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Intense, Powerful, Brutally Honest: 30 David Goggins Quotes

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David Goggins is a former navy seal, author, motivational speaker, world record holder, and so much more. He has dedicated his entire life to proving that people can accomplish anything, as long as they’re ready to work hard for it.

With everything he does, David Goggins likes to push the limit and show others that the only thing holding you back is yourself. That is why I’ve compiled this list of the 30 best David Goggins quotes to help you see what you can achieve when you put your mind, body, and soul into everything you do.

Best David Goggins Quotes

Inspirational David Goggins Quotes

#1. “Comfort zones: If you live in one too long, that becomes your norm. Get comfortable being uncomfortable.”

#2. “The biggest thing is to stop thinking you deserve anything. You, me, or anyone else doesn’t deserve anything! So whenever you think you deserve a day off “just because” — rethink that! It’s that kind of attitude that makes you like most people.”

#3. “Having lived the life I’ve lived, and seeing the other side, not being afraid to attack what was in front of me has made me happy.”

#4. “If you can see yourself doing something, you can do it. If you can’t see yourself doing it, usually you can’t achieve it.”

#5. “Most people who doubt you doubt you because they can never see themselves doing what you are trying to do.”

#6. “I tried to do so many things to fit in. But when you look in the mirror, that’s the one person you can’t lie to.”

#7. “Never let people who choose the path of least resistance steer you away from your chosen path of most resistance.”

Motivational David Goggins Quotes

#8. “We live in a world where a lot of people need goals, motivation, and a lot of other words to get started. It’s just a big excuse to not get started.”

#9. “On bad days it’s important to get your nose out of the problem! What does that mean? It means you can’t get a clear view of the problem if you are living in it. Pull yourself away from the problem and you will see how different the problem looks.”

#10. “Don’t be the person that looks at the weather report the night before to decide what you are going to do the next day.”

#11. “Be true to whoever or whatever you are and wear it like a badge of honor. Fit in with one person and one person only: yourself.”

#12. “Get over whatever is stopping you from being your best self! Rather than use the obstacles and setbacks in your life as excuses, use them as the catalyst to get better and go further in life.”

#13. “Most people who are criticizing and judging haven’t even tried what you failed at.”

#14. “Failure is an option. It’s what you do with the failure that makes you who you are. Our failures mold us. I have failed at several things in my life. What sets some of us apart, is that when we fail, we can’t sleep at night. It haunts us until we have our time at redemption.”

David Goggins Quotes About Working Hard

#15. “Suffering is the true test of life.”

#16. “Go in the military. Get your ass kicked. Do the things you hate to do.”

#17. “It hurts, but that’s all it does. The most difficult part of the training is training your mind. You build calluses on your feet to endure the road. You build calluses on your mind to endure the pain. There’s only one way to do that. You have to get out there and run.”

#18. “Don’t let your body or mind do exactly what it wants to do! Take control!”

#19. “When you think that you are done you’re only 40% in to what your body’s capable of doing. That’s just the limits that we put on ourselves.”

#20. “I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done.”

#21. “When you fall down, focus on the solution, not the problem. You might quit or fail 100 times. Keep that clear picture of where you want to be.”

#22. “Life isn’t always about doing the things we like to do. It’s about doing the things we have to do.”

#23. “Somewhere in your life, there’s going to be a point where you have a decision to make. You’re going to have to choose between taking the easy route and the hard route.  A lot of people take the easy route and they have a good life that way. But, the better life was by taking the hard route. You may have 20 years of pain and suffering to try and get past it, but a lot of us die before truly starting our journey.”

David Goggins Quotes About Success

#24. “We live in an external world. Everything, you have to see it, touch it. If you can for the rest of your life, live inside yourself — to find greatness, you have to go inside.”

#25. “The path to success will leave you callused, bruised, and very tired. It will also leave you empowered.”

#26. “Success is based on your willingness to work your ass off no matter what obstacles are in your way.”

#27. “As humans, we’re reading books every day to try to figure out how to be someone else. What we don’t do is go inside, turn ourselves inside out, and read our own story. You have to look inside to find out what you really want.”

#28. “Teach yourself that it isn’t OK to take the easy way out. Make sure you are bothered by the things you set out to do but did not complete or make time for in the day.”

#29. “The only person who was going to turn my life around was me. The only way I could get turned around was to put myself through the worst things possible that a human being could ever endure.”

#30. “Thicken your skin. Become more of a human being. Don’t be afraid of the reflection in the mirror.”


The only way to move on after a failure is to take a good, hard look in the mirror and face ourselves. If we can own up to who we are and what we need to do to be successful, the sky’s the limit. As one of the best David Goggins quotes reads, “Take time to take inventory of your life. Look in the mirror and hold yourself accountable.”

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