20 Awesome Motivational Quotes

20 awesome motivational quotes

Below are 20 motivational quotes that I shared in 2007 in my thought-of-the-day mailing list.  I’m pasting them here now because they’re some of the better ones…or ones that I liked more than average.  Enjoy.

1. “You can have anything you want–if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.” -William Adams

2. “He who stops being better stops being good.” -Oliver Cromwell

3. “The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” -Eden Phillips

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

5. “If you’re bored with life — or you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things — you don’t have enough goals.”  -Lou Holtz

6. “ALL rewards come from doing, not from knowing.” -unknown

7. “Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of tricks and duplicity than straightforward and simple integrity in another.” -Charles Caleb Colton

8. “That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.  It is dearness only which gives everything its value.  Heaven knows how to put a proper price on its goods.”  -Thomas Paine

9. “Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.”  -Aristotle

10. “When one door closes another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which open for us.”  -Alexander Graham Bell

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11. “…the unpardonable sin is to be an unpleasant person.” -Galen Starr Ross

12. “Be stirring as the time, be fire with fire, threaten the threatener, and outface the brow of bragging horror; so shall inferior eyes, that borrow their behaviours from the great, grow great by your example and put on the dauntless spirit of resolution.” -Shakespeare

13. “Do a little more than average and from that point on our progress multiplies itself out of all proportion to the effort put in.”  -Paul J. Meyer

14. “Sorrow is the mere rust of the soul. Activity will cleanse and brighten it.”  -Samuel Johnson

15. “Down deep, every soul has a hidden longing, impulse, and ambition to do something fine and enduring…If you are willing, great things are possible to you.”  -Grenville Kleiser

16. “If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.” -Samuel Johnson

17. “Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed. The fact is, most putts don’t drop. Most beef is tough. Most children grow up to be just people. Most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration. Most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old-time rail journey–delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.” -Jenkins Lloyd Jones

18. “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life.  But there was always some obstacle in the way.  Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid.  Then life would begin.  At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”  -Alfred D. Souza

19. “One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.” -Edward B. Butler

20. “Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.”  -Mark Victor Hansen

So there you have it!  What did you think of this selection?

I just re-read the whole list, and my entire being is burning & shaking with purpose, the desire to do more, and the feeling I’m wasting my life with useless time-wasting activities!  I hope you feel the same!  Let’s get started on being who we were born to be!

-Shawn

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    • Famous Inspirational Quotes
    • January 8, 2009
    Reply

    A great blog with some serious motivational material. It’s good to see like minded people out there wholove to spread the word. Take a look at my blog and give me some feedback if you can. All helps!!

    • AJ Kumar
    • January 23, 2009
    Reply

    Thanks! I plan to use a couple of these for my blog 🙂

    AJ Kumar

    • Samuel Okonkwo
    • September 14, 2009
    Reply

    Great words. A spark for the soul and a meal to our will.

    • Demond
    • October 2, 2009
    Reply

    “If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair.
    Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works
    are performed not by strength, but perseverance.” -Samuel
    Johnson

    This is my favorite one.

    • Xola
    • December 8, 2009
    Reply

    Great words!!!!

    • Laurie Vowels
    • December 8, 2009
    Reply

    I really like this one:
    “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to
    begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the
    way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business,
    time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would
    begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my
    life.” -Fr. Alfred D’Souza

    All the miseries in our life are to be overcome, not lived with.

      • jkdc
      • August 1, 2011
      Reply

      i know it rocks

    • Laurie Vowels
    • December 8, 2009
    Reply

    That quote was by Sylvia Browne

  1. Reply

    You mean that D’Souza one? I looked it up and found 4 sites that simply attributed it to Alfred D. Souza…so I’ll go update that part. Can you find a link somewhere that says it’s from Sylvia Brown?

    • Laurie Vowels
    • December 9, 2009
    Reply

    Oh, no Shawn, I meant the one I put at the end, this one:

    All the miseries in our life are to be overcome, not lived with.
    Sylvia Browne

    You’ve got your quotes straight! And they’re very meaningful. Love to read them.

    • spiro kalli
    • December 9, 2009
    Reply

    First of all may i say,I really enjoy and look forward to your daily quotes…..here’s one from me…..In order to advance in the path of christ,one needs besides other basic things,complete obedience to the commandments of god…good deeds and love for one’s neighbour will rsult in a holy end for everyone who inwardly supplicates;”Save me my christ.”through love and prayer he will be saved.

    • Laurie Vowels
    • January 22, 2010
    Reply

    I also really like:

    “That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly. It
    is dearness only which gives everything its value. Heaven knows
    how to put a proper price on its goods.” -Thomas Paine

    I don’t happen to be on Facebook so I get all my inspiration on these!

    • Mmaleya
    • March 2, 2010
    Reply

    I always look foward for your quotes they really changed my life, they keep me going. Keep the good job up.

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Mmaleya!

    • Hardeep
    • April 30, 2010
    Reply

    Thanks,

    Great Collection.

    I’ll always look in this site for more collections

    Keep it up

    • bhupinder singh
    • June 11, 2010
    Reply

    Great Collection ….

    • laura
    • October 12, 2010
    Reply

    “You can have anything you want–if you want it badly enough.
    You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to
    accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.”
    -William Adams

    Shawn I love how these quotes are timeless. thank you for them!!!

    1. Reply

      You’re welcome, Laura. Glad you like them.

    • indra
    • October 12, 2010
    Reply

    Great quotes.

    When you are down to nothing,
    Gods up to something
    Worry looks around, sorry looks back
    Faith looks up
    Thanks for the beautiful quotes Shawn.

    • Gwen Kennedy
    • October 12, 2010
    Reply

    I enjoy reading your quote collection and I look forward to see every other day so I can re-post them on my facebbook page.

    • sally
    • October 13, 2010
    Reply

    Yeah, i agree to that! Great collection…soul stirring…and i loved it!

    Keep it up!

    • MaRiA cHrIsTiNe
    • December 19, 2010
    Reply

    “Live not in yesterday
    look back and you may sorrow.
    Live precisely for today
    look forward to tomorrow.”

    • Sara Khan
    • March 4, 2011
    Reply

    awesome and motivated quotes..love them..thnx for sharing

  2. Reply

    I really like the Edison quote about failure. This is the first time that I’ve seen it, and it is quite appropriate coming from him

    1. Reply

      Thanks Kenneth; you’re right…it is a good one.

    • emmanuel Demzoaya
    • May 7, 2017
    Reply

    Please do you have any whatsapp group

    1. Reply

      I do, but I have never advertised it yet. I just don’t understand WhatsApp. Yes, I used to use it, but I don’t see the point in putting energy into a group, because you can only have 250 in the group. Plus, every reply would go to the entire group…unless there’s a way to stop replies?? And is there now a way to have unlimited sized groups? Can you explain to me what the point is? Why are people so interested in this? Thanks -Shawn

    • Cindy
    • September 17, 2019
    Reply

    Thank you for inspiring us everyday. I wake up and the first thing I look for are your quotes. Thank you for helping me make a change in my life. ❤

      • shawn
      • September 24, 2019
      Reply

      Woo hoo! Thanks for the nice compliment, Cindy. I’ve been trying to reply to you for a few days, but there was a problem with my blog database. Just got the host to fix it now. Do you get my quotes by email or Messenger?

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