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Top 10 Inspirational & Motivational Japanese Quotes. Part 1.

Hello Japanese learner.

Looking for a bit of inspiration and motivation in between learning Japanese? You’re at the right place. Everyone needs an extra push.

Even I do.

Here are the Top 10 Motivational & Inspirational Quotes taken from JapanesePod101. They are not of Japanese origin, but translated from English. All so you get a boost of inspiration and learn some Japanese along the way.

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1. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

– Confucius

  • 進み続けてさえいれば、遅くとも関係ない。
  • Susumitsudukete sae ireba, osoku tomo kankei nai.

Inspirational & Motivational Japanese Quotes

2. There are no short cuts to any place worth going.

– Beverly Sills

  • 目指すべき所に、近道は存在しない。
  • Mezasubeki tokoro ni, chikamichi wa sonzai shinai.

Inspirational & Motivational Japanese Quotes

3. Be the change you want to see in the world.

– Mahatma Ghandi

  • この世界の内に望む変化に、あなた自身が成ってみせなさい。
  • Kono sekai no uchi ni nozomu henka ni, anata jishin ga natte misenasai.

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4. Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.

– Abraham Lincoln

  • きっと成功してみせる、と決心する事が何よりも重要だ。
  • Kitto seikō shite miseru to kesshin suru koto ga nani yori mo jūyō da.

Inspirational & Motivational Japanese Quotes

5. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

– Wayne Gretzky

  • 打たないショットは、100%外れる。
  • Utanai shotto wa, hyaku-pāsento hazureru.

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6. The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that is it too low and we reach it.

– Michaelangelo

  • 人間にとって最大の危険は、高い目標を設定して達成できないことではなく、低い目標を設定して達成してしまうことだ。
  • Ningen ni totte saidai no kiken wa, takai mokuhyō o settei shite tassei dekinai koto de wa naku, hikui mokuhyō o settei shite shimau koto da.

Inspirational & Motivational Japanese Quotes

Yes, the picture is indeed missing the romaji. However, it would’ve been one giant picture filled with words.

7. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

– Chinese Proverb

  • 木を植えるのに一番良かった時期は20年前だった。二番目に良い時期は今だ。
  • Ki o ueru no ni ichi-ban yokatta jiki wa ni-jū-nen mae datta. Ni-ban-me ni ii jiki wa ima da.

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8. You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

– Christopher Columbus

  • 岸を見失う勇気がなければ、決して海を渡る事はできない。
  • Kishi o miushinau yūki ga nakereba, kesshite umi o wataru koto wa dekinai.

Inspirational & Motivational Japanese Quotes

9. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

– Napoleon Hill

  • 人の心が思い描き信じられる事は、すべて実現可能である。
  • Hito no kokoro ga omoiegaki shinjirareru koto wa, subete jitsugen kanō de aru.

Inspirational & Motivational Japanese Quotes

10. Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.

– Dalai Lama

  • 幸せはもうすでに出来上がっているものじゃない。自分の行動が引き付けるものだ。
  • Shiawase wa mō sude ni dekiagatte iru mono ja nai. Jibun no kōdō ga hikitsukeru mono da.

Inspirational & Motivational Japanese Quotes

This is just the first part!

Motivation can be built up and sustained over a long period of time to help you succeed. I hope this article did something. But of course, as all articles and reading and listening goes – it’s one thing to read/hear it…

…it’s another thing to do. So, I truly hope you “do.”

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– The Junkie

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7 Replies to “Top 10 Inspirational & Motivational Japanese Quotes. Part 1.”

  1. Thank you so much for this.
    I am an indian and sometimes I just give up during my studies.. so I thought to wrote down a Japanese quote on a book mark and it will help me to encourage.
    I choose 1st and 10th no. quote.
    Thank you once again for your hard work..
    Hope other people also appreciate you work.

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  3. Guest where is this version from ” I want to go when I want if it is tasteless to prolong life artisticlly we have done our share when our time to go we won’t regret it. “

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