Words of inspiration

Thumbs up
Credit: Robert Kneschke | Shutterstock

Increasing one’s motivation at work and at life is a problem many seek to overcome. The key to finding motivation ultimately comes down to your own outlook and character, things that we struggle to realize without the right words of inspiration. Advice and more can be found from prominent leaders and successful businessmen like Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and Robert Frost.

Character Building

Henry Ford
Credit: Library of Congress

"Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right." — Henry Ford

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." — Mark Twain

"Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly." — Stephen R. Covey

"The only people who find what they are looking for in life are the fault finders." — Foster's Law

"I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else." — Winston Churchill

"There is no education like adversity." — Disraeli


Anne Frank
Credit: © Anne Frank Fonds, Bazel / Anne Frank Stichting, Amsterdam

"Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking." — William B. Sprague

"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it." — Mahatma Gandhi

"Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything." — Napoleon Hill

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." — Anne Frank

"In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing." — Theodore Roosevelt

"To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing." — Elbert Hubbard


Eleanor Roosevelt
Credit: Chas Fagan / C-SPAN

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit." – Aristotle

"I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games; 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." — Michael Jordan

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." — Mark Twain

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

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." — Samuel Beckett

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on." — Robert Frost

"He who has a why to live can bear almost any how." — Friedrich Nietzsche

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." — John Wooden


Booker T. Washington
Credit: Library of Congress

"Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, 'Make me feel important.' Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life." — Mary Kay Ash

"Being defeated is only a temporary condition; giving up is what makes it permanent." —Marilyn vos Savant

"Success is not to be measured by the position someone has reached in life, but the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed." — Booker T. Washington

"Never tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon." — Unknown