazy?

The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate
or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief
interest of all technical endeavours.
Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.

I love to travel, but I hate to arrive.

All that is valuable in human society depends
upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.

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Sunday Motivation Quotes

On Sunday, it is time to rest and spend time with family. If you would like to know what to do to motivate yourself on Sunday, we suggest you read some of the best motivational quotes that will give you the drive for a new day and equip you with extra energy and positive thoughts.


Clear your mind, breathe with full lungs and enjoy spending time with friends and family. Indulge in the leisure activities, as the hectic outside world is put on hold for a few moments, and everything focuses on quality leisure time.


On this page, you can get ideas on how you can motivate yourself in a way that suits you best. Among tips for Sunday motivation, you can find the thoughts of famous and less famous people that talk about emotions, happiness, the meaning of life, inner satisfaction, well-being, personal growth, optimism, goals, and more.

Sunday motivation derives from spending time with family

Have a family picnic at home. You can also invite your friends and spend a wonderful day outside in the fresh air and with good food. You can also prepare lunch for the family and spend quality time with your loved ones. If you haven’t had much time to dedicate yourself to your family during the workweek, Sunday gives you an opportunity to make up for that and deepen family ties.


“Family is everything” is the message from which springs motivation for Sunday. The family gives you the support you need, is with you and by your side in good times and bad, and shares with you all the moments worth experiencing. Sunday motivation quotes are all about family, love, and all the things that matter in life, as a family is the one that you can always turn to, and they will accept you with open arms.

What are best tips for Sunday motivation?

Sundays are about being outside and taking in the sunshine, getting to know new people and new places, and having fun with family and friends. You can go on a trip and discover new spots in nature or popular tourist destinations, go for a walk around the city or opt for one of the sports activities that you enjoy the most. Treat yourself to a fun day full of new adventures and experiences.


Such days are full of new experiences. Therefore, you can motivate yourself during the workweek by planning activities on Sunday. Time will pass faster, and you will find it easier to overcome everyday challenges, as you will be expecting something worth waiting. An excellent motivation for Sunday is to leave your familiar home environment and indulge in the spontaneous flow of new adventures that await you.

Use the following quotes for Sunday motivation

Quotes of the Sunday have the power to inspire and encourage you and bring you the motivation you need to enjoy the weekend. Words are a powerful tool to set the mood and remind you there is hope for everything if you believe in positivity. With the help of Sunday motivation quotes, you will be able to awaken happiness and get a new insight on things that matters to you. They will prep you up to take action. Remember, Sunday is Funday – make it count!

Sunday is a time when you sit back and reflect on all the blessings that you have received. Smile at all the good things that you are enjoying.” –Sera Train

”Sunday is the Lord’s Day. Let us find time to be with him.” -Pope Francis

”You cannot have the beginnings of a productive week without a Sunday spent in the calmness of the day.” -Byron Pulsifer

“Free yourself from all prejudices and let yourself go on Sunday.” -Unknown

“Enjoy your Sunday! Have faith in your heart and courage to fulfill all your dreams.” -Unknown

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“Sunday is like this entertainment scrum for me, because I’ve only got a day, one day of fun. So I want to have brunch, and I want to see a movie, and I want to watch ‘Game of Thrones,’ and I’m trying to watch ‘The Sopranos’ from the beginning, and I want to play four hours of video games. So, it’s, like, as regimented as my work life.” -Aisha Tyler

“It’s a beautiful Sunday! There are so many reasons to be happy and not to give up, look around and cheer up.” -Unknown

“It’s a new day. I’m alive. I’m blessed. God is good. God is great. Have a blessed Sunday!” -Unknown

“Have a prosperous Sunday! Meet with your family and friends and spend each second of this day with pleasure.” -Unknown

“Sunday. Take it slow and give your soul a chance to catch up with your body.” -Unknown

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“Give and accept pleasure, happiness, and laughter, because today is Sunday.” -Unknown

“Sunday is an excellent chance to start living your life to the fullest, do what you want and forget about consequences.” -Unknown

”There is always something new to learn and feel each Sunday.” -Bishop Gerald Causse

”Sunday, for me, is all about being home with the family with no plans.” -John Lasseter

”It’s a beautiful Sunday morning and a great opportunity to thank the Lord for reminding us how blessed we are.” -Unknown

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”Between Monday and Saturday men make an audience. On Sunday, they make a congregation.” -Mokokoma Mokhonoana

”What does Sunday, the day of the Lord, mean for us? It is a day for rest and for family, but first of all a day for Him.” -Pope Benedict XVI

”On this lovely Sunday, remember to take a deep breath and relax. Enjoy your family, your friends, and indulge yourself in a nice cup of coffee.” -Unknown

”It’s not that we spend five days looking forward to just two. It’s that most people do what they enjoy most on those two days. Imagine living a life where every day is your Saturdays and Sundays. Make every day your weekend. Make every day a play-day…” -James A. Murphy

