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What's your goto motivational quote?

Yesterday was one of those days...

By the end of the day I was stressed and crabby. Usually when this happens, I like to reach for a quote to help put things back into perspective. Yesterday I remembered this one that my cousin, who works in hospice, shared with me.

When I'm stressed I try to remember something a patient much too young told me right before he died. He said that he missed being stressed and when I asked why, he stated "Being stressed means that you have a purpose. That you are needed and relied on."

Obviously, that straightened me out real quick. Another one of my favorite quotes, which is a little more light, is the one in the cover image! What's your favorite goto quote when you need a pick me up?!

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Ben Halpern

This is a famous Bill Gates quote but it wouldn't shock me if he was quoting someone else:

Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.

I've been using that a lot lately, in advice to myself and others. I think it's got a lot of truth and helps put progress and time into perspective.

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Joe Doss

This is one of my favorites from Michael Scott...

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

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Tim Smith

Dang! Beat me to it!

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This one is really good.

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Kenneth Olsen

My all-time favorite quote...

" Don't say you don't have enough time.
  You have exactly the same number of hours per day
  that were given to Helen Kellar, Pasteur, Michaelangelo,
  Mother Theresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and
  Albert Einstien. "

      - H. Jackson Brown Jr.
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Molly Struve (she/her) Author

THIS!!!! 😍

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Sam Rose

This is fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

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Cécile Lebleu

Amazing. And, may I add, a very likely longer lifespan with modern medicine being a thing.

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Here is mine:

Let's think of the positives as personal, general, and permanent.
Let's think of the negatives as impersonal, specific, and temporary.
Let's actually go out of our way to inject these things into our discussions.

-Original author unknown

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Ben Halpern

I like that.

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Molly Struve (she/her) Author

Love it! This reminds me of something my grandma always used to say,

If they aren't talking about you, then you aren't doing anything

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Charles D. Villard

There was a comic called Zen Pencils that ran a strip quoting writer Charles Bukowski. The artist was asked to take down the strip by Bukowski's publishers, but the Internet never forgets.

Charles Bukowski's quote on air and light and time and space as presented by Zen Pencils before the artist was asked to take it down

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Exequiel Beker

When I'm facing a really difficult bug, I remember a phrase from one of my favorite videogames, Final Fantasy X: "This is it. (...). It all begins here".

In the same way, if I'm losing hope, I repeat another one from the same videogame series, Final Fantasy XIII:

"(...) We live to make the impossible possible. That's our focus"

It's been a hard few months and those phrases are still giving me strength to move forward

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Ben Sinclair

When you've eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, is what the client's getting.

- me.

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Harsh Saglani • Edited on

I see what you did there!
Me thinking how to insert a sherlock reference in a coding post

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Molly Struve (she/her) Author

😂 I LOVE this!

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Tyler V. (he/him)

I'm a huge John Green fan and these two are often what I reach for when I need to remember that it's all going to be OK.

Every Year, many, many stupid people graduate from college. And if they can do it, so can you.

I'm on a Roller Coaster that only goes up, my friend

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Anna Simoroshka • Edited on
  1. "I am enough" - to battle the imposter syndrome.
  2. "You don't fail only if you aren't doing anything".
  3. This is not exactly motivational but helps me a lot with the anxiety caused by other's expectations and disapproval (for example, online criticism): "What other people think of you is none of your business"
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Molly Struve (she/her) Author

I am someone who struggles with other's opinions as well and caring about them, I REALLY like that last one!

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Anna Simoroshka

I don't even know where I picked it up but it was almost life-saving :)

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Ryan Smith

"An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea." Often wrongly attributed to Buddha, but is from Edward de Bono. My shortened version of it is "Saying vs. doing."

I like this one because in development there can be strong ideas or regular meetings to brainstorm/generate ideas. Sometimes there is too much emphasis placed on what is the "best" idea. At the end of the day, if the best solutions are never implemented, what good are they? Talking about ideas can be fun, but consistently leaving those discussions without any follow up actions is draining in the long run. Time spent preparing and talking about ideas can sometimes be better spent on doing something to make progress.

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Molly Struve (she/her) Author

Could not agree more!

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Erick Navarro • Edited on

No gods or kings
Only man

It is from Bioschock, I got it on the door of my office, so before entering to work I get a reminder that we build software, no special people, but all of us

bioschock quote

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Ankur Biswas

Well I'm a huge fan of The Dark Knight: Trilogy and the quotes that drives me crazy is from this series. These quotes keeps me motivated no matter what.

"Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up." - Alfred in Batman Begins

"If you’re good at something, never do it for free." - The Joker in The Dark Knight

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Tobias SN

I basically live my life by this:

Go try! Even if you fail, you’ll now be smarter, and either know what you did wrong, or see that you shouldn’t be doing this. Besides, it’s way easier to live knowing that you tried.

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Christian Gill

This one is not for getting the mood up bot for getting motivated to work on things that matter (at least to me).

Don’t be a boilerplate programmer. Instead, build tools for users and other programmers. Take historical note of textile and steel industries: do you want to build machines and tools, or do you want to operate those machines?

