133 Motivational Quotes By Famous People

Motivational quotes by famous people have the power to inspire us, uplift our mood, and help us overcome challenging situations. Celebrities, historical figures, and successful individuals have shared their wisdom through memorable phrases that have stood the test of time. From Winston Churchill’s leadership quotes to Oprah Winfrey’s messages of empowerment, these quotes have the ability to resonate with people from all walks of life. They remind us to persevere through difficult times and to believe in our own abilities. In this article, we’ll explore some of the most powerful and inspiring quotes by famous people that can motivate us to achieve our goals.

  1. The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. -Nelson Mandela
  2. “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it.” —Henry Ford (June 1922)
  3. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. -Walt Disney
  4. “Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.” —Walter Lippmann (December 1941)
  5. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. -Steve Jobs
  6. “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” —Mark Twain (March 1963)
  7. If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavour. -Eleanor Roosevelt
  8. “Amateurs wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work.”—Chuck Close (August 2007)
  9. If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. -Oprah Winfrey
  10. “I am only an average man, but, by George, I work harder at it than the average man.” —Theodore Roosevelt (March 1940)
  11. If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success. -James Cameron
  12. “If you have a job without any aggravations, you don’t have a job.” —Malcolm Forbes (May 1980)
  13. Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. -John Lennon
  14.  “Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.” —Robert Benchley (February 2019)
  15. “True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.” —Kurt Vonnegut (March 2015)
  16. “There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.” —Clare Boothe Luce (May 1980)
  17. . “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”—Oscar Wilde (June 1954)
  18. “Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honour of a critic.” —Jean Sibelius (October 1979)
  19. . “Sometimes the road less travelled is less travelled for a reason.” —Jerry Seinfeld (February 1997)
  20. “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” —Duke Ellington (October 1984)
  21. . “Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.” —Phyllis Diller (November 2016)
  22. “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it!” —Jonathan Winters (June 1990)
  23. . “If you can’t be kind, at least be vague.” —Judith Martin (September 1997)
  24.  “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted.” —John Lennon (Reader’s Digest Quotable Quotes, 2013)
  25. . “Misers are no fun to live with, but they make great ancestors.” —Tom Snyder (September 1998)
  26.  “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow; it only saps today of its strength.” —A.J. Cronin (April 1955)
  27. . “The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they’re okay, then it’s you.” —Rita Mae Brown (December 2002)
  28. . “If you are too careful, you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.” —Gertrude Stein (September 1996)
  29. . “If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.” —Dorothy Parker (March 2005)
  30.  “Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts.” — Nikki Giovanni (April 1998)
  31. . “Doing nothing is very hard to do. You never know when you’re finished.”—Leslie Nielsen (April 2007)
  32.  “Don’t be afraid to be afraid.” —Maurice Chevalier (May 1959)
  33. . “When in doubt, look intelligent.” —Garrison Keillor (April 2008)
  34.  “In America, there are two classes of travel—first class and with children.” —Robert Benchley (July 1934)
  35.  “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” —Albert Einstein (May 1970)
  36. . “There is no such thing as fun for the whole family.” —Jerry Seinfeld (December/January 2009/2010)
  37. “The time is always right to do what is right.” —Martin Luther King, Jr  (March 1985)
  38. . “Just be good and kind to your children. Not only are they the future of the world, they’re the ones who can sign you into a home.” —Dennis Miller (Reader’s Digest Quotable Quotes, 2013)
  39.  “You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.” —Bonnie Prudden (December 1980)
  40. . “A perfect parent is a person with excellent child-rearing theories and no actual children.” —Dave Barry (Reader’s Digest Quotable Quotes, 2013)
  41.  “Instead of getting married again, I’m going to find a woman I don’t like and give her a house.” —Rod Stewart (October 2016)
  42. “Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.” —Jon Bon Jovi (January 2007)
  43. . “Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.” —Jim Carrey (Reader’s Digest Quotable Quotes, 2013)
  44. You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky (October 1999)
