19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

Greatness comes from the desire to do extraordinary things—to reach beyond the status quo and relentlessly chase your dreams. It all starts with setting and achieving goals, but when you aim higher than where you set your mark, you force yourself to get better, one victory at a time.

There is greatness inside all of us, but first we must choose to be great. With a finite amount of time to live your ideal life, the time to embrace your inner excellence is always now.

Related: 126 Ways to Be Extraordinary

Get started today with these 19 powerful quotes—as a dose of inspiration to spark your journey.

1. Use the greatness within.

19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” —Wilma Rudolph

2. Live like there’s no tomorrow.

19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

“To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.” —Francois de La Rochefoucauld

3. Make the decision.

19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” —Edmund Hillary

4. Find your passion.

19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

“Desire, burning desire, is basic to achieving anything beyond the ordinary.” —Joseph B. Wirthlin

5. Use your full capabilities. 

19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

“Mediocrity will never do. You are capable of something better.” —Gordon B. Hinckley

6. Aim for the stars.

19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” —William Faulkner

7. Do your best.

19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” —Og Mandino

8. Don’t fear greatness.

19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

“Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” —William Shakespeare

9. Have high expectations for yourself.

19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” —Michael Jordan

10. Do without limits.

19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” —Mary Kay Ash

11. Take action.

19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

“Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.” —Theodore Roosevelt

12. Look at what you’ve overcome.

19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

“Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals.” —Dorothy Height

13. Dream big.

19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

Big dreams create the magic that stir men’s souls to greatness.” —Bill McCartney

14. Visualize.

19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

“If we cannot see the possibility of greatness, how can we dream it?” —Lee Strasberg

15. Know your worth.

19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

“You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness.” —Zig Ziglar

16. Set your mind to it. 

19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” —Napoleon Hill

17. Go a step further. 

19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

“When you have had a taste of excellence, you cannot go back to mediocrity.” —Maximillian Degenerez

18. Chase excellence.

19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

“The secret of living a life of excellence is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence. Really, it’s a matter of programming our minds with the kind of information that will set us free.” —Charles R. Swindoll

19. Look back.

19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

“No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.” —William Hazlitt

Related: 10 Tips to Achieve Anything You Want in Life

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

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