Everyone remembers the posters that our teachers had in their classrooms when we were kids.  I think some states hand out the kitten hanging from the branch with the “Just Hang In There” quote with their teaching certificates.  Quotes can often be inspiring or bring together a point that you are trying to make.  Here are a few that I’ve found to strike me.  Enjoy!

You should never be proud of doing what’s right.  You should just do what’s right ~ Dean Smith

One of the best places to start to turn your life around is by doing whatever appears on your mental ‘I should’ list. ~ Jim Rohn

“Normal” is what the majority does, which is why “different” is so much more interesting ~ Simon Sinek

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things ~ Philippians 4:8

The giving mindset is when we happily step to the side as we walk toward someone on the sidewalk instead of expecting them to move. If everyone had a giving mindset, we’d all get to where we’re going a little faster ~ Simon Sinek

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men ~ Ephesians 6

A person usually has two reasons for doing a thing: one that sounds good and a real one ~ JP Morgan

Pursue something so important that even if you fail, the world is better off with you having tried ~ Tim O’Reilly

If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing ~ Margaret Thatcher

It is better to be a failure at something you love, that to be a success at something you hate ~ George Burns

I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been. ~ Wayne Gretzky

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say ~ Will Durant

The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity ~ Tom Peters

There’s no point working on the fancy stuff until you’ve got the fundamentals down first ~ Bo Schembechler

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers ~ Ralph Nader

It’s better to do it than to talk about how perfect it could be ~ Simon Sinek

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new ~ Albert Einstein

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there ~ Will Rogers

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die left undone ~ Pablo Picasso

When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all. We all need some form of deeply rooted, powerful motivation— it empowers us to overcome obstacles so we can live our dreams ~ Les Brown

Leaders are the ones who have the courage to go first, to put themselves at personal risk to open a path for others to follow ~ Simon Sinek

The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves ~ Barbara Corcoran

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island… and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life ~ Walt Disney

The true mark of maturity is when somebody hurts you and you try to understand their situation instead of trying to hurt them back ~ Unknown

If everything goes right, we get a good experience.  If everything goes wrong, we get a good story ~ Simon Sinek

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not our circumstances ~ Martha Washington

Great leaders don’t see themselves as great; they see themselves as human. ~ Simon Sinek

We could all use a little coaching.  When you’re playing the game, it’s hard to think of everything ~ Jim Rohn

There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it’s the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent or a business person. ~ Anthony Robbins

Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me ~ Matthew 10:38

I’m not telling you it is going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it ~ Darren Hardy

Authorities act with themselves in mind. Leaders act with others in mind. Authorities take. Leaders give. Authorities die. Leaders live on.  Simon Sinek

Take care of your body.  It’s the only place you have to live ~ Jim Rohn

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances ~ Martha Washington

One of the marks of superior people is that they are action-oriented.  One of the marks of average people is that they are talk-oriented ~ Brian Tracy

The goal of life is not to have our lives mean something to ourselves.  The goal of life is to have our lives mean something to others ~ Simon Sinek

You must do one thing every day that scares you ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

If you aren’t going to go all the way, why go at all ~ Joe Namath

Those who believe what we believe offer their blood, sweat and tears.  Those who don’t believe what we believe demand more money or glory ~ Simon Sinek

If you believe you can, you probably can.  If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t.  Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad ~ Denis Waitley

The thing you never try, always fails ~ Jon Acuff

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves ~ Philippians 2:3

By your own soul, learn to live.  If some men force you, take no heed.  If some men hate you, have no care.  Sing your song, dream your dreams, hope your hopes, and pray your prayers ~ Bo Schembechler

You have to start with where you are if you want to expand where you’re going ~ John Maxwell

Your personal best was only good enough for yesterday ~ Darren Hardy

You can tell you’re on the road to success because it’s an uphill battle all the way ~ Paul Harvey

Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one ~ Bruce Lee

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world ~ 1John 2:16

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great ~ Mark Twain

Don’t fear failure.  – Not failure, but low aim, is the crime.  In great attempts it is glorious even to fail ~ Bruce Lee

We all have time to spend or waste, and it is our decision what to do with it.  But once passed, it is gone forever ~ Bruce Lee

