Motivation Quotes Through the Ages
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small compared to what lies within us.” -Emerson
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”-Aristotle
“They can because they think they can.”-Virgil
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”-Emerson
“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”-Zig Ziglar
“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.”-Buddha
“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!”-Henry Ford
“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.”-John F. Kennedy
“Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true”-Brian Tracy
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.”-Unknown
“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”-Cesare Pavese
“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”-George Halas
“It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined”-Henry James
Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.” -Anonymous
More Mojo Quotes
“Come to the edge,” he said.
They said. ‘We are afraid, ‘Come to the edge, he said.
They came. He pushed them… And they flew.
“There will come a day you won’t be able to do this; today is not that day.”
poster of the swim start of Ironman Wisconsin
Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!
They are able because they think they are able.
Virgil – c. 70-19 BC, Roman Poet
Others have done it before me. I can, too.
Corporal John Faunce
There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality;
and there are those who turn one into the other.
Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers.
What great thing would you attempt if you knew you would not fail?
Your fears are not walls, but hurdles.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquering of it.
There is a time to let things happen, and a time to make things happen.
If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.
Frank A. Clark
How much of your life do you spend looking forward to being somewhere else?
Life is too short not to enjoy it and too long to live miserably.
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
All who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.
Orison Swett Marden
It takes as much stress to be a success as it does to be a failure.
Emilo James Trujillo
Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
Get excited and enthusiastic about your own dream.
This excitement is like a forest fire – you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away.
The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.
Mountains DO Move. . . One Stone at a Time.
Purpose is the engine that powers our lives.
Your purpose explains what you are doing with your life. Your vision explains how you are living your purpose. Your goals enable you to realize your vision.
Success is Easy….but so is Neglect
Don’t wait for your ship to come in. Row out to meet it.
Everything comes to pass, nothing comes to stay.
One of God’s arrangements is that after winter there should come beautiful spring days. It happens every year and it happens in every life.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
BIG, life-changing ideas usually show up as plain, little ideas that when given a bit of muscle, gradually evolve into things like…. eBay or Google!
It’s good to have money and the things money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things money can’t buy.
George Horace Lormier
The easiest thing to do in the world is to neglect the important and give in to the urgent.
I don’t think change is stressful. I think failure is stressful.
Bos Stearns – Venture Capitalist
Living well and beautifully and justly are all one thing.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.
Argue for your limitations- and sure enough they’re yours.
If the average person realized the power he wields over his life and destiny, he would live in a perpetual state of wonder and thanksgiving.
The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.
The only limitation in your life is the limitation of your own thinking.
James A. Ray
Raise your sights and see the possibilities – always see them, for they’re always there.
Norman Vincent Peale
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
Sir Winston Churchill
Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.
Fortune and love befriend the bold.
We cannot put off living until we are ready. The most salient characteristic of life is its urgency, “here and now” without any possible postponement. Life is fired at us point-blank!
Jose Ortega y Gasset
There are two ways to face the future. One is with apprehension – the other is with anticipation!
I found it easier to get rich than to make excuses.
The greatest form of maturity is at harvest time. That is when we must learn how to reap without complaint if the amounts are small and how to reap without apology if the amounts are big.
Formal education will make you a living. Self – education will make you a fortune!
Wouldn’t it be pitiful if your income grew but you didn’t!
Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you’ve got.
Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.
Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.
The price of success is much lower than the price of failure.
Everybody says they want to be free. Take a train off its tracks and it’s free – but it can’t go anywhere!
Once you make a decision, the Universe conspires to make it happen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is like a taxi. The meter just keeps a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still.
Life is like riding a bicycle. You don’t fall off unless you plan to stop peddling.
Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.
Shari R. Barr
All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.
Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.
Attack life, it’s going to kill you anyway.
Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting.
If you’re walking on thin ice… you may as well dance.
If you are not living on the edge chances are you have too much room.
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.
Albert Einstein – Sign hanging in Einstein’s office at Princeton
Pace yourself…an elephant can be swallowed, one bite at a time.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
“Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.”– Les Brown
You can not change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.– Jim Rohn
Your possibilities are unlimited & the only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow, are the buts you use today.–Less Brown
“The obstacle is the path” ~ Zen Proverb
“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”~Cesare Pavese
“You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.” ~ Les Brown
” Triathlon doesn’t build character. It reveals it.”
