Many times in life you can feel stuck in a rut. This includes at work or when running your business.

The good news is, sometimes all you need to get you out of your funk and on the road to success is a few words of inspiration. See below for 15 of our favorite quotes to get you started.

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston S. Churchill

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”

Henry David Thoreau

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

Helen Keller

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

Walt Disney

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure. It is: Try to please everybody.”

Herbert Bayard Swope

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

Thomas Edison

“I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.”

Oprah Winfrey

“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”

Steve Jobs

“Almost everything worthwhile carries with it some sort of risk, whether it’s starting a new business, whether it’s leaving home, whether it’s getting married, or whether it’s flying into space.”

Chris Hadfield

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

Will Rodgers

“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”

Coco Chanel

“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.”

Babe Ruth

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

Vidal Sassoon

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”

Andy Rooney

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.”

William Durant

Which resonates with you? Tell us in the comments section or share a favorite of your own.

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