25 Quotes From Motivational Speeches To Inspire You

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published October 12, 2022

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Motivation is important for encouraging professionals to pursue their goals and achieve success. However, it may be possible to feel discouraged or frustrated throughout this process. Reading quotes from business leaders, authors and other influential figures may inspire you.

In this article, we list a variety of quotes from famous motivational speeches.

25 quotes from motivational speeches

Here are some inspiring quotes from famous motivational speeches:

Quotes about success

Some famous motivational speech quotes about success include:

  1. "Great moments are born from great opportunity, and that's what you have here tonight, boys. That's what you've earned here tonight. One game; if we played them 10 times, they might win nine. But not this game, not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight, we stay with them, and we shut them down, because we can. Tonight, we are the greatest hockey team in the world." — Herb Brooks

  2. "Regardless of the situation, regardless of the scoreboard, you're going to be successful because you've put in all the time, all the effort, all the hard work, and you know that it's going to pay off." — Apollo Hester

  3. "Don't ever let somebody tell you that you can't do something. Not even me, alright? You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can't do something themselves, they want to tell you you can't do it. If you want something, go get it. Period." — "The Pursuit of Happyness"

  4. "The infinite player isn't playing to be number one...They're playing to outlast the competition." — Simon Sinek

Read more: 65 Inspirational Quotes About Success

Quotes about taking risks

Here are some quotes from motivational speeches about taking risks:

  1. "I've found that nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks. Fall forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success. You've got to take risks. You will fail at some point in your life. Accept it. You will lose. You will embarrass yourself. You will suck at something. There is no doubt about it. Never be discouraged. Never look back. Give everything you've got. And when you fall throughout life, fall forward." — Denzel Washington

  2. "Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do." — Oprah Winfrey

  3. "The trick is to listen to your instinct, grab the opportunity when it presents itself, and then give it your all. You will stumble and fall, you will experience both disaster and triumph, sometimes in the same day, but it's really important to remember that, like a hangover, neither triumphs or disasters last forever. They both pass and a new day arrives. Just try to make that new day count." — Helen Mirren

  4. "I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which is that you can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love." — Jim Carrey

  5. "You cannot let a fear of failure or a fear of comparison or a fear of judgment stop you from doing the things that will make you great. You cannot succeed without the risk of failure. You cannot have a voice without the risk of criticism. You cannot love without the risk of loss. You must take these risks." — Charlie Day

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Quotes about life

Some quotes from famous motivational speeches about life include:

  1. "You can go slow. Allow your dreams and goals to change, but live an intentional life." — Kumail Nanjiani

  2. "Be present. I would encourage you with all my heart just to be present. Be present and open to the moment that is unfolding before you because, ultimately, your life is made up of moments. So don't miss them by being lost in the past or anticipating the future." — Jessica Lange

  3. "I encourage you to live with life. Be courageous, adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve." — Maya Angelou

  4. "The most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity and not give into peer pressure to try to be something that you're not." — Ellen DeGeneres

  5. "To me, being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It's not about winning. It's about you and your relationship to yourself and your family and your friends." — "Friday Night Lights"

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

  7. "Joy is always in process. It's always under construction." — Matthew McConaughey

  8. "Empathy is a choice, and it's a vulnerable choice. Because in order to connect with you, I have to connect with something in myself that knows that feeling." — Brené Brown

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Quotes about challenges

Here are some famous motivational speech quotes about handling challenges:

  1. "To those of you graduates sitting out there who have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to do with your life, congratulations. For many of you who maybe don't have it all figured out, it's okay. That's the same chair that I sat in. Enjoy the process of your search without succumbing to the pressure of the result. Trust your gut, keep throwing darts at the dartboard. Don't listen to the critics and you will figure it out." — Will Ferrell

  2. "Don't be afraid of fear. Because it sharpens you, it challenges you, it makes you stronger; and when you run away from fear, you also run away from the opportunity to be your best possible self." — Ed Helms

  3. "I know if I am going to have any life anymore, it is because I am still willing to fight and die for that inch, because that is what living is. The six inches in front of your face." — "Any Given Sunday"

  4. "Motivation comes from working on things that we care about." — Sheryl Sandberg

  5. "It's easy to be positive when everything is working out. It's much harder, much much harder when nothing is working out. But that's when we need it the most...Everything is worth the prize." — "Fearless Motivation"

  6. "Passionately play your position no matter how bad things get. You are significant. Why we are here is not for our own glory. Ultimately, we're here to lead and serve everybody else. By doing that, we encourage others to do the same." — Vera Jones

  7. "The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place, and I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done." — "Rocky Balboa"

  8. "Stop the crazy mind chatter in your head that tells you all the time that you are not good enough." — Oprah Winfrey


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