133 Les Brown Quotes (That Inspire Greatness)

Les Brown Quotes

Les Brown is one of my favorite motivational speakers, right up there with Tony Robbins and Zig Ziglar. He is funny, passionate, smart, a simple of perseverance and a one of the biggest personal development voices of the generation. Here are 133 Les Brown quotes that will help you get inspired and take massive action! Enjoy!


  1. “When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up!” – Les Brown

  2. “Do what is easy and your life will be hard, do what is hard and your life will become easy.” – Les Brown

  3. “The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.” – Les Brown

  4. “You have something special! You have greatness within you! You can do more than you can every begin to imagine!” – Les Brown

  5. “There are winners, there are losers and there are people who have not yet learned how to win.” – Les Brown

  6. “Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.” – Les Brown

  7. “Shoot for the moon because even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Les Brown

  8. “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.” – Les Brown

  9. “The ambitious are criticized by those who have given up.” – Les Brown

  10. “You have to learn how to fail your way to success.” – Les Brown

  11. “The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today.” – Les Brown

  12. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown

  13. “Many people fail in life not because they aim to high and miss, but because they aim to low and hit.” – Les Brown

  14. Your smile will give you positive countenance that will make you comfortable around you.” – Les Brown

  15. “I will fail my way to success.” – Les Brown

  16. “Other people’s opinion of you doesn’t have to become your reality.” – Les Brown

  17. “If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dream.” – Les Brown

  18. “No matter how bad it is, or how bad it gets, I’m going to make it.” – Les Brown

  19. “Your smile will give you a positive countenance that will make people feel comfortable around you.” – Les Brown

  20. “You don’t get in life what you want, you get in life what you are.” – Les Brown

  21. “If you run around with 9 losers, pretty soon you’ll be the 10th loser.” – Les Brown

  22. “People who are hungry are willing to do the things today that others wont do, in order to have the things tomorrow others won’t have.” – Les Brown

  23. “You can’t afford to give? You can’t afford not to give! Give your time, give your talent.”

  24. “The other thing is that one of the keys to self motivation that empowers you is that you want to find a cause larger than yourself.” – Les Brown

  25. “You don’t have the be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.” – Les Brown

  26. ‘In order to do something you’ve never done you’ve got to become some you’ve never been. I think that all of us have a great potential within us,, but greatness is a choice. It’s not our destiny. And in the pursuit of our dreams we are introduced to trials, failures and disappointments, which take us to the door of discovery and greatness.” – Les Brown

  27. “History is being read but it is also being written by people with imagination.” – Les Brown

  28. “Forgive those who have hurt you.” – Les Brown

  29. “Life has no limitations except the ones you make.” – Les Brown

  30. “Success is never owned, it’s rented and the rent is due everyday.” – Les Brown

  31. “You have to say yes to your life, you’ve got to say yes, yes to my dreams, yes to me. Yes. I can make it. Yes I can. Doesn’t matter how many failures I’ve made, doesn’t matter how many mistakes Iv’e endured. Doesn’t matter about my defeats, doesn’t matter about what I’ve done. Yes. Yes. It doesn’t matter about where I am. The last chapter of my life hasn’t been written yet. If you judge me now you judge me prematurely.” – Les Brown

  32. “I am still in the process of transforming my life, I am still in the process of becoming.” – Les Brown

  33. “Change your thinking. Change your life. Your thoughts create your reality. Practice positive thinking. Act the way you want to be and soon you will be the way you act.” – Les Brown

  34. “If you don’t act on life, life will act on you.” – Les Brown

  35. “Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.” – Les Brown

  36. “Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.” – Les Brown

  37. “Don’t underestimate yourself. You are capable of more than you can ever imagine.” – Les Brown

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

  39. “You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.” – Les Brown

  40. “Do whatever it takes. It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Les Brown

  41. “I don’t know what you’re up against, I don’t know what your facing. But here’s what I do know. You’ve got something special. You’ve got greatness in you and I know it’s possible that you live your dream.” – Les Brown

  42. “Help others achieve their dreams, and you will achieve yours.” – Les Brown

  43. “You don’t get what you want in life. You get who you are.” – Les Brown

  44. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new new.” – Les Brown

  45. “The truth that will set en free is the truth men don’t want to hear.” – Les Brown

  46. “You have the power to live a bigger life. Challenge yourself, take the risk.” – Les Brown

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

  48. “You gotta be hungry!” – Les Brown

  49. “The best first are those we not only cherish but put to use.” – Les Brown

  50. “In ever day there are 1,440 minutes. That means we hlevave 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” – Les Brown

  51. “Take NO as a vitamin!” – Les Brown

  52. “As you reach your goals, set new ones. That is how you grow and become a more powerful person.” – Les Brown

  53. “Fear is the most subtle and destructive of all human diseases. Fear kills dreams and hopes.” – Les Brown

