75 Of The Top Motivational Quotes

"Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds."
--- Ralph Waldo Emerson
--- Anonymous

"We are often so caught up in our destination that we forget to appreciate the journey, especially the goodness of the people we meet along the way. Appreciation is a wonderful feeling; don't overlook it."
--- Author Unknown
--- Submitted by Maegen Mac --- Michigan

"It is not the perfect picture we are looking for, but rather time spent to be captured."
--- Brian Aanestad --- California

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world."
--- Anne Frank
--- Sent in by Teresa Meyer --- W.A., Australia

S L O W D A N C E:
Have you ever watched kids
on a merry-go-round
Or listened to the rain
slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down
Don't dance so fast
Time is short
The music won't last
Do you run through each day on the fly
When you ask "How are you?"
do you hear the reply?

When the day is done,
do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
running through your head?

You'd better slow down
Don't dance so fast
Time is short
The music won't last

Ever told your child,
We'll do it tomorrow
And in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die
'Cause you never had time
to call and say "Hi"?

You'd better slow down
Don't dance so fast
Time is short
The music won't last

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift....
Thrown away...

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.
--- Author Unknown
--- Sent in by Amy Yates --- Texas

"What's hidden in the brush is only dark til you shine a light on it! The jungle awaits the sun!"
--- Shane Barkley --- Indiana

FACE IT, nobody owes you a living.
What you achieve, or fail to achieve in your lifetime
Is directly related to what you do or fail to do.
No one chooses his parent or childhood,
But you can choose your own direction.
Everyone has problems and obstacles to overcome,
But that too is relative to each individual.

You can change anything in your life
If you want to badly enough.
Excuses are for losers!
Those who take responsibility for their actions
Are the real winners in life.
Winners meet life challenges head on
Knowing there are guarantees, and give it all they've got
And never think it's too late or too early to begin.

Time plays no favorites
And will pass whether you act or not
Take control of your LIFE
Dare to Dream and take risks.......
If you aren't willing to work for your goals
Don't expect others to.
--- Author Unknown
--- Sent in by Sally Nguyen --- Virginia

"Charity sees the need, not the cause."
--- German proverb
--- Sent in by Toni Palmer --- England

"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing."
--- Theodore Roosevelt
--- Sent in by Bobby K. --- Ontario, Canada

"Do something bad and regret it. Do something good and forget it."
--- Richard Braekevelt --- Michigan

"We fail because deep inside we want to. We rise when we have no alternatives. Extinguish your alternatives and you have no where to go but UP!!"
--- Nirvikar Dahiya --- India

"It is amazing what can be accomplished when you don't care who gets the credit."
--- John Wooden
--- Compliments of Jennifer --- Virginia
--- Completed by Jay Francisco --- 2000

The Girl In The Glass
When you get what you want in the struggle of life
And the world makes you queen for a day...
Go to the mirror and take a look at yourself
And see what that girl has to say.

It isn't your mother, father or husband
Whose judgment on you must pass.
The person whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the girl staring back from the glass.

You may be like Jack Horner and chisel a plum
And think you are a wonderful girl.
But the girl in the glass says you are a bum
If you can't look her straight in the eye.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on your back as you pass.
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you've cheated the girl in the glass.
--- Author Unknown
--- Sent in by Mandi Brown --- Texas

"My interest is in the future because I'm going to be spending the rest of my life there."
--- Charles Kettering
--- Sent in by Dr. L.J. Turchi --- California

"The Secret to Success: Trust God, Work Hard, Help Others, Be Sincere."
--- Derrick Jordan --- Florida

"There is no self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others."
--- George Shinn
--- Sent in by Toni Palmer --- England

"Winners win. That's what winners do."
--- Sent in by Glenn Ramirez

"Live your life as an Exclamation rather than an explanation."
--- Bob Newton --- Alberta, Canada

"If it is the philosopher's stone you seek, find it in your friends, for your friends can turn a day as dark as coal into a day that's as bright as gold."
--- Vonce

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being."
--- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
--- Contributed by Ray Leduc --- Ontario, Canada

"As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live."
--- Goethe
--- Contributed by Marlene

"Procrastination is the natural assassin of opportunity."
--- Author Unknown
--- Sent in by Dalton Marshall --- Alberta, Canada

"Talents are nurtured best in solitude but character on life's tempestuous seas!"
--- Goethe
--- Sent in by Teresa Meyer --- W.A., Australia

"All we are given is possibilities to make of ourselves one thing or another...."
--- Anonymous -

      Sent in by Debbie Mata

"Wrinkles merely indicate where the smiles have been."
--- 'Following the Equator'
--- Sent in by Kirk Scherz --- Washington

"Believing in yourself, is in endless destination. Believing you have failed, is the end of your journey."
--- Sarah Meredith --- West Virginia

"When you are standing on a table: Be careful..... For it is a lot easier for someone to pull you down from the table than for you to help them up onto it."
--- Lisa Frisby
Something I tell myself when I feel like someone is trying to tear me down.

