The Ultimate List of Motivational Quotes: 355+ Quotes that will Inspire You to Reach Your Goals




Some days, you just need a little pick-me-up to help focus and keep your eye on the prize. The following list of quotes should give you plenty of extra boosts to keep pushing, keep climbing, and keep reaching those goals!


The Best Motivational Quotes about Goal Setting and Achievement


  • "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - Francis of Assisi


  • "If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it's moving you away from your goals." - Brian Tracy


  • "I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time." - Michael Phelps


  • "What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." - Zig Ziglar


  • "Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives." - Viktor E. Frankl


  • "The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have." - Vince Lombardi


  • "If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it's moving you away from your goals." - Brian Tracy


  • "I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time." - Michael Phelps


  • "Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives." - Viktor E. Frankl


  • "If you want something you've never had, you have to do something you've never done."


  • "If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us." - Jim Rohn


  • "Learn the rules like a pro. So you can break them like an artist." - Pablo Picasso


  • "Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them." - Les Brown



  • "If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you." - Les Brown


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


  • "People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals - that is, goals that do not inspire them." - Tony Robbins


  • "Make each day count by setting specific goals to succeed, then putting forth every effort to exceed your own expectations." - Les Brown


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


  • "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." - Ayn Rand


  • "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney


  • "Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve." - Mary Kay Ash


  • "Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, saute it, whatever. MAKE." - Joss Whedon


  • "I wake up every morning and think to myself, 'how far can I push this company in the next 24 hours." - Leah Busque


  • "The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday."


  • "The secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks." - Jack Penn


  • "If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it." - Elon Musk


  • "It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed." -Theodore Roosevelt



  • "Winners are losers who got up and gave it one more try." - Dennis DeYoung


  • "Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground." - Theodore Roosevelt


  • "To reach a port, we must sail - Sail, not tie at anchor - Sail, not drift." - Franklin Roosevelt


  • "Don't bunt. Aim out of the ballpark." - David Ogilvy


  • "Aim at the sun, and you may not reach it, but your arrow will fly far higher than if aimed at an object on a level with yourself." - J. Howes


  • "Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment." - Jim Rohn


  • "He who has a why to live can bear almost any how." - Fredrich Nietzsche


  • "To sit back and let fate play its hand out and never influence it is not the way man was meant to operate." - John Glenn


  • "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." - Confucius


  • "The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be captive of the environment in which you first find yourself." - Mark Caine


  • "It's better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than at the top of the one you don't." - Stephen Kellogg


  • "The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." - Steve Jobs


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


  • "You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you have to overcome to reach your goals." - Booker T. Washington


  • "A good archer is known not by his arrows, but by his aim." - Thomas Fuller


  • It's no use going back to yesterday because I was a different person then." - Lewis Carroll


  • "May my heart be brave, my mind be fierce and my spirit be free."


  • "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. - George Bernard Shaw



  • "Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheel are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance." - Brian Tracy


  • "Some succeed because they are destined. Some succeed because they are determined."


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


  • "If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today." - E. Joseph Cossman


  • "Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination." - Roy Goodman


  • "Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you." - George Whitefield


  • "The world is more malleable than you think and it's waiting for you to hammer into shape." - Bono


  • "Sometimes you just have to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you." - Dr. Phil


  • "A river cuts through a rock, not because of its power but its persistence."


  • "Being somewhere. You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do." - Liz Smith


  • "People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success." - Norman Vincent Peale


  • "Don't limit your challenges. Challenge your limits."


  • "Sometimes when you're in a dark place you think you've been buried but you've actually been planted. - Christine Caine


  • "Your work is going to fill up a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it." - Steve Jobs


  • "It's harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb. Continue to seek new goals." - Pat Summitt


  • "Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrificing, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." - Pele


  • "You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours." - Herb Brooks


  • "Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing the monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward." - C.S. Lewis


  • "The big lesson in life is never to be scared of anyone or anything." - Frank Sinatra


  • "If you're too comfortable, it's time to move on. Terrified of what's next? You're on the right track." - Susan Fales-Hill


  • "She remembered who she was and the game changed." - Lelah Deliah


  • "I didn't get there by wishing for it, but by working for it." - Estee Lauder


  • "When someone says you can't do it, do it twice and take pictures."