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

  55. “When your why is big enough, you will find your how.” – Les Brown

  56. “If you don’t program yourself, life will program you.” – Les Brown

  57. “If it isn’t worth it, then it really isn’t your dream. Your true dream is always worth it. It’s your destiny.” – Les Brown

  58. “Life takes on meaning when you become motivated. Set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.” – Les Brown

  59. “Practice the principle of OQP – Only Quality People.” – Les Brown

  60. “Some people are so negative that they walk into a dark room and start to develop.” – Les Brown

  61. “A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand.” – Les Brown

  62. “I will heighten my life by helping others heighten theirs.” – Les Brown

  63. “Your ability to communicate is an important too in your pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers or your clients and customers.” – Les Brown

  64. “If you are going through hell, don’t stop, keep moving.” – Les Brown

  65. “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.” – Les Brown

  66. “I believe that life is a journey, often difficult and sometimes incredibly cruel. But we are all well equipped for it if only we tap into our talents and gifts and allow them to blossom.” – Les Brown

  67. “It’s not over until I win.” – Les Brown

  68. “If you want to be rich, watch what rich people do everyday and do it. And watch what poor people do and don’t do it.” – Les Brown

  69. “You need to make a commitment and one you make it then life will give you some answers.” – Les Brown

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

  71. “It’s necessary to know that everybody won’t see it. That everybody won’t join you. That everybody won’t have the vision. It’s necessary to know that. That a lot of people like to complain but they don’t want to do anything about their situation. That you are an uncommon breed.” – Les Brown

  72. “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 motivation, it empowers us to overcome obstacles so we can live our dreams.” – Les Brown

  73. “In the end it is the person your become, not the things you achieve that is most important.” – Les Brown

  74. “If it’s hard do it hard. Nobody said it would be easy.” – Les Brown

  75. “The day you stop worrying will be the first day of your new life. Anxiety takes you in circles. Trust in yourself and become free.” – Les Brown

  76. “Your level of belief in yourself will inevitably manifest itself in whatever you do.” – Les Brown

  77. Lions don’t have to roar. There is a power in silence, confidence and persistence. Those who work don’t talk and those who talk don’t work. Handle your business. Measure your efforts by results. Focus your time, energy and activity on mastering and executing a plan” – Les Brown

  78. “Avoid the energy draining practice of telling people what you’re going to do. Instead spend your time and effort in doing the things that are necessary to accomplish your goals. Keep your focus and stay determined in order to purse your dream. Let your work, not your words speak for itself.”

  79. “Take action in order to move toward your goals.” – Les Brown

  80. “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!” – Les Brown

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

  82. “The greatest revenge is massive success.” – Les Brown

  83. “If you’re not willing to risk, you cannot grow. If you cannot grow, you cannot be your best. If you cannot be your best, you cannot be happy. If you cannot be happy, what else is there.” – Les Brown

  84. “Easy is not an option.” – Les Brown

  85. “I choose not to be a common man, it’s my right to be uncommon if I can. I seek opportunity, not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dull by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk. To dream and to build and to fail and succeed. I refuse to live from hand to mouth. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence. The thrill of fulfillment to the stale carm of utopia. I will never cower before any master, nor bend to any threat. It’s my heritage to stand erect. Proud and unafraid. To face the world boldly and say this I have done!” – Les Brown

  86. “The real challenge of growth, mentally, emotionally and spiritually comes when you get knocked down. Somebody said that adversity introduces an man or woman to himself.” – Les Brown

  87. “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” – Les Brown

  88. “If it’s not one thing it’s ten things!” – Les Brown

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

  90. “Make your move before your ready.” – Les Brown

  91. “You are the only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life.” – Les Brown

  92. “If you put yourself in a positive where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.” – Les Brown

  93. “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.” – Les Brown

  94. “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.” – Les Brown

  95. “You want to raise the bar on yourself, most people won’t do that.” – Les Brown

  96. “The people who want to step into their greatness are hungry.” – Les Brown

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

  98. “If it’s not on thing then it’s another. Perseverance, drive and moving forward with a positive mindset will help you to survive the storms of life. For now, focus on the bright side. The sun will shine on you again and you will be stronger for going through the storm. One day you’ll look back, appreciate the wisdom you gained and the person you became because of these experiences. You have something special, you have greatness within you.” – Les Brown

  99. “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.” – Les Brown

  100. “You cannot expect to achieve your goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.” – Les Brown

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

  102. “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago” – Les Brown

  103. “You can start over again. Don’t even think about quitting now! It is easy to replay in your mind how things did not work, how much you lost, what you are going through, how angry you are. There is no amount of conversation or magic that is going to wipe the slate clean You are wanting valuable time and energy that could be used to regain a new normal and start another version of you life. Even through you are hurt and you may be feeling down, stop kicking yourself. Face what has happened. Make the decision to start over again.” – Les Brown

