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  • John Lennon (1940 - 1980)
    John Lennon achieved worldwide fame in the 1960s as a singer, songwriter and guitarist in one of the most successful bands of all time - The Beatles . He is credited as being the original and founding ...
  • Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, Mother Teresa, Nobel Peace Prize, 1979 (1910 - 1997)
    Mother Teresa was the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor. Baptized on August 27, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia, Mot...
  • Oprah Winfrey
    Reference: IMDb Reference: Wikipedia Reference: Oprah Oprah Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey; January 29, 1954) is an American television host, actress, producer, and philanthropist, best known...
  • James Cameron
    The top-tiered action director of his generation, James Cameron reshaped 1980s and '90s Hollywood with a string of lucrative multimillion-dollar films remarkable for their marriage of technical wizardr...
  • President Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela, Nobel Laureate (1918 - 2013)
    Nobel Laureate Nelson Mandela (fondly known by his amaXhosa clan name, ‘Madiba’), served 27 years in an Apartheid Prison on Robben Island, emerging to become South Africa’s first democratically elected...

The insight and experience of others is a valuable source of inspiration and motivation. And learning from successful leaders and entrepreneurs is a fantastic way to grow.

Even the world's most successful individuals have experienced their fair share of setbacks and hardships. And there's much to learn from their challenges as well as their success.

1. "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Nelson Mandela

2. "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." -Walt Disney

3. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people's thinking." -Steve Jobs

4. "If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor." -Eleanor Roosevelt

5. "If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more. If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough." -Oprah Winfrey

6. "If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success." -James Cameron

7. "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans." -John Lennon

8. "Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." -Mother Teresa

9. "When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on." -Franklin D. Roosevelt

10. "Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else." -Margaret Mead

11. "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." -Robert Louis Stevenson

12. "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." -Eleanor Roosevelt

13. "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin

14. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." -Helen Keller

15. "It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." -Aristotle

16. "Whoever is happy will make others happy too." -Anne Frank

17. "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

18. "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin

19. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." -Helen Keller

20. "It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." -Aristotle

21. "Whoever is happy will make others happy too." -Anne Frank

22. "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

23. "You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated." -Maya Angelou

24. "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Nelson Mandela

25. "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." -Abraham Lincoln

26. "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." -Babe Ruth

27. "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." -Helen Keller

28. "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." -Thomas A. Edison

29. "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." -Dr. Seuss

30. "If life were predictable it would cease to be life and be without flavor." -Eleanor Roosevelt

31. "If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday." Pearl Buck

32. "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." -Abraham Lincoln

33. "Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

34. "You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated." -Maya Angelou

35. "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." -Babe Ruth

36. "Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not." -Oscar Wilde

37. "The only impossible journey is the one you never begin." -Tony Robbins

38. "In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love." -Mother Teresa

39. "Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile." -Albert Einstein

40. "The purpose of our lives is to be happy." -Dalai Lama

41. "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans." -John Lennon

42. "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." -Mae West

43. "Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

44. "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." -Henry David Thoreau

45. "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Nelson Mandela

46. "Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." -Confucius

47. "May you live all the days of your life." -Jonathan Swift

48. "Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale." -Hans Christian Andersen

49. "Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life." -John Wooden

50. "Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved." -D. H. Lawrence

51. "Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about." -Marilyn Monroe

52. "Life is a long lesson in humility." -James M. Barrie

53. "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." -Robert Frost

54. "Love the life you live. Live the life you love." -Bob Marley

55. "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." -Helen Keller

56. "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." -Dr. Seuss

57. "Life is made of ever so many partings welded together." -Charles Dickens

58. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma -- which is living with the results of other people's thinking." -Steve Jobs

59. "Life is trying things to see if they work." -Ray Bradbury

60. "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." -Thomas A. Edison

61. "The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well." -John D. Rockefeller Jr.

62. "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." -Thomas Jefferson

63. "Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." -Winston S. Churchill

64. "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." -Walt Disney

65. "Don't be distracted by criticism. Remember -- the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you." -Zig Ziglar

66. "Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." -Henry David Thoreau

67. "I never dreamed about success, I worked for it." -Estee Lauder

68. "Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but they don't quit." -Conrad Hilton

69. "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." -Colin Powell

70. "The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. It's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere." -Barack Obama

71. "The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." -Franklin D. Roosevelt

72. "It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." -Herman Melville

73. "Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better." -Jim Rohn

74. "The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same." -Colin R. Davis

75. "I failed my way to success." -Thomas Edison

76. "If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success." -James Cameron

77. "If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time." -Steve Jobs

78. "A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him." -David Brinkley

79. "Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out." -John Wooden

80. "Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value." -Albert Einstein

