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25 Profound Motivational Quotes

by SelfDevelopment on July 18, 2011 · 19 comments

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Below are 25 of the most profound motivational quotes ever spoken:

1. The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. –Paul Valery

2. The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence and educational advantages; the question is what he will do with the things he has. The moment a young man ceases to dream or to bemoan his lack of opportunities and resolutely looks his conditions in the face, and resolves to change them, he lays the corner-stone of a solid and honorable success. –HamiltonWright Mabie

3. The way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. –Socrates

4. The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can. –Robert Cushing

5. The searching-out and thorough investigation of truth ought to be the primary study of man. –Cicero

6. Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. –Louis Pasteur

7. Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure. –Edward Eggleston

8. The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling. –Lucretius

9. He who would do some great thing in this short life, must apply himself to the work with such a concentration of his forces as to the idle spectators, who live only to amuse themselves, looks like insanity. –John Foster

10. Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance. –Samuel Johnson

11. Do not think that what is hard for thee to master is impossible for man; but if a thing is possible and proper to man, deem it attainable by thee. –Marcus Aurelius

12. It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. –Confucius

13. The only journey is the journey within. –Rainer Maria Rilke

14. Know thyself means this, that you get acquainted with what you know, and what you can do. –Menander

15. Collect as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous. –Abd-el-Kadar

16. If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old. –Lord Chesterfield

17. If you have an hour, will you not improve that hour, instead of idling it away? –Lord Chesterfield

18. Follow your honest convictions, and stay strong. –William Thackeray

19. He that will not reflect is a ruined man. –Asian Proverb

20. Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow. –Doug Firebaugh

21. Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still. –Chinese Proverb

22. God ever works with those who work with will. –Aeschylus

23. Insist on yourself. Never imitate. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

24. Your real influence is measured by your treatment of yourself.  –A. Bronson Alcott

25. Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

List your own profound quote below.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Suzanne August 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker


Squalleohart August 14, 2011 at 11:28 am

 Nearly all men can stand adversity. But if you want to test a man’s character,  give him power.

~ Abraham Lincoln


Movers Sydney October 3, 2011 at 8:13 am

Great Words. These kind of teaching makes the man superior to other species.


KenB December 2, 2011 at 1:02 am

Great list of quotes here. I didn’t recognize any of them. So they are all new to me. Thanks for that.


Brianna January 15, 2012 at 11:21 pm

“How can you tell me the sky is the limit when theres footprints on the moon?”


debi G January 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Believe in yourself, and all that you are, know that there is something inside you bigger than any obstacle


Helsangel March 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Don’t reach for the moon if you are going to let the stars go by.


Rupert Drew April 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Live until you die. Don’t die until you’re dead.


enderson tejada May 4, 2012 at 12:18 am

All man dream but not equally, those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous man for they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible.
T.E Lawrence


Ahab June 28, 2012 at 9:10 am

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning to dance in the rain


LWatson1966 August 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I like long quotes, because I appreciate a complete thought. If you want to tell me your life story, let’s meet for coffee and pie. ~ Liz Watson


LWatson1966 August 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm

I like long texts, because I appreciate a complete thought. If you want to tell me your life story, let’s meet for coffee and pie. ~ Liz Watson


ed February 6, 2013 at 11:27 pm

the spirit of man had no beginning. Nor will it have an end. JS


Toby April 13, 2013 at 2:39 am

Try to be the person you want people to think you are.


Vivian May 5, 2013 at 10:34 pm

unable are the loved to die for love is immortality.-Emily Dickinson


Cider si May 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Do unto others as they do to you then fuck off before the police get there
.…Roy chubby brown


Cider si May 22, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Live each day as if its your last cause one day you will be right
… Jethro


Annie M.Grant June 26, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Love much, Hate Less you will be a happier person.


Chris Simmons August 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm

The most painful moment isnt the truth in the answers, its the scars in the questions we are to afraid to ask. -Chris S.


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