Morning Motivation

I like to begin my day with coffee (haha) But I also like to begin my day with motivation.  Over the years, I’ve collected and shared some of my favorite motivational quotes.  Now #MorningMotivation has a home

From “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”

Sam – “It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it’s only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it’ll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something even if you were too small to understand why. But I think Mr. Frodo, I do understand, I know now folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going because they were holding on to something.”

Frodo – “What are we holding onto, Sam?”

Sam – “That there’s some good in the world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.”


Citizenship in a Republic, Paris, France.  April 23, 1910.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt, President

“It’s perfectly okay to want to quit, as long as you don’t.”
Melissa Arnot, Mountaineer

“I don’t ever lose.  I either win or I learn.”
Conor McGregor, Pugilist

“Greyhounds don’t race if they are able to catch the rabbit.”
Kolby “Condor” Kirk, The Hike Guy

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
Bilbo Baggins, Hobbit

“If you’re not prepared, don’t be surprised if you fail.”
Laird Hamilton, Surf Legend

“You don’t conquer the mountain, you conquer yourself.”
Jim Whittaker, Mountain Legend

“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of Life.”
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Movie

“It’s about dreaming big, and sacrificing a lot for your dreams.”
Tommy Caldwell, Rock Star

“Getting to the top is optional.  Getting down is mandatory.”
Ed Viesturs, Mountaineer

“The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one’s feet.”
Lao Tzu, Thinker

“I hated every minute of training.  But I said ‘Don’t quit.  Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a Champion!’ ”
Muhammad Ali, Champion

“A goal is not always meant to be reached.  It often serves simply as something to aim at.”
Bruce Lee, Martial Artist

“Rule your mind or it will rule you.”
Buddha, Sage

“To the mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.”
Lao Tzu, Thinker

“Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.”
Robert Quillen, Humorist

“Keep your head up in failure, and your head down in success.”
Jerry Seinfeld, Comedian