Whatever you’re striving for, never underestimate the power of inspirational words to help you make that push for success. Everyone from politicians, sports people, literary figures and artists have had some sage advice you can turn to keep you motivated.

So when doubt strikes or your personal mountains seem too high to climb, we hope these wise words will give you the boost you need to keep reaching for your goals.

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
-Winston Churchill

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”
-Vince Lombardi

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”
-Maya Angelou

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”
- Ernest Hemingway

“A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.”
-Vernon Howard

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.”
-Robert H. Schuller

“Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve ever done before.”
-Bonnie Blair

“There are always new, grander challenges to confront, and a true winner will embrace each one.”
-Mia Hamm

“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting it is.”
-Arnold Palmer

“The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.”
-Japanese Proverb

“Resilience is not what happens to you. It's how you react to, respond to, and recover from what happens to you.”
- Jeffrey Gitomer

Whenever you need a bit of a pick me up, or that a helping hand to go that extra-mile – look to the words of some truly inspiring people. They’ll tell you that anything is possible.