40 Powerful Mental Strength Quotes for Personal Empowerment

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Quotes can be much then a source of inspiration and motivation.  When used as a contemplation or affirmation they can be transforming!

With the Labor Day weekend here and most of us have a long weekend this would be a great time for some focused contemplation and affirmations….or as Tony Robbins says describes them “incantations.”

To give a brief overview of each so you’ll be able to experience the power of the below mental strength quotes here are the basics.

Contemplation – focusing on a single thought and asking questions about how this quote applies or can apply to your life.  The contemplation should last 5 minutes and ONLY focus on a single quote and deeply think about it’s meaning, what it means to you, how you can use it, how it can help you.  Keep creating deeper questions.   If you can answer the question quickly go deeper.  At some point you should “stump” yourself and have to wait for the answer.  This is contemplation.

Affirmation/Incantations – Again, select one quote and repeat is out loud (to yourself) with emotion.  This is not a simple memorization process; this is to create energy, passion and new belief.  Also, select a different word to emphasize.  Say that you select “Men’s best successes come after their disappointments.”  For the first 5 times you say it out loud with energy on the entire phrase.  Then emphasize the word “men’s”, for 5 times, then “best”, and so forth until you have repeated the entire phrase.  I find this process very inspirational when I talk a walk.

If you really want to experience a shift this weekend, combine the contemplation and affirmations.  Perform the contemplation first thing in the morning for 5 minutes.  Then go out for a walk and use the same quote and perform your incantations.

I guarantee you feel a difference.

So…here are 40 very powerful mental strength quotes for personal empowerment and personal success.

1. Try not to become a man of success but a man of value. – Albert Einstein

2.  If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them. – Henry David Thoreau

3.  Inspiration and genius–one and the same. – Victor Hugo

4.  To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is that which says: “Leave no stone unturned.” – Edward Bulwer Lytton

5.  If you would create something, you must be something. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

6.  Every artist was first an amateur. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 7.  The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be. – Horace Bushnell

 8.  Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself. – W. C. Doane

9.  Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration? – George Eliot

10.  No great man ever complains of want of opportunities. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

11.  Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can. – Thomas Carlyle

 12.  Men’s best successes come after their disappointments. – Henry Ward Beecher.

13.  Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. – Leon J. Suenes

14.  The power of imagination makes us infinite. – John Muir

 15. First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. – Epictetus

16. It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, “Always do what you are afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

17. Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash. – George S. Patton

18. If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes. – St. Clement of Alexandra

19. We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

20. Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day. – Thornton Wilder

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21. The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. – Arthur C. Clarke

 22. Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks. – Johann Gottfried Von Herder

 23. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. – Aristotle

24. Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need. – Voltaire

25. If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. – Destitutus ventis, remos adhibe – Latin Proverb

 26. Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action. – Benjamin Disraeli

 27. You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind. – Author Unknown

 28.  The best way out is always through. – Robert Frost

 29. o not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. – William B. Sprague

 30. Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. – Samuel Johnson

 31.  Fortune favors the brave. – Publius Terence

 32. hen the best things are not possible, the best may be made of those that are. – Richard Hooker

33. He who hesitates is lost. – Proverb

 34.  Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. – Albert Einstein

35. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 36.  We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls. – Winston Churchill

 37. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

38. For hope is but the dream of those that wake. – Matthew Prior

39. Constant dripping hollows out a stone. – Lucretius

40. Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose–a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. – Mary Shelley

Please let me know how you plan to use these quotes, or if you have a favorite of your own in the comments below….and enjoy the long weekend….you deserve it!

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  1. Thanks Stephanie! I’m glad these are going to come in handy :-)

  2. These are great! My son left Monday for Air Force Basic Training and I know these next 8 1/2 weeks will be the toughest of his life. His physical and mental toughness will be challenged daily. I have been trying to find ways to try and help him stay strong and encouraged throughout his training because I know it will be hard on him. I plan to include a quote each time I write him. Thank you :)

  3. very useful tips

  4. Thanks Clarissa! Glad you found them helpful…anytime you need some inspiration please stop by :-)

  5. I had difficulty in getting content for my blog, which so happens to be about self empowerment today. I took the liberty of using 10 of the quotes above which I think are the best if you don’t mind. Í will also reference it to you.