— Ras Bodik

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Alex King • Edited on

I have also liked carl sagan quotes :)

The significance of our lives on our fragile planet is then determined only from our own wisdom and courage. We are the custodians of life’s meaning... If we crave some comic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal - Carl Sagan

Also this one

When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. - Walt Disney

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Davide de Paolis

I recently read this and really like it :

gib alles, außer auf

which i guess it would translate in english to something like

give everything, but up

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My failing tends to be the voice in the back of my head that tells me, its too hard, thats OK, its not your fault, its alright to give up. So i keep this quote from Frank Herbert above my puts me back on track:

Confine yourself to observing and you always miss the point of your life. The object can be stated this way: Live the best life you can. Life is a game whose rules you learn if you leap into it and play it to the hilt. Otherwise, you are caught off balance, continually surprised by the shifting play. Non-players often whine and complain that luck always passes them by. They refuse to see that they can create some of their own luck.

Darwi Odrade - Chapterhouse: Dune

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Thomas C. Haflich

I'm actually a fan of the quotes on Ventari's Tablet in the game Guild Wars 2. (Kudos to whoever did the writing on this, A+ job.)

I. Live life well and fully, and waste nothing.
II. Do not fear difficulty. Hard ground makes stronger roots.
III. The only lasting peace is the peace within your own soul.
IV. All things have a right to grow. The blossom is brother to the weed.
V. Never leave a wrong to ripen into evil or sorrow.
VI. Act with wisdom, but act.
VII. From the smallest blade of grass to the largest mountain, where life goes—so, too, should you.

The second one is particularly good when the going gets tough. I also have a few nautical-themed proverbs, like "a ship in harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are for" and "smooth seas don't make skilled sailors". Don't know where I picked those up.

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edA‑qa mort‑ora‑y

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is
strong enough. — OG MANDINO

I felt it was a good quote for my book, as the intro the "Interviewing".

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Max Ong Zong Bao • Edited on

I like reading biography and one of person that embodied this spirit of never giving up despite overwhelming odds against him is definitely this guy to me.

“Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” ― Winston Churchill.

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Philip Hallstrom

Perhaps somewhat oddly it's...

Whatever doesn't kill you only prolongs the inevitable.

Reminds me that none of this really matters all that much so don't worry about it :)

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Vincent Colombo

My favorite motivational quote:

"'Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off"
-Taylor Swift

I'm not joking, either. When I'm frustrated or down I put that song on and it perks me up. It's silly, poppy, and energetic and it reminds me that nothing is important enough to jeopardize my health and well-being.

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Hardik Radadiya • Edited on

When i personally think.

1.Life is a short, days are numbered. we don't get choose our times. It means
Celebrated every breath. every life enjoy fully.

2.Work every single day like it is your last day on a earth.

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Sebastian Vargr

Not really a quote, more of a monologue by Earl Nightingale

"Think of a ship with the complete voyage mapped out and planned. The captain and crew know exactly where the ship is going and how long it will take and it has a definite goal. And 9,999 times out of 10,000, it will get there.

Now let’s take another ship and just like the first and only let’s not put a crew on it, or a captain at the helm. Let’s give it no aiming point, no goal, and no destination. We just start the engines and let it go. I think you’ll agree that if it gets out of the harbor at all, it will either sink or wind up on some deserted beach and a derelict. It can’t go anyplace because it has no destination and no guidance."

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Will Lawrence

“We who cut mere stones must always be envisioning cathedrals.”

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Carol W • Edited on

Keep putting one foot infront of the other and one day you'll look back and have climbed a mountain

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Davide de Paolis • Edited on

"Being stressed means that you have a purpose. That you are needed and relied on."

oh.. that quote is so strong, sad and true... thanx for sharing

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Tim Smith • Edited on

“I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
-Thomas Alva Edison

“I am invincible as long as I’m alive.”
-John Mayer

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Antonio Radovcic

Trying is the first step towards failure.

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Spencer Pollock

"The greatest power is often simple patience" - Joseph E. Cossman

Used to have it on a bookmark but I lost it somewhere!

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Eric McCormick • Edited on

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

— Oscar Wilde


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Rifai Martin

As I read more and more, my life changes, not because of the book itself, but because of the habits I develop.

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Prahlad Yeri • Edited on

Even Gods envy those who climb the heights of determination.

This is a quote from a little known ancient Indian story book called Panchatantra.

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Eri Pançi

"Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up."

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Molly Struve (she/her) Author

That is one of my favorites as well!!! And since I am a country fan whenever I need a dose of that quote I listen to this song

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Stephen E. Chiang
The successful warrior is the average man with laser-like focus. -Bruce Lee
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Darkø Tasevski

"Tomorrow/next week/next month this time, everything will be okay and this bug/something else will be behind me" - Me 😄

I've never been wrong with this one before :)

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Molly Struve (she/her) Author

Time always makes everything better! And usually the more desperate the situation seems at the time the better the story it makes later on 😊

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Al Romano

"If video games have taught me anything, it's when I'm facing enemies that I know I'm going in the right direction."

Can't stop. Won't stop.

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Mujeeb Ishaque

For how long? ( I will get there eventually )

This is the question that I ask myself whenever I'm stuck.

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Jesse M. Holmes

Lately, my favorite reminder comes from Gary Vaynerchuk:

"You are going to die."

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Saral Karki

"Work Hard, and be patient" is something I am relying heavily on currently as I strive to get better.

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Lars Wächter

“You must believe in yourself enough to be the person now that you want others to remember you for later.” – Greg Plitt

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Molly Struve (she/her) Author

This reminds me of a quote I got from a sports psychology book,

You can never outperform your self image

You have to believe in yourself if you want to achieve great things. 🤗

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Kenneth Olsen

My all-time favorite quote...

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Mike Healy

Time to become motivated now