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100 Quotes That Prove Passion Determines Success

In anything we do in life, passion, desire and love are necessary ingredients to a delicious life. Passion is the single most important and common trait found in successful people and it serves as the best foundation for enduring hardships or rejection. So when the going get's tough, you won't give up. When the often inevitable failures or the bumps along the road arise, you will have the required desire to push through. That passion is something that intrigues your mind, tickles your heart and makes your eyes beam. Why would anyone give up if they enjoyed and pursued the things that they deeply loved. Would you rather fail at something you love, or succeed at things you don't?

Passion is easily the most ignored, but also most common trait of not only successful people, but also people who enjoy life with true bliss. Yes, it is not the easiest of things to find, however we hope these 100 quotes about passion by highly influential individuals can help give you some insight, so that you can find that burning desire and create a purposeful and fulfilling life.


1. “Make sure you’re doing something that you love, that you’re willing to do for the rest of your life. If you’re doing it for money, that’s the only thing you won’t make.” - Daymond John



2. “If you’re not passionate about the business you’re going into, you’re never going to succeed" - Brett Wilson



3. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do” - Steve Jobs



4. “You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you're not passionate enough from the start, you'll never stick it out." - Steve Jobs



5. “What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.” - Oprah Winfrey



6. "Find your passion. I was very, very lucky to find it when I was seven or eight years old... You're lucky in life when you find it. And you can't guarantee you'll find it in your first job out. But I always tell college students that come out (to Omaha), 'Take the job you would take if you were independently wealthy. You're going to do well at it.'" – Warren Buffett



7. “Passion is the genesis of genius” - Galileo Galilei



8. “Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures.” - Joseph Campbell



9. “One of the hugest mistakes people make, is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions, your passions choose you.” - Jeff Bezos



10. “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” - Vincent van Gogh



11. "Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate." - Jon Bon Jovi



12. "If you feel like there's something out there that you're supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it." - Wanda Sykes



13. "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." - Albert Einstein



14. “There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions in a way that serves the world and you” - Richard Branson



15. “Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” - David Frost



16. “You might not make it to the top, but if you are doing what you love, there is much more happiness there than being rich or famous.” - Tony Hawk



17. “The way to stay inspired and motivated is by doing what you like, doing what you love.” - Raphael Saadiq



18. “Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.” - Wayne Dyer



19. “If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time.” - Billy Joel



20. “There's always going to be someone out there... who doesn't believe in you or who thinks your head is too big or you're not smart enough. But those are the people you need to ignore, and those are the times you need to just keep doing what you love doing.” - Jimmy Fallon



21. “My philosophy has always been, 'do what you love and the money will follow.” - Amy Weber



22. “It was never about the money for me… It was about doing something that I loved, it was about passion” - Dana White



23. “Passion is oxygen of the soul” - Bill Butler



24. “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” - Bishop T.D. Jakes



25. “Passion is the genesis of genius.” – Galileo Galilei



26. “Never underestimate the power of passion.” – Eve Sawyer



27. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs



28. “Passion drives perfection.” – Rick Warren



29. “Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it’s realistic or not.” – Deepak Chopra



30. “Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.” - Hunter S. Thompson



31. “You have to make sure that this thing is for you and its who you are and your built for this. And then you have to give the passion that’s necessary, you know? Like I said, I don’t do it for the money, the money’s gonna come. I do it because of the love that I have for it, you know what I’m saying? If I was a plumber or something like that, I would still make hip hop records.” – Dr. Dre



32. “No alarm clock needed. My passion wakes me.” – Eric Thomas



33. “A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe



34. “What I know is, is that if you do work that you love and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.” - Oprah Winfrey



35. “Have the passion. Take the action and magic will happen.” – Bar Rafaeli



36. “Passion makes us stronger than we are. Love makes us better than we are. Be passionate about the things you love.” – Galen Watson



37. “If you don’t have passion for something, you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” – Lee Alexander McQueen



38. “Passion comes from what you contribute rather than what you get.” – Peter M. Sense



39. “Passion about nothing is like pouring gasoline in a car without wheels. It isn’t going to lead anybody anywhere.” – Donald Miller



40. “Without passion, you don’t have energy; without energy, you have nothing. Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.” – Donald Trump



41. “The road to success begins and ends with passion.” – Tom Krause



42. “What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” – Bob Dylan



43. “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey



44. “Pleasure is the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle



45. “I wouldn’t dream of working on something that didn’t make my gut rumble and my heart want to explode.” – Kate Winslet



46. “I’ve been fascinated with technology since I was a boy banging around on my father’s adding machine. Back then I’d type in an equation, the device made some cool noises, and out came my answer. I was hooked.” – Michael Dell



