101 Inspirational Quotes About Success and Happiness

Inspiration can come from anywhere, but one of my favorite sources is inspirational quotes.

101 Inspirational Quotes About Work and Success

Here are 101 Inspirational quotes from some legendary people either gently hinting or loudly proclaiming that if you want to succeed, you must first make a conscious decision to be happy in the here and now:

  1. “Emptiness is a symptom that you are not living creatively. You either have no goal that is important enough to you, or you are not using your talents and efforts in a striving toward an important goal.” – Maxwell Maltz.
  2. “The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term is the indispensable prerequisite for success.” – Maxwell Maltz
  3. “All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.” – Orison Swett Marden
  4. “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill
  5. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Les Brown
  6. “For imagination, sets the goal picture which our automatic mechanism works on. We act, or fail to act, not because of will, as is so commonly believed, but because of imagination.”- Maxwell Maltz
  7. “We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny, but what we put into it is ours.”- Dag Hammarskjold
  8. “Once you have a clear picture of your priorities that is values, goals, and high leverage, activities organize around them.” – Stephen Covey
  9. “Dreaming is wonderful, goal setting is crucial, but action is supreme. To make something great happen you must get busy and make it happen. Take that action step today that will put you on your path to achievement.” – Greg Werner
  10. “A vision keeps the Wealthy Soul focused on the path and not on the boulders.”- Michael Norwood
  11. “The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart this you will build your life by, and this you will become.” – James Lane Allen
  12. “A goal is not the same as a desire, and this is an important distinction to make. You can have a desire you don’t intend to act on. But you can’t have a goal you don’t intend to act on.” – Tom Morris
  13. “You need to make a commitment, and once you make it, then life will give you some answers.” – Les Brown
  14. “Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends.” – Jawaharlal Nehru
  15. “Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice, it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” – William Jennings Bryan
  16. “High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” – Jack and Garry Kinder
  17. “We’ve got to have a dream if we are going to make a dream come true.”- Denis Waitley
  18. “Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all of your energies on a limited set of targets.” – Nido Qubein
  19. “Goals are new, forward-moving objectives. They magnetize you towards them.” – Mark Victor Hansen
  20. “Big goals get big results. No goals get no results or somebody else’s results.” – Mark Victor Hansen
  21. “When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.” – Napoleon Hill
  22. “A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.” – Larry Bird
  23. “A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.” – Denis Waitley
  24. “When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.” – Greg Anderson
  25. “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he had imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau
  26. “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours.” – Richard Bach
  27. “The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart this you will build your life by, and this you will become.” – James Lane Allen
  28. “When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound. Rebuild those plans and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” – Napoleon Hill
  29. “Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  30. “A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.” – John Maxwell
  31. “We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success.” – Henry David Thoreau
  32. “Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.” – Napoleon Hill
  33. “This one step, choosing a goal and sticking to it, changes everything.” – Scott Reed
  34. “People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. It’s as simple as that.” – Earl Nightingale
  35. “Having a vision for your life allows you to live out of hope, rather than out of your fears.” – Stedman Graham
  36. “Visualize this thing you want. See it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin.” – Robert Collier
  37. “The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.” – Joseph Joubert
  38. “Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.” – Elbert Hubbard
  39. “The secret to productive goal setting is in establishing clearly defined goals, writing them down and then focusing on them several times a day with words, pictures and emotions as if we’ve already achieved them.” – Denis Waitley
  40. “When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take choose the bolder.” – W.J. Slim
  41. “There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” – Napoleon Hill
  42. “Goals give you more than a reason to get up in the morning, they are an incentive to keep you going all day. Goals tend to tap the deeper resources and draw the best out of life.” – Harvey Mackay
  43. “A good plan today is better than a great plan tomorrow.” – George S. Patton
  44. “Be able to stick with a job until it is finished. Be able to bear an injustice without having to get even. Be able to carry money without spending it. Do your duty without being supervised.” – Ann Landers
  45. “The finest eloquence is that which gets things done.” – David Lloyd George
  46. “To aim at the best and to remain essentially ourselves is one and the same thing.” – Janet Erskine Stuart
  47. “Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.” – Harold B. Melchart
  48. “Our aspirations are our possibilities.” – Robert Browning
  49. “Our real duty is always found running in the direction of our worthiest desires.” –  Randolph S. Bourne
  50. “The starting point of all achievement is desire. Weak desire brings weak results.” – Napoleon Hill
  51. “Nothing happens unless first a dream.” – Carl Sandburg
  52. “Not every one of our desires can be immediately gratified. We’ve got to learn to wait patiently for our dreams to come true, especially on the path we’ve chosen.” –  Sarah Ban Breathnach
