Motivation quotes

I've always felt it was not up to anyone else to make me give my best.

- Olajuwon, Akeem

Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual and regular top up s.

- Davies, Peter

We must treasure the achievers of our land because it's they who raise the sights of all the others.


Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.

- Donald Trump

A message prepared in the mind reaches a mind; a message prepared in a life reaches a life.

- Gothard, Bill

I have always been pushed by the negative. The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my typewriter that very night, before the reviews are out. I am more compelled to get back to work than if I had a success.

- Williams, Tennessee

A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.

- Riley, Pat

I still feel like I gotta prove something. There are a lot of people hoping I fail. But I like that. I need to be hated.

- Stern, Howard

When the administrator feels himself to be the sole driving agency, and finds himself chiefly engaged in arousing those who apathetic and coercing those who are antagonistic, there is something vitally wrong with the administration. An executive should find himself engaged chiefly in directing the energies which create themselves naturally in all parts of the business, and in finding the proper outlet for the eager upward striving of the ranks below.

- Jones, E.E.

One of the reasons it has seemed so difficult for a person to change his habits, his personality, or his way of life, has been that heretofore nearly all efforts at change have been directed to the circumference of the self, so to speak, rather than to the center.

- Maltz, Maxwell

The only way to get people to like working hard is to motivate them. Today, people must understand why they're working hard. Every individual in an organization is motivated by something different.

- Pitino, Rick

There's always the motivation of wanting to win. Everybody has that. But a champion needs, in his attitude, a motivation above and beyond winning.

- Riley, Pat

One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire.

- Foster, John W.

When the leader passes over all alike, not making a distinction, then the endeavors of those who are capable of exertion are entirely lost.

- Hitopadesa

I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.

- Confucius

If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground.

- Emerson, Ralph Waldo

The moment avoiding failure becomes your motivation, you're down the path of inactivity. You stumble only if you're moving.

- Goizueta, Roberto

God made man to go by motives, and he will not go without them, any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas.

- Beecher, Henry Ward

Who is sure of their own motives can in confidence advance or retreat.

- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

Am I motivated by what I really want out of life -- or am I mass-motivated?

- Nightingale, Earl

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