“I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.” -Anatole France

As Winston Churchill said, “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Having enthusiasm is a key ingredient in achieving success, as, without enthusiasm, one can not be compelling. Your enthusiasm is contagious, especially when you have it under control, the world is your oyster.

In the book, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, Gary Keller shares the following story:

“One evening an elder Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside all people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us. One is Fear. It carries anxiety, concern, uncertainty, hesitancy, indecision, and inaction. The other is Faith. It brings calm, conviction, confidence, enthusiasm, decisiveness, excitement, and action.” The grandson thought about it for a moment and then meekly asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed.”

Here are some great quotes on enthusiasm:

  1. Enthusiasm is a kind of faith that has been set afire.- George Matthew Adams
  2. “I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.” -Anatole France
  3. ‘Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.’ – Emerson
  4. “Every man is enthusiastic at times. One man has enthusiasm for thirty minutes-another has it for thirty days but it is the man who has it for thirty years who makes a success in life.” – The Catholic Layman.
  5. “None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” – Thoreau

6. “There can be no success without enthusiasm. The secret of a full life is lots of enthusiasm, the kind that keeps you fighting and winning overall obstacles-and enjoying every minute of it.” – Alfred Krebs

7. “Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is due to the triumph of enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

8. “Enthusiasm spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” –  Norman Vincent Peale

9. “Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” – Samuel Ullman

10. “It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

11. “If you have passion, there is no need for excuses because your enthusiasm will trump any negative reasoning you might come up with. Enthusiasm makes excuses a nonissue.” – Wayne Dyer

12. “A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.” – Charles Schwab

13, “The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.” –  Aldous Huxley 

14. “Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.” – Earl Nightingale

15. “Faked enthusiasm is worse than bad acting – it is bad acting with the intent to deceive.” – Bo Bennett

16. “Enthusiasm – a distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience.” – Ambrose Bierce

17. “You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. With it, there is accomplishment. Without it there are only alibis.” – Henry Ford

18. “A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.” – Mary Kay Ash

19. “A man who lacks enthusiasm never develops it in another. But a person who is enthusiastic soon has enthusiastic followers.” – David Schwartz

20. “Life is a hurdle race, the winner has to cross all the hurdles and still maintain enthusiasm.” – M.K. Soni

21. “Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised.” – Christian Nevell Bovee

22. “Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no mater how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles.” – Og Mandino

23. “Get excited and enthusiastic about you own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire — you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away.” – Denis Waitley

24. “The prudent person may direct a state, but it is the enthusiast who regenerates or ruins it.”~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

25. “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

26. “The great accomplishments of a man have resulted from the transmission of ideas and enthusiasm.”-Thomas J. Watson, Sr.

27. “Enthusiasm is the energy and force that builds literal momentum of the human soul and mind.” – Bryant H. McGill

28. “Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day absorb all your interest, energy and enthusiasm. The best preparation for tomorrow is to live today superbly well.” – William Osler

29. “Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm; it moves stones, it charms brutes. Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity, and truth accomplishes no victories without it.” – Edward Bulwer-Lytton

30. “Most great men and women are not perfectly rounded in their personalities, but are instead people whose one driving enthusiasm is so great it makes their faults seem insignificant.”- Charles A. Cerami

All the best in your quest to get better. Don’t Settle: Live with Passion.

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