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355 of the Best Inspirational Quotes to Motivate and Share

Staying inspired to achieve your goals takes effort. It helps to spend some time reviewing what you want to do with your life and to ponder the thoughts of others. We think we have compiled the best of the best in inspirational quotes here for you to ponder and consider as motivation. We hope you find them inspiring, we hope you achieve everything in life that you want to, and we hope your day, your week, and the months and years ahead rock for you with much success!


low-light photo of forest

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

--John Wooden

snow mountains under nightsky

Every noble work is at first impossible.

--Thomas Carlyle

man facing women near forest

Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.

--Suzanne Weyn



flat lay photography of several hanging ornaments

Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have.

--Franz Kafka

three people paddling in canoe

The best way out is always through.

--Robert Frost


man and woman with dog on woods

Paths are made by walking.

--Franz Kafka

landscape photography of forest

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

--George Eliot

rainbow

Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.

--Maya Angelou

man in black pants sitting on chair

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

top view photography of heart latte coffee

Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.

--Dennis P. Kimbro

body of water under blue sky with stars

My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.

--Hank Aaron

sunset grasslands

I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.

--Dudley Field Malone




man in black shirt wearing cowboy hat

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.

--Kurt Vonnegut


person in black top carrying brown wicker basket

You can have unbelievable intelligence, you can have connections, you can have opportunities fall out of the sky. But in the end, hard work is the true, enduring characteristic of successful people.

--Marsha Evans

forest trees photograph

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

--Confucius


two mugs of brown liquids

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.

--George Halas




green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.

--Andre Agassi

woman in white shirt sitting on brown rock near lake during daytime

The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.

--John Madden

silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

Whoever is happy will make others happy too.

--Anne Frank



brown rock formation on body of water during daytime

The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.

--Pelé


brown and gray brick wall

When you are able to shift your inner awareness to how you can serve others, and when you make this the central focus of your life, you will then be in a position to know true miracles in your progress toward prosperity.

--Wayne Dyer

shallow focus photography of snowflake

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.

--John Steinbeck


stars across the sky view at the desert

One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.

--Sheila Murray Bethel




man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.

--Evander Holyfield


man in orange jacket and black pants doing snow ski during daytime

One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.

--Michael Korda

person holding flowers

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

--Aesop

leafless tree on snow covered ground

All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.

--Earl Nightingale



woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.

--Andre Gide

green mountains under blue sky during daytime

Hope is but the dream of those who wake.

--Matthew Prior

mountains under starry sky during nighttime

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.

--Aristotle

starry milky way

Ideas shape the course of history.

--John Maynard Keynes


three boys running on field

Enthusiasm moves the world.

--Arthur Balfour

yellow and white color illustration

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

--G. K. Chesterton


white tulip flower in close up photography

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

--Will Durant


selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

--Confucius












white stars cutout on black surface with red string

I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail.

--William Faulkner



white-and-pink flowers

The crucial thing is to find a truth which is truth for me, to find the idea for which I am willing to live and die.

--Søren Kierkegaard





galaxy

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

--Maya Angelou








Longer Version:

Light tomorrow with today!


blue rose in close up photography

You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.

--James Allen



























two dragonflies on green cornate leaf

Either you run the day, or the day runs you.

--Jim Rohn


brown trees under blue sky during daytime

Fortune sides with him who dares.

--Virgil


close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.

--J. K. Rowling

silhouette of stones during golden hour

Study while others are sleeping;
work while others are loafing;
prepare while others are playing;
and dream while others are wishing.

--William Arthur Ward


sunset

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

--Bertrand Russell


man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.

--Melinda Gates

person holding brown sand close-up photography

Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.

--Ted Williams

sunset

Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.

--Elizabeth Gilbert

silver bell alarm clock

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.

--Joseph Campbell

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.

--Brian Tracy




shallow focus photography of person raising hand

Real men change diapers!

--Nick Cannon

woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field

Live life to the fullest.

--Robert Louis Stevenson


white and gray cat

Outmaneuver your old self.

--Jack Butcher


sunset

Done is better than perfect.

--Sheryl Sandberg



person holding hands

Whatever ought to be, can be.

--James Rouse


Russian Blue cat sleeping on whit textile

Never buy gold, simply earn it.

--Mary Kom

tall green flowering grasses under blue and white cloudy sky

Don't let your dreams be dreams.

--Jack Johnson




Arizona landscape

Our ideals are our better selves.

--Amos Bronson Alcott




person wearing brown and white watch

Only do what your heart tells you.

--Princess Diana





Russian Blue cat sleeping on whit textile

Don't tell me the sky's the limit.

--Paul Brandt



green leafed plant

Whatever you do, you need courage.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Longer Version:

Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.





purple, white, and pink floral painting

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

--Oscar Wilde

Longer Version:

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. We all have clouds above us but some see their silver linings. We all face difficulties but some of us are grateful that they aren't worse.



low angle photography of green and brown tree

Make peace with the present moment.

