19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

‘If we cannot see the possibility of greatness, how can we dream it?’
October 13, 2016

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.

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

19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

1. “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


19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

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


19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

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


19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

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


19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

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


19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

6. “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


19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

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


19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

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


19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

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


19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

10. “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


19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

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


19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

12. “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


19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

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


19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

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


19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

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


19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

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


19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

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


19 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

18. “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 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness

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

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