Greatest Motivational Quotes

"There is nothing like a dream to create the future. Utopia today, flesh and blood tomorrow." That was from Victor Hugo.

We all have dreams. But how do we turn our dreams into reality? There are many elements. Goal-setting, confidence, discipline, patience, flexibility and persistence are a few.

Let's hear what those who have made their dreams come true said on the subject.

-"Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings." From Samuel Johnson, English author. This means you'll need plenty of self-confidence, and believe in your own plans and abilities.

- If in the process of pursuing your dreams, you get discouraged, remember what Will Smith said in the movie The Pursuit of Happyness. "Don't ever let anybody tell you, you can't do something. Not even me. You got a dream? You've got to protect it. People who can't do something themselves, they want to tell you, you can't do it. You want something? Go get it. Period."

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Or how about this one from Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage."

? Pursuing your dreams isn't easy. It's hard work. This is from Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb and the person with the most patents in history, "The first requisite for success is to develop the ability to focus and apply your mental and physical energies to the problem at hand—without growing weary. Because such thinking is often difficult, there seems to be no limit to which some people will go to avoid the effort and labour that is associated with success."

Thomas Edison also said that, "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration."

Another one on hard work from Frank Lloyd Wright, "I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen."

If you find that people are critical of your efforts, remember this quote from Theodore Roosevelt: "It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."

? Oh yes, patience is a vital element to success, as the first century Greek philosopher Epictetus wrote, "Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen." But you'll also need the ability to manage your tasks. Chuck Tanner wrote on patience and management, "There are three secrets to managing. The first secret is have patience. The second is be patient. And the third most important secret is patience."

? If at first you don't succeed, try again. As Calvin Coolidge wrote, "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."

Remember, as the saying goes, successful people are willing to do what unsuccessful people aren't. Like Nike says, "Just do it!" Then maybe you'll agree with Henry David Thoreau, "If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

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