17 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

UPDATED: May 27, 2024
PUBLISHED: September 29, 2016
17 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

The road to your dreams isn’t always easy to navigate, sometimes dotted with mountains to climb, obstacles to overcome—and hard, mind-numbing times that will make you feel like quitting. Just remember this if you get lost along the way: Anything worth having doesn’t come easy. So don’t turn back around. Don’t give up.

As you work to achieve your most ambitious goals, push yourself to keep moving forward with these 17 motivational quotes.

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1. Believe in yourself.

17 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” —Norman Vincent Peale

2. Dream bigger.

17 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

If you can dream it, you can do it.” —Walt Disney

3. Build your willpower muscle.

17 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

“Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open.” —Pauline Kael

4. Practice innovation.

17 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

Do not wait; the time will never be just right. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” —George Herbert

5. Be consistent.

17 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

“Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.” —George Whitefield

6. Imagine your best future.

17 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

7. Be ambitious.

17 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

“Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” —W. Clement Stone

8. Maximize your time.

17 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” —Sam Levenson

9. Work hard.

17 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.” —Michael Phelps

10. Stay focused.

17 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” —Theodore Roosevelt

11. Aim small; miss small.

17 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

“We aim above the mark to hit the mark.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

12. Never let up.

17 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

“One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.” —Michael Korda

13. Act immediately.

17 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” —Simone de Beauvoir

14. Persevere.

17 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

“You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” —Babe Ruth

15. Take one step.

17 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” —Arthur Ashe

16. Find your why.

17 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

“Why should you continue going after your dreams? Because seeing the look on the faces of the people who said you couldn’t… will be priceless.” —Kevin Ngo

17. Be resilient.

17 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” —Harriet Beecher Stow

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Lydia Sweatt

Lydia Sweatt is a freelance writer, bookworm, and bass guitar enthusiast. When she goes outside, a bicycle goes with her.