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150+ Short Inspirational Quotes to Motivate Your Life and Success

Small things can make a big difference. The same can be stated for the inspiring statements that follow.

We’ve accumulated quotes from a wide range of outstanding minds, including authors, athletes, TV personalities, and CEOs, at Everyday Power.

Each of the following quotations is brimming with originality, ingenuity, and knowledge.

Which of these short motivational quotes will you turn to?

To keep going, we sometimes only need a small amount of motivation. Remember to save this page as a favorite so you can return to it whenever you need a boost of motivation.

One of the best aspects of these short quotes is how readily they can be shared. Send one of the above quotes to someone who is in need of motivation.

These quotes are globally applicable and can assist many people in figuring out how to solve challenges in their own life.

It takes only a few seconds to brighten someone’s day. Don’t be frightened to communicate with those you care about.

Here are my picks for the short 150 inspirational quotes.

Short Inspirational quotes – Happiness

1. “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”  – Edith Wharton

2. “The most wasted of days is one without laughter.” – E.E. Cummings

3. “Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden

4. “You do not find the happy life. You make it.” – Camilla Eyring Kimball

5. “Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.” – Hafez

6. “Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” – John Barrymore

7. “Life changes very quickly, in a very positive way, if you let it.” – Lindsey Vonn

8. “Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.” – Jim Rohn

9. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” – Helen Keller

Short Inspirational quotes – believing in yourself

10. “Impossible is for the unwilling.” – John Keats

11. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

12. “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote

13. “No pressure, no diamonds.” – Thomas Carlyle

14. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

15. “When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.” – Carol Burnett

16. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln 

17. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius

18. “Stay foolish to stay sane.” – Maxime Lagacé

19. “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” – Steve Jobs

20. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

21. “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

22. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.” – Maya Angelou

23. “Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.” – André Gide

24. “You are enough just as you are.” – Meghan Markle

25. “Dream big and dare to fail.” – Norman Vaughan

Short Motivational quotes

Short Motivational Quotes

26. “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” William Shedd

27. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”  – Henry Ford

28. “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”   Steve Jobs

29. “A nation grows great when a man plants a tree: the shade of which he will never enjoy.”   Greek Proverb

30. “The sooner you step away from your comfort zone, the sooner you’ll realize that it wasn’t really all that comfortable.”  – Eddie Harris

31. “Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” – Cyril Connolly

32. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

33. “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the second-best time is right now.” – Chinese Proverb

34. “To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” – Mahatma Gandhi

35. “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the B.S. story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” – Jordan Belfort

36. “You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” – Walt Disney

37. “Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” – John Wooden

38. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett

39. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Eliot

40. “The only thing that can grow is the thing you give energy to.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

41. No greater gift there is, than a generous heart.” – Yoda

42. Good things happen to those who hustle.” – Anaïs Nin

43. A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell

44. Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.” – Winston Churchill

Short Inspirational quotes – Success

Short Inspirational quotes about Success

45. “The number one reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors.” – Napoleon Hill

46. “If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln

49. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair

48.. “A man cannot build a reputation on what he is going to do.” – Henry Ford

50. “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” – Herman Melville

51. “Have I not destroyed my enemy when I have made him into my friend?” – Abraham Lincoln

52. “[It’s] curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

53. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

54. “What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle and giving 110% all the time.” – Don Zimmer

55. “Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” – Earl Nightingal

56. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi

57. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” –George Bernard Shaw

58. “There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.” – Augustine of Hippo

59. “Some days you just have to create your own sunshine.” – Unknown

60. “Persistence guarantees that results are inevitable.” – Paramahansa Yogananda

61. “Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

62. “Always do what you are afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

63. “Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.” – Edwin Markham

64. “Every noble work is at first impossible.” – Thomas Carlyle

65. “Overcome the notion that you must be regular. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary.” – Uta Hagen

66. “Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” – Ralph Emerson

Short Inspirational quotes – life and dreams

67. “Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.” – George Horace Lorimer

68. “When you make a choice, you change the future.”– Deepak Chopra

69. “If I’m gonna tell a real story, I’m gonna start with my name.” – Kendrick Lamar

70. “Determine your priorities and focus on them.” – Eileen McDargh

71. “All limitations are self-imposed.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

72. “Never let your emotions overpower your intelligence.” – Drake

73. “Words are your paintbrush, and your life is the canvas. You can paint whatever you want to paint.”― Miguel Ruiz

74. “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” – Rumi

75. “Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.”– Oprah Winfrey

76. “Always remember that you are unique  –  just like everybody else.” – Unknown

77. “This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” – Alan Watts

78. “Never depend on single income. Make investments to create a second source” – Warren Buffett

79. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller

80. “Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” – Jim Rohn

81. “People ask the difference between a leader and a boss… The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” – Theodore Roosevelt

82. “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember–the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.” – Zig Ziglar

Short Inspirational quotes – uplift you

Short Inspirational quotes about uplift you

83. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

84. “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” – Marilyn Monroe

85. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde

86. “We accept the love we think we deserve.” – Stephen Chbosky

87. “Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso

88. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

89. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou

90. “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama918.

