Thoughts become things, and as entrepreneurs and leaders, it is especially important that we remember to pay attention to our thoughts every day and motivational quotes are a great way of doing this. Your ability to stay motivated isn’t just for your personal benefit; it affects those around you as well: your team, your investors, your families and friends. When you can stay motivated, everyone around you is improved.


As you start each day, let these motivational quotes from some of the best minds on the planet, past and present, inspire you think positive, inspirational thoughts habitually throughout your days.


  1. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” — Mother Teresa
  2. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” — Leonardo da Vinci
  4. “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” — Vincent van Gogh
  5. “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” — Farrah Gray
  6. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” — Ayn Rand
  7. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” — Amelia Earhart
  8. “Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” — Chris Grosser
  9. “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” — Oscar Wilde
  10. “Being motivated costs you nothing, but can get you everything.” — Murray Newlands
  11. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” — Florence Nightingale
  12. “Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” — W. Clement Stone
  13. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” — Woody Allen
  14. “Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” — Steve Jobs
  15. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar
  16. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” — Arthur Ashe
  17. “The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself — the invisible battles inside all of us — that’s where it’s at.” — Jesse Owens
  18. “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” — Beverly Sills
  19. “You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” — Christopher Columbus
  20. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’” — Audrey Hepburn
  21. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” –Thomas Jefferson
  22. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” — Robert Collier
  23. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear.” — Mark Twain
  24. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” — Vidal Sassoon
  25. “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” — Audre Lorde