We rise by lifting others.

We rise by lifting others.

Robert Ingersoll

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.

John Holmes

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.

Meister Eckhart

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Arthur Ashe

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Mahatma Gandhi

Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.

Dale Carnegie

Inspiration comes forth from within. It’s what the light burning within you is about, as opposed to motivation, which is doing it because if you don’t do it, there will be negative repercussions. Motivation is making myself do something that I don’t really want to do. Inspiration is having the clear picture of what I am wanting — and letting Universal forces come into play to get the outcome.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in Spokane, WA on July 7, 1999

You don’t motivate individuals. You provide them with an environment to be self-motivated. It is a personal decision, but it’s management’s job to provide the right environment.

Kathy Schofield, Director of Human Resources, HFC Bank (from Mullins, 5th Edition)

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.

Dalai Lama

If I think: "I'm going to meet new people; I'm going to learn something new", I am far more motivated to go to a job, or anywhere that I am resisting.

Annie Zalezsak 28 June 2011

Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.

RL Evans

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

Anne Frank

Virtue means doing the right thing, in relation to the right person, at the right time, to the right extent, in the right manner, and for the right purpose. Thus, to give money away is quite a simple task, but for the act to be virtuous, the donor must give to the right person, for the right purpose, in the right amount, in the right manner, and at the right time.


Leap, and the net will appear.

from The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living doing what you love, there is only scarcity of will to make it happen.

from You’ll See It When You Believe It by Wayne Dyer

Do or do not; there is no try.

Yoda, in the film Star Wars

The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.

Anthony Robbins (see works by Anthony Robbins)

Stop talking to people about what you will do; show them instead what your are doing.

from Living Wonderfully by  Robert Holden (about Robert Holden)

Will today be the day you decide once and for all to make your life consistent with the quality of your spirit? Then start by proclaiming, “This is who i am. This is what my life is about. And this is what I’m going to do. Nothing will stop me from achieving my destiny. I will not be denied!”

from Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins (about Anthony Robbins)

When we tire of well-worn ways, we seek for new. This restless craving in the souls of men spurs them to climb, and to seek the mountain view.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The only certain means of success is to render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what the task may be. This is a habit followed by all successful people since the beginning of time. Therefore I saith the surest way to doom yourself to mediocrity is to perform only the work for which you are paid.

Og Mandino (1923-1996) American motivational author and speaker

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot (1819-1880) English Novelist

It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.

E Merrill Root (1895-1973) American writer

If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it!

Jonathan Winters

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.

Dwight Eisenhower

The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement.  If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond the wildest dreams.

Sidney Madwed, American speaker and poet

Don’t wait for your “ship to come in” and feel angry and cheated when it doesn’t. Get going with something small.

Irene Kassorla

I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do.

Helen Keller (1880-1968) American writer

When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.

Greg Anderson

Life leaps like a geyser for those willing to drill through the rock of inertia.

Alexis Carrel

Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.


Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.

Jean de la Fontaine

Walk around feeling like a leaf.
Know you could tumble any second.
Then decide what to do with your time.

Naomi Shihab Nye

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

Patanjali, spiritual teacher in India (sometimes known as the Father of Yoga) around 2000 years ago

Fulfilling the four needs (spiritual, mental, physical, social) in an integrated way is like combining elements in chemistry. When we reach a "critical mass" of integration, we experience spontaneous combustion – an explosion of inner synergy that ignites the fire within and gives vision, passion, and a spirit of adventure to life.

Stephen Covey

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