160 Les Brown Quotes on Success, Fear, and Failure

These Les Brown quotes will let you step out of your comfort zone and face your fears.

Les Brown is known as one of America’s best motivational speakers. His words of wisdom motivate his audience to explore beyond their limits. The more you listen to him, the more he will inspire you to be great and act toward your goals.

Read this collection if you want to have some motivation to push yourself and reach your highest potential. We’re sure you’ll find some helpful tips and words of wisdom to keep you going.

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Best Les Brown Quotes

1. “If you don’t program yourself, life will program you.”

2. “Do what is easy and your life will be hard. Do what is hard and your life will become easy.”

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

4. “Everything you do and every decision you make should be from a place of good. You should always be striving to make the world a better place.”

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

6. “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.”

7. “Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality.”

8. “Don’t let the negativity given to you by the world disempower you. Instead, give to yourself that which empowers you.”

9. “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.”

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

11. “Listen to yourself, the voice that’s in your heart, not your head. It will lead you to your goal.”

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

13. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

14. “ Make an effort to live your life to the fullest.”

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Famous Les Brown Quotes

15. “Your smile will give you a positive countenance that will make people feel comfortable around you.”

16. “A lot of people do not muster the courage to live their dreams because they are afraid to die.”

17. “When your ‘why’ is big enough, you will find your ‘how.’”

18. “Ask yourself if you’re one of the good people who successful people want to be around.”

19. “You are the only real obstacle in your path to fulfilling it.”

20. “You don’t get what you want in life. You get who you are!”

21. “Believe that you possess a basic goodness, which is the foundation for the greatness you can ultimately achieve.”

22. “Act the way you want to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.”

23. “The truth that will set men free, is the truth men don’t want to hear.”

24. “Life is more meaningful when you are always looking to grow and working toward a goal.”

25. “You decide what your limits are, and you decide your level of success. You are responsible for the time that you spend on this planet.”

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

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

28. “It really doesn’t matter what’s going on right now. The only thing that matters is what you’re going to do about it. Do something powerful.”

29. “To sit on an idea or fail to act on a goal is not really goal-setting, but wishful thinking.”

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Inspirational Les Brown Quotes

30. “In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.”

31. “Live full, die empty.”

32. “If you fall, fall on your back. If you can look up, you can get up.”

33. “You will win if you don’t quit.”

34. “Goals help you channel your energy into action.”

35. “Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.”

36. “Every day of your life, you have the opportunity to mold your destiny by virtue of the actions you choose to take.”

37. “Perfection does not exist. You can always do better and you can always grow.”

38. “You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.”

39. “You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.”

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

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

42. “If you want to be rich watch what rich people do every day and do it. And watch what poor people do and don’t do it.”

43. “If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.”

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

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Les Brown Quotes to Encourage You to Pursue Your Goals

45. “Tell yourself that if it’s hard, I’ll do it hard. I’m unstoppable.”

46. “Your dream was given to you. If someone else can’t see it for you, that’s fine, it was given to you and not them. It’s your dream. Hold it. Nourish it. Cultivate it!”

47. “It’s necessary to get the losers out of your life if you want to live your dreams.”

48. “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.”

49. “It is important to surround yourself with people who lift you up, encourage you, share your vision and inspire you.”

50. “You must see your goals clearly and specifically before you can set out for them. Hold them in your mind until they become second nature.”

51. “If you want to grow and develop yourself, embrace failure. If you want to become the best at what you do, you’ve got to be willing to fail, again and again. And then finally, one day, you can fail your way to greatness.”

52. “I would rather fail at what I love than succeed at what I hate.”

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

54. “Honor your commitments with integrity.”

55. “Fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it. You can accept that you are afraid and then move on.”

56. “Make each day count by setting specific goals to succeed, then putting forth every effort to exceed your own expectations.”

57. “You can get the kind of results that you are looking for in life if you are willing to work smart to achieve them.”

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

59. “If you’re not willing to risk you cannot grow, and if you cannot grow you cannot become your best, and if you cannot become your best, you cannot be happy.”

Powerful Les Brown Quotes That Will Move You to Do Great Things

60. “I am worthwhile and talented and I deserve my goals.”

61. “No one rises to low expectations.”

62. “It is possible for me to live my dreams.”

63. “When you want something, you have to be willing to pay your dues.”

64. “It’s important to me that money not be important to me.”

65. “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.”

