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Favorite Motivating Quote

Post by ellerbus » Tue Jun 17, 2008 8:28 pm

I was wondering what quotes folks find motivating? Here's some of mine:

Suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret!
~ Unknown

Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price.
~ Vince Lombardi

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
~ John F. Kennedy

It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.
~ Vince Lombardi

Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.
~ Anonymous

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Post by Jungledoc » Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:45 pm

Great idea for a thread!

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
--Attributed to both Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin. Maybe Albert was quoting Ben. Ben probably would not have been quoting Albert.

"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all."
--Peter F. Drucker

"Quality means doing it right when no one is looking."
--Henry Ford

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Post by amivan » Tue Jun 17, 2008 11:11 pm

anything involving "my" to get myself psyched up for something, my life, my game, my time, etc.

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Post by Chris_A » Wed Jun 18, 2008 1:20 pm

"What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down." --Mary Pickford

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Post by Matt Z » Wed Jun 18, 2008 2:10 pm

"What one man can do, another can do!" - The Edge (Anthony Hopkins' character)

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Post by hoosegow » Wed Jun 18, 2008 2:24 pm

"Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire." Reggie Leach

"Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure." Earl Nightingale
Winners have simply formed the habit of doing things losers don't like to do. Albert Gray

A loser doesn't know what he'll do if he loses, but talks about what he'll do if he wins, and a winner doesn't talk about what he'll do if he wins, but knows what he'll do if he loses. I don’t know who said it.

The determination to win is the better part of winning.” Daisuku Ikeda

“Those who know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories” Polybius

Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory. Patton

A man can be destroyed but not defeated. Hemmingway

There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter. Hemmingway

Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious.—Og Mandino

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.—William Ellery Channing

When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.—Hugh White

There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.—Christopher Morley

To be one's self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity.—Irving Wallace

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.—Christopher Reeve,

You see things, and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were, and I say, "Why not?"—George Bernard Shaw

Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently — they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. — Steve Jobs

The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going. -- David Starr Jordan

Ultimately, we're all dead men. Sadly we cannot choose how. But, we can decide how we meet that end in order that we are remembered as men. -- Proximo (Gladiator)

We can't all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by. -- Will Rogers

Bite off more than you can chew and chew like hell. -- Peter Brock

If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there. -- Lewis Carroll

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever. -- Napoleon Bonaparte

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. -- Joseph Campbell

In this life we get only those things for which we hunt, for which we strive, and for which we are willing to sacrifice. -- George Matthew Adams

If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it. -- Brendan Francis

The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous. -- Shana Alexander

My wish is to ride the tempest, tame the waves, kill the sharks. I will not resign myself... -- Trieu Thi Trinh

Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life. -- Bertolt Brecht

It's never too late to be who you might have been. -- George Eliot

To be pleased with one's limits is a wretched state. --
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First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. -- Epictetus

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. -- Jim Ryun

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Post by TheHeb » Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:34 pm

My all time favorite:

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will." -Vince Lombardi

A couple others (all by Vince Lombardi):

"Mental toughness is essential to success."

"To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price."

"The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It's your mind you have to convince."

"It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men.

"Teams do not go physically flat, they go mentally stale."

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Post by ellerbus » Thu Jun 19, 2008 10:00 am

Saw this one today:

But I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, his greatest fulfillment of all he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious.
~ Vince Lombardi

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Post by Ironman » Fri Jun 20, 2008 3:07 am

Here's a favorite of mine that came to mind.

For my nonconformity, society whips me with it's displeasure. -Emerson

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Post by KPj » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:25 am

I'm sure this was from EliteFts, but it's always stuck with me...

"Without strength you have nothing, when you run out of strength your DEAD"


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Post by amivan » Fri Jun 20, 2008 1:13 pm

The inches speech from Any Given Sunday by Pacino


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Post by robertscott » Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:57 pm

i cannot be defeated - Ivan Drago, Rocky IV. I find it helps when busting your gut on a treadmill to visualise that training montage where Ivan's on the treadmill and they're cracking up the incline... or you could be Balboa on the mountain, personally i think Drago's cooler.

pain don't hurt - Swayze's character, Road House. (terrible film but worth a watch, one of those "so bad it's good" numbers)

maybe i watch too much tv...

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great quotes

Post by reneep » Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:51 am

Don't let the fear of what if ruin the joy of what is- Melody Beattie

The brick walls are not there to keep us out, they're there to give us a chance to prove how badly we want something- Randy Pausch

It's amazing what you can do when you don't know you can't- Loretta LaRoche

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Post by kevinsheridan40 » Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:33 pm

Pain is temporary Pride is forever~unknown

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Post by Wouter » Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:51 am

I wonder, is this a motivational quote? :lol:

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