Chris Kavas


Motivational Quotes

These are motivational quotes I have gathered over the years from various sources. If you are feeling down or just need that extra pickup, this page should have something to ease your heart and motivate your soul.  If you want to read more great quotes, follow me on twitter.

Below are some great quotes from:

Albert Einstein | Wayne Dyer | Zig Ziglar | Thomas Edison | Napoleon Hill | Abraham Lincoln | Jim Rohn | Dale Carnegie | Confucius | Henry Ford


Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a theoretical physicist who developed the theory of general relativity, effecting a revolution in physics. For this achievement, Einstein is often regarded as the father of modern physics, and one of the most prolific intellects in human history.  He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”. The latter was pivotal in establishing quantum theory within physics.

  • I want to know the thoughts of God. Everything else is just details.
  • I believe in standardizing automobiles, not human beings.
  • When the solution is simple, God is answering.
  • Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
  • “The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.”
  • The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.
  • Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
  • “A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?”
  • “All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.”
  • “Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.”
  • “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
  • “Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”
  • “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
  • “If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth.”
  • “If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.”
  • “If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.”
  • “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
  • “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
  • “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
  • “Imagination is the most powerful force in the universe.”
  • “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
  • “Information is not knowledge.”
  • “Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
  • “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”
  • “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.”
  • “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
  • “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
  • “Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow — perhaps all will.”
  • “Know where to find the information & how to use it. That’s the secret of success.”
  • “Life is like riding a bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
  • “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
  • “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”
  • “Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”
  • “One knows from daily life that one exists for other people.” Albert Einstein
  • “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
  • “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”
  • “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
  • “Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.”
  • “Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.”
  • “The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
  • “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”
  • “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”
  • “The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.”
  • “To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.”
  • “True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.”
  • “Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”
  • “Two ways to live your life. One as though nothing is a miracle. The other as though everything is.”
  • “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
  • “Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”
  • “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”
  • “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”
  • “Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.”
  • “Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.”
  • “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
  • “Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.”


Wayne Dyer

WAYNE W. DYER, PH.D., is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He’s the author of over 30 books, has created many audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows.

  • “A mind at peace, a mind centered & not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe.”
  • “Abundance is not something we desire – it is something we tune into.”
  • “Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either
  • “Anything you really want, you can attain, if you really go after it.”
  • “Anytime you get hate, send out love. Then love will come back & you’ll be free.”
  • “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
  • “Conflict cannot survive without your participation.”
  • “Give love & unconditional acceptance 2 those you encounter & notice what happens.”
  • “In this universe, which was created by a divine, organizing intelligence, there are simply no accidents.”
  • “Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing.”
  • “People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.”
  • “Simply put, you believe that things or people make you unhappy, but this is not accurate. You make yourself unhappy.”
  • “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
  • “When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.”
  • “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”
  • “You can set yourself up to be sick, or you can choose to stay well.”
  • “You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.”
  • “You don’t need to let anyone into your life unless they come in with love and harmony.”
  • “You have a very powerful mind that can make anything happen as long as u keep yourself centered.
  • “You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, ‘I release the need for this in my life.”
  • “Your body is only the garage for your soul.”
  • Give love and unconditional acceptance to those you encounter, and notice what happens.


Zig Ziglar

“The Master of Motivation” Zig Ziglar has been described as “One of America’s Icons,” “the salesman’s salesman” and “A legacy that will forever impact our history.” Helping people to achieve long-term balanced success based on his philosophy of character, attitude and skills, he has impacted more than a quarter billion people and continues to make a difference in the lives of those who act on his philosophy.

