29 Motivational Quotes Sure To Ignite Your Passion

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Motivational quotes are those things that we just can’t seem to get enough of. Their words speak to our hearts and challenge us to learn and grow.

Motivational quotes cause us to think.

Motivational quotes cause us to think.


The Mojo and Moxie of Motivational Quotes

  • are highly shareable on your favorite social media platforms.
  • contain words that energize our spirit.
  • dispense wisdom about such things as friendship, happiness, and truth.
  • help strengthen our resolve to do better and to be better.
  • help us to put things into a positive perspective.
  • incite us to take action.
  • inspire us to change.
  • remind us to be strong in the face of adversity.
  • teach us valuable lessons about life leadership.
Allow motivational quotes to be the focal point of your attention.

Allow motivational quotes to be the focal point of your attention.

You may have noticed the similarity between tunnels and motivational quotes.

Just the right set of words focus our attention where it needs to be and Voila!!

The spark ignites, the light bulb goes off in our brain, and we experience an Aha!! moment.

29 Motivational Quotes Sure To Ignite Your Passion

  1. A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. ~ David Brinkley
  2. All things I seek are now seeking me. ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
  3. Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. ~ Judy Garland
  4. Be courageous. It’s one of the only places left uncrowded. ~ Anita Roddick
  5. Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning. ~ Robert Kiyosaki
  6. Everything comes by BEING! Be the love you seek. Be the friend you seek. Be the lover you seek. Be the honesty you seek. Be the integrity you seek. Be the patience you seek. Be the tolerance you seek. Be the compassion you seek. Be the ___________ you seek. ~ Bryant H. McGill
  7. God gives talent. Work transforms talent into genius. ~ Anna Pavlova
  8. Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. ~ Denis Waitley
  9. He who looks outside dreams. He who looks within, awakens. ~ Carl Jung
  10. I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. ~Diane Ackerman
  11. If you cannot immediately change external circumstances start with your words. We are all constructed out of our self dialogue. ~ Bryant H. McGill
  12. If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. ~ Jim Rohn
  13. If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you! ~ T. Harv Eker
  14. It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference. ~ Tom Brokaw
  15. Make failure your teacher, not your undertaker. ~ Zig Ziglar
  16. Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  17. No star is ever lost we once have seen… We always may be what we might have been. ~ Adelaide Anne Procter
  18. Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from indomitable will. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  19. Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person we become. ~ Jim Rohn
  20. The depth of your desire determines the height of your success. ~ William A. Butler <Tweet this!>
  21. The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have. ~ Norman Vincent Peale
  22. The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. ~ Samuel Johnson
  23. The true worth of a man is to be measured by the objects he pursues. ~ Marcus Aurelius
  24. The truest wisdom in life is in being who you really are. ~ William A. Butler
  25. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. ~ Paulo Coelho
  26. Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. ~ John Wooden
  27. Tomorrow is only found in the calendar of fools. ~ Og Mandino
  28. You are here not merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errand. ~ Woodrow Wilson
  29. You can work with Kings, but never lose the common touch. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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William A. Butler is a John C.Maxwell certified coach. He loves to add value to others and aspiring to be a great humanitarian, lives by four words: BE LOVE TO OTHERS. William often goes by "Bill" and is a poet, a songwriter and has an upcoming novel.

48 thoughts on “29 Motivational Quotes Sure To Ignite Your Passion

  1. Hi Bill,

    This is an awesome collection of great quotes. I love this one especially:
    “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.”

    Thank you for sharing and motivating us today!

    Kumar Gauraw recently posted…10 Blogging Mistakes To Avoid When Starting Your Online JourneyMy Profile

    • Hi Kumar,
      That is one of my favorite motivational quotes too because I have enormous respect for Tom Brokaw.
      Always a pleasure Kumar. Thanks for being here.

      Best Regards,

  2. Rochefel Rivera says:

    wonderful quotes! This one is my favorite

    If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. ~ Jim Rohn

    • Greetings Roche,
      I’m glad you like it. If you would like about 350 more motivational quotes from Jim Rohn, you can sign up for free to my subscriber list and download the book, The Treasury of Jim Rohn quotations. Enough for a whole year, and they’re in alphabetical order. 🙂

      Kind Regards,

  3. Bill,
    I love this list! Would you mind if I borrowed it? I love posting motivational sayings throughout the day. I find it to be very up-lifting. One of my favorites is Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.” Thank you for sharing these. Have a wonderful day. Lisa
    Lisa Magoulas recently posted…Why are smoothies important for breakfast?My Profile

    • Hi Lisa,
      I don’t mind at all. You may even wish to put some of these motivational quotes on some nice photos and share them too. 😉
      Yes, they are another way of obtaining spiritual refreshment. You’re most welcome. A true joy!


  4. Hey Bill,

    GREAT list, there so much amazing content and quotes in here! My personal favorite – so favorite I had it tattooed on my body – “The pain you feel today, will be the strength you experience tomorrow” Today’s challenges always build tomorrows character!

