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25 Motivational Quotes from Eternal Optimists

Motivational quotes can be just what you need to stay focused on your goals.

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Katie Couric

“Find the joy. When you feel it, let it wash over you… take a moment to appreciate it. Be grateful for the people in your life, for waking up feeling good and pain-free, and for the stretch of road ahead that’s so full of possibilities. When you encounter bumps, keep going and don’t look back.” —Katie Couric, television journalist

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John Wooden

“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” John Wooden, American basketball coach

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Eleanor Roosevelt

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

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Steve Jobs

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Steve Jobs

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Ray Goforth

“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.” Ray Goforth, union leader

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Martha Stewart

“I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing.” Martha Stewart

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Winston Churchill

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

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Michael Jordan

“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” Michael Jordan

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Margaret Thatcher

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” Margaret Thatcher

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Stephen Hawking

“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” Stephen Hawking

These inspiring Stephen Hawking quotes might lead you to the meaning of life!

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William James

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” William James, philosopher

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Ella Fitzgerald

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” Ella Fitzgerald

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C.S. Lewis

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis

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Jimmy Dean

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” Jimmy Dean, country music singer

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Les Brown

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” Les Brown, motivational speaker

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Helen Keller

“Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller

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Alice Walker

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” —Alice Walker

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Norman Vincent Peale

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” —Norman Vincent Peale, American minister and author

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Maya Angelou

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” —Maya Angelou

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Vincent van Gogh

“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” —Vincent van Gogh

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Dalai Lama

“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” —Dalai Lama

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Booker T. Washington

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” —Booker T. Washington, American educator

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John Lennon

“When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy.” They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. ” —John Lennon

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Sydney Harris

“When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’” —Sydney Harris, American journalist

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John Barrymore

“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” —John Barrymore

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Originally Published on Reader's Digest