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Productivity Quotes: TAoL’s BEST Quotes on Getting Things Done

Arthur Worsley
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M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.

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My TOP 32 Productivity Quotes

These productivity quotes come from The Art of Living's growing central library of thoughts, anecdotes, notes, and inspirational quotes.

Here are my top 32 productivity quotes of all time...

1. "To build your working life around the experience of flow produced by deep work is a proven path to deep satisfaction." - Cal Newport

Cal Newport is an American computer science professor and author of multiple books that address the risks and advantages of digital technology, doing better in school/college and working more effectively (See e.g., Deep Work)

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2. "Your success in life and work will be determined by the kinds of habits that you develop over time. The habit of setting priorities, overcoming procrastination, and getting on with your most important task is a mental and physical skill." - Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy is a Canadian-American motivational public speaker and self-development author who has written more than eighty self help books.

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3. "Before you begin scrambling up the ladder of success, make sure that it is leaning against the right building." - Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey (October 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012) was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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4. "A definite purpose, backed by absolute faith, is a form of wisdom and wisdom in action produces positive results." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill: A definite purpose, backed by absolute faith, is a form of wisdom and wisdom in action produces positive results.

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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5. "He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly." - James Allen

James Allen: He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.

James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement.

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6. "Self-control is strength; Right Thought is mastery; Calmness is power. Say unto your heart, “Peace, be still!”" - James Allen

James Allen: Self-control is strength; Right Thought is mastery; Calmness is power. Say unto your heart, “Peace, be still!”

James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement.

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7. "Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill: Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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8. "Action cures fear." - David J. Schwartz

David J. Schwartz: Action cures fear.

David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959.

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9. "The best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today's work superbly today. That is the only possible way you can prepare for the future." - Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie was an American writer and lecturer and a developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.

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10. "The number one reason most people don’t get what they want is that they don’t know what they want." - T. Harv Eker

T. Harv Eker (born June 10, 1954) is an author, businessman and motivational speaker known for his theories on wealth and motivation and his book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.

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11. "The secret to success is not to try to avoid or get rid of or shrink from your problems; the secret is to grow yourself so that you are bigger than any problem." - T. Harv Eker

T. Harv Eker (born June 10, 1954) is an author, businessman and motivational speaker known for his theories on wealth and motivation and his book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.

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12. "How you do anything is how you do everything." - T. Harv Eker

T. Harv Eker (born June 10, 1954) is an author, businessman and motivational speaker known for his theories on wealth and motivation and his book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.

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13. "Where attention goes, energy flows and results show." - T. Harv Eker

T. Harv Eker (born June 10, 1954) is an author, businessman and motivational speaker known for his theories on wealth and motivation and his book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.

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14. "Action is the “bridge” between the inner world and the outer world." - T. Harv Eker

T. Harv Eker (born June 10, 1954) is an author, businessman and motivational speaker known for his theories on wealth and motivation and his book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.

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15. "If you are willing to do only what’s easy, life will be hard. But if you are willing to do what’s hard, life will be easy." - T. Harv Eker

T. Harv Eker (born June 10, 1954) is an author, businessman and motivational speaker known for his theories on wealth and motivation and his book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.

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16. "Training and managing your own mind is the most important skill you could ever own, in terms of both happiness and success." - T. Harv Eker

T. Harv Eker (born June 10, 1954) is an author, businessman and motivational speaker known for his theories on wealth and motivation and his book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.

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17. "If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way." - Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.: If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesman and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968.

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18. "The best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." - Walt Disney

Walt Disney: The best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

Walt Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, writer, voice actor, and film producer who holds the record for most Academy Awards earned and nominations by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations.

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19. "If you want to achieve your highest aspirations and overcome your greatest challenges, identify and apply the principle or natural law that governs the results you seek." - Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey: If you want to achieve your highest aspirations and overcome your greatest challenges, identify and apply the principle or natural law that governs the results you seek.

Stephen Covey (October 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012) was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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20. "An educated man is not, necessarily, one who has an abundance of general or specialized knowledge. An educated man is one who has so developed the faculties of his mind that he may acquire anything he wants, or its equivalent, without violating the rights of others." - Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the 10 best-selling self-help books of all time.

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21. "If you don't give anything don't expect anything. Success is not coming to you. You must come to it." - Marva Collins

Marva Collins: If you don't give anything don't expect anything. Success is not coming to you. You must come to it.

Marva Collins was an American educator best known for founding Westside Preparatory School.

This quote is a reminder that the only person responsible for your life is you. If you want to succeed, apply yourself.

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22. "By thought, the thing you want is brought to you; by action you receive it." - Wallace D. Wattles

Wallace D. Wattles: By thought, the thing you want is brought to you; by action you receive it.

Wallace D. Wattles was an American New Thought writer whose writing has been widely quoted and remains in print in the New Thought and self-help movements.

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23. "Go on in the certain way, and if you do not receive that thing, you will receive something so much better that you will see that the seeming failure was really a great success." - Wallace D. Wattles

Wallace D. Wattles was an American New Thought writer whose writing has been widely quoted and remains in print in the New Thought and self-help movements.

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24. "Abraham Lincoln's principle for greatness can be adopted by nearly all. This was his rule: Whatsoever he had to do at all, he put his whole mind into it and held it all there until that was all done." - Russell H. Conwell

Russell H. Conwell was an American Baptist minister, lawyer, and writer best known for founding Temple University and his inspirational lecture, Acres of Diamonds.

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25. "The existential vacuum manifests itself mainly in a state of boredom." - Viktor E. Frankl

Viktor E. Frankl (26 March 1905 – 2 September 1997) was an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor best known for his book Man's Search for Meaning.

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26. "Progressive automation will probably lead to an enormous increase in the leisure hours available to the average worker. The pity of it is that many of these will not know what to do with all their newly acquired free time." - Viktor E. Frankl

Viktor E. Frankl (26 March 1905 – 2 September 1997) was an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor best known for his book Man's Search for Meaning.

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27. "The Meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour… what matters, therefore is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment." - Viktor E. Frankl

Viktor E. Frankl (26 March 1905 – 2 September 1997) was an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor best known for his book Man's Search for Meaning.

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28. "Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!" - Viktor E. Frankl

Viktor E. Frankl (26 March 1905 – 2 September 1997) was an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor best known for his book Man's Search for Meaning.

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29. "We can discover the meaning of life in three different ways: (1) by creating a work or doing a deed; (2) by experiencing something or encountering someone; and (3) by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering." - Viktor E. Frankl

Viktor E. Frankl (26 March 1905 – 2 September 1997) was an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor best known for his book Man's Search for Meaning.

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30. "Remember, to know and not to do is really not to know." - Kerry Patterson

Kerry Patterson is an American author best known for co-authoring several New York Times bestsellers, including Crucial Conversations

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31. "You can measure the health of relationships, teams, and organizations by measuring the lag time between when problems are identified and when they are resolved." - Kerry Patterson

Kerry Patterson is an American author best known for co-authoring several New York Times bestsellers, including Crucial Conversations

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32. "Take the time to think. Discover your real reason for being here and then have the courage to act on it." - Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma is a Canadian writer, best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series.

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Arthur Worsley
I founded TAoL to discover and share the best wisdom on how to live long and prosper. Before that I studied Psychology, Philosophy & Physiology at Oxford and consulted at McKinsey. Still curious? Learn more or take my FREE productivity quiz.

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