200+ Best Arnold Schwarzenegger Quotes – Fitness and Life Motivation

This collection of over 200 of the best quotes by Arnold Schwarzenegger provides perfect motivation to help you achieve your goals.

Arnold Schwarzenegger – Body Building and Acting Legend

Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-born American actor, producer, businessman, investor, writer, philanthropist, former professional bodybuilder and politician. He served two terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 until 2011.

Schwarzenegger began weight training at the age of 15. He won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times, remaining a prominent presence in bodybuilding and writing many books and articles on the sport.

Schwarzenegger has been referred to as the “The Most Legendary Bodybuilder of All Time” and has been labeled as “the epitome of a pop culture icon”.

He gained worldwide fame for his film roles, such as his breakout role as the terminator in The Terminator, other action roles in films such as Commando and Predator, and comedies such as Twins. He has appeared in over 30 films, and has also exerted influence in the sports industry.

Big Arnie has achieved more than most people could ever hope to, and his insights into discipline and motivation are truly inspiring. Here are some of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best quotes on fitness, life and motivation.

Favorite Arnold Schwarzenegger Quotes

Confidence comes from victory, but strength comes from the struggle.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

Confidence comes from victory, but strength comes from the struggle. - Arnold Schwarzenegger

I believe in the philosophy of staying hungry. If you have a dream and it becomes a reality, don’t stay satisfied too long. Make up a new dream and hunt after that one and turn it into a reality.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


When you’re out there partying, horsing around, someone out there at the same time is working hard. Someone is getting smarter and someone is winning. Just remember that.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


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

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

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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.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


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

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Stay hungry, stay healthy, be a gentleman, believe strongly in yourself, and go beyond limitations.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


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

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


With strength and determination you can do anything you want in life, as long as you believe in yourself because if you don’t, no one else will.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


You have to think outside the box.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Trust yourself,..dig deep down and ask yourself who you want to be? Not what, but who?

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Rest, let your body relax and grow. Work up gradually and don’t blow it. Sometimes you can do so much your mind gets sick of it. Remember what I said earlier. Keep your mind hungry. People have a tendency to overdo things at first and then slack off.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Here’s your Sub-Zero… now plain zero.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Diligence is the mother of good luck.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

Diligence is the mother of good luck. - Arnold Schwarzenegger


I have a love interest in every one of my films – a gun.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


It took many months in court, but the tabloid eventually published a total retraction and paid substantial damages in an out-of-court settlement. The money went to the Special Olympics in Great Britain.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


If I can see it and believe it, then I can achieve it.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Quotes by Arnold Schwarzenegger

You can have results or excuses, but not both.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

You can have results or excuses, but not both. - Arnold Schwarzenegger


You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, expect to win.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


The secret is contained in a three-part formula I learned in the gym: self-confidence, a positive mental attitude, and honest hard work.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Obviously, I’ve made statements that were ludicrous and crazy and outrageous and all those things, because that’s the way I always was.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Life may be full of pain but that’s not an excuse to give up.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

Life may be full of pain but that’s not an excuse to give up. - Arnold Schwarzenegger


I was also going to give a graduation speech in Arizona this weekend. But with my accent, I was afraid they would try to deport me.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


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.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Political courage is not political suicide.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Political courage is not political suicide. - Arnold Schwarzenegger


Hasta la vista, baby!

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


For me, life is about continuously being hungry. It’s meaning is not simply to just exist or to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer. Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. We all have great power. That power is self-faith. There’s really an attitude to winning. You have to see yourself winning before you win. And you have to be hungry. You have to want to conquer.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


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

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


I’m not into politics, I’m into survival.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Let off some steam.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


The better you get, the less you run around showing off as a muscle guy. You know, you wear regular shirts – not always trying to show off what you have. You talk less about it. It’s like you have a little BMW – you want to race the hell out of this car because you know it’s just going 110. But if you see guys driving a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, they slide around at 60 on the freeway because they know if they press on that accelerator they are going to go 170. These things are the same in every field.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


None of my rules of success will work unless you do.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

None of my rules of success will work unless you do. - Arnold Schwarzenegger


Quotes from Arnold Schwarzenegger

The mind always fails first, not the body. The secret is to make your mind work for you, not against you.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


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.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Start wide, expand further, and never look back.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

Start wide, expand further, and never look back. - Arnold Schwarzenegger


Consider that a divorce!

