Recognition Quotes

Recognition quotes to encourage, motivate, and inspire your employees, your boss, and yourself, for success in leadership, in business, and in life in general.

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“Recognition is the greatest motivator.”
Gerard C. Eakedale

“People may take a job for more money, but they often leave it for more recognition.”
Bob Nelson

“People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing – that's why we recommend it daily."
Zig Ziglar

“Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it."
Dwight D. Eisenhower

“There are two things people want more than sex and money... recognition and praise.”
Mary Kay Ash recognition quotes

“What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise – although the philosophers generally call it ‘recognition’!”
William James

“Anything is possible for one who believes it is so."
Ian Hardy

“Attitudes are contagious. Do you want people around you to catch yours?"
Bob Moawad

“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly."
Stephen R. Covey

“It is up to us to give ourselves recognition. If we wait for it to come from others, we feel resentful when it doesn't, and when it does, we may well reject it.”
Spencer Tracy recognition quotes

“Losers always have an excuse – winners always have an idea.
Losers fix the blame – winners fix the situation.
Losers make promises – winners keep commitments.
Losers let it happen – winners make it happen.
Losers say, ‘Why don't they do something?’ – Winners say, ‘Here's something I can do.’”

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal -- a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek."
Mario Andretti

“Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.”
Theodore Isaac Rubin

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“The rewards go to the risk-takers, those who are willing to put their egos on the line and reach out to other people and to a richer, fuller life for themselves.”
Susan RoAne recognition quotes

“Appraisals are where you get together with your team leader and agree what an outstanding member of the team you are, how much your contribution has been valued, what massive potential you have and, in recognition of all this, would you mind having your salary halved.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender."
Vince Lombardi

“I could use a hundred people who don't know there is such a word as impossible."
Henry Ford recognition quotes

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
Theodore Roosevelt

“Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity."
Lou Holtz recognition quotes

“Today many American corporations spend a great deal of money and time trying to increase the originality of their employees, hoping thereby to get a competitive edge in the marketplace. But such programs make no difference unless management also learns to recognize the valuable ideas among the many novel ones, and then finds ways of implementing them."
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“Management is nothing more than motivating other people."
Lee Iacocca

“You are not here merely to make a living, you are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand."
Woodrow Wilson

“Work is not man's punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.”
George Sand

“You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
Donald Trump recognition quotes

“Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”
Abraham Lincoln

“There's always the motivation of wanting to win. Everybody has that. But a champion needs, in his attitude, a motivation above and beyond winning."
Pat Riley

“Peace is more than just the absence of war. True peace is justice, true peace is freedom. And true peace dictates the recognition of human rights.”
Ronald Reagan

“At least once a day, allow yourself the freedom to think and dream for yourself."
Albert Einstein

“A mind that has been stretched will never return to its original dimension."
Albert Einstein recognition quotes

“The only lifelong, reliable motivations are those that come from within, and one of the strongest of those is the joy and pride that grow from knowing that you've just done something as well as you can do it."
Lloyd Dobens

“Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.”
Alfred North Whitehead

“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson recognition quotes

“My creed is that public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people and to the nation with full recognition that every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration, that constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought, that smears are not only to be expected but fought, that honor is to be earned, not bought.”
Margaret Chase Smith

“Religion is the recognition of all our duties as divine commands.”
Immanuel Kant

“What we need to do is learn to work in the system, by which I mean that everybody, every team, every platform, every division, every component is there not for individual competitive profit or recognition, but for contribution to the system as a whole on a win-win basis.”
W. Edwards Deming recognition quotes

“We will receive not what we idly wish for but what we justly earn. Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service.”
Earl Nightingale

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”
John Burroughs

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand."
Vince Lombardi recognition quotes

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse."
Florence Nightingale

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“Error is only the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently."
Henry Ford

“The greatest thing is, at any moment, to be willing to give up who we are in order to become all that we can become."
Max De Pree

“The act of smelling something, anything, is remarkably like the act of thinking. Immediately at the moment of perception, you can feel the mind going to work, sending the odor around from place to place, setting off complex repertories through the brain, polling one center after another for signs of re recognition, for old memories and old connection.”
Lewis Thomas recognition quotes

“Enthusiasm one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your objective. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is disgraceful to live at the cost of one's self-respect. Self-respect is the most vital factor in life. Without it, man is a cipher. To live worthily with self-respect, one has to overcome difficulties. It is out of hard and ceaseless struggle alone that one derives strength, confidence and recognition.”
B. R. Ambedkar

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse."
Florence Nightingale

“The man who has no imagination has no wings."
Muhammad Ali

“People with a scarcity mentality tend to see everything in terms of win-lose. There is only so much; and if someone else has it, that means there will be less for me. The more principle-centered we become, the more we develop an abundance mentality, the more we are genuinely happy for the successes, well-being, achievements, recognition, and good fortune of other people. We believe their success adds to...rather than detracts from... our lives.”
Stephen R. Covey recognition quotes

“To be a champion you have to believe in yourself when no one else will."
Sugar Ray Robinson

“It is important that you recognize your progress and take pride in your accomplishments. Share your achievements with others. Brag a little. The recognition and support of those around you is nurturing.”
Rosemarie Rossetti

“The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur."
Vince Lombardi

“Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses... on your powers, instead of your problems.”
Paul J. Meyer recognition quotes

“It's your life, your one and only life – so take excellence very personally."
Scott Johnson

“Something wonderful, something hidden. A gift unique to you. Find it."

“Ah, beware of snobbery; it is the unwelcome recognition of one's own past failings.”
Cary Grant

“I can accept failure, but, I can't accept not trying."
Michael Jordan

“Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.”
Alexander Smith

“There are four pillars, on which you can build the platform, to reach the zenith of success: Dedication, Devotion, Discipline and Determination."
Lakkoju Goutam

“In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence.”
Henry Van Dyke

“If you put everything off till you're sure of it, you'll get nothing done."
Norman Vincent Peale recognition quotes

“Maturity includes the recognition that no one is going to see anything in us that we don't see in ourselves. Stop waiting for a producer. Produce yourself.”
Marianne Williamson

“Believe it! High expectations are the key to everything."
Sam Walton

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