66. “The best gifts are those we not only cherish but put to use.”

67. “Listen to positive music, watch positive videos or movies, hang out with positive, upbeat people. The last thing a blue mood need is more blues. Don’t be a volunteer victim, be a fighter.”

68. “Get your ideas on paper and study them. Do not let them go to waste!”

69. “Today, you expand or you are expendable.”

70. “Reading about the lives of other achievers and their impact on our world inspires me to continue to help others realize their greatness.”

71. “Very often, the biggest hurdle in reaching a goal is getting started. And the second biggest hurdle is getting started in the right direction.”

72. “This is my decade. Nothing is going to stop me.”

73. “All of us need to grow continuously in our lives.”

74. “We must look for ways to be an active force in our own lives. We must take charge of our own destinies, design a life of substance, and truly begin to live our dreams.”

Les Brown Quotes on Success

75. “Success is both very personal and relative, depending on where you would like to be in your own life.”

76. “The greatest revenge is massive success.”

77. “As you reach your goals set new ones. That is how you grow and become a more powerful person.”

78. “No matter how bad it is or how bad it gets I am going to make it.” 

79. “No one can continually insult you or hurt your feelings without your permission.”

80. “It’s not over until you win.”

81. “We are living in very challenging times. Pressured in the workplace and stressed out at home, people are trying to make sense of their lives.”

82. “Each of us owes someone. We all benefit by reaching out and helping others.”.

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

84. “No one will take better care of your dream than you.”

Insightful Les Brown Quotes Filled With Life Lessons

85. “I often speak to people who wonder why they continue to fail. In many situations, they are concentrating their efforts in the wrong places period.”

86. “Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.”

87. “There are people who are wise enough and motivated enough to change their lives and live their dreams, and then there are those who need a kick in the pants to change their ways.”

88. “Easy is not an option!”

89. “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.”

90. “Are the people around you holding you back or empowering you to move forward? If your life is going nowhere, take a look at the group of people you hang around with.”

91. “We were all born with a certain degree of power. The key to success is discovering this innate power and using it daily to deal with whatever challenges come our way.”

92. “We have the capacity to change, to lead meaningful and productive lives by awakening our consciousness.”

93. “Forgive those who have hurt you.”

94. “Make a conscious effort to let go of fear and act from a sense of consciousness that will empower and protect you. You are strong. You are greater than the fear!”

95. “One of the most essential things you need to do for yourself is to choose a goal that is important to you.”

96. “Anytime you suffer a setback or disappointment, put your head down and plow ahead.”

97. “It is better to aim high and miss than to aim low and hit.”

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

99. “It takes someone with a vision of the possibilities to attain new levels of experience. Someone with the courage to live his dreams.”

Les Brown Quotes About Life

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

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

102. “Life is a fight for territory and once you stop fighting for what you want, what you don’t want will automatically take over.”

103. “Every day, we can either choose to be a victim or we can choose to live life victoriously.”

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

105. “You need to make a commitment, and once you make it, then life will give you some answers.”

106. “I believe that life is a journey, often difficult and sometimes incredibly cruel, but we are well equipped for it only we tap into our talents and gifts and allow them to blossom.”

107. “You can make decisions like that about your life. If you are carrying strong feelings about something that happened in your past, they may hinder your ability to live in the present. You have to get rid of them.”

108. “We have to live life with a sense of urgency so not a minute is wasted.”

109. “You can complain about the direction of your life all you want, but until you sit in the driver’s seat and begin to drive yourself, you aren’t going to get where you want to go!”

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

111. “Dealing with life means taking advantage of each new challenge as an opportunity to learn and accomplish something new.”

112. “I don’t dwell on the things that are too late to fix, but I do my best to get life’s lessons and put them into action.”

113. “I have learned that to get out of life what I expect, I must commit myself to beginning each day by concentrating on positive thoughts and focusing on my goals.”

114. “I advise you to say your dream is possible and then overcome all inconveniences, ignore all the hassles and take a running leap through the hoop, even if it is in flames.”

Les Brown Quotes That Will Stick With You Forever

115. “Things may happen around you, and things may happen to you, but the only things that really count are the things that happen in you.”

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

117. “Not having goals is like having no idea where you want to go when you step up to an airline counter to buy a ticket.”

118. “It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.”

119. “Think big when you set your goals. Dare to think big and then set a series of smaller goals to get you there.”

