50 Inspirational Quotes to Live By

Powerful words of wisdom about holding onto hope, persevering through tough times, and ultimately overcoming life's obstacles.

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Gilbert K. Chesterton
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Quotes to Live By

Seek the brighter side

“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.” —Gilbert K. Chesterton, writer

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Rufus Wainwright
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The healing power of laughter

“There’s no life without humour. It can make the wonderful moments of life truly glorious, and the tragic moments bearable.” —Rufus Wainwright, singer

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Rabindranath Tagore
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Adding colour

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky.” —Rabindranath Tagore, poet

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Bill Nye
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The joy of learning

“The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it.” —Bill Nye, mechanical engineer and television presenter

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Chip Gaines
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Making an effort

“Seeing the bad in the world and people isn’t difficult. It’s lazy.” —Chip Gaines, TV host

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Martin Short
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Living in the moment

“If you have wonderful moments, don’t second guess them. Just enjoy them.” —Martin Short, actor and comedian

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Jennifer Jones
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Laugh it off

“If you can choose one characteristic to get you through life, choose a sense of humour.” —Jennifer Jones, actress

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Candace Bushnell
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Inspirational quotes on embracing change

“Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder—no matter how old you became and how much you’d seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.” —Candace Bushnell, author of Lipstick Jungle

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Shania Twain
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Finding your voice

“As you experiment with your voice—a high note, a low note—it’s a dance between your heart, your mind, your voice, and your experiences.” —Shania Twain, singer and songwriter

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Gavin Pretor-Pinney
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Mixing it up

“Life would be dull if we had to look up at cloudless monotony day after day.” —Gavin Pretor-Pinney, author

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Albert Camus
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Endless fresh starts

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” —Albert Camus, author

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Richard Bach
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Going with the flow

“A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed. It feels an impulsion—this is the place to go now.” —Richard Bach, writer

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Katherena Vermette
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Persistence pays off

“Truth is a seed planted deep. If you want to get it, you have to dig.” —Katherena Vermette, poet

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Short Inspirational Quotes - David Cronenberg
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Science experiment

“Everybody’s a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We’re all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.” —David Cronenberg, director

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Alice Munro
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Making time

“I can’t play bridge. I don’t play tennis. All those things that people learn, and I admire, there hasn’t seemed time for. But what there is time for is looking out the window.” —Alice Munro, writer

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Gertrude Ederle
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Inspirational quotes on achieving your potential

“I am not a person who reaches for the moon as long as I have the stars.” —Gertrude Ederle, first woman to swim across English Channel

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Short Inspirational Quotes - David Bowie
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The gift of time

“Aging is the extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.” —David Bowie, singer and actor

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Stephen Leacock
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Dreaming big

“It may be those who do most, dream most.” —Stephen Leacock, humourist

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Farhan Thawar
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Overcoming obstacles

“Unless you come up against obstacles, you’re not going to learn something new. ‘What did you learn today?’ is a better line than ‘What did you do today?’” —Farhan Thawar, VP of Engineering at Shopify

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Robin Sharma
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Focus your efforts

“An addiction to distraction is the death of your creative production.” —Robin Sharma, writer

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Bill Gates
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Beyond success

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” —Bill Gates, software developer and philanthropist

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Thomas Edison
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On never giving up

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” —Thomas Edison, inventor

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Babe Ruth
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Keeping the focus on today

“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” —Babe Ruth, baseball player

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Warren Buffet
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Creating a legacy

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree long ago.” —Warren Buffet, businessman and philanthropist

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Tim Berners-Lee
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Looking forward

“The web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future is still so much bigger than the past.” —Tim Berners-Lee, computer scientist and inventor of the World Wide Web

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Eddy Merckx
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Just do it

“Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” —Eddy Merckx, five-time Tour de France winner

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Chris Hadfield
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Rising to the occasion

“In any new situation, you will be viewed in one of three ways. As a minus one: actively harmful, someone who creates problems. As a zero: your impact is neutral and doesn’t tip the balance one way or the other. Or as a plus one: someone who actively adds value.” —Chris Hadfield, astronaut

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Bernard Baruch
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The secret to success

“Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.” —Bernard Baruch, financier

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Haruki Murakami
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Living life to the fullest

“Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest.” —Haruki Murakami, author

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Cheryl Strayed
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Inspirational quotes on facing your fears

“Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. Nothing could vanquish me.” —Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Erica Jong
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“What would you do…”

“Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.” —Erica Jong, novelist

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Deepa Mehta
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Show yourself kindness

“It’s really important not to be so judgmental and not to be so fearful. Try to have confidence in yourself. Don’t depend on so much on what others say about you or want you to be.” —Deepa Mehta, director and screenwriter

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Fred Rogers
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Talking it through

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable.” —Fred Rogers, television host and author

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Cormac McCarthy
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Inspirational quotes about hope

“Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden.” —Cormac McCarthy, author of The Road

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Michelle Obama
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Courage can be contagious

“History has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own.” —Michelle Obama, attorney and former First Lady of the United States

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Masai Ujiri
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Building a community

“We have to inspire people and give them a sense of hope. We have to bring people along, not ridicule and tear them down.” —Masai Ujiri, president of the Toronto Raptors

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Arlene Dickinson
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Love wins

“’Love wins’ isn’t some fairytale saying; it’s instructions for life.” —Arlene Dickinson, businesswoman and investor

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Savielly Tartakower
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Inspirational quotes to help you find your way

“Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do. Strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do.” —Savielly Tartakower, chess grandmaster

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Dave Williams
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Picking yourself up

“It’s what we do when we don’t succeed that determines whether we will succeed.” —Dave Williams, astronaut

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Mikhail Chigorin
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Act with a purpose

“Even a poor plan is better than no plan at all.” —Mikhail Chigorin, Russian chess master

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Colin Powell
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Let it go

“Always focus on the front windshield and not the rearview mirror.” —Colin Powell, politician and diplomat

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Garry Kasparov
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Chess lessons

“Chess is life in miniature. Trust is struggle. Chess is battles.” —Garry Kasparov, chess grandmaster

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Jann Arden
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What will you be remembered for?

“I would rather be kind than anything else.” —Jann Arden, singer and songwriter

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Dalai Lama
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Inspirational quotes on finding happiness

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” —Dalai Lama

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Steve Kloves
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The philosophy of Dumbledore

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” —Steve Kloves, screenwriter

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Buffy Sainte-Marie
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The joy trail

“You have to sniff out joy. Keep your nose to the joy trail.” —Buffy Sainte-Marie, singer and songwriter

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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Making connections

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” —Anne Morrow Lindbergh, author and aviator

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Neil Young
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Never settle

“I’m not content to be content.” —Neil Young, singer and songwriter

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Short Inspirational Quotes - William Arthur Ward
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Rise above

“A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.” —William Arthur Ward, writer

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Short Inspirational Quotes - Jordin Tootoo
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On empathy

“We all fight a fight nobody knows about.” —Jordin Tootoo, former professional hockey player

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