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300+ Short Inspirational Quotes about life and love. Many of these short lines of wisdom will make your day. Enjoy and share.

  • Begin Anywhere. John Cage

  • We are what we think. Buddha

  • No guts, no story. Chris Brady

  • Screw it, let’s do it. Richard Branson

  • Boldness be my friend. William Shakespeare

  • Keep going. Be all in. Bryan Hutchinson

  • My life is my argument. Albert Schweitzer

  • Leave no stone unturned. Euripides

  • Fight till the last gasp. William Shakespeare

  • Stay hungry. Stay foolish. Steve Jobs

  • Impossible is for the unwilling. John Keats

  • You can if you think you can. George Reeves

Broken crayons still color. Unknown

The wisest mind has something yet to learn. George Santanaya

The past does not equal the future. Tony Robbins

Good things happen to those who hustle. Anaïs Nin

Whatever you are, be a good one. Abraham Lincoln

Peace begins with a smile. Mother Teresa

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. Walt Disney

Everything you can imagine is real. Pablo Picasso

Every moment is a fresh beginning. T.S. Eliot

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

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. Vince Lombardi

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

It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot

The day is what you make it! So why not make it a great one? Steve Schulte

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. Aristotle

Tough times never last, but tough people do. Dr. Robert Schuller

To be the best, you must be able to handle the worst. Wilson Kanadi

At the end of hardship comes happiness. Unknown

If it matters to you, you’ll find a way. Charlie Gilkey

Forget about style; worry about results. Bobby Orr

Whatever you do, do with all your might. Marcus Tullius Cicero

Every noble work is at first impossible. Thomas Carlyle

If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

We are twice armed if we fight with faith. Plato

Be faithful to that which exists within yourself. André Gide

Persistence guarantees that results are inevitable. Paramahansa Yogananda

What we’ve got to do is keep hope alive. Because without it we’ll sink. John Lennon

Today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present. Bil Keane

You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life? Rumi

If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished? Rumi

Try a little harder to be a little better. Gordon B. Hinckley

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Haruki Murakami

Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail. Charles Kettering

Action is the foundational key to all success. Pablo Picasso

Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah Winfrey


Wherever you go, go with all your heart. Confucius

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Gandhi

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. Jimmy Dean

Don’t regret the past, just learn from it. Ben Ipock

The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude. Oprah Winfrey

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. Truman Capote

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller

Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still. Chinese Proverb

Being miserable is a habit; being happy is a habit; and the choice is yours. Tom Hopkins

Success does not consist in never making mistakes, but in never making the same one a second time. George Bernard Shaw

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right. Isaac Asimov

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. Francis of Assisi

It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up. Vince Lombardi

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Maya Angelou

If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. Roald Dahl

God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him. Jim Elliot

Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow. Helen Keller

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Lao Tzu

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. Napoleon Hill

Dream big and dare to fail. Norman Vaughan

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. John Wooden

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones. Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. Edmund Hillary

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. Friedrich Nietzsche

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

If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one. Dolly Parton

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Goethe

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

Have faith in yourself and in the future. Ted Kennedy

Try with all your might. Self-made or never made. Orison Swett Marden

Most obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to walk boldly through them. Orison Swett Marden

Find out who you are and do it on purpose. Dolly Parton

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt

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Make yourself proud. Peter W. Smith

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C. S. Lewis

Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you. Marsha Norman

The only journey is the one within. Rainer Maria Rilke

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. Meister Eckhart

The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. Orison Sweet Marden

The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face another day. Amy Gatliff

Compassion is language the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Mark Twain

It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always. Oprah Winfrey

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. Ben Spock

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Thomas A. Edison

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’! Audrey Hepburn

You never fail until you stop trying. Albert Einstein

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

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

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.. John Milton

Only in the darkness can you see the stars. Martin Luther King Jr.

Be the change that you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi

Always do what you are afraid to do. Ralph Waldo Emerson

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt

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Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win. Mahatma Gandhi

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Mahatma Gandhi

When one door of happiness closes, another opens. Helen Keller

All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle. Francis of Assisi

A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for. William G.T. Shedd

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. Martin Luther King Jr.

