Motivation Quotes – Quotes About Motivation

quotes about motivation

These are “Motivation Quotes”…not to be confused with “motivational quotes”.  These quotes are specifically about motivation.  Enjoy:

If it’s not fun, you are not doing it right. -Fran Tarkenton

We must treasure the achievers of our land because it’s they who raise the sights of all the others. -Unknown

The most important thing about motivation is goal setting. You should always have a goal. -Francie Larrieu Smith

Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual and regular top ups. -Peter Davies

To hear how special and wonderful we are is endlessly enthralling. -Gail Sheehy

There’s always the motivation of wanting to win. Everybody has that. But a champion needs, in his attitude, a motivation above and beyond winning. -Pat Riley

What you praise you increase. -Catherine Ponder

The secret of discipline is motivation. When a man is sufficiently motivated, discipline will take care of itself. -Alexander Paterson

What you are must always displease you, if you would attain to that which you are not. -St. Augustine (354-430AD)

For every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing. -Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

A fellow must know where he wants to go, if he is going to get anywhere. It is so easy just to drift along. Some people go through school as if they thought they were doing their families a favor. On a job, they work along in a humdrum way, interested only in their salary check. They don’t have a goal. When anyone crosses them up, they take their marbles and walk out. The people who go places and do things make the most of every situation. They are ready for the next thing that comes along on the road to their goal. They know what they want and are willing to go an extra mile. -William C. Menninger

Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated. -Lou Holtz

You will accomplish more by kind words and a courteous manner than by anger or sharp rebuke, which should never be used except in necessity. -Angela Merici

Once you wake up thought in a man, you can never put it to sleep again. -Zora Neale Hurston (1903-1960)

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing. -Harriet Braiker

Some of us are like wheelbarrows, only useful when pushed and easily upset. -Jack Herbert

Instruction does much, but encouragement does everything. -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire. -John W. Foster (1770-1843)

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. -Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

We know nothing about motivation. All we can do is write books about it. -Peter F. Drucker

If each of us were to confess his most secret desire, the one that inspires all his plans, all his actions, he would say: “I want to be praised.” -E.M. Cioran

The common conception is that motivation leads to action, but the reverse is true — action precedes motivation. You have to “prime the pump” and get the juice flowing, which motivates you to work on your goals. Getting momentum going is the most difficult part of the job, and often taking the first step is enough to prompt you to make the best of your day. -Robert J. McKain

Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner. -Les Brown

Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships he makes with others and what happens to him in the world about him. -Virginia Satir (1916-1988)

God made man to go by motives, and he will not go without them, any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas. -Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

To get others to come into our ways of thinking, we must go over to theirs; and it is necessary to follow, in order to lead. -William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

Do you have any quotes about motivation you can share?  Which of these do you like the most?  Please say so in the comments section below.

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    • Patricia
    • May 29, 2012

    You and your staff (if you have one) are awesome! Thank you so much for the versatality in subjects. I’ve been subscribed for about 5 or 6 years now and now that there is Facebook! Wow! Thanks again. Blessings from California…


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      Thanks Patricia. I’m glad you’ve been with me for so long. Are you also on either of my 2 new mailing lists? (and there is just me; no staff) 🙂

    • Lee
    • July 9, 2012

    Wonderful quotes Shawn thought provoking, If we use motivation to gain self esteem and confidence to resolve your past issues and live like your heart desires. The secret of real motivation lies in rediscovering your inner talents, objectives, personality, interests and finally understanding who you really are. By enhancing your soul in the right direction of motivation, you will acquire the ability to understand the current circumstance and tackle them with confidence. The final result is emotional healing and the feeling of more balanced in life. Take care my friend, Lee

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      Thanks, Lee. Hey, check out my post the other day about places I’ve been; I actually mention you in there.

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