91. “Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you.” – Roy T. Bennett

92. “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” – Paulo Coelho

93. “Never give up hope. All things are working for your good. One day, you’ll look back on everything you’ve been through and thank God for it.” – Germany Kent

94. “Don’t worry about the challenges. Get excited about the rewards of crushing them.” – Hiral Nagda

95. “Keep going. Is not as difficult as you feel it is. Don’t give up.” – Brandon Sanderson

96. “When in doubt, throw doubt out and have a little faith….” – E.A. Bucchianeri

97. “The most important thing is to keep going. The second most important thing is to choose the right direction.” – Maxime Lagacé

98. “Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what is still possible to do.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton

99. “Keep going like there’s a big rock rolling behind you. Never stop until you find ways to dodge it!” – I’m salmiah

100. “There are a thousand reasons to live this life, every one of them is sufficient.” – Marilynne Robinson

101. “I may stumble. I may fall. I may cry. But I’ll NEVER give up! Tomorrow, I rise again.” – Steve Maraboli

102. “If beautiful lilies bloom in ugly waters, you too can blossom in ugly situations.” – Matshona Dhliwayo

Short Positive quotes and sayings

103. “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz

104. “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Breault

105. “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson

106. “Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.” – Henry Ford

107. “Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.” – John Heywood

108. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

109. “We go forward with our heads held high, but look back and remember where we come from.” – Michael Hudson

110. “Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” – Dolly Parton

111. “Dream big, stay positive, work hard, and enjoy the journey.” – Urijah Faber

112. “As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

113. “The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.” – Elbert Hubbard

114. “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

115. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”— Confucius

116. “No great thing is created suddenly.” —Epictetus

117. “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.” – Soren Kierkegaard

118. “Courage is fear that has said its prayers.” – Dorothy Bernard

119. “Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.”– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

120. “I’d rather be optimistic and a fool, than pessimistic and right.” – unknown

121. “Live your dreams.” – Les Brown

122. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau

123. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

124. “You only look in your neighbor’s bowl to ensure he has enough.” – Louis C.K.

125. “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” – Dita Von Teese

126. “Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.” – Charles F. Kettering

127. “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” – Albert Camus

128. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

129. “Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

130. “There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality.” – Tony Robbins

131. “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

132. “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” – Steven Furtick

133. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Ian Maclaren

134. “I know for sure that everything will work out. No matter how crazy or bleak the situation is, it will work out. Everything passes, good and bad.” – Xosha Roquemore

135. “A life of sacrifice is the pinnacle of art, and is full of true joy.” –Mahatma Gandhi

136. “The true vocation of man is to find his way for himself.” – Hermann Hesse

137. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry Davis Thoreau

138. “No wind favors he who has no destined port.” —Montaigne

139. “A clever man commits no minor blunders.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

140. “To know oneself, one should assert oneself.” –Albert Camus

141. “Men do less than they ought unless they do all they can.” – Thomas Carlyle

142. “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein

143. “People living deeply have no fear of death.” – Anais Nin

144. “Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” –Chinese Proverb

145. “Open your mind. Get up off the couch. Move.” – Anthony Bourdain

146. “When you finally learn your self–worth… you stop giving others discounts.” – Unknown

147. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

148. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

149. “You never fail until you stop trying.” – Albert Einstein

150. “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

151. “We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.” – Helen Keller

152. “Whatever you do, do with all your might.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Turn those lemons into freshly squeezed lemonade with these excellent short inspirational & motivational quotes as your motivation.

Once you read these short inspirational & motivational quotes, you’ll have the ability to move mountains and set your sights on anything you put your mind to!

We may feel bad that something did not go as planned, or we may be struggling with why something did’nt work. We may not understand why we were passed up for the promotion this time, or why people did not respond with enthusiasm to something we were sure they were going to love.

No matter the reason, sometimes all it takes are some quotes of encouragement to remind us that it is all going to be OK; that we will figure things out, and that everything really does happen for a purpose.

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