105 Powerful Health and Fitness Quotes to Inspire Greatness

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health and fitness quotesA quote is powerful.

Although merely a collection of words and phrases, a quote can sometimes be the tipping point that inspires and cultivates greatness in an individual.

It can lead to action. And action can lead to change.

Although short and simple, quotes can create movement. An internal revolution of sorts.

Originating from some of the most brilliant and inspiring minds the world has ever seen, they never stop circulating. They are recorded and kept in the (now digital) books of time because they help propagate a powerful cycle of inspiration. Those who read them become inspired to do great things and those who do great things use their own words to inspire future generations.

It’s a beautiful thing of perpetuity and I think it’s a worthy cause to support the propagation.

In an effort to help spread the virus, I’ve put together a collection of 105 of my favorite health and fitness quotes. They may not all be fitness related, but there is an element in each quote that makes it applicable to any area of your life. I hope they will provide the motivation and inspiration you need to build a better body and live a better life.

Let’s dig in…

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“The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.” ~William James [Tweet]

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” ~Thomas Jefferson [Tweet]

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” ~Dennis P. Kimbro [Tweet]

“Everyone faces defeat. It may be a stepping-stone or a stumbling block, depending on the mental attitude with which it is faced.” ~Napoleon Hill [Tweet]

“Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ~George Bernard Shaw [Tweet]

“The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective.” ~Al Neuharth [Tweet]

“Every choice you make has an end result.” ~Zig Ziglar [Tweet]

“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ~William Faulkner [Tweet]

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson [Tweet]

“Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.” ~Doug Firebaugh [Tweet]

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” ~Vincent Van Gogh [Tweet]

“Success is a staircase, not a doorway.” ~Dottie Walters [Tweet]

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” ~Robert J Collier [Tweet]

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.” ~Mike Murdock [Tweet]

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” ~Chinese Proverb [Tweet]

“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” ~John Wooden [Tweet]

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

“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.” ~Anthony Robbins [Tweet]

“It’s not who you think you are that holds you back; it’s who you think you’re not.” ~Unknown [Tweet]

“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” ~Unknown [Tweet]

“A stumble may prevent a fall.” ~English Proverb [Tweet]

“It’s not the mistakes in life that are important; it’s what we learn from them.” ~Donna Guthrie [Tweet]

“If doubt is challenging you and you do not act, doubts will grow. Challenge the doubts with action and you will grow. Doubt and action are incompatible.” ~John Kanary [Tweet]

“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen [Tweet]

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.” ~Robert Frost [Tweet]

“Failure is not fatal. Only failure to get back up is.” ~John C. Maxwell [Tweet]

“You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.” ~Unknown [Tweet]

“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” ~Mahatma Gandhi [Tweet]

“People only see what they are prepared to see.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson [Tweet]

“If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.” ~Jack Dixon [Tweet]

“Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ~George Bernard Shaw [Tweet]

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” ~Albert Einstein [Tweet]

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” ~Leo Tolstoy [Tweet]

“The easier it is to do, the harder it is to change.” ~Eng’s Principle [Tweet]

“Choice, not chance, determines destiny.” ~E.C. McKenzie [Tweet]

“You will never leave where you are, until you decide where you’d rather be.” ~Dexter Yager [Tweet]

“Decide upon your major definite purpose in life and then organize all your activities around it.” ~Brian Tracy [Tweet]

“Most people fail, not because of lack of desire, but, because of lack of commitment.” ~Vince Lombardi [Tweet]

“Courage is a resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” ~Mark Twain [Tweet]

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow’.” ~Mary Anne Radmacher [Tweet]

“The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear.” ~William Jennings Bryan [Tweet]

“Believe while others are doubting.” ~William Arthur Ward [Tweet]

“It’s not who you think you are that holds you back; it’s who you think you’re not.” ~Unknown [Tweet]

“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” ~Sven Goran Eriksson [Tweet]

“Act as if it were impossible to fail.” ~Dorothea Brande [Tweet]

“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” ~Edward Stanley [Tweet]

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ~Thomas Edison [Tweet]

“Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t.” ~Thomas Edison [Tweet]

“I don’t know the key to success but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” ~Bill Cosby [Tweet]

“Success is never certain. Failure is never final.” ~Robert Schuller [Tweet]