  45. . “If you can give your child only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.” —Bruce Barton (December 1934)
  46. You’ve got to try your luck at least once a day because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it. —Jimmy Dean (December 2020/January 2021)
  47. . “If you are not yelling at your kids, you are not spending enough time with them.” —Reese Witherspoon (April 2015)
  48.  “Be like a duck. Calm on the surface but always paddling like the dickens underneath.” —Michael Caine (June 2016)
  49. . “Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” —Alex Haley (December 1987)
  50. “The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it’s their fault.” —Henry Kissinger (August 2007)
  51. . “The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.” —Sam Levenson (July 1985)
  52. “The world is extremely interesting to a joyful soul.” —Alexandra Stoddard (March 1997)
  53. . “Everybody has to be somebody to somebody to be anybody.” —Malcolm S. Forbes (November 1972)
  54. . “Not in doing what you like but in liking what you do is the secret of happiness.” —J.M. Barrie (August 1933)
  55. “People ask me sometimes… When will there be enough women on the court? And my answer is, “When there are nine.” —Ruth Bader Ginsberg (September 2015)
  56. . “To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.” —Bertrand Russell (December 1950)
  57. “Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” —J.K. Rowling (November 2003)
  58. . “The older you get the more you realise that kindness is synonymous with happiness.” —Lionel Barrymore (April 1953)
  59. “Thankfully, perseverance is a great substitute for talent.” —Steve Martin (March 2019)
  60. . “Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.” —Robert Frost (March 1959)
  61. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it.” —W.C. Fields (October 1949)
  62. . “Anybody who tells you money can’t buy happiness never had any.” —Samuel L. Jackson (August 2004)
  63.  “You can have it all. You just can’t have it all at once. —Oprah Winfrey (November 1997)
  64. .  “Happiness is good health and a bad memory.” —Ingrid Bergman (October 1990)
  65.  “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” —Fred Rogers (November 1987)
  66. . “Happiness is having a large, caring, close-knit family in another city.” —George Burns (December/January 2009/2010)
  67.  “Age is a high price to pay for maturity.” —Tom Stoppard (August 1983)
  68. . “Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” —Alice Walker (June 1992)
  69.  “By the time you’re 80 years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it.” —George Burns (December 1977)
  70. . “Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” —John Barrymore (July 1984)
  71. “Every cynic is a sentimentalist under the skin.” —Louis L’Amour (September 1996)
  72.  “After 30, a body has a mind of its own.” —Bette Midler (June 1982)
  73. . “Nobody has ever measured, even the poets, how much a heart can hold.” —Zelda Fitzgerald (June 1985)
  74. “I wish I could tell you it gets better, but it doesn’t get better. You get better.” —Joan Rivers (March 2016)
  75. . “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” —Oscar Wilde (August 1940)
  76. “One of the best parts of growing older? You can flirt all you like since you’ve become harmless.”  —Liz Smith (June 2003)
  77. . “Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be.” —William Hazlitt (August 1940)
  78. “Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it and wiser than the one that comes after it.” —George Orwell (August 1989)
  79. . “Man is the only animal that blushes—or needs to.” —Mark Twain (November 1933)
  80. “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” —Lucille Ball (Reader’s Digest Quotable Quotes, 2013)
  81. . “No man who is in a hurry is quite civilised.”—Will Durant (January 1941)
  82.  “The secret of getting ahead is getting started” – Mark Twain
  83. . “I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than to be crowded on a velvet cushion.” —Henry David Thoreau (January 1941)
  84. “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin” – Tony Robbins
  85. . “The best index to a person’s character is (a) how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can’t fight back.” —Abigail Van Buren (August 1980)
  86.  “The best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” – Walt Disney
  87. . “I don’t know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in public; they forget that invisibility is a superpower.” —Banksy (September 2015)
  88. “When you know what you want, and want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it” – Jim Rohn
  89. . “Morality is only moral when it is voluntary.” —Lincoln Steffens (February 1965)
  90. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined” – Henry David Thoreau
  91. . “A man always has two reasons for doing anything—a good reason and the real reason.” —J. Pierpont Morgan (June 1940)
  92. “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”- Albert Einstein
