We all have times when we’re feeling down in the dumps. Whether it’s because we are facing obstacles in our personal or professional life, or if it’s because we are caught up in worries, it’s helpful to turn to others’ words for encouragement. I’ve put together a list of 60 motivational quotes that can help get you going no matter your troubles.
If you’ve hit a roadblock on the path to achieving your dreams, you might feel like some obstacles are insurmountable. Take heart in these motivational quotes on overcoming obstacles and persevering despite the odds.
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison
“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” – Robert H. Schuller
“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” – H. G. Wells
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” – Walter Elliot
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett
“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” – Thomas Paine
“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” – Julie Andrews
“Either I will find a way, or I will make one.” – Philip Sidney
“Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.” – Alfred A. Montapert
“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” – Og Mandino
“You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth
Feeling stuck at the starting line? Even when you have an endgame in mind, it can be hard to push off from the wall. Find inspiration in these motivational quotes about taking that first step and get moving!
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” – Rabindranath Tagore
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann Wolfgang con Goethe
“The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.” – Bobby Knight
“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart
“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” – Simone de Beauvoir
“Well done is better than well said.” – Ben Franklin
“If you are working on something you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs
Sometimes it can be difficult to nail down what you really want to achieve. You might even be intimidated by the idea of putting your hopes into concrete terms. Gather strength from these motivational quotes and start articulating exactly what you want.
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney
“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – Les Brown
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar
“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn
“I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than attempt to do nothing and succeed.” – Robert H. Schuller
“Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” – John F. Kennedy
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream.” – C.S. Lewis
“Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.” – John Dewey
Often, our biggest obstacle on the way to success is our own fears and anxieties. It can be hard to take a leap when you’re constantly worrying about failure or fostering negative thought patterns. Contemplate these motivational quotes and put your doubts to rest.
“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” – Sam Levenson
“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie
“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” – Will Rogers
“We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action.” – Dr. Henry Link
“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
“I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.” – Ken Venturi
There are times in life when the problem doesn’t lie with motivation but with general direction. You know you want to get going, you just don’t know where or how. Ponder these motivational quotes on finding direction and consider how you want to live your life.
“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” – Carol Burnett
“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” – Aristotle
“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” – Aldous Huxley
“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” – Pope John XXIII
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela
“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” – John D. Rockefeller
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.” – Woodrow Wilson
“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James
“Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
Hope is a guide when we’re feeling lost or out of steam. No matter why you’re feeling down, consider these motivational quotes about fostering hope and push for positivity.
“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou
“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
“Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” – Tom Stoppard
There are thousands of beautiful, encouraging, motivational quotes out there. When you’re feeling like you need that extra boost, seek out the wisdom of those who have succeeded before, whether as activists, businessmen and women, or political leaders.
They sought to change their own lives and the lives of others. Remember their words and remember that you can do the same.
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After graduating from law school and passing the bar, I struggled to find work, pay my bills, and make ends meet. That's when I decided to take control of my future and start working for myself. Now, several years and a handful of companies later, I'm sharing how I launched a successful business, and how you can do it too.