We all have those days when we feel that we’ve come to standstill, lacking patience and getting overwhelmed when everything fails to go our way and our goals have not been met. This feeling can make it difficult to remain optimistic, confident, and motivated, which can not only affect us and our own progress, but also of those around us. We mustn’t forget, though, that we have a full day ahead of us and plenty of time to turn that frown upside down! 🙂

Whenever you need your spirits uplifted — whether it is the beginning of the work week, a stressful time in your life, or just a day when you need a boost in self-confidence — sometimes all it takes to get yourself inspired and motivated to take action are the wise words of some of the most successful and influential people in the world. To help keep you motivated and work toward achieving your personal and career-related goals (and stay on good terms with your peers!), I have compiled a list of some of my favorite inspirational and motivational quotes.

“The grass is greener where you water it.” – Neil Barringham

“I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

“If Plan A didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letter! Stay cool.” – Unknown

“Wake up in anticipation something great is going to happen today.” – Unknown

“When nothing goes right, go left.” – Unknown

“I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now.” – Edna Mode,The Incredibles

“Expect nothing and appreciate everything.” – Unknown

“Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.” – Ritu Ghatourey

“It never gets easier, you just get better.” – Unknown

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” – C.S. Lewis

“There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.” – Unknown

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

“I’m going to go stand outside. If anyone asks, just tell them I’m outstanding.” – Unknown

“Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” – Charles Swindoll

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” – John F. Kennedy

“Your day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn.” – Unknown

“If you get, give. If you learn, teach.” – Maya Angelou

“Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.” – Unknown

“I am still learning.” – Michelangelo, age 87

“I’ve always been in the right place and time. Of course, I steered myself there.” – Bob Hope

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: You haven’t.” – Thomas Edison

“Better to be the one who smiled than the one who didn’t smile back.” – Unknown

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