"In the end, being first and achieving all your goals doesn't happen all the time. Still, I think you should dream big dreams, as long as you're willing to work toward those dreams. Never look back and say, 'If only I had done this or that, I could have reached my dreams.' When you have a dream, your first and only goal should be to prepare yourself as best you can and try your best. That's all anyone can ask. When you do that, as my dad says, no matter what the scoreboard reads, you'll always walk away a winner."
--- Dan Marino, QB of the Miami Dolphins
--- Sent in by Mike K.

"There is only Me stopping Me from being Successful."
--- Mike Pritchard --- North Wales, UK

"If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving one be me."
--- Author Unknown
--- Sent in by Brianne Wilson --- Washington

"Every boxer gets knocked down; the champions get back up and fight another round."
--- Mike --- Illinois

"A good friend is hard to find, hard to lose, and impossible to forget."
--- Author Unknown
--- Sent in by Lyndsey B.

"Never say I love you if you don't care
Never talk about feelings, if they're not really there
Never talk touch a life if you mean to break a heart."
--- Author Unknown
--- Sent in by Erin Davadilla --- Philippines

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow --
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out --
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit --
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.
--- John Greenleaf Whittier
--- Sent in by Steve Hedderson --- Canada

"Rules can be made and therefore reshaped or broken. Principles cannot be arbitrarily made... they must never be broken. Rules are temporal, principals are eternal. Rules are helpful, principles are essential."
--- Charles R. Swindoll
--- Sent in by Chen Fawn Meng --- Malaysia

"Fools scatter about their many attributes, the wise keep such within; a piece of straw floats upon the surface of water a precious gemstone sinks to the bottom! Therefore, it is best to disregard the seen and concentrate upon the unseen. Only within the latter may riches be found."
--- Ancient Greek parable
--- Sent in by Annice LeGrande --- Maryland

"Every person you meet knows something you don't; learn from them."
--- H. Jackson Brown
--- Sent in by Sean Swisshelm

"Lack of will power has caused more failure than lack of intelligence or ability."
--- Flower A. Newhouse
--- Submitted by Ed --- Singapore

"Imagination - sparks dreams and laughter, dissolves barriers, expands knowledge and lights the mind. Imagination also holds captive in dark places both the weak and strong, liquefies courage, builds enormous insurmountable fear."
--- Donnie Hall --- Kentucky

You're a very special person
Though at times you may feel bad
You are special to your mother
And important to your dad
Your parents may have chided you
And you've never understood -
That they wanted what is best for you
And did it for your good.

Because you are so special
They want to see you grow -
Into the kind of person -
That people like to know.
Life isn't always easy
But you have to hold on tight
To the knowledge that you're special
And always do what's right.

If you learn to cope with problems
And be careful what you say
If you keep the ten commandments
Then there will come a day -
In the not too distant future
When you'll be very glad
That you were important
To a loving Mom and Dad.
--- Copyright © Florence McInnes (my mom)
--- Sent in by her daughter Pauline Richard

"Ordinary people do ordinary things. EXTRAORDINARY people do EXTRAORDINARY things!"
--- Fred Dennis, Gymnastics Coach
--- Submitted by Phil Anderson --- Indiana

"Don't ever assume that the same old rules apply, that things should be as they were. Constantly reevaluate everything! Break the rules, make new ones. Change your goals. Adapt your methods. Try desperately to find a different perspective. Maybe the old way is still the best...but maybe not."
--- Chad King --- Texas

"To be or not to be, that is your decision."
--- Pat Paradowski --- New Jersey

"Each day brings with it an opportunity to build upon the wisdom and understanding in your life. Embrace it!"
--- Lori Hard --- California

"A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down."
--- Robert Edwards
--- Sent in by Sean Swisshelm

"To see the sun set
And then the night sky fill with stars
Is not half as beautiful to the eyes
As a dream is to the soul"
--- David Gethings --- New Jersey

"Nobody ever drowned in sweat."
--- Steve Prefontaine
--- Sent in by Wes Wright ---Texas
--- Completed by Tyler W., Age 15 --- 2000

"You cannot change your life by changing your life. You can only change your life if you change your thinking."
--- Jannie Putter --- South Africa

"The incredible power to change your life into whatever you wish to be lies within you, right now, waiting to be unchained."
--- Bruce H. Liu --- California