  • “You have to ‘Be’ before you can ‘Do’ and ‘Do’ before you can ‘Have’.”
  • “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”
  • “Before you change your thinking, you have to change what goes into your mind.”
  • “Building a better you is the first step to building a better America.”
  • “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.”
  • “Every choice you make has an end result.”
  • “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”
  • “Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.”
  • “If you aren’t on fire, then your wood is wet”.
  • “If you don’t see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner.”
  • “If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.”
  • “It’s easy to get to the top once you have got through the crowd at the bottom.”
  • “It’s not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude.”
  • “Make failure your teacher, not your undertaker.”
  • “Money isn’t the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen on the “gotta have it” scale.”
  • “Most people who fail in their dreams fail not from lack of ability but from lack of commitment.”
  • “Motivation is the fuel necessary to keep the human engine running.”
  • “Obviously, there is little you can learn from doing nothing!”
  • “Our children are our only hope for the future, but we’re their only hope for their present & their future.”
  • “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing –that’s why we recommend it daily.”
  • “People who have good relationships at home are more effective in the marketplace.”
  • “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”
  • “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”
  • “Success is dependent upon the glands; sweat glands.”
  • “Success is not a destination its s a journey! “
  • “The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love & loyalty.”
  • “The way you see people is the way you treat them.”
  • “The way you see yourself today will affect your performance today.”
  • “You already have all the characteristics necessary for success, recognize, claim, develop and use them.”
  • “You can have everything in life you want, if you help enough other people get what they want.”
  • “You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.”
  • “You can’t hit a target you cannot see, and you cannot see a target you do not have.”
  • “You do not pay the price of success, you enjoy the price of success.”
  • “You never know when one act, or one word of encouragement can change a life forever.”


Thomas Edison

Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor, scientist, and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed “The Wizard of Menlo Park” (now Edison, New Jersey) by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large teamwork to the process of invention, and therefore is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

  • “Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
  • “Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.”
  • “I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.”
  • “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” –  Thomas Edison
  • “If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.”
  • “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
  • “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
  • “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
  • “Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.”
  • “There ain’t no rules around here. We’re trying to accomplish something.”
  • “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”
  • “What a man’s mind can create, man’s character can control.”
  • “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this . . . you haven’t.”
  • “If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”
  • “If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”


Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970) was an American author who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature. He is widely considered to be one of the great writers on success.  His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich (1937), is one of the best-selling books of all time (at the time of Hill’s death in 1970, Think and Grow Rich had sold 20 million copies).  Hill’s works examined the power of personal beliefs, and the role they play in personal success. He became an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933-36. “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve” is one of Hill’s hallmark expressions.   How achievement actually occurs, and a formula for it that puts success in reach for the average person, were the focal points of Hill’s books.

  • “A goal is a dream with a deadline.”
  • “Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.”
  • “Do not wait; the time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand, & work with whatever tools you may have.”
  • “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
  • “Edison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.”
  • “Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.” –  Napoleon Hill
  • “Enthusiasm is a combination of mental & physical energy which is seldom found in an ailing body.”
  • “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.”
  • “Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.”
  • “Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.”
  • “If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.”
  • “If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water’s edge.”
  • “It is always your next move.”
  • “Man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does”.
  • “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”
  • “No man is ever whipped until he quits in his own mind.”
  • “No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy — unless you let him.”
  • “No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it.”
  • “One sound idea is all that you need to achieve success.”
  • “Opportunity often comes in disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. “
  • “Procrastination, the opposite of decision, is a common enemy which practically every individual must conquer.”
  • “The ladder of success is never crowded at the top.”
  • “What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
  • “When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.”
  • “What the mind can conceive, it can achieve.”


Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination. As president, he led the country through a great constitutional, military and moral crisis—the American Civil War—preserving the Union while ending slavery and promoting economic and financial modernization.

  • You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
  • “I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.”
  • “No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens”
  • “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
  • “As our case is new, we must think and act anew.”
  • “Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.”
  • “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”
  • “Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.”
  • “Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.”
  • “Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”
  • “Everybody likes a compliment.”
  • “Everyone desires to live long, but no one would be old.”
  • “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
  • “I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.”
  • “I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.”
  • “I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.”
  • “I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.”
  • “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my axe.”
  • “If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.”
  • “Most people are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.”
  • “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
  • “No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.”
  • “Things come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
  • “Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.”
  • “You cannot fail, if you resolutely determine, that you will not.”
  • “You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.”
  • “You can’t escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
  • “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”


Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn (September 17, 1930 – December 5, 2009) was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. His rags to riches story played a large part in his work, which influenced others in the personal development industry.

