100 Inspirational Quotes to Motivate you to Succeed

Everyone will face challenges that can impede their road to success. But through those failures, we can push through our mistakes and grow.

Even the individuals who are the most successful and experienced have had setbacks and failures in the past. From their experiences, they’ve learned from their mistakes and turned those challenges into success. 

We’ve curated a list of our favourite 100 Inspirational Quotes to motivate you to succeed. These quotes from some of the most successful individuals can provide a source of inspiration and motivation to help you succeed in your studying, work, and other endeavours.

Inspirational Quotes About Growing and Learning

“I never lose. Either I win or learn.” – Nelson Mandela
  1. “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy
  2. “Strive for progress, not perfection.”
  3. “The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates
  4. “You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.” – Barack Obama
  5. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
  6. “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” – John Maxwell
  7. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson
  8. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
  9. “Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn
  10. “There are two kinds of people in this world: those who want to get things done and those who don’t want to make mistakes.” – John Maxwell
  11. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 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
  12. “I never lose. Either I win or learn.” – Nelson Mandela
  13. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” ― Helen Keller
  14. “Smart people learn from everything and everyone, average people from their experiences, stupid people already have all the answers.” – Socrates
  15. “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” – The Lion King

Motivational Quotes to Work Hard:

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” - Jimmy Johnson
  1. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills
  2. “Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.”
  3. “Some people dream of accomplishing great things. Others stay awake and make it happen.”
  4. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” -Henry Ford
  5. “If today you are a little bit better than you were yesterday, then that’s enough.” – David A. Bednar
  6. “There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas Edison
  7. “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson
  8. “You don’t always get what you wish for; you get what you work for.
  9.  “It’s not about how bad you want it. It’s about how hard you’re willing to work for it.”
  10. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vidal Sassoon
  11. “There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.” – Zig Ziglar
  12. “If people only knew how hard I’ve worked to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” – Michelangelo
  13. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” -Abraham Lincoln
  14. “I choose to make the rest of my life, the best of my life.” – Louise Hay
  15. “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” -Steve Jobs
  16. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” ― Abraham Lincoln

Quotes to Motivate You to Overcome Procrastination and Begin Your Journey

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb
  1. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
  2. “Today is your opportunity to build the tomorrow you want.” – Ken Poirot
  3. “I don’t regret the things I’ve done. I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance.”
  4. “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
  5. “It’s never too late for a new beginning in your life.” – Joyce Meyers
  6. “Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.”
  7. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
  8. “The expert in everything was once a beginner.”
  9. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
  10. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb
  11. “If something is important enough, even if the odds are stacked against you, you should still do it.” – Elon Musk
  12. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” -Walt Disney
  13. “Every champion was once a contender that didn’t give up.” – Gabby Douglas
  14. “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you’ll be doomed if you don’t try.” – Beverly Sills
  15. “If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” – Lemony Snicket

Motivational Quotes About Believing in Yourself

“Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come.” – Unknown
  1. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
  2. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead
  3. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
  4. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden
  5. “Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come.” – Unknown
  6. “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”
  7. “Don’t quit yet, the worst moments are usually followed by the most beautiful silver linings. You have to stay strong, remember to keep your head up and remain hopeful.” – Unknown
  8. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” -Aristotle

Quotes about Percieveiring Through Challenges

"You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated." -Maya Angelou
  1. “Whenever You Find Yourself Doubting How Far You Can Go, Just Remember How Far You Have Come. Remember Everything You Have Faced, All The Battles You Have Won, And All The Fears You Have Overcome.”
  2. “The real test is not whether you avoid this failure because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” -Barack Obama
  3. “You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated.” -Maya Angelou
  4. “Growth Is Painful. Change Is Painful. But Nothing Is As Painful As Staying Stuck Somewhere You Don’t Belong.”
  5. “A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.” – Richard Nixon
  6. “Sometimes You Have To Get Knocked Down Lower Than You Have Ever Been To Stand Back Up Taller Than You Ever Were.”
  7. “Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine
  8. “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston S. Churchill
  9. “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” -Charles Swindoll
  10. “Life has two rules: 1) Never quit. 2) Always remember Rule #1.”
  11. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
  12. “I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs, but by how high he bounces when he hits the bottom.” – George S. Patton
  13. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
  14. The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Nelson Mandela
  15. “Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat is accepted as a reality.” – Bruce Lee
  16. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius
  17. “Don’t let your victories go to your head, or your failures go to your heart.”
  18. “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
  19. “You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.” – Ed Cole
  20. “The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping-stone is how high you raise your foot.”
  21. “The pain you feel today is the strength you will feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is an opportunity for growth.”
  22. “It’s not going to be easy, but it’s going to be worth it.”
  23. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth
  24. “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”― Neil Gaiman
  25. “The hard days are what make you stronger.” – Aly Raisman
  26. “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
  27. “What defines us is how well we rise after falling.” – Lionel from Maid in Manhattan Movie
  28. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” -Thomas A. Edison
  29. “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

Quotes Motivating you to Stop Making Excuses

  1. “If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”
  2. “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.
  3. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan
  4. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Kurt Cobain
  5. “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” -John Lennon
  6. “The big lesson in life is never be scared of anyone or anything.” – Frank Sinatra
  7.  “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” -Confucius
  8. “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
  9. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale
  10. “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
  11. “I always thought it was me against the world and then one day I realized it’s just me against me.” – Kendrick Lamar
  12. “Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.” – G.K. Nielson
  13. “When Plan “A” doesn’t work, don’t worry, you still have 25 more letters to go through.”
  14. “Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” –Louise L Hay
  15. “You can control two things: your work ethic and your attitude about anything.” – Ali Krieger
  16. “If there is no wind, row.” – Latin Proverb

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