35 Willpower Quotes That Help You Power Through

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Willpower is the foundation of all human achievements.

Everybody has some willpower.

There are lucky people whose parents and teachers instilled willpower in them from early on. Then there are others who have a lot less willpower.

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It doesn’t matter in which group you are. We always feel that we need more willpower. That’s because we tend to use up our willpower no matter how much we have it. It’s called willpower depletion.

You can train your willpower like a muscle. I have collected some of the best willpower quotes to motivate and inspire you.

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Here are some of my favorites, starting with Winston Churchill’s quote about willpower:

Quotes about willpower

willpower quotes Winston Churchill

Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. ~ Winston Churchill

willpower quotes William Shakespeare

Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners. ~ William Shakespeare

willpower quotes Mae West

I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it. ~ Mae West

self-control quotes roopleen

Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks. ~ Dr Roopleen

self-control quotes whedon

If you can’t run, you crawl. If you can’t crawl– you find someone to carry you. ~ Joss Whedon

willpower quotes schiller

The will of man is his happiness. ~ Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

willpower quotes alberti

Men can do all things if they will. ~ Leon Batista Alberti

willpower quotes machiavelli

Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

willpower quotes Zig Ziglar

You are the only person on earth who can use your ability. ~ Zig Ziglar

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quotes about willpower habit kallas

Willpower gets you started. Habits get you results. — Priit Kallas
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willpower quotes weissmuller

With but few exceptions, it is always the underdog who wins through sheer willpower. ~ Johnny Weissmuller

willpower quotes salted peanut

Willpower is the ability to eat one salted peanut. ~ Anonymous

willpower quotes Gandhi

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. – Mahatma Gandhi
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willpower quotes aretino

I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself. – Pietro Aretino
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Adam Kirk Smith willpower quote

Research shows that willpower is more important than IQ. That’s why the point isn’t to become smarter, but to become more self-disciplined. ― Adam Kirk Smith
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Brian Tracy willpower quote

Willpower is essential to the accomplishment of anything worthwhile. – Brian Tracy
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Bobby Knight willpower quote

The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win. – Bobby Knight

william mcdougall willpower quote

Will is character in action. – William McDougall

peter drucker willpower quote

What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that’s another matter. – Peter F. Drucker

lucille ball willpower quote

The more things you do, the more you can do. – Lucille Ball

pearl buck willpower quote

I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work. – Pearl S. Buck

Thomas Fuller willpower quote

Nothing is easy to the unwilling. – Thomas Fuller

john ortberg willpower quote

Willpower is trying very hard not to do something you want to do very much. – John Ortberg

thomas parker boyd willpower quote

The will is the keystone in the arch of human achievement. It is the culmination of our complex mental faculties. It is the power that rules minds, men and nations. – Thomas Parker Boyd

ken christian willpower quote

You are only as lazy or lacking in willpower as you think you are. – Ken Christian

phillip cooper willpower quote

To assert your willpower is simply to make up your mind that you want something, and then refuse to be put off. – Phillip Cooper

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willpower quotes crowley

In the absence of willpower the most complete collection of virtues and talents is wholly worthless. – Aleister Crowley

willpower quotes millman

Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear. – Dan Millman

willpower quotes blake

What is now proved was once only imagined. – William Blake

willpower quotes malcolm x

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it. – Malcolm X, Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements

willpower quotes shakespeare

This in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens to the which our wills are gardeners. – William Shakespeare

Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible. – C.S. Lewis

Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

The best way to think of willpower is not as some shapeless behavioral trait but as a sort of psychic muscle, one that can atrophy or grow stronger depending on how it’s used. ~ Jeffrey Kluger

robert mckee willpower-quote

Most of life’s actions are within our reach, but decisions take willpower. ~ Robert McKee

What are your favorite willpower quotes? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. David Desmond

    Thank you for your website, Priit! I found your website because I need to transform my life from a sedentary one to an active one. I need to overcome aversion to physical exercise and do a lot of it. I need to transform my body from weak and stiff to strong and flexible and reverse my physiological age. I need to empower my spirit by mastering my body to a fair degree at least. I appreciate that you hated running when you first started!

    This is the best page that I have found with inspiring quotes on willpower. Another quote for you is from Paramahansa Yogananda: “Will power means freedom. Will power means heaven.”

    1. Priit Kallas

      Happy to be useful! Even if you have willpower there are days you don’t want to do the things you should. Do the bare minimum, walk to the corner and back. Don’t skip 2 days in a row. Forgive yourself.

  2. Paul

    One that I really like is “Willpower and self-discipline are more effective than intellect and talent.” ― Akiroq Brost

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