  93. . “The holy passion of friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.” —Mark Twain (May 1941)
  94. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”- Confucius
  95. . “One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.” —Will Durant (November 1972)
  96. “The best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
  97.  “It’s not necessary to take a person’s advice to make him feel good—all you have to do is ask for it.” — Richard Armour (January 1952)
  98. “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.”- Estée Lauder
  99. . “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”—Maya Angelou (August 2013)
  100. “There is only one certainty in life and that is that nothing is certain.” —G.K. Chesterton (June 1926)
  101. “Difficulties in your life do not come to destroy you but to help you realise your hidden potential and power. Let difficulties know that you too are difficult.”- Avul Pakir Zainulabidin Abdul Kalam
  102. . “Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing.” —Katherine Mansfield (April 1941)
  103. “Courage is grace under pressure.” – Ernest Hemingway
  104. . “What do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult for each other.” —George Eliot (March 1983)
  105. “There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.” – Nelson Mandela
  106. . “It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” —W. Somerset Maugham (December 1987)
  107. “If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. the vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs
  108. . “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” —Mohandas K. Gandhi (June 1992)
  109. “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
  110. . “You cannot do kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson (September 1974)
  111. . I believe you can speak things into existence. – Jay Z
  112. . “Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.” —Annette Funicello (November 1998)
  113.  Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it. – Maya Angelou
  114. . “The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” —B.B. King (September 1996)
  115.  The law of attraction states that whatever you focus on, think about, read about, and talk about intensely, you’re going to attract more into your life. – Jack Canfield
  116. . “My father gave me the best advice of my life. He said, ‘Whatever you do, don’t wake up at 65 years old and think about what you should have done with your life.’” —George Clooney (July 2006)
  117.  Whatever you hold in your mind on a consistent basis is exactly what you will experience in your life. – Tony Robbins
  118. . “You only have to do a very few things right in your life—so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.” —Warren Buffet (July 2013)
  119.  Most people are thinking about what they don’t want, and they’re wondering why it shows up over and over again. – John Assaraf
  120. . “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” — James Baldwin (August 1971)
  121. Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. – Albert Einstein
  122. . “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” —Andy Warhol (April 2020)
  123. When you visualise, then you materialise. If you’ve been there in the mind, you’ll go there in the body. – Dr Denis Waitley
  124. . “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” —Peter F. Drucker (September 1997)
  125. Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true. – Napoleon Hill
  126. . “In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra.” —Fran Lebowitz (November 2010)
  127. Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality. – Earl Nightingale
  128. 60. “Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level. It’s cheaper.” —Quentin Crisp (October 2019)
  129. Life will pay any price you ask it to. – Tony Robbins
  130. 61. “Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead—that’s where your future lies.” —Ann Landers (August 1994)
  131.  Imagination is the first step in creation whether in words or trifles. The mental pattern must always precede the material form. – William Atkinson
  132. 62. “Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.” —Aldous Huxley (March 1956)
  133. We are all self-made, but only the successful will admit it. – Earl Nightingale


In conclusion, motivational quotes by famous people have been a source of inspiration for many. The words of wisdom shared by notable individuals have the power to inspire and motivate individuals to achieve their goals and reach their full potential. From world leaders to accomplished artists and entrepreneurs, their experiences and insights have been encapsulated in memorable quotes that continue to inspire generations. These quotes serve as a reminder that success is attainable, and with hard work, perseverance, and determination, anyone can achieve greatness. As we continue to look for inspiration in our daily lives, let us take the time to reflect on the words of those who have come before us and continue to inspire us today.

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