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20 Motivational Sayings In German Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Language

Guten Tag! Ich hoffe, es geht euch gut! 🙂 Sometimes we lack in motivation, be it for our work, chores – and even our language learning. At times it can feel like we’ve hit a wall, like we aren’t good enough, or like our efforts over the months aren’t paying off. But that’s not true. Whenever I feel like that, I like to look up some motivational words to get myself back on track. Today I’d like to share that posivity with you all by giving you 20 motivational/inspirational phrases in German. If you see one you like, why not write it down, stick it in your study/work area, and let that remind you that whatever it is you need to do, you can do it.


Die Motivationssprüche – Motivational Sayings



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Man muss an sich selbst glauben. Das ist das Geheimnis.
You need to believe in yourself. That’s the secret.



Es wird nicht leichter. Du wirst stärker.
It doesn’t get easier. You get stronger.



Alle sagten, das geht nicht. Dann kam Einer, der wusste das nicht, und hat’s einfach gemacht.
Everyone said it wouldn’t work. Then somebody came along who didn’t know that, and just did it.



Du schaffst das.
You can do it.



Gib niemals auf!
Never give up!



Du hast erst verloren, wenn du aufhörst es zu versuchen.
You only lose once you stop trying.



Sei glücklich. Damit provozierst du sie alle am meisten!
Be happy. That annoys people the most!



Du hast nicht zu wenig Zeit. Du hast zu viel Zeit, die du nicht nutzt.
It’s not that you don’t have time. It’s that you have too much time that you don’t use.



Wer lächelt, statt zu toben, ist immer der Stärkere.
The person who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger one.



Ich verliere nicht. Entweder ich gewinne, oder ich lerne.
I don’t lose. Either I win, or I learn.


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Sei positiv – be positive! Foto: joeross on under a CC license (CC BY-SA 2.0)


Schenkt dir das Leben Zitronen, mach Limonade draus.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.



Es ist vollkommen egal, wie langsam du voran kommst. Du überholst immer noch jeden, der gar nichts tut.
It doesn’t matter how slow you go. You’re still lapping the people doing nothing.



Am Ende wird alles gut sein. Und wenn es nicht gut ist, ist es nicht das Ende.
Everything will be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, then it’s not the end.



Alle Träume können wahr werden, wenn wir den Mut haben, ihnen zu folgen.
All dreams can come true if we have the courage to follow them.



‘Jetzt’ ist die beste Zeit.
The best time is ‘now’.



Halte durch! Bald ist Wochenende.
Hold on! It’s almost the weekend.



Wir müssen ja sowieso denken – warum nicht gleich positiv?
We need to think, anyway – why not think positively straight away?



Lieber scheiße tanzen als dumm herumstehen.
Better to dance badly than stand around like an idiot.



Leben heißt nicht zu warten, bis der Sturm vorbeizieht, sondern lernen, im Regen zu tanzen.
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, but about learning to dance in the rain.



Wenn der Tag nicht dein Freund war, dann war er dein Lehrer.
If today wasn’t your friend, it was your teacher.




Remember, it is normal to feel demotivated and uninspired from time to time when learning a language. But the fact that you’re reading this blog right now means you’re dedicated and are making progress, even if you can’t see it. Which one of the above is your Lieblingsspruch (favourite saying)? What techniques do you use when you feel unmotiviert (unmotivated)? I look forward to hearing from you.

Tschüß! Mach’s gut!


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About the Author: Constanze

Servus! I'm Constanze and I live in the UK. I'm half English and half German, and have been writing about German language and culture on this blog since 2014. I am also a fitness instructor & personal trainer.


  1. Amit mukhopadhyY:

    Sehr gut

  2. RAUL:

    Dear Constanze,
    Thank u very much for this great post and the collection of Sprüche. My favorite one is about being always happy. It really annoys people the most! 😉 Wie heißt in Deusch Every cloud has a silver lining? Vielen Dank! Bis zum nächsten mal!

    • Constanze:

      @RAUL I like that one, too. 😉 And yes:

      “Jede Wolke hat einen silbernen Rand” – “Every cloud has a silver lining”

      “Auch die dunkelste Wolke hat einen silbernen Rand” – “Even the darkest cloud has a silver lining”

      Glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂

  3. Alexis Klug:

    This was absolutely awesome! I’m going to learn all of these and put them up when I’m working or doing school (which I start today) to help me through my senior year 😊👏