Motivational Quotes and Sayings

Daily motivational quotes can inspire you and help keep you going when your energy lags. The following post is chock-full of great motivational quotes to keep you powering through life. These are some of my all-time favourite free motivational quotes and sayings.

​“Awareness without action is worthless.”
~ Dr. Phil McGraw

​“Meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree. It completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are.”
~ Matthieu Ricard

​“You become what you think about the most.”
​​~ John Assaraf

​“Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain.”
​​~ Santiago Ramón y Cajal

​”It isn’t what happens to us that causes us to suffer; it’s what we say to ourselves about what happens.”
​~ ​Pema Chodron

​“Awareness provides the solution to all human problems that actually have a solution. Why?
Because awareness creates choice, and once you have a choice you’ll always choose what serves you. When you increase your awareness, your life improves – every time.”
~ ​​Bill Harris​

​”Rich people believe ‘I create my life.’ Poor people believe ‘Life happens to me.’”
​​~ T. Harv Eker

“You are worthwhile. You are full of promise.”
~Bob Danzig

​“Never forget. You are worthwhile.”
​~ ​​Mae Morse

​“Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.”
​~ ​​Henry Adams

​”The future is uncertain… but this uncertainty is at the very heart of human creativity.”
​~ Ilya Prigogine

​“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
​~ ​​Friedrich Nietzsche

​“Whether you think you can or
think you can’t, either way
you are right.”
​~ ​Henry Ford

​“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
​~ ​​Lao Tzu

​“A resourceful person can see opportunity when others only see obstacles.”
​​~ Garrett Gunderson

​​“The mystics ask you to take nothing on mere belief. Rather, they give you a set of experiments to test in your own awareness and experience. The laboratory is your own mind, the experiment is meditation.”
​~ ​​Ken Wilber

​“​The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.”
​~ ​​W. C. Fields

​”​Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.”
​~ ​​Jack Canfield

“​​The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.”
~ Robert Kiyosaki

“​Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”
​~ ​Mark Twain

​“​You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you’re too busy, then you should sit for an hour.”
​~ ​Old Zen Saying

​“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
​~ ​​Rumi

​“​​Nothing is lost…Everything is transformed.”
​~ ​​Michael Ende

​“Those who stand at the threshold of life always waiting for the right time to change are like the man who stands at the bank of a river waiting for the water to pass so he can cross on dry land.”
​~ Joseph B. Wirthlin

“If the suffering that I am enduring is part of a larger plan, how would I behave? How would I speak, act and think if this place is part of a greater good?”
-Nelson Mandela

​“Everything that you’re experiencing right now, positive or negative, is a doorway that will allow you to step into a fuller, freer, more expansive version of yourself.”
~ Mary Morrissey

I made myself a promise that day: I would become the person I wanted to be, no matter how long it took or how difficult it was. I promised myself that I would openly and honestly confront who I was so I could live the life I wanted.
-Scott Harris

​“The amount a person suffers is directly related to how much they resist the fact that ‘things are the way they are.’ All suffering and discomfort, regardless of the appearance, is a result of some form of resistance. This means that ending resistance ends suffering.”
~ Bill Harris

“You following your dreams actually helps all of us. The increased sense of aliveness you feel and express when you’re living a life you truly love inspires others around you to do the same. And in this way, the entire world changes.”
​~ Mary Morrissey

“Here’s the problem. Most people are thinking about what they don’t want, and they’re wondering why it shows up over and over again.”
~ John Assaraf

“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.”
-Lao Tzu

“Seek wisdom, not just knowledge.
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting tomatoes in a fruit salad.”
-Alex Mandossian

“Go where the puck is going, not where it has been.”
-Wayne Gretzky

“The only order in the universe is just a cycle of calm and chaos.”
-Toba Beta

“If a brain is exercised properly, anyone can grow intelligence, at any age, and potentially by a lot.”
~ Dr. Michael Merzenich

“Elevate your level of thinking so that outside circumstances do not dictate your thoughts, emotions, and your behaviours.”
~John Assaraf

“Become who you always knew you could be.”
~Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson

“A life that works is based on one good decision after another.”
~Bill Harris

“The more that you read
The more things you will know
The more things that you learn,
The more places you’ll go.”
~Dr. Seuss

“The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment.”
~Eckhart Tolle

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.”
~Henry David Thoreau

“Everything you want…is on the other side of fear.”
~Jack Canfield.

“We ask ourselves, who am I to be gorgeous, talented, brilliant, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?”
~Nelson Mandela

“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man, healthy, wealthy and wise.”
~Benjamin Franklin

“Put your thoughts to sleep,
do not let them cast a shadow
over the moon of your heart.
Let go of thinking.”

