Some of my favorite motivational quotes are listed below.  

“Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.” ~ Harriet Braiker 

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”  ~Aristotle 

“He who waits for roasted duck to fly into his mouth, waits a long, long time.”  ~ Chinese Proverb

Live today. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Just today. Inhabit your moments. Don’t rent them out to tomorrow.  Do you know what you’re doing when you spend a moment wondering how things are going to turn out with Perry? You’re cheating yourself out of today. Today is calling to you, trying to get your attention, but you’re stuck on tomorrow, and today trickles away like water down a drain. You wake up the next morning and that today you wasted is gone forever. It’s now yesterday. Some of those moments may have had wonderful things in store for you , but now you’ll never know.”   ~Jerry Spinelli

“I’m like a fine wine.  I get better with age.  The best is yet to come.” ~Richelle Mead 

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.  The important thing is not to stop questioning.”  ~ Albert Einstein

“Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”  ~ Albert Einstein 

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”  ~ Dale Carnegie 

“If you are going through hell, keep going.”  ~ Winston Churchill

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~ Thomas A. Edison

“Time = Life. Therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life.” ~ Alan Lakein

“Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society.  The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.”  ~ G.B. Stern

“Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait. The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don’t count.” ~ Dr. Robert Anthony

“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of effort is the same.”   ~ Carlos Castenada

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”  ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind.”  ~ Rudyard Kipling

“Obstacles are necessary for success… as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats. Yet each struggle, each defeat, sharpens your skills and strengths, your courage and your endurance, your ability and your confidence and thus each obstacle is a comrade-in-arms forcing you to become better… or quit. Each rebuff is an opportunity to move forward; turn away from them, avoid them, and you throw away your future.”  ~ Og Mandino

“There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else. I don’t care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause.” ~ George M. Adams

“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man/woman who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C’s. They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.” ~ Walt Disney

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”   – Conrad Hilton

“When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous.”~ Wayne Dyer

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”~ Donald Laird

“Take a look at your natural river. What are you? Stop playing games with yourself. Where’s your river going? Are you riding with it? Or are you rowing against it? Don’t you see that there is no effort if you’re riding with your river?”~ Frederick (Carl) Frieseke

“The man who goes the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets from shore.”    ~Dale Carnegie

“Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”  ~ Viktor Frankl

“It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideal, but it is a disaster to have no ideal to capture. It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for. Not failure, but low aim is a sin.”  ~Benjamin E. Mayes

“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die tomorrow.” ~ James Dean 

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” ~ Vince Lombardi
“The common denominator of success – the secret of success of every man who has ever been successful – lies in the fact that he formed the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do.”   ~ Albert E.N. Gray

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”  ~ John Wooden
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear.  Action breeds confidence and courage.  If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it.  Go out and get busy.”  ~ Dale Carnegie

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”  ~ Winston Churchill

“Make every thought, every fact, that comes into your mind pay you a profit.  Make it work and produce for you.  Think of things not as they are but as they might be.  Don’t merely dream – but create!”  ~ Robert Collier

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”  ~ Peter F. Drucker

“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.” ~Mike Murdock

I do it as a therapy. I do it as something to keep me alive. We all need a little discipline. Exercise is my discipline.” ~Jack LaLanne

“Do you know how many calories are in butter and cheese and ice cream?  Would you get your dog up in the morning for a cup of coffee and a donut?”  ~Jack LaLanne

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ~Dalai Lama

The only true security in life comes from knowing that every single day you are improving yourself in some way, that you are increasing the caliber of who you are and that you are valuable to your company, your friends, and your family.  I don’t worry about maintaining the quality of my life, because every day I work on improving it.  I constantly strive to learn and to make new and more powerful distinctions about ways to add value to other people’s lives.  This gives me a sense of certainty that I can always learn, that I can always expand, that I can always grow.”   ~ Anthony Robbins