Keep The Drive Alive: 100 Of The Most Inspiring Quotes Of All Time



  • “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 Watley
  • “Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” Stephen A. Brennan
  • “Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” Fitzhugh Dodson
  • “Goals are dreams with deadlines.” Diana Scharf Hunt
  • “You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures.” Charles C. Noble
  • “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.” Sydney Smith
  • “Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.” Aristotle
  • “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David Thoreau
  • “You can’t hit a home run unless you step up to the plate. You can’t catch a fish unless you put your line in the water. You can’t reach your goals if you don’t try.” Kathy Seligman
  • “Crystallize your goals. Make a plan for achieving them and set yourself a deadline. Then, with supreme confidence, determination and disregard for obstacles and other people’s criticisms, carry out your plan.” Paul Meyer
  • “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” Bill Copeland
  • “Choosing a goal and sticking to it changes everything.” Scott Reed
  • “The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.” Benjamin Mays
  • “Progress has little to do with speed, but much to do with direction.” Unknown
  • “The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.” Ralph Waldo Emereson
  • “You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals.” Booker T. Washington
  • “Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” Bo Jackson
  • “Goals help focus you on areas in both your personal and professional life that are important and meaningful, rather than being guided by what other people want you to be, do, or accomplish.” Catherine Pulsifer
  • “Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.” Les Brown
  • “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” Zig Ziglar
  • “It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.” Brian Tracy
  • “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land amongst the stars.” Les Brown



  • “We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.” C. Malesherbes
  • “Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Francis of Assisi
  • “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” Anatole France
  • “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Dale Carnegie
  • “Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do.” Anonymous
  • “Never be satisfied with what you achieve, because it all pales in comparison with what you are capable of doing in the future.” Rabbi Nochem Kaplan
  • “High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” Jack Kinder



  • “Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.” Theodore N. Vail
  • “You can’t fly a kite unless you go against the wind and have a weight to keep it from turning a somersault. The same with man. No man will succeed unless he is ready to face and overcome difficulties and is prepared to assume responsibilities.” William J.H. Boetcker
  • “Undertake something that is difficult; it will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” Ronald E. Osborn
  • “Our greatest battles are that with our own minds.” Jameson Frank
  • “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” Horne, Lena
  • “Difficulties should act as a tonic. They should spur us to greater exertion.” B. C. Forbes
  • “Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” William E. Channing
  • “Triumphs without difficulties are empty. Indeed, it is difficulties that make the triumph. It is no feat to travel the smooth road.” Unknown
  • “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” Henry Ford
  • “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein
  • “To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like.” Mike Gafka
  • “For every mountain there is a miracle.” Robert H. Schuller
  • “Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it.” Washington Irving
  • “A desire can overcome all objections and obstacles.” Gunderson
  • “Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them… they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight.” Orison Swett Marden
  • “The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges.” Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “It’s not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get up again.” Vince Lombardi
  • “Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” Norman Vincent Peale
  • “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” Bernice Johnson Reagon



  • “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” Jim Ryun
  • “In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.” Jane Smiley
  • “Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.” Stephen R. Covey
  • “Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes.” Kenneth Hildebrand
  • “People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.” Andrew Carnegie
  • “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” Wayne Dyer



  • “Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.” Denis Waitley
  • “The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed.” Richard B. Sheridan
  • “A determined person will do more with a pen and paper, than a lazy person will accomplish with a personal computer.” Catherine Pulsifer
  • “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” Tommy Lasorda
  • “If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” Rosalyn Carter
  • “What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.” Alexander Graham Bell
  • “There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • “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 was courage, faith, endurance and a dogged determination to surmount all obstacles that built this bridge.” John J. Watson
  • “So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win.” Og Mandino
  • “Within each of us is a hidden store of determination. Determination to keep us in the race when all seems lost.” Roger Dawson
  • “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” Og Mandino
  • “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” George Lorimer
  • “We will either find a way, or make one!” Hannibal
  • “Never stop. One stops as soon as something is about to happen.” Peter Brock



  • “The greatest results in life are usually attained by simple means and the exercise of ordinary qualities. These may for the most part be summed up in these two – common sense and perseverance.” Owen Feltham
  • “The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success.” David Sarnoff
  • “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” Walter Elliott
  • “Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.” Napoleon Hill
  • “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
  • “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” Margaret Thatcher
  • “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” Samuel Johnson
  • “Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown.” H. Ross Perot
  • “A jug fills drop by drop.” Buddha
  • “If you want to get somewhere you have to know where you want to go and how to get there. Then never, never, never give up.” Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Perseverance is a great element of success; if you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate you are sure to wake up somebody.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • “Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth.” Julie Andrews



  • “Men are born to succeed, not fail.” Henry David Thoreau
  • “That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” Abraham Lincoln
  • “People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.” Anne Sullivan
  • “The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.” Mark Twain
  • “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden
  • “Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.” Henry Ward Beecher
  • “What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?” Robert Schuller
  • “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” William Feather
  • “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” Robert Collier
  • “Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.” Lowell Thomas
  • “It takes 20 years to make an overnight success.” Eddie Cantor
  • “The first and most important step toward success is the feeling that we can succeed.” Nelson Boswell

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