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Inspirational Quotes for Life
If you’re like me, you need inspiration for important tasks and challenges on a daily basis – you will find that inspiration here!
I have overcome many, many challenges in my life. And like you I still have many to overcome each day. I am the type of person who always finds himself diving in and doing things “the hard way”.
So I have always kept my collection of quotes close by! They have helped me get through some very tough times and helped me succeed at many different things – I am a bit of a challenge junkie! I am constantly setting my sights on the next big goal and I always need words of encouragement.
I know my collection of quotes will help you through your current challenge too 🙂
Powerful inspiring quotes change your outlook on life. They stir up the same passion and energy that each speaker felt while speaking – in most cases, before they accomplished something great.
Quotes like these have helped me build my own passion-filled (and adventure-filled) life. When you are positive and motivated, you attract other positive and motivated people. But it is hard work to maintain this type of positive mindset – sometimes it seems the world is always trying to bring you down!
That’s where these inspirational quotes come in – you can read them every day, and you will come away positive and motivated every time!
My collection of quotes will help you make the right actions in your life every day and create more love, fun, and success around you!
The quotes cover all areas of life including trouble areas such as love and relationships, living a happy and fulfilled life, and forgiving and forgetting.
The quotes also include a section of motivational quotes that will help you stay focused and positive when you are trying to achieve a seemingly “unreachable” goal.
And trust me, if you stay focused and persistent, you will find yourself achieving great things! The world is full of people who started trying to achieve something and gave up when it became difficult.
Along with quotes, you will also find life stories of inspirational people, and my personal recommendations for the best inspirational movies and music. You will have all the resources you need to surround yourself with inspiration!
100 Famous Inspirational Quotes for Life
Inspirational Quotes About Life 1-10
Every man dies. Not every man lives. The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the “buts” you use today.
– Les Brown, Musician
Just trust that everything is unfolding the way it is supposed to. Don’t resist. Surrender to what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be. Great things are waiting for you around the corner.
– Sonia Ricotti, Motivational Speaker
You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.
– Brian Tracy, Motivational Coach
Most people are not going after what they want. Even some of the most serious goal seekers and goal setters – they’re going after what they think they can get.
– Bob Proctor, Motivational Coach
Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.
– J. M. Barrie, Dramatist
We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.
– Maxwell Maltz, Cosmetic Surgeo
Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.
– Oprah Winfrey, Talk Show Host
Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have, if we didn’t spend half our time wishing.
– Alexander Woollcott, Magazine Critic and Commentator
If you believe in your heart that you are right, you must fight with all your might to do it your way. Only dead fish swim with the stream all the time.
– Linda Ellerbee, Reporter
Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.
– Thomas Jefferson, Third U.S. President
Inspirational Quotes About Life 11-20
There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life – happiness, freedom and peace of mind – are always attained by giving them to someone else.
– Peyton Conway March, Four-Star Genera
If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye, and say,”I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.”
– Ann Landers, Advice Columnist
We can often do more for other men by trying to correct our own faults than by trying to correct theirs.
– Francois Fenelon, Theologian
There is no witness so dreadful, no accuser so terrible, as the conscience that dwells in the heart of every man.
– Polybius, Historian
If I were to summarize in one sentence the single most important principle I have learned in the field of interpersonal relations, it would be this: Seek first to understand, then to be understood. This principle is the key to effective interpersonal communication.
– Stephen Covey, Author
The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity.
– Lewis Grizzard, Humorist
Be not forward, but friendly and courteous; the first to salute, hear and answer; and be not pensive when it is time to converse.
– George Washington, The First President of the U.S.
I challenge anybody in their darkest moment to write what they’re grateful for, even stupid little things like green grass or a friendly conversation with somebody on the elevator. You start to realize how rich you are.
– Jim Carrey, Actor
One-half of life is luck; the other half is discipline – and that’s the important half, for without discipline you wouldn’t know what to do with luck.
– Carl Zuckmayer, Playwright
Fresh air and innocence are good if you don’t take too much of them – but I always remember that most of the achievements and pleasures of life are in bad air.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Inspirational Quotes About Life 21-30
Life is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better for the future.
