Share & Discuss the most motivational quote you've ever read, heard, or written?

Dr. K (@kclaibo2) 9 years ago

The title explains it all.

– I’m not entirely sold on the effectiveness of motivational quotes or speeches, but I do enjoy them –

Please list quotes (or short stories) that have SUCCESSFULLY motivated you or someone else.
(sorry if this has been posted before)

January 24, 2013 at 7:16 am
Taylor (61) (@stayinggolden) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@kclaibo2, That’s super cool. I’m trying to expand mine but it’s a little difficult seeing as I live in a dorm room.

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Bryan (0) (@khshox) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

“I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky.” – Carl Sagan

I’ve always loved science. Being able to understand the world in which I live, and beyond, has engendered a feeling of oneness with the cosmos. And that quote right up there just propels me forward into a never-ending stream of knowledge and understanding.

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

“Love is like a fart; If you have to force it, it’s probably shit”

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Dr. K (18) (@kclaibo2) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@khshox, my fascination with the universe is that it can’t be fully understood.
I’m also surprised that people would much rather go OUT for knowledge rather than IN, in a sense. For example, we’ve only discovered and learned about maybe 1% of what’s under the ocean that covers 75% of our planet.
human curiosity has truly no limits

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Iain (2) (@iwp1968) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

If you think you’ll fail or think you’ll succeed you will

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Ellen (3) (@ellro) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camus

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ellen (0) (@frauellen0812) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

“there is always a small part of the world that you can make better: yourself!” :-)

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Maria (0) (@loppywadoobinker) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

“There are no failures – Just experiences and your reactions to them” – Thomas Krause

“courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear” – Ambrose Redmoon

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Dr. K (18) (@kclaibo2) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@robbiekarlson, did you comment on my last post about comfort zones ??
you might like it.

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Kosta (27) (@kosta33) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

“just because you’re breathing, doesn’t mean your alive”

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Dr. K (18) (@kclaibo2) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@iwp1968, i like “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

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Sugar Magnolia (375) (@melissaurban1991) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

religion is for people who afraid to go to hell. spirituality is for those who have been there. my 20 year battle with a “god of my understanding” finally ended with this quote. i do not have to believe in a religious god. but i do believe in god as in a higher power/consciousness/awareness of right and wrong. now i regularly stay in contact with my “god” (for lack of a better term) through prayer and meditation and it is not fear-mongering judgemental spiteful god that i was taught about growing up. i was invited to experience for myself (spirituality) instead of taking someone else’s word (religion).

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NoMo (4) (@jopjohnso) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.
Aeschylus

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NoMo (4) (@jopjohnso) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

“Never let school interfere with your education”
-Mark Twain

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Cicero (4) (@jjoker999) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future – Oscar Wilde

A near-hit bolt of lighting can create a lot more Christian thinking that a long winded sermon – Duane Dewel

He is great necromancer, for he keeps the counsel of the death( i.e books) – George Herhert

I like man, but not men – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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kate (2) (@salamander) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@freespirit101, desiderata. perfect. i’ve always valued and respected the ability to strike simply the heart of complicated matters, and by default, I shy away from anyone who uses too many words. this poem, though, strikes so many things so simply. it’s hanging on my fridge.

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Josh (2) (@ch33rs) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

“Walk softly and carry a big stick.” -Teddy Roosevelt

A great quote from one of the most adventurous and successful men in history.

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Anonymous (3) (@) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

“If you want a symbolic gesture, don’t burn the flag; wash it.” -Norman Thomas

This one always gets to me.

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Evan W (0) (@weh1099) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

“many think because then happened, now isn’t. But didn’t I mention the ongoing WOW, is happening right now? We are all coauthors of this dancing exuberance, where even our inabilities are having roast. We are the authors of ourselves, coauthoring a gigantic Dostoevsky novel starring clowns. This entire thing we’re involved with, called the world, is an opportunity to exhibit how exciting alienation can be. Life is a matter of a miracle, that is collected over time, by moments flabbergasted to be in each other’s presence. The world is an exam, to see if we can rise into the direct experiences. Our eyesight is here as a test to see if we can see beyond it. Matter is here as a test for our curiosity. Doubt is here as an exam for our vitality.” – Timothy “Speed” Levitch

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shawshankle (1) (@benziboy) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

The quote itself motivated me to be happy once more. I had a psycho ex girlfriend who screwed me over in a million ways, toying with the life of an unborn human being and exhibiting signs of kleptomania despite claiming to a millionaire… I have always struggled with financial issues and I guess the money she flashed around enhanced my inadequacies.

I was broken for a long time afterwards, deeply depressed until i stumbled upon a quote that put things into perspective for me.

“Money makes you rich, but manners make you a man”

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Dr. K (18) (@kclaibo2) 8 years, 11 months ago ago

@benziboy, that’s an interesting one. I agree.

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Dr. K (18) (@kclaibo2) 8 years, 11 months ago ago

@jopjohnso, I use this quote very often. Not really in a motivational way, but more as a reminder to never forget the purpose of formal education and the importance of continued learning

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Dr. K (18) (@kclaibo2) 8 years, 11 months ago ago

@melissaurban1991, A friend of mine studying theology at Oxford told me “the closer he got to God/Jesus, the further he got from religion”

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