“There is no failure. Only feedback.” ~Unknown [Tweet]

“If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it’s moving you away from your goals.” ~Brian Tracy [Tweet]

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” ~Jim Rohn [Tweet]

“The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” ~Samuel Johnson [Tweet]

“Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of.” ~Unknown [Tweet]

“First we form habits; then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you.” ~Robert Gilbert [Tweet]

“The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.” ~Napoleon Hill [Tweet]

“Nothing will work unless you do.” ~Maya Angelou [Tweet]

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” ~Vidal Sassoon [Tweet]

“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 [Tweet]

“All great achievements require time.” ~Maya Angelou [Tweet]

“Success is dependent upon the glands – sweat glands.” ~Zig Ziglar [Tweet]

“Our health always seems much more valuable after we lose it.” ~Unknown [Tweet]

“Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death, but to inspire yourself to life.” ~Adele Brookman [Tweet]

“Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as soon as you can change your beliefs.” ~Dr. Maxwell Maltz [Tweet]

“Act as if everything you do makes a difference. It does.” ~William James [Tweet]

“People are very open-minded about new things – as long as they’re exactly like the old ones.” ~Charles Kettering [Tweet]

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

“If you’re coasting, you’re either losing momentum or else you’re headed downhill.” ~Joan Welsh [Tweet]

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” ~Alan Kay [Tweet]

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” ~Henry David Thoreau [Tweet]

“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.” ~Denis Waitley [Tweet]

“Twenty years from now, you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than the ones you did.” ~Mark Twain [Tweet]

“You don’t have to be perfect in order to be successful.” ~Anonymous [Tweet]

“Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.” ~Napolean Bonaparte [Tweet]

“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.” ~Spanish Proverb [Tweet]

“Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll’ philosophy.” ~Denis Waitley [Tweet]

“The greatest lie you can make is to lie to yourself.” ~Matt Zotti [Tweet]

“The strongest oak tree of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.” ~Napolean Hill [Tweet]

“It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.” ~James Gordon [Tweet]

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” -Mahatma Gandhi [Tweet]

“In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself.” -Anonymous [Tweet]

“Pain is weakness leaving the body” -Tera Lynn Childs [Tweet]

“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!” ― Jillian Michaels [Tweet]

“There is nothing of value to be gained inside your comfort zone” -Srdjan Popovic [Tweet]

“So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.” ~ A.J.Materi [Tweet]

“He who enjoys good health is rich, though he knows it not.” ~ Italian Proverb [Tweet]

“The best of all medicines is resting and fasting” ~ Benjamin Franklin [Tweet]

“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” ~ Plato [Tweet]

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” ~ Buddha [Tweet]

“A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs.” ~ Joan Welsh [Tweet]

“Health is the greatest of all possessions; a pale cobbler is better than a sick king.” ~ Isaac Bickerstaff [Tweet]

“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot become manifest, strength cannot be exerted, wealth is useless, and reason is powerless.” ~ Herophiles [Tweet]

“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.” ~ Anthony Robbin [Tweet]

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” – Mark Twain [Tweet]

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” ~Winston Churchill [Tweet]

“It’s never too late to become what you might have been.” ~George Elliot [Tweet]

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson [Tweet]

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~André Gide [Tweet]

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” ~Aristotle [Tweet]

“It is in human nature to relax, when not compelled by personal advantage or disadvantage.” ~Goethe [Tweet]

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson [Tweet]

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” ~ Michael Pollan [Tweet]

“Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. There are a great many food-like items in the supermarket your ancestors wouldn’t recognize as food. Stay away from these.” ~ Michael Pollan [Tweet]

“Each person’s task in life is to become an increasingly better person.” ~ Leo Tolstoy [Tweet]

There you go!

Now you have 105 powerful health and fitness quotes you can use to kick-start your motivation.

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Comments

  1. Srdjan,

    Nice list of quotes here! You’re right, sometimes a good quote is all you need to get motivated. I liked your quote a lot, by the way. Maybe someday it will be famous!

    Alykhan

  2. Srdjan, cool list…and I totally agree: when the right quote comes around at the right time, it can be a powerful combination that will push you further, longer and beyond what you think is possible.

    -Mitch

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