81. "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." -John D. Rockefeller

82. "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing." -Abraham Lincoln

83. "Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." -Winston Churchill

84. "You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it." -Oprah Winfrey

85. "If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work." -Thomas J. Watson

86. "If you genuinely want something, don't wait for it -- teach yourself to be impatient." -Gurbaksh Chahal

87. "The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary." -Vidal Sassoon

88. "If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary." -Jim Rohn

89. "Before anything else, preparation is the key to success." -Alexander Graham Bell

90. "People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy." Tony Robbins

91. "Believe you can and you're halfway there." -Theodore Roosevelt

92. "The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

93. "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou

94. "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." -Ayn Rand

95. "Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is." -Vince Lombardi

96. "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right." -Henry Ford

97. "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." -Wayne Gretzky

98. "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples." -Mother Teresa

99. "You become what you believe." -Oprah Winfrey

100. "The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -Amelia Earhart

101. "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." -Anne Frank

102. "An unexamined life is not worth living." -Socrates

103. "Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear." -George Addair

104. "Dream big and dare to fail." -Norman Vaughan

105. "You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try." -Beverly Sills

106. "Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it." -Charles Swindoll

107. "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I'm possible!'" -Audrey Hepburn

108. "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." -Confucius

109. "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford

110. "Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears." Les Brown

111. "I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear." -Rosa Parks

112. "I didn't fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong." -Benjamin Franklin

113. "If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on." -Sheryl Sandberg

114. "I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse." -Florence Nightingale

115. "I would rather die of passion than of boredom." -Vincent van Gogh

116. "If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more. If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough." -Oprah Winfrey

117. "Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning." -Gloria Steinem

118. "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve." -Napoleon Hill

119. "First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end." -Aristotle

120. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover." -Mark Twain

121. "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing -- that's why we recommend it daily." -Zig Ziglar

122. "Someday is not a day of the week." -Denise Brennan-Nelson

123. "Hire character. Train skill." -Peter Schutz

124. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." -Steve Jobs

125. "Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman -- not the attitude of the prospect." -W. Clement Stone

126. "Everyone lives by selling something." -Robert Louis Stevenson

127. "If you are not taking care of your customer, your competitor will." -Bob Hooey

128. "The golden rule for every businessman is this: Put yourself in your customer's place." -Orison Swett Marden

129. "If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way." -Napoleon Hill

130. "The best leaders are those most interested in surrounding themselves with assistants and associates smarter than they are. They are frank in admitting this and are willing to pay for such talents." -Antos Parrish

131. "Beware of monotony; it's the mother of all the deadly sins." -Edith Wharton

132. "Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else." -J.M. Barrie

133. "Without a customer, you don't have a business -- all you have is a hobby." -Don Peppers

134. "To be most effective in sales today, it's imperative to drop your 'sales' mentality and start working with your prospects as if they've already hired you." -Jill Konrath

135. "Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, 'Make me feel important.' Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life." -Mary Kay Ash

136. "It's not just about being better. It's about being different. You need to give people a reason to choose your business." -Tom Abbott

137. "Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art." -Andy Warhol

138. "Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There's no greater investment." -Stephen Covey

139. "Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far." -Gary Vaynerchuk

140. "Working hard for something we don't care about is called stressed; working hard for something we love is called passion." -Simon Sinek

141. "I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done." -Lucille Ball

142. "I didn't get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it." -Estée Lauder

143. "Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later." -Og Mandino

132. "I didn't get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it." -Estée Lauder

143. "Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later." -Og Mandino

144 "You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them." -Shonda Rhimes

145 "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing -- that's why we recommend it daily." -Zig Ziglar

146 "Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success." -Dale Carnegie

147 "If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way." -Napoleon Hill

148 "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." -Steve Jobs

149 "I didn't get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it." -Estée Lauder

150 "Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There's no greater investment." -Stephen Covey

151 "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." -Wayne Gretzky

152 "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right." -Henry Ford

153 "I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear." -Rosa Parks

154 "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples." -Mother Teresa

155 "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I'm possible!'" -Audrey Hepburn

156 "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." -Ayn Rand

157 "The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

158 "Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." -Winston S. Churchill

159 "Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." -Henry David Thoreau

160 "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." -Walt Disney

161 "If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time." -Steve Jobs

162 "The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well." -John D. Rockefeller Jr.

163 "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." -Thomas Jefferson

164 "The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. It's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere." Barack Obama

165 "The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he's dead." -Bette Davis

166 "Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new." -Brian Tracy

167 "Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." -Joshua J. Marine.

168 "The memories of men are too frail a thread to hand history from." John Still (1880-1941), British Author of The Jungle Tide