Quotes can be powerful tools to drive great change and achieve peak performance. They make us think, motivate us, inspire us, give us courage, and sometimes transform our lives. They are reminders of strength, perseverance, positivity, and meaningful action – a small timely piece of information that can push us one step further when we need it most.  And who originated the quote can deeply impact how we internalize their message.

Many of us tend to collect or capture a few quotes that resonated with us at any given point in time. We may have inspiration boards full of them, refrigerator doors covered with them, or notebooks haphazardly filled with random passages. In any case, these words moved us for a reason.

I ended my year by reviewing my own notebooks and decided to capture the top quotes I had scribbled about into one stimulating collection that I hope will motivate and inspire you in 2015.

Here are the top 50 quotes from the pages of this motivated woman.

  1. “Be relentless. The difference between success and failure isn’t talent, it’s hunger.” – Tony Robbins
  1. “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” – Steve Martin
  1. “Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” — Gloria Steinem
  1. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” — Ayn Rand 

    “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” — Ayn Rand

  1. “It is only by acknowledging that you have created everything up until now, that you can then take charge of creating the future you want.” — Jack Canfield
  1. “The terrorist thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear, and hopelessness died. Strength, power, and courage were born.” — Malala Yousafzai
  1. “You have the right to be involved. You have something important to contribute, and you have to take the risk to contribute it.” — Mae Jemison
  1. “When you rule your mind, you rule your world.” — Sir John Templeton
  1. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  1. “If you always do what interests you, one person is pleased.” — Katherine Hepburn
  1. “Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” — Oprah Winfrey
  1. “I am always doing things I can’t do, that’s how I get to do them.” — Pablo Picasso
  1. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” — Sally Berger.
  1. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” — Audrey Hepburn
  1. “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” — Buddha
  1. “Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.” — Hillary Clinton
  1. “If an opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” — Milton Berle 

    “If an opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” — Milton Berle

  1. “Tell everyone what you want to do and someone will want to help you do it.” — W. Clement Stone
  1. “It’s not a should, it’s a must.” — Tony Robbins
  1. “Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” — Hillary Clinton
  1. “You know what you want, but you get what you expect.” — Guru Singh
  1. “You find your voice by joining the choir.” — Austin Kleon, Show Your Work
  1. “Now is the moment that never ends.” — Deepak Chopra
  1. “Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” — Brene Brown
  1. “Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.” — Malala Yousafzai
  1. “Say yes and you’ll figure it out afterwards.” — Tina Fey
  1. “Surround yourself with people that raise your standards.” — Tony Robbins
  1. “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” — Marie Curie
  1. “Whatever you can do, or dream you can…begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” — Goethe
  1. “Don’t spend time beating on a wall hoping to transform it into a door.” — Coco Chanel
  1. “The most effective way to do it is to do it.” — Amelia Earhart
  1. “Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” — Elizabeth Gilbert
  1. “When sleeping women wake, mountains move.” — Chinese Proverb
  1. “People say that what we’re all seeking is the meaning of life. I think that what we’re really seeking is the experience of being alive.” — Rudyard Kipling 

    “People say that what we’re all seeking is the meaning of life. I think that what we’re really seeking is the experience of being alive.” — Rudyard Kipling

  1. “Nothing in life has any meaning except the meaning you give it.” — Tony Robbins
  1. “Optimism is a moral choice.” – Jim Kim, President World Bank during CGI 2014
  1. “Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” — George Bernard Shaw
  1. “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” — Anonymous
  1. “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels.Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” — Maya Angelou
  1. “It’s impossible, that’s for sure. So let’s start working.” — Philippe Petit, Man on Wire
  1. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” — African Proverb
  1. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” — Alice Walker
  1. “It’s not where you take things from, it’s where you take them to.” — Jean-Luc Godard
  1. “Things won are done; joy’s soul lies in the doing.” — William Shakespeare
  1. “There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” — Anais Nin
  1. “Insight without action is useless.” — Marie Forleo
  1. “The best performers are focused on outcomes and not activities.” — Tony Robbins
  1. “I know for sure that what we dwell on is what we become.” — Oprah Winfrey
  1. “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” — Gloria Steinem
  1. “I believe that the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st” — Hillary Clinton

So carpe diem and live and let live.  Kickstart your year with words that inspire!

What are your favorites? Share them in the comments below.

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