Quotes — Motivation (32 entries)


Ambition without knowledge is like a boat on dry land.

— Author unknown

« πλ | 7 Sep 2003 »

Be there again…

Remember when you were at your best? Now be there again.

— William Patterson

« πλ | 13 Aug 2006 »

Be who you are…

Be who you are and say what you need to say
because those who mind don’t matter,
and those who matter don’t mind.

— Dr. Seuss (thanks Libby)

« πλ | 14 Oct 2004 »

Begin to weave…

Begin to weave and God will give you the thread.

— German proverb

« πλ | 15 Nov 2005 »

Between the stream and the rock…

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through strength, but through persistence.

— Author unknown [via]

« πλ | 2 Dec 2005 »

Courage is…

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.

— Author unknown

« πλ | 20 Jul 2004 »

Dreams need feet…

When I was a kid, my mom told me I could do anything. I believed her. She said dreaming was important and dreaming big was what set people apart. But Mom said there was a catch: “Dreams need feet. They’re not worth much stuck between your ears.” Put feet on your dreams.

— S. Peter Lewis, Treehouse Chronicles

« πλ | 11 Jul 2006 »

Every blade of grass has…

Every blade of grass has an angel bending over it, saying, “Grow! Grow!”

— The Talmud [via]

« πλ | 5 Nov 2006 »

Fear of Abandonment…

The fear of abandonment triggers all other fears.

— Fr. Boyer

« πλ | 31 Aug 2003 »

I am a great believer…

I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more of it I have.

— Thomas Jefferson

« πλ | 11 Jun 2003 »

If you build up enough tomorrows…

If you build up enough tomorrows, you will have nothing but a bunch of empty yesterdays.

— from the movie, The Music Man (thanks Jacque)

« πλ | 27 Feb 2003 »

Life is a great big canvas…

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.

— Danny Kaye (on a poster in my classroom)

« πλ | 2 Jun 2003 »

No such thing as a problem…

I used to work with a guy that always said:

There are no such thing as problems, only opportunities.

I have told this quote to many of my students. I always have to explain that problems are opportunities to prove yourself, to test yourself. Do you measure up to the task? Can you solve it? Do you see the glass as half full, or half empty?

Attitude! It’s all about attitude.

« πλ | 5 May 2003 »

On the right track…

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.

— Will Rogers

« πλ | 6 Mar 2005 »

Only you can choose…

Only you can choose to be happy or sad.
No one else can make that choice.
Are you going to let someone else choose it for you?

Read the story about this quote.

« πλ | 30 Jul 2004 »

Opportunity is missed…

Opportunity is missed by most people, because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.

— Thomas A. Edison

« πλ | 24 Aug 2004 »


I’ve always wanted to be a procrastinator.

— Author unknown [via]

« πλ | 16 Apr 2003 »

Proof of ability…

There is only one proof of ability—results!

— Henry F. Banks

« πλ | 5 Oct 2003 »

Somewhere someone is…

Somewhere someone is looking for exactly what you have to offer.

— Louise L. Hay

« πλ | 11 Aug 2006 »

Striving for perfection is…

Striving for perfection is the greatest stopper there is. It’s your excuse to yourself for not doing anything. Instead, strive for excellence, doing your best.

— Laurence Olivier [via]

« πλ | 26 May 2006 »

Success happens…

Success happens when preparation meets opportunity.

— Author unknown

« πλ | 8 Sep 2003 »

Success vs. Fruitfulness

We have been called to be fruitful—not successful, not productive, not accomplished. Success comes from strength, stress, and human effort. Fruitfulness comes from vulnerability and the admission of our own weakness.

— Henri Nouwen

« πλ | 26 Oct 2004 »

Surround yourself with…

Surround yourself with people who believe you can.

— Dan Zadra

« πλ | 14 Aug 2006 »

Tension is here…

Tension is here,
Between who you are and who you could be,
Between how it is and how it should be.
Dare you to move.


« πλ | 6 Apr 2003 »

The description of God’s love…

My hope is that the description of God’s love in my life will give you the freedom and the courage to discover…God’s love in yours.

— Henri Nouwen

« πλ | 27 Apr 2006 »

The future has many names…

The future has many names. For the fearful, it is the unknown; for the reckless, it is the adventure; for the pessimist, it is the unattainable; for the brave, it is opportunity.

— Author unknown

« πλ | 26 Jun 2005 »

The people who say…

The people who say “it never works” just mean “it never worked for me.”

— Christine Castro [via]

« πλ | 13 Oct 2006 »

The real voyage of discovery…

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

— Marcel Proust

« πλ | 15 May 2004 »

We are the music makers…

We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dreams.

— Willy Wonka

« πλ | 16 Jul 2004 »

What lies within us…

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

« πλ | 9 Nov 2003 »

When we do the best that we can…

When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.

— Helen Keller

« πλ | 22 Nov 2005 »

You can choose to be happy or sad…

You can choose to be happy or sad and whichever you choose that is what you get. No one is really responsible to make someone else happy, no matter what most people have been taught and accept as true.

— Sidney Madwed [via]

« πλ | 5 Nov 2004 »