Quotes about Motivation

"There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment."

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale (May 31, 1898 – December 24, 1993) was a Protestant preacher and author (most notably of The Power of Positive Thinking) and a progenitor of the theory of "positive thinking".


"A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one."

Mary Kay Ash (May 12, 1918 – November 22, 2001) was an American businesswoman and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc.


"Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch."

Ivern Ball (-)


"If you have zest and enthusiasm, you attract zest and enthusiasm, life does give back in kind."

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale (May 31, 1898 – December 24, 1993) was a Protestant preacher and author (most notably of The Power of Positive Thinking) and a progenitor of the theory of "positive thinking".


"Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion, you must set yourself on fire first."

Reginald Joseph Leach (born April 23, 1950) is a retired professional ice hockey winger who played in the NHL between 1970 and 1983.


"Men who never get carried away should be."

Malcolm Stevenson Forbes (August 19, 1919 – February 24, 1990) was publisher of Forbes magazine, founded by his father B.C. Forbes and today run by his son Steve Forbes.


"When you meet someone who inspires you, ask for their help."

Unknown [Help Us] (-)


"We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action."

Frank Tibolt (1897-1989) was a writer, motivator and success trainer.


"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."

Jack London (January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone.


"Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius."

Benjamin Disraeli (21 December 1804 – 19 April 1881) was a British Prime Minister, parliamentarian, Conservative statesman and literary figure. He served in government for three decades, twice as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He was the country's first and thus far only Prime Minister who was born Jewish.