  6. Hi Kayla, I hope they help.

  7. I’m using a couple of these in a letter to my boyfriend in jail, so thank you! Most of them are really good :)

  8. Thanks Emmanuel! This is a great quote :-)

  9. do yu think that this could become a quote for this website: it is hard to explain, harder to experience, and hardest to understand. I would like to know.

  10. Hi Ashley, this is a wonderful idea! I’m sure the recipients will be inspired :-)

  11. I want to use some of these quotes to put on a huge quilt that my sorority will be donating to the local shelter for abused families. We wanted to make something the shelter can use but also a constant reminder to stay strong!

  12. Thanks Sharon! Please stop by often and tell others :-)

  13. Hi Gregg – Wonderful, empowering quotes! I help people, especially those who have been silenced, find their voice in the world, with the use of creative writing and narrative work. I am going to use these quotes for successive issues of my up-coming newsletter to help focus different topics in how empowerment and voice lead to one another and give meaning to life. Thank you so much for what you do here. I bet you make a real difference in people’s lives. – Sharon Elizabeth Wood

  14. Hi Karen, WOW…what a wonderful thing you do…yes, please use all of them :-)

  15. I produce a Programs calendar for inmates at a correctional facility where I am employed. I want to use these motivational quotes to help inspire and encourage them in their efforts to change their lives.

  16. Thanks Tylor! Please let others know about your enthusiasm and where you got it :-)

  17. I’M LIFTED ALWAYS VISITING THE SITE….THANK YOU NOW ITS TIME FOR ME TO LOOK THINGS IN DIFFERENT WAYS…..Nothing great was never achieved without enthusiasm!

  18. Hi Steph, thanks for your comment and reference to other great quotes…we can never get enough of good inspiration :-)

  19. These quotes on strength are so inspirational! These are my two favorite quotes on strength:

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

    “The burden is equal to the horse’s strength.”
    ~ The Talmud

    http://www.glamquotes.com/quote/strength-quotes/

  20. Hi Anta, thanks your contributions…they’re fantastic!

  21. Great quotes! So inspirational and mental awaking!

    I love so much the following quotes:

    If you would create something, you must be something. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. – Leon J. Suenes

    The power of imagination makes us infinite. – John Muir

    If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes. – St. Clement of Alexandra

    The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. – Arthur C. Clarke

    The best way out is always through. – Robert Frost

    Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  22. Thanks Rebecca, send a pic of your tattoo when it’s finished :-)

  23. i love many of these quotes. i send quotes of the day everyday to people in my contat and i use this website often. it is great to encourage people. i’ve been going through some rough times and whe i am old enough to get a tatoo i plan on using this website for inpiration.

  24. Hi Kacey, thanks for sharing this wonderful story! I’m sure all the recipients will appreciate all the time and effort you put into the pictures.
    Thank you for doing this!

  25. I drew and colored 30 pictures…now I am writing down inspirational quotes (of course giving credit to the author) and drawing happy pictures all around them…Donating them all to the hospital :D

  26. Thanks Clarissa, Please continue to read the rest of the blog…I know you’ll find more material to assist you in creating the life you desire. Looking forward to hearing and seeing, which one you selected for your tattoo!

  27. I have saved about 5 of these to choose a tattoo from, right now I am a single mother of two young girls, and i’ve never been single in my life, so strength is some thing I am trying to find in my soul, thank you very much for this page… It has some awesome quotes, I will post after I get the tattoo and let you know which one I chose! :)

  28. Thanks Khalid for sharing this one!

  29. “The true self, is the invisible reality within the body” W.D Mohammed

  30. Thanks Brenda! Glad you enjoyed them!

  31. My favorite is : “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau

    I post daily inspirational quotes on my Real Estate Investing Blog and thought that couldn’t be more perfect! But it’s so perfect I don’t want to change it tomorrow. :-)

  32. Thanks Chelsea!

  33. Thanks Chelsea!

  34. These quotes are helpful and inspirational. Thank you!

  35. Thanks Jo Ann for the comment and the repost, I really appreciate you doing this! Glad the quotes were inspirational, I’ll keep my eyes open for other great ones.