"The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribably as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched."
--- Henry David Thoreau
--- Sent in by Sue --- Australia

"DREAM the BIG DREAM; Build your Imagination and Create vivid pictures of HOPE."
--- Ty Howard --- Maryland

"There is no real excellence in all this world which can be separated from right living."
--- David Starr Jordan
--- Sent to us by Naomi Sena --- California

"Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough. "
--- William Saroyan
--- Sent in by Kristie Ames --- Louisiana

"Make your best effort when the opportunity arises and you shall not fail."
--- Lori Hard --- California

"Hope is like a balloon; it can't soar to the heavens if you hold it by the string."
--- Author Unknown
--- Submitted by Lyndsey B.

"Things work out best for the people who make the best out of the way things work out."
--- Art Linkletter
--- Sent in by Randy M. --- California
--- Completed by K.T. --- 2002

"Nobody is ever old until the day that dreams are replaced by regrets... Some people see mistakes as failure in life whilst others see it as gaining experience for handling what they will have to overcome tomorrow. Are you preparing yourself for tomorrow or are you like the fool who wants only to follow in the footsteps of another never to experience the greatness of personal victory?"
--- Jannie Putter --- South Africa

"When I was a young man I observed that nine out of the ten things I did were failures. Not wanting to be a failure, I did ten times more work."
--- Roosevelt
--- Sent in by Sean Swisshelm

"Love is not a fairy tale that is always soft and cozy.
It is the journey of Life.
It transcends slowly the superficial emotions
Of anger, jealousy, hatred.
It climbs higher with each passing day of difficulties.
It rides life's storms one by one,
Until finally, after years of effort,
It attains the highest level of existence known to man.
It merges in that state of being, mortals call Heaven."
--- Copyright © Dr. Nirvikar Dahiya

"Why continue to chase fire flies, when it's pyrotechnics you really desire?"
--- Diana Roth --- South Carolina

"It would appear that most individuals can quite easily come up with a myriad of reasons why something WOULDN'T WORK. Why most things imagined and dreamed about are never brought to fruition is because so few ask the question
      Why WOULDN'T IT WORK?"
--- Brian G. Jett --- Kentucky

Lose this day loitering,'twill be the same story
Tomorrow - and the next more dilatory.
Then indecision brings its own delays,
And days are lost lamenting over days!
Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute!
What you can do, or dream you can --begin it!
Courage has genius, power, and magic in it.
Only engage, and then the mind grows heated.
Begin it, and the work will be completed.
--- Goethe
--- Sent in by Larry Collister --- California

One of the best things we can do in our lives is this:
Begin again.

Begin to see yourself as you were
When you were the happiest and strongest you've ever been.

Begin to remember what worked for you
(and what worked against you),
And try to capture the magic again.

Begin to remember how natural it was when you were a child --
To live a lifetime each day.

Begin to forget the baggage you have carried with you
For years:
The problems that don't matter anymore,
The tears that cried themselves away,
And the worries that are going to wash away
On the shore of tomorrow's new beginnings.

Tomorrow tells us it will be here every new day of our lives;
And if we will be wise,
We will turn away from the problems of the past
And give the future - and ourselves - a chance
To become the best of friends.

Sometimes all it takes is a wish in the heart to let yourself...
Begin again.
--- Collin McCarty

"The best way to predict the future is to create it!"
--- Jason Kaufmann
--- Sent in by Dave Holicky --- Virginia

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
--- T.S. Eliot
--- Sent in by Adam Koch --- California

"When making decisions do what makes sense instead of other reasons such as impatience, hostility, too much pride, people pleasing, fear, chance for luck, etc."
--- Author Unknown
--- Sent in by Dennis Looper --- North Carolina

"My soul has a wordless song for you."
--- Andrina --- Alberta, Canada

"There are two things to aim for in life : The first is to get what you want, the second to enjoy it when you get it. Only the wisest of mankind achieves the second. "
--- Marthiens and Teresa --- Australia

"Never hold on because you are too afraid to let go."
--- Sarah Smith --- Canada

"Say the Best; Think the Rest."
--- Sandy Fuentes

"If the word QUIT is part of your vocabulary, then the word FINISH is likely not."
--- Brian G. Jett --- Kentucky

"The only person you need to prove anything to is yourself."
--- David Gethings --- New Jersey

"I've learned that we cannot forget or throw away our past, but we must not allow our past to control us either. We must learn and grow from our past failures, disappointments, pains and experiences. Reset our goals and priorities... and move forward. Start TODAY, by Un-Ty-ing the knots that LIMIT you!"
--- Ty Howard --- Maryland