”Sunday on the beach, having seashells in the pocket, sand in the shoes, was the day to refuel our souls and be grateful to the blessings.” -ejump

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”SUNDAY -The day I planned a lot but actually do nothing.” -Lovely Goyal

”Well, there’s nothing better than putting your feet up on a Sunday afternoon and grabbing a good book.” -Chris Klein

“Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The goal of Sunday is to leave my home as little as possible.” -Mark Morris

”Sunday is the perfect day to refuel your soul and to be grateful for each and every one of your blessings.” -Unknown

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“The city takes a breath on Sunday. Of all that’s lost with the pursuit of what’s next, I hope we don’t lose that.” -Hawksley Workman

“Sunday brings along memories of childhood when I used to wake up to go to church. Then when I would return home there would be something special for breakfast. I miss those days.” -Quincy Latte

“Time flows in a strange way on Sundays.” -Haruki Murakami

”Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.” -John Shirley

”Sunday is the core of our civilization, dedicated to thought and reverence.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Sunday is my favorite day.”-Emma Caulfield

“Sunday, the day for the language of leisure.” -Elfriede Jelinek

“Do not let Sunday be taken from you. If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.” -Albert Schweitzer

“Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.” -Joseph Addison

“Sunday’s my day off, where I eat whatever I want. I don’t let myself have something. I do love French fries and bread.” -Ashley Tisdale

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”Have a great Sunday! Experience life in all possible ways: good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities. Don’t be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become.” -Osho

”Don’t judge men’s wealth or godliness by their Sunday appearance.” -Benjamin Franklin

”When I woke up Sunday morning at the Open and stepped outside and felt the wind and rain in my face, I knew I had an excellent chance to win if I just took my time and trusted myself.“ -Tom Kite

”Start this Sunday with a clean heart. No doubt, no tears, no fear, no worry. Thank God for his priceless gifts and miracles throughout the world.” -Unknown

”On this wonderful Sunday, don’t forget to be thankful for the little things in life.” -Unknown

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”It can be sunny everyday but not as authentic as on a Sunday.” -Unknown

”You know what Sunday is, it’s a day with a lot of potential for naps.” -Polly Horvath

”How necessary Sundays have become. I reach for them like sleeping lovers on the other side of my earth or my mattress.” -Darnell Lamont Walker

“Sunday is a wonderful day to spend in the circle of your family and friends, make impressions for the whole week today.” -Unknown

“Happy & Blessed Sunday. May you enjoy the blessings and favor of God today. Enjoy the beauty that this day brings.” -Unknown

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“After a week of the contained chaos that is my job, I need some solitary running time. On Sundays, I can unwind and reconnect with the natural world.” -Linda Jones

“Do not waste a single Sunday. If you don’t waste Sundays, you will be less likely to waste Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.” –Matthew Kelly

“Sunday is the day when I prepare for the week ahead by making improbable To Do lists and browsing Pinterest for ideas on how to decorate my imaginary mansion.” –Nanea Hoffman

“On this Sunday, let us take a few moments to stop and thank God for all of the beauty that is in this world.” –Unknown

“Cheers to Sunday. Snuggle by the fire, read a good book, have a hot cup of coffee (or two), watch an old movie, relax and enjoy the day.” -Unknown

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“Smiles are prettier than frowns, giving is warmer than receiving, and loving is more beautiful than hating. Smile this Sunday.” -Unknown

”On Sunday mornings, as the dawn burned into day, swarms of gulls descended on the uncollected trash, hovering and dropping in the cold clear light.” -Edward Conlon

”Today is Sunday, so please conduct yourself accordingly. Sleep in, sip tea, lay around in your pajamas, listen to good music, and indulge yourself in an afternoon nap.” -Unknown

”The feeling of Sunday is the same everywhere, heavy, melancholy, standing still.” -Jean Rhys

”But nothing beats a Woody Allen film on a Sunday night, with a glass of wine and some leftovers.” -Kate Fleetwood

”This is Sunday, and the question arises, what’ll I start tomorrow?” -Kurt Vonnegut

”This is your Sunday evening reminder that you can handle whatever this week throws at you.” -Unknown

”Sundays tend to be a day where just I do nothing but visit people. It’s kind of like trick-or-treating.” -Chuck Palahniuk

Smile more than you cry, give more than you take and love more than you hate.

Sunday is a perfect day to choose a new path in life, don’t be afraid of changes, they come when they are really needed. Have a wonderful Sunday.

Don’t make plans for the future, fulfill your dreams now, you are wonderful and you are capable of anything. Enjoy your Sunday!

“5 steps to a productive Sunday: Wake up early; Get some fresh air; Set a schedule; Make time for yourself; Be goal-oriented.”

“Don’t worry about yesterday or last month. Today is a new day, so renew your mind this morning. Be positive and start fresh.

”The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend.” -Chuck Palahniuk