Move me (in 5 Words or Less)…

    Here’s my top 25. What are your top 1 liners (5 words or less)?

  • Plow deep while sluggards sleep.1
  • What is the next action?4
  • Begin it Now.9
  • If not now, when?5
  • If not me, who?6
  • You Are Enough.2                  
  • Make the decision to succeed.2
  • Be Prepared.
  • Focus.
  • Effort Does Not Equal Results.
  • Commit to Excellence.                       
  • Take Massive Action.3 
  • Pursue Relentlessly.
  • Think Big.
  • Keep Your Feet Moving Forward.8
  • Often wrong, never in doubt.7
  • Keep your word.
  • Read. 
  • Work.
  • Walk. 
  • Who looks inside, awakens.10
  • Participate in Life.2
  • Be Still.   
  • Do Good. Be Good.
  • Believe.

Sources:  1Benjamin Franklin (via – thank you). 2Tess Marshall. 3Anthony Robbins. 4David Allen. 5Rabbi Hillel. 6Mikhail Gorbachev. 7Ivy Baker Priest. 8My Hockey Coach, Harry N. Smith. 9Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. 10Carl Jung.  Image: Unknown


  1. Interesting that two of your comments are from Hillel (and it’s kinda not fair cause it’s from the same sentence my friend)…My favs? Off the top of my head

    Hi my friend
    Go strong or go home
    Savor this moment
    Thank You

    And finally – so glad that I have found a cyber-pal with such inspirational talent (true, it’s more than five words). Happy Friday!


  2. Very inspiring 😉


  3. Here’s my 5 word strapline David:

    Purging business demons through Rock’n’Roll

    Happy Easter



  4. Nice project, David. How about:

    -Never, never, never give up
    -I believe in you
    -Accept responsibility
    -Life is difficult. Be compassionate
    -It is what it is.

    Keep up the good blogging.



  5. Be Good.
    Be thankful.
    Be aware.
    Be quiet.


  6. Really! Wow. So, you had nothing “conscious” to do with what you put down in your comments. Incredible. Take credit anyway. I’ll give it to you. 🙂


  7. Reblogged this on Ralphie´s Portal and commented:
    Nice one. Keep it coming!


  8. Writers Write.


  9. What moves me? “Rumpy, wanna cookie?”
    Oh, what moves me inside?
    “thinking makes it so”


  10. Breathe.


  11. Wonderful project + thoughts….! My offerings for the mix, while my brain’s half-functioning:

    * What Goes Around Comes Around
    * This Too Shall Pass


  12. Oops, ironically:

    * I think (feel?) therefore I am.


  13. I think I’ll add a few…

    Love unconditionally
    Common sense isn’t so common
    Stop And Breathe
    Always make room for love
    Save the best for last!

    Great post as always David!!!


  14. Reach beyond yourself
    Too close to give up
    Make a difference
    No more EXCUSES


  15. Tom Hood says:

    Proper preparation prevents poor performance.


  16. Tom Hood says:

    No plan survives first contact (with the enemy) – Gen Colin Powell.


  17. I try to live by the three Cs: Communication, compassion and compromise.


  18. Beliefs are not reality.
    Opinions are not facts.


  19. jcwaldron says:


    Thank you.

    Love one another.

    Fight the good fight.

    Let’s pray.

    I’m sorry.

    I forgive you.


    How can I help you?

    I got it all.

    It’s not cancer.

    You don’t need surgery.

    No follow-up needed.


  20. Live today–leave yesterday behind.
    Memories springboard imagination.
    Flaws make people interesting.
    Life imitates bad television shows.

    Heres one to ponder on…although more than 5 words.

    Life is like an upside down umbrella.


  21. Never, ever, ever give up.


  22. Dude, where’s my car? just kidding! 🙂


  23. martingysler says:

    A great list…! “What distinguishes possible from impossible” – only two letters “im”… 🙂


  24. I am not a concise person, so this topic is challenging for me (5 words or less). I especially like “Think Big” and “You Are Enough.” Also, it is neat that some of these are quotes from famous people.


  25. What a great Post.

    “We are where we are”
    “Just do it. Now.”
    “I am enough”
    “Life’s for living. Live it”
    “Why not?”
    “I love you. Always”


  26. Reblogged this on Charlie Gunningham .com and commented:
    Onwards and Upwards.
    Do unto Others.
    Yes, you can, and will.
    Dream it. It can happen.
    Don’t let naysayers discourage you.
    Sometimes fight fire with fire.
    Sometimes turn the other cheek.
    You’ll know the difference.
    Feel it. Feelings are right.
    Follow your Heart.
    Think it out.
    Plan, but don’t overplan.
    It’s about executing your plans.

    Move people in 5 words or less …


  27. Let your light so shine! Stand tall. The last shall be first. Jesus wept. Rejoice and be glad.


  28. SOAR!


  29. Kate Mercer says:

    I like ‘be the change’. The full quote is too long for your challenge, but most people must know it by now…


    • LIKE IT Kate. I actually had to look it up to refresh my memory. I believe you meant Gandhi, correct?

      “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
      ― Mahatma Gandhi


  30. Your post inspires great comments; a tribute to the writer. It is amazing the ability to “Move” someone with less than five words. The challenge may be that we take time to invest five words on those who need to hear them.

    We have a launch list.

    Three, two, one, blast off.

    Thank you.


  31. “Why Me? Why NOT Me?”


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