Motivational Quotes Competition

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Truman Capote once wrote ‘To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music the words make.’  A well written quote holds the power to shift a person from inaction to action, from deflated to inspired.

This month I am searching for the best of the best.  The creme de la creme of motivational quotes. What have you read that sends a shiver up your spine, makes you smile, raises a murmour in your heart?

What are your favorite motivational quotes? Post them below in the comments section and next month I will award a $50 Amazon voucher to the winning quote. Enter as many quotes as you wish.

Competition closes September 30th 2008. Good luck!

Last month I ran the Motivational Quotes competition and now I have to decide which one deserves to win. I loved all of them! I particularly loved Amy Common’s, Bay Martin’s, Geraldine Phillips, and Noel Lyons, but there can only be one winner, and that person is Johnny Mac. Congratulations on winning a $50 Amazon voucher for submitting this pearler:

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt

Thank you to everyone who submitted amazing quotes.

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48 Responses to “Motivational Quotes Competition”

  1. The world belongs to the energetic. Ralph Waldo Emerson

  2. Peter J says:

    “If you make the unconditional commitment to reach your most important goals, if the strength of your decision is sufficient, you will find the way and the power to achieve your goals.”

    Robert Conklin

  3. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”

    Og Mandino
    1923-1996, Author and Speaker

  4. dhani says:

    hai amelia i like all articles on your blog, great blog bravo

  5. Johnny Mac says:

    Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

    Theodore Roosevelt

  6. Janine Wallace says:

    If you fail to try,
    You never get to do your best.

  7. Rita says:

    “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

    Lao Tzu

  8. Noel Lyons says:

    “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.

    Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”

    Lao Tzu

  9. Kris Teece says:

    He who deliberates fully before taking a step will spend his entire life on one leg.

    Chinese Proverb

  10. Kris Teece says:

    The difficult is done at once
    the impossible takes a little longer

    Slogan of the US Armed Forces

  11. Amy Common says:

    “The secret to getting ahead is getting started”
    - Mark Twain

  12. Amy Common says:

    “Your mind and body are inextricably united. What calms and tones up one, soothes and improves the other.”
    – Marsha Sinetar

  13. Amy Common says:

    “An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body.”
    - Glenn van Ekeren

  14. Tim P says:

    Ability is what you’re capable of. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

    – Lou Holtz

  15. Bay Martin says:

    “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

  16. Bay Martin says:

    “To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.”

    Confucius

  17. Sprocketboy says:

    If you think you can do a thing or you think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.

    Henry Ford

  18. Geraldine L Phillips says:

    ‘Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, happy and loudly proclaiming — WOW — What a Ride!’

  19. Jessica says:

    success is a marathon, not a sprint!

  20. Jules says:

    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

    - Mark Twain

  21. “You can have anything in life that you want if you just help enough people get what they want” – Zig Ziglar, Author and Platform Speaker

  22. Mel says:

    “Only the impossible is worth the effort.”

    From The Powerbook, by Janette Winterson.

  23. Jenn M says:

    “You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
    -Rumi

  24. Jenn M says:

    “Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible”
    -St. Francis of Assisi

  25. Jenn M says:

    “Nothing will work unless you do”
    -Maya Angelou

  26. Ryan Reinker says:

    A good leader inspires other men with confidence in him; a great leader inspires them with confidence in themselves.

  27. Last month I ran the Motivational Quotes competition and now I have to decide which one deserves to win. I loved all of them! I particularly loved Amy Common’s, Bay Martin’s, Geraldine Phillips, and Noel Lyons, but there can only be one winner, and that person is Johnny Mac. Congratulations on winning a $50 Amazon voucher for submitting this pearler:

    “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

    Theodore Roosevelt

  28. David Lunn says:

    “Those who can, DO!, those who can’t but are willing to change, TRY!, those who won’t try make EXCUSES!”

  29. Great Quote David!!!!

  30. “Today is a new day, a new beginning. It has been given to me as a new gift. I can either use it or throw it away. What I do today will affect me tomorrow. I cannot blame anyone but myself if I do not succeed. I promise to use this day to the fullest by giving my best, realizing it can never come back again. This is my life and I choose to make it a success.”
    Author Unknown

  31. Sounds more like a Mantra than a quote Bert!
    Amelia

  32. The way we spend our days is, of course, the way we spend our lives.
    - Annie Dillard, American author

  33. Phillip Anderson says:

    Never lose hope, hope is everything, if you focus on what you want the most you will attract it to you, live life to the fullest and always be positive about the things that mean the most, cause if you don’t know what’s important then your lost… think hard, write it down and find your direction

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