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Inspiration and Motivational Quotes for Performers

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." ~ Aristotle

 

"Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.” ~ Frédéric Chopin

 

“Tell me and I will forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand.” ~ Chinese Proverb

 

"Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine." ~ Ludwig van Beethoven

 

“Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.” ~ Liane Cardes

 

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” ~ Karen Lamb

 

“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” ~ Paul “Bear” Bryant

 

“You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.” ~ Charlie Parker

 

“Motivation gets you going and habit gets you there.” ~ Zig Ziglar

 

“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.” ~ Lou Holtz

 

"The big win is when you refuse to settle for average or mediocre." ~ Seth Godin

 

“All great achievements require time.” ~ Maya Angelou

 

“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?” ~ Joe Namath

 

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” ~ Tommy Lasorda

 

“The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” ~ Steve Young

 

“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” ~ Lou Holtz

 

“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

 

“Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain.”  ~ Santiago Ramón y Cajal

 

“Neuroplasticity research showed that the brain changes its very structure with each different activity it performs, perfecting its circuits so it is better suited to the task at hand.” ~ Naveen Jain

 

"For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them." ~ Aristotle

 

"Your habits in the practice room make you the musician that you are." ~ The Musician's Way

 

“I have one message for young musicians around the world: Stay true to your heart, believe in yourself, and work hard.” ~ Joe Cocker

 

“Our minds have the incredible capacity to both alter the strength of connections among neurons, essentially rewiring them, and create entirely new pathways. ~ Susannah Cahalan

 

“Everything having to do with human training and education has to be re-examined in light of neuroplasticity.” ~ Norman Doidge

 

“Mind training matters. It is not just a luxury, or a supplementary vitamin for the soul. It determines the quality of every instant of our lives.” ~ Norman Doidge

 

“What the world is saying to us human beings is, 'Don't stick to the old ways, learn to think anew.' And that's what musicians do every day.“ ~ Daniel Barenboim

 

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” ~ Leonard Bernstein

 

“I am hitting my head against the walls, but the walls are giving way.” ~ Gustav Mahler

 

“Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.” ~ Johannes Brahms

 

“I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well.” ~ Johann Sebastian Bach

 

“A creative artist works on his next composition because he was not satisfied with his previous one.” Dmitri Shostakovich

 

"Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” ~ Jerry Rice

 

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

 

"The difference in winning and losing is most often...not quitting."

Walt Disney 

 

"If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome." ~ Michael Jordan

 

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." 

Mark Twain

 

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."

Albert Einstein 

 

“Many of life's failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Thomas Edison 

 

"Diligence is the mother of good fortune; idleness, its opposite, never led to good intention's goal." ~ Migues de Cervantes 

 

“It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.” ~ Babe Ruth

 

"Just do it." ~ Nike

 

“The individual activity of one man with backbone will do more than a thousand men with a mere wishbone.” ~ William Boetcker 

 

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

 

"You must do the things you think you cannot do." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt 

 

"It is never too late to be what you might have been." ~ George Eliot 

 

"If you keep knocking, the door has to open." ~ Native American

 

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~ C.S. Lewis

 

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do 

than by the ones you did do." ~ Mark Twain

 

“Neu­ro­plas­tic­ity refers to the life­long capac­ity of the brain to change and rewire itself in response to the stim­u­la­tion of learn­ing and expe­ri­ence. Neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis is the abil­ity to cre­ate new neu­rons and con­nec­tions between neu­rons through­out a life­time.” ~ Neuroscience

 

"When you run out of willpower, you can call on stubbornness." ~ Henri Matisse

 

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” ~ Frank Zappa

 

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford

 

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” —Vince Lombardi

 

“If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” —Vincent Van Gogh

 

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” ~ Albert Einstein

 

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” ~ Helen Keller 

 

“Clear your mind of can't.” ~ Samuel Johnson

 

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” ~ Dale Carnegie

 

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” ~ Harriett Beecher Stowe

 

 

"All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work." ~ Calvin Coolidge

 

“The piano keys are black and white but they sound like a million colors in your mind.” ~ Maria Cristina Mena

 

“Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it.” ~ Tom Lehrer

 

“There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures.” ~ Josiah Gilbert Holland

 

“The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.”

~Arthur C. Clarke

 

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” ~ Lao Tzu

 

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” ~ Babe Ruth

 

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great makes you feel that you, too, can become great.” ~ Mark Twain

 

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” ~ Michael Jordan

 

"Champions keep playing until they get it right." ~ Billie Jean King

 

“Take up one idea! Make that idea your life, think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves every part of your body be full of that idea and just leave every other idea alone.This is the way to success.” ~ Swami Vivekananda  

 

"There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself." ~ Johann Sebastian Bach

 

“Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.” ~ Jackie Joyner-Kersee

 

"I believe in using the entire piano as a single instrument capable of expressing every possible musical idea." ~ Oscar Peterson

 

"The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning." ~ Pele

 

“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” ~ Jerry West

 

“Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.” ~ Jim Valvano

 

“There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either IN or you’re OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.” ~ Pat Riley

 

“Talent is never enough. With few exceptions the best players are the hardest workers.” ~ Magic Johnson

