35 Motivational Quotes from Les Brown

Les Brown, I love you.

There, I said it.

I had the honor of being a co-author on a collaborative book with Les Brown, back in 2011. I find him, his message, and his story, to be among the most inspirational I have heard or known.

Truth be told, I spend a lot of time listening to messages from people like Les Brown, Brian Tracy, Jack Canfield (another one of my co-authors), and the late Jim Rohn (probably my all-time favorite).  Yes, some of their messages start to sound the same–there is definitely a theme.  But that’s a good thing, not a bad thing. The subconscious mind LOVES repetition (it’s like a young child, asking for the same book to be read again, over and over and over and…).

One of the ways the subconscious mind elevates information from “just info” to “that’s important”  and finally to “belief” is sheer repetition.  I like to fall asleep watching and listening to messages like the ones in the video below.

The mind has rules. We commonly call these “the rules of the mind” at the Midwest Hypnotherapy Academy. Nothing fancy.  And they are definitely rules.  The kind that are operational whether or not you know about them, and whether or not you believe in them.

One of the rules of the mind is, “you move in the direction of your dominant thought.” One of the ways of making positive, motivational thoughts dominant is to spend a lot of time with them.  Listen to these great thinkers and speakers on your iPod while you work out.  Spend your break time at work with them. Listen to them while you’re falling asleep at night.  Read their words, and let those words change you for the better.

Simple? Yes.  And effective.  Often, the simplest solutions are the best solutions.

So, enjoy the video below from Les Brown.  And then down below the video, I’ve compiled 35 of my favorite Les Brown quotes.  Write some on your bathroom mirror, for a motivational way to start your day!


1. “Be willing to go all out, in pursuit of your dream. Ultimately it will pay off. You are more powerful than you think you are. Go for it.”

2. “It has been said, most people die at age 25 and don’t get buried until they are 65. Make an effort to live your life to the fullest.”

3. “Listen to yourself the voice that’s in your Heart not your head, it will lead you to your Goal.”

4. “There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning.”

5. “You have to be willing to allow the person you are today to DIE so that you can give birth to the person you are meant to become.”

6. “Other people’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.”

7. “You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.”

8. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”

9. “Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.”

11. “The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry out their dream.”

12. “The greatest revenge is massive success.”

13. “Live out of your imagination instead of out of your memory.”

14. “Most people fail in life not because they aim too high and miss, but because they aim too low and hit.”

15. “Just because Fate doesn’t deal you the right cards, it doesn’t mean you should give up. It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential.”

16. “Align yourself with people that you can learn from, people who want more out of life, people who are stretching and searching and seeking some higher ground in life.”

17. “I will heighten my life by helping others heighten theirs.”

18. “Perfection does not exist — you can always do better and you can always grow.”

19. “Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.”

21. “No one rises to low expectations.”

22. “Our ability to handle life’s challenges is a measure of our strength of character.”

23. “A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand.”

24. “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”

25. “Make sure when you fall you land on your back. If you can look up you can get up.”

26. “If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.”

27. “You don’t get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.”

28. “Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.”

29. “Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.

31. “If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.”

32. “Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.”

33. “The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today.”

34. “You take on the responsibility for making your dream a reality.”

35. “There are winners, there are losers and there are people who have not yet learned how to win.”


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