Finding motivation and inspiration to power through life’s daily obstacles can be tough — let alone if tragedy or conflict is in the way of an optimistic outlook. The stress in your career, amid relationships and in life at large (especially around the holiday season!) can take a mental toll before you know it. Taking the time to look to other inspiring leaders, both within your own circle and the world at large, can help keep the flame of positivity burning bright within your life (at any age!).
Our list of the very best inspirational quotes can help; these short, powerful and often funny metaphors, written excerpts and snippets of historical speeches can provide a much-needed spark of inspiration. Hearing from these celebrated personalities and notable thought pioneers can get you started on brand-new goals in 2023, get you through recent personal tragedies or empower you to take charge of your relationships.
Below, you’ll find our collection of quotes from beloved figures — powerhouse actors, musicians, authors and more — who have experienced a lot of ups and downs, but still managed to derive some insight through it all. From Michelle Obama to Marilyn Monroe, C.S Lewis to Franklin Roosevelt, these positive affirmations will uplift you and prepare you for what lies ahead.
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It is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
I have learned not to allow rejection to move me.
I scorched the earth with my talent and I let my light shine.
You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.
You can’t rely on how you look to sustain you, what sustains us, what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion; for yourself and your those around you.
Attitude is the ‘little’ thing that makes a big difference.
We will fail when we fail to try.
All our dreams can come true — if we have the courage to pursue them.
Once you face your fear, nothing is ever as hard as you think.
I don’t go to church regular. But I pray for answers to my problems.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.
The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
A dead end street is a good place to turn around.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
If you’re not positive energy, you’re negative energy.
We do not fall in love with the package of the person; we fall in love with the inside of a person.
We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven’t done much today.
My least favorite phrase in the English language is ‘I don’t care.’
Don’t save your best for when you think the material calls for it. Always bring your full potential to every take, and be on top of your job, or they will replace you.
One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.
Always work hard and have fun in what you do because I think that’s when you’re more successful. You have to choose to do it.
Happiness is not something readymade; it comes from your own actions.
Our predecessors overcame many troubles and much suffering, but each time got back up stronger than before.
I don’t harp on the negative because if you do, then there’s no progression. There’s no forward movement. You got to always look on the bright side of things, and we are in control. Like, you have control over the choices you make.
All dreams are within reach. All you have to do is keep moving towards them.
Tough times never last, but tough people do.
When your dreams are bigger than the places you find yourself in, sometimes you need to seek out your own reminders that there is more. And there is always more waiting for you on the other side of fear.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
There is nothing impossible to they who will try.
It has always been easy to hate and destroy. To build and to cherish is much more difficult.
The Sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity.
Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.
Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.
In the long run, you make your own luck — good, bad, or indifferent.
We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.
When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
No matter what you’re going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.
It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
It’s no use going back to yesterday because I was a different person then.
The best revenge is massive success.
For one to have complete satisfaction from flowers, you must have time to spend with them.
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
Remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
You shouldn’t be ashamed of your pain; you have the right to have your pain treated.
I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.
Limit your “always” and your “nevers.”
Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible!”
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.
What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.
Camilla Eyring Kimball
You do not find the happy life. You make it.
Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen.
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
You must do the things you think you cannot do.
It isn’t where you came from. It’s where you’re going that counts.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
You make a choice: continue living your life feeling muddled in this abyss of self-misunderstanding, or you find your identity independent of it. You draw your own box.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.
Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.
Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.
We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.
The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.
Life changes very quickly, in a very positive way, if you let it.
If my mind can conceive it, if my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.
Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.
Dreams don’t have to just be dreams. You can make it a reality; if you just keep pushing and keep trying, then eventually you’ll reach your goal.
Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
Life has got all those twists and turns. You’ve got to hold on tight and off you go.
Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.
You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens.
You define your own life. Don’t let other people write your script.
Martin Luther King Jr.
If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.
You are enough just as you are.
Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.
The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.
Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa
It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.
Spread love everywhere you go.
Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.
The best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Everything you can imagine is real.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Light tomorrow with today!
For every reason it’s not possible, there are hundreds of people who have faced the same circumstances and succeeded.
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.
Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.
Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
Today’s accomplishments were yesterday’s impossibilities.
If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.
A wise girl knows her limits; a smart girl knows that she has none.
Diane Von Furstenberg
The most important relationship in your life is with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be yourself.
Style isn’t just about what you wear, it’s about how you live.
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
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