Quotes about Motivation

"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."

Ayn Rand (February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1905 – March 6, 1982) was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism.


"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher who was trained as a medical doctor.He wrote influential books on the young science of psychology, educational psychology, psychology of religious experience and mysticism, and on the philosophy of pragmatism.


"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later."

Augustine "Og" Mandino II (December 12, 1923 – September 3, 1996) was an American author. He wrote the bestselling book The Greatest Salesman in the World. His books have sold over 50 million copies and have been translated into over twenty-five different languages.


"Go big or go home. Because it's true. What do you have to lose?"

Eliza Patricia Dushku (born December 30, 1980) is an American actress best known for her television roles.


"I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be."

Kenneth Venturi (born May 15, 1931) is an American former professional golfer and golf broadcaster.


"If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much."

Jim Rohn (September 17, 1930 - December 5, 2009) was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker.


"If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success."

John Davison Rockefeller (July 8, 1839 – May 23, 1937) was an American oil magnate. Rockefeller revolutionized the petroleum industry and defined the structure of modern philanthropy.


"One may miss the mark by aiming too high as too low."

Thomas Fuller (1608 – 16 August 1661) was an English churchman and historian. He is now remembered for his writings, particularly his Worthies of England, published after his death. He was a prolific author, and one of the first English writers able to live by his pen.


"Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines."

Robert Harold Schuller (born September 16, 1926) is an American televangelist, pastor, and author known around the world through the weekly Hour of Power television broadcast that he founded in 1970.


"Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned."

Dr. Peter Marshall (May 27, 1902 – January 26, 1949) was a Scottish-American preacher, and twice served as Chaplain of the United States Senate.