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


The Body Is Very Important, But The Mind Is MORE Important Than The Body

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


You’ll get more from being a peacemaker than a warrior.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Stop whining.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


I don’t walk away from things that I think are unfinished.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

I don’t walk away from things that I think are unfinished. - Arnold Schwarzenegger


Come with me if you want to live.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Luck is for the ill-prepared.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


My only rule is to keep moving, for a pump and cardio at the same time. Rest as little as possible. After an hour, you will feel fantastic and your muscles won’t know what hit them.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets. - 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.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


When your vision is powerful enough, everything else falls into place: how you live your life, your workouts, what friends you choose to hang out with, how you eat, what you do for fun. Vision is a purpose, and when your purpose is clear, so are your life choices. Vision creates faith and faith creates willpower. With faith, there is no anxiety, no doubt – just absolute confidence.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


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

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Arnold Schwarzenegger Motivational Quotes

You must see it. You must believe it. And then you must never stop working to make it happen.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


If it can bleed, we can kill it.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


The best activities for your health are pumping and humping.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Life’s six rules for success. 1. Trust yourself. 2. Break some rules. 3. Don’t be afraid to fail. 4. Ignore the naysayers. 5. Work like hell. 6. Give something back.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


My fellow Americans, this is an amazing moment for me. To think that a once scrawny boy from Austria could grow up to become Governor of California and stand in Madison Square Garden to speak on behalf of the President of the United States that is an immigrant’s dream. It is the American dream.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


What a pain in the neck.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


If it bleeds, we can kill it.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


I didn’t leave bodybuilding until I felt that I had gone as far as I could go. It will be the same with my film career. When I feel the time is right, I will then consider public service. I feel that the highest honor comes from serving people and your country.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


I saw a woman wearing a sweatshirt with Guess on it. I said, Thyroid problem?

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Experiencing this pain in my muscles and aching and going on and on is my challenge. The last three or four reps is what makes the muscles grow. This area of pain divides a champion from someone 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. I have no fear of fainting. I do squats until I fall over and pass out. So what? It’s not going to kill me. I wake up five minutes later and I’m OK. A lot of other athletes are afraid of this. So they don’t pass out. They don’t go on.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


DO IT. DO IT NOW!

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


All exercises that you do with your own body weight are great.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

All exercises that you do with your own body weight are great. - Arnold Schwarzenegger


Knock-knock.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


My body is like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I don’t think about it, I just have it.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


You have to remember something. Everybody pities the weak. Jealousy you have to earn.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Arnold Schwarzenegger Famous Quotes

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

– 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.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


I eat Green Berets for breakfast. And right now, I’m very hungry!

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


So let me tell you, as you prepare to go off into the world, remember six rules: Trust yourself, Break some rules, Don’t be afraid to fail, Ignore the naysayers, Work like hell, and Give something back.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


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.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

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

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

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


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.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


We made, actually, history, because it was the first time ever that doctors could prove that a lifelong Republican has a heart.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


The difference between those who adapted and those who didn’t, Gorton said, was a willingness to totally commit.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


If it’s hard to remember, it’ll be difficult to forget.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

If it’s hard to remember, it’ll be difficult to forget. - Arnold Schwarzenegger


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

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


You cannot get tired if you’re interested in what you do. That’s the key thing.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

You cannot get tired if you’re interested in what you do. That’s the key thing. - Arnold Schwarzenegger


He had to split.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


I would never exchange my life with anybody else’s.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


I never listen that you can’t.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Arnold Schwarzenegger Best Quotes

When the boys come, instead of buying Barbie dolls, all of a sudden you’re into trucks and remote controls, cars and tanks. You buy building blocks and build castles and locomotives. You get into knives and later take them shooting with pistols, shotguns, and rifles. All of which made me very happy.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


My definition of a sport is that it’s a physical activity that involves competition. Since bodybuilders certainly train and then compete, we are certainly a sport.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


I was always dreaming about very powerful people – dictators and things like that. I was just always impressed by people who could be remembered for hundreds of years, or even, like Jesus, be for thousands of years remembered.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Whenever I finished filming a movie, I felt my job was only half done. Every film had to be nurtured in the marketplace. You can have the greatest movie in the world, but if you don’t get it out there, if people don’t know about it, you have nothing.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


I’ll be back!

