We all love a good motivational quote, don't we? Little nuggets of wisdom which strike a chord and make us smile, or which give us strength to take a deep breath and face a tricky situation head on. But what inspires you more, Hollywood or Wall Street?

Here's some fantastic quotes that have stayed with me over the years. They come from a combination of brilliant business brains and brilliant scriptwriters, putting words in the mouths of TV and movie characters. Which is your favorite?

  1. "Don't ever let somebody tell you can't do something, not even me. Alright?" -- Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness
  2. "You are not your resume, you are your work." --Seth Godin
  3. "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." -- Gandalf, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  4. "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein
  5. "Great men are not born great, they grow great." -- Mario Puzo, The Godfather
  6. "Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." -- Theodore Roosevelt
  7. "Some people can't believe in themselves until someone else believes in them first.", -- Sean Maguire, Good Will Hunting
  8. "You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills." -- Jim Rohn
  9. "All you can do in life is try and solve the problem in front of you." -- Cady, Mean Girls
  10. "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." -- Napoleon Bonaparte
  11. "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." -- Thomas Edison
  12. "It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices." -- Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  13. "If you would like to know the value of money, try to borrow some." -- Benjamin Franklin
  14. "To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart." -- Sr. Thomas Watson
  15. "Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it or learn from it." -- Rafiki, The Lion King
  16. "Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right!" -- Henry Ford
  17. "Do, or do not. There is no 'try' " -- Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back
  18. "Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable." -- Coco Chanel
  19. "Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?" -- What a Girl Wants
  20. "Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations." -- Steve Jobs
  21. "Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want." -- Heath Ledger, 10 Things I Hate About You
  22. "The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do." -- Roy L. Smith
  23. "If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise don't even start." -- Factotum
  24. "I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity." -- Oprah Winfrey
  25. "It's what you do right now that makes a difference" -- Black Hawk Down
  26. "Please think about your legacy, because you're writing it every day." -- Gary Vaynerchuck
  27. "Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss" -- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  28. "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling." -- Eames, Inception
  29. "If you work just for money, you'll never make it, but if you love what you're doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours." -- Ray Kroc
  30. "Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around." -- Sofia, Vanilla Sky
  31. "Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn't get you anywhere." -- Van Wilder
  32. "A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him." -- David Brinkley
  33. "No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world." -- John Keating, Dead Poets Society
  34. "Never put off until tomorrow what you can avoid altogether." -- Unknown
  35. "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose." -- Dr. Seuss
  36. "Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway." -- John Wayne

Published on: Sep 22, 2017