– William Wordsworth, Poet
Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and the wrong. Sometime in your life you will have been all of these.
– Robert H. Goddard, Inventor
Life is too short to waste. Dreams are fulfilled only through action, not through endless planning to take action.
– David J. Schwartz, Motivational Trainer
Complaining is poverty. Instead of complaining about what’s wrong, be grateful for what’s right.
– Zachary Fisher, Philanthropist
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
– Bob Dylan, Musician
They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
– Andy Warhol, Artist
Doing an Injury puts you below your enemy; Revenging one makes you but even with him; Forgiving it sets you above him.
– Benjamin Franklin, Statesman
You know the old saying, that if you have a single enemy you will find him everywhere. It doesn’t pay to make enemies. Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to every one about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will live.
– Charles M. Schwab, Steel Magnate
Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.
– Allen Klein, Record Label Executive
We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory.
– Bernard Williams, Philosopher
Inspirational Quotes About Life 31-40
Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair.
– Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa
We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.
– Louisa May Alcott, Novelist
The life force is vigorous. The delight that accompanies it counterbalances all the pains and hardships that confront men.
– William Somerset Maugham, Writer
Sooner or later, a man, if he is wise, discovers that life is a mixture of good days and bad, victory and defeat, give and take.
– Wilfred A. Peterson, Author
Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit – and man is his own gardener.
– James Allen, Author
In your pursuit of your passions, always be young. In your relationship with others, always be grown-up.
– Tom Brokaw, TV News Anchor
Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
– Thomas Jefferson, Third U.S. President
There is nothing as easy as denouncing. It doesn’t take much to see that something is wrong, but it does take some eyesight to see what will put it right again.
– Will Rogers, Humorist
If bravery is a quality which knows not fear, I have never seen a brave man. All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened. The courageous man is the man who forces himself, in spite of his fear, to carry on.
– George Patton, General
If you’re lucky enough to do well, it’s your responsibility to send the elevator back down.
– Kevin Spacey, Actor
Inspirational Quotes About Life 41-50
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
– Melody Beattie, Author
So often we dwell on the things that seem impossible rather than on the things that are possible. So often we are depressed by what remains to be done and forget to be thankful for all that has been done.
– Marian Wright Edelman, Activist
Know the true value of time. Snatch it, seize it, enjoy every minute of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination – never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
– Philip Stanhope, Statesman
Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.
– Will Smith, Actor
One of the virtues of being very young is that you don’t let the facts get in the way of your imagination.
– Sam Levenson, Humorist
In life, as in whist, hope nothing from the way cards may be dealt to you. Play the cards, whatever they be, to the best of your skill.
– Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Novelist
It’s what each of us sows, and how, that gives us character and prestige. Seeds of kindness, goodwill, and human understanding, planted in fertile soil, spring up into deathless friendships, big deeds of worth, and a memory that will not soon fade out. We are all sowers of seeds – and let us never forget it!
– George Matthew Adams, Columnist
There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
– Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa
Pursuing your passions makes you more interesting, and interesting people are enchanting.
– Guy Kawasaki, Venture Capitalist
There is no such thing as a hopeless situation. Every single circumstance of your life can change!
– Rhonda Byrne, Author
Inspirational Quotes About Life 51-60
The real loser is never the person who crosses the finishing line last. The real loser is the person who sits on the side. The person who does not even try to compete.
– Oscar Pistorius, Sprint Runner
The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.
– Brian Tracy, Motivational Coach
Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey.
– Michael Josephson, Ethics Speaker
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
– Benjamin Franklin, Statesman
A life of unremitting caution, without the carefree – or even, occasionally, the careless – may turn out to be half a life.
– Anna Quindlen, Columnist
When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.
– Bernard Meltzer, Radio Host
I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But, I can’t accept not trying.
– Michael Jordan, NBA Player
Man lives between two thieves – the regret of yesterday and the fear of tomorrow.
– Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister
At 18 our convictions are hills from which we look, at 45 they are caves in which we hide.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, Novelist
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
– Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister
Inspirational Quotes About Life 61-70
It is not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left.
– Hubert Humphrey, Politician
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.
– Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister
Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.
– Douglas MacArthur, General
Wisdom doesn’t automatically come with old age. Nothing does – except wrinkles. It’s true some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place.
– Abigail Van Buren, Advice Columnist
You may avoid suffering and sorrow if you don’t risk, but you simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live. The greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing and has nothing. Only a person who risks is free.
– Bob Proctor, Motivational Coach
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, Actor
The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.
– Walt Disney, Producer
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
– Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. President
Trying to get without first giving is as fruitless as trying to reap without having sown.
– Napoleon Hill, Motivational Writer
A lot of people are afraid to tell the truth, to say no. That’s where toughness comes into play. Toughness is not being a bully. It’s having backbone.
– Robert Kiyosaki, Author
Inspirational Quotes About Life 71-80
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.
– Tommy Lasorda, Baseball manager
The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
– Vince Lombardi, American Football Coach
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
– George Bernard Shaw, Playwright
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.
– Andrew Carnegie, Industrialist
Nothing of great value in life comes easily. The things of the highest value sometimes come hard. The gold that has the highest value lies deepest in the earth, as do the diamonds.
– Norman Vincent Peale, Minister
Be open to learning new lessons even if they contradict the lessons you learned yesterday.
– Ellen Degeneres, Talk Show Host
A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
– Christopher Reeve, Actor
Within each of us lies the power of our consent to health and sickness, to riches and poverty, to freedom and to slavery. It is we who control these, and not another.
– Richard Bach, Writer
Everyone wants to be appreciated. So if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret.
– Mary Kay Ash, Entrepreneur
Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.
– Diane Arbus, Photographer
Inspirational Quotes About Life 81-90
I don’t believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.
– Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. president
No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
– Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the U.S.
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
– Henry David Thoreau, Philosopher
Character is like a tree, and reputation is like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
– Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
When you have to cope with a lot of problems, you’re either going to sink or you’re going to swim.
– Tom Cruise, Actor
If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman Philosopher
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
– Carl Sandburg, Writer
Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I’m doing.
– Phil Jackson, Basketball Coach
Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins.
– Carlos Santana, Guitarist
The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
– Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Ministe
Inspirational Quotes About Life 91-100
Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.
– Jerry Rice, Football Player
It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love, is well done.
– Vincent van Gogh, Artist
Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness – its opposite – never led to good intention’s goal.
– Miguel de Cervantes, Writer
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is a hard business. If you try it, you’ll be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
– Rudyard Kipling, Writer
The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.
– Ivy Baker Priest, Political Figure
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
– Judy Garland, Actress
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poet
My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose – somehow we win out.
– Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. President
There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.
– Sophia Loren, Actres
Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait. The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don’t count.
– Dr. Robert Anthony, Motivational Coach
These inspirational quotes about life will clear your mind, and energize you to spend your time on what is really important to you!
We all want to achieve great things with our lives. But so often we become so bombarded by daily activities that we lose focus on what we truly want. Reading the quotes below on a daily basis will keep you focused on your chosen path (or help you find it), and lead you to greatness! Whatever that may be 🙂
I have used quotes like these to help me find my life’s purpose, and to keep me focused when obstacles are put in my way (nay-sayers, not enough time, not enough money, etc). As long as I can put a little bit of effort towards my passions every day, I see constant progress and eventually achieve goals that give me a true sense of fulfillment. These quotes are the key to staying inspired!!
One of my favorite inspirational quotes about life is the quote by Mike Robbins below. This quote is extremely powerful to me. By remembering this quote I can refresh the feeling that I am in complete control of my life and can make it anything I want it to be. I can make all of my experiences as good or as bad as I want them to be. This helps me maintain the positive, proactive “hero” mindset in my life as opposed to the negative, reactive “victim” mindset which we all can slip into sometimes when life gets tough.
So read these quotes often and keep your fire burning to achieve a life that you are truly proud of 🙂