Arnold Schwarzenegger Quotes

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Looking for some Arnold Schwarzenegger quotes to pump you up? We’ve got you covered.

From champion body-builder to movie star and political figure, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a truly inspiring figure. His story shows how hard work, dedication, and belief in yourself will propel you to reach your goals and live life to the fullest.

These Arnold Schwarzenegger quotes show the passion and determination he used to achieve greatness and live the American Dream.

Inspiring Schwarzenegger Quotes

The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that.

Failure is not an option. Everyone has to succeed.

Positive thinking can be contagious. Being surrounded by winners helps you develop into a winner.

Arnold Schwarzenegger quote "If my life was a movie no one would believe it"
“If my life was a movie, no one would believe it.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.

If you work hard and play by the rules, this country is truly open to you. You can achieve anything.

Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life.

No matter the nationality, no matter the religion, no matter the ethnic background, America brings out the best in people.

Well, you know, I’m the forever optimist.

What is the point of being on this Earth if you are going to be like everyone else?

"Start wide expand further and never look back"
“Start wide, expand further, and never look back.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.

Money doesn’t make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million.

Be hungry for success, hungry to make your mark, hungry to be seen and to be heard and to have an effect. And as you move up and become successful, make sure also to be hungry for helping others.

You know, nothing is more important than education, because nowhere are our stakes higher; our future depends on the quality of education of our children today.

If you want to turn a vision into reality, you have to give 100% and never stop believing in your dream.

As you know, I’m an immigrant. I came over here as an immigrant, and what gave me the opportunities, what made me to be here today, is the open arms of Americans. I have been received. I have been adopted by America.

You have to remember something: Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn.

"Dreams are for the dreamers. Goals are for achievers"
“Dreams are for the dreamers. Goals are for achievers.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

I went from being the Terminator to being the governator.

If you don’t find the time, if you don’t do the work, you don’t get the results.

The more knowledge you have, the more you’re free to rely on your instincts.

I love it when people say that something can’t be done. That’s when I really get motivated; I like to prove them wrong.

Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell, and advertise.

For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.

Have a vision, trust yourself, break some rules, ignore the naysayers, don’t be afraid to fail.

I’m a big believer in hard work, grinding it out, and not stopping until it’s done.

Schwarzenegger quote "None of my rules of success will work unless you do"
“None of my rules of success will work unless you do.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

My definition of living is to have excitement always; that’s the difference between living and existing.

To be successful, however, you must be brutal with yourself and focus on the flaws.

If you don’t have a goal, if you don’t have a vision, you’ll just drift around.  And you’re not going to be happy.

Work your a– off.  There is no magic pill.

What is not okay, is when you fail you stay down.  Whoever stays down is a loser.

I don’t like being comfortable.  Once you get used to it, it’s hard to give up.  I’d rather stay hungry.

I like the color red because it’s a fire. And I see myself as always being on fire.

In our society, the women who break down barriers are those who ignore limits.

"You’ll get more from being a peacemaker than a warrior"
“You’ll get more from being a peacemaker than a warrior.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

I knew I was a winner back in the late sixties. I knew I was destined for great things. People will say that kind of thinking is totally immodest. I agree. Modesty is not a word that applies to me in any way. I hope it never will.

Learned helplessness is the giving-up reaction, the quitting response that follows from the belief that whatever you do doesn’t matter.

Forget plan B. To test yourself and grow, you have to operate without a safety net.

I welcome and seek your ideas, but do not bring me small ideas; bring me big ideas to match our future.

Don’t go where it’s crowded. Go where it’s empty. Even though it’s harder to get there, that’s where you belong and where there’s less competition.

I will totally recall Gray Davis!

You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.

Arnold on Training

Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body.

Arnold quote "The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow"
“The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

You must have a sincere and burning desire to achieve what you dream, dedicate yourself to making progress, and take control of your circumstances to change your body.

The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens.

The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.

I’m addicted to exercising and I have to do something every day.

What we face may look insurmountable. But I learned something from all those years of training and competing. I learned something from all those sets and reps when I didn’t think I could lift another ounce of weight. What I learned is that we are always stronger than we know.

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.

Schwarzenegger quote "There are no shortcuts - everything is reps, reps, reps"
“There are no shortcuts – everything is reps, reps, reps.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Just like in bodybuilding, failure is also a necessary experience for growth in our own lives, for if we’re never tested to our limits, how will we know how strong we really are? How will we ever grow?

You have to build the ultimate physical machine, but also the ultimate mind.

Top Movie Lines

I’ll Be Back.


If it bleeds, we can kill it.

Terminator quote "Hasta la vista, baby"
“Hasta la vista, baby.” – Terminator 2: Judgement Day

I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day

You’ve been erased.


Put that cookie down! Now!

Jingle All The Way

What killed the dinosaurs? The ICE AGE!

as Mr. Freeze in Batman and Robin

We hope you feel inspired by these great Arnold Schwarzenegger quotes.

Driven from an early age while growing up in Austria, Arnold Schwarzenegger started lifting weights at 15 and won the title of Mr. Universe within five years. He is still an icon and ambassador for bodybuilding even in his 70’s.

A retirement from bodybuilding led to a career as one of the most successful and famous action movie starts ever, with hits like Conan the Barbarian, Terminator, Predator, Commando, and Total Recall. He even showed comedic skill in films like Twins and Kindergarten Cop (a KIM favorite), before becoming Governor of California in 2003.

Whether you want to be a bodybuilder, an actor, or even a governor, he proves you can do it all with hard work and dedication.

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Quincy Seale

Quincy is KIM's editor, and has collected and shared inspiring quotes and stories since 2005. Quincy holds an MBA from the University of Dundee and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and lives in San Antonio with his wife Natalie, son Alex, and his dog Oban.

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