Staying Focused On Prepping: 30 Awesome Quotes To Keep You Motivated

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Motivation Monday

What quotes come to mind on a day that has been particularly hard? What quotes keep you going when times get tough?

Staying motivated long-term isn’t the easiest thing in the world, and when it comes to prepping, it’s so easy to get distracted. I tracked down these quotes that I found to be particularly motivating.

Grab some colorful post it notes, copy down your favorite quotes and stick them on places you will see often.

Don’t Give Up

“When the world says, ‘Give up,’ Hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time. ” ~ Author unknown

“I must do something’ always solves more problems than ‘Something must be done.” ~Author unknown

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ~Confucius

“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” ~Oprah Winfrey

“We will either find a way, or make one!” ~Hannibal

“A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop.” ~Robert Hughes

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” ~Michael Jordon

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~C. S. Lewis

Character Counts

“Success is always temporary. When all is said and done, the only thing you’ll have left is your character.” ~Vince Gill

“Be prepared and be honest.” ~John Wooden

“When you’re forced to STAND ALONE… you R E A L I Z E what you have in You!” ~Uma Thurman

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” ~Aristotle


“A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.” ~Henrik Ibsen

“Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.” ~Miguel de Cervantes

“What is down will go up. At the same time, you have to be prepared for what is up to go down.” ~William Shatner

“Mother Nature may be forgiving this year or next year but eventually, she’s going to come around and whack you. You’ve got to be prepared.” ~Geraldo Rivera

“Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent.” ~Author Unknown


“When you are required to exhibit strength, it comes.” ~Joseph Campbell

“God does not take away trials or carry us over them, but strengthens us through them.” ~Pusey

“He who has a WHY to live for can bear almost any how.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Faith and Endurance

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” ~Vivian Greene

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.

“Forget about going ‘the extra mile.’ Go ‘the extra inch’ in everything you do today!” ~Tom Peters

“Take a lesson from the wildflower: rise up from the dirt in a bad environment and thrive.”

“A life lived in fear is a live half lived.”

“The harder you work, the better you get.” ~Thomas Justin McAfee-Barry

“Little by little, a little becomes a lot.” ~ Tanzanian Proverb

“If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.” ~Latin Proverb

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. ~Henry Ford

“Never be afraid to do something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the titanic.”

Be Happy

“The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.”

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” ~Dr. Seuss

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” ~Corrie Ten Boom

“Focus on how far you’ve come, not how far you have to go.”

“Sometimes we are all too quick to count down these days that we forget to make the days count.” ~Unknown

“Never forget that Today is the Tomorrow that you worried about Yesterday.”

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” ~Irish Proverb

“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” ~Colette

“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Celebrate any progress. Don’t wait to be perfect.” ~Ann McGee Cooper

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

Attitude and Action

“Action is the antidote to despair.” ~Joan Baez

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” ~Walt Disney

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” ~Napoleon Hill

“Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” ~Grandma Moses

“It’s not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life; it is how you handle what happens to you.” ~Zig Ziglar

“Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars.” ~Frederick Langbridge

“Everyone has his burden. What counts is how you carry it.” ~Merle Miller

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. ~Ayn Rand

“Remember this: that very little is needed to make a happy life.” ~Aurelius

“Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.” ~Robert H. Schuller

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” ~Buddha

“Note to self: finding a cool quote and writing it in your journal is not a substitute for Getting. It. Done.” ~Betsy Cañas Garmon

“Anybody running beats anybody walking, and anybody walking beats anybody sitting.” ~Tom Bunk

“Do it now. Sometimes later becomes never.”

Dale: “‘Cause at least I can say when the world goes to shit, I didn’t let it take me down with it.” ~The Walking Dead

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” ~Chinese Proverb

“Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” ~W. Clement Stone

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ~Arthur Ashe









6 thoughts on “Staying Focused On Prepping: 30 Awesome Quotes To Keep You Motivated”

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  2. Really cool post Lisa! For all preppers motivation is something that we need to continually work on as lots of time the preparing is done and not needed in the short term but we will all be glad we did it in the long run. My favorite was: “Celebrate any progress. Don’t wait to be perfect.” By Ann McGee Cooper. Thanks!

  3. You are wonderful. Thank you for these quotes. I have not picked my favorite yet. No wait… They are all my favorite.

  4. THANK YOU. Oh so needed as I am dealing with TEOWAWKI that is just in my world, most of those around me don’t even see it.
    You never know when “Prepared” will redefine itself to teach you just how unprepared you really are. Life is not defined by things.

  5. Dennis coleman

    I would like to join your Blog and join your Facebook following, and your lists of 15 things first. Also this 30 quote of inspiration. Please. Alos to b notified of your new book release.

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