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


I lied.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


All I know is that the first step is to create a vision, because when you see the vision, the beautiful vision, that creates the want power.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


The facts are there that we have created, man has, a self-inflicted wound that man has created through global warming.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Look for small victories and build on that. Each small victory, even if it is just getting up five minutes earlier, gives you confidence. You realize that these little victories make you feel great, and you keep going. You realize that being paralyzed by fear of failure is worse than failure.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Create a vision of who you want to be, and then live into that picture as if it were already true.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


The mind is incredible. Once you’ve gained mastery over it, channeling its powers positively for your purposes, you can do anything. I mean anything. The secret is to make your mind work for you not against you. This means constantly being positive. Constantly setting up challenges you can meet either today, next week, or next month. I can’t… should be permanently stricken from your vocabulary, especially the vocabulary of your thoughts. You must see yourself always growing and improving.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


You’re a funny guy Sully, I like you. That’s why I’m going to kill you last.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Never follow the crowd. Go where it’s empty.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

Never follow the crowd. Go where it’s empty. - Arnold Schwarzenegger


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

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Dreams are for dreamers. Goals are for achievers.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

Dreams are for dreamers. Goals are for achievers. - Arnold Schwarzenegger


People who say it is impossible, should not interrupt those who are trying to make it possible.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Best Arnold Schwarzenegger Quotes

You can have results or excuses. Not both.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Your clothes. Give them to me. Now.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


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

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

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


There are no shortcuts. Everything is reps, reps, reps.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


You’ve just been erased.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


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

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


I do the same exercises I did 50 years ago and they still work. I eat the same food I ate 50 years ago and it still works.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


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

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


I never felt that I was good enough, strong enough, smart enough. He let me know that there was always room for improvement. A lot of sons would have been crippled by his demands, but instead the discipline rubbed off on me. I turned it into drive.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

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

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


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

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

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


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

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

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


From the bodybuilding days on, I learned that everything is reps and mileage. The more miles you ski, the better a skier you become. The more reps you do, the better your body.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Pain makes me grow. Growing is what I want. Therefore, for me, pain is a pleasure.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

Pain makes me grow. Growing is what I want. Therefore, for me, pain is a pleasure. - Arnold Schwarzenegger


If you are gonna wear gloves when you lift, just make sure they match your purse.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


I just use my muscles as a conversation piece, like someone walking a cheetah down 42nd Street.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Famous Arnold Schwarzenegger Quotes

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

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


I let him go.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


It’s not what you get out of life that counts. Break your mirrors! In our society that is so self-absorbed, begin to look less at yourself and more at each other. You’ll get more satisfaction from having improved your neighborhood, your town, your state, your country, and your fellow human beings than you’ll ever get from your muscles, your figure, your automobile, your house, or your credit rating.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

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

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


What a hothead!

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Marijuana… That’s not a drug, that’s a plant.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


The greatest feeling you can get in a gym, or the most satisfying feeling you can get in the gym is… The Pump.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


I was born to be a leader. I love the fact that millions of people look up to me.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Failure is not an option. Everyone has to succeed.

– 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?

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Concentrate on your goals. Do not allow other thoughts to enter your mind. If you allow them to, other things could take your concentration away from your ultimate aim.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


If my life was a movie, no one would believe it.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Normal people can be happy with a regular life, but there is more to life than just plodding through an average existence.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


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

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


What is best in life? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Arnold Quotes

Don’t be afraid of making decisions.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


I can promise you that when I go to Sacramento I will pump up Sacramento.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Always have one possibility in mind and that is to go to the top, to be the best. Everything else should just be a means to that end.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


You can scream at me, call me for a shoot at midnight, keep me waiting for hours, as long as what ends up on the screen is perfect.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Winners are not people who never fail, but people who never quit.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


The wolf on the hill is not as hungry as the wolf climbing the hill.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


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

– 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.

– 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.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


I never listened to anyone who said I can’t do something.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

I never listened to anyone who said I can’t do something. - Arnold Schwarzenegger


Stick around.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


If you want to be a champion you cannot have any kind of an outside negative force coming in to deflect you.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


I do squats until I fall over and pass out. So what? It’s not going to kill me. I wake up five minutes later and I’m OK

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


I love Thanksgiving turkey… It’s the only time in Los Angeles that you see natural breasts.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


I didn’t mind basic training. It taught me that something that seems impossible at the start can be achieved.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger



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