Top 30 Zig Ziglar Quotes

Zig Ziglar who left to be with the Lord back in November of 2012 was a brilliant man. His faith was obvious everywhere he went. He was a phenomenal speaker and writer, which is evident by the 100’s of quotes of his that are in print. His speaking style was thoughtful, humorous, insightful, intelligent, motivational, bold, and passionate. Here are 30 of his best quotes! Enjoy!


30. “You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”

29. “A lot of problems in the world would disappear if we talk to each other instead of about each other.”

28. “Many marriages would be better if the husband and wife clearly understood that they're on the same side.”

27. “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.”

26. “You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.”

25. “Make today worth remembering.”

24. “Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be. If we do our best, we are a success.”

23. “Make failure your teacher, not your undertaker.”

22. “Don't be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.”

21. “Take one cup of love, two cups of loyalty, three cups of forgiveness, four quarts of faith and one barrel of laughter. Take love and loyalty and mix them thoroughly with faith; blend with tenderness, kindness and understanding. Add friendship and hope. Sprinkle abundantly with laughter. Bake it with sunshine. Wrap it regularly with lots of hugs. Serve generous helpings daily.”

20. “Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you.”

19. “When you put faith, hope and love together, you can raise positive kids in a negative world.”

18. “Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.”

17. “You don't drown by falling in water; you only drown if you stay there.”

16. “It's not what you've got; it's what you use that makes a difference.”

15. “You hit what you aim at, and if you aim at nothing you will hit it every time.”

14. “We cannot start over, but we can begin now, and make a new beginning”

13. “Don’t count the things you do, do the things that count.”

12. “If you have the character to hang in there when it’s tough, you will develop or acquire every other characteristic necessary to WIN in the game of life.”

11. “Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to convince a person who wants to live in gloom and doom otherwise. Give lifting that person your best shot, but don't hang around long enough for his/her bad attitude to pull you down. Instead, surround yourself with optimistic people.”

10. “I believe Success is achieved by ordinary people with extraordinary determination.”

9. “If people like you they'll listen to you, but if they trust you they'll do business with you.”

8. “Some people find fault like there is a reward for it.”

7. “Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.”

6. “The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want right now”

5. “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”

4. “When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.”

3. “Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.”

2. “Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.”

1. “If God would have wanted us to live in a permissive society He would have given us ten suggestions and not Ten Commandments.”


Zig Ziglar was a remarkable man with no nonsense intellect. Take some time and reflect on some of the quotes you have read here today. Zig may be speaking some truth to you right now! I know he has for me on countless occasions! I encourage you to reach for your goals just as Zig would tell you if he were talking to you right now. God bless you all!

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