    Great post,

    Zach recently posted…What Vegans Eat: Vegan Protein Ice Cream RecipeMy Profile

    • Hey Zach,
      Yes… they’re rocket fuel for the soul. I’ve never though to tattoo a quotation on my body, but as long as it’s meaningful to you, enjoy it.
      Thank you for your input. 🙂


  5. LOL Bill,
    I just happen to know where I can get some beautiful photos. 😉 Thank you, Lisa
    Lisa Magoulas recently posted…Why are smoothies important for breakfast?My Profile

  6. Love this list of quotes – especially “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” ~ John Wooden

    Thanks for gathering these pearls of wisdom and sharing!
    Laurel Bill recently posted…Miners stampede to Nome during Klondike Gold RushMy Profile

    • Greetings Laurel,
      It’s a pleasure to share these. Glad you enjoy them. John Wooden was a great leader and coach.
      Thank you for taking time to share your thoughts.

      All the best!

  7. I really needed to read these. I have been struggling for a couple of weeks now because my husband left me for my best friend and I have been feeling really down! It is crazy how things come across your path and make you see the light at the end of the tunnel!
    Jennifer Clay recently posted…Baby Quasar PLUS Fights Against Wrinkles + Giveaway! $399 Value!My Profile

  8. I love a lot of these quotes. Motivational quotes help me a lot to think and know that I am not the only one going through a certain issue. I always try to share them as well to keep the motivation going
    Veronica recently posted…Throw Back ThursdayMy Profile

    • Hello Veronica,
      I appreciate you sharing your thoughts. Yes, it’s interesting how these quotes get us to think and see things differently. It helps to know we are never alone, even if we feel like we are. I like to share them too to keep others motivated.

      All the best for a nice day tomorrow and weekend ahead. 🙂

  9. Great quotes! My favorite is number 10. I definitely don’t want to just live my life, but I want to enjoy it and get the most that I possibly can out of it. You know what they say, “you only live once”!

    • Hi Petra,
      That’s the beauty of motivational quotes. They resonate with people from all walks of life, for various reasons. Glad this is meaningful to you.
      True enough. We need to make the best of the time we have here.

      Kind regards,

  10. Jim Striegel says:

    I enjoyed reading these and will bookmark them to share.

  11. This is one of my favorites There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. ~ Paulo Coelho

    Thank you for sharing.

    • Hi Jeff,
      Thank you for telling me your favorite motivational quote. I think fear of failure is just as bad as fear of success. I like Paulo Coelho. He has a lot of great content. You’re very welcome. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  12. Monday is Motivational Monday on my fan page. I think it’s a great way to start the week. Jim Rohn has great quotes as well as the others you mentioned. Think I might just copy your list and use some of the quotes!!

    • Hi Meli,
      I think motivational quotes are a great way to start every day. That you have them on Mondays is great. For those that take a weekend away from work, starting the week off with positive, inspirational material is definitely important.
      All the best!

  13. Hi Bill

    This is good list…I like the very first one!! Most inspiring! I like No.18 too. Long time ago, I kept a journal of inspiring quotes…now they are so accessible through Google!

    My most inspiring poem is ‘IF’ by Rudyard Kipling. I love each line, each word of that poem.
    Balroop Singh recently posted…Only One Way of Detachment…My Profile

    • Hi Balroop,
      So nice to see you here again. I love that motivational quotes help us to feel better about situations, that they challenge us to be more than we are, especially when naysayers have thrown the proverbial bricks at you. Yes, where would we be without Google? I love IF by Kipling as well. It’s great! 🙂


  14. My favorite quote that you mentioned is:

    No star is ever lost we once have seen… We always may be what we might have been. ~ Adelaide Anne Procter

    Wonderful! Think I’ll add that to my Domestic Violence Voices fb page today. Thanks for the extra spark today!
    Kathryn recently posted…Creative Journaling ChallengeMy Profile

    • Hi Kathryn,
      I think it’s wonderful of you to speak up about domestic violence. I hope this quote motivates and inspires women who feel powerless to have some hope.
      You’re so welcome. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and thank you especially for what you are doing for women.
      You know how to BE LOVE To OTHERS. 🙂

      All the best!

  15. Hi Bill

    Awesome list you have here – thank you.

    Those that jumped out and spoke to me on your list are n 6 – Everything comes with Being etc. Yes! And also 20 16 resonates big time with me.

    I love and use this one to myself often ” God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;courage to change the things I can;and wisdom to know the difference”
    –Reinhold Niebuhr

    I love quotes and someone always seems to put the right one at the right time for me on Facebook _ funny about that:-)

    Thanks Bill.

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    • Hi Sue,
      I’m glad you enjoy the list. Thank you for sharing and reminding me of the Serenity Prayer. It’s a powerfully inspiring thought.
      I just placed a quote on your FB wall. 🙂

      Have a beautiful week ahead!