  104. “Free yourself from dysfuctional people who are experts at meeting their own needs at the expense of yours. Do not let people stay in your life who trample on your feelings or behave badly. Set clear boundaries so that you do not get caught up their maze of madness, or feel responsible for their life choices or consequences. Live in your own story. Do not try to edit someone else’s.” – Les Brown

  105. “Change is difficult but often essential to survival.” – Les Brown

  106. “It’s necessary to get the losers out of your life if you want to live your dream.” – Les Brown

  107. “Regardless of what challenge you are facing right now, know that it has not come to say. It has come to pass. During these times do what you can with what you have and ask for help if you needed. Most importantly – never surrender. Take care of yourself. Find ways to replenish your energy, strengthen your faith, and fortify yourself from the inside out.” – Les Brown

  108. “The people that will live their dreams, the 2 percent that will do that, are risk takers. They don’t mind failing, they don’t mind making mistakes, they’re willing to take life on, take life on the collar.” – Les Brown

  109. “It’s not what you don’t have. It’s what you think you need that keeps you from being successful or happy in life.” – Les Brown

  110. “Make discipline a major force in your life.” – Les Brown

  111. “Anything worth doing, is worth doing badly. Anything worth doing is worth doing right, as we have been taught, if we know how to do it. But if you don’t know how to do it, it is worth doing badly until you get it right.” – Les Brown

  112. “Always strive to get on top in life, because it is the bottom that is overcrowded.” – Les Brown

  113. “Get excited about the no, why because everytime someone says no, that brings you another stop to a yes. Your getting closer, trust me. You will win if you don’t quit.” – Les Brown

  114. “Success leaves clues, always listen and follow people who are doing what it is you want to do at a level you want to do it and learn from them.”kn – Les Brown

  115. “If you want a thing bad enough, then go out and fight for it. To work day and night for it. To give your time, your peace and your sleep for it. If all that your dream and scheme is about it. And life seems useless and worthless without it. And if you gladly sweat for it, fret for it and plan for it. And lose all your terror of the opposition for it. And if you will simply go after that thing you want, with all your capacity, strength and sagacity, faith hope and confidence and stirring pertinacity, if neither cold poverty, famish no rout, sickness or pain or body and brain can keep you away from the thing that you want, if dogged and grim you besiege and beset it with the help of God you will get it!” – Les Brown

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

  117. “Imagine if you will on your deathbed and standing around your bed. The ghost of the dreams, the ideas, the abilities, the talents given to you by life. You for whatever reason. You never pursued those dreams. You never acted on those ideas, you never used those gifts and there they are standing around your bed, looking at you with angry eyes saying we came to you and only you could have given us life, now we must die with you forever. If you die today, what dreams, what ideas, what leadership, what books, what gifts will die with you?” – Les Brown

  118. “Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death!” – Les Brown

  119. “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 their maximum potential.” – Les Brown

  120. “There is nothing more powerful than a changed mind.” – Les Brown

  121. “Do what you need to do, so that you can do what you want to do. Success and convenience do not go together. You have what it takes to be successful, so you have to step up your game and make room for it.” – Les Brown

  122. “Define your priorities, know your values and believe in your purpose. Only then can you effectively share yourself with others.” – Les Brown

  123. “I can bounce back from adversity and reinvent my life. It’s possible.” – Les Brown

  124. “No matter what happens, no matter how far you seem to be away from where you want to be, never stop believing that you will somehow make it.” – Les Brown

  125. “Live full, die empty.” – Les Brown

  126. “Do not give yourself another excuse to put off making your mind You know in your heart of hearts that once you do that you have got to act. You owe it to the world, you family and most importantly, to yourself to live a life of no regrets.” – Les Brown

  127. “Forgive yourself first. Release the need to replay a negative situation over and over again in your mind. Don’t become a hostage to your past by always reviewing and reliving you mistakes. Don’t remind yourself of what you should have, could have or would have been. Release it and let it go. Move on.” – Les Brown

  128. “Love doesn’t need to be perfect, it needs to be true.” – Les Brown

  129. “Live out of your imagination our of your memory.” – Les Brown

  130. “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

  131. “Your know you are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Don’t just think about, look at it, and complain about it to whoever will listen. Stop conning yourself into being a volunteer victim, or telling the same old story. You are better than that. It’s time to stand up for yourself and your dream. This is the one and only life that you have. Don’t waste it watching someone else’s life on Tv, in a movie, a series or reality show. Take your power back and make a move. Live your life on your terms and create something new in your life.” – Les Brown

  132. “Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.” – Les Brown

  133. “A lot of people become discouraged too soon. The name of the game is, you’ve got to be relentless.” – Les Brown



So there you are my friends. I really hope you got some value out of this post and were inspired to become a great version of yourself like I am every time I see or read anything from Les Brown! Share with me what your favorite Les Brown quote was and if you have any good ones to add! Look forward to hearing from you guys and gals!



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