To succeed takes more than the desire to win.  It also takes the acceptance that we could fail ~ Simon Sinek

Not making a decision is the worst thing you can do.  So long as you feel you made the right decision based on the information you had at that time, there’s no need to fret about it.  If it fails, you’ll know what to do next time ~ Bo Schembechler

I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through–then follow through. -Edward Rickenbacker

The only thing that stands between a person and what they want in life is the will to try it and the faith to believe it is possible ~ Rich DeVos

The value of our lives is not determined by what we do for ourselves.  The value of our lives is determined by what we do for others ~ Simon Sinek

If you really want your people to perform for you, they can’t just fear you.  They have to respect you, and feel a sense of loyalty to you that goes beyond the task at hand ~ Bo Schembechler

Be a man of your word.  If a man’s word has no value, he has no value.  Don’t worry about short term consequences.  We are in this game of life for the long term.  Touch all of the people you can to make a positive difference in their lives.  Do this and your rewards will be immeasurable ~ Bo Schembechler

Your life is a result of the choices you make….if you don’t like your life, it’s time to start making better choices ~ Unknown

Embrace the pain of change.  If you keep doing the same things, you’ll keep getting the same results ~ Dave Ramsey

Motivation alone is not enough.  If you have an idiot and you motivate him, now you have a motivated idiot ~ Jim Rohn

There are no traffic jams on the extra mile ~ Zig Ziglar

We are authentic when we say and do the things we actually believe ~ Simon Sinek

When you do the right things in the right way, you have nothing to lose because you have nothing to fear ~ Zig Ziglar

I’ve found that if you love life, life will love you back ~ Arthur Rubinstein

Fall seven time, stand up eight ~ Japanese Proverb

Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts.  If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do ~ Napolean Hill

The way people treat you is a statement of who they are as a human being.  It’s not a statement about you ~ Unknown

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.  And you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them ~ Dalai Lama

Be willing to change your behavior.  If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting ~ Unknown

It’s better to have nobody than to have someone who is half there, or doesn’t want to be there ~ Unknown

I do not believe in sitting on a problem.  Because the longer you sit on that thing, the longer it’ll irritate you.  If you’re keeping it to yourself, there’s nothing the guy you’re mad at can do to fix it, either, because you haven’t told him why you’re mad ~ Bo Schembechler

Successful people have a social responsibility to make the world a better place and not just take from it ~ Carrie Underwood

No one wakes up in the morning to go to work with the hope that someone will manage us.  We wake up in the morning and go to work with the hope that someone will lead us ~ Bob Chapman

Learn to express, not impress ~ Jim Rohn

Procrastination is the fear of success.  People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now.  Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll’ philosophy ~ Denis Waitley

Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you going ~ Jim Rohn

We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success.  It’s part of success ~ Arianna Huffington

Don’t let who you were talk you out of who you’re becoming ~ Zig Ziglar

Not all criticism is bad.  God forbid that we should turn a deaf ear to everyone who disagrees with us “Faithful are the wounds of a friend” (Proverbs 27:6).  Some people are in our lives to save us from ourselves.  As a leader, the trick is to create an environment that is safe for dissension, so these people can speak up ~ Michael Hyatt

What you get by achieving your goals is not nearly as important as what you become by achieving your goals ~ Zig Ziglar

You will never know the value of something until it becomes a memory ~ Dr. Seuss

Those who stay will be champions ~ Bo Schembechler

Go where you’re celebrated, not where you’re tolerated ~ Unknown

The person that you will spend the most time with in your life is yourself, so you better try to make yourself as interesting as possible ~ Unknown

Everyone you have met is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something ~ Unknown

Never let success get to your head; never let failure get to your heart ~ Anonymous

Don’t judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again ~ Nelson Mandela

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life ~ Steve Jobs

When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I’m already better than them ~ Marilyn Monroe

People who repeatedly attack your confidence and self-esteem are quite aware of your potential, even if you are not ~ Wayne Gerard Trotman

I have noticed that even people who claim everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road ~ Stephen Hawking

Every day we get better, or we get worse ~ Bo Schembechler

If you’re never going to do anything different, then why would anything change ~ Brian Baughman


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