100 Inspirational and Motivational Quotes

When it feels like the world is against you, let the wise words of these motivational quotes lift your spirits

  1. The only way to have a life is to commit to it like crazy.” —Angelina Jolie
  2. “Believe in yourself. Stay in your own lane. There’s only one you.” —Queen Latifah
  3. “Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.” —Aldous Huxley
  4. “People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing you are the beholder.” —Salma Hayek
  5. “Each day comes bearing its gifts. Untie the ribbon.” —Ann Ruth Schabacker
  6. “Living is the art of getting used to what we didn’t expect.” —Eleanor C. Wood
  7. “A person without regrets is a nincompoop.” —Mia Farrow
  8. “Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” —Franklin P. Jones
  9. “Kindness is one thing you can’t give away. It always comes back.” —George Skolsky
  10. “Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.” —Sally Koch
  11. “Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” —Maya Angelou
  12. “The greatest mistake you can make is to be continually fearing that you’ll make one.” —Elbert Hubbard
  13. “Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” —Harper Lee
  14. “There is only one certainty in life and that is that nothing is certain.” —G.K. Chesterton
  15. “The most sincere compliment we can pay is attention.” —Walter Anderson
  16. “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” —Duke Ellington
  17. “The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.” —Henry Boye
  18. “Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.” —Robert Frost
  19. “You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.” —Bonnie Prudden
  20. “Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining nearby.” —Ruth E. Renkel
  21. “Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted.” —John Lennon
  22. “What’s wrong with being sentimental? Sentimental means you like stuff.” —Paul McCartney
  23. “Having a young child explain something exciting he has seen is the finest example of communication you will ever hear or see.” —Bob Talbert
  24. “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow; it only saps today of its strength.” —A.J. Cronin
  25. “Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” —Tom Stoppard
  26. “Memories are everyone’s second chance at happiness.” —Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  27. “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it!” —Jonathan Winters
  28. “My father gave me the best advice of my life. He said, ‘Whatever you do, don’t wake up at 65 years old and think about what you should have done with your life.’” —George Clooney
  29. “Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.” —Jon Bon Jovi
  30. “Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic.” —Jean Sibelius
  31. “The world is extremely interesting to a joyful soul.” —Alexandra Stoddard
  32. “I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.” —Harry Emerson Fosdick
  33. “Don’t say you can’t until you prove you can’t.” —Les Paul
  34. “You are genuinely happy if you don’t know why.” —Joseph Mayer
  35. “It’s a whole lot more satisfying to reach for the stars, even if you end up landing only on the moon.” —Kermit the Frog
  36. “I still close my eyes and go home—I can always draw from that.” —Dolly Parton
  37. “Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.” —Robert Louis Stevenson
  38. “Even the worst haircut eventually grows out.” —Lisa Kogan
  39. “No day in which you learn something is a complete loss.” —David Eddings
  40. “To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.” —Bertrand Russell
  41. “The older you get the more you realize that kindness is synonymous with happiness.” —Lionel Barrymore
  42. “Be open to learning new lessons, even if they contradict the lessons you learned yesterday.” —Ellen DeGeneres
  43. “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” —Oscar Wilde
  44. “Worry is like sand in an oyster: A little produces a pearl, too much kills the animal.” —Marcelene Cox
  45. “Morale is when your hands and feet keep on working when your head says it can’t be done.” —Ben Morcell
  46. “If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.” —Hal Borland
  47. “What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.” —Hugh Mulligan
  48. “Words of comfort, skillfully administered, are the oldest therapy known to man.” —Louis Nizer
  49. “The sky isn’t the limit—the sky has no limit.” —Sarah Barker
  50. “Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.” —Maggie Kuhn
  51. “All glory comes from daring to begin.” —Eugene F. Ware
  52. “If you don’t place your foot on the rope, you’ll never cross the chasm.” —Liz Smith
  53. “It is our choices that show what we really are, far more than our abilities.” —J.K. Rowling
  54. “Don’t waste a minute not being happy. If one window closes, run to the next window—or break down a door.” —Brooke Shields
  55. “The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.” —Doug Larson
  56. “He who laughs most learns best.” —John Cleese
  57. “Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.” —Vincent Van Gogh
  58. “Joy is one of the only emotions you can’t contrive.” —Bono
  59. “To feel that one has a place in life solves half the problem of contentment.” —George E. Woodberry
  60. “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” —Andy Warhol
  61. “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” —Diane Ackerman
  62. “A life of unremitting caution, without the carefree—or even, occasionally, the careless—may turn out to be half a life.” —Anna Quindlen
  63. “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” —Elmer G. Leterman
  64. “We are not at our best perched at the summit; we are climbers, at our best when the way is steep.” —John W. Gardner
  65. “The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.” —Dean Acheson
  66. “Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction.” —Al Bernstein
  67. “The only failure is not knowing how to be happy.” —Celine Dion
  68. “There’s power in looking silly and not caring that you do.” —Amy Poehler
  69. “Be yourself. No one can ever tell you that you’re doing it wrong.” —James Leo Herlihy
  70. “Without darkness, there are no dreams.” —Karla Kuban
  71. “Procrastination means you know what you need to do and you don’t do it. If you don’t know what to do, you aren’t procrastinating. You are thinking.” —Lynn Lively
  72. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you’ve said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou
  73. “Just because you’re nervous doesn’t mean you have to look nervous. Nobody can look inside you. Project what you want to project.” —Valerie Jarrett
  74. “Everyone is an explorer. How could you possibly live your life looking at a door and not opening it?” —Robert D. Ballard
  75. “If you can’t reach your destination by one road, try another.” —Elsa Schiaparelli
  76. “The secret of the man who is universally interesting is that he is universally interested.” —William Dean Howells
  77. “Friends are the family we choose.” —Jennifer Aniston
  78. “Be like the sun and the meadow, which are not in the least concerned about the coming winter.” —George Bernard Shaw
  79. “Never ignore a gut feeling, but never believe that it’s enough.” —Robert Heller
  80. “Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist but in the ability to start over.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  81. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” —Dalai Lama
  82. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” —Alice Walker
  83. “A dead end is just a good place to turn around.” —Naomi Judd
  84. “My dad used to say, You wouldn’t worry so much about what people thought of you if you knew how seldom they did.” —Dr. Phil McGraw
  85. “Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” —Gen. George S. Patton
  86. “Even a small star shines in the darkness.” —Finnish proverb
  87. “Failure is God’s way of saying, ‘Excuse me, you’re moving in the wrong direction.’” —Oprah Winfrey
  88. “If your world doesn’t allow you to dream, move to one where you can.” —Billy Idol
  89. “Faith is taking the first step. Even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” —Martin Luther King Jr.
  90. “Age is not the enemy. Stagnation is the enemy. Complacency is the enemy. Stasis is the enemy.” —Twyla Tharp
  91. “I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.” —Simone Biles
  92. “In the face of uncertainty, there is nothing wrong with hope.” —Bernie Siegel
  93. “Be bold. If you’re going to make an error, make it a doozy.” —Billie Jean King
  94. “Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” —J.K. Rowling
  95. “Action is the antidote to despair.” —Joan Baez
  96. “The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.” —Harry Ruby
  97. “Be thankful for what you have—you’ll end up having more.” —Oprah Winfrey
  98. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.” —Marcel Proust
  99. “It’s the rough side of the mountain that’s the easiest to climb; the smooth side doesn’t have anything for you to hang on to.” —Aretha Franklin
  100. “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. And swing!” —Leo Buscaglia