47. “Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything” – Napolean Hill



48. “Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.” – Mary Lou Retton



49. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer



50. “Choose a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius



51. “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” – Mark Zuckerberg



52. “Every kid has something they’re good at, that you hope they find and gravitate toward”. – Tina Fey



53. “I feel like in a world where we all try to figure out our place and our purpose here, your passions are one of your most obvious guides.” – Nick Woodman (GoPro)



54. "I was just pursuing what I enjoyed doing. I mean, I was pursuing my passion. It is not really work if you are having fun…that was the case with me.” –  Pierre Omidyar (Ebay Founder)



55. “You discovered a talent, developed an ambition and recognized your passion. When you feel that, you can’t fight it — you just go with it,” – Robert De Niro



56. “I don’t think there’s ever a time where I step back and say I wish I was something different. I’m doing what I love to do.” – Sidney Crosby



57. “Money is not a motivating factor. Money doesn’t thrill me or make me play better because there are benefits to being wealthy. I’m just happy with a ball at my feet. My motivation comes from playing the game I love. If I wasn’t paid to be a professional footballer I would willingly play for nothing.” – Lionel Messi



58. “No compass comes with this life, just eyes, so to map it out you must look inside, sure books could guide you but your heart defines you.” - Jay-Z



59. “There are four questions of value in life… What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.” – Johnny Depp



60. "The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire." — Field Marshal Ferdinand Foch



61. "One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested." — E. M. Forster



62. "Chase your passion, not your pension." — Denis Waitley



63. "There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it's the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson." — Anthony Robbins



64. "Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt



65. "You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing." — Dale Carnegie



66. "Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Howard Thurman



67. "Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?" — Friedrich Nietzsche



68. "A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.”  — John Maxwell



69. "Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”  — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel



70. "Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies." — Albert Camus



71. "The most beautiful make-up of a woman is passion.  But cosmetics are easier to buy."Yves Saint Laurent



72. If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.” — T. Alan Armstrong



73. "Be spectacularly great at what you do. Wear your passion on your sleeve and hold your heart in the palm of your hand. And work hard. Really hard." — Robin Sharma



74. "If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." — Benjamin Franklin



75. "Passion and purpose go hand in hand. When you discover your purpose, you will normally find it’s something you’re tremendously passionate about.” — Steve Pavlina



76. "Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there's love and inspiration. I don't think you can go wrong." - Ella Jane Fitzgerald



77. “The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” — Neil Gaiman



78. "Jump out the window if you are the object of passion. Flee if you feel it. Passion goes, boredom remains." - Coco Channel



79. "You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you're not passionate enough from the start, you'll never stick it out." - Steve Jobs



80. "If you feel like there's something out there that you're supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it." - Wanda Skyes



81. "If you don't love what you do, you won't do it with much conviction or passion." - Mia Hamm



82. "It is the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion." - Rebecca West



83. "Once something is a passion, the motivation is there." — Michael Schumacher



84. "If you love your work, you'll be out there every day trying to do it the best you possibly can, and pretty soon everybody around you will catch the passion from you - like a fever." - Sam Walton



85. "Passion is what gets you through the hardest times that might otherwise make strong men weak, or make you give up." - Neil DeGrasse Tyson



86. “There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the passion of life.” ~Federico Fellini



87. “Chase down your passion like it’s the last bus of the night.” ~Terri Guillemets



88. “Our passions are the winds that propel our vessel. Our reason is the pilot that steers her. Without winds the vessel would not move and without a pilot she would be lost.” - Proverb



89. “It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dream of meeting your heart's longing." - Oriah Mountain Dreamer



90.“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” - Maya Angelou



91. “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” - Rumi



92. "To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work."
 – Sister Mary Lauretta



93. "I believe you are your work. Don’t trade the stuff of your life, time, for nothing more than dollars. That’s a rotten bargain." – Rita Mae Brown



94. "I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate." – George Burns



95. "Desire! That’s the one secret of every man’s career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire."
 – Bobby Unser



96. "When you’re following your energy and doing what you want all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves." – Shakti Gawain



97. "If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are—if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time." – Joseph Campbell



98. "Trust not what inspires other members of society to choose a career. Trust what inspires you." – The Lazy Person’s Guide to Success



99. "Any human being is really good at certain things. The problem is that the things you’re good at come naturally. And since most people are pretty modest instead of an arrogant S.O.B. like me, what comes naturally, you don’t see as a special skill. It’s just you. It’s what you’ve always done." 
- Stephen Jay Gould



100. "Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it." 
- Buddha


101. BONUS:

"My mother said to me, “If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general, if you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope.” Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso."
 – Pablo Picasso



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