Read them when you feel bad – motivational quotes

If you are at such a stage in your life that you’re struggling with motivation, maybe have low self-esteem and find it hard to encourage yourself to take action – don’t worry. A number of famous people who managed to achieve success and personal happiness were also there at one point.

Here are a handful of motivational quotes by people who have achieved their goals and made history as smart and steadfast individuals.

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and so they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation. – Pearl S. Buck

Pearl S. Buck was born in the late nineteenth century and died in the 1970s, so she observed the decades of the greatest advances in medicine and cultural changes in the history of humanity. Despite surviving two world wars, she was optimistic about the future and the condition of future generations.

Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted – Author Unknown

This quote by an anonymous author refers to the importance of experience you get when suffering a failure.

Try first to be a man of value. Success will follow.

– Albert Einstein

Einstein’s success has definitely followed. However, Albert himself was mentioned not only as a brilliant physicist, but also as a person of unwavering morality.

It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be. – Joanne Kathleen Rowling

In the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, one of the morals is that it is not who someone is born that counts, but their morality, goals, desires, that is who they have decided to become. That’s a very positive message, especially for those who think they are doomed to failure because of the mistakes of their loved ones.

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have laboured hard for. – Socrates

No one really achieves success alone. The wisdom is to first assimilate other people’s wisdom and only then develop your own.

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles. – Anna Frank

This quote shows above all the steadfastness of the human spirit even under the worst and most despicable circumstances.

If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on. – Sheryl Sandberg

Sandberg is one of the most influential women in the American business. She was i.a. Facebook’s Chief of Operations – no wonder she’s talking about jumping on the bandwagon and taking life into your own hands.

Rise after every fall, fall dead or your wings will grow.

Maria von Ebner-Eschenbach

When you fall, you have to get up. The alternative you have is to keep lying in the mud.

Never waste your precious time trying to explain to people who are already committed to misunderstanding you. – Dream Hampton

A very relevant quote in times when people love to judge others by their face or clothing, or simply because they are not the same as them.

I hope that the quotes presented managed to motivate at least one of you. They are about success and self-improvement, about working on yourself and working with other people, about the meaning of taking action and suffering failures. Most of them carry an optimistic motivational message, urging you to remain positive and take action, despite all the disasters and failures you suffer. The most important thing in life is to do smart things, be active and accept that the path to happiness and success can be bumpy and winding.

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