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Motivation Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Motivation

Please enjoy these Motivation Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

People often say that motivation doesn't last.
Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar

Related topics: Motivational

A person acting from a motivation
of contribution and service
rises to such a level of moral authority
that worldly success is a natural result.
- Marianne Williamson

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I find motivation and inspiration and hope in information.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

 

Money was never a big motivation for me,
except as a way to keep score.
The real excitement is playing the game.
- Donald Trump

That's the motivation of an artist -
to seek attention of some kind.
- James Taylor

If money was my only motivation, I would organize myself differently.
- Placido Domingo

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We talk on principal, but act on motivation.
- Walter Savage Landor

In the new economy, information, education,
and motivation are everything.
- William J. Clinton

But what was my motivation was music,
and the fact that I love to move around.
I'm always moving around.
- Suzanne Farrell

Walking your talk is a great way to motivate yourself.
No one likes to live a lie.
Be honest with yourself, and you will find the motivation
to do what you advise others to do.
- Vince Poscente

The last two years we got beat in this round.
They came out with the motivation to win.
- Jimmy Haynes

Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.
- Norman Ralph Augustine

Money was never the motivation.
It never should be in sports.
- Katarina Witt

Motivation is simple.
You eliminate those who are not motivated.
- Lou Holtz

I just knew that economics had never been my big motivation.
- Leigh Steinberg

I sat down with my trainers to check my past seasons
and to see what could be done to keep me motivated and in good shape.
I had to find a new motivation, a new momentum.
- Hermann Maier

Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration,
motivation, and a pinch of creativity.
- Bo Bennett

In my experience, there is only one motivation,
and that is desire.
No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.
- Jane Smiley

It doesn't matter who is playing or how old they are.
I just worry about what I can control.
It doesn't give me more or less motivation.
- Monica Seles

My motivation for running for Senate was not for the
stature of being a senator,
but because I wanted to make a difference on issues I feel passionate about.
- Herman Cain

While many hackers have the knowledge,
skills, and tools to attack computer systems,
they generally lack the motivation to cause violence
or severe economic or social harm.
- Dorothy Denning

I think change is possible, but only for individuals
who were never truly gay in the first place and who
have a strong personal motivation to recover their heterosexuality.
- Marilyn vos Savant

There's always the motivation of wanting to win.
Everybody has that.
But a champion needs, in his attitude,
a motivation above and beyond winning.
- Pat Riley

An employee's motivation is a direct result of the
sum of interactions with his or her manager.
- Bob Nelson

Ability is what you're capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.
- Raymond Chandler

If people are really excited about their music,
and that's their primary motivation,
then that comes through in demo tapes.
That's the most important ingredient.
- Greg Ginn

I don't know if there are words to describe my motivation.
- Lorrie Fair

When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character,
I say, 'It's in the script.' If he says,
'But what's my motivation?, ' I say,
'Your salary.'
- Alfred Hitchcock

I wonder sometimes if the motivation for writers ought to be contempt,
not admiration.
- Orson Scott Card

People need motivation to do anything.
I don't think human beings learn anything without desperation.
- Jim Carrey

Y'know, the real reason why I was such a failure in
the sense of being unable to make any sort of a living
was because I was really not motivated.
I had no motivation.
- Paul Twitchell

I try to give both my heroes and villains an emotional
dimensionality which provides the motivation for their actions.
- Sidney Sheldon

But now I'm getting that spiritual motivation to visit Africa.
- Dennis Brown

Myths are stories that express meaning,
morality or motivation.
Whether they are true or not is irrelevant.
- Michael Shermer

At the same time, it makes me feel like I have to prove
myself to the new guys coming in as well as prove myself to the coaching staff,
which is a good bit of motivation for me.
- Michael Strahan

All directors are storytellers, so the motivation was
to tell the story I wanted to tell.
That's what I love.
- Spike Lee

We had an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth and
I think if that's not enough motivation I don't think
you should be playing this game.
- Tina Thompson

I love Nautilus and stretching.
The results are immediate, and that gives me the motivation to continue.
- Donna Dixon

Usually a feeling of disappointment follows the book,
because what I hoped to write is not what I actually accomplished.
However, it becomes a motivation to write the next book.
- Anita Desai