 

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” ~ Tim Duncan

 

“Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.” ~ Larry Bird

 

“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” ~ Michael Phelps

 

“My attitude is that if you push me towards a weakness, I will turn that weakness into a strength.” ~ Michael Jordan

 

“If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.” ~ Mark Spitz

 

“Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.” ~ Frank L. Gaines

 

“There may be people that have more talent than you, but theres no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” ~ Derek Jeter

 

“An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.” ~ Emil Zatopek

 

“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” ~ Bo Jackson

 

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” ~ Tommy Lasorda

 

“Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.” ~ Lou Brock

 

“Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.” ~ Ted Williams

 

“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.” ~ Satchel Paige

 

“It ain’t over till it’s over.” ~ Yogi Berra

 

“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” ~ Derek Jeter

 

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” ~ Babe Ruth

 

“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” ~ Paul “Bear” Bryant

 

“You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation.” ~ Homer Rice

 

“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” ~ Lou Holtz

 

“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” ~ Mike Singletary

 

“If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.” ~ Ronnie Lott

 

“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?” ~ Joe Namath

 

“I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.” ~ Tom Landry

 

“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.” ~ Joe Paterno

 

“You’re never a loser until you quit trying.” ~ Mike Ditka

 

“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” ~ Vince Lombardi

 

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field 

of endeavor.” ~ Vince Lombardi

 

“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” ~ Jerry Rice

 

“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.” ~ Pele

 

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, sacrifice and most of all, love for what you are doing or learning to do.” ~ Pele

 

“If you only ever give 90% in training then you will only ever give 90% when it matters.” ~ Michael Owen

 

“If a team wants to intimidate you physically and you let them, they’ve won.” ~ Mia Hamm

 

“It is more difficult to stay on top than to get there.” ~ Mia Hamm

 

“The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching.” ~ Anson Dorrance

 

“If we perform as a unit and if every single player gives it his very best, everything can happen.” ~ Oliver Kahn

 

“Everything is practice.” ~ Bill Shankley

 

“I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.” ~ Mia Hamm

 

“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.” ~ Jack Dempsey

 

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses ~ behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” ~ Muhammad Ali

 

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life a champion.” ~ Muhammad Ali

 

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” ~ Muhammad Ali

 

“It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.” ~ Evander Holyfield

 

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” ~ Wayne Gretzky

 

“The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day.” ~ Wayne Gretzky

 

“Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.” ~ Wayne Gretzky

 

“You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave–win or lose.” ~ Gordie Howe

 

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” ~ Matt Biondi

 

“If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.” ~ Mark Spitz

 

“The wisdom acquired with the passage of time is a useless gift unless you share it.” ~ Esther Williams

 

“Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.” ~ Jackie Joyner-Kersee

 

“A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.” ~ Mary Lou Retton

 

“You have to train your mind like you train your body.” ~ Bruce Jenner

 

“This ability to conquer oneself is no doubt the most precious of all things sports bestows.” ~ Olga Korbut

 

“Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.” ~ Mary Lou Retton

 

“It took me time to realize that the men who won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon are just men, just like me.” ~ Dan O’Brien

 

“Concentration is why some athletes are better than others. You develop that concentration in training and concentrate in a meet.” ~ Edwin Moses

 

“Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like muscles of the body.” ~ Lynn Jennings

 

“I know what I have to do, and I’m going to do whatever it takes. If I do it, I’ll come out a winner, and it doesn’t matter what anyone else does.” ~ Florence Griffith Joyner

 

“An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.” ~ Emil Zatopek

 

“To give any less than your best is to sacrifice a gift.” ~ Steve Prefontaine

 

“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” ~ Dean Karnazes

 

“It’s all about the journey, not the outcome.” ~ Carl Lewis

 

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” ~ Wilma Rudolph

 

“When I race my mind is full of doubts ~ who will finish second, who will finish third?” ~ Noureddine Morceli

 

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” ~ Billie Jean King

 

“What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.” ~ Andre Agassi

 

“You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.” ~ Arthur Ashe

 

“You have to believe in yourself when no one else does ~ that makes you a winner right there.” ~ Venus Williams

 

“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” ~ Arnold Palmer

 

“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.” ~ Laird Hamilton

 

“If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.” ~ Mario Andretti

 

“To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.” ~ Picabo Street

 

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

“We must train hard. It’s not about denying a weakness may exist but about denying its right to persist.” ~ Vince McConnell

 

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” ~ Fred Devito

 

“Under pressure you can perform fifteen percent better or worse.” ~ Scott Hamilton

 

“If you dream and you allow yourself to dream you can do anything.” ~ Clara Hughes

 

“Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere. Get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.” ~ Sasha Cohen

 

“Competing at the highest level is the greatest test of one’s character.” ~ Russell Mark

 

“Success for an athlete follows many years of hard work and dedication.” ~ Michael Diamond

 

“Every time you sleep in, every time you miss a workout, you make it that much easier for me to beat you.” ~ Unknown

 

“If good luck exist, it is that which results from hard work and preparation.” ~ Unknown

 

“You can have results or you can have your excuses. You cannot have both.” ~ Unknown

 

“Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.” ~ Unknown