25 Profound Motivational Quotes

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

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