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50 Famous Quotes to Inspire You Today

By Anthony Hughes | Sep 17, 2015 | Friday Funnies

blackboard filled with success quotes like "Don't say I wish, say I will"Who are you inspired by?

Family? Friends? Industry Experts? Entrepreneurs?

We all have our own sources of motivation that spur us on to work that little bit harder and achieve that little bit more…

But what motivates and inspires the multi-billionaires and super-successful businesspeople of the world?

More importantly, what inspires Winnie the Pooh?

Find out for yourself with our list of 50 fantastically motivational famous quotes to inspire you this Friday!


Mark Zuckerberg

Famous Quote 1. “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” Mark Zuckerberg

Famous Quote 2. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” Sara Blakely

Famous Quote 3. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” Henry Ford

Famous Quote 4. “Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” Arianna Huffington

Famous Quote 5. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” Steve Jobs

Famous Quote 6. “Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success.” Martha Stewart

Famous Quote 7. “If you’re hurt, lick your wounds and get up again. If you’ve given it your absolute best, it’s time to move forward” Richard Branson

Famous Quote 8. “If you’re changing the world, you’re working on important things. You’re excited to get up in the morning.” Larry Page

Famous Quote 9. “If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just.” Anita Roddick

Famous Quote 10. “The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.”  David Ogilvy

If you’d like to find out more inspirational quotes from super-successful entrepreneurs, check out this fantastic article from


winnie the pooh, tigger and pigletFamous Quote 11. “When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming!” Dory, Finding Nemo

Famous Quote 12. “Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what outside, but what is inside that counts.” Aladdin, Aladdin

Famous Quote 13. “Some people are worth melting for.” Olaf, Frozen

Famous Quote 14. “If everybody were like everybody else, how boring it would be. The things that make me different are the things that make me, Me!” Piglet and Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh

Famous Quote 15. “You’re mad, bonkers, off your head! But I’ll tell you a secret: all the best people are.” Alice, Alice in Wonderland

Famous Quote 16. “I don’t want to survive. I want to live.” The Captain, Wall-E

Famous Quote 17. “You’re never too old to be young” Snow White, Snow White

Famous Quote 18. “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all” The Emperor, Mulan

Famous Quote 19. “Always let your conscience be your guide!” The Blue Fairy, Pinocchio

Famous Quote 20. “If you can DREAM, you can DO it” Walt Disney

Surprised by Disney’s inspiring quotes? Click here, here or here to discover more!

Historical Figures

Florence nightingaleFamous Quote 21. “Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm” Winston Churchill

Famous Quote 22. “I may be kindly, I am ordinarily gentle, but in my line of business I am obliged to will terribly what I will at all.” Catherine the Great

Famous Quote 23. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” Confucius

Famous Quote 24. “We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.” Abigail Adams

Famous Quote 25. “The best way to predict the future is to create it” Abraham Lincoln

Famous Quote 26. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” Audrey Hepburn

Famous Quote 27. “I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him” Galileo Galilei

Famous Quote 28.  “Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves.” Queen Victoria

Famous Quote 29. “Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn” Benjamin Franklin

Famous Quote 30. “I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.” Florence Nightingale

BrainyQuote is a fantastic browsing tool for hunting down the most motivational quotes from throughout the ages.

The Silver Screen

GandalfFamous Quote 31. “Do, or do not. There is no try” Yoda, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

Famous Quote 32. “We’re gonna live. Like we’re telling the best story in the whole world.?” Penelope Stamp, The Brothers Bloom

Famous Quote 33. “My momma always said, ‘life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get’.” Forrest, Forrest Gump

Famous Quote 34. “But it ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward.” Rocky, Rocky Balboa 

Famous Quote 35. “Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn’t mean they’re lost forever.” Charles Xavier, X-Men: Days of Future Past

Famous Quote 36. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” Gandalf, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Famous Quote 37. “Sometimes it’s the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” Christopher Morcom, The Imitation Game

Famous Quote 38. “You cannot live your life to please others. The choice must be yours.” The White Queen, Alice in Wonderland

Famous Quote 39. “There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.” Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything

Famous Quote 40. “Don’t tell me I can’t do it; don’t tell me it can’t be done!” Howard Hughes, The Aviator

Are you a real film buff? Check out this article from Lifehack. Do YOU agree with their 25 most inspirational movie quotes?

Creative Writers

Mark Twain quote The Secret of getting ahead is getting started(Well, it is pretty much their job to inspire…)

Famous Quote 41. “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for it” Katharine Whitehorn

Famous Quote 42. “I’m either going to be a writer or a bum” Carl Sandburg

Famous Quote 43. “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life” J.K Rowling

Famous Quote 44. “Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” Ernest Hemingway

Famous Quote 45. “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on” Sheryl Sandberg

Famous Quote 46. “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” Stephen King

Famous Quote 47. “I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life” Maya Angelou

Famous Quote 48. “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first” Mark Twain

Famous Quote 49. “It is never too late to be what you might have been” George Eliot

Famous Quote 50. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Helen Keller

Creative writers were born to inspire others… as this article from Writers Digest proves!

Feeling inspired?

We hope so!

If you’re more interested in inspiring your employees (and you don’t think plastering these quotes across the walls will help!) check out this article:  The 9 secrets to getting employees to genuinely care about your business

The only way to truly get your staff motivated is to get them to love your business!

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Happy Friday.

Have an inspirational week!

- Anthony Hughes

Anthony Hughes

Anthony is a recruitment veteran of 18 years and is also one of the original founders of Coburg Banks. He now trains recruitment consultants on the best methods to utilise when sourcing and assessing applicants for their clients. 


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