“Don’t judge me by my successes; Judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
~Nelson Mandela

“Do more of what you love, less of what you tolerate, and none of what you hate.”
~John Assaraf

“Begin with the end in mind. Start off with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination…
…then flex your proactive muscles to make things happen.”
~Stephen Covey

“Do what you love.
Know your own bone;
gnaw at it, bury it,
unearth it,
and gnaw at it still.”
~Henry David Thoreau

“I ignored your aura,
but it grabbed me by the hand,
like the moon pulled the tide,
like the tide pulled the sand.”
~Talib Kweli

“You are the source of your abundance.
Allow yourself to have your dreams.”
~Christy Whitman

“You don’t get paid by the hour; you get paid for the value you bring to the hour.”
~Jim Rohn

“You’ve got to be willing to dedicate yourself to do whatever is required to make it happen.”
~Les Brown

“Success isn’t a one-hit wonder; it’s a slow burn.”
~T. Harv Eker

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
~Wayne Gretzky

“The success you’re capable of relies on a thirst for growth, and the motivation to constantly better yourself.”
~T. Harv Eker

“First, don’t quit. You WILL reach any dream you strive for as long as you don’t quit.”
~T. Harv Eker

“I observe my thoughts, and entertain only those which empower me.”
~T. Harv Eker

“Watching your mind create your life is one of the most fascinating things you’ll ever do.”
~Bill Harris

“Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.”
~Jim Rohn

“Your brain can make whatever you put into it come true in your life.”
~Bill Harris

“As a conscious human being, you give your world any and all meaning it has.”
~Bill Harris

“We assume there’s something ‘out there’ that we need when actually it’s something internal.”
~Bill Harris

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
~Albert Eintein

“No thought stands still.
Each either helps or harms.”
~Andy Shaw

“Success is not a mystery.
It’s a science.”
~John Assaraf

“You can create, attract and do anything.”
~Bill Harris

“If you’re procrastinating, you aren’t making what you want important.”
~Bill Harris

“Take massive action.”
~Tony Robbins

​“The cyclone derives its power from a calm center. So does a person.”
~Norman Vincent Peale

“If resistance is the poison, witnessing is the antidote.”
~Bill Harris

“The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.”
~William Makepeace Thackeray

“Suffering happens when you resist changing your belief.”
~Bill Harris

“The less attached you are, the more likely you are to get what you want.”
~Bill Harris

“My thought is me.”
~Jean Paul Satre

“I think therefore I am.” ~Rene Descartes

“I exist as I am.”
~Walt Whitman

“There’s no way to hold the same beliefs and get different results.”
~Bill Harris

“If you always do what you did you’ll always get what you got.”
~Dr. Marian Diamond

“Your goal is to choose your response to every event.”
~Bill Harris

“Living in an ever-expanding universe means that new energies, new possibilities and new desires are always moving through us.”
Christy Whitman

​“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as in being able to remake ourselves.”
~Mahatma Gandhi

“We were never supposed to believe everything we think.”
~Dr. Mark Atkinson

“Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, ‘Grow, grow, grow!’”
~The Talmud

“Each of us is a growth-seeking being by design.”
~Mary Morrissey

“Separate, we’re single raindrops falling to the ground, but together, we’re the ocean.”
~Pedram Sojai

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”

“Thinking you are a separate self is the root cause of all suffering.”
~Bill Harris

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

“When a group of individual brains are coordinated and function in Harmony, the increased energy created through that alliance becomes available to every individual brain in the group.”
~Napoleon Hill

“Every deeply held belief is true to the person who believes it.”
~Bill Harris


“Even though that happened in the past, I decide what will happen in my future. I decide that I’m going to build my dream and turn it into reality.”
“If I have a dream, then there has to be a way to bring it about. I’m choosing to believe THIS. While I’m living this life, since I’m going to live it anyway, why not see how far I can go?”
~Bill Harris

“You have a dream. And you can choose to have a clean slate on which to build it.”
~Mary Morrissey

“Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.”
~Zen Saying

“Every moment is an opportunity to become more aware of who you are.”
~Bill Harris

“Dream big dreams. Only big dreams have the power to move your mind and spirit.”
~Brian Tracy

“No mind is complete by itself. It needs contact and association with other minds to grow and expand.”
~Napoleon Hill

“You’ve got to jump in boots and all, bite off more than you can chew and chew like hell.”
~Natalie Ledwell

“We can focus on and complain about all that seems to be falling apart. Or we can use that contrast to clarify exactly what we want to rebuild in its place.”
~Christy Whitman

“I stopped waiting for the world to give me what I wanted. I started giving it to myself.”
~Byron Katie

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream.”
~Les Brown

“Harmony and unqualified happiness are natural to each and every one of us.”
~Hale Dwoskin

“Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you.”
~Cynthia Kersey

“Awareness creates choice.”
~Bill Harris

“Willpower rises like a phoenix from the ashes, propelling you forward beyond the limitations of fear and doubt.”
~Bill Harris

“You become the people you surround yourself with.”
~Dr. Mark Hyman

“Blame is the kiss of death for anyone who wants to master the ability to create what they want in life.”
~Bill Harris