120. “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

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

122. “No runner ever won a race buy looking over his should and demeaning the competition.”

123. “Making things happen in your life requires a faith, or an ability to believe that is unshakable, regardless of your circumstances.”

124. “Building your feelings of self-worth is critical to overcoming your fears.”

125. “Set a goal that’s meaningful and compelling enough, and your skills, your knowledge, and your effectiveness will expand in order to reach that goal.”

126. “Take the energy you are wasting feeling sorry for yourself and use it to help someone else.”

127. “I can’t control what life hands me. What I can control is how I handle it.”

128. “We each have the talent to take us past the circumstances and challenges life brings to propel us into our greatness.”

129. “If you allow your self-esteem to erode, your fear will eat at you. Ultimately it could destroy you.”

Profound Les Brown Quotes to Give You Insight Into His Worldview

130. “Know your gifts and share them.”

131. “I learned from my mother that there is a greatness in all of us and that all of us are delivered to this world with a mission.”

132. “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.”

133. “The limitations you have and the negative things that you internalize are given to you by the world. The thing that empowers you—the possibilities—come from within.”

134. “When you feel a complaint coming on, step forward to take positive, productive actions instead. Use your time and energy to accomplish great things instead of worrying, placing blame, or spreading criticism.”

135. “The people that want to step into their greatness are hungry.”

136. “Ask yourself if you are leaving a trail that others may want to follow. Are you leaving a legacy of accomplishment? What mark will you leave on your industry? Your friends and family?”

137. “Some people would rather get even instead of getting ahead.”

138. “Never build a case against yourself.”

139. “When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all. We all need some form of deeply rooted, powerful motivation. It empowers us to overcome obstacles so we can live our dreams.”

Memorable Les Brown Quotes

140. “Never say you’re having a bad day—say you’re having a character-building day.”

141. “I think of myself as a catalyst of action and a messenger of hope, turning people onto themselves and turning people onto their dreams.”

142. “The things you want are always possible. It is just that the way to get them is not always apparent.”

143. “Leave energy drainers alone. Don’t let them slow you down and stop your dream. Your possibilities are too important.”

144. “Remember that what you are feeling does not reflect your reality! We cannot always control the thoughts that come into our minds, but we can control the thoughts that we dwell on.”

145. “If you have no vision of yourself in the future, then you have nothing to live for.”

146. “True honesty is hard. Throughout my career, I’ve faced moments where I’ve needed to take an honest look at myself and face some very uncomfortable realities.”

147. “Don’t waste time bathing in the negative experience. Spin your energy and focus your attention on moving on. Take the lesson from the hardship, and use it in the future.”

148. “The most successful people in life get that way by putting passion and commitment into their work.”

149. “The people who are doing what you want to do. The ones at the top of your field, the ones you look up to. All started right where you are now. They all had their own trials and obstacles. The only difference between them and you is their persistence and their drive.”

More Les Brown Quotes You Will Love

150. “When you make a mistake, you are presented with an opportunity to gain wisdom. And the only way to experience true wisdom is through your mistakes.”

151. “If you’re going through hell, don’t stop, keep moving!”

152. “Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.”

153. “If it’s hard, do it hard! Nobody said it would be easy.”

154. “Your ability to communicate is an important tool in your pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers, or your clients and customers.”

155. “When you are not pursuing your goal, you are literally committing spiritual suicide.”

156. “When you’re strong enough and confident enough to speak the truth, you gain respect and influence. Being honest and straightforward will also open doors for you.”

157. “You have something special, you have greatness within you!”

158. “Too many of us never realize our full potential because our fears block us.”

159. “Change is difficult but often essential to survival.”

160. “The fact is, discipline is only punishment when imposed on you by someone else. When you discipline yourself, it’s not punishment but empowerment.”

Did You Gain a Better Understanding of What It Takes to Be Great?

Les Brown changed many people’s lives. He uses his voice to inspire people to accomplish their dreams and change their perspectives on life. He also highlights the importance of investing in one’s future and not letting fears stop you from pursuing your goals.

Brown thinks that we all have greatness deep within us. We just need to discover and unleash it. But, this doesn’t come easy and, instead, comes with a lot of hard work and dedication.

We hope the quotes in this list were able to motivate you to choose yourself first and pursue your goals. No matter how many times you fail, just work smarter and harder. Someday, you’ll reach what you were working for as well.

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