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“I always have a quotation for everything – it saves original thinking.”

-Dorothy L. Sayers

It’s undeniable that dreaming has its place in our lives. But when dreaming is continual and living is put on hold, well, Houston we have a problem.

Through the years, I’ve compiled quotes that helped me jump into action on any given day.

Here are 21 of my favorite to help spark action in your life.

1. “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

Thomas Jefferson

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2. “When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.”

Napoleon Hill

3. “It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”

Bruce Lee

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4. “Control Your Own Destiny or Someone Else Will”

Jack Welch

5. “Motivation is the fuel, necessary to keep the human engine running.”

Zig Ziglar

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6. “Never allow the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!”

Babe Ruth

7. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

Henry S. Haskins

8. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Walt Disney

9. “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

Napoleon Hill

10. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

Wayne Gretzky

11. “An obstacle is often a stepping stone.”

William Prescott

12. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.”

Jim Rohn

13. “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”

John Wooden

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14. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill

15. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

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16. “The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”

Henry Ford

17. “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”

Oscar Wilde

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18. “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

Albert Einstein

19. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

Steve Jobs

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20. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”

Thomas Jefferson

21. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”

Mark Twain

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Alright, you have the wisdom from the crowd. No go out there and be phenomenal!

Are there quotes you have that ignite action in your life? If so, please share!