100 Inspiring Quotes to Help You Launch Into 2019

100 Quotes

It has been said that everyone says something worth hearing and passing on at least once in a lifetime. Others, of course, seem fitted to spout wisdom in every other sentence. Here’s a list of 100 inspiring quotes on various topics. Choose the ones that inspire or motivate you and use them in your writing, post them in visible places, and pass them on to others.

  1. “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” – Alexander Graham Bell
  2. “Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” – Ray Kroc
  3. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman
  4. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson
  5. “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” – Robert Kiyosaki
  6. “Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.” – David Bly
  7. “Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day.” – Gary Vaynerchuk
  8. “Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.” – Wilfred Peterson
  9. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in, and day-out.” – Robert Collier
  10. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
  11. “The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra
  12. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
  13. “Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  14. “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
  15. “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” – Napoleon Hill
  16. “Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.” – Milton Erickson
  17. “Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” – Judy Garland
  18. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand
  19. “If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut.” – Albert Einstein
  20. “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.” – Abraham Lincoln
  21. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
  22. “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” – George Bernard Shaw
  23. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  24. “Go for the moon. If you don’t get it, you’ll still be heading for a star. Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of the creative effort.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  25. “We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret.” – Earl Nightingale
  26. “Our greatest fear should not be of failure … but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” – Francis Chan
  27. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb
  28. “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a better place… to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  29. “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” – Richard Branson
  30. “An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down.” – Reid Hoffman
  31. “We will be soldiers, so our sons may be farmers, so their sons may be artists.”- Thomas Jefferson.
  32. “Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.” – Arnold H. Glasgow
  33. “Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat.” – Malcolm S. Forbes
  34. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso
  35. “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.” – Albert Ellis
  36. “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure which is: Try to please everybody.” – Herbert B. Swope
  37. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” – George Lorimer
  38. “Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
  39. “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.” – Olin Miller
  40. “The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do.” – Roy L. Smith
  41. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball
  42. “Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” – Orison Swett Marden
  43. “Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.” – George Bernard Shaw
  44. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale
  45. “Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” – Vincent Van Gogh
  46. “Follow effective actions with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” – Peter Drucker
  47. “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” – Albert Einstein
  48. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King
  49. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln
  50. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John R. Wooden
  51. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
  52. “Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.” – Erich Fromm
  53. “Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.” – Brian Tracy
  54. “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” – Abraham Maslow
  55. “Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” – George Sheehan
  56. “Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” – Mae Jemison
  57. “The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” – Benjamin Disraeli
  58. “There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.” – Ray Goforth
  59. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” – Napoleon Hill
  60. “Get busy living, or get busy dying.” Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption.
  61. “You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.” – Clay P. Bedford
  62. “After every difficulty, ask yourself two questions: “What did I do right?” and “What would I do differently?” – Brian Tracy
  63. “Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.” – Leo Buscaglia
  64. “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” – Oprah Winfrey
  65. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
  66. “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer
  67. “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” – Mark Caine
  68. “In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  69. “For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” – Harry F. Banks
  70. “Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge
  71. “Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.” – Dalai Lama
  72. “Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” – Buddha
  73. “People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” – Tony Robbins
  74. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau
  75. “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” – Dale Carnegie
  76. “Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.” – David M. Burns
  77. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
  78. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton
  79. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi
  80. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain
  81. “Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” – George S. Patton
  82. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett
  83. “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” – Oscar Wilde
  84. “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar
  85. “If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents. Value what you know and start charging for it.” – Kim Garst
  86. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee
  87. “Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.” – Peter Drucker
  88. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  89. “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” – Albert Einstein
  90. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. – Booker T. Washington
  91. “To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when no one else will.” – Sugar Ray Robinson
  92. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein
  93. “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas Edison
  94. “Never be ashamed! There’s some who will hold it against you, but they are not worth bothering with.” – J.K. Rowling
  95. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
  96. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey
  97. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”- Warren Buffett
  98. “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  99. “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”- Katharine Hepburn
  100. “As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.”- President Donald Trump

Launch into 2019 with purpose and drive! Share your favorite quotes with us in the comments below.

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Two of my favorite quotes from two of my favorite presidents.
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

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