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. Maya Angelou

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. Dr. Seuss

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. Alice Walker

‎Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet? L.M. Montgomery

Better to be strong than pretty and useless. Lilith Saintcrow

May you live every day of your life. Jonathan Swift

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. Dalai Lama XIV

I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees. Euripides

The true success is the person who invented himself. Al Goldstein

Let him that would move the world first move himself. Socrates

Go forth on your path, as it exists only through your walking. Augustine of Hippo

We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough. Helen Keller

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Confucius

It is better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand days as a lamb. Roman proverb

Fall seven times, stand up eight. Japanese proverb

Do crabs think we walk sideways? Bill Murray

I intend to live forever. So far, so good. Steven Wright

This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last. Oscar Wilde

I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol. Steven Wright

A day without sunshine is like, you know, night. Steve Martin

In heaven, all the interesting people are missing. Friedrich Nietzsche

Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days. Benjamin Franklin

Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company. Mark Twain

Whoever named it necking is a poor judge of anatomy. Groucho Marx

Change is inevitable – except from a vending machine. Robert C. Gallagher

I bet giraffes don’t even know what farts smell like. Bill Murray

The risk I took was calculated, but man, I am bad at math. Unknown

I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder. Steven Wright

Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it back. Oscar Wilde

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in a library? Lily Tomlin

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by. Douglas Adams

I never feel more alone than when I’m trying to put sunscreen on my back. Jimmy Kimmel

Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others. Groucho Marx

The key to eating healthy is not eating any food that has a TV commercial. Mike Birbiglia

I’ve got to keep breathing. It’ll be my worst business mistake if I don’t. Steve Martin

Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett

Nothing is worth more than this day. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Greg Anderson

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt

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Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. Christopher Reeve

Start every day off with a smile and get it over with. W. C. Fields

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. Booker T. Washington

Don’t go through life, grow through life. Eric Butterworth

If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life. Oscar Wilde

Seek the seeker. Ramana Maharshi

No pressure, no diamonds. Thomas Carlyle

Every wall is a door. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only truth is music. Jack Kerouac

Stay foolish to stay sane. Maxime Lagacé

If youth knew; if age could. Sigmund Freud

Time is the soul of this world. Pythagoras

Stars can’t shine without darkness. Unknown

He not busy being born is busy dying. Bob Dylan

It takes a long time to become young. Pablo Picasso

Be who you needed when you were young. Unknown

Innocence is courage and clarity both. Osho

Sadness flies away on the wings of time. Jean de La Fontaine

I am not young enough to know everything. Oscar Wilde

The eyes are useless when the mind is blind.

If you’re not confused, you’re not paying attention. Tom Peters

Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. Will Rogers

Forgiveness is giving up hope for a better past.

Be kind to unkind people, they need it the most. Unknown

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

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. William Blake

Life is a question and how we live it is our answer. Gary Keller

God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails. Augustine of Hippo

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth. Pablo Picasso

Enlightenment is when a wave realizes it is the ocean.

The truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is. Nadine Gordimer

The quickest way to get someone’s attention is to no longer want it.

Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still. Henry David Thoreau

I don’t have time to worry about who doesn’t like me. I’m too busy loving people who love me.

Above all things, reverence yourself. Pythagoras

Self-respect knows no considerations. Mohandas Gandhi

No one is laughable who laughs at himself. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? Dr. Seuss


A problem is a chance for you to do your best. Duke Ellington

You are not designed for everyone to like you. Unknown

We must be our own before we can be another’s. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Accept who you are. Unless you’re a serial killer. Ellen DeGeneres

Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself. Coco Chanel

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are. Kurt Cobain

Whatever makes you weird is probably your greatest asset.

If you are lonely when you’re alone, you are in bad company. Jean-Paul Sartre

The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself. Mark Twain

The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself. Rita Mae Brown

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not. André Gide

I found that there is only one thing that heals every problem, and that is: to know how to love yourself. Louise Hay

Boredom: the desire for desires. Leo Tolstoy

Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle

The less I needed, the better I felt. Charles Bukowski

Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Mother Teresa

Happiness can exist only in acceptance. George Orwell

Man is the artificer of his own happiness. Henry David Thoreau

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. Rita Mae Brown

To live happily is an inward power of the soul. Marcus Aurelius

Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness. Bertrand Russell

A happy soul is the best shield for a cruel world. Atticus

There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. Thich Nhat Hanh

Never expect anything. You’ll never be disappointed.

Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others. Buddha

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it. Richard Bach

If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment. Carlos Santana

Be happy with what you have. Be excited about what you want. Alan Cohen

To be content means that you realize you contain what you seek. Alan Cohen

Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love. Ovid

Whatever it is, find something to be excited about for tomorrow.

