I haven’t met the person who doesn’t enjoy inspiring quotes. Well, except for the occasional curmudgeon who will miss the point but will eagerly point out the grammatical errors and alleged cliches. Let’s ignore the latter for now.

I have a theory: we love inspiring quotes because our brains are starving for positive nourishment, the type of mental fuel that propels us towards greater faith, focus, courage, perseverance, and the will to live with passion and purpose.

Truth be told, inspiring quotes can be nothing more than brain candy… if we just read them and quickly forget their inherent wisdom.

May the following fifty quotes be like mental vitamins that inspire you to learn how to build the life and business of your dreams.

  1. “Always deliver more than expected.”― Larry Page, co-founder of Google
  2. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”― Steve Jobs 
  3. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”― Bill Gates 
  4. “Failure isn’t failure unless you don’t learn from it.”― Ronald Niednagel
  5. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”― Florence Nightingale
  6. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”― George Addair
  7. “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  8. “Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.”― Tony Hsieh, founder and CEO of Zappos
  9. “I may not be the most talented, but no one will outwork me.”― Derek Jeter 
  10. “There is no point at which you can say, ‘Well, I’m successful now. I might as well take a nap’.”― Carrie Fisher
  11. “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”― Will Rogers
  12. “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”― Booker T. Washington 
  13. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”― Babe Ruth 
  14. “Look for three things in a person: intelligence, energy, and integrity. If they don’t have the last one, don’t even bother.”― Warren Buffet 
  15. “In the long run, a short cut seldom is.”― Malcolm Forbes 
  16. “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”― Winston Churchill
  17. “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”― Zig Ziglar
  18. “Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”― Aristotle
  19. “Speed is useful only if you are running in the right direction.”― Joel Barker
  20. “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”― Benjamin Franklin 
  21. “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”― W.T. Purkiser
  22. “Risk is essential. There is not growth of inspiration in staying within what is safe and comfortable. Once you find out what you do best, why not try something else?”― Alex Noble 
  23. “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”― Andy Rooney 
  24. “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.”― James Cash Penney
  25. “The art of conversation lies in listening.”― Malcom Forbes 
  26. “We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.”― Diogenes 
  27. “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”― Stephen R. Covey
  28. “Two elements of successful leadership: a willingness to be wrong and an eagerness to admit it.”― Seth Godin
  29. “The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.”― Peter Drucker
  30. “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson 
  31. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”― Beverly Sills
  32. “Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait, the grip of your hand and the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.”― Henry Ford 
  33. “The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and actualizer. He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.”― Robert L. Schwartz 
  34. “The secret of joy in work is contained in one word: excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”― Pearl Buck  
  35. “The great enemy of communication, we find, is the illusion of it. We have talked enough; but we have not listened. And by not listening we have failed to concede the immense complexity of our society—and thus the great gaps between ourselves and those with whom we seek understanding.”― William H. Whyte 
  36. “Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.”― Dennis Waitley #leadership 
  37. “Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit.”― Conrad Hilton 
  38. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”― Vidal Sassoon
  39. “The two words information and communication are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.”― Sydney Harris
  40. “Two monologues do not make a dialogue.”― Jeff Daly 
  41. “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”― Albert Einstein
  42. “Chaos in the world brings uneasiness, but it also allows the opportunity for creativity and growth.”― Tom Barrett
  43. “There is a difference between conceit and confidence. Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done.”― Johnny Unitas 
  44. “When I was a child my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk, you’ll be the pope.’ Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.”― Pablo Picasso
  45. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”― John D. Rockefeller
  46. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”― Walt Disney
  47. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”― Colin Powell 
  48. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that other throw at him.”― David Brinkley 
  49. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”― Thomas Edison
  50. “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.”― Estee Lauder