  36. I love reading inspirational quotes. Thank you for your site. I post on facebook for my friends to read and get inspired. Here are a couple that I love:
    “Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”-Vivian Greene.
    “Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.”-Les Brown.

  37. For the additional quote Olapade.

  38. pls help me add this to the quotes. “if you don’t have a vision,u cannot have a mission,and you will lack decision.olapade abiola

  39. Thanks Chetan for your support on this.

  40. I agree with Jorge, I am happy to see that there are people around still who believe in helping others and work towards the betterment of the society in one or the other way. I really appreciate the effort that is put in and would try to do my bit some way.

    I am kind a back to track after reading the quotes listed above. These are really one or the way defining the path which great people have taken to get there. I loved most and the the 1st one is my personal favorite.

    Yeah i have now seen what ‘Web is what you make of it’ means :-)

  41. Thank you Jorge for the thoughtful comments! My desire is to enthuse people to live up to the full potential. They might not get there, but a great transformation will occur on their way. I see that you have similar aspirations. Thanks again.

  42. I enjoyed reading the quotes you posted on this blog. I think they have become ever more relevant considering the times we are experiencing. As I interact with people, I notice a great sense of defeat and hopelessness in society today.

    I think people need to be reminded of the true strengths that exist within us: that our worst enemy is pessimism. While I am by no means in a worry-free position, I do not look at my challenges with a hopeless mentality. I refuse to believe that there is no way to overcome adversity.

    People have lost track of the good because so much has gone wrong. I think this is where I see that I can truly make a difference. I guess you can say that I believe I know my path. I see so many people in pain, and I want to provide them with words to guide them back on the path to success.

    I intend to use these, and many other quotes through Facebook, through blog posts, and any other way that is available to me. Take care, and thank you for providing me with a dose of motivation!

  43. Thanks for sharing the post and blog :-)

  44. One of the best collection I’ve read, have just posted 2nd quote on fb :) , one of my all time fav…

  45. Thanks Christina! If we’re not connected on FB please add me :-)

  46. Thank you for all of these beautiful quotes. I am posting number eight on FB. I will be sure to reference your website.

  47. Thanks Minhaj for the comment. In my experience only those that have achieved a level of success, accomplishment or greatness are quoted. After all, I’ve never head a quote from a person who failed and quite :-)

  48. I am a doctor who recently failed in an exam.

    When I read such quotes, I always question the real commitment of the people who said them. They are really good sayings, said by successful people. But I am never seize to question that how much will they be able to follow their own advice when slapped red hot by the sisters(of fate). Perhaps I am referring to the another quote, “Talking the talk is one thing, walking the walk is quite another”.

    Anyways, I liked no 29 the most.

    There are 2 quotes I would like to add:

    *Only riders fall in battlefields
    Can a child fall who crawls on all fours? (An Urdu verse by Allama Muhammad Iqbal)

    *A day’s life of a tiger is better than a hundred years’ life of a Jackal. (Tipu Sultan)

  49. Thanks Sandy for the comments and spreading the word!

  50. posting in notes on Facebook. Always like to find helpful information and share.

  51. Thanks for the kind comments Victoria! Please let other friends now about the site :-)

  52. These are wonderful. A friend needs some inspiration and empowerment in his life right now, so he will be getting on a day :)

  53. Thanks Karen for you comment and glad you like the quotes…especially – “The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be.” – Horace Bushnell

  54. Love many of these quotes! Whenever I’m challenged, I turn to number 7 above: The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be. – Horace Bushnell

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