--Eckhart Tolle



white petaled flower bloom during daytime

When you know better you do better.

--Maya Angelou


clear drinking glass with beer on black table

Extreme people get extreme results.

--Sam Altman

photo of about to bloom lotus flower

Get wealthy, get healthy, get happy.

--Naval Ravikant


sunset

The garden that is finished is dead.

--H. E. Bates

person holding hands

He who has the gold makes the rules.

--Tyler Perry

woman and man holding hands

Timidity does not inspire bold acts.

--Mae Jemison

clear drinking glass with beer on black table

The best revenge is massive success.

--Frank Sinatra


orange tabby cat on black textile

When deeds speak, words are nothing.

--Pierre-Joseph Proudhon


person's hand holding round silver analog watch with black leather strap

What's freedom for? To know eternity.

--Theodore Roethke

sunset

You can be the lead in your own life.

--Kerry Washington





Longer Version:

Don't let the bastards grind you down. I repeat this to myself but it conveys nothing. You might as well say, Don't let there be air; or Don't be. I suppose you could say that.


mountains under white clouds at daytime

The worst thing you can do is nothing.

--Terry Pratchett

fawn pug in close up photography

Love as hard as you can, at all times.

--Sam Smith


pet dog sitting down on snow

Magical music never leaves the memory.

--Thomas Beecham





photo of brown wood slab

What you aim at determines what you see.

--Jordan Peterson

photography of starry sky

It's only pain that can make you change.

--Naval Ravikant

brown and gray stick

Life is now in session. Are you present?

--John C. Maxwell

Oak Creek Sedona

It's never crowded along the extra mile.

--Wayne Dyer


shade under a green-leafed tree

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.

--Mahatma Gandhi

person wearing orange and gray Nike shoes walking on gray concrete stairs

We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.

--Marie Curie



yellow tulip flowers

When you lose a couple of times, it makes you realize how difficult it is to win.

--Steffi Graf

rainbow

If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.

--Seth Godin

red moon at night

You have to chase your dreams, no matter what. The impossible just takes a little longer. One stroke at a time, one step at a time, the impossible is easy to achieve.

--Tori Murden

two women lying on hammock

If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.

--Lucy Larcom

concert photos

Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.

--C. S. Lewis

green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.

--Confucius

green-leafed plant

A woman is like a tea bag -- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

two mugs of brown liquids

One man with courage makes a majority.

--Andrew Jackson

brown sand under blue sky during daytime

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

--Anne Frank

rainbow

Only in the darkness can you see the stars.

--Martin Luther King Jr.


woman standing on sunflower field

Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.

--Helen Keller

Longer Version:

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do.


sunflower field under white sky during daytime

Champions keep playing until they get it right.

--Billie Jean King

body of water near mountains

Out of difficulties grow miracles.

--Jean de la Bruyere

people near body of water

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

sunflower field during daytime

The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.

--Ayn Rand

round black and white analog alarm clock

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.

--Satchel Paige

girl leaning on wall during daytime

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.

--Babe Ruth

Blue to purple gradient

The greatest source of happiness is the ability to be grateful at all times.

--Zig Ziglar


grayscale photo of elephant on grass field

You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take.

--Wayne Gretzky


mountains under starry sky during nighttime

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

--Napoleon Hill


purple wallpaper

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.

--Maya Angelou

gray hummingbird

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

--Sharon Begley

shallow focus photography of bee on flower

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

--Maya Angelou

Longer Version:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away,.


pink and green flower painting

You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.

--Rosalynn Carter





A view of the night showing stars

One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.

--Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

lightning strike at night

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.

--Henry James

pink tulip in bloom close up photo

How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.

--Lou Holtz

red metal bridge over river

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.

--Helen Keller

photography of yellow petaled flowers field

Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.

--Dale Carnegie

silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

You must do the things you think you cannot do.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

Longer Version:

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.


yellow sunflowers

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

--Martin Luther King Jr.

man in gray sweater carrying woman in black jacket

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

--Norman Vincent Peale

dirt road to sunset

They can because they think they can.

--Virgil

landscape photography of horizon

People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.

--A.A. Milne

gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

--Theodore Roosevelt

photo og calm body of water

You have as much laughter as you have faith.

--Martin Luther

selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?

--Robert H. Schuller

beige concrete wall

The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.

--Dale Carnegie

photo of pine tree

Good is not good when better is expected.

--Vin Scully


shallow focus photography of black DSLR camera

We become what we think about.

--Earl Nightingale

Longer Version:

We become what we think about most of the time, and that's the strangest secret.


raindrops on clear window

Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.

--John C. Maxwell


brown and black leaf in close up photography

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.

--Bruce Lee


purple flowers under sunny sky

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

--Neil Gaiman


person holding red and beige twin bell analog alarm clock

If not us, who? If not now, when?

--John F. Kennedy

people walking on hallway

I like men who have a future and women who have a past.

--Oscar Wilde

orange lily in bloom close up photo

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.

