Quotes about motivation provide an introduction to the subject of motivation. As self discovery is an individual journey and individuals are all motivated in slightly different ways, these quotes are offerred to provide us with ideas to stimulate our motivation.
Understanding our own motivation is an important part of the self discovery journey. Moshe Feldenkrais in the following quote gives us a picture of our individuality that may help us to increase this understanding.
Each one of us speaks, moves, thinks and feels in a different way, each according to the image of himself that he has built up over the years. In order to change our mode of action, we must change the image of ourselves that we carry within us. Moshe Feldenkrais
General quotes about motivation have been included to give an idea of the big picture.
Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one's potential. Bruce Lee
The challenge of learning and trying to do something better than in the past, is irresistible. Richard Branson
Be miserable, or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice. Wayne Dyer
I was motivated to be different in part because I was different. Donna Brazile
In motivating people, you've got to engage their minds and their hearts. I motivate people, I hope, by example - and perhaps by excitement, by having productive ideas to make others feel involved. Rupert Murdoch
Mistakes come from acting hastily or from acting in fear or doubt or in forgetfulness of the right motive, which is more life to all and less to none. Wallace D Wattles
People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. Zig Ziglar
Striving for excellence motivates you, striving for perfection is demoralizing. Harriet Braiker
Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes. Kenneth Hildebrand
Your subconscious mind records your inner motivations, thoughts and feelings. Joseph Murphy
Motivation and Action
Motivation and action are closely related. Perhaps you are interested in self discovery or some other subject but can't seem to get started. These quotes about motivation can give some ideas as to why that may be.
A person must not only think but his personal action must supplement his thoughts. Wallace D Wattles
If you focus on what you desire and still feel overwhelmed or anxious, then you are not ready for any action. Dr Robert Anthony
Someone once asked me what is the hardest part about creating what you want? My reply was 'Learning to stop figuring out how you will get what you want.' if you try to figure out how you will get what you want you will limit yourself to what your ego or conditioned mind can do. The key to creating what you want is to turn your desire or your goal over to your subconscious which is connected to the Universal Mind or Universal Subconscious and let it bring the goal to you and you to your goal. Dr Robert Anthony
He stood there before me, looking like an ordinary tramp, but there was something in the expression of his face which conveyed the impression that he was determined to get what he had come after. I had learned, from years of experience with men, that when a man really desires a thing so deeply that he is willing to stake his entire future on a single turn of the wheel in order to get it, he is sure to win. I gave him the opportunity he asked for because I saw he had made up his mind to stand by until he succeeded. Thomas Edison
It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life and in change there is power. Alan Cohen
Motivation and Creativity
Quotes about motivation and creativity show us another aspect. Remember that what we are taught and the beliefs we develop affect what we can do. The following motivation quotes show the role of creativity in our lives. More quotes about creativity can be found here.
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. Ayn Rand
Desire, like the atom, is explosive with creative force. Paul Vernon Buser
It is not your part to guide or supervise the creative process. All you have to do with that is to retain your vision, stick to your purpose and maintain your faith and gratitude. Wallace D Wattles
Your vision and faith will set the creative force in motion to bring it toward you and your action will cause the forces in your own environment to move you toward the place you want. Wallace D Wattles
Motivation, Belief, Thought and Attitude
The way we think, what we believe and our attitudes will affect our motivation. The following quotes about motivation provide some ideas on how they affect it.
I really believe that you have to write what you love and if you hold back or water it down you're cheating on yourself and your future readers. I also think that it's harder to sell because the passion won't be in the writing. Almost every editor I've spoken to has said that they buy because they love a book. Often they can't articulate why they love it but usually when pushed they'll say 'voice and characters'. Alison Brennen
Movement is life. Without movement life is unthinkable. Moshe Feldenkrais
If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes. Andrew Carnegie
Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning. Mahatma Gandhi
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. W W Ziege
Your future is in your mind now, based on your habitual thinking and beliefs. Joseph Murphy
Yesterday's thoughts have created your present. Today's thoughts are creating your future. James Newman
The page has included quotes from some other subjects that are linked to it. More and different subjects that are linked to motivation can be found through the motivational quotes page here and throughout the other quotes pages on this site.
I have one major rule: Everybody is right. More specifically, everybody - including me - has some important pieces of truth and all of those pieces need to be honored, cherished and included in a more gracious, spacious and compassionate embrace. Ken Wilbur