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20 uncommon success quotes to stay inspired & positive

20 uncommon success quotes to stay inspired & positive

20 uncommon success quotes to stay inspired & positive

I am sure you would have come across plenty of nice quotes. But here is a list of 20 rare and uncommon quotes around “success and life” that are not often referenced. Over the years I have been writing down and compiling quotes that I have been impressed with. From time to time, I have compiled a list of quotes and pinned up in my office board during my start up days. I have a note book filled with quotes written over the years. In recent years I have been increasingly using Evernote to capture my notes. By the way, Evernote is an incredible note taking tool and if you have not been using it yet, I would urge you to give it a try.

This is by no means a complete list of all the impressive quotes out there. But I have selected these because they are brilliant and have been my personal favourite for a long time. Also they have not been widely referenced as much as some of the other popular quotes.

Hope you like them. If you have come across some rare and uncommon quotes that are inspiring, do share them in your comments below.

Some succeed because they are destined to.

Most succeed because they are determined to.

Anatole France

Not all birds can fly. What separates the flyers from walkers is the ability to take-off

Carl Sagan

If you want to do something, you find a way.

If you don’t want to do something, you find an excuse.

Dawn Bauer

Live your life as an exclamation,

rather than an explanation.

Bob Newton

We are what we repeatedly do.

Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.


Dream is not what you see in sleep.

Dream is the thing which doesn’t let you sleep.

Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam

A good leader inspires others with confidence in the leader.

A great leader inspires others with confidence in themselves.


A successful man is the one who can lay a firm foundation

with the bricks that others throw at him


When something doesn’t work, don’t change your mind,

but change your methods.

There is always a better way to do it. Find it.

Thomas Edison

Many of us believe in our doubts and doubt our beliefs.

Why not we decide to believe in our beliefs and just have no doubts.


It is not what you are that holds you back.

It is what you think you’re not.

Denis Waitley

To finish first, you must first finish.

Rick Mears

The greatest mistake you can make is to be

continuously afraid of making one

Elbert Hubbard

Sweat is the cologne of accomplishment.


Failing does not make you a failure.

Staying down does.


A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits

others have gained from your success.

Cullen Hightower.

Being defeated is often a temporary condition.

Giving up is what makes it permanent.

Maryilyn vos Savant

I have most faith in individuals who advance step by step.

A mushroom can spring up in a day;

An oak takes 50 years to reach maturity.

Mushrooms don’t last; oaks do.


The elevator to success is out of order.

You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time.

Joe Girard

The only thing that comes without effort is old age.

Gloria Pitzer

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Sairam Narayan

Sairam N is the founder of Heart Pepper. After a long stint in the Corporate world, he pursued creative entrepreneurial tech ventures ranging from health-care to education. Being an avid consumer of motivational content over the years, he felt the urge to start Heart Pepper as a platform to share inspirational & motivational content and help see life's challenges in a positive perspective, tapping into the teachings and wisdom of the greatest teachers on this planet and presenting them in creative ways.

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