  • “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.”
  • “The more you know the less you need to say.”
  • Attitude is your acceptance of the natural laws, or your rejection of the natural laws.
  • “Average people look for ways of getting away with it; successful people look for ways of getting on with it.”
  • “Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design.”
  • “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”
  • “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
  • “If you care at all, you’ll get some results. If you car enough, you’ll get incredible results.”
  • “If you don’t like how things are, change it! You are not a tree.”
  • “Leadership is the challenge to be something more than average.”
  • “Let the views of others educate and inform you, but let your decisions be a product of your own conclusions.”
  • “Life is a unique combination of want to and how to, and we need to give equal attention to both.”
  • “Make rest a necessity, not an objective. Only rest long enough to gather strength.”
  • “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
  • “Part of your heritage in this society is the opportunity to become financially independent.”
  • “Pity the man who inherits a million & isn’t a millionaire. Here’s what would be pitiful, if your income grew & you didn’t.”
  • “Success is steady progress toward one’s personal goals.”
  • “Success is what you attract by the person you become.”- Jim Rohn
  • “The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.”
  • “The more you know the less you need to say.”
  • “The soil says: Do not bring me your need. Bring me your seed. “
  • “The twin killers of success are impatience and greed.”
  • “The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy.”
  • “We all have two choices: We can make a living or we can design a life.”
  • “Work harder on yourself than you do on your business.”
  • “You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.”


Dale Carnegie

Dale Breckenridge Carnegie (November 24, 1888 – November 1, 1955) was an American writer, lecturer, and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. Born in poverty on a farm in Missouri, he was the author of How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936), a massive bestseller that remains popular today. He also wrote How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (1948), Lincoln the Unknown (1932), and several other books.

  • “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”
  • “Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.”
  • “Flaming enthusiasm, backed by horse sense & persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.”
  • “Happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think.”
  • “Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.”
  • “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”
  • “Remember happiness doesn’t depend on who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think.”
  • “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”
  • “Tell me what gives a man or woman their greatest pleasure and I’ll tell you their philosophy of life.”
  • “The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.”
  • “The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.”
  • Elbert Hubbard (
  • Elbert Green Hubbard (June 19, 1856 – May 7, 1915) was an American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher. He was an influential exponent of the Arts and Crafts Movement and is, perhaps, most famous for his essay A Message to Garcia.
  • “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”
  • “A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience.”
  • “Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time.”
  • “Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.”
  • “Friendship, like credit, is highest when it is not used.”
  • “If men could only know each other, they would neither idolize nor hate.”
  • “Never explain – your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.”
  • “One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.”
  • “Positive anything is better than negative nothing.”
  • “The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.”
  • “The cure for grief is motion.”
  • “The love we give away is the only love we keep.”
  • “The secret of success is this: there is no secret of success.”
  • “We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.”



Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC) was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher of the Spring and Autumn Period.  The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. These values gained prominence in China over other doctrines, such as Legalism or Taoism during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – AD 220). Confucius’ thoughts have been developed into a system of philosophy known as Confucianism

  • “Man who chases two rabbits, catches neither.”
  • “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”
  • “Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.”
  • “Respect yourself and others will respect you.”
  • “The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.”
  • “To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.”
  • “To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.”
  • “When anger rises, think of the consequences.”
  • “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
  • Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.
  • “Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.”
  • “An inconvenience is an unrecognized opportunity”
  • “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
  • “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
  • “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”


Henry Ford

Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was a prominent American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. As owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He is credited with “Fordism”: mass production of inexpensive goods coupled with high wages for workers. Ford had a global vision, with consumerism as the key to peace. His intense commitment to systematically lowering costs resulted in many technical and business innovations, including a franchise system that put dealerships throughout most of North America and in major cities on six continents.

  • “Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right.”
  • “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.”
  • “Before every minute of action, there should be an hour of thought.”
  • “Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.”
  • “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, & working together is success.”
  • “Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.”
  • “Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy, you don’t need it: if you are sick you should not take it.”
  • “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”
  • “History is more or less bunk.”
  • “I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.”
  • “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”
  • “It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.”
  • “It is observed that successful people get ahead in the time that other people waste.”
  • “Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.”
  • “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”
  • “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”
  • “The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.”
  • “There is no man living that cannot do more than he thinks he can.”
  • “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”
  • “To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.”

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