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Hi, my name is Karen and I'm an Anglophile (translation: I have a strange fascination with British culture!) So when Queen Elizabeth II died last week, I took notice. Say what you will about the whole British monarchy thing, but 70 years of dedicated service strikes me as something to be admired. Our topic this week is motivation, and I imagine the Queen figured out a few things about how to stay motivated through all those years on the job. And surely she must have some wisdom the rest of us can benefit from. So here are some of my favorite motivational quotes from Queen Elizabeth II:


"When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future."

"Perhaps we make too much of what is wrong and too little of what is right. The trouble with gloom is that it feeds upon itself and depression causes more depression."

"We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection. With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock."

"The path, of course, is not always smooth, and may at times feel quite bumpy, but small steps can make a world of difference."

"It’s worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change."

And just for fun...

"I can never wear beige because nobody will know who I am."