--Ernest Hemingway

man in cowboy hat

Live so that you can at least get the benefit of the doubt.

--Kin Hubbard

black and white butterfly on green leaf

You will always find an answer in the sound of water.

--Zhuang Zhou

white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books

Do not ask for what you will wish you had not got.

--Seneca the Younger

silhouette of person's hands forming heart

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

--Thomas Edison

Longer Version:

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. As a result, a genius is often a talented person who has simply done all of his homework.


brown grass field during daytime

You must realize that one day you will die. Until then you are worthless.

--Chuck Palahniuk

person holding red and beige twin bell analog alarm clock

Belief creates the actual fact.

--William James

gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves

And your very flesh shall be a great poem.

--Walt Whitman

silver bell alarm clock

Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

--Warren Buffett

sunset forest

Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.

--Napoleon Hill

red metal bridge over river

Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.

--Steve Jobs


shallow focus photography of books

Wherever there is a crowd there is untruth.

--Søren Kierkegaard

four orange, green, blue, and red paint rollers

Man is what he believes.

--Anton Chekhov

silhouette of mountains during starry night

Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.

--Plutarch

man and woman kissing

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.

--Jim Rohn

sunset

Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

three pink tulip flowers

I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.

--Sylvia Plath

white snow mountain

A great man is hard on himself; a small man is hard on others.

--Confucius

snowflake

The scariest moment is always just before you start.

--Stephen King

Longer Version:

The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.


water color palette on white surface

Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.

--Charles Bukowski

shallow focus photography of person raising hand

Think with your whole body.

--Taisen Deshimaru

snow covered brown mountain

We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.

--Tony Robbins

green fruit in macro lens photography

You make your own luck if you stay at it long enough.

--Naval Ravikant

3 women playing soccer on green grass field during daytime

Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.

--Henry David Thoreau


person sitting on black surface looking to sky

Amateurs wait for inspiration. The real pros get up and go to work.

--Harvey MacKay

green sports court illustration

Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.

--Rumi

red textile in close up photography

Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


brown pathway between green plants

A sense of humour is the only divine quality of man.

--Arthur Schopenhauer

green leaf in close up photography

If you can imagine it, we can make it.

--John Dykstra



people raises hands

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

--Jim Rohn

Longer Version:

Discipline is the bridge between thought and accomplishment. Discipline comes to those with the awareness that for a kite to fly it must rise against the wind; that all good things are achieved by those who are willing to swim upstream; that drifting aimlessly through life only leads to bitterness and disappointment." And then he added: "Discipline is the foundation on which all success is built. Lack of discipline inevitably leads to failure.


purple, white, and pink floral painting

You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.

--Joseph Joubert

men's white dress shirt

From error to error one discovers the entire truth.

--Sigmund Freud

two clown fishes underwater

Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.

--Marcus Aurelius

mountains under white clouds at daytime

Each day provides its own gifts.

--Marcus Aurelius

woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field

Resist much, obey little.

--Walt Whitman


seashore during golden hour

Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.

--Paulo Coelho


sunset

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

--Helen Keller

aerial photo of green trees

Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.

--Michel de Montaigne

time lapse photography body of water

The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too.

--Vincent van Gogh

person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

--Martin Luther King Jr.

running white, brown, and black dog

There is nothing impossible to him who will try.

--Alexander the Great

gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands

Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.

--Andre Gide

pink and white roses on white surface

There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.

--Soren Kierkegaard

feet in stream

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

bonfire in forest

One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.

--Sigmund Freud

low angle photo of starry night

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.

--Bruce Lee

sunset

Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.

--Jack Kerouac

blue mountains at daytime

Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.

--Albert Camus

sunset forest

Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.

--Brené Brown

yellow bee beside purple petaled flower during daytime

Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.

--Plutarch


selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

I love those who yearn for the impossible.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

brown and red paint brushes

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

--William Shakespeare

red surface

The only way to do great work is to love what you do.

--Steve Jobs

Longer Version:

The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.


lights pattern swirls

I do not believe in taking the right decision, I take a decision and make it right.

--Muhammad Ali Jinnah

shooting star in night sky

Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.

--Rosa Parks

golden retriever inside car

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.

--Malala Yousafzai

red rope on three branch

I celebrate myself, and sing myself.

--Walt Whitman

brown french bulldog wearing red and white santa hat sitting on yellow pasta

Please all, and you will please none.

--Aesop

green and blue chevron textile

You can have anything you want, if you want it badly enough.

--Abraham Lincoln

laughing woman photo

If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.

--Michael Jordan

analog clock at 5:55

Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.

--Neil Gaiman

five silhouette of birds flying on sky

What we think, we become.

--Gautama Buddha

turned on gray alarm clock displaying 10:11

We are our choices.

--Jean-Paul Sartre

silhouette photography of mountains

A harmful truth is better than a useful lie.

--Thomas Mann


brown chopped logs

Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.

--A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.

--Adlai E. Stevenson



blue rose with water droplet

Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.

--Alan Alda

















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