  • "It's not all sunshine and rainbows, but a good amount of it actually is."



  • "Don't compare yourself to others. Be like the sun and the moon and shine when it's time."


  • "Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself." - Rumi


  • "You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending." - C.S. Lewis


  • "A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence." - Sonia Sotomayer


  • "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." - Ayn Rand


  • "I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse." - Florence Nightingale


  • "The only thing standing in the way between you and your goal is the BS story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it." - Jordan Belfort


  • "Try not to become a man of success, but rather become a man of value." - Albert Einstein


  • "There may be people that have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you." - Derek Jeter


  • "Wealth isn't about having a lot of money, it's about having a lot of options." - Chris Rock


  • "It's not what you do once in a while, it's what you do day in and day out that makes the difference." - Jenny Craig


  • "You can't have a million-dollar dream on a minimum wage work ethic."


  • "Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose." - G.K. Nielson


  • "Work hard for what you want because it won't come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive." - Leah LaBelle



  • "Vision doesn't usually come as a lightning bolt. Rather it comes as a slow crystallization of life challenges that we one day recognize as a beautiful diamond with great value to ourselves and others." - Dr. Michael Norwood


  • "Unsuccessful people make their decisions based on their current situations. Successful people make their decisions based on where they want to be." - Benjamin Hardy


  • "The only difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra." - Jimmy Johnson


  • "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison


  • "If everything seems to be under control, you're not going fast enough." - Mario Andretti


  • "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." - Tim Notke


  • “Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein." - H. Jackson Brown Jr.


  • "Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great." - Machiavelli


  • "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." -Thomas Jefferson


  • "Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


  • "We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • "Amateurs sit around and wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and get to work." - Stephen King


  • "At any given moment you have the power to say: this is not how the story is going to end."


  • "Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes." - Elanor Roosevelt


  • "If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way." - Napoleon Hill


  • "The big secret in life is that there is no secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work." - Oprah Winfrey


  • "The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it." - Mother Teresa



  • "Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives. One of the best ways we get the most from the energy we have is to focus it. That is what goals can do for us; concentrate our energy." - Denis Waitley


  • "Don't be a time manager, be a priority manager. Cut your major goals into bite-sized pieces. Each small priority or requirement on the way to the ultimate goal becomes a mini goal in itself." - Denis Waitley


  • "Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." - Vincent Van Gogh


  • "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." - Michael Jordan


  • "Many great ideas go unexpected and many great executioners are without ideas. One without the other is worthless." - Tim Blixseth


  • "Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." - Martin Luther King Jr.


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


  • "If you hear a voice within say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced." - Vincent Van Gogh


  • "I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that's how you grow. When there's that moment of 'Wow, I'm not really sure I can do this,' and you push through these moments, that's when you have a breakthrough." - Marissa Mayer


  • "If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on." - Sheryl Sandberg


  • "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle


  • "Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can." - Richard Bach


  • "There are only two rules for being successful. One, figure out exactly what you want to do, and two, do it." - Mario Cuomo


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


  • "Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but don't quit." - Conrad Hilton


  • "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm." - Sir Winston Churchill


  • "There are two primary choices in life; to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them." - Dr. Denis Waitley


  • "Anyone can do something when they WANT to do it. Really successful people do things when they don't want to do it." - Dr. Phil


  • "Work in silence, let your success be the noise." - Frank Ocean


  • "Don't be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart." - Roy T. Bennett


  • "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." - Kurt Cobain


  • "You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction." - George Lorimer


  • "You can waste your life drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them." - Shonda Rhimes


  • "Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground." - Theodore Roosevelt


  • "People with goals succeed because they know where they're going." - Earl Nightingale


  • "If you believe it'll work out, you'll see opportunities. If you don't believe it'll work out, you'll see obstacles." - Wayne Dyer


  • "The hard days are what make you stronger." -Aly Raisman


  • "An idea can turn into dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it." - Bill Bernbach


  • "Flops are a part of life's menu and I've never been a girl to miss out on any of the courses." - Rosalind Russell


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





Breaking Goals Down into Smaller Bite-Sized Pieces


  • "If you work on something a little bit every day, you end up with something that is massive." - Kenneth Goldsmith


  • "Go as far as you can see, and when you can get there you will see farther." - Orison Swett Marden


  • Focus less on one big win. Focus more on consistent small ones.


