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Practical Quotes for Success, Motivation and Self-Actualization

The quotes given here are very pragmatic in their application (not "holy motherhood" type of quotes). They
provide, in a single crisp sentence, the distilled essence of practical life experience. Use them to inspire and
motivate yourself to achieve your fullest potential in any path that you choose.
Success, Achievement and Hard work
19. Be the change that you wish to see.
1. They can, because they think they can.
2. Success happens when preparation meets

20. When you have hit the bottom, cheer up the

only way you can go now is up.
21. Even if you are slow, do not stop.

3. Success does not mean not falling, but rising

every time we fall.

22. When the best things are not possible, make the
best of what is possible.

4. You are not a loser, unless you quit trying.

5. Success is the sum total of small efforts,
repeated again and again.
6. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence,
therefore, is not an action but a habit.
7. All things are attainable by ordinary talent and
extraordinary perseverance.
8. Any subject is mastered by 10,000 hours of
9. Rain bores a stone, not by force, but by falling
10. Men's best successes come after their

23. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a

single step.
24. Successful people see troubles as problems to be
solved, not as obstacles to be blamed.
25. If you do not get what you like, try to like what
you get.
26. Nothing is achieved by thinking, except when it
is followed by doing.
27. Don't postpone to tomorrow what you can do
28. You can improve something only if you can
measure it.
29. Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is.

11. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
12. Failure is - not trying enough.
13. No pain, no gain.

30. Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; make it

hot by striking.
31. If it does not matter to you where you want to
go, it would not matter which way you go either.

14. Success is 99% perspiration, 1% inspiration.

15. The greatest things were acheived not by great
intelligence, but by great effort.

32. Take time to deliberate, but when the time for

action has arrived, stop thinking and start

16. Nothing can stop a man with the right attitude

and nothing can help a man with the wrong

Life and Happiness

17. A failure is not a man who has blundered, but

one who has blundered and is unable to cash in
on the experience.

34. Successful people change what they can and

endure what they can't - and clearly distinguish
between the two.

18. You lose more due to hesitation than due to


35. When in trouble, ask yourself: "Will this matter

a year from now?"

33. No man can insult you without your permission.

36. The whole of life is nothing but problemsolving.

37. The Law of Change states that everything in the
world changes except the Law of Change.

54. The best way out of a problem is always

through the problem.
55. The busy man finds time for everything. It is the
lazy man who complains of lack of time.
56. Work expands to occupy time.

38. In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity,

we know our friends.
57. Where all think alike, none thinks much.
39. Problems are opportunities in work clothes.

58. After the game, the king and the pawn go into
the same box.

40. Live in the here-and-now instead of memories

and fantasies.

59. Every man reaches his level of incompetence.

41. It is foolish to fear what you cannot avoid.

60. If something can go wrong, it will.

42. A person truly loves us not if he helps us when

we suffer but if he rejoices when we are happy.

Some General Quotes

61. Courtesy costs nothing, but buys everything.

43. Arguments have never proved anything.

62. Be swift to reward but slow to punish.
44. There are no losers - only quitters.
45. People take decisions not on the basis of reality,
but on their perceptions of reality.
46. Communication is as much listening as
47. Change your perspective: When others find
fault with you, it is good for you because you
can change yourself for the better; but when
others praise you, it is bad for you since you
could become conceited.
48. If you are not part of the solution, you are part
of the problem.
49. If you want to say something, make sure it is
better than your silence.
Very Pragmatic Quotes
50. Money may not solve all problems, but it
certainly solves the problem of not having
51. Choose a job that you like most - and you don't
have to work for a single day.
52. We don't live in a world of reality, we live in a
world of perceptions.
53. Formula for failure - try to please everybody.

63. Something is better than nothing, but nothing is

better than nonsense.
64. If truth was self-evident, eloquence would be
65. The authority of a thousand people is not equal
to the humble reasoning of a single individual.
66. What you cannot enforce, do not command.
Funny Quotes (Laugh and go - do not follow)
67. All is well that ends.
68. Don't postpone to tomorrow what you can avoid