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness. Frank Tyger

The key to happiness is doing something you like every single day. Victor Pride

We don’t laugh because we’re happy. We’re happy because we laugh. William James

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling. Margaret Lee Runbeck

Once you choose hope, anything is possible. Christopher Reeve

Creativity is contagious, pass it on. Albert Einstein

Sometimes it takes a good fall to know where you really stand. Hayley Williams

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Thomas Edison

Never regret anything that made you smile. Mark Twain

There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever. Dalai Lama

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. Henry Ford

A goal without a plan is just a wish. – Antoine de Saint Exupery

Hope is the dream of a man awake. – French Proverb

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Talk doesn’t cook rice. – Chinese Proverb

The time is always right to do what is right. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Do one thing every day that scares you. Eleanor Roosevelt

There’s a four-letter word you must use when you get rejected… next. Jack Canfield

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus on the light. Aristotle Onassis

If you are interested, you’ll do what’s convenient. If you’re committed, you’ll do whatever it takes. John Assaraf

It’s never too late to start creating the life you desire. Dawn Clark

In the middle of every difficulty, lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. Albert Einstein

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. Steve Jobs

Start where you are, with what you have, and that will always lead you into something greater. Mary Morrissey

Short Inspirational Quotes About Life

Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely. – Karen Kaiser Clark

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves! Chanakya

The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. Bruce Lee

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. Albert Einstein

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. Mark Twain

The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them. Bernard Baruch

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. Henry Thoreau

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw

Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. Voltaire

My life is my message. Mahatma Gandhi

Don’t dream your life, live your dream. Unknown

In life you need either inspiration or desperation. Tony Robbins

Life is fragile. We’re not guaranteed a tomorrow so give it everything you’ve got. Tim Cook

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and they day you find out why. Mark Twain

Life is too short to learn German. Oscar Wilde

Just when I discovered the meaning of life, they changed it. George Carlin

It is not length of life, but depth of life. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is like the ocean, it goes up and down. Vanessa Paradis

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Make each day your masterpiece. John Wooden

You’ve gotta know what death is to know life. Jack Kevorkian

Life is a question and how we live it is our answer. Gary Keller

This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time.

Life is a game and true love is a trophy. Rufus Wainwright

Life’s greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved. Victor Hugo

Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough. Emily Dickinson

The only limits in our life are those we impose on ourselves. Bob Proctor

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

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. Swami Sivananda

Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well. Jack London

Short Inspirational Quotes About Love

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. Mother Teresa

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much. – Bessie Stanley

Romance is the glamor which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze. Amanda Cross

For those who love; time is eternity. Henry Van Dyke

Dream without fear. Love without limits. Unknown

Women want love to be a novel. Men, a short story. Daphne du Maurier

Find what you love and let it kill you. Charles Bukowski

To love is to act. Victor Hugo

All you need is love. John Lennon

Do all things with love. Og Mandino

Every lover is a soldier. Ovid

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Who, being loved, is poor? Oscar Wilde

Speak low, if you speak love. William Shakespeare

Love is the absence of judgment. Dalai Lama

If you wished to be loved, love. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Love the sinner and hate the sin. Augustine of Hippo

If a thing loves, it is infinite. William Blake

In true love, you attain freedom. Thich Nhat Hanh

Economized love is never real love. Honore De Balzac

Love does not dominate; it cultivates. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The more you judge, the less you love. Honore de Balzac

Lovers quarrels are the renewal of love. Terence

To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven. Karen Sunde

Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow. John Lennon

If love appears, boundaries will disappear. Osho

Intense love does not measure, it just gives. Mother Teresa

They do not love that do not show their love. William Shakespeare

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it. Benjamin Franklin

The more you love, the more you become lovable. Osho

no act of kindness is ever wasted

You cannot save people, you can just love them. Anaïs Nin

Love is a thing that is full of cares and fears. Ovid

It is love alone that gives worth to all things. Teresa of Avila

Life in abundance comes only through great love. Elbert Hubbard

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom. Rabindranath Tagore

The art of love is largely the art of persistence. Albert Ellis

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. Mother Teresa

Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary. Oscar Wilde

You give me the kind of feeling people write novels about. Unknown

Follow love and it will flee, flee love and it will follow. John Gay

Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it. Nicholas Sparks

Stay away from people who make you feel like you’re hard to love.

Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood. George Orwell

True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen. Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. Mother Teresa

Love needs great courage. It needs great courage because it needs the sacrifice of the ego. Osho

Do not seek the because – in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions. Anaïs Nin

Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism. Sigmund Freud

Personal love is concentrated universal love. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. Oscar Wilde

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