I’m a fan of quotes, but one of the issues I’ve had is finding the right quotes when I need them. Since I’m also working on being more productive, I decided to share this collection of productivity quotes.
When you need an extra dose of inspiration to kick start your work and productivity in high gear, these productivity quotes can get you inspired, and get you back to work.
Wait, why did I choose Thomas A. Edison, Benjamin Franklin and Tony Robbins? No apparent reason for now. We could probably find out later.
Quotes by Thomas A. Edison
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"Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing."
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"Hell, there are no rules here - we’re trying to accomplish something."
"There’s a way to do it better - find it."
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"I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work."
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"Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
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"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."
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"Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work."
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"I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work."
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"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves."
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"Discontent is the first necessity of progress."
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"I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success."
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"I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun."
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"Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged."
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"What you are will show in what you do."
Quotes by Benjamin Franklin
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"A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave."
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"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do."
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"Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out."
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"Energy and persistence conquer all things."
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"Gain may be temporary and uncertain; but ever while you live, expense is constant and certain: and it is easier to build two chimneys than to keep one in fuel."
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"If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself."
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"Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five."
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"Lost time is never found again."
Quotes by Tony Robbins
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"You always succeed in producing a result."
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"A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided."
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"You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action."
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"The path to success is to take massive, determined action."
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"The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment."
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"Remember, a real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided."
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"It not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know."
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"You see, it’s never the environment; it’s never the events of our lives, but the meaning we attach to the events – how we interpret them – that shapes who we are today and who we’ll become tomorrow."
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"Live with passion!"
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"It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute . . . that gives meaning to our lives."
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"Take control of your consistent emotions and begin to consciously and deliberately reshape your daily experience of life."
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"The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you."
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"We are the only beings on the planet who lead such rich internal lives that it’s not the events that matter most to us, but rather, it’s how we interpret those events that will determine how we think about ourselves and how we will act in the future."
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"What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are."
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"Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives."
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"In life you need either inspiration or desperation."
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"It’s not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean."
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"My definition of success is to live your life in a way that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain – and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel a lot more pleasure than they do pain."
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"I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy."
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"Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment."
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"Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives."
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"One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular."
If you look closely, you'll observe they seem to say we can be productive when we decide to, when we believe in our dreams and when we enjoy what we do.
This very one tops my list of favourites:
"It’s not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know." ~ Tony Robbins