  16. Bill, I love quotes, – these are really good too. My favorite is “Make failure your teacher, not your undertaker.” ~ Zig Ziglar Zig has a lot of great quotes! I always look for quotes when I’m down and they really do help.; Some I keep on my desktop, others I keep in a document to go back and read. Thanks for sharing these Bill and have a great rest of your weekend.
    Lisa recently posted…IFTTT Will Help You Achieve These 5 GoalsMy Profile

    • Hi Lisa,
      I love motivational and inspirational quotes too. I have a small library of them. I have so many favorites, but couldn’t put them all in one post. 🙂
      Here’s one more you may enjoy: “Living well and beautifully and justly are all one thing.” ~ Socrates

      It’s been a very nice weekend. Thanks! All the best for the week ahead. 🙂

  17. Thank you Bill, I needed some motivation and encouragement today!

    • Hi Ludi-May,
      Nice to see you back here. I trust you are okay. I appreciate that the motivational quotes helped to encourage you! 🙂
      If you would like me to write on a certain subject, please let me know. Thanks!

      Kind Regards,

  18. I love quotes Bill!

    Motivational, inspirational, about life, about love, happiness, you name it. I don’t really have any favorites either because I think they’re all so good. Some days some mean more then other day so they’re all so special.

    Love these that you shared though, thank you.

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    • Hi Adrienne,
      I like what you’ve stated about some days more than others. I think that’s the reliability and timeless nature of motivational and inspirational quotes.
      They always come in handy at just the right moment. Have a lovely week Adrienne!

  19. Hi Bill,

    I find that quotes are very uplifting. Sometimes when I get the AHA moment, I copy the quote on a post-it and put it on my computer where I can see it all day and repeat it in my mind.

    It is sort of a affirmation to change my neuro-linking to my sub conscious. Love stuff like that.

    I love all the quotes above but this one stuck with me
    Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning. ~ Robert Kiyosaki

    When our mindset is stuck on that fear of loosing..we are truly stuck and cannot move forward. I love the excitement of winning.

    donna merrill recently posted…How To Deal With Going Off Line For A WeekMy Profile

    • Hi Donna,
      I know you’ve been busy as of late, so I appreciate you taking time to stop in here and add value with your thoughts. 🙂
      One motivational quote that really grabbed my attention was by the late John O’Donohue when he said, “It’s the unseen life that dreams us.”
      That is powerful!!!

      I agree with you. Fear is debilitating. It is then that we need to be forward focused and divert our attention on solutions, rather than allowing the what-if scenarios to play out in our mind.

      Have an awesome week!

  20. As you know (because I share your quotes on social media) I am a freak for quotes. They invoke so many emotions, thoughts and connotations. They say things in a way I feel, in a way I cannot express. Big fan of quotes!
    Will be coming here a few times for a few to share I think!

    • Hi Becc,
      I’m very glad to hear that because I have published a number of encouraging inspirational and motivational quotes now.
      As luck would have it, I’m set to publish another in my next post very shortly 🙂

      Thank you, Becc. I’ve just looked at your website. We write on similar topics.
      Have a wonderful week!

  21. I love quotes and specially the motivational ones. Glad that you have summed up so many here. I enjoyed reading this. Keep sharing such quotes. Enjoy the weekend.
    Atish Ranjan recently posted…Essential things to do after setting up your wordpress blogMy Profile

    • Hi Atish,
      Nice to see you back here. I think motivational quotes are important because they help fuel our inspiration and desire to succeed.
      Just the right words can go a long way. Have a great week!

  22. Hi Bill,

    These are really inspiring collection! I especially love this: “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning”.

    Whenever an opportunity present itself to me, I’m like, “what if I fail? What if it doesn’t work? What if… Forget it. I have to be taking risks. I have to get going.”
    Krisma R. M recently posted…Let’s put our glass slippers on for Blog Hop!My Profile

    • Hi Krisma,
      Isn’t it amazing how many people allow fear to control their lives? And worry over the silliest things? But that is human nature, and until we learn to conquer our ego and live authentically according to our true selves, society will go on struggling and striving, rather than flourishing and thriving.
      I like how you flipped that around. Glad you see the need to be better. 🙂

  23. Hi Bill,
    You have put up a very nice post.The quotes are really inspiring..I always feel happy a to read the inspirational quotes because they re-energise us…..
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    • Hi Karnal,
      Thanks, my friend. Isn’t it great to have some place to go to be inspired?
      I love to add value by providing motivational material because it is uplifting and encouraging.

      Have a blessed week!

  24. wow Bill Butler, ..Beutiful collection of motivational thoughts. I liked most the below one..
    “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” ~ Jim Rohn
    I want to share one thought by me..
    Just Convert your every Last effort into your first, definitely, you will succeed… 🙂

    • Greetings Suraj!
      Welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed this post. I have another 350 or more Jim Rohn quotes to offer you just for subscribing to my site in the sign up box.
      I really appreciate your thought. That is very wise, and I can see how that builds momentum. I will use your quote on Twitter. 🙂

      Kind Regards,

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