“Be responsible for the energy you bring into a room.”
~Oprah Winfrey

“Don’t ever let the fear of failure get in the way of living your dreams.”
~Sonia Ricotti

“You don’t have to believe what seems to be true.”
~Bill Harris

“Love swirls through the universe in a constant state of electromagnetic energy.”
~Bill Harris

“For every experience, you have a choice.”
~Bill Harris

“There is a universe that is you.”
~Jennifer McLean

“Awareness creates choice about how you think, feel, and react every day, every moment, all the time.”
~Bill Harris

“Be the best version of yourself in anything you do. You don’t have to live anybody’s else’s story.”
~Stephen Curry

“When someone is connected to a group and feels responsibility for other people, that sense of purpose and meaning translates to taking better care of themselves and taking fewer risks.”
~Julianne Holt-Lunstad

“We take relationships for granted. We’re like fish that don’t notice the water.”
~Timothy Smith

“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”
~Winston Churchill

“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
If ​you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”
~Chinese Proverb

“Being good is what you’re supposed to do.”
~Bill Harris

“You are already an expert on creating what you believe and focus on…focus on what you want.”
~Bill Harris

“Take your focus off of the obstacles, and put it on your dreams.”
~Bill Harris

“There is nothing standing between you and your dreams except stopping.”
~Bill Harris 1950-2018 Issue 112

“To make your peace with life–and death–you have to look it squarely in the eye.”
~Bill Harris

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
~Helen Keller

“You are not your failures. You are not your disappointments.”
~John Assaraf

“In the end, only 3 things matter
1. How much you loved
2. How gently you lived
3. How gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”

“Instead of accepting results that you don’t want, choose beliefs that create what you do want.”
~Bill Harris

“Beliefs shape your life because you make life conform to whatever you believe”
~Bill Harris

“Your mind is a goal-seeking mechanism.”
~Bill Harris

“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.”
~Thich Nhat Hahn

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”

“Here are people with everything, except stillness.”
~Gandhi (on Western culture)

“I have so much to accomplish today I must meditate for two hours instead of one.”
~Mahatma Ghandi

“Meditating requires you to create a place for value.”
~Marc Gilson

“May you live in interesting times.”
~Old Chinese Saying

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
~The Dalai Lama

“If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.”
~The Dalai Lama

“Grant that I may not so much seek to be understood as to understand, to be consoled as to console, to be loved as to love.”
~St. Francis of Assisi

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”

“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.”
~Doris Day

“The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.”
~Dr. Robert Holden

“We are all intimately connected to one another in the most intimate way.”
~Bill Harris

“To forgive is to set a risoner free, and to discover that the prisoner was you.”
~Marc Gilson

“When your values are clear to you making decisions becomes easier.”
~Roy E. Disney

“When your behaviours and your values are at odds, you will experience conflict.”
~Marc Gilson

“It is really, really important to uncover those things that drive you at your deepest level.”
~Bill Harris

“Each of us makes his own weather, determines the colour of the skies in the emotional universe which he inhabits.”
~Fulton John Sheen

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
~Lao Tzu

“You have the power to shift your mindset and create the success you desire.”
~Mary Morissey

“What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.”
~Abraham Maslow

“I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.”
~Billie Jean King

“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.”
~James Thurber

“Awareness creates choice. Choice about what you do or don’t do in response to everything that happens in your life.”
~Bill Harris

“What you believe determines your results.”
~Bill Harris

“The lesson is this: you are in the driver’s seat.”
~John Assaraf

“Choose what to believe based upon what you want.”
~Bill Harris

​”All of humanity is searching for truth, justice, and beauty. We are on on eternal search for the truth because we only believe in the lies we have stored in our mind.”
~Don Miguel Ruiz

“We do not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious.”
~Carl Jung

“As goes your brain, so goes your life.”
~Bill Harris

“No one needs to live with fearful thoughts and feelings.”
~Bill Harris

“Everyone who wants to live a better life should be meditating.”
~Bill Harris

“When you make something ‘wrong’ you attract more of it.”
~Bill Harris

“You are responsible for every feeling or behaviour you have.”
~Bill Harris

“If everything is you, and you are everything, what is there to feaar?”
~Bill Harris

“What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.”
~T.S. Eliot

Thoreau said that “most men live lives of quiet desperation.”

“You cannot be otherwise than at one with everything.”
~Bill Harris

“Give up the idea of light and dark as being irreconcilably different, and realize that they are one thing.”
~Bill Harris

“Thoughts are the first step in creating something new.”
~Bill Harris

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

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

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
~Lao Tzu

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

“It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.”
~Eleanor Roosevelt

“Living in an ever-expanding universe means that new energies, new possibilities and new desires are always moving through us.”
~Christy Whitman

​“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as in being able to remake ourselves.”
~Mahatma Gandhi

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