Motivational Quotes: Inspire Your New Year

The power of words, and their ability to motivate and encourage is boundless.  Here are some great quotes to get you motivated, keep you going, or simply get you thinking.

“In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place.” –Mohandas Ghandi

 “A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.” -Martin Luther King Jr. 

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.” –Muhammad Ali

“You can’t wait for inspiration.  You have to go after it with a club.” –Jack London

“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” –Maya Angelou

“We don’t know who we are until we see what we can do.” –Martha Grimes

“To have doubted one’s own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.” –Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. 

“We probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of us if we could know how seldom they do.” –Olin Miller

 “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” –J.M. Power

 “Dreams and dedication are a powerful combination.” –William Longgood

 “In the long run men hit only what they aim at.” –Henry David Thoreau

 “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” –C. Archie Danielson

 “To have more, desire less.” –Table Talk

 “Look at everything as if you’re seeing it either for the first or last time.  Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.” –Betty Smith

 “The wise person questions himself, the fool others.” –Henri Arnold

 “The mask, given time, comes to be the face itself.” –Marguerite Yourcenar

 “Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve.  Middle age is when you’re forced to.” – Bill Vaughn 🙂

As you close your 2010 chapter and welcome in the New Year, think big and remember that all great things begin with a single dream. 


  1. Thanks Ahlam – these are great!

    My favorite is, “We probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of us if we could know how seldom they do.” It’s easy to forget that one. 🙂

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