I don't care about motivation.
I care about credibility.
- Eliot Spitzer

The motivation part is all essential in keeping my voice,
but there are the human factors of discipline.
- Jerome Hines

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

I fear that our true motivation is about oil and our own flailing economy;
about the failure to destroy Al Qaeda and about revenge.
- Dave Matthews

If you must have motivation, think of your paycheck on Friday.
- Noel Coward

Everybody kind of perceives me as being angry.
It's not anger, it's motivation.
- Roger Clemens

If someone is going down the wrong road,
he doesn't need motivation to speed him up.
What he needs is education to turn him around.
- Jim Rohn

I don't believe in team motivation.
I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it
will have the necessary confidence when it steps on
a field and be prepared to play a good game.
- Tom Landry

We expert teachers know that motivation and emotional impact are what matter.
- Donald Norman

Being here allows me to make the case that not all aging,
narcissistic movie actors whose children could be mistaken
for their grandchildren necessarily act with the same motivation.
- Warren Beatty

I'd say the most memorable thing for me was my dedication
and motivation in how I got so involved in boxing.
- Alexis Arguello

I don't think any collector knows his true motivation.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

Wanting something is not enough.
You must hunger for it.
Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order
to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.
- Les Brown

A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.
- Pat Riley

Deficiency motivation doesn't work.
It will lead to a life-long pursuit of try to fix me.
Learn to appreciate what you have and where and who you are.
- Wayne Dyer

I have worked enough and I am happy to be touring the
country speaking about living with MS to give people
inspiration and motivation to help themselves.
- Teri Garr

Motivation is everything.
You can do the work of two people, but you can't be two people.
Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the
line and get him to inspire his people.
- Lee Iacocca

A single prop that does not look real to an audience can louse you up.
The same is true of the smallest flaw in setting up
the motivation in a story line.
- Desi Arnaz

Motivation aside, if people get better at these life skills,
everyone benefits: The brain doesn't distinguish between
being a more empathic manager and a more empathic father.
- Daniel Goleman

You know looking back on it now I used the fight and
after the fight as motivation,
to make sure I was going to be the best middleweight
in the world for a long time.
- Marvin Hagler

What everyone in the astronaut corps shares in common
is not gender or ethnic background,
but motivation, perseverance, and desire -
the desire to participate in a voyage of discovery.
- Ellen Ochoa

It was all about wanting to get revenge.
Pathetic, really, but it still is the motivation.
- Julian Clary

Action, reaction, motivation, emotion,
all have to come from the characters.
Writing a love scene requires the same elements from the writer as any other.
- Nora Roberts

I also like to look at the dynamic that takes place
between religion and science because,
in a way, both are asking the same questions:
Who are we? Where do we come from? Why are we here?
Where are we going? The methodologies are diametrically opposed,
but their motivation is the same; the wellspring is the same in both cases.
- J. Michael Straczynski

Even though worker capacity and motivation are destroyed
when leaders choose power over productivity,
it appears that bosses would rather be in control than
have the organization work well.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

The biggest problem in rock journalism is that often
the writer's main motivation is to become friends with the band.
They're not really journalists; they're people who
want to be involved in rock and roll.
- Chuck Klosterman

Iraq did not spontaneously opt for disarmament.
They did it as part of a ceasefire, so they were forced to do it,
otherwise the war might have gone on.
So the motivation has been very different.
- Hans Blix

People are stupid;
given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything.
Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie
because they want to believe it's true,
or because they are afraid it might be true.
- Terry Goodkind

Well, I actually grew up in the sixties.
I feel very lucky, actually, that that was my slice
of time that I was dealt.
Let's remember that the real motivation in the sixties,
and even in the fifties, was the Cold War.
- Ann Druyan

Classic economic theory, based as it is on an inadequate
theory of human motivation,
could be revolutionized by accepting the reality of higher human needs,
including the impulse to self actualization and the
love for the highest values.
- Abraham Maslow

That moment was very important because it was political.
That's what has to be done, so they struck a deal.
She figures his is a well-thought-out motivation that
she felt was worthy trade-off.
The motivation here is survival, and she has to think like a leader.
- Mary McDonnell


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