MOTIVATION

is the act of being provided with a reason to act a certain way.

“The creative person is willing to live with ambiguity. He doesn't need problems solved immediately and can afford to wait for the right ideas.”

Abe Tannenbaum architect

“We must have a pure, honest, and warm-hearted motivation, and on top of that, determination, optimism, hope, and the ability not to be discouraged. The whole of humanity depends on this motivation. ”

The 14th Dalai Lama (born 1935);

“We are not what we are, nor do we treat or esteem each other for such, but for what we are capable of being.”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862);
naturalist, author, philosopher

“The freedom to be your best means nothing unless you are willing to do your best.”

Colin Powell (born 1937);
65th U.S. Secretary of State

“Morale is a state of mind. It is steadfastness and courage and hope. It is confidence and zeal and loyalty. It is elan, ésprit de corps, and determination.”

George C. Marshall (1880-1959);
U.S. Army general

“Scientists study the world how it is now, but engineers take a paint brush and create a world that has never been before.”

Asher Brandley

“If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.”

Anita Roddick (1942-2007);
founder of The Body Shop

“The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs.”

Vance Havner

“Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832);
philosopher, scientist, author

“Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.”

Vaclav Havel (1936-2011);
poet, playwright, 1st president of Czech Republic

“If I only had three words of advice, they would be, Tell the Truth. If got three more words, I'd add, all the time.”

Randy Pausch (1960-2008);
professor, author

“Despair shows us the limit of our imagination. Imaginations shared create collaboration, and collaboration creates community, and community inspires social change.”

Terry Tempest Williams (born 1955);
Author, Naturalist

“What I admire in Columbus is not his having discovered a world, but his having gone to search for it on the faith of his own opinion.”

Turgot (1727-1781);
French economist, statesman

“The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.”

Ben Stein (born 1944);
actor, writer, political commentator

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919);
26th U.S. President

“If we keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep getting what we're getting.”

Stephen R. Covey (born 1932);
motivational writer

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.”

Tim Duncan (born 1976);
professional basketball player

“If a man does his best, what else is there?”

George S. Patton (1885-1945);
American General in World War I and II

“Be great in act, as you have been in thought.”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616);
dramatist, poet

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865);
16th U.S. President

“Motivation is knowing you are learning, growing, and succeeding toward your desired outcome while sustaining positive momentum.”

Jaren L. Davis

“Defeat should never be a source of discouragement, but rather a fresh stimulus.”

Robert South (1634-1716);
clergyman

“The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.”

George Eliot [Mary Ann Evans] (1819-1880);
novelist, editor

“Thoughts are but dreams till their effects be tried.”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616);
dramatist, poet

“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them. ”

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950);
playwright, Nobel Prize winner

“Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Howard Thurman (1899-1981);
author, philosopher, theologian, educator, civil rights leader

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”

Nido Qubein (born 1948);
Businessman, motivational speaker, educator

“Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up, depends on us.”

L. Thomas Holdcroft

“Morale is a state of mind. It is steadfastness and courage and hope. It is confidence and zeal and loyalty. It is elan, ésprit de corps, and determination. ”

George C. Marshall (1880-1959);
U.S. Army general

“Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.”

Audre Lorde (1934-1992);
writer, poet, and activist

“It's right to be contented with what we have, never with what we are.”

James Mackintosh (1765-1832);
political theorist

“If a man does not know what port he is steering for, no wind is favorable to him.”

Seneca (4-65);
Roman statesman, philosopher

“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”

William Faulkner (1897-1962);
novelist, Nobel Prize winner

“A man knows he has found his vocation when he stops thinking about how to live, and begins to live.”

Thomas Merton (1915-1968);
theologian, author

“You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.”

Henry Ford (1863-1947);
founder of Ford Motor Company

“Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.”

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790);
politician, writer, scientist

“People without firmness of character love to make up a fate for themselves; that relieves them of the necessity of having their own will and of taking responsibility for themselves.”

Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883);
novelist, playwright

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.”

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917);
sculptor

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013);
Former president of South Africa

“When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.”

Anonymous

“When you’re trying to motivate yourself, appreciate the fact that you’re even thinking about making a change. And as you move forward, allow yourself to be good enough.”

Alice Domar, PhD psychologist, author

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