The 90 Most Famous Quotes of All Time | Sales

The insight and experience of others is a valuable source of inspiration and motivation. And learning from successful leaders and entrepreneurs is a fantastic way to grow.

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Life throws curveballs. And while there might be blockers to success, it’s imperative to keep pushing with the knowledge mistakes will be made and failure is inevitable.

Even the world’s most successful individuals have experienced their fair share of setbacks and hardships. And there’s much to learn from their challenges as well as their success. So, let’s take a look at some of their quotes to get energized and inspired.

1. “If life were predictable it would cease to be life and be without flavor.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

2. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” –Abraham Lincoln

3. “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. “You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated.” –Maya Angelou

5. “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” –Babe Ruth

6. “Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.” –Oscar Wilde

7. “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” –Tony Robbins

8. “In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.” –Mother Teresa

9. “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” –Albert Einstein

10. “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” –Dalai Lama

11. “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” –John Lennon

12. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” –Mae West

13. “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

14. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” –Henry David Thoreau

15. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” –Nelson Mandela

16. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” –Confucius

17. “May you live all the days of your life.” –Jonathan Swift

18. “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” –Hans Christian Andersen

19. “Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life.” –John Wooden

20. “Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.” –D. H. Lawrence

21. “Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” –Marilyn Monroe

22. “Life is a long lesson in humility.” -James M. Barrie

23. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” –Robert Frost

24. “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.” –Bob Marley

25. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” –Helen Keller

26. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” –Dr. Seuss

27. “Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.” –Charles Dickens

28. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.” –Steve Jobs

29. “Life is trying things to see if they work.” –Ray Bradbury

30. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” –Thomas A. Edison

1. “The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well.” –John D. Rockefeller Jr.

2. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” –Thomas Jefferson

3. “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” –Winston S. Churchill

4. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” –Walt Disney

5. “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember — the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.” –Zig Ziglar

6. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” –Henry David Thoreau

7. “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” –Estee Lauder

8. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit.” –Conrad Hilton

9. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” –Colin Powell

10. “The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” –Barack Obama

11. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” –Franklin D. Roosevelt

12. “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” –Herman Melville

13. “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” –Jim Rohn

14. “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” –Colin R. Davis

15. “I failed my way to success.” –Thomas Edison

16. “If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” –James Cameron

17. “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” –Steve Jobs

18. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” –David Brinkley

19. “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” –John Wooden

20. “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” –Albert Einstein

21. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” –John D. Rockefeller

22. “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.” –Abraham Lincoln

23. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” –Winston Churchill

24. “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.” –Oprah Winfrey

25. “If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” –Thomas J. Watson

26. “If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it — teach yourself to be impatient.” –Gurbaksh Chahal

27. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” –Vidal Sassoon

28. “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” –Jim Rohn

29. “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” –Alexander Graham Bell

30. “People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” –Tony Robbins

1. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” –Theodore Roosevelt

2. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou

4. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” –Ayn Rand

5. “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” –Vince Lombardi

6. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” –Henry Ford

7. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” –Wayne Gretzky

8. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” –Mother Teresa

9. “You become what you believe.” –Oprah Winfrey

10. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” –Amelia Earhart

11. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” –Anne Frank

12. “An unexamined life is not worth living.” –Socrates

13. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” –George Addair

14. “Dream big and dare to fail.” –Norman Vaughan

15. “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” –Beverly Sills

16. “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” –Charles Swindoll

17. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’” –Audrey Hepburn

18. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” –Confucius

19. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” –Henry Ford

20. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” –Les Brown

21. “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” –Rosa Parks

22. “I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” –Benjamin Franklin

23. “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” –Sheryl Sandberg

24. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” –Florence Nightingale

25. “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” –Vincent van Gogh

26. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” –Oprah Winfrey

27. “Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” –Gloria Steinem

28. “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” –Napoleon Hill

29. “First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.” –Aristotle

30. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” –Mark Twain

Whether you’re pursuing success as an entrepreneur, in sales, or in everyday life — the experiences and lessons of others are valuable resources. Those who keep learning and growing often find success. Where will your next success lie?

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