  53. “Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.” – Belva Davis
  54. “Plan for the future, because that is where you are going to spend the rest of your life.” – Mark Twain
  55. “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” – Henry Ford
  56. “The life that conquers is the life that moves with a steady resolution and persistence toward a predetermined goal. Those who succeed are those who have thoroughly learned the immense importance of planning in life, and the tragic brevity of time.”- W.J. Davison
  57. “Teaching kids how they can create their futures is a powerful and critical character-building attribute. Goals education gives them the tools needed for designing a productive life, of benefit to themselves, our country and for future generations.” – Gary Ryan Blair
  58. “Learning how to set and achieve a goal is perhaps the single most important thing your child can learn to prepare for school, adulthood, and employment. The more adept your child is at understanding this important life skill, the more options he or she will have.” – Gary Ryan Blair
  59. “For every disciplined effort, there is multiple rewards.” – Jim Rohn
  60. “A goal is created three times. First as a mental picture. Second, when written down to add clarity and dimension. And third, when you take action towards its achievement.” – Gary Ryan Blair
  61. “Goal setting starts with a pad of paper, a pen, and you.” – Gary Ryan Blair
  62. “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.” – Henry David Thoreau
  63. “Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principals which direct them.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  64. “You cannot discover oceans unless you have the courage to leave the shore.” – Andre Gide
  65. “Quiet your mind and picture yourself attaining your dreams. Without even realizing it, your confidence soars and you become a magnet for good things.” – Dr. Dennis Deaton
  66. “Old habits can’t be thrown out the upstairs window. They have to be coaxed down the stairs one step at a time.” – Mark Twain
  67. “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, he can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill
  68. “Nothing happens, unless first a dream!” – Carl Sandburg
  69. “We are what and where we are because we have first imagined it.” – Donald Curtis
  70. “What changes your life is not learning more. What changes your life is making decisions and using your personal power and taking action.” – Anthony Robbins
  71. “Deeds, not words shall speak to me.” John Fletcher
  72. “I have had dreams, and I have had nightmares. I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.” – Dr. Jonas Salk
  73. “If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way. Don’t wait for great opportunities. Seize common, everyday ones and make them great.” – Napolean Hill
  74. “You don’t just luck into things. You build step by step, whether it’s friendships or op-opportunities.” – Barbara Bush
  75. “It is often wonderful how putting down on paper a clear statement of a case helps one to see, not perhaps the way out, but the way in.” – A.C. Benson
  76. “If you want to reach a goal, you must see the reaching in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.” – Zig Ziglar
  77. “Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St. Francis of Assisi
  78. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” – Henry Ford
  79. “If you don’t set goals for yourself, you are doomed to work to achieve the goals of someone else.” – Brian Tracy
  80. “Celebrate any progress. Don’t wait to get perfect.” – Ann McGee Cooper
  81. “You, too, can determine what you want. You can decide on your major objectives, targets, aims, and destination.” – W. Clement Stone
  82. “Do the next thing.” – John Wanamaker
  83. “Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all of your energies on a limited set of targets.” – Nido Qubein
  84. “You, too, can determine what you want. You can decide on your major objectives, targets, aims, and destination.” – W. Clement Stone
  85. “There’s no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love. There is only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.” – Wayne Dyer
  86. “The most important thing about goals is having one.” – Geoffry F. Abert
  87. “The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.” – Og Mandino
  88. “Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.” – Jonathan Swift
  89. “Continuous excellent effort, not maximum strength or superior IQ, is the key to unlocking your potential as an achiever.” – Greg Werner
  90. “Creative ideas reside in people’s minds but are trapped by fear of rejection. Create a judgment-free environment and you’ll unleash a torrent of creativity.” – Alex Osborn
  91. “The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.” – Anthony Robbins
  92. “The more you can dream the more you can do.” – Michael Korda
  93. “Make no small plans for they have not the power to stir men’s blood.” – Niccolo Machiavelli
  94. “Make progress one time and it makes you happy. Make progress day after day, week after week and it makes you a champion.” – Greg Werner
  95. “If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.” – Jim Rohn
  96. “I like a person who knows his own mind and sticks to it, who sees at once what, in given circumstances, is to be done, and does it.” – William Hazlitt
  97. “The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.” – Lee Iacocca
  98. “Vision doesn’t usually come as a lightning bolt. Rather it comes as a slow crystallization of life challenges that we one day recognize as a beautiful diamond with great value to ourselves and others.” –  Dr. Michael Norwood
  99. “The waste of life occasioned by trying to do too many things at once is appalling.” – Orison Swett Marden
  100. “Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.” – Ayn Rand
  101. “Questions focus our thinking. Ask empowering questions like What’s good about this? What’s not perfect about it yet? What am I going to do next time? How can I do this and have fun doing it?.” – Charles Connolly

And with that last Inspirational quote, always remember, this is your life, your success, your happiness. Never let anyone else define what these things mean for you.

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