100 Quotes to Inspire, Motivate and Encourage You [Part II]

by | May 19, 2016 | Quotes

100 Quotes to Inspire, Motivate and Encourage You [Part II] This is the second in a two part series. You can see Part I here.

The right quote at just the right time can have the power to inspire, motivate and encourage.

Here are 100 quotes to help you refocus; hopefully a few will speak to you at just the right time!


“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” ― Muhammad Ali

“Managers light a fire under people, leaders light a fire in people.” -Unknown

“You will choose one, either: the pain of discipline, or the pain of consequences. One pain constructs, the other destructs. Choose wisely!” -Ron Alvesteffer

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” -Proverbs 14:23

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its entire life believing that it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein

“Excuses, no matter how valid, never lead to achievement.” -Unknown

“There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” -Robert Kennedy

“If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.” -Tony Gaskins

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” -John Quincy Adams

“When you are going through a hard time and wondering where God is, remember the teacher is always quiet during the test.” -Unknown

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” –Stephen Covey

“The only thing that stands between a person and what they want in life is the will to try it and the faith to believe it is possible.” –Rich DeVos

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill

“Do or do not, there is no try.” -Yoda

“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.” -Anthony Robbins

“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” -George Lorimer

“You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” -Wayne Gretzky

“Everything you do is based on the choices you make. It’s not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather, an argument, or your age that is to blame. You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make, period.” — Brenda Slavin from Elements of Your Life

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” –Zig Ziglar

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” -Muhammad Ali

“One of the marks of superior people is that they are action-oriented. One of the marks of average people is that they are talk-oriented.” -Brian Tracy

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” ― Zig Ziglar

“To succeed in life we must stay within our strength zone but move out of our comfort zone.” -John Maxwell

“Those who say that it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it!” -Unknown

“God’s plans for your life far exceed the circumstances of your day.” -Louie Giglio

“Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you into giving up on yours.” -Unknown

“Being a leader doesn’t give you “authority” to make decisions on your own. That’s weak. Great leaders surround themselves with a strong team (NOT a committee) and bounce their ideas off of them. If you can’t convince others you have a great idea….maybe you don’t!” -Ron Alvesteffer

“Never never never give up.” -Winston Churchill

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” -George Bernard Shaw

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door!” -Milton Berle

“Change is inevitable, growth is optional.” -John Maxwell

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” -Steve Jobs

“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when I know there are footprints on the moon.” -Paul Brandt

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” -Steve Jobs

“You can do anything, but not everything. -Anonymous

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” –Ayn Rand

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” -Seneca

“Good leaders inspire people to have confidence in the leader. Great leaders inspire people to have confidence in themselves.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.” -Vince Lombardi

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” -Herman Melville

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.” -Dale Carnegie

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” -Dale Carnegie

“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

“The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.” -Denis Waitley

“Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” -Robert Kiyosaki

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear–not absence of fear.” -Mark Twain

“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

“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

The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning; to create a product or service to make the world a better place.” -Guy Kawasaki

“We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret.” -Earl Nightingale


100 Quotes to Inspire, Motivate and Encourage You [Part II] This is the second in a two part series. You can see Part I here.

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I am the President & CEO of Service Express, a National Best & Brightest Company to Work For. Service Express has averaged double digit growth every year since 2001.

We attribute our success to a unique corporate culture that we call The Service Express Way. I am a member of the Young President Organization and sit on the Board of the Spectrum Health Foundation.