  • Break any problem into, or make changes in, small increments. - Anne Grant


  • "Success isn't always about greatness. It's about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come. - Dwayne Johnson









Motivational Quotes About Overcoming Fear


  • "You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore."


  • "The best way out is through." - Robert Frost


  • "I would rather regret the things I have done, than the things I have not."


  • "Do one thing every day that scares you." - Eleanor Roosevelt


  • "We need to accept that we won't always make the right decisions, that we'll screw up royally sometimes - understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success." - Arianna Huffington


  • "Your passion is waiting for your courage to catch up." - Isabelle Lafleche


  • "You can either experience the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The choice is yours."


  • "I can't understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I'm frightened by old ones." - John Cage


  • "Decide whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying." - Amelia Earhart


  • "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." - John D. Rockefeller


  • "What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" - Robert H. Schuller


  • "The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one." - Elbert Hubbard


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The Best Motivational Quotes Showing How You Learn As You Go


  • "Smart people learn from everything and everyone, average people learn from their experiences, stupid people already have all the answers." - Socrates


  • "It's no use going back to yesterday because I was a different person then." - Lewis Carroll


  • "Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want." - Dan Stanford


  • "It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end" - Ernest Hemingway


  • "If you worry about yesterday's failures, then today's successes will be few."


  • "Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now." - Denis Waitley








The Best Motivational Quotes Showing Now is the Best Time to Reach Your Goals


  • "It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot


  • "Nobody is too busy. It's just a matter of priorities."


  • "Don't wait. Life goes faster than you think."


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


  • "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


  • "People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine." - Brian Tracy


  • "You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream." - C.S. Lewis


  • "I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well." - Diane Ackerman


  • "Don't rush the process. Good things take time."


  • "Never give up a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." - Earl Nightingale


  • "A goal without a timeline is just a dream." -Robert Herjavec


  • "It is never too late to be who you might have been." - George Eliot


  • "Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."


  • "If a goal is worth having, it's worth blocking out the time in your day-to-day life necessary to achieve it." - Jill Koenig





Motivational Quotes That Show You Reach Your Goals by Hustling


  • "Hustlers don't sleep, they nap."


  • "Hustle in silence and let your success make noise."


  • "Work like there is someone working twenty-four hours a day to take it away from you." - Mark Cuban


  • "Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far." - Gary Vaynerchuk


  • "Greatness only comes before hustle in the dictionary." - Ross Simmonds


  • "Every successful person in the world is a hustler one way or another. We all hustle to get where we need to be. Only a fool would sit around and wait on another man to feed him." - K'wan


  • "Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits." - Thomas Edison


  • "Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle." - Abraham Lincoln


  • "No one is to blame for your future situation but yourself. If you want to be successful, then become successful." - Jaymin Shah


  • "The best way to predict the future is to create it." - Abraham Lincoln


  • "The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra."


  • "Don't dream about success. Get out there and work for it."






The Best Short and Sweet Motivational Goal Quotes


  • "Do what you have to until you can do what you want to." - Oprah Winfrey


  • "If you haven't found it yet, keep looking." - Steve Jobs


  • "Don't call it a Dream, call it a Plan."


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


  • "It always seems impossible until it's done."


  • "The secret of getting ahead is getting started." - Mark Twain


  • "Impossible is just an opinion." - Paulo Coelho


  • "May my heart be brave, my mind fierce, and my spirit free."


  • "Opportunities don't happen. You create them." - Chris Grosser


  • "Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement." - Brian Tracy


  • "Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into visible." - Tony Robbins


  • "It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves." - Edmund Hillary


  • "Believe you can and you're halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt


  • "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." - Babe Ruth


  • "Life is trying things to see if they work." - Ray Bradbury


  • "Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen" - Conan O'Brien


  • "In a gentle way, you can shake the world." - Mahatma Gandhi


  • "Sunshine all the time makes a desert." - Arabic Proverb


  • "Be happy with what you have while working with what you want." - Helen Keller


  • "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." - Arthur Ashe