123 Motivational Quotes to Inspire Your Life and Success

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Shanna Lindinger
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April 12, 2024

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There is no shortage of list out there with motivational quotes to inspire us to succeed or think differently about our lives. It is a simple as setting out a Google search to see that.

So what's the point of me creating one then, you might ask? 

Well, I'd like a list of my own quotes, ones that resonate with me, and potentially with you too. I have the hopes that this compilation of motivational quotes will help shift your thought patterns, and something inside you may click and you'll be inspired to take action on that long awaited something.

I have for ages believed, no matter what the naysayers say, that reading motivational snippet's or quotes, especially at the beginning of your day, can help guide your otherwise unmotivated thought patterns in a positive direction.

It's worth throwing in at this point, though, motivational quotes or readings are great to get you in a better state of mind, but it's taking action that matters most.

Whether you want to start a website or blog, new eating habit, make more money, ask that cute girl or guy out on a date, or anything else that you feel will bring positive change to your life, it’s the action you take that makes the difference, not the thinking or my case (and maybe yours), overthinking.

Also, worth throwing in, is knowing and making peace with the fact that anything of any value was never gained by the easy road - but is all the worth having been taken.

As Eddie Harris said:

The sooner you step away from your comfort zone, the sooner you’ll realize that it wasn’t really all that comfortable.


Marcus Aurelius put it best in Meditations, where he said:

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

So I combed the Internet and took a thousand hours (kidding, not that many) to add and share my top 123+ favorite quotes to live by with you. I hope you see these as more than just motivational and inspiring quotes, but profound, somewhat mind-altering words to shift your perspective on things you may have been pondering.

This list of daily inspirational quotes has:

  • Motivational quotes to inspire you to greatness
  • Inspiring quotes to drive you forward
  • Life quotes to find meaning and move your insides 
  • Quotes on change and challenging uncertainty
  • Success quotes to help you take action
  • Business and work quotes to keep going
  • Uplifting Quotes to brighten your day and provide daily motivation

Here are my picks for the top 123 motivational quotes.

Motivational Quotes

1. “Don’t Let Yesterday Take Up Too Much Of Today.” – Will Rogers

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

3. “The Best Way To Get Started Is To Quit Talking And Begin Doing.” – Walt Disney

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

5. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” – Henry Ford

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

7. “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

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

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

10. “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

11. “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

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

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

14. “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

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

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Inspirational Quotes 

1. “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

2. “You are not in the universe, you are the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle.” – Eckhart Tolle

3. “We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.” – Anais Nin

4. “You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.” – Max Ehrmann

5. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde

6. “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men, true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway

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

8. “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” – Kurt Vonnegut

9. “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” – Paulo Coelho

10. “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” ― Marilyn Monroe 

11. “I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” – Og Mandino

12. “Fairytales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – Neil Gaiman

13. “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies was made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of star-stuff.” – Carl Sagan

14. “If you’re reading this… Congratulations, you’re alive. If that’s not something to smile about, then I don’t know what is.” – Chad Sugg

Hester Qiang - Lao Tzu Quote

Life Quotes

1. “Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?” – Charles Bukowski 

2. “You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,

Love like you'll never be hurt,

Sing like nobody is listening,

And live like it's heaven on earth.” ― William W. Purkey

3. “At the end of the game the King and the pawn go back into the same box.” – Italian Proverb

4. “For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.” – Carl Sagan

5. “It’s better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way.” – Alan Watts

6. “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” ― Andre Gide, Autumn Leaves 

7. “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” – Unknown

8. “Our life is what our thoughts make it.” – Marcus Aurelius

9. “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain.” – Unknown

10. “We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior.” – Stephen M.R. Covey

11. “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” – Bertrand Russell

12. “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” – Oscar Wilde

13. “It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

14. “No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” – Voltaire

15. “I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.” – Mark Twain

16. “I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.” – Walt Whitman

17. “Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem,. You see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

18. “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” – Norman Vincent Peale

19. “The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” Audrey Hepburn

20. “I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.” – Alan Watts

21. “The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Change Quotes 

1. “Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, anything is possible.” – Mandy Hale

2.  “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

3. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou

4. “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu

5. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy 

6. “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – George Bernard Shaw

7. “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but when we look back everything is different.” – C.S. Lewis

8.“Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ― Rob Siltanen

9. “We have a tendency to want the other person to be a finished product while we give ourselves the grace to evolve.” – T.D. Jakes

10. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

10. “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

11. “It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.” ― Roy T. Bennett

12. “The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

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Success Quotes

1. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston S. Churchill 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. “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

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

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

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Quotes about Success and Value 

13. “Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.” – Thomas J. Watson

14. “If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents. Value what you know & start charging for it.” – Kim Garst

15. “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” – Samuel Goldwyn

16. “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

17. “For every reason it’s not possible, there are hundreds of people who have faced the same circumstances and succeeded.” – Jack Canfield

18. “The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.” – Stephen McCranie

19. “Suffer the pain of discipline, or suffer the pain of regret.” – Jim Rohn

20. “Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.” – Benjamin Franklin

21. “Successful people are 100% convinced that they are masters of their own destiny , they’re not creatures of circumstance, they create circumstance, if the circumstances around them suck they change them.” – Jordan Belfort

22. “Let the improvement of yourself keep you so busy that you have no time to criticize others.”

― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Business Quotes 

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

2. “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

3.  “Have the end in mind and every day make sure your working towards it” – Ryan Allis

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

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

6.  “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

7.  “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

More Great Work Quotes and Sayings

8. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” – Zig Ziglar

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

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

11. “I cannot give you a formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” – Herbert Bayard Swope

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

13. “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

14. “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill

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Uplifting Quotes

1. “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.”– Buckminster Fuller

2. “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

3. “In order to get something you never had, you have to do something you never have done” – Thomas Jefferson

4. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – Gandalf, from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

5. “Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.” – Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones

6. “In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.” – Abraham Maslow

7. “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J.K.Rowling

8. “Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” – Roy T. Bennett

9. “If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.” – Roy T. Bennett

10. “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall

11. “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” – Oprah Winfrey

12. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

13. “You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.” – Dr. Seuss

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Positive Quotes And Positive Thinking Sayings

1. “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

2.  “Be the person your dog thinks you are.” – J.W. Stephens

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

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

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

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

7. “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

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

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

10. “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

11. “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Dr. Seuss

12. “Choose to be optimistic; it feels better.” – Dalai Lama

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What are your favorite inspirational quotes?

Most of us, no doubt, have one or two (or maybe more) quotes or sayings that stick with us. Ones that get stuck somewhere in our cerebral and manage to alter the way we see things, totally shifting our beliefs or perspectives and changed the way we had maybe seen something before that moment. 

One quote which hits me in the throat, which relates to this very blog and my journey to the point, by one of my favourite authors of all time, Roald Dahl, goes like this: 

‘Well, maybe it started that way. As a dream, but doesn’t everything? Those buildings. These lights. This whole city. Somebody had to dream about it first. And maybe that is what I did. I dreamed about coming here, but then I did it.’ – James and the Giant Peach

Have you had your own James and the Giant Peach moment? If anything, I do hope this helps that neocortex going. 

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