“In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.”-Vince Lombardi
“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Eliot
“Do or do not… there is no try.” -Yoda
“At least one time in your life, train with the will to die.” -Enson Inoue
Just do it: “Forget about style; worry about results.” – Bobby Orr
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Emerson
“Man is what he believes.” – Anton Chekhov
Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. Zig Ziglar
A goal properly set is halfway reached. Zig Ziglar
“The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try nothing and succeed.” -Lloyd Jones
Running has the power to change your life. It will make you fitter, healthier, even happier. ~Selene Yeager
If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self. -Napoleon Hill
Defeat is nothing but the first step to something better. Wendell Phillip
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men – John F. Kennedy
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
“Anything is Possible”- Ironman Motto
“Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” – Luis Escobar
“Go after what you want in life. And don’t let anything get in your way. Whatever your goals or priorities, they rock. It does not matter what anybody else thinks…not ever. You go get it for yourself. If you make amistake, you learn from it. Then you don’t make it again.” -Ed Zerkle
“When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for us to stand on, or we will be taught to fly.” – Patrick Overton
“You’ll be wistful for the “wall” of the marathon, when you hit the “death grip” of the ultra.” – Bob Glover
“A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame and money, but even practices it without any hope of doing it well.” – G. K. Chesterton
“If you under-train, you may not finish, but if you over-train, you may not start.” – Stan Jensen
“Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call on your spirit, which fortunately functions independently of logic.” – Tim Noakes
“Far away, there in the sunshine, are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they may lead.” – Louisa May Alcott
“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” – Bagehot
“That which does not destroy me makes me stronger” – Nietzsche
“Self-conquest is the greatest of victories.” – Plato
“A man’s reach must exceed his grasp, or else what’s a heaven for?” – Robert Browning
“The only way to define your limits is by going beyond them.” – Arthur Clarke
“The only way to be who you want to be is by being what you haven’t yet been.” – Sally Edwards
“Great spirits often encounter violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” – T.S. Eliot
“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.” – Goethe
“I cannot do everything, but still I can do something and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale
“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced” – Kierkegard
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost
“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, keep moving.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” – Thoreau
“Fatigue makes cowards of us all” – Vince Lombardi
“Swim 2.4 miles, Bike 112 miles, Run 26.2 miles…brag for the rest of your life.” – John Collins (Ironman co-founder)
“You can quit if you want, but no one will care and you’ll always know.” – John Collins (Ironman co-founder)
“If at first you don’t succeed, you can always become an ultramarathoner.” – Bruce Fordyce
“I have met my hero, and he is me.” – George Sheehan
“Nothing is more certain than the defeat of a man who gives up.” – George Sheehan
“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.” – George Sheehan
“The runner need not break four minutes in the mile or four hours in the marathon. It is only neccessary that he runs and runs and sometimes suffers. Then one day he will wake up and discover that somewhere along the the way he has begun to see the order and law and love and truth that makes men free.” – George Sheehan
“Above all, train hard, eat light, and avoid TV and people with negative attitudes.” – Scott Tinley
“Speed is sex … distance is love.” – David Blaikie
“If I can’t go faster I’ll go longer.” – Doug Barber
“May the road rise up to greet you, and the wind always be at your back” – Irish proverb
“26 miles 385 yards is where racing ends and ludicrous extremes begin.” – from “Runner’s World
“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming….” – Dory/”Finding Nemo”
“Your biggest challenge isn’t someone else. It’s the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs, and the voice inside you that yells ‘CAN’T”, but you don’t listen. You just push harder. And then you hear the voice whisper ‘can’. And you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are.” – Unknown
“Adversity introduces a man to himself.” – Unknown
“The finishing line isn’t given; it is earned.” – Unknown
“His IQ drops 50 points every time he laces up a pair of running shoes.” – Unknown
“If you can’t run fast, run far.” – Unknown
“To achieve all that is possible, we must attempt the impossible – to be as much as we can, we must dream of being more.” – Unknown
“Beware of the chair!” – Unknown
“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right.” -Unknown
“Don’t sweat the small stuff!” – Virginia Addison
“Discipline is not weakness.” – Ed Zerkle
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford
God only gives three answers to prayer: 1. ‘Yes!’ 2. ‘Not yet.’ 3. ‘I have something better in mind.
Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think. -Dale Carnegie
All glory comes from daring to begin. -Alexander Graham Bell
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never, ever have enough. -Oprah
Be strong don’t give up, These experiences are shaping you into the person you will be. Many