Motivational Quotes

You have to take it as it happens, but you should try to make it happen the way you want to take it. – Proverb

Misfortune comes to all men. – Proverb

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. – Henry David Thoreau

You have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave. – Henry Ward Beecher

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. – George Bernard Shaw

No man can have society upon his own terms. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ask not that events should happen as you will, but let your will be that events should happen as they do, and you shall have peace.
– Epictetus


Zeal without knowledge is fire without light. – Thomas Fuller

As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious. – Albert Schweitzer

If a little knowledge is dangerous – where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger? – Thomas Huxley

One of the greatest joys known to man is to take a flight into ignorance in search of knowledge. – Robert Lynd

It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so. – Will Rogers

Strange how much you’ve got to know before you know how little you know.

Know Yourself

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people. – Virginia Woolf

I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards becoming a champion. – Billie Jean King

Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement. – Proverb

No man remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself. – Thomas Mann

Nothing is easier than self-deceit. – Demosthenes

To know oneself, one should assert oneself. – Albert Camus

There is no disappointment we endure one-half so great as what we are to ourselves. – Philip James Bailey


I get satisfaction of three kinds. One is creating something, one is being paid for it and one is the feeling that I haven’t just been sitting on my ass all afternoon. – William F. Buckley

There is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor. – Albert Camus

Work is the best method devised for killing time. – William Feather

Work is the thing that stays. Work is the thing that sees us through. – Ellen Gilchrist

Elbow grease is the best polish. – Proverb

Better to wear out than to rust out.

Tools were made and born were hands, Every farmer understands. – William Blake


To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness. – John Dewey

The high prize of life, the crowning fortune of man, is to be born with a bias to some pursuit which finds him in employment and happiness. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him. – Henry David Thoreau

Give me a man who sings at his work. – Thomas Carlyle

Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions. – Mark Twain

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work. – Richard Bach


Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Half effort does not produce half results, it produces no results. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last. – Hamilton Holt

Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted. – David Bly

Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win. – Nadia Comaneci

Skilled labor teaches something not to be found in books or in colleges. – Laura Towne

I realized that with hard work, the world was your oyster. You could do anything you wanted to do. I learned that at a young age. – Chris Evert

Manual labor to my father was not only good and decent for its own sake, but as he was given to saying, it straightened out one’s thoughts. – Mary Ellen Chase