quotations about motivation
Motivation is simple. Eliminate those who aren't motivated.
LOU HOLTZ, attributed, 1001 Motivational Messages and Quotations for Athletes and Coaches
The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it.
JOHN C. MAXWELL, Developing the Leader Within You
Motives are like harlequins--there is always a second dress beneath the first.
ELIZA COOK, Diamond Dust
We are not more ingenious in searching out bad motives for good actions when performed by others, than good motives for bad actions when performed by ourselves.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
The motivation for me is just the game itself, just playing the game the right way and trying to win, compete every time I step out there on the floor. That's motivation enough for me to go out there and play well.
KOBE BRYANT, interview, Feb. 15, 2004
Motivation is that energy which makes people do the things they never thought they could.
USHY MOHAN DAS, New Clear Energy
We must not inquire too curiously into motives.... they are apt to become feeble in the utterance: the aroma is mixed with the grosser air. We must keep the germinating grain away from the light.
GEORGE ELIOT, Middlemarch
What makes life dreary is the want of motive.
GEORGE ELIOT, Daniel Deronda
Motivation is a battle for the heart, not just an appeal to the mind. Passion is always an expression of the soul.
PATRICK DIXON, Building a Better Business
It is specifically because our motivations are more selfish than we would like to admit--lest our selfishness be used against us in the continual struggle to form and maintain cooperative alliances--that it is so difficult for us to perceive or accept them.
KYLE SUMMERS & BERNARD CRESPI, Human Social Evolution
If we could see the secret motives that prompt even the good actions of men, we should see more to reprove than to admire.
H. W. SHAW, attributed, Day's Collacon
It is not the motive, properly speaking, that determines the working of the will; but it is the will that imparts strength to the motive.
JAMES MCCOSH, attributed, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers
Motivations are built-in psychological needs. Sh*t we want. Some are physical--you need them to survive--and some exist only in your mind. All are important.
JOEL MARSH, Ux for Beginners
Nothing is so rare as a single motive--almost all our motives are compound ones; and if we examine our own hearts and actions with that accuracy and diffidence which become us as finite and responsible beings, we shall find that, of our motives to bad actions, temper is often a principal ingredient, and that it is not unfrequently one incitement to a good one.
E. NEWBERRY, attributed, Day's Collacon
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
JIM RYAN, attributed, Inspirational Quotes to Motivate, Rejuvenate, Stimulate, and Elevate
Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.
ZIG ZIGLAR, Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World
Mark a man's motives.
CONFUCIUS, attributed, Day's Collacon
It is very easy to discern flattery in most people, but to discern its motives requires an uncommon depth of penetration.
NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections
We must judge of a man's motives from his overt acts.
LORD KENYON, attributed, The Dictionary of Legal Quotations
A good motive is all that makes a good action estimable and lovely.
FREDERIC ADOLPHUS KRUMMACHER, German Parables